The 2020 Lower West Coast Conference Championship opens today at the Clark County Shooting Complex with more than 60 competitive, college-level participants and members of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).
Participants will compete in American Trap and Skeet, Sporting Clays, and Super Sporting events over the three-day event that culminates in awards presentations at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Founded in 1914, the ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from more than 500 colleges and universities in eight U.S. regions and seven countries to develop and implement programs for students. The ACUI Clay Target Program is a student-centered, campus-based community of student athletes, volunteer and paid coaches, shooting range facilities, sponsors, and ACUI staff. Students participating in the program must be enrolled and in good standing at the institution they represent. They also must adhere to a strict code of conduct including no drinking and illegal drug use regardless of age, no negative or denigrating social media posts, no smoking or e-cigarettes on the field, and maintain a positive attitude with a willingness to learn and have fun.
"Local youth searching for scholarship opportunities beyond the norm may want to visit the Shooting Complex this weekend, said Steve Carmichael, Program Administrator of the Clark County Shooting Complex. "Coaches and team leaders from the represented colleges and universities are at the event and can speak about the scholarships at their institutions."
There were more than 2,400 competitors during the 2018-2019 conference championship season, which included high school juniors and seniors, who had the opportunity to engage in the experience of shooting at the collegiate level. During last season, $5,500 in scholarships were awarded to high school athletes who won the NRA Scholarship Shoot-Off. The latter event for scholarships starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. For more information about the ACUI and their events, go to www.acui.org.
Today's event starts with practice shooting at 12 p.m. The Sporting Clays and American Skeet shooting start at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 followed by Shoot-Offs at 5 p.m. and an awards presentation at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, Jan. 26, Super Sporting and American Trap shooting start at 8 a.m., followed by Shoot-Offs in the same categories at 3:30 p.m. and awards at 4:30 p.m.
The Road Kill Grill II will be open during the three-day event serving meats prepared BBQ style in giant-sized smokers including brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, hot links, ribs and a variety of side dishes. John Mull's Meats exploded in popularity after Food Network star Guy Fieri featured John Mull's Meats' Road Kill Grill on 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'. Mull's Meats owner Chuck Frommer occupied the food operation and concession at the shooting complex in January 2015 and named it 'Road Kill Grill II'.
Located where North Decatur Boulevard ends, at the furthest north end of the valley, the 2,900-acre shooting complex offers an unparalleled shooting experience. Whether you're a novice or expert, you'll enjoy the complex's 30-station sporting clays course, a shotgun center featuring 24 combination trap and skeet fields, a rifle-pistol center and a known-distance archery range. The complex also offers 80 full-service RV hook-ups and a work camper host program.
The 5-star designation is from the respected National Shooting Sports Foundation, which awarded the Clark County Shooting Complex its highly sought-after 5-star rating in 2010. Facilities can earn up to five stars based on an evaluation of six criteria: appearance, customer/member focus, customer/member development, management, community relations and amenities.
Details about Clark County Shooting Complex offerings:
- Archery - The Archery Center is equipped with two outdoor archery ranges. The first is a known- distance range with a large canopy providing adequate shade for archers and spectators. It hosts 80 shooting lanes with targets ranging from 20 feet to 100 yards. The second range is a 3D Animal Archery Course. It is a beautiful, all-natural desert landscaped, 2.4-mile trail. The trail features shooting lanes with distances ranging from 15 yards to 60 yards. Some of the shots are uphill or downhill to simulate true hunting scenarios.
- Sporting Clays - The 75-acre, 30-station sporting clays course features three shooting positions at each station for a total of 90. Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting that is designed to simulate the unpredictability of shooting live birds, offering numerous target flight presentations with variations in speed, distance, elevation and target size. Two of the stations offer targets running on the ground such as rabbits, while the others simulate birds in flight.
- Shotgun Center - This feature contains 24 combination Trap and Skeet fields, a 5,443-square-foot shotgun center with a reception area, a pro shop, shotgun storage lockers and a cafeteria. It also features 80 full-service RV sites, a clay target storage building, lit ranges and shade ramadas.
- Rifle-Pistol Center - The public Rifle-Pistol Center offers 30 shooting points up to 50 yards; 15 shooting points up to 200 yards; 15 points up to 100 yards, night lights, shade ramadas, concrete shooting tables, covered shooting areas, a 3,000-square-foot building with a convenience store, a reception area, a 30-seat classroom, restrooms and a pro shop.
- Education Center -This 4,400-square-foot building contains three 30-seat classrooms expandable up to one 90-seat classroom, two offices for Nevada Department of Wildlife use and restrooms. It features night lighting, a 100-meter archery range with 10 positions, a 100-yard range with 10 positions, and a 50-yard range with 20 positions, a shotgun range, and two walking field courses for hunter education.
- Camper Host Site - The Host Site consists of a 30-full-service RV hook up area for the Host Program.
The Clark County Shooting Complex regular hours of operation from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28 are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays at the Shotgun Center; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays at the Rifle-Pistol Range. To view hours of operation during other times of the year, go to www.clarkcountynv.gov/shootingcomplex or call (702) 455-2000 for more information. The facility address is 11357 N. Decatur Blvd., about five miles north of the 215 Beltway, where North Decatur ends.