Sometimes, a lifetime hobby gets its start early.

That appears to be the case for Live Oak Middle School seventh grader Cory Walker.
Walker is a member of Team Coon Creek. He’s been shooting for several years.
The team took a national championship in trap shooting at a recent event in Las Vegas with a score of 196.
The team took second place in the junior gun club division and third in the skeet category. The team has 45-50 members. Kids can compete
Walker’s mother Kathy, a member of the Live Oak School Board, said shooting has turned out to be a family activity.
Cory’s dad, Scott, has become one of the coaches for the club, Kathy Walker said.
For Cory’s part, he’s enjoying the sport and hopes to continue competing.
It’s hard to pick any one of the three shooting disciplines as a favorite, Cory said.
“Clay shooting is relaxing, because it’s kind of like hunting.” Cory said. Cory has been hunting for several years already.
Kathy Walker said it’s hoped that Live Oak High School will establish a shooting team in the near future. Gridley High School established a team last year.
A number of colleges have shooting clubs as well, Kathy Walker said.

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Live Oak Middle School seventh grader Cory Walker, 12, poses with some of his shooting trophies.Walker recently competed in a national competition in Las Vegas.
(Photo by David Vantress)