The 6th annual Mizzou Trap Academy as a part of Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Summer Academies had 20 participants  – June 19 – 21.  This is the maximum the academy can take and since 2013 they have have worked with 120 youth from Colorado to Tennessee and across Missouri and Illinois.  This year the academy had a great group of youth shooters and expanded the age group to 15.  Over the three days the kids shot just under 10,000 rounds learning new skills in trap shooting.  In the classroom room kids learned focus and concentration, leadership, goal setting and practice routines, stress management and athletic pre–competition nutrition.  The academy was hosted by Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports with additional sponsorship from Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants and Quail Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation,  Midway USA Foundation, The National Rifle Association, Smithfield Pork Production, Heartland Coca–Cola, LaCrosse Lumber,  along  with Winchester ammunition and their official sponsor Federal ammunition.  

On June 25 the Mid-America Shotgun Shooting Academy, LLC, (MSSA)was hosted by the Highland, Illinois Hotshots shooting team for a one day training camp.  Twenty-one youth shooters worked with three instructors learning trap shooting skills, focus and concentration, confidence building and stress management.  On the range shooters were instructed on footwork, target acquisition and visualization, hard rights, lefts and straights, gun mounts, follow through and eye movement. If you are interested in having MSSA come to your range please contact David Vaught, Ph.D. @

Applications are open for the June 10 – 11 trap academy.

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