On August 7, nearly 200 attendees, including Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) staff and representatives from the sportsmen’s conservation community gathered at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) annual August Recess Clays Competition outside Washington, DC.
The event included an individual competition in trap, skeet, and sporting clays, as well as an opportunity for beginner shooters to learn about firearm safety from experts and experience the shooting sports.
“On behalf of CSF and the sportsmen’s community across the country, thank you to all of the Congressional staff for all that you do for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus,” said CSF President Jeff Crane.
Crane continued, “August is National Shooting Sports Month, so today’s event is a great opportunity to celebrate the shooting sports and learn about firearm safety.”
Crane and CSF Board of Directors Member Larry Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation presented trophies to the sharpest shooters of the day:
- Top Gun: Don Parrish (American Farm Bureau Federation)
- Top Gun Female: Heather Cutler
- Top Gun Republican: Andy Polesovsky (Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee)
- Top Gun Democrat: Richard Lee (Office of Rep. Collin Peterson (MN))
- Top Skeet: Beau Greenwood (CropLife America)
- Top Trap: Steve Sanetti (National Shooting Sports Foundation)
- Top Sporting Clays: Jared Mott (Izaak Walton League of America)
- Top Beginners: Jillian Carr, Andrew Giancini (Office of Rep. Jason Lewis (MN)), Olivia Naughton (Natural Resource Results, LLC)
The beginners group at the August Recess Clays Competition.
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