Gile finishes in top 30 at MSHSL State Trap

Chad Smith

The 2019 Spring Trap Season came to an official end with the Minnesota State High School League Championship last Friday, June 21, at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. Rushford-Peterson’s Brady Gile wrapped up the tournament in a tie for 29th out of just over 100 of the best shooters in the state. Gile finished the one-day tournament with a score of 96 (out of a possible 100).

The format was similar the Minnesota Clay Target League Tournament, in that each shooter had two sessions of 50 birds each to pile up their scoring. The first session was two rounds of 25 birds each, with two more rounds of 25 targets after that. Gile’s score of 96 included two rounds of 25-straight hits.

Gile jumped out to a good start in Session 1, hitting 25-straight birds in the first round. Round two was his least-accurate of the tournament but he still hit 22 targets (missing only 3 birds). On to Session 2, he once again jumped out to a fast start, hitting 25-straight clay targets. Gile was nearly as perfect in round two, hitting 24 of 25 birds.

Last Friday’s weather was not ideal for target shooting. The winds were up to 20 miles per hour at times. That meant hitting the clay target as quickly as possible before the wind whipped it out of range was the big key to success.

Trap season isn’t necessarily over yet for several Minnesota shooters. Minnesota will be sending a group of shooters to the 2019 U.S. National Clay Target League Championship Tournament. The contest takes place in Mason, Mich., July 10-14.