DDCC Inc. hosts Trapshooting at the club property starting in the spring after the snow melts and the ground dries; every Sunday at 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. for experienced trap shooters. Trapshooting ends mid-October of each year.
"Trapshooting is one of the three major disciplines of competitive clay pigeon shooting (shooting shotguns at clay targets). In trap shooting, the targets are launched from a single "house" or machine, generally away from the shooter.
Trapshooting was originally developed, in part, to augment bird hunting and to provide a method of practice for bird hunters. Use of targets was introduced as a replacement for live pigeon-shooting. Indeed, one of the names for the targets used in shooting games is clay pigeons. The layout of a modern trap shooting field differs from that of a skeet field and/or a sporting clays course.
Trapshooting has been a sport since the late 18th century when real birds were used; usually the passenger pigeon, which was extremely abundant at the time. Birds were placed under hats or in traps which were then released. Artificial birds were introduced around the time of the mid 1800s. Glass balls (Bogardus) and subsequently "clay" targets were introduced in the later 1800s, gaining wide acceptance." Wikipedia.
After the completion of the DDCC’s annual trap shooting windup on October 1st, acting President, Conrad Musyj, led a tour of the first five of fifteen planned shooting stations on the DDCC’s new sporting clays course. Just days prior, these stations were inspected and approved by representatives from the office of the Chief Firearms Officer of Canada. The DDCC’s sporting clays course, the development of which is well underway, is already generating a significant amount of interest amongst shooting enthusiasts of all ages and from communities far afield from Dryden. Youth shooters, who promise to be competitive champions in their own right in the coming years, travelled from Kenora to get a first look at the exciting new course on which they intend to compete next season. They brought with them a large group of friends and relatives from Kenora who also competed in our year-end trap windup event. A group of long-time shooting enthusiasts, who also happen to be members of the DDCC, travelled 1,800 kilometres to Dryden all the way from the State of Kentucky in the US in order to be a part of the excitement. Of particular note, we were honoured to host the President of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), Rick Moore. Rick made a special trip to Dryden and the DDCC in order to see for himself the many exciting things that our volunteers and sponsors are making happen that continue to grow our club into a best-in-class outdoor sporting and conservation education facility. We were told by Rick that the executive and board of directors of the OFAH have been watching with keen interest all of the impressive work being done by the DDCC, its sponsors and its tireless volunteers. So much so that Rick graciously presented the DDCC with a cheque for $2,000 in order to help fund a number of much-need safety improvements and upgrades to our rifle, and what will soon be, our new pistol shooting ranges. We would like to make special note of the generous financial support provided to the DDCC by the Dryden Trailblazer Tourism Association (DTTA), without whose help our new sporting clays course would not have been possible. Apart from the extensive volunteer effort that has and will be provided by DDCC members, our new world class course was 100% funded through a $40,000 grant provided to our club by the DDCC. That investment is already paying off, with the buzz surrounding the DDCC already attracting new visitors and economic activity to the Dryden area. To our supporters at the DTTA, we can’t thank you enough for your past and ongoing support. It’s partners like you that make Dryden and surrounding area one of the best places in the world in which to live.
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