Q: What have you taken away from the sport of trapshooting?
A: I’ve been trapshooting for most of my life, so I have learned many life lessons from being at shoots and from competing. Most importantly, the confidence that I can do anything that I put my mind to is something that I have learned from trapshooting which I apply in my everyday life. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s absolutely true.
When I first started shooting I was an awkward, fun-loving teenager with little self-confidence. I played a lot of sports in school, but I was never really competitive. When my dad introduced me to trapshooting, I never dreamed that I would eventually achieve what I have. When I broke my first 25-straight, the people around me made a big deal about it, which helped to build my sense of accomplishment and gave me confidence in my abilities.
After 17 years of shooting competitively and accomplishing many things, I now know that if I work hard, I can achieve anything that I want to. I have applied that principal in my life outside of trapshooting, and I know that I would likely be a different person without all of the life lessons that I gained from trapshooting.
From 1996-2000, Dan earned a spot on five ATA All-American First Teams. Throughout his career, Dan also was named to seven Wisconsin All-State teams, including 4 times as Junior captain and once as Men’s Co-Captain.