Moving targets: Moffat County 4-H shotgun groups focus on state |

Moving targets: Moffat County 4-H shotgun groups focus on state

Cody Dade takes aim at a clay pigeon overhead as coach Wade Gerber oversees him during the skeet portion of the Moffat County 4-H shotgun completion shoot Saturday at Craig Trap Club.
Andy Bockelman |

Hundreds of orange targets were airborne Saturday morning at Craig Trap Club, and not nearly as many came back down in one piece.

Finalizing the Moffat County 4-H shooting sports rounds of completion shoots were the junior and senior shotgun teams, the members of which took to the field to determine who will go to Colorado Springs in September.

Shooters took aim at plentiful clay pigeons in both trap and skeet formats.

Brothers Cody and Wyatt Dade were in the midst of the action, their first time competing with shotguns. The two of them had previously shot archery but credited their stepfather, Jason Ahlstrom with getting them interested in the format.

“We just love shooting guns,” Wyatt grinned.

The siblings had qualified for state shoots with bows and arrows last year but couldn’t attend due to a schedule conflict

“I’m a little nervous that I won’t qualify for state this time,” Cody admitted leading up to the final round.

Their concerns were for naught as both claimed a spot on the junior state team, Cody placing fifth and Wyatt as the alternate in sixth.

Winning the junior lineup was Ty Blackwell, followed by Torin Gray, Elias Browning and Will McStay.

Earning the top spot on the senior state squad was Carlin King, who will be joined by Colby Beckett, Lane White, Trevor Hume, Laadan Rothermund and alternate Toryn Hume.

Coach Wade Gerber noted that King went 70 for 75 on the day, missing only five total pigeons.

“That’s pretty normal for him, he’s been shooting a lot of years,” he said. “Ty’s also spent a lot of time out here.”

Gerber added that shooters have kept their eyes on the prize during practice rounds that began in April, as well as occasional intense heat or precipitation.

“They’ve really spent hours working on it,” he said.