Introducing the 2020 Sporting Clays Team

There are many people who keep the place humming by running the Lodge on the weekends, helping with special projects, and showing up for the odd job when asked, but this squad puts in the time every single week to ensure that Sporting Clays is functioning and fun for everyone. Not everybody has the time for these weekly commitments and we do recognize and appreciate every person who helps in any way. However, we thought you’d like to know who devotes their energies each and every week.

Left to right in main photo:

Kevin Reynolds and Dave Frischkorn – Kevin and Dave are our two newest team members and responsible for machine maintenance. With both a growing and aging fleet of machines, there is a lot of work involved. Sometimes a machine needs a complete dismantling before it can be put back out in the field.

Phil Mitchell – Phil is one-half of our course setter team. This means that he and Darryl Williams move and reset, at times, eight or more trap machines in one day. Additionally, Phil is the lead on laying out the new 16 station course. We estimate that he has re-flagged the new course approximately 1,365,210 times to find the best layout for our terrain.

David Gilbertson – David is the Discipline Director and represents Sporting Clays on the Club Board. He is indefatigable in his leadership efforts, volunteer team coordination and spearheading the improvements we all enjoy at the range. Read about our 2020 ambitions here.

Mike Dooley – Mike frequently runs the Lodge on weekends and is always available for special projects including digging through the snow to get our stations open. He is the team lead for the design and construction of the planned covered stations.

Bill Cunningham – Bill makes sure there are targets in the Sporting Clays machines each week (about 30 boxes worth per week), all batteries are charged, and each station is clean.

Sarah Brosier – Sarah builds and maintains this blog, provides the graphic design work, and builds the behind-the-scenes spreadsheets to help the David and the team track finances, volunteer hours, and machine inventory. She also runs Winscore for the NSCA tournaments at the range.

Darryl Williams – Darryl is the other half of the course setting team. He spends countless hours researching ideas for target presentations and then spends hours more with Phil dragging machines around the course to make those targets fly. We can’t wait to see what Phil and he have planned for the new course.

Jim Tier — Last year, Jim singlehandedly tore down and rebuilt every single one of our older machines. He also provided all the routine machine maintenance and wired all the solar panels you see attached to all the batteries. Machine operations are soaring and broken bird counts are plummeting due to his efforts.

Eric White – Eric does everything 5-Stand: target setting, loading and cleaning. He also provides instruction at the range and is serving as the tournament director for the upcoming May Clays event. Periodically, he will post a ShotKam video with tips on his Facebook page.

Pictured together left to right:

Jeff McBride – Everyone, including us, needs a good handyman. Jeff will do any small or large job required to keep the range ready for action. Just one of his large jobs is maintenance of the three gators.

Steve Timm – Also known as “Torch,” Steve makes sure the range is kept woody-debris free including limbing or removing trees. He spearheaded the parking lot expansion, and built the gates and picnic tables.

Main photo courtesy of Amy Sandrin of Sandrin Studios. Visit her Facebook page for more information about Amy and her services.

Volunteer Hours. WOW !

Everyday there is someone starting, working on or completing a project that directly benefits us shooters.

During the month of March our volunteers have donated over 300 hours to the Sporting Clay Discipline. An ever increasing monthly number thanks to all that can offer help. Whether it is work from home creating web information or documents for record keeping, setting the courses and running the lodge it is all appreciated. If we collectively want to keep the momentum going come join us.

We developed a 2019 financial and site plan including grant processes for expansion, including the addition of new machines and 5 more refurbished for a total of 31 machines. Rebuilt a gator to distribute clays on the courses. Expanded the parking. Created this blog site. Operational training and five stand. Course designs changed frequently and a team that listens to concerns. Promoted Wednesday shoots and special events. The list is extensive and the best way to see what progressive individuals can do come shoot.

Nothing happens at this site without your generous donations and volunteer hours. So here is some of what is planned and where we could certainly use some more bodies. You can also go to the volunteer suggestion area of this blog to add your special thoughts. Most construction materials will be furnished and always accepted.

  • Paint the outside of the lodge. Anyone with a paint sprayer?
  • Build a deck and covering on the front of the lodge
  • Gun racks for around the lodge
  • Burning brush with Steve Timm
  • General course cleanup of clays, wads, pathways
  • Paint the conex
  • Donations for the completion of the parking lot cinders. We have some and it will start around the lodge, five stand and then out through the parking lot using existing donations.
  • Rebuild or modify the stations on five stand and sporting clays.
  • Excavator or front loader to help with some clearing.
  • Build two carports to replace the lost canopies from the snow.
  • Weekend lodge workers for opening, taking money and closing. You need not be a shooter to do this so bring a spouse or friend that we can train.

There is much more to do and with your help our facility will become the Central Oregon destination for shooting. Give an hour or a day.

Enter your information on this link and we’ll be touch.