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Shotgun sports growing in Oklahoma schools

by Ed Godfrey Published: November 17, 2013
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The FFA State Sporting Clays Championship was held Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

Winning the team senior division (11th and 12th grades) was Hydro-Eakley. The top individual shooter was Tyler Fletcher of Stilwell.

In the junior high division (open to eighth through 10th{+-}graders) the top team was Altus. Ben Brown of Altus was the individual champion in the junior division.

The top four teams and top four individuals from each of the state's five FFA districts qualified to the state championship shoot.

The FFA, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, has been holding a sporting clays state championship since 2002.

This Wednesday at Shawnee Twin Lakes Trap and Sporting Clays, the Wildlife Department will hold its first state championship for the agency's new scholastic shooting sports program.

The trap shooting-based program is similar to the agency's popular Archery in the Schools. The Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports program debuted in 20 pilot schools this fall.

The Wildlife Department provides training and equipment worth about $2,000 for schools to get started in the shotgun sports.

The agency also has partnered with Midway USA Foundation, a nonprofit organization which offers financial support to schools with competitive shooting teams, by setting up endowment funds for Oklahoma schools.

State wildlife officials hope to have as many as 150 high schools involved in the scholastic shooting sports by 2016.

The Wildlife Department plans to continue funding the FFA Sporting Clays program.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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