I invite all gun enthusiasts to join me at my Shotgun Shootout Saturday, April 26, at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays gun range, located at 10514 Ehren Cutoff, Land O’ Lakes. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the shootout competition beginning about an hour later.
Proceeds from the event will again support the Pasco Police Athletic League, which is the football and cheerleading program we coordinate for youth in our county. It is also the oldest, non-scholastic youth football and cheerleading league in Pasco.
Sporting clays is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Shooters fire at clay targets from a variety of shooting stations. The stations are positioned over a rural course. The clay targets are released by hidden machines and have an unpredictable pattern.
This year’s shootout features three shooting courses. Shotguns will be available for rent, and vision and hearing protection is required and will be made available. Only 12-, 20-, and 28-gauge shotguns in safe working order will be permitted.
There are different levels of sponsorship and registration available for the Shootout, which include different benefits:
$2,000 – Sheriff’s Club – One 4-shooter team; ammo; cart; premiere gift bag; “special” sponsor’s prize drawing; recognition at luncheon; station recognition, shootout hat.
$1,000 – Platinum — One 4-shooter team; ammo; cart; gift bag; sponsor’s prize drawing; recognition at luncheon; station recognition, shootout hat.
$600 – Team with cart — One 4-shooter team; ammo; cart; gift bag; shootout hat.
$500 – Team without cart – One 4-shooter team; ammo, gift bag; shootout hat.
$150 – Individual – Individual entry; ammo; shootout hat.
You can register and pay online via PayPal at PascoSheriff.us. Click on the Sheriff Chris Nocco drop-down link, and you will see the Shotgun Shootout link. There is also a link to download and print a registration form to mail in your payment.
Shooters will enjoy a continental breakfast, a catered lunch, and soft drinks. Prizes and awards will be presented after the competition. Awards will be presented to the top three teams, and individual awards to the top male and female shooters.