May 11, 2016

Bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members Gather for Annual Shooting Competition

On May 10, 30 bipartisan Members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) joined representatives from the sportsmen’s community for a trap, skeet and sporting clays competition at the annual Congressional Shoot-Out in Glenn Dale, Maryland.

Held annually for more than 20 years, this event brings together Republicans and Democrats, who share a common goal in protecting and advancing the interests of America’s sportsmen and women, for a friendly shooting sports competition.  This year, the Republicans, led by CSC Co-Chair Congressman Rob Wittman (VA), walked away victoriously with a total score of 253, and Democrats, led by CSC Co-Chair Tim Walz (MN), tallied up a total score of 222.

“Sportsmen’s interests are nonpartisan, an issue area that both Democrats and Republicans can work together on,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane.

“Sportsmen-led conservation is critical to maintaining habitats and protecting our sporting heritage. Members of the CSC are fully committed to that effort, and we want to expand those opportunities for outdoor recreation,” said CSC Co-Chair Congressman Rob Wittman (VA). “That’s why we’re here today; to put aside our political differences and highlight some of the activities that sportsmen in Congress are working hard to protect.”

Joining CSC Members this year were special guests from the Washington Redskins: Houston Bates, Dustin Hopkins, Spencer Long, and Tress Way, and former Defensive Lineman Dave Butz.

Prior to the Congressional Shoot-Out, CSF hosted the annual Industry Challenge on May 9, a similar recreational shooting competition for CSF partners and supporters within the sportsmen’s community.

Congressional Shoot-Out Winners

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Individual Category
“Top Gun” Member of Congress: Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA)
“Top Gun” Democrat: Congressman Tim Walz (MN)
“Top Gun” Republican: Congressman Richard Hudson (NC)
Top Skeet: Congressman John Kline (MN)
Top Trap: Congressman Collin Peterson (MN)
Top Sporting Clays: Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC)
Experienced Category
“Top Gun”: Joe Cunniffe (FABARM USA); Drew Goodlin (Vista Outdoor Inc.)
“Top Gun” Female: Erin Cox (Winchester Ammunition)
Top Skeet: John Frazier (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)
Top Trap: Rob Keck (Bass Pro Shops)
Top Sporting Clays: Dave Butz (National Rifle Association Board of Directors)
Beginners Category
“Top Gun”: Sara Tucker (Natural Resource Results LLC)

Industry Challenge Winners
Team Category
First Place team: Vista Outdoor Inc.
Second Place team: Boone and Crockett Club
Third Place team: Vista Outdoor Inc.
Experienced Category
“Top Gun”: Robert Crow (White Flyer Targets)
Top Skeet: Bill Mackleit (Vista Outdoor Inc.)
Top Trap: Ryan Bronson (Vista Outdoors Inc.)
Top Sporting Clays: Charlie Conger
Title Sponsors included: BP America, Inc., General Motors, Hornady Manufacturing Co., National Rifle Association, SilencerCo LLC, and Vista Outdoor Inc.
Host Sponsors included: Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, ITC Holdings Corporation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Winchester Ammunition.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members at the 2016 annual Congressional Shoot-Out

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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