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VIDEO: Not The Norm Sports: Trap shootoing has exceeded officials' expectations from outset

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Photographs by Photo courtesy of Lindell Roth

The Shiloh Christian Gunslingers captured the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s West Regional championship during its May tournament in Jacksonville and qualified for the AYSSP state tournament in May. The Gunslingers hit 231 of 250 targets during the competition, edging Huntsville’s Ugly Unicorns by two targets. One Shiloh Christian shooter, Johnathon Kearney, hit a perfect 50 of 50 and earned a spot in the Champion of Champions event in June.

The Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program has continually exceeded its expectations since the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission launched it in 2006 and held its first state tournament the following year.

At A Glance

The Rise of Trap Shooting

The following is a comparision of the participation numbers for the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program between its inaugural season in 2007 and what they look like today.

Category^2007^2017

Shooting teams^59^359

Total students^918^5,911

Junior shooters^377^2,341

Senior shooters^541^3,570

Female shooters^135^1,002

Male shooters^783^4,909

Total coaches^125^804

Female coaches^10^126

Male coaches^115^678

Statistics courtesy of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

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