August Recess 2015: Hundreds Gather to Enjoy the Shooting Sports

Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Washington, DC -( Yesterday, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) staffers took a break from bustling Capitol Hill, and joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and industry partners at the annual “August Recess Shoot-Out” for a day of trap, skeet, and sporting clays.

CSF President Jeff Crane welcomed 175 sportsmen and women, which included both advanced and beginner recreational shooters, to Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet in Glenn Dale, Maryland.

“With over 37.4 million sportsmen and women in the country, Members of Congress are representing a group of people equivalent to the population of California. These sportsmen and women pay for fish and wildlife conservation. Every time they purchase their firearm ammunition or their hooks and bait, they are putting money into the American System of Conservation Funding.”

Delegate Johnny Mautz (MD) presented a citation to CSF, recognizing the organization for their leadership of the sportsmen’s community, through working with the CSC.

CSF Board of Directors member Jeanne Mitchell of Exxon Mobil Corporation also addressed the attendees, thanking CSC staffers for their hard work on behalf of the country’s sportsmen’s community.

“Conservation began with hunters and anglers in this country. We are the original stewards of our natural resources,” said Mitchell. “The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus is the largest bipartisan Caucus on Capitol Hill and all of you help contribute to conservation.”

Shooters competed on an individual basis for the top shot score in various categories. For beginners, the Remington experts provided lessons in firearms safety and shooting skills.

Following the competition, 10 individuals were awarded the top scores in different categories:

  • Top Gun: Jared Hill, Bunge North America
  • Top Gun Female: Stephanie Gadbois, House Judiciary Committee
  • Top Gun Republican: Josh Maxwell, House Committee on Agriculture
  • Top Gun Democrat: Mark Mozena, Office of Congressman Michael Honda
  • Top Skeet shooter: Tim Rupli, TR Rupli & Associates, Inc.
  • Top Trap shooter: Rick Schmidt, The Buck Bomb
  • Top Sporting Clays shooter: Dan Wrinn, Ducks Unlimited
  • Top Beginners: Kristin Mayhall, Garden & Gun Land; Laurie McKay, Greenberg Traurig; Kenny Palmer, Office of Congressman Marc Veasey.

This year’s August Recess Shoot-Out Title Sponsors included: BP America, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation, Honeywell International, Inc., Ice Miller Strategies LLC, ITC Holdings Corporation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Natural Resource Results LLC, SilencerCo LLC, and Vista Outdoor Inc. Host Sponsor included: American Suppressor Association, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Association, Oracle, Remington, Richard Childress Racing, Safari Club International, Shimano American Corporation, and Winchester Ammunition. Co-Host Sponsors Included: Air Line Pilots Association, Amgen, The Buck Bomb, CropLife America, Crossroads Strategies LLC, Greenberg Traurig, and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

The firearm suppressor demonstration was hosted by the American Suppressor Association and SilencerCo LLC.

About Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)

Since 1989 CSF has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.

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