Butte Trap Club Hosts the Annual Copper City Classic
As the bullets fly and the traps are blown to pieces, more than 50 participants compete in the Copper City Classic trap shooting event in Butte.
It's the 50th year the tournament has been held in the Mining City.
"This is a great sport and you meet a lot of people,” said Ray Randall, president of the Butte Trap Club. “There's a lot of comradery, you know? In fact, I would say a good deal of the people come out to shoot, and they are competing and want to win, but it's just as much about seeing all the people they only see from time to time."
The shooters range from all age groups.
Ray Randall has been shooting trap for 35 years, while others are just getting into the sport.
"It's pretty good,” said Levi Loggins. “My grandpa actually got me started just this year."
"I've shot competitive archery in 4-H for six years before that,” Dale Royer. “So with that, I kind of learned how to control the nerves while shooting. I just go out and have."
The concept of competitive trap shooting is relatively easy.
When the target is released, the shooter tries to shoot it as fast as possible.
While the sport is competitive, it's also a sport where many friends can be made.
"Sometimes you will go to a big shoot, even a bigger shoot, like the state shoot, and you'll see people you haven't seen in a year,” Randall said. “It's just a great way to get back together."
"Trap shooting is a great sport,” said Royer. “A lot of people are involved in it. We would love to see new faces out here to shoot at every shoot. It's a really fun sport, and I really enjoy it."