FAIRFIELD — The Solano Land Trust is in the final planning stages for the fourth annual Aim for Ag and Open Space Sporting Clay Shoot and Luncheon, which takes place later this month at Birds Landing.
All event proceeds benefit Solano Land Trust, a nonprofit public benefit organization that permanently protects natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County and connects the community to these lands.
John Carlson, Jr., president of the California Waterfowl Association, is guest speaker at the event, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16.
Competitors choose between a 50-target or 100-target shoot. First-time shooters and those with less experience handling a shotgun are encouraged to sign up for the 50-target shoot.
A free clinic for beginners is included with either choice, as well as safety instruction, eye and ear protection, a shooter’s gift, and a post-shoot luncheon that features Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ and hosted beer and soft drinks.
Those who are not shooters can enjoy the day by buying a lunch-only ticket.
Teams are encouraged, and advance registration is recommended. Purchase tickets online at www.solanolandtrust.org/aimforag.aspx or by calling Solano Land Trust at 432-0150, ext. 201.
Shotguns and ammunition are not included in ticket prices. Bring your own shotgun and ammunition, or make a reservation to rent a shotgun and purchase ammunition by calling Birds Landing Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays at 374-5092.
Registration and the drop-in beginner’s clinic open at 8:30 a.m. The 100-target event starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by 50-target shooters at 11 a.m. Winners for awards that include High Overall, Duck-and-Cover, Labor Division, Ladies Division and Under 18, along with raffle and live auction prizes, will be announced during the lunch.
Sporting Clays, or golf with a shotgun, is said to be one of the fastest growing sports in America, according to the Land Trust release. It started at shooting schools in England in the early 1900s as a way to practice shooting game bird on the wing. It came to America in 1980 and has been growing in popularity ever since.
Birds Landing Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays is a world-class game bird hunting preserve and sporting clays course located at 2099 Collinsville Road in the town of Birds Landing, between Fairfield and Rio Vista.
Since its founding in 1986, Solano Land Trust has protected more than 22,000 acres so that Solano County’s rural character and agricultural heritage remain intact for future generations.
Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.
What: Solano Land Trust’s fourth annual Aim for Ag and Open Space Sporting Clay Shoot & Luncheon
Where: Birds Landing Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays, 2099 Collinsville Road, Birds Landing
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16
How: Register at www.solanolandtrust.org/AimforAg.aspx
More info: [email protected], 432-0150 x201, www.solanolandtrust.org