Youth Programs


Lou Rupp
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Lou attended Kemper Military Academy and the University of Missouri. After a 26 year career as Director of Packaging Engineering for the Ralston Purina Company, Lou joined Fru-Con Engineering and Construction Corporation where he established, built and oversaw a highly successful Package Engineering Consulting discipline before retiring in 2001.
Lou served as a Director for the Packaging Foundation Institute, was the founding Chairman of the Packaging Industry Advisory Board at the University of Missouri-Rolla, served as Chairman of the Board of the St. Louis Big Game Hunters, Inc., and the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, a leading worldwide conservation organization and is a current director on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Lou developed a strong passion for hunting and the outdoors at a very early age which he has pursued worldwide. He is an accomplished hunter having successfully hunted 34 of North America’s big game species, a holder of the Grand slam awards (the four North American species) of sheep, deer, bear, caribou, turkey, moose,  and the Super slam award (any 12 species of the world) of sheep and goat. His hunting has encompassed 14 states and 11 countries.
Lou is a life member of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Grand Slam Club/Ovis, North American Hunting Club, the National Rifle Association, and a member of Safari Club International, is a Founding member of the St. Louis based, Gateway Chapter of Safari Club International, and is a member of The Mule Deer Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited.  He is also a current certified Hunter Education instructor for the state of Missouri.

St. Louis

Jan Morris
Jan was born and raised in Indiana, but moved to Missouri when he started high school. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist College, and the University of Missouri. Jan taught in Missouri public high schools for 28 years, He is a U. S. Army veteran with Vietnam service, a life member of the National Rifle Association and the North American Hunting Club. Jan is the former Missouri State Coordinator for the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge, and a Certified USA Shooting/NRA/CMP/ATA Level II Shotgun Coach. Jan has been a volunteer hunter education instructor since 1971 and bowhunter education instructor since 1991. Jan has hunted big game in Wyoming and Alaska. He is a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association, Delta Waterfowl, and past member of the Board of Directors of the International Hunter Education Association. He was named the Winchester North American Outstanding Hunter Education Instructor in 2003. Jan holds a Distinguished Expert Rifle rating from the NRA, and enjoys all types of hunting and shooting sports.



Rod Zeller
Rod was born and raised in Independence, Missouri and attended Southwest Baptist College. A lifelong shooter & part time hunter, he was offered a job as a guide and wrangler and headed for the mountains in Montana. He worked as a welder & mechanic in heavy construction between trips to the mountains. After getting married, Rod went to work in the marine construction industry. As a commercial diver and later as project manager his projects included: platform installation & removal, subsea pipeline installation ship hull maintenance, nuclear and hydro power plants, bridge construction, facility construction for the Navy, Army, DoD, DoT and DoE.
On returning to Missouri, in 1994, Rod and Joan settled in rural Lexington and he now works for Holliday Sand & Gravel.
Rod shoots anything with a trigger and has competed in trap, skeet & sporting clays, service rifle, international & action pistol.
Member: NRA Endowment, TSRA Life, USA Shooting, ATA, NSSA, and IDPA. Rod’s resume also includes: NRA Training Counselor, NRA/USAS Level II coach, National Coach Development Staff, Mo. 4H State Instructor, Univ. of Central Missouri shotgun coach, and Show-Me Shooting Sports FirearmsTraining, Owner.


Rod Zeller

Diane Franklin
Missouri State Representative Diane Franklin represents parts of Camden and Laclede counties (District 123). She is Chairman of the Children and Families Committee and is a member of the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect and Appropriations for Elementary and Secondary Education.
In 2012, Diane sponsored and successfully passed House Concurrent Resolution 43 encouraging every school district and school in Missouri to promote and include trap shooting as a high school sport.
She is a member of the National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation and Missouri Farm Bureau. She is also a member of the Amateur and Missouri Trap Shooting Associations. A member of the Missouri State Lady’s Team in 2009, 2010, and 2012, she actively competes with event wins in Missouri, Kansas and Nevada. When not competing, Diane enjoys turkey and waterfowl hunting.
In addition to her legislative activities, Rep. Franklin is a fifth-generation farmer and proud owner of a Century Farm. She resides in Camdenton, Missouri, with her husband, Dr. Chris Franklin. She is the mother of two sons and the proud grandmother of two granddaughters and one grandson.


Gwen Morris
Gwen is a native Missourian and grew up in Jefferson County. She is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and taught Business Education for 30 years. Upon retiring she became a volunteer hunter education and bowhunter education instructor. Gwen was named CFM Hunter Education Instructor of the Year in 2008, and she received the Department of Conservation Hunter Education Instructor Lifetime Achievement award in 2010. She was also involved in Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) on the local, state and national level. Gwen is a lifetime member of NRA and a certified Level II USA Shooting/NRA/CMP/ ATA Shotgun coach. She volunteers at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor education center. Gwen enjoys duck, deer, and turkey hunting in Missouri, hunting big game in Wyoming, spending time with her 5 granddaughters, and training her black lab, Kate.



Jake Hindman
Jake Hindman works for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) as an Outreach and Education District Supervisor. Prior to his current position, Jake worked as Outdoor Education Center Supervisor at the Jay Henges Shooting Range & Outdoor Education Center, and as an Outdoor Skills Specialist for MDC in the Kansas City area coordinating Hunter Education and delivering outdoor skills presentations at schools and public events. Most of Jake’s work centers around encouraging people to discover nature by exploring different outdoor activities. His love for the outdoors combined with an ability to imitate over 50 animal calls by natural voice makes Jake a featured speaker at many outdoor events. As a competitive turkey caller Jake has won or placed in over 25 calling competitions and holds intermediate titles in 4 different states. Jake holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation Biology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from Southeast Missouri State University and lives in Jackson, Mo with his wife, Trina, and their three daughters.

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Tom Roberts
Tom was born in Glenwood, a small town in Northeast Missouri. He has spent his entire life in Missouri. He received his Bachelors and Masters degree from Northeast Missouri State University ( now Truman State). He was raised on a farm and continues to raise cattle and enjoys the outdoors. Tom is a member of the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame. He has coached and taught in Missouri schools for 37 years. He had numerous teams in the Missouri State Basketball Tournaments. He is past President of Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, Past President of Missouri Trapshooters Association, a Life Member in the Missouri Trapshooters Association where he serves as Secretary, Life Member in the Amateur Trapshooters Association and a Life Member in the Iowa Trapshooters Association. He is a Level I Shotgun Instructor. He is a member of the Lancaster Methodist Church. He is an alderman for the city of Lancaster. He cashiers trapshoots, shoots when he can, and overall enjoys life to the fullest.
Tom is currently retired from teaching. However, he continues to work in the Schuyler R-I School Distirct as technology coordinator. He also continues to assist in coaching youth basketball, softball, and shotgun sports. He enjoys turkey, deer, and duck hunting and loves traveling to trap shoots with his wife. He is married to wife Paula, father of a son and daughter and proud grandfather of 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson.



Dr. David Vaught
David is a true son of Missouri, born in Smithville, but growing up in Columbia. The youngest of three children his mother was a 6th grade school teacher and his father a Hall of Fame waterfowl biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Throughout his life he has hunted and been engaged in shooting sports.
His interest in competitive shooting began back in the early 1980’s with skeet. A visit to a local shooting club and one round of skeet had him hooked. He bought a Remington 870 pump (from the original Ely Arms Store) with a bored-out skeet barrel, a MEC Jr. loader, and every weekend he would shoot a couple hundred rounds of skeet. He soon teamed up at the club and became a part of the club championship team and began to experience 25/25 rounds.
In 2013 with the help of a Midway USA Foundation grant he started the Mizzou Trap Academy to help rising high school juniors and seniors become better trap shooters, promote competitive shooting skills and to assist in the transition to competitive collegiate shooting.
Dr. Vaught holds all three degrees from the University of Missouri, and has been teaching there for 20 years. He advises the nationally ranked Mizzou Shooting Team and the collegiate Ducks Unlimited chapter, teaches an undergraduate course annually on recreational shotgun shooting, teaches First Time Shooters, and holds a National Rifle Association Instructor certification.

He and his wife are empty nesters and live on a small farm in Howard County, Missouri.

Tony Shockley
Youth Committee Chair for the MTA