The UW–Platteville Sportsmen’s Club is leaving for Texas on Sunday.
Ten members of the club are off to compete at the six-day ACUI Collegiate Clay Target National Championships at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. The team will compete against schools from all over the country, both big and small, in five competitions throughout the event; American trap, Skeet, 5-Stand, Sporting Clays and International Trap.
The team consists of club president Tyler Buchanan, a junior from East Troy, club vice president Dan Dombrowski, a sophomore from Muskego, Brent Debruine (sr., Burlington), Dietric De Jager (jr., Friesland), Evan Reichert (jr., Byron, Ill.), Sarah Schmitz (jr., Pittsville), Peter Chin (fr., Wauwatosa), Jordan Frentz, (so., Oak Creek), Ryan Bildeaux (so., Forest Lake) and Jaren Fischer (so., Stratford).
“This is one of the few events we go to throughout the year, but as a club we are working on organizing to compete in more events,” said Dombrowski. “We will be competing head-to-head against division one teams so it should be fun.”
The UW–Platteville Sportsmen’s Club currently has 55 active members. The club practices archery on Wednesday nights and trap shooting on Thursdays at the Cassville Conservation Club, and shoots skeet on Fridays in Peosta, Iowa.
Trap shooting is one of the three major disciplines of competitive clay pigeon shooting, where participants attempt to shot down flying clay targets using shot guns. In trap shooting, the targets are launched from a single “house” or machine, generally away from the shooter. In skeet shooting, targets are launched from two “houses” in somewhat “sideways” paths that intersect in front of the shooter. Sporting clays includes a more complex course, with many launch points.
“Besides our weekly practice sessions, the club is a way to get together with hunting partners or ice fishing partners, stuff like that,” added Dombrowski.
The first organizational meeting for the UW–Platteville Sportsmen’s Club was held in the spring semester of 2008 and student government formally recognized the club in the fall of 2009.
Casey Hauer and Brent Shipman were the co-founders of the club and served as the first and second presidents.
If you are interested in finding out more about the club, or joining, contact Dombrowski, at 414-416-8490.