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Published February 14, 2013, 05:42 PM

Fergus Falls looks to start the high school's first trap shooting team

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- A group in Fergus Falls is aiming to start the high school's first trap shooting team.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- A group in Fergus Falls is aiming to start the high school's first trap shooting team.

In the middle of a nationwide gun debate timing couldn't be worse. But after a meeting earlier this week, organizers say support couldn't be better.

It's a sport much more common at Fergus Falls High..than one might think.

Samantha Velde/Fergus Falls senior: "I know when I go to other towns people think I'm kind of crazy for being a girl hunter"

But students like Samantha don't have a team to compete on..

Russ Larsen/Lakes Area Shooting Center Member: "The problem is a lot of traditional sports..football basketball baseball, don't connect with a lot of students"

Russ Larsen is trying to give those students another option...now working to create the school's first trap shooting team...

Alec Davis/Fergus Falls senior : "I think it's a really good idea because I do a lot of it for fun"

And it wouldn't just be for boys..but full of co-ed competition, and practices at the Lakes Area Shooting Center.

Samantha: "I think it'd be interesting to see how many girls come out"

Schuler: "We love the idea..."

Snow melts, team trying to start in spring...

More than 100 Minnesota schools already have teams, creating about 17-hundred student shooters, and that number is expected to double next year.

The shooting team's 10-week season would begin in the midst of a nationwide gun control debate. But those in favor don't see this as an issue, rather an opportunity for awareness.

Schuler: "going to be done safely"

As for Samantha and Alec, if the team gets the go ahead, they'll take a shot at tryouts.

Alec: "I would love it if it would pass"

The team would consist of 20 members and 2 coaches. The School Board will consider approving it at a meeting later this month.

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