Fresh off a solid performance last month in Whitehorse, local sport shooter Mal Menzies wants to get more people involved in shooting.
Menzies recently won the handicap division at the Pacific International Trap Association's Yukon Territory two-day, 600-bird event.
Fellow Juneau Gun Club members also performed well at the event. Brian Buck captured the doubles competition, while Tammy Kramer won the 'D' division for singles.
Menzies serves as the secretary for the Juneau Gun Club and also helped design the club's trap range, although he never really used it until recently.
"I surveyed and designed the trap club for free 35 years ago and they made me a life member," Menzies said. "I just never used it until three years ago. I've been involved in high-powered competition shooting for 12 years, just not shotgun. It's just one more way to spend money."
Recreational trap shooting involves trying to shoot flying clay targets, also known as birds.
The club is open to the public from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The club is also always open to novice marksmen and women.
"Just come out and see others shoot," Menzies said. "Observe how trap is shot. Talk to the members. We have a paid manager who is an avid trap shooter and if it looks like something they'll enjoy, they can borrow a shotgun and ask a member to walk you through the course. It's not like rifle shooting where you aim exactly, you point and shoot at a flying target. It's a reaction sport."
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Menzies said the Juneau Gun Club holds tournaments and competition throughout the year for members and that the sport is relatively inexpensive.
According to the club's website, a round of 25 birds is $7 for non-members. For members, the price is $5. The cost of a year-round membership to the gun club is $50.
The shotgun-only club requires eye and ear protection while shooting and also provides loaner 12- and 20-gauge shotguns.
"You can just come out and the public is welcome," Menzies said of the open shoots on Wednesdays and Sundays. "If they enjoy it, they can join. It's not that much."
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