Over 300 participate in Nor-Cal IBEW Annual Clay Shoots
Hilmar photos by Anthony Brown. Dunnigan photos by Chris Hardy.
It was a beautiful, sunny day at Rooster Ranch Wings and Clays in Hilmar, where roughly 180 folks participated in the annual Nor-Cal IBEW Clay Shoot, while another 160 took part at Raahauge’s in Dunnigan.
IBEW members from several California locals enjoyed a day of challenging sporting clay pairs that put marksmanship to the test. Long-time hunters and expert shots from Bakersfield to Eureka lined up side by side with plenty of novices and first-timers to challenge the courses set up along the rural terrain.
Safety was of the utmost importance, and all participants had to attend a mandatory safety briefing prior to the shoot. After a full morning of friendly competition, the shooters and their families settled down in the shade for a delicious lunch. Following lunch, the highly anticipated prize raffle commenced, and the shooters checked their tickets with anticipation in the hopes of having their number called. The fabulous prizes included many shotguns and hunting rifles, two full-size gun safes, and the grand prize – a coveted Browning over-under 20-gauge, competition-grade shotgun.
The top shooters were also announced after lunch, and Local 1245’s very own Bill McKinley, an Electric Crew Foreman at PG&E from Bakersfield, came in first place after shooting an impressive 92 out of a possible 100 at the Hilmar location!
Anthony Brown is an IBEW 1245 Business Rep.