MDC: Improve your trapshooting skills May 6 at Rover Gun Club

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WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Curious about trapshooting? It’s a popular activity for sport shooters and for hunters trying to improve their shotgun skills. If that’s you, learn all you need to know during Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free classes set for 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 – 4 p.m. on May 6 at Rover Gun Club.

Trap is a competitive shooting activity where clay targets are launched from one “house” which is located 16 yards in front of the shooter. Targets are launched in a 44-degree fan pattern – some are launched straight away from the shooter, while others are launched at angles to the left or right. The height of the launch can also be varied.

Classes offered:

MDC Conservation Educator Sarah Elrod will cover common trap-related topics, including how the game of trap works, how to mount your gun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and what type of guns, and loads work best.

“This program is intended for those who have had some experience with shotguns,” Elrod said. “We’ll cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you can bring your own.”

For questions, contact Sarah Elrod at


Check out details for all of MDC’s free events online at

Advance registration is required for most programs and can be completed online at All family members that plan to attend in-person and virtual events must be registered. First, create a profile. Once a profile is created and event registration is complete, additional details about programs will be sent via email.