Solano County

Land Trust targets end-of-summer bang with sporting clay shoot fundraiser

By From page A5 | August 06, 2014

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A competitor sights in on a number of clay targets at the Aim for Ag sporting clay shoot to benefit the Solano Land Trust, in this undated file photo. (Courtesy photo/Yumi Wilson)

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.

Aim for Ag

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

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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