About Trapshooting

Broken TargetTrapshooting is one of the three major forms of competitive clay pigeon shooting (shotgun shooting at clay targets). The others are Skeet shooting and sporting clays. There are many versions including Olympic trap, Double trap (which is also an Olympic event), Down-The-Line, and Nordic trap. American trap is most popular in the United States and Canada. American trap has two independent governing bodies: the Amateur Trapshooting Association, which sanctions shoots throughout the United States and Canada, and the Pacific International Trapshooting Association, which sanctions shoots on the West Coast.

Trap FieldAmerican trap is broken down into three categories: singles, doubles and handicap. The targets are thrown by a machine located at approximately ground level and covered by a "trap house." For singles and doubles, there are five "stations," each 16 yards behind the trap house. In singles, each competitor shoots at five targets from each station. The trap machine oscillates left to right within a 35 degree arc, and the competitor does not know where in that arc the target will emerge.

In doubles, the machine does not oscillate, but throws two targets simultaneously. Each competitor shoots at ten targets from each station.

In the handicap event, the machine operates the same as in singles, but the shooters stand further away from the trap house. Adult male shooters start from 20 yards away; women and sub-juniors start at the 19-yard line. Each time a competitor wins an event or shoots a score of 96 or higher, she or he earns yardage (also known as "getting a punch"), and must thereafter shoot from further away from the trap house. The maximum distance at which the handicap event is shot is 27 yards.

When shooting American trap for practice or fun, a squad of five will shoot 25 targets each for a total of 125. Registered PITA or ATA shoots require shooters to shoot 50, 100, or 200 targets per event (depending on the scheduled event). Most of these shoots are for personal average or handicap yardage.

Lisa Salt and husband Gord Fowler have been trapshooting for many years - Lisa since 1981 and Gord for since 2001.  In 2010, Gord took over the North Okanagan Trap and Skeet Club as President,Lisa and Gord Shooting Photo while Lisa is now in charge of the Secretary's position. 

Lisa started shooting at a young age.  Her Dad's love of trapshooting rubbed off on Lisa and she has been shooting ever since.  4 years after she started shooting, Lisa travelled to Montecatini, Italy with the Canadian Ladies International Trapshooting team, and that team won a bronze medal at the World Championships.  Since then, Lisa has won the Ladies BC Provincial Championships 10 times, and has secured a spot on the PITA Ladies All Star Team for 20 of her trapshooting years.  In 2007, Lisa and her Dad, Art Salt, were inducted into the PITA Hall of Fame, which was established in 1995 to honour individuals that have made outstanding achievements within the PITA.  She was also the first woman in the PITA to achieve the AA-27-AA pin.  Gord's achievements are also numerous, most noteworthy his 27 yard accomplishment in 2009 and his outright win of the Canadian Championships in Vancouver in 2006.


For more information on learning to shoot trap or skeet, please contact us or visit the North Okanagan Trap and Skeet Club website for more information.  New members, spectactors and trainees welcome!