Young marksmen tune up for clay target event

These four shooters from the Desert Bighorns club will be representing the Kingman club at the state ATA shoot in Tucson. From left to right are Wyatt Magers, Sarah Schrade, Boyce Privetts and Jack Cavender. (Courtesy)

These four shooters from the Desert Bighorns club will be representing the Kingman club at the state ATA shoot in Tucson. From left to right are Wyatt Magers, Sarah Schrade, Boyce Privetts and Jack Cavender. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN - A number of local youth will be participating in the Arizona Trapshooting Association and the Academics Integrity and Marksmanship state shoot that starts tomorrow in Tucson. To get ready for that event, shooters have been practicing at the Clay Target Center at the Mohave Sportsman Club's 7 Mile Hill Range.

Young shooters who participate in the shotgun shooting events are part of the Scholastic Clay Target Program in Kingman and Mohave County and are part of several shooting clubs.

The group in Kingman belongs to the Desert Bighorns and according to Steve Bell, who is the head coach of the group; they have over 40 shooters in their club.

Members of the club shoot American trap, which includes singles, doubles and handicap, along with skeet and sporting clays.

The MSC recently sponsored an ATA shoot at the range, and four of the Desert Bighorn shooters participated.

Boyce Privetts, Sarah Schrade, Wyatt Magers and Jack Cavender all shot in the two-day event, and did quite well.

On Saturday in singles, Privetts shot a 91 x 100, Cavender shot a 95 x 100, and Magers 90 x100.

In the Saturday handicap shoot, Privetts shot 91 x 100; Cavender got a 94 x 100, while Schrade scored 78 x 100. Wyatt Magers shot a 91 x 100.

In the doubles competition, Privetts shot an 86 X 100, Cavender had an 87 X 100, Magers shot 74 x 100 while Schrade, who was shooting doubles for the first time, had a 57 x 100.

On Sunday during the singles shoot, Privetts had 93 X 100, Cavender shot 96 X 100 while Magers shot a 99 X 100, the best score he has ever had in singles trap. The only target that Magers missed was during the third round, and he missed the third bird.

Magers' average for singles trap is 88 x 100, so this round was exceptional for the young shooter who uses a 12-gauge Browning Citori that his grandmother got for him.

In doubles on Sunday, Privetts had a gun malfunction, and had to borrow another shotgun to finish this competition. He ended up with a 79 X 100, while Cavender broke 87 x 100 targets. Magers had an 87 X 100 while Schrade broke 56 X 100 targets.

In the handicap shoot on Sunday, Privetts, using the borrowed gun, shot 80 X 100, Magers had 94 x 100 while Schrade shot a 79 X 100. Cavender broke 87 of the targets he shot at.

Some mothers of the kids in the SCTP held a breakfast fundraiser to help send the young shooters not only to the state ATA shoot, but to nationals in Sparta, Ill., this summer.