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Shooting team continues to grow

17 October 2013

Four years ago Pratt Community College started PCC Shooting Sports as a Student Club with five shooters, the next year the club had 25, the next year 54, and last year over 60 shooters. In two years it became one of the largest student organization on campus, bringing in over $20K in funding, not including a departmental budget and hundred's of hours of community service.

The club, which can also be taken for class credit, was started after a push from the students.

"By student demand the administration created Shooting Sports activity classes to count for college credit, they pay for off-campus storage of firearms, and provide five scholarships, yearly," said Greg Bacon, sponsor. "We've competed in the National Collegiate Clay Target Championship every year and have placed in the top third every time. We've created a monster."

Bacon said they couldn't have done without the help of the MidwayUSA Foundation, SCTP, NSSF and ACUI.

PCC recently hired Luke Laha to be a lead instructor of the new Wildlife Enterprise Management program, which can transfer to a similar program at Kansas State University. Students in this program will take existing classes in range management, business, firearms and bow safety and training, as well as work with wildlife professionals from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, controlled shooting ranges, and game processors while following the hunting seasons, participating in hunting, processing their kills, and possibly taxidermy to come.

"I'm biased, but I believe the creation of this new program is largely due to the overwhelming popularity of our Shooting Sports Club," Bacon said. "Moving forward, we have been approached to help our neighbors at Barclay Christian College in Haviland start their own shooting sports team. We are also exploring the idea of a second team; pistols."