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Trap shooting pros and amateurs alike wanted in Paisley for event

The Paisley Gun Club will soon be hosting its first trap shoot organized by the Lake County Educational Service District’s Youth Mentoring Program.  The shoot, which is taking place this next weekend on Saturday, Sept. 14, will offer 150 trap targets for an entry fee of $125 with a tri-tip barbecue lunch for $12 that shooters and non-shooters alike are welcome to attend.

The Gun Club is located northwest from Paisley along Hwy 31, near milepost 97.  The entrance will be well marked the day of the shoot.

The trap shoot’s 150 targets will be divided into 50 singles, 50 handicapped, and 50 doubles.  Singles are shots taken 16 yards away from where a single clay pigeon will pass, while the handicapped distances will be based on the results of the singles.

Better shooters will be handicapped by having to shoot single targets from a farther distance than those who are not as skilled.  The doubles, on the other hand, will feature two different clay pigeons flung in quick succession.  Shooters will need to first hit one, and then the other.

The only gauges of shotgun that will be allowed are 12-gauge and 20-gauge, according to Pacific International Trap Association guidelines, which the Paisley Gun Club follows.  Shooters must provide their own shotguns and ammo, as well as eye and ear protection.

Registration takes place at 8:00 a.m., with a flag raising just before the trap shooting starts at 9:30 a.m.  The tri-tip lunch will feature a sandwich, barbecued beans, and a dessert with an additional side dish, which will be offered at 11:00 a.m.  The barbecue will be provided by Philip Ramey.

Proceeds of the event will go to the Youth Mentoring Program, which also needs mentors for children from around Lakeview and Lake County.  Currently, the majority of children entering the program are from third to eighth grade, but can be from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

During school, mentors help children with their academics, but are also asked to involve the kids in the mentor’s everyday life.  A commitment of one hour per week for a full year is all the program entails, and anyone interested in applying can contact the ESD at 541-947-4880.

For more information about the trap shoot, call Lynnette Wells at 541-947-3371.

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