Trap Shoots are held the 4th Sunday of every month Squadding and practice begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by the shoot at 8:30.
The trap is a formal shotgun game using the same target (a clay pigeon) which is used for Skeet: a fragile saucer about 5 inches in diameter. The clay pigeon flies almost straight away from the shooter, who stands at one of 5 stations (positions) which form an arc behind the trap house. The birds (clay pigeons) are launched from the trap house, located in front of the shooting stations. The oscillating mechanical arm of the trap flings the birds left, straight ahead, or to the right of the shooter.Distances vary from 16 to 27 yards; at the OVGC's trap shoot we usually shoot from the 16-yard stations. Behind the shooters, the Rangemaster (called a "puller") controls a remote device connected to the Trap machine. When a shooter is ready to fire, he calls, "Pull!" and the puller depresses the button, allowing the trap to release a bird. One of the skills required for shooting trap is the ability to locate the bird as it leaves the trap house and track its progress across the sky.