BISMARCK, N.D., June 23, 2015 – An almost perfect score brought Bismarck's Zach Schneider the top spot at the annual Ducks Unlimited Fun Shoot at Capital City Sporting Clays (CCSC) Saturday. More than 50 people gathered to raise money for waterfowl habitat conservation, the highest attendance in the event's history.
"To put money towards conservation, that's why everyone's here," said Mark Sandness, owner of CCSC. "We need to raise money, a little here, a little there, to preserve the wetlands and our hunting heritage."
Schneider took the men's sporting clay section with a score of 48 out of 50 targets, Collette Owen won the women's with 44 and Mason Martin won youth's with 34. Additional side-games included a canoe shoot, long bird, skeet challenge and flurry.
The sporting clay event included 10 stations throughout the range, with shooters in teams of five. At the canoe shoot, participants shot clay pigeons while sitting in a canoe suspended by ropes. The long bird was a distance event. The skeet challenge offered multiple stations, and shooters hit pigeons to advance. At the flurry, targets were released every two seconds, and participants shot in randomized teams of five.
DU held the first fun shoot in 2005. After a few years, the event went on hiatus until DU state chairman Al Geisen brought it back in 2009. "We did it for a few reasons," Geisen said. "For fun, of course, to meet possible volunteers and to push conservation."
The event drew people from across the state. Families attended together, and some teams were composed of three generations, with shooters ranging from teens to retirees and newcomers to veterans. Many attend the event each year in support of DU.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.