The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 12, 2013

Outdoors: Trap mechanics key to success of shoot

Trap mechanics key to success of shoot


"I hate rainy days because they can play havoc with electronics," Grecsak said. "One of our biggest problems is with the speakers and the wires attached to them. They easily break when being moved by the shooters who either want the speaker at his or her right or left."

Grecsak, who lives near Danville, has been on the job at the club grounds for 10 years. He has dealt with the usual spring breaks and loose gears throughout a shoot but can happily say has not had to deal with a major incident with the traps at the club, which are 13 years old and appear to be like fine wine getting better with age.

Why are the Pennsylvania shoots so attractive? It starts with the quality of the grounds where the club is located and the professionalism exhibited from the workers in the trap houses and the scorers right on through the ever-smiling cafeteria workers.

There are 22 total days of shooting associated with the five shoots this year and the more than 90 high school and college students who work the events are put through an extensive six-week training regimen. That starts with the basics of what trapshooting is about right through working a pre-planned or exhibition shoot to provide actual practice for the individuals who will be sitting in those traps or keeping score to name just a few of the responsibilities of the workers.

"We teach our students all that there is to know about the job and I don't know if there is another organization in the country that invests the time and effort in this type of training, which is why shooters offer nothing but praise for how well our shoots are organized and run. That does not come by accident, but from hard work and dedicated individuals who take pride in what they are doing," Grecsak said.

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