Gun club

Members of Mid-Carolina Clay Busters, a newly formed high school age shooting team that have been using Halifax Gun Club to practice are (from left) coach Lynn Ward, Natalie Garrett, Kate Bishop, Shannon Dorsey, Luke Pulliam, Cayla Rice, Bryce Jones and McKenzie Burk.

The Halifax Gun Club has had a few more shooters than usual recently, and the group of shooters are much younger than the average shooter.

Mid-Carolina Clay Busters, a newly formed high school age shooting team has semi-adopted Halifax as their new home.

Lynn Ward, who is the girls soccer and golf coach at Person County High School in Roxboro, North Carolina, recently decided to get back into trap shooting, and he decided he wanted to try and form a high school team. After asking around at the local high schools in the area, and not finding one that would take the sport on, he decided to from a high school age team that was not officially affiliated with any particular high school.

The roster currently includes eight shooters from three different high schools and homeschool. Six of the eight shooters are girls. “We’d love to have anyone near Halifax that might be interested in trying trap (shooting) or skeet to give us a call,” Ward said.

Currently the team primarily focuses on trap shooting, but they have also tried skeet shooting and wobble trap (at Halifax). They also plan to do sporting clays later this month. They also are planning to enter their first trap shooting competition on Jan. 3 in Mebane, North Carolina, at the Buckhorn Gun Club. The group has been practicing once a week at the Buckhorn Gun Club as well at Halifax Gun Club, and they occasionally practice during the week as well.

The group also hopes to have future Amateur Trap Association (ATA) events at Halifax and other locations as well. Ray Shields and other members at Halifax have been helpful to the group and all parties are hoping for some interest at the local level.

“We have met some great people at Halifax. They have been very helpful,” Ward said. “We would love to have some local teens come out and try the sport,” he added.

Any potential members would need their own shotgun as well as eye and ear protection.

Ronnie Newton helped contribute to this article.