The Delta Trap Club hosted state meet competition last week, beginning on Thursday and running through Sunday, June 19. Competitors, and family members, began arriving as early as Tuesday with hopes of acquiring one of 50 campsites (with electricity) designed to accommodate campers and mobile homes. Dry campsites were also available for many who preferred staying on site as opposed to staying in motels.
There were 167 shooters on the range last Thursday, with the number expected to grow as the week wound down to finals competition.
Competitors came from states outside Colorado with Utah, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Texas to mention a few states represented.
In talking with trap club president Howard Kittell, Delta's return to hosting the state shoot follows a two-year span in which Pike Peak Gun Club was the hosting site. Prior to that, Delta had been the host for state competition the previous 15 years, and is widely known as one of the largest trap clubs in the state. This year's state meet was number 95.
Not just any trap club is eligible to host a state meet. Kittell noted there must be 12 traps available for a club to be eligible for hosting a state meet. Delta's club has 12 traps and provides a maximum 48 shooters to compete at one time. "This is one well-organized and well-equipped club," noted Kittell.
According to Kittell, "This shoot is good for the community. People begin arriving on Tuesday and spend money in Delta businesses. It's a nice benefit with so many people out of work these days. The extra money coming into the community helps."
The format for state competition included shooting 300 targets on the first day (Thursday, June 16) in three categories -- singles, doubles and handicapped.
Shooters repeated the 300-target competition on Friday.
Saturday's schedule was a 200-target shoot for singles to determine a state champion in that division.
On Sunday morning, competitors had 50 targets per doubles for that state title.
An afternoon battle for the 2016 state handicapped title featured 100 targets per competitor.
The top five All-Around shooters for the meet included Denis Bringelson (Colo.) 394, Darrell Farr (Colo.) 393, Scott Obenchain (Colo.) 393, Adam Rehor (Colo.) 392 and Daniel Vogel (Mont.) 391.
This year's top five High Overall Report listed Bringelson (977), Adam Rehor (976), Mike Herman (Colo. 971), Stacy Rehor (971) and Ray Stafford (Colo. 971).
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