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POSTED April 28, 2012 1:32 a.m.

The Stockton Trap and Skeet Club recently went with bio-degradable targets.

The reason for the change was due to a problem at the pitch plant coupled with the regular targets no longer being available.

These bio-degradable targets also came with a higher manufacturer price tag. As a result, the Stockton Trap and Skeet Club found it necessary to pass the cost to shooters.

Located at 4343 N. Ashley Lane, the shotgun-only range facility is open year-round to both members and the public.

Shooters can take aim at such challenges as skeet, trap, five stand, helice (ZZ bird), and sporting clays.

The Stockton Trap and Skeet Club can be found at the Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club, which was founded in 1947 by a group of shooters from east Stockton that enjoyed shooting trap on the north end of Lucky Ranch along Mosher Slough.

They moved to Jack Tone Road just north of the Calaveras River in 1948, changing their name to the Calaveras Blue Rock Gun Club.

In time, they were on the move again, renting two acres of the present 35-acre site from Fred Tozi and Emil Delucchi with the intention of purchasing the entire parcel. A small club house was also built there.

The Calaveras Blue Rock Club soon became the Waterloo Gun Club and, by 1953, joined forces with Bocce players.

The Stockton Trap and Skeet Club, meanwhile, are over 100 members strong while serving as host to some of the top tournaments.

Included are the Tiro de Oro trap shoot, top skeet tournaments (The Pud Runners, Western Open, Zone 7, Nor-Cal, and the Junior World), the California Indian Potlatch, and the US Helice Association selection matches.

Stockton Trap and Skeet Club

How to get there: From Highway 99 take Waterloo Road east and go about three miles to Ashley Lane and turn left.

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.

Practice rates: Trap and skeet – $8 per round for non members; $6 per round, $55 for a 10-round card, and $165 for a 30-round card for members; Sporting clays – $8 per round for non members; $32 per round of 100 for members; 5 stand – $9 per round for non members; $32 per round of 100 for members.

For more information: (209) 931-6803 or log on to www.stocktontrapandskeetclub.com.

San Joaquin Rifle and Pistol Range

This family-owned and -operated outdoor shooting range is located in Linden and has been open to the public for over 30 years.

The staff at the San Joaquin Rifle and Pistol Range is there to provide personal services, from tactical training courses to answering questions to individuals out on the range.

Those entering the facility will be required to sign in, fill out the necessary waiver forms, and pay the daily fees regardless if they shoot or not.

Place: San Joaquin Rifle and Pistol Range

Location: 828 S. Hewitt Road, Linden.

Hours of operation: 9:30 a.m. to dusk, Mondays through Thursdays; 8:30 a.m. to dusk, Saturdays; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sundays.

Rates: $15 for adults, $8 for children age 8 through 14 (youngsters 7 and under are prohibited from shooting).

Information: (209) 887-3191 or log on to www.outdoorgunrange.com

Escalon Rifle Club

The Escalon Sportsman Club is a safe and academically structured shooting range.

The instructors there are among the most accurate shooters in the business. Some have backgrounds in law enforcement, the military, or security.

Those taking aim must have the proper safety and precautionary attire, eyewear and earmuffs.

Place: Escalon Sportsman Club

Location: 25195 E. River Road, Escalon

How to get there: From Manteca, take Yosemite Avenue / Highway 120 into Escalon, turn right (south) on to McHenry Avenue for several miles. Turn right on to East River Road.

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays.

Rates: $5 per single round / $45 per 10-round ticket, non members; $4 per single round / $35 per 10-round ticket, members.

Information: (209) 838-3351 or log on to www.escalonsportsmanclub.com.

 

VINCE REMBULAT

209 staff reporter

 

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