Approximately 140 eager shooters braved less than ideal weather conditions to participate in the 6th Annual IBEW Northern California Clay Shoot at Raahauge’s Pheasant Chukar and Sporting Clays in Dunnigan, CA on April 8th, 2017.
The day started out cold and overcast, and by mid-morning, a steady, light rainfall set in, presenting shooters with an added challenge. But the wet weather didn’t dampen any of the enthusiasm of all of the IBEW members, family, and friends who showed up with the goal of breaking as many of the orange clays seen streaking across the sky as possible.
Spread out over a course that included 17 unique shooting stations, each participant took aim at 100 targets over a span of about three hours, leading up to an eagerly anticipated lunch. The walking and shooting primed everyone’s appetites for what has become one of the event’s many highlights, a tasty lunch featuring delicious pulled pork sandwiches. This year, everyone was in for a treat as carnitas tacos, chucker and pheasant were among the mouth-watering menu choices available.
The real treat of the day was served up after lunch, as nearly two dozen shotguns and hunting rifles were raffled off. As has become the tradition at this event, all participants under 17 walked away with great raffle prizes. As the kid’s raffle concluded and attention turned to the highly anticipated adults raffle, the sun finally made an appearance to put the finishing touches on a family-friendly day of lightly competitive shooting.
No high scores were announced this year (maybe so as not to make those of us semi-average shooters feel too bad about all of the clays that fell to earth in one piece during the day). Everyone left the day with a memorable day of shooting and Union brotherhood, as well as knowing this event continues the tradition of raising money that is distributed to deserving charitable causes throughout Northern California.
This year’s clay shoot was hosted by Local 340, which showed great hospitality, and will determine the distribution of the charitable funds raised from the event.
–Anthony Brown, IBEW 1245 Assistant Business Manager
Photos by John Storey