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The lone Wildcat representative took part in the National Clay Shooting competition

SUBMITTED PHOTO: TODD TOLBOE - Wilsonvilles lone shooter at the national trap shooting competition, Cameron Welch, at a practice range. The Wilsonville trap shooting team had a solid regular season, but due to scheduling conflicts had limited post season appearances. With no one on the team available to compete at the state competition in Hillsboro, the lone competitor to make the trip to nationals was Cameron Welch. Welch was the top shooter for the team during the regular season, and over the past weekend competed in Mason, Michigan.

Welch finished 1,030th out of 1,331 registered competitors with a score of 84 out of a possible 100. He was not the only competitor with a score of 84, but his reverse score of 18 set him above his scoring contemporaries.

Welch and the Wilsonville team shoot out of the Canby Rod and Gun Club. Other teams from that club to make the trip out included Canby, Molalla, and Silverton.

For anyone interested in learning more about guns and gun safety, contact Canby Rod and Gun Club. There are other options available as well.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will host several shotgun skills workshops in Gervais, Portland and near Corvallis during July and August. The cost is $12 per participant, which is due when registering. Workshops are family-friendly with all ages welcome, though anyone under age 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult and youth participants need to be able to handle a shotgun. Register online at https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/license or at a license sales agent.

Taking one of these shotgun skills classes is required to sign up for ODFW's popular fall pheasant hunting workshops for adults and families. (Pheasant hunts will happen Sept. 8 and 9 at Sauvie Island Wildlife Area and Sept. 15 and 16 at EE Wilson Wildlife Area this year.) Getting the shotgun skills done before the actual hunt gives participants more time to hunt with trained bird hunting dogs in the morning, before weather gets too warm for dogs.

ODFW provides shotguns and shells at these events. Shooting coaches will work with participants individually to improve their skills, no matter their skill level. Water will be provided, but participants need to bring their own lunch.

COURTESY PHOTO - The ODFW will be offering shotgun skills courses this summer. The classes are scheduled for:

n July 21, near Corvallis (EE Wilson Wildlife Area), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Register by July 16.

n July 28, Gervais (Mid-Valley Clays), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Register by July 23.

n Aug. 11, Portland (Portland Gun C lub), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Register by Aug. 10.

n Aug. 18 in Gervais (Mid-Valley Clays), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Register by Aug. 13.

n Aug. 25, near Corvallis (EE Wilson Wildlife Area), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Register by Aug. 20.

ODFW offers a variety of workshops teaching people how to hunt, fish, crab and clam. See the full list of upcoming events at https://myodfw.com/workshops-and-events.

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