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12 PULLUSA MAGAZINE FALL 2017 PullUSA: How did you get involved in shooting sports and why? Travis Henck: I have been brought up in a family where knowing how to shoot was a skill learned at a very young age. By the age of 3, I was shooting my toy compound bow next to my dad. It progressed to my pump- up BB gun and has continually progressed to my shotgun and rifles. I started shooting at the local sportsman's club because they offered free shooting for youth during their summer league. I found that I really enjoyed it and was pretty good at it. PullUSA: Why did you join your state's High School Clay Target League? Henck: All during my elementary and mid- dle school years, I participated in baseball, basketball and even youth football, but I realized that I just didn't feel like I fit in, or that they were my thing. My dad and I were at Game Fair in Anoka, Minnesota, and talk- ed with the League representative there. I told my dad that I thought it would be cool if our school could ever get a "cool" sport like trap shooting. That began the whole thing. PullUSA: What do you like most about being a team member or athlete in the League? Henck: This sport offers me the opportu- nity to shine with my own skills and abil- ities, as well as being a leader and helping even the middle school members become a great part of our small team. I also get to compete against other great shooters throughout the state, and have made some good friends through the League. PullUSA: What activities have you taken part in outside of the League? Henck: I love to shoot my bow, hunt geese, archery hunt for whitetails, as well as get a little fishing in. I am a member of our youth group at church and enjoy hanging out with my friends and playing a little lunch-hour basketball as well. PullUSA: What are your plans after high school? Henck: I plan to attend a local technical college in the field of welding, then main- tain a good job in the area, while using my free time to continue to shoot and enjoy all my hobbies. ✪ Each issue of PullUSA features different high school clay target athletes exhibiting exceptional character and passion for the sport and their communities. THE LEAD ON T HE L INE THE TRAP SHOOTING PROGRAM AT TURTLE LAKE HIGH SCHOOL MIGHT NOT EXIST—or at least would have been delayed—without Travis Henck, an outdoor enthusiast and hunter who inquired about starting a team after a run-in with a Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League representative a few years ago. Henck has been a force in the sport, earning top honors in state competition. Now a senior, he spoke with us about the development of his high school team and why the sport is important to him. 18 2017 Spring: WISHCTL Overall High Average WI Clay Target League Overall High – Male Overall High Average – Conference 3 High Average – Conference 3 – Male 2016 Fall: WISHCTL Overall High Average AG E FU N FAC T S TRAVIS HENCK ❚❙❘ TURTLE LAKE H.S. | TURTLE LAKE, WI ❘❙❚

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