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Welcome to the Michigan Trapshooting Association. Located in Mason, Michigan in the heart of the beautiful Great Lakes State, the MTA home grounds are easily accessible on a major highway, with restaurants, motels, airports, stores, and a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. The MTA hosts 4 major trap shoots per year with a facility that includes 44 trap fields, over 150 campsites, and over 300 acres of gorgeous Michigan landscape. The MTA also hosts A.I.M., S.C.T.P., & High School events including State and Regional Competitions. MAP

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Board of Directors Corner
January / February 2019 Edition

Your Board of Directors met on December 15. Much of the meeting was spent going over changes to the programs for the Team Shoots and the State Shoot. Many options haven’t been paid in five years. It makes little sense to collect money only to refund it. Many options will be dropped in the 2019 Program for this reason. At the Spring and Fall Team Shoots, there have been many requests to hold the Championship Doubles on Saturday rather than Friday night. We will do this in 2019. This caused several other program changes. Thursday’s Warm-up Doubles will go to 100 pair, and Friday’s program will change to handicap, singles, and handicap.

In the State Shoot, Tuesday’s Warm-up Doubles will also change to 100 pair. Again in the State Shoot, many options will not be offered, as they also have been refunded for years.

There has been a change to the requirements for the State Team. Requirement 5 has been added:
5. You must shoot the 200-target singles event in any Michigan Zone Shoot. You do not have to shoot in your own Zone.

Please note that the second ever National High School Championship Shoot will be held at our Home Grounds July 10-14, 2019. We expect about 1400-1600 young shooters. Practice will start at noon on July 10 and continue on July 11. We need volunteers for this shoot. People to help with parking, Range Safety Officers, and score sheet runners are all needed.

The process to get the MTA’s Special Use Permit changed requires public hearings and other meetings which have been taking place. In the January 9 public hearing, several of the homeowners in the small subdivision about 0.6 miles north of the trapline at Banks 9 and 10 (These homes are North of the woods.) complained about the noise. They didn’t much like it when they were reminded that if they moved into their home after 1958, they chose to move in next to Michigan’s largest trap shooting facility. The subdivision was developed about 15 years ago. Some complained about lead being deposited “in their backyards”. One commented that we should be ashamed of ourselves for putting guns in the hands of all those thousands of kids who are shooting High School Trap. Well, I guess everybody is entitled to an opinion… There’s more to come on getting the Special Use Permit updated.

Registered Trapshooting in Michigan restarts in March with three shoots and a full schedule in April, including the MTA Work Day April 13.

JB