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    roger8918 Active Member Verified Youth Coach/Director

    Jan 29, 1998
    There is great article about the Mason-Dixon Clay Busters SCTP trap team in the LIFESTYLES section of today's (12/9/2007) York Daily Record! Jennifer Vogelsong visited us back in October for our final practice of the year and she put together a fantastic article about our team that I feel you all would enjoy.

    It's good to have the press showcase the shooting sports in such a positive light. Jennifer took time to research the facts and in my opinion presented them in an accurate and positive way. We need more reporters like Jennifer so that more people can hear the truth about how sportsmen's clubs are positively affecting the lives of today's young people.

    I feel Jennifer did an excellent job. If after you read the article and you agree, I would encourage you to call, email or write the York Daily Record and let them know that their efforts are appreciated.

    In addition to the text I have provided a link to the article on York Daily Record's website.

    Click. 'Pull.' Aim. Shoot.

    Clay target group for kids shoots for education, safety and personal development


    Daily Record/Sunday News

    Article Last Updated: 12/10/2007 10:56:31 AM EST

    Dec 9, 2007 — Carrie Ness will be the first to tell you that anyone who sees her at the Jefferson Sportsmen's Association would probably think she was there with a brother, an uncle or other male relative.

    The 12-year-old Dallastown seventh-grader with glasses and a blond ponytail has a tiny frame and speaks softly - not exactly the image that comes to mind when you think of youth sport shooting.

    But then she picks up her gun, slides the safety goggles onto the bridge of her nose and takes her place on a paved strip on the trapshooting range. She reaches into the shell pouch at her hip, pops a yellow cylinder into the action of her rifle, and waits until the echo of the shooter next to her has faded.

    Carrie clicks the action closed, mounts the gun to her shoulder and leans forward.

    She reminds herself not to look at the BBs on the end of the barrel - it's not very accurate, she says. She calls for the target and prepares for the machine inside the cinderblock trap house to hurl an orange clay disc into the air.

    A bang, and she's done.

    "Sometimes, it's hard to remember everything people tell you," she said. "But I've started to get better at it."

    Carrie, like many members of the Mason-Dixon Clay Busters trap shooting team, doesn't hunt. Before this year, she had never touched a gun.

    Now, she can shatter 12 of 25 clays, and her arm doesn't get sore from the recoil of a shot.

    When Carrie shoots a good round, she knows her grandpa, Chet Wise, is proud of her as he watches from the sidelines. He encouraged her to give the team a try after she watched him shoot a round at the York Chapter of the Isaak Walton League.

    Wise is glad his granddaughter stuck with the sport, even though it was challenging at first. "Everybody's saying we gotta get kids involved or these (sportsmen's) clubs are not gonna have anyone."

    That's one reason that Roger Beardsley of Glen Rock organized the group a year ago. But it's far from the only one. His own three children - two sons and a daughter - were interested in the sport, but there were no clubs in the area.

    "It's kind of strange," he said. "PA is one of the biggest trap-shooting states, but it has the fewest organized groups. In places like Oklahoma, it's a big-time varsity sport and thousands of kids participate."

    The 20 slots on the Clay Busters team filled in less than a week. Beardsley had to turn kids down. "There was such a need for this," said Beardsley, adding it's important for young shooters to learn the sport in a kid-friendly environment.

    "It takes a lot for a kid to stand at this line with a bunch of old guys from a sportsmen's club," he said. "Even though they would welcome them and help them, it wouldn't be the same."

    Safe handling of guns is among the first things new members learn. Each teen who joins the team must complete a 10-hour hunting safety course and adhere to strict rules about when and how they load their guns at practices and competitions.

    None of the shooters, or their teammates who are watching, chat or joke around much at practices, especially after they take their guns from their cases, or borrow one from the club's rack. "When they're up at the line, they're all business," Beardsley said. "It's not a place to horse around."

    It's also a matter of focus and respect for those who are shooting.

    Blane Vanover, 13, of Dallastown said the most difficult part of the sport is maintaining concentration. "If somebody's laughing real loud or talking, it messes you up," he said.

    He started shooting with the team after a cousin told him about it. "It's something fun to do on weekends," he said. "And it's cool to blow things up."

    On the line, the shooters establish a rhythm:





    "You have about a second to make up your mind and shoot, so you have to be quick," Beardsley said. "Some of them are very competitive shooters because of their young eyes."

    Beardsley said the rising cost of ammunition and an increasing number of activities competing for kids' time and attention are the biggest challenges to getting young people involved in target shooting.

    "It's a great sport," he said. "They're outside in the fresh air and sunshine, they're having a good time and they're learning some skills."

    Reach Jennifer Vogelsong at 771-2034 or jvogelsong@ydr.com.


    Skeet shooting: Crossing targets are thrown from trap houses in the same direction. Shooters stand in different positions to shoot from a variety of angles.

    Trap shooting: Outgoing targets are thrown from a trap house in unpredictable patterns and at unpredictable angles that simulate birds taking flight. Shooters stand in different positions to shoot from a variety of angles.

    Sporting clays: Shooters move among stations where targets are thrown in patterns that simulate the variety of challenges in field shooting.

    Source: http://www.claytargetsonline.com


    Number of members: 19
    Range of ages: 11 to 17 years old
    Geographic distribution: Members come from across York County and northern Maryland.
    When they practice: Spring and fall
    When they compete: Summer
    Where they practice: Jefferson Sportsmen's Association and the York Chapter of the Isaak Walton League near Dallastown.

    For details: Visit http://www.masondixonclaybusters.com


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    Population: 7,128
    Number of households: 2,831
    Average house value: $124,800
    Average income per household: $46,581
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