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PullUSA: How did you get involved in shooting sports? Caleb Simons: I used to watch dad shoot a lot of trap when I was younger and one day we were out at the Edgemont Gun Club and he gave me one of the shotguns to shoot and started letting me shoot rounds out there. The first five rounds was probably the happiest I've ever been. PullUSA: Why did you join your state's High School Clay Target League? Simons: When Hot Springs started the League, it's just something I've always wanted to do and there's nothing better than pulling the trigger, so I signed up. PullUSA: What do you like most about being an athlete in the League? Simons: Probably the people you get to be with. I mean, in football you get all the jocks. But in trapshooting, every- one's got different opinions and it's just a different feeling. It's just great to be around. PullUSA: What other activities are you involved in outside of trap? Simons: I do track, football, basketball, and I work out on a ranch south of town. I participate in student council, too. PullUSA: How does trap shooting compare with those other sports and are there any transferable skills between them? Simons: Yeah, I use trap shooting a lot when I'm playing the other sports. Like basketball, when I'm shooting free throws, it's kind of like shooting clay targets because you have to get one at a time—you have to stay focused. And in football, I'm the quarterback, so you have to focus on your receivers. PullUSA: What's the most import- ant advice you can give to fellow trap athletes? Simons: Take one target at a time. You might miss one and you might beat yourself up on the next one and you'll start missing. But also, understand that looking and seeing are completely different. If you look at it, you have an eye-lock on that target. If you see it, it's kind of a blur. And practice. Each issue of PullUSA features a differ- ent high school clay target athlete exhib- iting exceptional character and passion for the sport and their communities. ✪ THE LEAD ON T HE L INE 15 High Overall at 2017 SDSHSCTL State Tournament; All-State 2017; High Overall Average 2017 (23.7) AG E FU N FAC T S CALEB SIMONS ❚❙❘ FRESHMAN | EDGEMONT H.S. | EDGEMONT, SD ❘❙❚ CALEB SIMONS, a freshman at Edgemont High School in Edgemont, S.D., started shooting trap at 9 years old, and his experience paid off during his first year in the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League. As a member of the combined Edgemont/Hot Springs/Custer team, Simons posted the state's High Overall Average in 2017 and placed first in the State Tournament. He spoke with us about his phenomenal first-year experience in the League. 12 PULLUSA MAGAZINE SPRING 2018

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