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Skeet Shooting: A sport for the past, present and future

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Skeet shooting is a sport that anyone can participate in for recreation or competition. Participants and competitors use their shotguns to hit a clay disc target that mechanically flies from one of two cement stations on either side of the field.

The Fort Frances Sportsmen's Club has a skeet shooting property on Frog Creek Rd. According to their website, skeet has a long-standing history at the Fort Frances Sportsmen's Club range at Frog Creek, and still has a dedicated group of shooters who hit the range on Tuesday nights to aim at targets flying at 60 miles per hour.

The shooters stand on various cement stations on a semicircle that faces two trap houses. The orange disc targets then fly out of the houses, one or two at a time from opposing directions, with a total of 25 in each series.

The most difficult station is the middle one because shooters have to hit two moving targets and it requires quick reflexes.

“It's a really fun sport you don't need much of a blast to break them, but the key is movement; it's all about the swing,” it says on the website. “The sport takes some getting used to, and like anything, the more you practice at it, the better you'll get. You have to shoot where the target is going to be, not where it is, and that's a hard thing to do.”

Brad Houghton, president of the Fort Frances Sportsmen's Club, said it is a sport for everyone and it can be a great way for young individuals to hang out and make friends.

The average cost is $7 per person per round to pay for the targets and the shells to load your gun-no more than the cost of going to see a movie. New shooters are always welcome, and can get individualized instruction on Thursdays at the range.

The club also offers archery and rifle programs, where it can be a place to practice shooting moving targets in a safe and regulated environment.

You can get more information by visiting their website www.ffsportsmensclub.com or by calling Brad Houghton 275 -6183.

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