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Beaver Dam teen claims state trap shoot title

Jessica Tanner

Leader Assistant Editor

Charlie Kidman is a typical teen who has an interest in a variety of hobbies. He dabbles in photography, capturing the beauty of flowers, but that is not the only thing he shoots. He is an excellent marksman with a Beretta 391 shotgun.

Charlie, 16, the son of Dan and Charlene Kidman of Beaver Dam, claimed his first trap shooting title last August. He then prepared for the state competition the end of May where he claimed the state trap shooting championship in Salt Lake City.

This quick draw shooter wasn’t always into guns, in fact he had not used a shotgun until he and his family moved to Beaver Dam. This city boy from Salt Lake did not shoot his first shotgun until July 2010.

Shortly after that, he went to the Cache Valley Gun Range to try his hand at a new challenge. While there he met Mark Murray, a popular Utah trap shooter, who told him about the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). Charlie looked into it and signed up in 2011.

He joined the JV team and was coached by Verl Hanchett in Logan. Charlie said, “He is a really good guy who got me interested in it a little more.”

By 2012, Charlie had joined the varsity team. As the state shoot approached Charlie was pretty inconsistent in his shots. In one round (25 shots) he would go near perfect and then the next only hit half his targets.

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