Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser

The Barton Foundation aims to enhance the Barton student experience with its 13th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot fundraiser from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, April 16 at Camp Aldrich, 884 NE 110 Ave. in Claflin. The money raised is used for Faculty Mini-Grants, which Barton faculty members can use to enhance student learning experiences in their classrooms. The Foundation has awarded $132,479 in mini-grants to date.

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Lindsey Bogner said the event allows the Foundation the opportunity to provide great support in our classrooms to improve student learning experiences.

“Last year, we were able to fund over $12,500 in Mini-Grants across Barton campuses because of the generous support of our sponsors, shooters, and guests,” she said. “This year, we hope to do the same.”
Participants can compete as individuals or as three-person teams in a modified Lewis Class style tournament. The shoot begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Shooters can start the course throughout the day, but the last shooter starts by 3 p.m.

Registration is $100, and those who pre-register by April 3 get a free pulled pork and beef lunch and a free hunter orange, fleece-lined hat as an early-bird prize. Shooters will need to provide their own shells. A small amount of ammo will be available for sale, but you must call ahead and shoot at the event to purchase this ammo. ATVs and golf carts are welcome. Those interested can register at

Registration includes 100 sporting clays, prizes for the overall winners and Lewis Class winners, and raffle drawings for great gifts, including a matching set of 12 gauge and 20 gauge Winchester pump shotguns, a three-day bow hunt at Camp Aldrich, grill, gift cards, and more are added every day.

New this year, raffle tickets to the bow hunt and matching gun set are available to the public through a “Gun & Hunt Raffle” with tickets at $5 each, and the purchaser can choose which prize they’d like to win. The winner will be drawn at 3 p.m. the day of the shoot and does not have to be present to win. The winner of the 12/20 matching gun set must be 18 and pass a background check to win.

Linden Target Sports will handle logistics and supply the equipment. The company has designed a course to complement the beautiful landscape of Camp Aldrich, which sits on 290 acres of rolling sand hills and wilderness areas located two miles north of Highway 156 between Claflin and the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area. The camp boasts at least 70 species of wildflowers and grasses, 57 different types of birds, deer, turkey, and various other animals; some of which are on the endangered species list.