Shotguns warming up as trapshooting championships stay in Sparta

Hosting the “trapshooting Super Bowl” looked dim six months ago when the state closed the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, but the show will go on next week in Sparta.

An agreement earlier this year between DNR and the Amateur Trapshooting Association means the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships will take place Aug. 3-13. The AIM Grand National Youth Trapshooting Championships will also be held at the WSRC July 28-Aug. 2.

The facility was closed in September as the result of the state’s budget impasse.

ATA announced in January that they had signed a memorandum of understanding with DNR to keep the Grand American in Sparta for 2016. Details of the deal were announced following an April 15 deadline that had been set by a memorandum of understanding. The memorandum provided the impetus for DNR to work toward reopening the shooting aspect of the facility for organized events.

On May 20, ATA legal representatives were informed that DNR had accepted and signed ATA’s proposed amendment to the lease agreement for the WSRC. The amendment provided that if the WSRC was not opened by April 15 of any year through the end of the lease – it runs through 2026 – the ATA “shall be entitled to use and otherwise conduct all shooting and camping activities at the facility from May 1 to Aug. 31 of that year.”

It also states that DNR “shall utilize their resources to maintain the facility at minimum operation standards in order to effectuate the use thereof by the ATA.”

In summary, the Grand American isn’t going anywhere. At least not this year.

Read more about it in the July 22 issue of Illinois Outdoor News
Categories: Bloggers on Hunting, Hunting News, Illinois – Ralph Loos

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