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Third Annual Sporting Clays Fun Shoot April 14

Jacksonville State University will be holding its third annual Sporting Clays Fun Shoot on Saturday, April 14.

The Fun Shoot, which was begun in 1999 by Jack Lyle of Birmingham and Mark Angel of Texas, will be held again this year at Selwood Farm in Alpine, AL. Lyle, a JSU Foundation board member, is the chair of this fundraising event.

The money raised from this event will go to an unrestricted portion of the annual fund in order to further educational opportunities for others at JSU.

As far back as early 19th century, shooting released “live birds,” such as pigeons or starlings, was a popular and competitive sport throughout England. English Parliament finally outlawed the shooting of live birds in 1921, presenting a problem for many sport shooters of the day.

George Ligowski came up with what we know today as the “clay pigeon,” made from river mud and tar, in the 1880s. After the shooting of live birds was outlawed, this newer and more easily acquired form of shooting sport became a favorite in England and America.

Entry fees are $100 for individual shooters and $1,000 for corporate teams of five. This entry fee includes 100 targets, catered lunch, door prizes, and a commemorative cap. Shotgun shells are not included.

Shotgun shells are limited to 3 – ¼ drams equivalent with a maximum of 1 – 1/8 ounces of shot, 7 – ½, 8 or 9 shot only. Shells are available for purchase on site, but please bring your own shotgun.

Trophies will be handed out three deep in five classes A-E. This Lewis Class System allows participants to compete with shooters of similar skill level.

On the day of the shoot, registration will be from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; the fun shoot will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and the lunch and awards ceremony will be from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

For directions to the farm and more information regarding the fun shoot, contact Jack Lyle at (205) 980-0998 or Joe Serviss at (256) 782-5306.


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