Illinois Trapshooting History
The 1886 state shoot was the first time clay targets were used in state shoot competition. A combination of live birds and “blue rock pigeons” were used through 1903. In 1902 discussions were began on using clay targets for the entire shoot. As a result, 1903 was the last year live birds were part of the state shoot. The era of modern trapshooting as we know it today began in 1904.
The state shoot moved around the state and was held at various clubs for almost a century. The last club in this rotation was the Maywood Sportsman Club. Mather Land of Sport, in Springfield, hosted its first state shoot in 1965. The Illinois State Shoot remained at Mather’s for the next 33 years until, in 1999, it moved to its present home. Brittany Shooting Park near Bunker Hill is now the Illinois home grounds.
By Jim Matteson