Youth excels at state trapshooting competition

 By Kay Braddock

        With four years of trapshooting competition experience under his belt, fifteen-year-old D.J. Hubbert is not a novice when it comes to contending for statewide trapshooting titles.  Hubbert made that fact abundantly clear during the 2009 Montana State Trapshooting Championship held in Billings, July 8 - 12, placing in nine out of 13 events.  

Hubbert’s successful showing at the 115th Montana State Trapshooting Tournament included earning the distinguished High Overall in C Class, with a shooting score of 650 out of 700. 
About 300 shooters competed in the five-day tournament, sponsored by the Montana State Trapshooting Association.
Hubbert also earned a spot on the Butte Gun and Rod Club Medal,  a 40-target, non-registered event that has been contested since before there was a Montana State Shoot. The format is 15 targets from 20 yards, 15 targets from 22 yards and 5 pair of doubles. Hubbert shot 40 out of 40, earning his name on the medal as well as a $1,500 cash prize.
Hubbert also earned a spot on the Montana State Team, meaning he could compete in the Grand American Trapshooting Championships held in Illinois. Although he will not be traveling to the national championship this year, he hopes to be able to compete in the event next year, where more than 7,000 shooters compete in the annual event.
“It’s fun,” Hubbert said of his experience at the state trapshooting competition. “You get to meet a lot of good people.   

Published August 5, 2009

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