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The Wilderness Reserve hosts new Phelps Knights Trap Shooting Club

The Wilderness Reserve maintains sporting clay and skeet shooting ranges. The Phelps Knights Trap Club will hold practices at the range.
PHELPS, Wis.— Youth trap shooting clubs are becoming quite popular around the country, and Phelps students are joining the fun. The Phelps Knights Trap Club, made up of 16 students in grades sixththrough 12th, held their first round of practice this month at The Wilderness Reserve in Phelps.
    The Knights started by working on the fundamentals of the sport, and will move into shooting scorable rounds on April 6. The group will compete against a number of neighboring schools, including Northland Pines and Three Lakes in the North Central conference, with each team recording scores into the Scholastic Clay Target Program website. Phelps students are looking forward to a great first season.
    The Wilderness Reserve, a 5,500-acre hunting reserve with secluded vacation cabin rentals, is providing the trap field for these local students.
    “The Wilderness Reserve has been a great community partner in helping us get this project off the ground, from offering the grounds to shoot on to donations to help with supplies and more” said Jason Pertile, dean of students.
    Pertile also thanks the volunteers who came forward to offer time and expertise, and the sponsors that are supporting this new extracurricular activity.
    Shooting sports are not only a challenging and fun sport for students, but an integral part of the local culture of outdoor sportsmanship. This is an excellent method to enhance shooting skills and teamwork, while teaching the value of safety and respect for fire arms.
    The Wilderness Reserve also maintains sporting clay and skeet shooting ranges that are open to the public with a reservation. For more information, visit or call 715-545-2700.
    To get involved or support the Phelps Knights Trap Club, contact Jason Pertile at 715-545-2724.