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Target clays shooters flock to state event in New Richmond

There were a number of options for competitors in the state sporting clays competition, including team events.1 / 4
Hunter Pharr of LeSeuer, Minn., was one of the most successful competitors in the junior divisions. 2 / 4
A number of businesses, ranging from ammo to all-terrain vehicles, had displays set up at the state shoot.3 / 4
The clubhouse at Game Unlimited was a busy place with nearly 400 entries being registered during the state shoot.4 / 4

Wisconsin draws one of the largest crowds of competitors annual to its annual Sporting Clays State Shoot.

This year’s state shoot was held at Game Unlimited, located between New Richmond and Hudson on County Road E. The spacious acreage of Game Unlimited proved to be an ideal setting for the state shoot, which drew nearly 400 entries from Wednesday through Saturday.

Competitors from 13 states flocked to the shoot. This was the biggest state shoot in the country so far in 2014. Pete Melloy of Game Unlimited said he expected that Texas would be the only state that would draw a larger number of competitors for its state shoot this year.

Sporting clays is a variation of the sport of clay pigeon shooting. Sporting clays varies from trap and skeet shooting because it simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting by offering a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances and target sizes.

There were 12 different events, all using shotguns. Competitors could enter in the state shoot, with a number of divisions within each of those events.

Game Unlimited covers more than 900 acres, which made it an ideal setting for the state shoot. A number of competitors commented glowingly about the layout of the courses around the property. One veteran competitor said it was one of the largest expanses he’s seen available for a state shoot.

The tournament drew competitors from a vast age range. There were teenagers competing in junior divisions and there were a number of senior citizens who were also competitors. Melloy said the age range represented most often at the tournament was people in their 50s and 60s.

“It’s a sport where age isn’t important. It doesn’t matter how old you are if you have the right technique,” Melloy said.

Results from the tournament can be found at, by looking under the tournament results tab and finding the Wisconsin State Shoot.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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