Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Puts Partisanship Aside for Annual Clays Competition

May 15, 2019 (Washington, DC) – Yesterday, nearly 30 Members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) – the largest bipartisan Caucus on Capitol Hill – joined the sportsmen’s community and allied industry representatives for the annual Congressional Clays Competition.

Held just outside Washington, this trap, skeet, and sporting clays competition brings together Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to enjoy a shared American outdoor tradition. This event comes days after the President signed the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act into law – a bill championed by CSC leaders that is critical for increasing access to the shooting sports.

Team Republican – led by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC) – finished with a score of 191; and Team Democrat – led by Congressman Marc Veasey (TX) – tallied up a score of 184.

“This annual event provides an opportunity for Members of Congress, regardless of political party, to join together in a nonpartisan manner,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane. “Advancing outdoor recreation and conservation are bipartisan issues that everyone can support.”

Clays Competition Awards

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Individual Category

“Top Gun” Member of Congress: Rep. John Rutherford (FL)

“Top Gun” Democrat: Rep. Mike Thompson (CA)

“Top Gun” Republican: Rep. Jody Hice (GA)

Top Skeet: Rep. Collin Peterson (MN)

Top Trap: Rep. Mark Meadows (NC)

Top Sporting Clays: Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA)

Experienced Category

“Top Gun”: Ryan Bronson, Vista Outdoor Inc.

“Top Gun” Female: Nickie Currie, Amgen

Top Skeet: Forrest Wilson, Vista Outdoor Inc.

Top Trap: Ryan Broyles, Bass Pro Shops

Top Sporting Clays: Bill Mackleit, Vista Outdoor Inc.

Beginners Category

“Top Gun”: Kellie Ralston, American Sportfishing Association

The 2019 Clays Competition Title Sponsors including: BP America, Inc.; Federal Premium; Hess Corporation; Hornady Manufacturing Co.; National Rifle Association; and Public Service Enterprise Group. Host Sponsors included: Bass Pro Shops; Cabela’s; National Shooting Sports Foundation; and Winchester Ammunition.

Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.