With all other youth sports teams unable to compete due to COVID pandemic restrictions, the Colusa County Ducks Shooting Sports squad was one that was able to return to competition as the CYSSA held its first sporting clays event of the season on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Quail Point Hunt Club in Woodland.
With precautions and adjustments in place to comply with social distancing and ensure safety, 240 participants from all over Northern California took to the range in the shotgun discipline that is the closest to actual field shooting.
Designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants and other small game, the various shooting stations are laid out over natural terrain, which in turn influences how the targets are presented.
For the Ducks, who were established in 2017, and are in their third year of sporting clays competition, the day, as usual, proved successful after they sent three to the podium and saw five end with top 10 finishes, impressive given that poor air quality has limited practice time.
In the Intermediate Advanced division, Gus Armstrong stood a top the medal stand after striking 86 out of 100 targets, to beat out 22 other contenders, including teammates Dustin Wurm, who took seventh, as well as Tanner Hansen and Parker Gill, who were ninth and 10th respectively.
Among the Rookies, Jackson Soden claimed first place, while fellow Duck Robert Shadley finished second.
Chase Carrere had the Ducks’ best finish in the 112 person varsity contest, taking seventh place after turning in a score of 88.
The final Duck to earn a top 10 finish was Grayson Hardwick who shot 76 percent and captured seventh place in the JV grouping, which had a total of 56 competitors.
With one contest under their belt, the Ducks return to Quail Point in two weeks for the second series event. ♣