Clay shooting competition raises funds for local boy scouts

Sporting Clays hosts 15th annual clay shooting competition. (ABC 7 Amarillo- Jala Washington)

"It's called sporting [but] it's closer to representing hunting than some of the other shot gun sports," Sporting Clays Committee Member, Robbie Truelock, said.

Competitors use clay pigeons, or little orange disks as their flying targets.

Here's how it works: A clay pigeon gets shot out of a machine and flies through the air. That then gives people the opportunity to practice their shooting skills.

"It's probably the biggest shoot and it has the best terrain, the best opportunity for everybody," Sporting Clay Committee Chairman, Alan Bellinghausen said.

Out at Camp Don Harrington, there are a variety of scenarios at different stations.

"You have 100 targets, we have 70 some odd teams, from five different states," Truelock said.

Several travel from different places to take part in clay sporting, but for some right here at home the event holds sentimental value.

"I've been shooting with my two sons and my brother now for about 10 years," Bellinghausen said.

For Bellinghausen, this is a lasting family tradition that aims not only to make memories, but to positively influence boy scouts.

"Just scouting overall creates character in our young men, they're our future leaders and that's what we're here to do," Bellinghausen said.

Lessons that are learned, won't soon be forgotten.

"You just got to stay on the clay and lock on, you've got to get the motion right," Boy Scout Kevin Woodward said, reflecting on clay shooting experiences.

"You basically listen to what everybody else says and as long as you listen you'll do better, " Woodward said.

And because of its growth over the years, sporting clay may continue to bring unique value to Amarillo.

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