Chris Schultz

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By Chris Schultz
Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Minn.

July 16, 2001

Munsons inducted into national Trapshooting Hall of Fame

Robert and Lou Ann Munson of Howard Lake, well known for their trapshooting success over the years, were recently inducted into the Trapshooting Hall of Fame.

They are also known as regular participants of trapshooting at the Lester Prairie Sportsmen's Club.

Robert Munson

Bob Munson has been one of the nation's premier shooters for over 25 years.

He led the country in 2000, with a 99.54 percent 16-yard average on 8,400 targets.

From 1976 to 2001, he has been named to 26 consecutive all-american teams, and was captain of the 1989 squad.

His shooting at many grand americans, especially 16 yards, has been nothing short of spectacular.

In 1988, he won his first of two clay target championships with 200 straight and an additional 300 in a shoot off. Six years later, on his way to his second clay target championship, he broke every 16-yard target thrown at the grand american, 1,000 straight.

Along the way, he established a new grand american shoot off record for a 200-bird event with 424x425 extras.

In 1991, Munson again broke every 16-yard target he shot at the grand, 900 straight, and captured five singles prizes, including the Dayton Homecoming.

He won the Champion of Champions at the 1983 grand, and teamed up with son, Eric, to win parent-child honors. They won again in 1985 and 1999, the later with 400x400.

In winning the all-around title at the '84 grand with 397x400, he culminated a great 10 days at Vandalia.

His shooting accounted for trophies in Saturday's singles, with 100 plus a 200 carry-over, runner-up in the Dayton Homecoming, winner of the Zone Champion of Champions, Class AA laurels in the clay target Championship, third in the Men's Champion of Champions and AA honors in the title doubles.

The Champion of Champions was his again in 1990 - a repeat of his win seven years before. 200 in the Clay Target Championship secured runner-up laurels in class AA, and contributed to a Minnesota victory in the state team race.

Since winning his first grand american trophy in 1974, Bob Munson has accounted for 52 more; Satellite Grand trophies total 46 and Central Zone, eight more.

He has won the Minnesota State Singles Championship 12 times, the doubles nine times, and 11 state all-around titles.

Munson has broken 200 straight 135 times and has 80-100 straights in doubles. Twice, he has broken 100 straight from 27 yards. He was inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame in 1988.

At the end of the 2000 target year, he had registered 177,700 singles, 163,400 handicap and 97,100 doubles targets.

In 1970 some friends started Bob shooting registered targets at the Central Minnesota Gun Club at St. Cloud. This is his 30th Grand American. Bob also enjoys fishing and duck and pheasant hunting.

Lou Ann Munson

Lou Ann Munson's 30-year trapshooting record places her among the top women shooters of all time.

Her consistent victories in singles, handicap, and doubles account for her selection to 27 women's all-american teams. She has served as captain or co-captain four of the 27 years she has been named to the team.

Just three years after registering her first target in 1971, Lou Ann's name was near the top in the 1974 Grand American Handicap.

She broke 98x100 from 21 yards, to tie for third through 10th in a record field of 3,932. After a four-round shoot-off, she earned sixth place honors. This was her first of 47 grand trophies accumulated over her trapshooting career.

The popular Minnesota shooter, who was the 11th woman in ATA history to reach the 27-yard line, has won virtually every major grand american women's title.

Lou Ann was the first woman to ever win five handicap trophies at the grand, while shooting from 27 yards. These wins included a 99x100 at the 1991 grand and 98x100 the following year.

She became one of the few women to ever break 100 at doubles in grand american competition, accomplishing this the first day of the 1997 tournament.

In 1988, Lou Ann set two category grand american records, while winning the women's all-around with 390x400 and the high-over-all championship with 960x1000. She has broken eight 200 straights (three at the grand american) and three 100 straights at doubles.

Lou Ann has won an impressive 73 Satellite Grand trophies, and six Central Zone trophies.

At the Minnesota state shoot, she won women's runner up laurels in the 1973 singles championship. Lou Ann was Minnesota ladies' 16-yard titlist eight times, between 1976 and 1999.

Her 198x200 in 1977 bettered the former category record by one. She broke her own record with 199x200 in 1981, and again in 1989.

Lou Ann has earned two "Trap & Field" All-Around Average Awards, placing second among women in 1977 and 1979.

She was inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame in 1988, and is one of the few women to ever serve as president of her state trapshooting association.

At the end of the 2000 target year, she had registered 165,300 singles, 150,150 handicap and 84,250 doubles targets.

Lou Ann, who has attended 30 Grand Americans, used to hunt and fish with husband, Bob. She now enjoys staying home with her two granddaughters.

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