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
Board of Directors Corner
Post Fall Team Shoot Edition
Your Board of Directors met both before and after the Fall Team Shoot. The Board appointed Dr. Jerry DeHondt to a two-year term on the Board. Jerry is a college professor from Hudsonville (between Grand Rapids and Holland) and has been shooting avidly for more than 15 years. The next Board meeting is October 28.
Shooters often ask about the attendance. In Sunday’s Team Event, there were 596 shooters vs. last year’s 556. For Sunday’s Handicap, there were 199 shooters vs. 167 last year. The Fall Team Shoot is in the history books with Bill Otter firing the last shot of 2017 in a shootoff Sunday afternoon and the MTA is closed for the calendar year.
Every year at the Fall Team Shoot, the local Clubs gather to select shoot dates for the upcoming year. The results are then compiled and published by the MTA Secretary-Treasurer (Thanks Jeff!!) and the result is the “Schedule of Invitational Events” booklet. This year it has a yellow cover, but for 2018 we will all have to wait and see what color the cover is.
The Board has been informed by the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance folks that the MTA came up for a random, computer generated audit. They initially asked for an audit date in early August and seemed really confused when we told them that we were closed all month and none of the Directors were available as we were in Southern Illinois. We’ve reached out to them to attempt to reschedule, and the ball is in their court.
As you know, your Board of Directors continues to work to improve things at our home grounds in Mason. The trap houses have been repainted and the roof over the target barn has been replaced. Nobody wants to shoot at wet soggy targets and since Squading and Classification is in that building, it’s really good to keep the computers dry!
Krieghoff has advised us that they plan to come back to the Great Lakes Grand. Their gunsmith, Don, was kept real busy at the 2016 GLG. Many folks shot the demo guns they had and at times the practice trap was quite busy with shooters trying out Krieghoffs.
The MTA and the Hall of Fame recently received several generous donations. Thanks to those who volunteered time, effort, and money to the MTA!