WCCO-TV Goes Skeet Shooting In Prior Lake

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s been fun to watch, but the summer Olympic games wrap up this weekend. One of the sports that caught our attention early on was skeet shooting.

Are you familiar with it? It’s when you take a shotgun and fire at a fast-moving target. Randy Travalia of the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake showed us how it’s done.

Team USA did well in the Olympics in this sport, with Vincent Hancock capturing the gold medal in men’s skeet and Kim Rhode winning the gold in women’s skeet.

“You need to have great reflexes, great hand-eye coordination and the ability to focus above all else. This is critical,” Travalia said. “Skeet targets are going on exactly the same plane every time, but to hit every one of them is where the difficulty is.”

Travalia is one of the owners of the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club. He offered to show WCCO-TV’s Angela Davis and Mike Augustyniak how to shoot.

Until last week, neither of them had even touched a gun before. Hitting a moving target is not easy. But with a little instruction, they did it.

Helping Augustyniak proved to be more of a challenge. Mike needed some extra help. Randy covered the left lens of Mike’s glasses to help his right eye become dominant.

“This is a lot of work to help me hit a target, but I appreciate it,” Augustyniak said.

When that didn’t work, he repositioned the shot gun and had Mike place it on his left shoulder. It worked like a charm as he hit the target immediately.

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