Butler County's great daily newspaper

Trap shooting takes concentration, reflexes, good vision

August 5, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

75-year-old Barry Ewing of Butler takes aim at the Summit Township Sportsman Club during the Tuesday night Trap Shoot, July 28, 2020.

SUMMIT TWP — Hitting any target using a shotgun might not sound difficult because shotguns fire shells containing hundreds of tiny pellets.

Hitting a 4-inch clay target traveling 42 mph anywhere within a 45-degree angle from the oscillating automatic target throwing machine takes concentration, good vision and quick reflexes.

Attempting to hit round clay “bird” targets in that way is a sport called trap shooting.

A 75-year-old retiree, Barry Ewing said he started trap shooting at age 62, but wishes he had started sooner because of the physical demands of the sport.

Quick reflexes are needed because the remotely operated target thrower scatters the targets.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appears in Thursday's Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article.