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High school trap shooting soars in popularity and teaches gun safety to kidsSubmitted: 05/25/2018
Story By Rose McBride

High school trap shooting soars in popularity and teaches gun safety to kids
TOMAHAWK - Football, basketball, and soccer make up a few of the more popular high school sports. But a sport that has recently been introduced in high schools is quickly gaining popularity. 

Trap Shooting isn't the most traditional high school sport, but teens are embracing it and the sport is soaring in popularity. 

"Since we joined our conference we're going from approximately 17 teams to about 42 teams in the northern half of the state," said Tomahawk Clay Busters Head Coach Dan Winter. 

The Tomahawk Clay Busters youth team started five years ago. Since then, more and more kids have wanted to be a part of it. 


Getting good at the sport just takes practice and repetition.

"A big part of trap is all a mental game, so you want to shoot as many rounds as possible before you actually compete," said Lacina. 

While it might be a non-traditional sport, the feeling of being on a team is the same. 

"If I'm having a really frustrating time shooting, they always tell me take my time and they're really pleasant. I like coming here," said Tomahawk Clay Busters Shooter Macey Loka.

It's also a very safe sport that teaches gun safety to kids early on.
 
"Safety is easily learned If you learn it at an early age, it's something you continue with your whole career," said Winter. 

On the Tomahawk Clay Busters youth team, all shooters are required to take a hunter's safety course through the DNR. 

According to a study by the Center for Injury Research & Policy, trap shooting has the fewest number of injuries of any high school sport.

The Tomahawk Clay Busters compete against other area high school teams. Even though they aren't affiliated with a school, they are part of the Great Northern Conference. 


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