Clay Shooting Sees Spike in Popularity Among Youth
“It all kind of started here, the whole high school program in the early 2000s with Wayzata High School and Orono High School,” said Randal Baker, Wayzata clay target team coach.
Baker helped organize a friendly clay shooting competition held last week between police officers and teens. The event has been going on for the last five years. Baker says police usually face tough competition from kids who practice several days a week.
“They’re usually pretty impressed with the quality of the shooting of these youth. They just finished their spring program. They’re shooting quite a bit. And man, I tell ya, they are really, really good shooters out there. So it’s quite a little competition,” said Baker.
Baker says there are 35 kids at Wayzata high school shooting trap and 18 shooting skeet, as well as another 20 in the middle school program. He estimates there are now more than 12,000 youth clay shooting participants throughout the state.