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Gas-Lead & attendance @ state shoots

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  1. littleorangedots

    littleorangedots TS Member

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    Just wondering ! How much has the price of gas, since it over $4.00 a gal and the high price of lead, has affected the attendance at the state shoots this year ? and How much do you folks think it will change the grands ?
     
  2. Jeff P

    Jeff P Well-Known Member

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    well, Alaska threw almost 9,000 more targets this year versus last year - that's a 10% increase over 2007. And we had at least 25 out of state folks this year, versus about 15 on a 'normal' year.

    Trap has always been an 'older' guys sport - plenty of retirees and empty nest types that have money. I don't see that changing.

    What I am starting to see is a number of new shooters - we've signed up at least 8 new ATA members at the club this year, and our average monthly shoot is only about 25 folks, so that's a BIG increase. They have been overwhelmingly male, age 30-40 and apparently have enough disposable income to take up the game at a time when most of us would agree its expensive to do so - at least compared to a couple years ago.

    I think the marginal shooter - someone who's just hanging on economically - is going to be a casualty here. But the flip side of that is that folks who have their financial house in order are going to be drawn to the game - the same thing is happening in hunting. There's supposedly a huge influx of young professional types with no previous hunting experience who are flocking to elk hunting out west, pheasants in SD, etc.

    JMHO.
     
  3. Steve NJ

    Steve NJ Member

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    NJ was very close to the same as last year. Taking into account we lost some SCTP squads we did well this year.
     
  4. BIGDON

    BIGDON Well-Known Member

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    How many times do you want to beat up on this subject. It has been discussed ad-nausem.

    Don
     
  5. littleorangedots

    littleorangedots TS Member

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    Thanks Jeff P your reply is very interesting/ I am a ATA member but I haven't shot none for a while, (Health reasons) along with the high cost of things. So I haven't attended any shoots this yrs..or even shot any targets much in 2 yrs.

    I live in Kentucky and was kind of hoping to get a reply from Ky or Indiana shooter's as to how the state shoots went back this direction.

    As for DON: Smart Mouth!! I ran a search and didn't find any thing posted on my question. So I run the post.. Have a great day.
     
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    320090T Well-Known Member

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    Ohio had been the only state shoot I heard was up, glad there were others!
     
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    It all depends where you do your shopping. I stopped at an Outdoor World store yesterday and they were charging $60 a bag for shot and $5.99 for 100 Winchester 209 primers. If I buy the stuff at my club it's half the price. HMB
     
  8. John Thompson

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    Indiana, Illinois & Michigan were all down. Don't forget $30.00 a hundred for targets as another cause. Of course, trapshooting is not nor has it ever been a poor man's game. Twenty years ago, I was told it costs $1.00 every time you pull the trigger. I don't want to know what it is today
     
  9. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    The bigger shoots won't be affected too much I'd guess. The little shoots at smaller clubs will feel the effects first. Hap
     
  10. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    I just got a pleasant surprise. I drove by a gas station - okay, they don't exist any more; it was a Hess mini-mart - this morning and regular was .3899 and fuel was being delivered. I planned to stop on the way home and thought about turning around because the price was certain to go up but kept driving. When I stopped on the way home a half-hour later, it was .3679!!!

    Wow - it felt like I was getting a bargain!

    Ed
     
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