We are excited to say with confidence that this fundraising event is and "Annual" event! Just completing our second year revealed tremendous growth in organization and participation! Our team of volunteer event coordinators strolled through this year without breaking a sweat as they put on one top of the line sporting clay shoots in the state of Mississippi, if not the entire country! Our Veterans that participated on the two Warrior Bonfire Teams, were well taken care of and the 210 shooters (yes, I said 210, a jump from 168 last year) were managed and processed through to their starting positions without a hitch! This shoot is well on its way to stardom in this sporting clay shoot world. We can say for certain, you don't want to miss out on this next year! Not only are we proud to say "Annual" but we can also add MS (Mississippi) to this title as we are growing in Texas with a shoot just around the corner on August 27, 2016, the WBP Dust Off for Dove Season Sporting Clay Shoot in Lumberton!
Situated on the pristine piece of land becoming well known as Camp Down Range, owned and operated by the CJ Stewart Foundation and the future home of the Bonfire Lodge, this shoot provided an exhilarating challenge to Master shooters and an extremely cool venue for our Hunter Class shooters. This two groups shoot among each other but do not compete against each other, offering fun for all on many levels. Not only are the shots over the lake, and through the woods, up and down the hilly trails outside of Clinton, a fantastic attraction for this type of shoot but the door prizes want to make you drool! Everything from overnights at the local casino hotels, fishing poles, conceal carry classes, grilling gear, shells, coolers, chairs, and much more adds that special touch to bring our shooters back each year.
We are incredibly grateful to our Sporting Clay Shoot Sponsors for helping us to put on such a wonderful shoot. The funds donated help us to provide a well run shoot that keeps the customers happy, guaranteeing to return next year. The funds also provide a weekend for 12 of our Bonfire Brothers that have been on trips in the past to come home so to speak to reunite with some of those we have introduced to them along the way. We host a full weekend for these Purple Hearts and it is something we could not do without our sponsor support! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts as well as our Purple Hearts.
We also want to call out all our volunteer shoot organizers for their huge devotion of time and generosity to make this AMAZING event take place. John Heggins - overall operations, Steven Tzotzolas - shoot operations, Lesa Wilson & Leigh Ann Vanlandingham - volunteer coordinators (and a whole lot more). Americorp - Stand Operators, Civil Air Patrol - Parking Attendants. Operation Sponsors - Sheffield Rentals, Ben Nelson Golf & Utility Vehicles, Capital City Beverage, Southern Heritage Air Foundation, Hinds Community College DMS Program, Vicksburg Catholic Schools, F&G Beverages Inc., H&M Promotions, CJ Stewart Foundation and Fordice Construction Co for land preparations. Lastly, our Staff Mike Foss, Helen Phillips and Andi Pugh.
Click here to see all the fun photos of the day! (Sadly we put away the cameras during the down pour.)
Click here to see placement results.
Stay tuned for next years Save the Date announcement!
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