IBEW Local 1245 was proud to host the 8th (almost) Annual IBEW Clay Shoot, with support from the IBEW Local 340 Sportsman’s Club. This highly anticipated event returned this spring after a a two-year COVID-induced hiatus — and tickets sold out in just a day and a half.
Approximately 135 eager shooters of all ages showed up at Raahauge’s Hunting and Sporting Clays in Dunnigan on a perfectly mild spring day in early April. The teams wasted no time hitting the course, and the distinctive sound of shotguns echoed through the rolling green hillsides as experts, novices, and rookies alike took aim at the orange target discs whizzing through the air. Families, friends and co-workers moved through the challenging 17-station course in the hopes of posting their best individual scores. On this particular day, a shooter’s accuracy could be tested not only by the variety of shooting clays thrown from all angles, but also by the laughter and jokes at their expense. For many of the groups, laughter and camaraderie were more abundant than busted clays.
By the time the sun reached its noontime peak, most of the participants were ready for a tasty BBQ lunch, featuring a delicious pulled pork main course. Our great hosts at the facility kept the hungry line moving as the shooters chowed down, laughed, and compared scores.
In keeping with the annual tradition, the festivities concluded with an exciting raffle. All youth participants under 16 years old walk away with special prizes, and the adult raffle featured some incredible giveaways, including Weatherby Orion 12 Gauge over/under shotgun, and a Frachi Affinity 3.5 Elite model 12 gauge shotgun in camo wrap.
We would like to thank our sponsors who helped to make the 2023 Clay Shoot a success, including the Executive Boards of Locals 1245 and 340, without whom this event would not be possible. Kittles Outdoor of Colusa, Teichert Line Services, Rosendin Electric, Schetter Electric, SPSI, and 1884 Line Co. also contributed to help fund this great event.
We look forward to partnering with these wonderful organizations again for next year’s clay shoot. See you in 2024!
–Anthony Brown, IBEW 1245 Senior Assistant Business Manager