NUHS FFA partakes in the region VII FFA trap shoot on Sept. 17. in Winthrop. (Jeff Nelson)
NUHS FFA partakes in the region VII FFA trap shoot on Sept. 17. in Winthrop.

Jeff Nelson

FFA supports trap shooting

NUHS FFA showing new and experienced kids what trap shooting is all about.

November 4, 2022

Recently 18 members from NU FFA traveled to the Winthrop trap range to participate in the Region VII FFA Trap Shoot that has been going on for around 20 years.

NU FFA consisted of four teams that competed in Winthrop against many other FFA chapters in the surrounding areas. One team finished in second place in the Region VII FFA Trapshoot. Trap shooting is based on how many clay targets you shoot and break out of 50. The top scores for NU FFA were Senior Andrew Meyer and Sophmore Ben Alfred each with 44/50, and Freshman Tracker Cleman with 43/50.

Trap shooting has grown to be very popular in the last couple of years. Our NUHS Trap Team has grown to over 80 kids from when it began in 2016.

“When I started coaching there were about 30 kids and now it blows me away that we have close to 100 individuals loving the sport of trap,” head coach Dan Minzer said

NUHS FFA shooting trap at the MN FFA state trap shoot in Marshall. (Jeff Nelson )

NU FFA started in 1936 with just a couple of farm kids and now today there are over 100 kids, many who aren’t in Ag but like the program.

The FFA advisor Jeff Nelson and Kelsey Brandt teach these kids many aspects of agriculture all the way from judging cows to rebuilding an engine.

After the Region VII, FFA Trap Shoot in Winthrop the team advanced on to Marshall for the MN FFA State Trap Shoot. The same members participated in Marshall but did not shoot well due to the wind making the clay targets jump around and not fly straight which makes the sport more challenging.

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