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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
September – October Edition

I think all of you know that we’ve had the USA Clay Target League National High School Championship shoot at Mason in 2018 and again this year. These are really big shoots, with about 1700 young shooters and around 500,000 targets thrown between Wednesday noon and Sunday afternoon. The campgrounds are full and so are the parking spots. Board of Director’s members Steve Olvitt and Jeff Russell did a great job planning and executing the parking strategy and it worked really well. More trees have already been removed and more parking has been added, which is needed for this shoot and the Michigan State High School Championship Shoot. The USA Clay Target League sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a site to host these shoots from 2020 to 2024. Your Board of Directors worked with the Lansing Sports Authority to come up with a winning proposal. We aren’t quite done yet, as there are still several points to be negotiated, and a contract yet to be signed, but it looks good at this time!

The 45th annual Fall Team Shoot was September 5 – 8 at Mason. The tournament featured both high points and sadness. Congratulations to Dan Cook, who shot at and broke his 100,000th registered target. Well done to Scott Randolph who broke his first 100 straight. Russ O’Brien, who recently moved to Michigan, broke his first 100 straight in his first registered shoot in Michigan. The Champion team was Mikey’s Last Ride, and the Individual Champion in the Team Event was Ken Smith. HAA was Vern Stalter with a 385, and Carl Chadwell’s 1085 took the HOA. The complete scores are elsewhere on this website.

One hundred and nine teams took part on Sunday. Participation in the team event was down from 561 last year to 534 shooters this year. Despite this, during the whole shoot, we threw seven hundred more registered targets than last year, 169,800 vs 169,100.

We usually announce the next year’s inductees to the Michigan Trapshooting Hall of Fame at this shoot. It was my pleasure to announce that Larry Telfer and Sally Telfer will be the 2020 inductees. It was really hard keeping this a secret as Sally chairs the Hall of Fame Committee.

The very sad note was the passing of Keith Heeg on September 1. Keith had served on the Board of Directors, was a member of the Michigan Trapshooting Hall of Fame, and a great long-term supporter of the MTA. His Keith Heeg Stockworks RV was a fixture at our shoots, the Ohio shoots, the Silver Dollar, and many other shoots including the Grand for many years. He certainly helped a lot of shooters get better fitting guns. The Keith Heeg Stockworks Team, a very frequent Champion or AA 1st belt buckle winning team was, like usual, Squad 100. They shot with a four-person squad, with Keith’s regular post empty. RIP Keith.

JB