Clay Birds in a Big Sky (with Colonel Smoothbore)
By angelamontana

Posted: June 5, 2016

Numerous times in past columns I’ve commented about how I really like to travel to Montana’s various gun clubs and compete gf1in shooting tourneys. A couple of weeks ago I attended an ATA registered trap tournament at the Great Falls Trap Club.

gf4The Great Falls Trap Club is located a couple miles north of Ulm on the frontage road that parallels I-15 on the west side. The club’s address is 184 N. Ulm Frontage Road. The club has 14 trap fields, a skeet field, and a 5-stand clays course. In addition, there is a rifle range available to members. A family membership is $ 45.00 per year; one 25 target round of trap is $ 3.50 for members, $ 4.50 for guests, and for $ 10.00 one can buy a day’s access to the rifle range. All in all, great value for shooters in the Great Falls area.

gf3gf6Several times in the past I’ve competed in trap events at the Great Falls Trap Club. It is a wonderful place to shoot. The background is pretty much open sky that makes seeing the orange clay birds quite easy. The clubhouse is very large and boasts the best restrooms at any club I have ever visited. The members are very welcoming and the staff knows how to run a trap shoot properly. I’ve had lots of fun competing there and I’ll go back in the future, namely to the Harvest Handicap shoot August 20 and 21, 2016.

gf2If you compete in Montana shooting events quite often the weather is major factor in the outcome of competition. Unfortunately that was the case a couple of weeks ago in Great Falls. We had quite a bit of rain, some sunshine, and some incredible thunder and lightning. We had to interrupt the competition for about an hour while a spectacular storm rolled through. A not unusual occurrence during Montana’s late spring. We gf5enjoyed the down time with card games, lunch, and more than one “story” of greatness. While my efforts were mixed, I had a really fun time; but that is norm at this club.

The Great Falls Trap club is open Wednesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and Sundays 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Oft times these hours are extended. If you live or are traveling through the Great Falls area, make it a point to check out the Great Falls Trap club, you will be glad you did.

Be safe and good shooting.

Colonel Smoothbore



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