2017 Trap Team
The Ashby Trap Team was established in the spring of 2013.
Trapshooting is one of the three major disciplines of competitive clay pigeon shooting. The other disciplines are skeet shooting and sporting clays.
Trapshooting is practiced the world over. American Trap is the predominant version in the United States.
Trapshooting was originally developed, partially to add to bird hunting and also to provide a method of practice for bird hunters. Use of targets was introduced as a replacement for live pigeons, therefore one of the names for the targets used in shooting games is clay pigeons. The layout of a modern trapshooting field is different than a skeet field or a sporting clays course.
Trapshooting has been a sport since the late 18th century when real birds were used; usually the Passenger Pigeon, which was extremely abundant at the time. Birds were placed under hats or in traps which were then released. Artificial birds were introduced around the time of the American Civil War. Glass balls and "clay" targets were introduced in the later 1800s when they gained wide acceptance.