Membership Information

The Helena Trap Club is a member and volunteer-operated shooting club based out of Helena, Montana.

The Club has nearly three hundred and ninety active members, with an annually-elected board of directors and officers. The board meets at 5:30 PM the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Club members are encouraged to attend, to bring questions or suggestions for consideration.

The Club also holds an annual membership meeting, which typically occurs in the early Spring.

Membership cost is $50.00 a year. This includes spouse and immediate family members under the age of 21. Shooting cards are available for $40.00 to members.

One round of shooting is 25 shells. A member will pay $4.00 a round and non-members will pay $5.00 a round.

Membership is required to participate in leagues.

League Information

Note that membership in the club is required to shoot league events

The Helena Trap club offers leagues in the Spring, Fall and Winter, in addition to Womens’ and Five Stand leagues.

Singles leagues at the Helena Trap Club run eight weeks. Doubles and Continental run for 4 weeks.

Individual shooters do not need to have a squad to sign up for leagues, we can add you to a squad during signup.

Price is $45.00 for Singles, Doubles and Continental. Five Stand is $50.00, and includes 25 targets. Signups are done at the clubhouse during hours of operation.

League Scoring

League singles shooters receive a handicap based on their scores for the first two weeks. League scores that aren’t handicapped are called “scratch” scores and are scored separately. Trophies are given for both handicapped and scratch scores.

The highest score possible for 8 weeks of singles is 200 targets. The highest score possible for Doubles is 200 targets, and for Continental is 100 targets.

Important Dates:
  • July 26, 2021: Women's League: Make-up & last night
  • July 26, 2021: Fall League Sign-up
  • July 27, 2021: 5-Stand: Make-up night
  • July 28, 2021: 5-stand: last night of league
  • August 2, 2021: Fall League Sign-up
  • August 4, 2021: Fall League Begins
  • August 4, 2021: Fall League Sign-up
  • August 11, 2021: Fall League
  • August 18, 2021: Fall League
  • August 23, 2021: Make-up for Fall League: doubles
  • August 25, 2021: Fall League: last night of Doubles
  • September 1, 2021: Fall League: first night of Continental
  • September 8, 2021: Fall League
  • September 15, 2021: Fall League
  • September 20, 2021: Fall League: make-up night for Singles and Continental
  • September 22, 2021: Last night of Fall League
  • September 29, 2021: Fun night for Fall League

Five Stand

In 2018 we began offering a new league, FIVE STAND. Five Stand is similar to sporting clays, trap and skeet. There are five stations, or stands and six to eighteen strategically placed traps (see pictures). Shooters shoot in turn at various combinations of targets. Each station will have a menu card that lets the shooter know the sequence of targets he or she will be shooting at (i.e. which trap the target will come from). The shooter is presented with 5 targets at each station, first a single bird followed by two pairs. Pairs can be either “report pairs,” in which the second bird will be launched after the shooter fires at the first; or “true pairs” when both birds launch at the same time. After shooting at the 5 birds on the menu at that station, the shooter proceeds to the next stand, where they find a new menu of 5 targets. Typical five stand targets are a rabbit, chandelle, overhead, standard skeet high house and low house shots, teal (launched straight up into the air), trap (straight ahead from ground level), and an incoming bird. Five Stand is fun and challenging. Instruction is available, so don’t hesitate to come try this new addition to our leagues!

2021 Women’s League

League starts June 9 at 6 PM and runs for 8 weeks. Due to the current ammo shortage we are running a little low on shells. Shells will be available for your league shooting but not for practice rounds. So to help support the club please bring your own shells. There are no squads for 5-Stand, but Squadding Times sign-up like last year. See the important dates below.

There will be a MANDATORY meeting before shooting begins @ 6.  

June 9 – “Duck Dynasty”/Camo
June 16 – Favorite Sports Team
June 23 – Wild West/Western
June 30 – USA/Red, White & Blue
July 7 – 50s/60s “Sock Hop”
July 14 – Made Gras
July 21 – PINK
July 28 – Prom/Dress up

League fees $45 for 8 weeks. For questions about Women’s League call Deena at 471-4770

Annual Registered Shoots

Lightbody Memorial and Great Gun Giveaway shoot
June 19-20, 2021.

The 13th Annual Lightbody Memorial & Great Gun Giveaway Trap Shoot will be held here in Helena on June 19-20, 2021. This event also determines the Helena City Champion who will represent the Club at the State Shoot in Great Falls in July.

The special feature and attraction of this shoot is the giveaway of seven guns through random drawings from among the participants in each of the six shooting events plus a special drawing for one gun from amongst the new shooters participating.

As always, we can use volunteers to help with scoring, loading traps, etc. Please think about it and contact President Jim Holodnick at 459-8137 if interested, or come out to the club during the shoot.