Trap shoot fundraiser brings in 70 shooters
The Madras High School and 4-H trap shooting teams put on the first annual High Desert Open Trap Shoot fundraiser on June 3.
The event was held at the Jefferson County Rod and Gun Club and saw 14 teams and 70 shooters participate.
The event was led by 4-H and high school trap shooting coach Kevin Tollefson. Tollefson has coached the 4-H program for six years and is in his second year coaching the high school program.
Throughout the year, the trapshooting teams shoot locally and send their scores in, competing against other kids in the state of Oregon. If kids have high enough scores, they can go to the state competition, where they can compete to qualify for the national competition.
"Our kids shoot around 20,000 rounds a year; with that and the range fees, it is a very expensive sport," said Tollefson. "My goal in both the high school and 4-H is to introduce kids to a new sport in shotgunning, which they may not be able to do because of the cost. We do our best to help out with the ammunition, range fees and even get them shotguns if they need. That is what we are trying to do here."
"My wife and I started a nonprofit called ORSSEP — Oregon Shooting Sports Education and Promotion," said Tollefson. "All these proceeds go toward funding both programs."
The 4-H program starts in November and shoots until June, when they compete in the state tournament.
In the fundraising event, teams shot at 75 targets, shooting 15 single targets from a 16-yard line, moving back to shoot 15 single targets at the 24-yard line. The teams then move over to shoot 30 targets for doubles (two targets at once) and move again to the continentals shooting, where they shoot 15 targets.
The organizers score the trap shoot by the number of targets participants shoot out of the 75 total. The highest scoring team of five shooters won a deep sea fishing trip and the highest individual shooter won a 22-caliber rifle.
The winning team was Prepper Up from Prineville, and the members were Billy Ledford, Rhonda Ledford, Tom Ledford, Lloyd Brooks and Gene Adams.
The individual winner was Tom Ledford.
There was also a number of raffles and silent auctions that were going on at the same time. Lunch was provided and prizes were given out through the event.
Under clear, sunny skies, and surrounded by mountains, families and friends ate, laughed and competed together, enjoying the first High Desert Open Trap Shoot fundraiser.