ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

High school clay target league announces its top shooters

Minnesota had 11,792 participants and 400 teams, by far the most of any state. Wisconsin was next with 2,928 while North Dakota was fifth with 2,076 and South Dakota 1,524.

190605 clay target-NDGF photo.jpg
Clay target shooters get ready on the range during a North Dakota event in this undated photo.
Contributed / North Dakota Game and Fish Department
We are part of The Trust Project.

EAGAN, Minn. — A record 31,688 students competed in the USA Clay Target League spring season across 34 states with state tournaments happening this month and a national tournament slated in Michigan July 6-10.

More than 1,500 students earned awards this spring through conference play during a nine-week season that began in late March, the USACTL said.

Minnesota had 11,792 participants and 400 teams, by far the most of any state. Wisconsin was next with 2,928 while North Dakota was fifth with 2,076 and South Dakota 1,524.

In Minnesota , Brady Plattner of Big Lake was the overall season average leader at 24.9. Abigail Malecha of Duluth East was the top averaging girl at 24.1.

Connor Johnson of South Prairie in Minot was the top shooter in North Dakota with a season average of 24.5. Cali Steffan of Beulah lead the girls division with a 23.1 average.

ADVERTISEMENT

In South Dakota , Katie Welker of Winner/Colome was the overall season average leader at 24.7. Jack Anderson, also of Winner/Colome, was the top boys shooter at 24.5.

Hunter Knotwell of Lancaster lead all Wisconsin participants with a 24.9 average while Lora Hinz of Weston led the girls at 23.8.

MORE HUNTING COVERAGE IN NORTHLAND OUTDOORS:
In this Northland Outdoors podcast, host Chad Koel talks with Juten, known on social media as Ali UpNorth. The Duluth resident is the lead Northland Outdoors ambassador, a group of social media and outdoor enthusiasts who help promote the brand.
Standing corn is often talked about as a detriment to deer hunters, to the point where some won't even go into the woods until corn is harvested. Eric Morken of Northland Outdoors details examples of getting on high numbers of does to big bucks around standing corn, along with specifics on how to hunt corn as an archer.
The former DNR official will go to the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources.
In related hunting news, the early Canada goose season opens Monday, Aug. 15, in all three zones.
The deadline to buy a license to enter the antlerless permit lottery is Sept. 8.
The outdoor event focuses on shotgun sports, archery, waterfowl hunting and dog training.
But the wet, cold spring may reduce chick survival and hunter success.
Minnesota DNR wolf pan sets strategy for wolf management in the state.
The Wolf Forgiveness Bonus Program aims to reduce the number of wolves killed near livestock farms.
Sixth-annual event runs July 28-31 with archery and rock music.

"The league congratulates all of the award winners from the spring season. These talented athletes have worked hard to earn their recognition as top clay target athletes.” said John Nelson, president of the USACTL. “The league also thanks the parents, coaches, and shooting range staff that work so hard to provide a safe and fun experience for all.”

Each athlete must complete firearm safety certification before participation. The league, the only fully school-approved clay target shooting program in the U.S., states that participants have been injury-free since the USACTL's inception in 2001.

The national championship will be held in Mason, Mich.

What to read next
Members Only
It had been a few years since there was a decent blueberry crop where I pick, but this year the stars aligned.
The fish reportedly died from low oxygen levels due to high temps and low water levels in late July.
It's a far cry and a long plane ride from California, but at Tettegouche State Park, visitors to the North Shore can find both the water and as close as we get to the mountains in Minnesota.
One year after the Lake County wildfire, the scorched Superior National Forest, cabin owners and McDougal Lake Campground all show resilience.