Winter 2019

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16 PULLUSA MAGAZINE WINTER 2019 THE LEAD R A NGE ROV ER WITH FIVE AREA SCHOOLS CALLING THE WATERTOWN ROD & GUN CLUB HOME, it's apparent that clay target shooting continues to cement its position as the most popular high school sport in Minnesota. Teams from Holy Family Cath- olic, Mayer Lutheran, Waconia, Watertown-Mayer, and Chanhas- sen-Chaska all sharpen their skills at the Watertown club, located just 30 miles west of Minneapolis, much to the delight of staff and club regulars alike. "I've been managing the club for 23 years and really enjoy watching the kids learn," said Gary Kubasch. "It's amazing how some of them who started out as very poor shoot- ers have become pretty darn good." Kubasch continues to find enjoy- ment in seeing newcomers of all ages and abilities—many of whom first visit the club in support of their classmates, siblings, children, or students—give trap shooting a try, and fall in love with the sport for themselves. But of all those experiences, one stands out after Kubasch's two-plus decades as club manager. Several years ago, the Watertown-Mayer clay target team included a team member who was both wheelchair-bound and relative- ly new to the sport. "She really struggled at first," he recalled, "but when she hit her first target, it was neat to see. It was one I'm sure she'll remember, but it was a memo- rable target for me, too." After opening its doors in 1955, the Watertown Rod & Gun Club moved to its present loca- tion, just southwest of the city of Watertown, in 1963. The original clubhouse was an authentic DID YOU KNOW? The original Watertown club- house previously served as a World War II surplus hut. by DAVE POND WATERTOWN ROD & GUN CLUB ❚❙❘ WATERTOWN, MN ❘❙❚ F O U N D E D 3 Holy Family Catholic, Mayer Lutheran, Waconia, Water- town-Mayer, Chan-Chaska 1955 H O M E T E A M S T R A P F I E L D S THE CURRENT CLUBHOUSE WAS ADDED IN 1990. V I S I T O U R WEB S I T E F O R M O R E L E AG U E N E WS A N D I N F O! P U L L U S A M AG A ZI N E .C O M

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