Shooting Sports Sunday

Howard County 4-H Gun Club Trap Practice, Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore (AGC)


Standing from left to right:  Patrick, Donnie, Maggie, Mason, Josh, Gregory and Instructor Martha Brodsky.  Kneeling in foreground:  Eric, Instructor Tom D’Asto and Instructor Mark Burchick.


Eric drops the clay from the sky.


Instructor Martha tags a long distance clay.


Maggie show good form as she calls “pull.”   And now for last week . . .


Good one Mason.  We have been shooting every Sunday for the last month.  Why?  It’s because the Maryland 4-H State Shotgun Tournament is coming up on October 25, 2014.


Josh whacks one.  Howard County always fields a highly competitive team.  The state competition will include Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays, for a best of 100-shots, in Junior, Intermediate and Senior classes.  The very best 4-H’ers advance to represent Maryland in the annual National competitions.  For years now, our Howard County Club has sent a representative to Nationals!


A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Once the State Match is over in late October, we will go back to our every other Sunday afternoon practice schedule.  The only time we do not shoot is July/August, so that we don’t compete with vacations and all of the functions required of us to prepare for the Howard County Fair.  Most of our Club members are also members of other 4-H clubs, primarily related to livestock.


Thank you to our 4-H volunteers and family members that assist with score keeping and trap throwing.  Thank you also to our sponsor, the National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation.


Maggie tracks the clay and is about to pull the trigger.


Gregory may be our top intermediate, and we have high hopes and expectations, as he consistently shoots in the twenties for all disciplines.


As a Club, we also shoot rifle and archery.


Way to go Mason.


I always feel accomplished, if I can beat Instructor Tom’s score, as we both usually hit about four out of five at each station.

I’ve followed my son’s Joshua, Michael, Mark and Jeb, from ages 8 through 18, through the Gun Club.  I am now a 15-year certified instructor and volunteer.  Excuse the pun, but Shooting Sports are a blast!