Annual Iron Man Clay Bird Shoot set for July 16

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Build it and they will come. It worked for the Field of Dreams and it works once each summer as clay bird shooters come together to band together, to have fun, and to make one life better.

It’s a mission for the members of one area conservation club and a meaningful team project for many other groups and individuals who assist.

Shotgun sports are popular pastimes for many sportsmen and women. Trap, skeet, sporting clays, and variations of any and all of these fast-moving, clay-busting contests attract lots of us — and too, they build and hone our shooting skills for the coming hunting seasons.

So why not enjoy one or more of these wing shooting contests and at the same time raise money for a most worthy purpose?

The event

Leetonia Sportsman’s Association has the answer and it happens July 16, at the club grounds in Leetonia, Ohio, at 311 East High Street. Punch it in your GPS or smartphone map app and gather gun and gear for this worthy cause.

The name of the game is what club organizers call the Ironman Clay Bird Shoot, an all-day event that combines an affordable combination of trap, five stand, and sporting clays into an imaginative and enjoyable fund raiser to benefit a seriously disabled veteran.

Funds

As they do each year, funds raised will go toward the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair that will help the recipient regain access to the outdoor sports.

Event organizers promise that 100 percent of the over-cost funds raised will be donated to this purpose. Other organizations also contribute, with a goal of $15,000.

Last year, wounded veteran Terry Dear Sr. received a new designed and built all-terrain, track-powered chair and can now move freely around many outdoor recreational areas and enjoy other family activities.

For more information, directions, and details contact Bill Harding at 330-822-0100 or bharding@gmail.com. The club website is Leetoniasportsmansclub.com.

Honoring our vets is an honor and duty. this is just one way to seize the opportunity.

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Hunters, don’t forget that the deadline approaches to enter the lottery for several state-run special hunts for adults, youth, and disabled hunters.

And soon after, August on-site drawings for duck blinds take place at local and regional state parks and reservoirs.

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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.

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