Wallowa County Chieftain
Wallowa High School Trap Club members Ruben Hunt and Lane Tanzey, both 14, have returned from the High School Clay Target League 2018 National Championship in Mason, Mich., where they shot 193 out of 200 targets and now sit in 103rd place and 110th respectively in the nation. There were 2,000 competitors.
“Both are just super talented,” said Curtis Bloom, Wallowa Rod and Gun Club President and Wallowa High School Trap Club coach. “They’ve been shooting at the club since they were around six- or eight-years-old, and they’ve had lots of practice.”
Donations from local individuals and businesses made it possible for Hunt and Tanzey to attend the nationals and also helped the Wallowa High School Trap Club with other expenses. In June, Ken Shelton of the Wallowa/Union Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association boosted the youth club by presenting a check for $2,500 during a club barbecue at the Wallowa Rod and Gun Club northeast of Wallowa.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the help from the community, “Bloom said.
The club also received a pledge of support from the National Rifle Association.
“They heard about our boys going to nationals,” Bloom said.“We were contacted last week by Brian Broadfoot, Northeast Oregon coordinator for the NRA, and told they would like to donate generously to help the kids with shooting supplies.”
The club continues to grow, Bloom said, with several students from Enterprise expressing interest in joining. To facilitate the exchange of information and introduce new kids to the program, the club is planning a night shoot and potluck fundraiser in the near future.
For more information visit the Wallowa Gun Club Facebook page.