The largest youth shooting competition in the Western United States is in progress at the Clark County Shooting Complex with the U.S. Open Youth Clay Shooting Championship. More than 700 boys and girls in grades 4-12 are competing in skeet, sporting clays and trap shooting through Saturday, July 13.
"This youth championship is one of the premier shooting events that we host each year," said Steve Carmichael, Program Administrator of the Clark County Shooting Complex. "We're thrilled to see this event grow in popularity as more kids register to compete every year, especially in the Trap Shooting event held Friday and Saturday with more than 400 boys and girls competing."
Organized by the Youth Shooting Sports Federation, the championship will be attended by more than 1,000 in support of the young competitors who attend with their families from Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah and other neighboring states over the course of the five-day championship.
The championship continues to attract state participants outside of the Western United States. As a result, organizers this year requested more skeet fields, scorekeepers, and flights for clays to accommodate the increase of youth competitors.
"These boys and girls are disciplined and accomplished competitors of all ages," said Carmichael. "In order to compete, participants must stay in school and maintain their grades. The competitors are representing their local sport shooting clubs or their junior high and high schools."
The clay shooters competed in their respective age groups on Tuesday and Wednesday in the 200-target skeet event, and today, in the 100-target sporting clays event. There will be two days of 100-target trap shooting events on Friday and Saturday starting at 8 a.m. both days. The championship closes with the awards ceremony on Saturday evening at the Suncoast Casino and Hotel Resort. Both individual and team trophies and medals will be presented to the winners.
For information on youth competitors from Southern Nevada, go to www.SilverStateClaybreakers.com.
For information on the championship host and organization, go to www.YouthClayShooting.com.
The Road Kill Grill II will be open during the five-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, 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 June 1 through Sept. 30 are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. From Oct. 1 through 31, opening hours of operation change to 8 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The shooting complex is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except for special events. Call (702) 455-2000 or go to www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/shootingcomplex for more information. The facility's address is 11357 N. Decatur Blvd., about five miles north of the 215 Beltway, where North Decatur ends.