(history and background of various events)
Usually scheduled for late April, our Early Bird shoot is held to celebrate
the arrival of spring or the anticipation of warmer shooting weather.
Shooting starts at 9 a.m. and barbecued chicken dinners are served starting
at 11:30 a.m. A typical day brings out enough people to consume 200 dinners
and fill 100 squads of shooters. We throw in Backups and a few Annie Oakleys
to liven up the competition. For those who can't win a chicken from the
shooting line, we have pie shoot opportunities throughout the day.
Named for one of the founders of the trap club whose family supports the
existence of the club in its present location, this June shoot has become
a Father's Day tradition. Shooting starts at 9:00 AM and our chicken barbecue
dinners are ready to eat or take out by 11:30 a.m. The Kippley Shoot is
a family event for many, and like all our chicken shoots, is open to the
public. We generally serve 240 dinners and run about 100 squads through
chicken shoots, backups and Annie Oakleys.
Bruno Breunig Memorial
Held in memory of the late Irwin "Bruno" Breunig, this shoot
takes place in late August near the end of our summer shooting season
at the club. Shooting and eating occur in much the same manner as described
for our other shoots. This event is also highlighted by the drawings for
our annual raffle. By this time of the year, shooters have competed in
numerous ATA-registered events, leagues and related events in the area.
Thus, the competition to win a frozen chicken, pizza or ham is quite sharp.
year we hold a special event for our members to say thanks for their support
and to have a little fun. Members receive a chicken dinner, courtesy of
the club, and each qualifies to participate in a 16-yard, 50-bird shoot
to determine a club champion. Additionally, we hold an auction for items
donated by members and friends of the club. We end Fun Day with lively
bidding on The Ear of Corn trophy. This item has become a fundraising
tradition since it was first picked and auctioned off in 1976. We are
on our second ear of corn, the first having succumbed to age about 15
The club holds a Winter League beginning the first Sunday in
December and running through the first Sunday in April. Needless to say,
it takes a unique mind and attitude to shoot trap in Wisconsin in the
dead of winter, but it is a niche we have chosen to fill for almost 30
years. Shooters participate on a first-come, first-served basis, which
fits the reality of the club having only one trap. After three weeks of
shooting, teams are created by matching the score totals of the participants.
Teams are thus created equal and are subsequently challenged to distinguish
themselves for first through third team prizes and high guns (men, women,
juniors). League scores must be shot without practice (warm-up only in
the clubhouse) and restrictions prevent "fair weather" shooting
In contrast to the restrictions and challenges of our Winter
League, we offer the Marathon as an open competition throughout the year.
The guiding principle is to "take your best shot and post your best
scores" to be the winner of this event. With the only restriction
that you declare a Marathon round before you shoot it, our mission is
give shooters the opportunity to post their best 20 rounds of trap shot
at the club. In the spirit of the educator who suggested it, each participant
can replace up to five rounds of lower trap scores if he or she thinks
a better score is possible. Once declared, however, the replacement must
be made regardless of whether the score is better or worse than the one