The 2012 South Dakota State Sporting Clays Championship takes flight this weekend at the Hunters Pointe Shooting Club near Humboldt, S.D. For shotgun shooters across the Midwest, it should be quite the blast.
"This will prove to be a great tournament, with people age 15-77 coming out and competing on a ton of different courses," general manager Chris Chamness said.
"We have shooters coming from all over, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa," executive assistant Brenda Chamness said. "It will be one of our best turnouts with over 100 people there."
Unlike trap or skeet shooting competitions, this three-day event also features different gauges, courses and decoys. A refreshing change meant to mimic hunting situations one may face in the outdoors.
"It's a nice change, it makes it more exciting," tournament veteran Larry Gunderson said. "In this sport, anyone can miss a few and still be in the competition. It helps your hunting as well."
It also helps your mood after having a tough week at the office.
"When you hit the clay and it explodes, it makes you smile," Gunderson added. "When it's going well, there are a lot of smiling faces."
With a talented field ranked by experience, bragging rights will be on the line but Chris Chamness believes his state is ready to bare arms.
"People don't know how good South Dakotans are," Chamness said. "They can shoot in all kinds of wind, they'll represent themselves just fine."