Sportsman’s Club awarded NRA grant

Sportsman's Club awarded NRA grant The Clay County Sportsman's Club has been awarded a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation for the upgrading of equipment at its shooting range. The grant was in the amount of $6,200 which has been applied toward the purchase of a new clay target thrower.

The target thrower was purchased from Laporte International Inc. and is an electronic automatic machine which has a 900 target capacity. The machine is capable of throwing standard single targets or double targets.

The goal of the Sportsman's Club for purchasing this machine is to give the shooting public more opportunities to enhance their skills and to provide a safe environment for the sport. The club currently has 35 members and is open to the public on Wednesday evenings.

In addition, the club provides the use of its facility to local groups such as the Southeast South Dakota Pheasant Association, the Clay County 4-H Shooting Sports Club and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Hunt Safe Program.

In 2003 the NRA Foundation awarded over $63,000 in grants to 27 shooting sports organizations in South Dakota. Money for the grants was raised through local Friends of NRA Committees that held fund-raising events in their communities.

For more information about the NRA Foundation grants contact: NRA Field Rep. Tim Bacon at 515-332-1285 or locally contact Bruce Plate, 624-8418.

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