June 8, 2009

2009 U.S. Open Trapshooting Championships Starts This Weekend

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is set to host the 4th annual U.S. Open Trapshooting Championships at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta, Ill., June 11-14.

The 1,600-acre complex provides excellent shooting opportunities and has the longest trap line in the world with 120 trap fields outfitted with a voice activated release system extending over 3.5 miles. Shooters will compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes during the four-day shoot.

Trapshooting is a specific form of clay target shooting and a game of movement, action and split-second timing. It requires the accuracy and skill to repeatedly aim, fire, and break a 4 1/4-inch disc, which is hurled through the air at a speed of 41 mph, simulating the flight path of a bird fleeing a hunter.

Trapshooting Championships

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