We met trap shooter Morgan Dulaney earlier this year at a conference in Utah. Morgan is a heck of a shot with a shotgun. As proof of our claim, how about the fact that she won last year's National Last Man Standing competition at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) Nationals in Sparta, Illinois. Now she's a freshman at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. Though enjoying her first year in college, there is one problem — they don't have a Trap Shooting Team. Well here's something to help Morgan out.

Thanks to our Collegiate and Schools Department, Morgan and those like her can dig into the NRA's new Developing a Scholastic Shooting Program. Better yet, they can find it online. Here's a little of the information to found inside:

Every student, regardless of sex, size, or athletic ability, has the opportunity to participate at some level of collegiate shooting — for a physical education course credit, an intramural level for recreation, or even as part of a club ...

Breaking clay targets is an exciting introduction to the shooting sports for many persons. Shotgun or clay target events are popular for a variety of reasons. The thrill of calling for a target, then being able to spot it, raise the gun and track it, and finally hit it requires speed, coordination, and grace. There is the instant feeling of accomplishment at the sight of a target being “dusted” ...

Developing a Scholastic Shooting Program gives you all the ins and outs of starting a program at your school. The information inside includes how to go about seeking permission to start a shooting sports program at the school, how to raise funds, ways to promote your program once approved, competitions to take part in and more.

Take a look for yourself as Competitive Shooting's Developing a Scholastic Shooting Program is now online.

Easybird and box after box filled with clay pigeons Fairfax, Virginia - You never know what you're going to find when walking the halls here at the National Rifle Association. There's a polar bear in the lobby, trophies in the atrium, a row of deer heads over on the fourth floor and an Champion Easybird Auto-Feed Trap sitting outside the NRA's Education and Training Department.

Not only was there an Easybird, but also box after box filled with clay pigeons just waiting to be launched. As someone relatively new to the trap and skeet show, seeing that contraption in the hallway filled my head with all the possible locations where I could take it for the weekend. An open field or the perfect ridge. But before coming up with the just the right place, Education & Training Director Bill Poole stepped out to douse my inspiration.


Steve Hoback and Julie Ingram during a 'Pull for our Heroes' event this Spring on NRAblog Centreville, Virginia - The Third Annual "Pull for Our Heros" Trap Shoot to benefit the Patriot's Path Foundation takes place on Saturday, September 10. Hosted by the Arlington/Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) in Centreville, Virginia, all proceeds from the event goes to helping our nation's veterans.

"It's a very deserving event and a heck of a way to spend the afternoon," said Steve Hoback from NRA's Education & Training Department.

Presented by Country Music Recording Artist Julie Ingram and LongShot Records, it's $50 per individual and $225 for teams of five. And there's also rumor that Ty Brown & the Britt Hammond Band will also be making an appearance.

So if the idea of spending a September Saturday shooting clays, hanging out with Country Music stars and raising money for our nation's veterans, then go ahead and sign up now.

Top Shot's Joe Serafini shows off his bow skills to Natalie of Girls Guide to Guns at the Hollywood Sporting Clays on NRAblog

Newhall, California - We ran into The History Channel's Top Shot season 2 duo George Reinas and Joe Serafini while out at the 2011 Hollywood Sporting Clays. After watching the pair do some damage with a shotgun, we cornered Serafini for a little info on this Top Shot's history.

"My father got me started when I was six years old," said Serafini. "He took me squirel hunting with a .22 long rifle. I got my first squirl and was addicted after that."

As the echo of gunfire continued to sound from the surrounding shotguns, ARs and .50 cals, the former Marine was constantly stopped by fans and eventually pulled to the archery range to show off his stuff.


The first day of competition here at the JP Enterprises' Rocky Mountain 3-Gun got underway early this morning, and we hit Stage 4 first. This stage of the match is pure shotgun, requiring a minimum round count of 38 birdshot shells, no slugs. The stage is aptly named "Holy #*@$" because targets are seemingly everywhere. 

Many of the steel targets they shoot engage clay targets which fly from the bushes in a variety of directions. Swinging targets are also included on this stage, making this a challenging run for competitors. We caught up with one squad this morning which includes members of Benelli's 3-Gun Pro Staff such as Kurt MillerKatie Harris, and Ben Fortin.

Check out the slideshow above to see these competitors and some of their squad mates in action!  

Newhall, California - George Reinas from The History Channel’s Top Shot stopped off at the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, California to shoot at little shotgun during the 2011 Hollywood Celebrity Sporting Clays Invitational. Fellow Top Shot contestant Joe Serafini can be heard in the background egging George on.

Tristan Rogers from General Hospital at the Hollywood Sporting Clays on NRAblog Tristan Rogers is an American Soap legend. With stints on The Bay, The Bold and the Beautiful, and a current gig on The Young and the Restless, he’s best known for his role as Robert Scorpio on General Hospital. One might imagine that building such a resume leaves little time for much else, but that’s not the case. In addition to being the voice behind the commercials of Outback Steakhouse, Foster's Lager and Reebok, the Melbourne native is also pretty good with a shotgun.

“First firearms was Dad's .22 single shot rifle,” said Rogers at the 2011 Hollywood Sporting Clays Invitational. “Had a broken arm when I started so I shot off handed. Quite the challenge.”

Walking back to the Oak Tree Gun Club parking lot, Rogers continued to recount his youth in Australia and his background in the shooting sports.

“Australia wasn’t as developed as the US when it came to competitive shooting back then,” said Rogers. “Not as organized. But that has changed.”

Evidence of that change can be found in success of the Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia and athletes like Will Godward, Clive Barton, and Lalita Yauhleuskaya. As for Rogers, his success can be found in improving his trap and skeet skills.

“Have a Browning over/under, like the Benelli too,” said Rogers. “I do alright. But it’s about getting better, improving your skills ... (and) getting comfortable with the action of the gun. That’s what matters when you're on the range.”

If you'd like to start getting out on the range, check out nrainstructors.org/ and find a course near you.

There was a ton of activity between the Red Carpet event and when the final shooter fired their shotgun at the 2011 Hollywood Celebrity Sporting Clays Invitational in Newhall, California. There's the Oak Tree Gun Club club house, pirate reenactors, celebrities like Joe Mantenga and the all important charity auction to name a few. Here's a look:

Tristan Rogers, Australian star of American television shows such as CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and ABC's "General Hospital," stopped by the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, California last Saturday for the 2011 Hollywood Sporting Clays Invitational. Here's a look at his handiwork on Stage #12:

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