Shooting clubs join Top of Rockies 400

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There are more than 500 registered shooters in the state of Colorado, and this weekend, Michael Hogue hopes to draw more than a few of them to Three Quarter Circles Ranch in Steamboat Springs.

"We are hoping that this shoot will draw competitors from all over the state," Hogue said.

The Top of the Rockies 400 will be held during two days at Piney Valley Ranch in Wolcott and Three Quarters Circle Ranch in Steamboat Springs.

The competition will offer four courses and 400 registered targets.

"This is the first time we've ever held this event," Hogue said. "But we are hoping it will grow into something big."

Hogue likes to describe the sport of sporting clays as golf with a shotgun. Competitors move between stations on a preset course and attempt to hit as many targets as possible. The targets are thrown in different directions, at different speeds and at different heights. Some stations require shooters to hit targets that have been thrown simultaneously.

The Top of the Rockies will open at Piney Valley Ranch on Saturday.

The first 100-target game will begin at 10 a.m. Competitors will take a break for lunch and return for another 100-target game at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, the competition will move to Steamboat's Three Quarter Circles Ranch. Once again, competitors will shoot at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The cost of the competition is $100 a day ($200 for both days) for shooters who register before Friday. The registration cost is $110 a day ($220 for both days) for athletes who wait until the day of the event.

Registration includes lunch and fees at both areas. Competitors can win prizes, including a two-night stay at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and gift certificates. All National Sporting Clays Association rules apply.

Call Three Quarter Circles Ranch at 879-5649 for more information.

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