By Kerrin Brinkman | August 31 2011 14:29

Below is part of a letter William Prutz of Kronenwetter, Wisconsin wrote to Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program Coordinator Sheri Judd. After becming involved in shotgun shooting, Prutz’s son Ben earned a Distinguished Expert rating in Trap through the program. Below is the story of how Ben went from a BB gun shooting Boy Scout to an accomplished trap shooter, and how his family became involved in the shooting sports as well:

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Logo This journey began with a NRA BB gun Qualification patch about six years ago while shooting at the Akela’s World Cub Scout Camp, part of the Crystal Lake Scout Reservation in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Then in 2009, my son Ben came home from the Tesomas Boy Scout Camp (also part of the Crystal Lake Scout Reservation) with the shotgun and rifle merit badges earned. Last fall, he was invited with his Boy Scout Troop 451 from Kronenwetter, Wisconsin to shoot trap one night at the Weston Hit and Miss Trap Club near Weston, Wisconsin. He did well and they took his name and asked him to join the AIM team.

This spring he did join the AIM team and a league team, too. Then I jumped in and joined my first-ever league team even though I had limited experience. These have been great decisions as we have been having the best of times as father and son, and as a family in an exciting sport we all enjoy. Mom may be shooting soon, too. This sport of trap shooting is perfect for our family. We will likely expand to other shooting disciplines as well.

The common thread in all this is that the NRA and Friends of NRA has brought us to this point. They supplied the funds to the Crystal Lake Scout Reservation for their shooting programs. As a father and as a Registered Scout Leader, I tell you that this support is greatly appreciated! The full-circle effect of these dollars may be realized here and now that Ben and I are NRA members, ATA members, and club members. Our family is in full support of our local Friends of NRA functions.

With my thanks and gratitude aside, I will post that I am personally proud of Ben’s accomplishments to this point and the fact that his score meet the [Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification] program’s highest requirement.

Thanks again and God bless the NRA,

William Prutz

Thank you for sharing, William, and congratulations to Ben on earning his Distinguished Expert rating in Trapshooting. Learn more about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program by viewing the courses of fire for the 14 different disciplines offered or by sending an email to marksmanship@nrahq.org.

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