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Half a century worth of shot being reclaimed from Langlade County Trap Club
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On the eve of the Langlade County Trap Club’s 50th anniversary, a major lead reclamation project is underway at the club’s trap range south of Antigo. A benefit to all involved, the lead recycling project is an undertaking that had yet to be done in the half-century existence of the range itself.

The sought-after lead, resulting from years of the trap club’s accumulated shot, resides underneath the top soil of the trap range, a public facility owned and operated by the Langlade County Forestry Department.

“This is a win-win situation for both the county and our club,” said Langlade County Trap Club President Todd Toburen. “The county gets a percentage as does (the removal company), and it benefits everyone to finally have the lead reclaimed.”

Jack Construction of Menominee was selected for the project, having done similar processes for the trap clubs of Weston and Marathon in the past. Very few companies in the Midwest provide lead removal services on such a scale, and owner Kevin Jack is occupied six months out of the year with such endeavors.

Initial contact with Jack’s company was sought after more than two years ago, and after years of indecision the project has finally been put into action.

As of Wednesday afternoon, a few brief days into an operation that is projected to last two weeks, over 15 tons of lead had already been extracted. The procedure includes the removal of the first 4-6 inches of top soil that is eventually sifted and divided into piles of rock, fine dirt, and the sought-after lead.

The lead is then placed into 55 gallon drums and sealed, where they await transport to a recycling facility in the Chicago area. With a 2014 average cost of roughly 95 cents per pound, the trap club is looking forward to the return it expects from the project.

The LCTC has five traps available to its members, though only three fall on county land and are involved in the removal process. With an outing of the Scholastic Clay Targets Project scheduled for today, Toburen guarantees the entire facility will be made available for Langlade County’s youth shooters.

“It is my concern as club chairman to make sure this project does not interfere with the activities of our club,” addressed Toburen. “I am just happy to know that the money acquired from this project will be used for the benefit of the shooters’ area.” 
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