The Gateway Gun Club in Land O’ Lakes held its 81st spring trap shoot May 16-19.

Despite wind May 16, Rod Whitehead of Phelps was top gun with 98/100, followed by three 97s.

May 17, the sun came out bright, wind calmed down and three shooters posted scores of 100 straight.

May 18 saw some rain, but it didn’t deter Kyle Tenor of DePere who shot a 93/100 for top honors.

Facing another rainy day May 19, most shooters stayed in bed or went home.

Plans are underway for the 82nd trap shoot to take place next spring. 

Muir retires

The Gateway Gun Club, the oldest gun club in the state, is now open for business under new management. Al McCord has taken over from the inimitable John Muir.

In 1990, Muir came to the Gateway Lodge from Pennsylvania. He spent 10 years shooting for Winchester Gun Co. and also is the Pennsylvania state record holder for trapshooting with a perfect score of 600/600.

He spent 28 years at the Gateway Gun Club, teaching numerous new and accomplished shooters.

He has earned many trap shooting records including the high Wisconsin singles records in the early 2000s with averages of .9912 and .9914.

In addition to being a four-time All-American Trapshooting champion, Muir can also boast a run of 24 perfect rounds of 25/25.

He said he doesn’t have definite plans going forward.

The Gateway Gun Club offers sporting clays and trap Thursdays through Sundays by appointment only. It holds open trap shooting every Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the club at (715) 547-3321.