Camas Prairie Handicap trap shoot fills a weekend with hot shots

A volunteer scorekeeper tallies the number of dead and lost targets for each shooter as they rotate through five shots each in five separate stations around a trap. Scores are totaled for each shooter at an odd and even trap to give their event score.

A volunteer scorekeeper tallies the number of dead and lost targets for each shooter as they rotate through five shots each in five separate stations around a trap. Scores are totaled for each shooter at an odd and even trap to give their event score. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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Trap shooters from the Northwest and beyond descended upon the Walla Walla Gun Club near the end of March for the Camas Prairie Handicap trap shoot.

About 210 shooters from as far away as Pennsylvania attended the three-day trap-shooting festivities March 22-24.

The Handicap is the largest trap shooting event this side of the Cascades. It went off without a hitch, Bob Bloch, the gun club’s secretary-treasurer, said.

“There was zero problems,” Bloch said. “The weather was great and I didn’t here a cross word the whole three days, which is a little unusual, actually, when you get that many people together.”

The Camas Prairie Handicap helps raise funds for the gun club in addition to the prizes it hands out to winners. Walla Walla is in its fifth year of hosting the shooting contest.

“It was a great time,” Bloch said. “The Camas Prairie Trapshooting Association gave away about $8,000 in addition to the contributions by the shooters, it was a very nice shoot.”

In total about 125 community members, mostly gun club members, volunteered to help run the event.

FYI:

The Walla Walla Gun Club operates Sundays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30-9 p.m.

A round of shooting costs $5 for members and $7.50 for non-members. Non-members also pay a daily fee of $5.

Membership costs $50 a year for an adult, $75 for a family.

For more information about the gun club, go to www.wallawallagunclub.org or contact bob Bloch at 541-969-7913.

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