The sport of skeet shooting got started in 1920 in Andover, Massachusetts. A small group of upland game hunters wanted to practice their shooting skills by hitting clay targets.
It's grown in popularity through the years and I've always wondered just what it was like to try and hit a moving clay target at a shooting range. So to help cure my curiosity I asked one of Lincoln's most experienced skeet shooters to help me out. And trust me, Bill Harder knows how to handle a shotgun. In his more than 50 years of shooting he's hit more than 160,000 skeet targets.
Bill remembers the beginning years of his fascination with skeet shooting fondly, "My career got started because of my father who started shooting back in the mid 30's." Bill loved to spend time with his dad shooting skeet, "I grew up around gun clubs, gun ranges shooting trap and as I got older, 8 or 9 years old started shooting trap and skeet. Grew up with it essentially throughout my lifetime." That's why Bill is so thrilled about the opportunity to share his vast skeet knowledge with those of us that know very little about shotguns.
Skeet shooting involves targets flying from multiple locations, "The two things on shooting a shotgun are the speed of the target, the angle of it's crossing and it's distance from you."
As it turns out, I may not be exactly what you call a natural, but there's a lot to be gained from this sport, "You also learn a lot about yourself and how to concentrate and motivate yourself so there's a lot of personal things there that help you grow as a person and into an adult."
It's challenging, but the good folks at the Lincoln Trap and Skeet Club are always looking for new participants, so although it is a membership driven club, it is open to the public 7 days a week. And if you've ever had a desire to join in the skeet or trap action the time is now. Summer leagues got started this week and there are still vacancies available.