CASA Kane County to host its first Countryside Clays for Kids sporting tournament

Since 1912, sporting clays courses, tower shooting, and walk-up (Quail Walk) shooting have gained prominence and have seen a surge in popularity across the United States. Today, sporting clays stands as one of the rapidly expanding sports in America, drawing over three million enthusiasts of all ages who engage in both competitive and recreational pursuits.

Sporting clays replicates the spontaneity of live-quarry shooting by presenting a diverse range of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes.

Who remembers “Duck Hunt”? The Nintendo gaming system in the 1980s has prepared for this fun sporting clays event. Think golf outing, but trading your clubs and trying to get a hole-in-one for a shotgun and clay discs that are launched in the air as a target.

What is sporting clays shooting?

Sporting clays is shot on a course made of 10-15 stations. These stations are laid out one after another, like holes on a golf course. Some stations feature one, two, or more clay-pigeon launchers, all throwing targets at different heights and angles.

There are no official rules regarding how these launchers must be positioned, so no two sporting-clays courses are the same.

Compared to trap and skeet, sporting clays offers the widest variety of hunting-style shots. This makes it great way to sharpen your skills for the season or to keep them sharp all year.

Sporting clays stations feature one, two, or more clay-pigeon launchers, all throwing targets at different heights and angles. Courtesy of CASA Kane County

Do I need to be a member of St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club to participate?

Participants need not be members for this fundraising event! However, outside this fundraiser, St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club is a club based on membership and outside of private events, the public is not allowed.

Is there a minimum age requirement for shooting?

The minimum age is 13, accompanied by an adult.

Do I need my own shotgun to participate?

Yes. The St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club does not provide gun rental.

Do I have to bring my own ammunition?

No. The St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club will provide 12-gauge ammunition.

Are there restrictions on what kind of shotgun and ammunition I can bring?

St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club will provide 12-gauge ammunition. If you are interested in bringing your own gun and ammo, it must be target loads, 3 dram equivalent maximum, and 7.5, 8, or 9 shot lead.

What safety equipment is required to shoot?

Eye and ear protection is mandatory for all shooters.

Can you participate if you are a beginner?

Yes! No matter if you are a beginner or experienced shooter, this event is open to all levels.

The St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club staff will provide an overview and review of the rules. There will be staff along the way as well to assist with any questions throughout the course.

Can I make special arrangements to bring a group of people?

Yes. Groups usually consist of 3-4 people, and we can accommodate larger groups by placing them next to each other.

Join CASA Kane County for its inaugural Countryside Clays Sporting Tournament!

Participants will enjoy a delicious lunch provided by Rack Masters award winning BBQ, 50 sporting clays targets and ammo, and souvenir shirt in addition to the reception and awards ceremony.

The event will be held on Sunday, May 19, at the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, 44W471 Keslinger Road in Elburn. All experience levels are welcome and the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club staff will make sure you feel safe and equipped during your clays experience, whether you’re a novice or expert shooter!

Individual ticket price ($125) and amenities include: a BBQ lunch by Rack Masters; 50 sporting clays targets and ammunition; commemorative event T-shirt; two tickets for grand raffle; and a reception and awards. Gun rental not available

It will begin at 10:30 a.m. with check-in and lunch service, followed by an opening ceremony and safety orientation at 11:30 a.m. The tournament starts at noon, followed by the reception and awards at 2 p.m.

Whether you are a beginner or experienced shooter, the Countryside Clay for Kids fundraiser is open to all levels. Proceeds from this event will benefit CASA Kane County. Courtesy of CASA Kane County

Sign up now for a chance to participate in two clay shooting events for CASA! Purchase the “Double Shot” duo package for $425 and save $50!

The Double Shot Due includes:

• One ticket to Countryside Clays at St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club on Sunday, May 19.

• One ticket to Clays for Kids at Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation on Thursday, Sept. 26.

For more information or registration, go to

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit organization that trains and supervises court appointed special advocate volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Last year, more than 200 CASA volunteers served over 663 children throughout Kane County. For more information, visit

CASA Kane County is currently seeking volunteers. To learn more, visit or call (630) 232-4484.

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