Alan Sorensen Havre Daily News firstname.lastname@example.org
The Havre Trap Shoot Club was filled beyond capacity with several shooters standing outside when the fall league concluded its season with a barbecue, awards presentation and Annie Oakley shoot Wednesday evening. The shooting range will remain open to members at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. The shoot under the l ight s Wednesday was the first for Jackie Morse, mother of Havre High School sophomore Adam Morse, 16, an ardent trap club member. “I haven’t shot before; this is my first time,” Morse said, adding that she wanted to learn more about guns after her son was injured in a shooting mishap. “He had a gun blow up on him last month,” she said. “It blew up in the middle and curled like a banana.” Morse said Adam, who joined her in her rotation in the shoot, suffered injuries to his face and chest and a broken thumb. “It’s a miracle he’s alive,” she said. “That’s why I’m doing this. It’s like a second chance.” Adam Morse, whose spirit is undaunted by the accident, said he wished the club could put in a locker so he could leave a gun and shells at the site. The law prohibits guns and shells on school property, he said, so he has to go to the family farm north of Havre to get his gear after school if he wants to shoot. The high school is just down the hill from the club, so it seems redundant to him that he should have to drive all the way north and then south again to shoot. With coaching from Jim Litzinger, the fall league’s top scorer, Jackie Morse was able to pick off some her share of clay pigeons. In a news release earlier this week, club president Doug Erhard thanked all of the Fall League sponsors. “We truly appreciate your continued support of the Havre Trap Club,” Erhard said. “All shooters and their families had a great time.” Howie Stromberg, whose sister Karan Evans won the women’s high shooter award for the season, said trap shooting is “addictive.” “It’s a blast,” he said. “There wouldn’t be 150 people up here if it wasn’t fun.” Several members said there is always room for more members, each adding that he hoped more younger shooters would join the club. The club will host its annual meat shoot Sunday at the range east of the softball complex on the south end of Fifth Avenue. For more information about the shoot, call 265-2880 or 945-0545. Erhard said the club’s Spring League will start up in April.