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Illinois Shooting Contest Raises $50,000 for Conservation

Photo courtesy of Union Sportsmen's Alliance

Illinois union members raised more than $50,000 to support the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA's) conservation mission with their First Annual Illinois Sporting Clays Shoot last weekend at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation in Dundee, Ill.

The shooting competition was sponsored by the Illinois AFL-CIO, Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) and the Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council (CBTC). Says Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael T. Carrigan:

Not only did labor come together to raise thousands of dollars to support conservation efforts, but union members from various communities around the state got the chance to connect on a lifestyle level outside of the workplace, not only as brothers and sisters, but as sportsmen and women.

The 20 teams were made up of more than 100 union members and their friends and families.

Many people confuse sporting clays with skeet shooting. But they are quite different sports. Skeet shooting takes place at one shooting location designed to a specific set of measurements with specific-sized targets that are launched pre-set trajectories.

But a sporting clays course includes as many as 15 shooting stations over a course of at least 35 acres, where targets of different sizes are launched in a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations and distances. Sometimes it is referred to as “golf with a shotgun.”   

Jon Chapman from Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 took home top honors for an individual shooter while Heather Gayle from the North Central Illinois Labor Council/Bank of Labor team won the women’s trophy. Tony DeJohn, son of Ironworkers Local 63 executive board member Michael DeJohn, won the youth shooter award. (Click here for all the scores.)

The Illinois event, part of the USA’s 25-city sporting clays and trap shoot tour, will travel to 17 states in 2012. Along with raising funds to support the USA’s conservation mission, the tour also introduces skilled union volunteers to the impact they can make on conservation projects in the communities where they live, work and play. For more information or to find out how you can get involved, visit

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