The first Scholastic Clay Target Program South Dakota State Shoot will take place in the Pierre and Fort Pierre area this weekend.
Saturday morning will see athletes shoot singles and doubles at the Izaak Walton Shooting Range in Pierre. There will be two rounds of 25 for each type of trapshooting. Competition will continue on Saturday afternoon through Sunday at the Willow Creek Wildlife Inc. Shooting Range in Fort Pierre. Athletes will compete in skeet and sporting clays shooting at the Willow Creek portion of competition. There will be 50 rounds each of skeet and sporting. There will be six levels of competition: rookie, IE, IA, junior varsity, varsity and collegiate.
One of the teams competing in the State Shoot is the Lake Sharpe Youth Shooters from the Pierre and Fort Pierre area. There are a few members from Winner and Belle Fourche who are competing for the Lake Sharpe Youth Shooters, because there is not an SCTP team near their area. There are only three SCTP teams in the state, with the other teams being from Yankton and Sioux Falls. State Shoot Coordinator Bob Stoeser created the Lake Sharpe Youth Shooters late last summer to help encourage kids to stay active in shooting sports.
“I was afraid that some of these kids were bored with trapshooting,” Stoeser told the Capital Journal. “I’m not trying to take them away from the trapshooting that they’re already doing. This is a way of showing these kids different shooting disciplines that might interest them.”
When it comes to the group, all of the funds that are raised are used for shells and targets. The only thing Stoeser gets from running the group is a charge of $3 for every 25 targets shot. He uses that money for repairs and upkeep on the trapshooting range at Willow Creek.
“Say a kid were to go to a typical trap shooting range. He or she would probably have to spend $60-80 on equipment,” Stoeser said. “In the Lake Sharpe Youth Shooters, they don’t have to spend nearly that amount. It’ll cost them maybe $12 or so here, because all of their equipment is provided for them.”
One of the reasons Stoeser wanted to have the State Shoot in the area is to show the kids competing in it that they can compete in shooting sports in college. Members of the South Dakota State University shooting team will compete for the kids in attendance.
The State Shoot will start at 9 a.m. CT on each day. There will be a $5 lunch available at both the Izaak Walton building and Willow Creek.
Funds are always needed for the Lake Sharpe Youth Shooters. Those who wish to send funds to help out with the group can send them to the following address: Lake Sharpe Youth Shooters, 27213 US HWY 14-34, Fort Pierre, SD, 57532.