The Hill Rod and Gun Club hosted a Sporting Clays Shoot event May 1 in conjunction with a four-day circuit shoot sponsored by Browning, Sportsman's Warehouse and other Utah state gun clubs.
"This is the first time the Hill Rod and Gun Club has held a sporting clay event, and it's been about four years since the club has seen this many people turn out at a shootout event," said Lt. Col. Andrew Chudy, 419th Fighter Wing Deputy Operations Group commander and vice president of the Hill Rod and Gun Club.
Despite 40 degree rainy weather and base access formalities to abide by, 60 people attended the May 1 event, which was the third event held in the four-event circuit shoot.
"We had great cooperation with the 75th Security Forces Squadron that made base access run smoothly," said Chudy.
The club's outdoor sporting clays walking course featured 10 stations which allowed a six-person squad to rotate through, taking an average shooter approximately two and a half hours from start to finish. Each shooter tracked his score on a card that would be collected with the shooter's score cards from the other three sporting clays events in this circuit. The best scores out of three of the four events qualify the shooter for a cash prize from the tournament sponsors.
The winner will be determined at the circuit shoot's final event, to be held at the Provo Gun Club this Saturday, May 8. The finals event will also hold a drawing featuring four Browning shotguns as prizes.
The shooters at the May 1 event did not have to wait for the finals to win prizes, however, as other prizes were given away in a drawing held at the end of the shooting event.
"Those who attended (the May 1) event placed their names in a drawing for two gift certificates to the Sportsman's Warehouse," said Kristie Lawton, a volunteer at the Hill Rod and Gun Club and operator of a local shooting accessories business, K&D Shooting Carts. Her husband, Dan, is the Hill Rod and Gun Club's Sporting Clays director who helped organize the four-day circuit event, along with 12 other volunteers from the gun club.
"It has been fun to see different clubs and to see different sporting clays set ups, presentations and environments," she said.
Inviting newcomers to see the Hill Rod and Gun Club was one of the primary motivations for the club to participate in this circuit shoot, said Chudy. "We wanted to increase our off-base membership interest as well as raise funds for the club."
Participants paid $40 per club shoot, which included costs for 100 sporting birds and a $5 payout for the finals grand prize. Proceeds from the event sales, estimated at $1,500, went to the club's fund to help purchase more targets and shooting range necessities.
The club also offered lunch to the shooters, which was really enjoyed by those present. It was catered by Army and Air Force Exchange Service Popeye's Fried Chicken.
Overall high scores for the event were: Grant Heaton, from the Magna Gun Club with a score of 87. The next two highest shooters are from the Hill Rod and Gun Club: Todd Biegenwald scored 85 and Mac Davis shot an 84.
If you are interested in joining the Rod and Gun Club/Archery Club, please contact them at 777-6767. Additionally, club information can also be found on the 75th Force Support Squadron Web site at www.75thforcesupport.com/odr/rodgun.html