Friendship, Indiana - The awards ceremony for the NRA Trap Championship were held yesterday, completing the shotgun section of the NRA National Muzzle Loading Championships.
Trap was a little longer than the skeet championship. Where skeet was an aggregate of 16 birds and 14 doubles, trap involved 40 birds for six and a half days; almost the entire length of the Spring Shoot.
Also in the shotgun area of the NMLRA's range was the Shaw's Quail Walk, a fun match honoring the spirit and tradition of hunting. The Quail Walk was kind of like Sporting Clays matches where they can be set up in the woods. This is how the Quail Walk was presented and the champion was determined by an aggregate from matches shot all during the week. Depending on your skill level, the Quail Walk had rules such as: no rear sight above plane of barrel, no pre-loads, trade guns only, must start low-gun - not pre-mounted on cheek and shoulder, etc.
The shooters told me the competition is pretty good. Everyone is around the same level of skill and matches are very close, which is good, because no one likes when one shooter blows everyone else out of the water... except that one shooter.
Below are some photos from the competitions.