trap shooting


Qualifications and Match Fees

Trap matches are open to Members and the Public​​

Match Fee: $5.00 per round (25 clays)


Dillman Outdoor Range, Trap Range

Dates and Times

Matches are held on the first Sunday and second and fourth Saturdays of each month..  Matches begin at 8:00 am (April – October) and at 9:00 am (November – March). Our facility is a 16 yard, 5 position trap course. Shooters of all levels are welcome. 

Trap Shooting Background

This is a sport in which participants use shotguns for shooting a saucer shaped clay target flung into the air from a spring loaded device called a trap.

Trapshooting originated in England in the late 18th century when marksman, to improve their hunting skills, shot at live pigeons released from cages or box traps. The practice was outlawed or died out in the late 18th century when various inanimate objects were substituted as targets, culminating with the invention of the modern disk. Trapshooting has since developed an appeal of its own apart from training for hunting and is chiefly pursued among marksman who seldom or ever hunt.  It has been included in Olympic Games competition since 1900.

Modern birds, or clay pigeons, are 4 5/16 inches (11 cm) in diameter and 1 1/8 inch (3 cm) in thickness and are made of pitch and clay or limestone, weighing 3 ½ ounces (99 – 113 g). They are so brittle that even one pellet from a shot will usually shatter them for a score.

A trapshooting field consists of a single trap house located 16 yards (15 m) in front of 5 shooting positions. Targets are thrown into the air away from the shooter and at various angles unknown to the shooter.  A regulation round is made up of 25 targets, with each shooter firing at 5 targets from each of the 5 stations. In doubles competition, two targets are released at the same time, and the shooter must fire one shot at each. The gun used is usually a double-barreled 12-gauge (bore) shotgun.

World championships and Olympic trapshooting events are supervised by the International Shooting Union. In the Olympics each competitor fires four 25-target rounds on each of two days. The total targets hit out of 200 attempted determines the winner.

Additional Availability by Appointment

In addition to our regularly scheduled Weekend Trap Matches, our trap machine is available by appointment.  If you find that you would like to shoot trap on a day or time other than those listed on our calendar, you can call the Club headquarters at 916-434-0308 and set up a date & time that is convenient for you.  Due to the cost of the machine, it is not available daily, but only during matches and by appointment. Our trap facility is available to both members and non-members.

For more information regarding the use of the trap machine or our Weekend Trap Matches, please e-mail your questions to, or contact our Club headquarters directly at (916) 434-0308.