May 15, 2019

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Puts Partisanship Aside for Annual Clays Competition

Yesterday, Members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) – the largest bipartisan Caucus on Capitol Hill – joined the sportsmen’s community and allied industry representatives for the annual Congressional Clays Competition.

Held just outside Washington, this trap, skeet, and sporting clays competition brings together Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to enjoy a shared American outdoor tradition. This event comes days after the President signed the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act into law – a bill championed by CSC leaders that is critical for increasing access to the shooting sports.

Team Republican – led by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC) – finished with a score of 191; and Team Democrat – led by Congressman Marc Veasey (TX) – tallied up a score of 184.

“This annual event provides an opportunity for Members of Congress, regardless of political party, to join together in a nonpartisan manner,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane. “Advancing outdoor recreation and conservation are bipartisan issues that everyone can support.”

Clays Competition Awards

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Individual Category

“Top Gun” Member of Congress: Rep. John Rutherford (FL)

“Top Gun” Democrat: Rep. Mike Thompson (CA)

“Top Gun” Republican: Rep. Jody Hice (GA)

Top Skeet: Rep. Collin Peterson (MN)

Top Trap: Rep. Mark Meadows (NC)

Top Sporting Clays: Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA)

Experienced Category

“Top Gun”: Ryan Bronson, Vista Outdoor Inc.

“Top Gun” Female: Nickie Currie, Amgen

Top Skeet: Forrest Wilson, Vista Outdoor Inc.

Top Trap: Ryan Broyles, Bass Pro Shops

Top Sporting Clays: Bill Mackleit, Vista Outdoor Inc.

Beginners Category

“Top Gun”: Kellie Ralston, American Sportfishing Association

PHOTO: Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members at the 2019 Clays Competition

The 2019 Clays Competition Title Sponsors including: BP America, Inc.; Federal Premium; Hess Corporation; Hornady Manufacturing Co.; National Rifle Association; and Public Service Enterprise Group. Host Sponsors included: Bass Pro Shops; Cabela’s; National Shooting Sports Foundation; and Winchester Ammunition.

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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