It can be easy to get trapped at Carroll Rod & Gun Club

OUTDOORS

August 08, 1993|By LONNY WEAVER

"I'm surprised you're not hoarse after have to call out 'lost' so many times," a pal good-naturedly chided our scorekeeper following a round of trap last Wednesday night at the North Carroll Rod & Gun Club.

My friend had just experienced trap shooting under lights for the first time and, though an experienced scatter-gunner, had walked away from the 16-yard line with a slightly better than 50 percent score.

On his second round, Dick improved to 18 out of 25, then finished the evening with a pair of 22s. Earlier I had managed scores of 21, 22 and 22 from the 16-yard line. Then, just before the lights were turned on, I managed to get assigned to a squad that shot from the 20-yard line. I dropped the first five targets before I finally got the lead figured and managed to finish with a ho-hum 18.

This is a weekly shoot open to the public beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. "On an average Wednesday we handle between 100 and 125 shooters," Club Treasurer Roland Barnhart said. A single round of trap, consisting of the standard 25 targets, costs $2.50.

This is a first-class trap shooting facility that boasts 150 active members and "about 30 lifetime retired members," said Woody Leppo, the club secretary and one of its founders.

"A preacher, the Rev. Earl Gardner, started the club back in 1940 along with Jim Dutterer, me and my brother, Earl," Leppo said. "Then, in 1976 a fire destroyed the clubhouse, which was then located down the hill -- right alongside Deep Run Road. Lucky for us, we have a great membership, so we were able to rebuild the following year."

In addition to Barnhart and Leppo, club officers include President John Alexander and Vice President Richard Sell. A few membership vacancies exist, so you may want to drop by the regular club meeting the last Monday of each month to investigate.

"In addition to our Wednesday night shoots, we belong to the Heart of Maryland Trapshooting League, which guns in the spring and fall," Barnhart said. "This consists of 10 matches at the member club fields. We also belong to the Tri-County League, which is actually a Pennsylvania league, but we are allowed to participate because we are so close to the other member clubs. We also host a still target shoot, which is open to the public the fourth Friday of the month beginning at 6 p.m."

To find the club from Westminster, take Route 97 north to just past the Union Mills Homestead. Turn right onto Old Hanover Road, then right again onto Deep Run Road. The club's entrance is on the left.

The club has five trap fields, of which three are under lights. I first shot here back in 1989 and felt that the lights left something to be desired, as did my shooting.

Those lights have been upgraded and you will find no excuses from the current setup. Still, if you never have shot at night, you may need a round or two to get the hang of it. A useful tip is to wait past twilight or to shoot before twilight.

September goose hunt set

Maryland's first September resident Canada goose season will take place Sept. 7-15 in Carroll, Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's and Washington counties.

To participate, hunters need a valid hunting license, state and federal duck stamps and a free September Canada goose season permit. The permit will be available at DNR Service Centers and Wildlife Division District Offices. The daily bag will be three.

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