Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States Coordinator
On June 20 – 21, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted the 6th annual Wine, Wings & Wildlife western regional event in Sonoma, California.
The event brought together members of the sportsmen’s community from across the West for a reception and dinner at the Barn of Tyge William Cellars, followed by a sporting clays competition at the Wing & Barrel Ranch the following day.
“California’s sporting community has once again demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that hunters, anglers and recreational shooters have a voice in our nation’s capitols,” said Andy Treharne, CSF’s Western States Senior Director. “From Sacramento to Washington, DC, we remain dedicated to making sure that Golden State sportsmen and women have the ability to get outside and advance conservation.”
The event featured CSF Ambassadors Lucas Hoge and Dan Harrison. Senator Brian Jones was also in attendance as Co-Chair of the California Legislature’s Outdoor Sporting Caucus.
“I appreciate the opportunity to represent the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus and working with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation to advance hunting and fishing,” said Sen. Jones.
In the spirit of friendly competition and camaraderie, attendees enjoyed a round of sporting clays at the world class Wing & Barrel Ranch clays course outside Sonoma. Following the competition, the following teams and individuals were recognized for their skills:
Top Gun: Yancy Forest-Knowles
2nd Place: Michael Dickerson (Safari Club International)
3rd Place: Andy McCormick (Legacy Sports International)
Top Gun Female: Amber Haynes (McKenna Quinn)
Title sponsors of the event included: Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Hornady, Mira Winery, and Wing & Barrel Ranch. Host sponsor included: American Outdoor Brands Corporation, Armscor, Federal Premium Ammunition, National Gun Trader, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Plano Synergy, Richard Childress Racing, Safari Club International, Shimano American Corporation, and Winchester Ammunition.
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