South Dakota's best trapshooters not only will pack a lot of heat, but praise as well as they flock to the Aberdeen Gun Club for the 121st annual state shoot this week.
It is always great when we have the state meet in Aberdeen, said long-time South Dakota State Trapshooting Association president Mick McKee of Worthing. There is always lots to do around the community, nice places to eat, lot of stores to shop in and all kinds of things for families to do. The kids of our trapshooters love Storybook Land.
Plus, Aberdeen has a marvelous trap club, and you can't beat the people who run it. Aberdeen is just a nice place with great people. Our shooters really enjoy coming to Aberdeen.
The gun club is along U.S. Highway 281 six miles south of Aberdeen from the junction of U.S. highways 12 and 281.
No rain, please
The club did not need the 1.3 inches of rain Sunday.
About 4 inches have fallen on the club grounds in the last week. As of noon Monday, there was standing water in different areas of the grounds, but the sidewalks and shooting pads were dry.
And the tourney will go on as scheduled.
The forecast for Aberdeen calls for possibility of rain the first three days of the tourney and dry over the weekend. Since Jan. 1, Aberdeen has gotten rain or snow 108 of the 192 days.
Today: Marathon day, a practice day.
Wednesday: Club day, with club-sponsored trophies.
Thursday: All-around day with singles, doubles and handicap competitions.
Friday: Doubles state championship.
Saturday: Singles state championship.
Sunday: Handicap state championship.
Singles: When one clay target is thrown from 16 yards away.