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| OUTDOORS

SHOOTING
FOR A CAUSE
by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

shooters. Some targets come from the left or right of the competitors and
others may come from overhead.
That evolving challenge is what David says he enjoys about the sport.
he still of the morning is broken every few seconds by the sound of a
shotgun. Competitors walk and ride around the rural Cooper County "I enjoy hunting," he says. "In my mind, sporting clays mimics hunting
situations very well. The different angles or directions you might face when
property, stopping at one of the 14 stations to take their best shot.
For the second consecutive year, Missouri's Electric Cooperatives pheasant or quail hunting you get in sporting clays."
Mark Newbold of Central Electric Power Cooperative, Jefferson City, helped
have teamed up with the Conservation Federation of Missouri to sponsor both
new and existing Pull for Conservation shoots across the Show-Me State. The with the Boonville event and says the nature of sporting clays lends to its
sporting clay shoots are open to the public and raise dollars, members and success. "It offers a different experience," he says. "It's nice to be outside in
nature. Going from station to station and they are all set up a little different.
awareness for the federation and its mission.
"The 600,000 or so cooperative members are our perfect demographic to It makes it both more challenging and entertaining."
David also says people enjoy the sporting clays events as they are different
reach," says Brandon Butler, the federation's executive director. "They are
from most summertime fundraisers. "There's an awful lot of people who golf,"
people who live rural, or appreciate a rural lifestyle."
2016 was the first year the federation and the cooperatives teamed up to David says. "But there a lot who don't, including me. So many of these events
put on the shoots. Previously, CFM held shoots in mid-Missouri where the are golf tournaments. A lot of people enjoy shooting clays and I think the
federation's offices are located. David McDowell, manager of Cameron-based uniqueness of these events are what draw people to them."
All shooters receive a one-year membership to the Conservation
N.W. Electric Power Cooperative, saw an opportunity for partnership between
Federation of Missouri
the two organizations.
with
their
entrance
"A lot of their volunfee. The federation -
teers were retired MDC
a
non-governmental
employees or already
organization - uses
connected to CFM," he
the money raised to
says. "The federation is
further
its
mission
statewide and we wantof
advocating
for
ed to expand it beyond
Missouri's outdoorsmen
mid-Missouri. We felt we
and women.
could draw from a bigThe co-ops appreciate
ger, more diverse crowd
the opportunity to work
by doing that."
with the federation to
The two organizations
further their mission,
and Bass Pro Shops
but also to foster
teamed up this past
relationships between
May and hosted the 2nd
the organizations.
Annual Sporting Clays
"From a transmission
Classic at Geiger Scout
side, we can have issues
Camp in St. Joseph.
with a whole host of
Central Electric Power
things," David says.
Cooperative took over as
"The federation is a
title sponsor of a shoot
great ally to have. They
at River Hills Sporting
know who we are and
Clays in Boonville and
who we are serving. That
in October the trio of
benefits all the co-ops,
White River Valley, Shobig and small, which
Me Power and KAMO
in turn benefits all the
electric cooperatives are
members of Missouri's
sponsoring a shoot at
electric cooperatives."
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor
A shooter sets his sights on a sporting clay during a Pull For Conservation event in Boonville earlier this year.
While
there
were
Academy in Branson.
"The co-ops are set up in such a cool, regional way that it's been really three shoots this year, Brandon says there is talk of adding cooperative
advantageous for everyone involved as we've grown the event," says Brandon, partnerships in northeast and southeast Missouri to expand the program to
who is a member of both Howard and Howell-Oregon electric cooperatives. all four corners of the state. "This is getting us to different parts of the state
where we're trying to spread our message and make people aware of the
"The co-ops and their staff have been really supportive."
Shooters at the Boonville and St. Joseph shoots could compete as a two- federation," he says. "We've been around for 82 years. We want the federation
person team or individually, with teams shooting 75 targets and individuals 50. to be a citizens-based organization."
Brandon says the events are important to the federation to get their
The Branson shoot will pair four shooters together to shoot 100 targets each.
"We have different classes for the shooters to compete," Brandon says. message out to the public. "Raising the money is great for us, but bringing
"Some people will come out here and take it really seriously and shoot people into the federation helps expand our base too," he says. "We're not
competitively. Others just do this for fun. We have gift cards and shells for like corporate America. We don't have a product to sell. We have to sell our
reputation and what we have done, and will continue to do, for the people of
people to win in all the classes."
Shooting sporting clays is sometimes referred to as "golf with shotguns." Missouri."
Competitors travel to different stations where multiple targets are shot in
For more information on Pull for Conservation, visit www.confedmo.org.
the air. The targets can be sent in multiple directions, even coming at the

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