Organized by Ducks Unlimited, the 2018 Las Vegas Continental Shoot opens Thursday at the Clark County Shooting Complex for the fifth consecutive year.
"We're very excited to be hosting the Ducks Unlimited Continental Shoot once again," said complex Administrator Steve Carmichael. "More than 450 shotgun participants from around the country will compete for $75,000 in prizes, making this event a one-of-a-kind for the shooting complex every year. No other competition held at the complex is like it."
Ducks Unlimited came to the Clark County Shooting Complex in 2014 with this event after outgrowing a previous facility. More than 1,000 will attend the event over the four-day competition beginning today through Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. This year, a new "Grouse Flurry" team game will be introduced by Promatic, world-renowned manufacturer of clay target throwing equipment.
Participants will compete for Browning shotguns and Fiocchi ammo prize packages and enjoying non-stop side games for added fun and valuable prizes. The public is invited to watch the competition, whose major sponsors are Browning, Fiocchi, and Aliante Casino & Hotel.
"The DU event is great fun for all ages," Carmichael said. "Anyone interested in watching shotgun shooters compete for great prizes and recognition is welcome to join us for the next four days. And after the event, folks looking to try a new experience and have a good time in a safe and controlled environment will enjoy an impressive menu of shooting options -- everything from sporting clays, to trap and skeet, rifle and pistol, and even archery. You can bring your own guns and equipment or rent our high-end Beretta firearms."
The Road Kill Grill II will be open for breakfast and lunch during the four-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' in May 2012. 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, in 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. The 3D animal targets are as small as coyotes or javelina and as large as big horn sheep and full-size mule deer.
- 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. The course design involves subtle rolling hills developed around each shooting station, providing each with its own intimate environment.
- 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 also 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. It includes 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 sporting clays course is closed to the public during the Ducks Unlimited event. All other shooting ranges of the facility are open. The Clark County Shooting Complex winter hours of operation from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28 are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays. Regular hours of operation from March 1 through Oct. 31 are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays. It is closed Monday and Tuesday except for special events. For additional information, call (702) 455-2000 or go to www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/shootingcomplex. And be sure to follow the complex on Facebook and Twitter! The facility's address is 11357 N. Decatur Blvd., about five miles north of the 215 Beltway, where North Decatur ends.