ARCADIA — Teachers from 20 public schools around the state participated Tuesday in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's first training session at the Oklahoma City Gun Club for a new scholastic shooting sports program.
Twenty pilot schools were chosen for the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program, which begins the fall.
Administered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the schools will each have teams of junior high and high school students to compete in trap shooting.
The program will be similar to the very popular Archery in The Schools program that the Wildlife Department started in the schools a decade ago.
“We are setting it up pretty much the same way,” said Damon Springer of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Archery is taught in two-week sessions at the schools and concludes with regional, state and national archery championships.
The 20 pilot schools chosen to participate in trap shooting are already teaching other Wildlife Department curriculum such as archery, bow hunting and fishing.
“We want those schools involved with our programs,” Springer said.
Schools in Oklahoma already field sporting clays teams through FFA, but the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program will be open to all students.
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The 20 pilot schools involved in the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports program are Earlsboro, Depew, Moss, Luther, Claremore, Altus, Ringling, Stringtown, Keys, Locust Grove, Beggs, Wister, Fairview, Carney, Jenks, Inola, Sequoyah-Claremore, Calumet, Ringling and Coweta.