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Trap shooting event slated for April at area clubs

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CARTHAGE — For one Saturday in April, about 80 people will rotate among four rod and gun clubs in one of the biggest trap league events to hit the north country.

“I’ve been in and around trap shooting in this area for over 40 years and to my knowledge this is the first time a road runner has been attempted in this section of New York,” said Patrick Putnam, trap captain for the Carthage Rod & Gun Club.

The club, at 4500 Cold Springs Park Road, is one of the host facilities in the April 26 event. The other three are Sno-Fun, 27421 Keyser Road, Evans Mills; Brownville Fish & Game Club, 25612 County Route 54, Dexter; and Beaver River Fish & Game Club, 8290 Bush Road, Croghan.

Mr. Putnam’s son, Jonathan, is arranging the event.

“It’s a pretty interesting ordeal,” Jonathan Putnam said. “It’s going to be a 200-target event with four different clubs. They’ll shoot 50 birds to each club.”

Teams will be assigned a time and place to start out. At each facility, participants will shoot 25 clay birds per field. All facilities have two trap fields. After wrapping up, they will pack up and move on to the next facility. The ride will cover an estimated 87 miles. At the end of the day, everyone will return to the Carthage club for an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Shooting will begin at 8 a.m.

“The thing I am most concerned with is safety,” the organizer said. “I am including road travel so I want everybody to be safe on the range and safe in their vehicles.”

Most of the participating clubs agreed they wanted to be part of the event for their customers.

“We’re very club oriented,” said Michael Vaadi with the Brownville club. “We like people to enjoy themselves.”

“It’s something every club can’t have because you need two trap fields. It’s early in the year, so it’s going to need facilities inside, like a bathroom and kitchen,” said Charles Reay with Beaver River.

“It’s a huge event and it should be a lot of fun,” said Jonathan Fish with Sno-Fun. “I’m hoping it will increase exposure, doing it before the season starts. I’ve been in the league since 2005 and every year it’s grown a little.”

“It’s just to show the cooperation between different clubs in the area,” Patrick Putnam said.

Teams must be made up of five players. A total of 16 teams will be accepted. As of Friday, a number of teams had expressed interest, but none had registered.

Registration is $250 per team and will cover the cost of event expenses. Registration for individuals and teams under the Lewis Class System — a system based on final scores as they are posted when the shoot has been completed that gives every contestant an equal chance to win, regardless of shooting ability — will be available at $50 per team or $10 per individual. Team awards will be given up to third place, with individual awards given for first and second in classes AA, A, B, C, D, Junior, Top Gun, Sub Junior, Veteran, Senior Veteran and Ladies.

Registration forms are available at www.northerntiertrapleague.com and www.carthagerodandgunclub.webs.com. They are due by March 1.

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