From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
-- Shooting sports continue to grow in Nebraska, and there's no better evidence than the Cornhusker Trapshoot where more than 1,900 shooters are expected at the April 28 to 30 event.
The 42nd annual trapshoot will be held on the home grounds of the Nebraska Trapshooting Association in Doniphan, 3 miles south of Interstate 80 on U.S. Highway 281. The Game and Parks Commission and the NTA are hosts.
Junior and senior high school trapshooters from Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota will be among the competitors, with the overall champion winning the Cornhusker Cup. Zach Bryant of Lincoln Southwest High School shot a 196x200 to win the Cornhusker Cup in 2010, when a record 1,811 shooters participated.
Competition takes place in team and individual divisions. Junior high students will shoot April 28 and high school students the following two days.
The Cornhusker Trapshoot began in 1970 with only two squads. The shoot now attracts more than 300 squads each year.
"It is like a prairie fire on the plains," said Terry Brentzel, shoot director, of the increasing popularity of shooting sports in Nebraska. "We have kids from the Missouri River to Scottsbluff competing. Creighton Prep has close to 100 kids shooting. Grand Island Northwest didn't even have a team a few years ago and now has 75 kids."
Safety is always the No. 1 concern. All competitors must be certified in hunter education. There are plenty of volunteers on hand to make sure the event runs smoothly and safely.
"Sport shooting is one of the safest sports available to children," according to Brentzel, a Game and Parks conservation officer from Doniphan. "It is a sport that doesn't favor one gender. Like boys, girls can be excellent shooters."