Summer 2018

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DURING HIS FRESHMAN YEAR, Gar- rett Neustrom recalled seeing a random flier hanging on the wall. It was promoting the independent student organization Shoot- ing Sports at the University of Colorado. He was immediately drawn to it. "That sounds like a lot of fun," Neustrom thought to himself. "Sounds like some people I could have fun with and really get into shooting." So he attended the next club meeting and signed up. Neustrom, originally from California, comes from a big hunting family. He had never really delved into shotgun shooting until college during his first competition against the University of Wyoming. " I s h o t s k e e t , t r a p, d o u b l e s t r a p. I thought it was a ton of fun and it was some- thing that I could get in to." Now, after a year serving as an officer for the student group, Neustrom is the club's president. ALL ARE WELCOME Shooting Sports at the University of Col- orado was founded just four years ago in the Spring of 2014. The club's formation was inspired by Colorado State's shotgun team, which has been in existence for more than 40 years. The goal was to create an organization that would be fun, flexible, competitive— and welcoming to all. "You don't have to have any experience," said Neustrom. " We actually love having people that have never competed or done anything like that, because it gives us an opportunity to start with the basics and work up to it. I think a lot of people get into rhythms when they're shooting—stuck in their old ways and they don't really want to change because they can hit some clays. But if you start from a base, it allows you to build off that and get more technical with it." There are approximately 15-20 student athletes in Shooting Sports at the Univer- sity of Colorado, which includes 3-gun, precision rifle and shotgun sports such as trap, skeet, sporting clays and 5-stand. THE FIELD C OL L EGE SP O T L IGH T BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL NESTLED IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, CU-BOULDER IS TOUGH TO BEAT by AARON PAITICH 44 PULLUSA MAGAZINE SUMMER 2018 E N R O L L M E N T S I Z E O F T E A M L O CAT I O N 33,246 15-20 Boulder, CO

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