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Our hunting journey through the ages takes us to the Middle East, where rivers flowing through vast deserts created fertile valleys where the earliest civilisations began: Sumer, Mesopotamia, Assyria, Akkad and Babylonia. Here too, are the earliest traces of farming and the domestication of animals.
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“We are looking at the future,” Chris Hodgdon said as his hand swept like a conductor’s baton in an arc toward the line of trap fields. Hundreds of young shooters were pulverizing clay targets, laughing and speaking words of support to their teammates. We were at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships sponsored by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. The Cardinal Trap Shooting Facility in Marengo, Ohio, developed through the magnanimity of the Fishburn family, hosted the event.
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Handgun silhouette is a pistol competition that started in the 1970s. It is derived from a Mexican target competition that started by shooting at live animals at various distances. Americans had a similar tradition with "turkey shoots". Both traditions have transitioned to inanimate targets, which are easier to score, and are more uniform than live targets.
The targets used today are derived from the live targets. They are steel silhouettes of chickens, pigs, turkeys, and rams. The targets are set on flat bases. They give a satisfying clang when hit. A hit counts for score if the target is knocked over.