By: Kayla Bremer
Trap and skeet shooting is a growing sport in our state but for some shooters, it's a tradition that's been in their family for generations.
Saturday's trap shooting meet brought hundreds of students from southeast Nebraska to a local range. For many, shooting trap is something that started before they entered middle school.
Nearly 500 middle and high school students competed in the first of four meets that will be held in Lincoln this spring.
The unique sport is growing every year, attracting shooters at a young age. Southwest senior, Morgan Mavis says she started shooting in 5th grade, but shooting trap has been in her family for generations.
"It's a mind game," Mavis said. "My dad always says it's a game of ten from ear to ear."
Like Mavis, Pius freshman Joel Blaser started at a young age after growing up watching his two older brothers. He's competed in state every year since he began shooting as a 6th grader.
"Well you have to have plain focus, it's pretty much a mind game in order to perform," Blaser said. "You have to know your gun, know your ammo, see how to adjust for the temperatures and everything."
Students from 17 schools in southeastern Nebraska began shooting just after after sunrise.
"The great thing about shooting sports is it doesn't matter about your physical stature," Lincoln Trap and Skeet Club President Rob Predmore said. "It's about what you want to do and if you want to shoot, then you can shoot and that's all there is to it."
Predmore says the sport is growing exponentially, with more than 2,600 students expected to compete in state this year.
"It should be competitive like that," Predmore added. "It proves it's just another sport just like football, basketball, track or anything else and it has a huge following, I mean it's pretty big."
Three more trap meets will be held at the Lincoln Trap and Skeet club on N 4855 N. 48th street this spring for anyone interested in watching.