I saw this the other day when I helped out some friends set up stages for a Steel Challenge match. This shooter was shooting Trap by himself and he was wearing a Top Hat. One of my friends said some people are starting to wear elaborate hats when shooting Trap. He has seen some people wearing feathered headdresses.

i have only shot trap a handful of times so this is foreign to me. I like how people who shoot Cowboy Action dress up and cosplay while shooting. Is the hat thing something common in Trap shooting? Any Trap shooters here that can shed some light on this?



  • Christopher Wallace
  • Pseudo

    I shoot fairly frequently (but casually) at a trap and skeet range and I was told it was tradition to throw (and shoot) your hat when you first hit 25. Don’t know if that’s a trap thing, a local thing, or even really a thing at all. The guy could have been pulling my leg. A top had would be a pretty nice hat to do that with.

    • Dougscamo

      A far easier target than the clay birds….

    • Klaus

      It’s true as far as trap and skeet go. I have been shooting shotgun competitively over 20 years and have seen it done, participated in it and had it done to me. When you shoot your first “registered straight” in a competition,someone one your squad will take your hat sometimes right off your head ,then fill it with broken clay targets. Then every one on your squad a usually many more shooters line up, the guy who stole your hat throws it into the air and everyone shoots it. Not much left as you can emagine. I still have mine and got shooting international skeet.

    • gusto

      yes I also had to do that, damn I liked that cap.

      No funny hats where I shoot trap, we are not weird like that, what do you think we are? skeetshooters?

      • iksnilol

        I didn’t know there was a difference between skeet and trap. I thought it was just different names for the same thing.

        • Dougscamo

          Nope….different course of fire….

        • Rick O’Shay

          So glad I wasn’t the only one who thought they were the same thing.

        • pun&gun

          Skeet, trap, bunker trap, sporting clays, 5-stand, COMPAQ, helice, and FITASC are all different games based on wingshooting.

        • Daniel Lewis

          Trap: all targets going away from you at about 40 mph
          Skeet: you move in a semi circle so the birds are shot from the same two locations but your angle to them changes dramatically during the round. Lots of fun with both.

    • Daniel Lewis

      Yeah thats a real thing and since you never know when you will hit that first 25 straight (or 50 depending on the club) you will probably be wearing a hat you like.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    What you cant see is the butler with an apple on his head.

  • iksnilol

    I am a bit saddened because I have so amazing hair that wearing any headwear is a disgrace for me.

    • Dougscamo

      You and James R….

      • iksnilol

        It’s a burden I wouldn’t even wish upon an enemy.

      • Giolli Joker

        Don’t forget Miles…

        • Dougscamo

          Unless he re-upped and got a haircut, I’m not sure that there is a hat that would go over….bandana maybe…

  • Cody Becker

    Maybe a throwback to the roots of shooting “trap”. I believe they used to have a live bird in a hole covered by a hat much like that gentleman was wearing covering the hole with the bird in it. When you wanted to release the bird you told your buddy to “pull” the string tied to the hat releasing the bird.

    Now clay is used. People get weird when you trap only release to shoot animals…

    • pun&gun

      Box-bird shoots are still a thing. They tend to be discreet to avoid PETA types, and from what I hear, it involves a fair bit of money.

  • Sindri556

    I’ve never seen any fancy top hats, but I do see a lot of the old timers dress up in fancy hunt wear… think heavy weight slacks and tweed jackets with leather reinforced elbows and shoulder pads.

  • Jaune Arc

    “Two-Fry, huh? Nice hat.”

  • Daniel Lewis

    I have never seen anyone wearing a top hat at a trap range so its not a trap thing I think its just a that guy thing.