Trap Club Looks To Improve

Representatives of the Sidney Trap Club visited with Richland County commissioners about methods to increase interest in the activity on April 29.

Kaden Everett, president, Frank Saalfeld, vice president, and long-time member Bill Nankivel said about only 10 individuals show up when opening shooting takes place on Tuesdays starting at 6 p.m. and Sundays beginning at 3 p.m. The range is located across from Continental Resources at the “old, old, landfill.”

Nankivel said the club featured about 35-40 active members during the late 1980s.

“It was a big deal,” Nankivel said. “We’re just trying to resurrect it a little.”

To help improve the area, commissioners were requested to place the piles of asphalt and scoria on the southern piece of the land, because its current location results in a poor background when shooting targets in a tournament.

Saalfeld said the materials don’t bother them during open shooting, but some people have complained during Amateur Trapshoot Association competitions.

“If we’re going to progress, we need to have these big tournaments to raise money,” Saalfeld said.

Club members are also interested in getting high school students interested in the sport.

“Right now, Williston has the largest shooting team in the U.S.,” Saalfeld said. He added there’s the possibility of more grant funding if students are involved.

Commissioner Duane Mitchell said the county should be able to support the club by having the piles located at the spot requested.

“I think it’s a good idea. I will see what we can do to help you,” Mitchell said.


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