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Jenson teaches others to ready, aim and fire

Del Oro grad hopes to leave a smokin’ legacy
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Buddy Jenson has a mission — to save the sport of trapshooting one clay pigeon at a time. Jenson, 20 of Loomis, who coaches the Auburn Gold Miners Trapshooting team, is also the youngest director of the Pacific International Trapshooting Association ever. In 2011, the Del Oro High graduate was the B-Class singles state champion, which involves hitting over 100-straight clays. “I like it because it’s saving the sport,” Jenson said. “Trapshooting was actually dead a few years ago. I like being a part of it because I’m kind of responsible for saving the sport by teaching kids how to shoot.” Before Jenson took over as coach, the former coach of the Auburn Gold Miners stepped down suddenly. If Jenson wouldn’t have volunteered, the team would have disbanded. Jenson works as ranch hand in Grass Valley and dedicates most of his free time to shooting. When he isn’t coaching the Gold Miners, he helps his dad, Fred Jenson, coach the Del Oro Trapshooting team. They started shooting together six years ago. Today, Buddy’s motivation to excel goes beyond himself. “On March 4 one of the guys I coach, Brad Schlimmer, was involved in a car accident (and passed away),” Jenson said. “I pretty much dedicated my shooting career to him. It still is tough.” Buddy’s Perazzi MX-8 pays homage to his friend with the expression, ‘Shootin’ for Schlimmer’ on the barrel. Moving forward, Buddy would like to become a world champion one day, but for now is content to shoot for fun. When it comes to competitions he said having a cool approach works best for him. “I just try to relax pretty much,” Jenson said. “I just think to myself if you are going to miss them, be the one who misses the least.” Fred said one thing stands out about his son when it comes to shooting. “Tenacity,” Fred said. “He doesn’t quit.” In addition to all of his coaching and directing responsibilities, Buddy also serves on the board of directors for the Auburn Trap Club. Fred said he is proud every time he watches Buddy shoot. “It’s quite an honor,” Fred said. “It’s kind of cool to see him at a young age be so dedicated.” Paul Leliakov of Auburn, helps Buddy coach the Auburn Gold Miners, although he is over 20 years his senior. He has observed him teaching many kids the techniques needed to preserve the sport. “It’s nice to see young people like Buddy picking up the mantle to help grow the sport,” Leliakov said. “He’s a good young man. He relates well to kids and brings the passion to adults.” Buddy said he encourages everyone to try trapshooting because it will teach them some valuable skills. “People who would like it would be pretty much anybody who was born to shoot a gun and hit clay pigeons,” Buddy said. “It teaches them about guns and gun safety. They aren’t as bad as people say they are.” Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.