Young skeet shooters learn basic skills

Instructor John Greenwood helps Leo Craig during the first day of the Youth Skeet League at the Cordova Public Shooting Range on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Instructors with the Cordova Trap & Gun Club’s Youth Skeet League are offering Cordova youths ages 13-18 a second year of basic instruction in the game of skeet, with a three-week course that runs through April 26.

During the lessons, instructors Nick Docken and John Greenwood teach the students basic safety, proper stance and gun fit and more.

“First and foremost, we are instilling safe gun handling skills and rules with the kids which outweighs breaking the clay targets,” Docken said.

Eventually, the class moves on to more advanced skills including “acquiring proper sustained lead on the targets and some other tricks of mastering the game of skeet,” he added.

“Our general routine … after a safety refresher, is to go through the first round of skeet with close over the shoulder instruction as the kids rotate through the eight skeet stations,” Docken said. “The second round, we let them absorb our earlier advice and shoot a round that we keep score on. Hopefully after a couple weeks, all of the kids will see their score go up.”

“Whether or not they become expert shots, after our short youth skeet league we’re hoping to instill the enjoyment of safe shooting sports as a fun outdoor activity to our next generation,” Docken said.

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.