Minneapolis, MN – The Metro Pheasants Forever Chapter and a group of dedicated sportswomen and upland bird hunters, called the Bird Bustin’ Babes, have joined efforts to raise funds for the restoration of the James Meger Memorial WMA in Lyon County MN. They are raising funds through Clays for a Cause III, the third annual Sporting Clays fundraising shoot on Saturday, April 23rd at the MN Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake, MN.
Kristi Palmer, event organizer, says, “Over my years of hunting, it has gotten harder and harder to find public land to hunt. The counties where we hunt have lost 11,000 acres of public hunting land in recent years. I decided to do something to help ensure that quality habitat with public hunting access will always be available to future generations of hunters.” Kristi recruited her sporting clays team, The Bird Bustin’ Babes, to help make the idea a reality. Starting in 2014, Clays for a Cause has raised over $8,000 for public hunting land in Minnesota.
As active participants at the event, it was a natural fit to ask the Metro Pheasants Forever Chapter board to join as co-sponsors for 2016. The Metro PF Chapter board is very excited about this collaboration says President, Dave Scherf, “The women from Bird Bustin’ Babes and Clays for a Cause are bringing new energy and focus to this year’s spring shoot. It will be the first habitat contribution from Metro PF in five years. 100% of the profits raised from this event will stay on the ground in Minnesota.”
The Lyon County WMA is the recipient of this year’s event proceeds. Time, distance and cost are all identified as barriers to hunting and that’s what makes the Lyon County project so exciting. A hunter can spend quality time afield within a short drive from the Metro area and have good opportunities for success – one of the most important criteria for continuing in a new sport.
As a women-driven project and with the continued growth of youth and high school shooting teams and leagues, they are hoping to reach a non-traditional and new audience to the shooting sports, and participants that might not typically attend such events. Men and women, youth and shooting teams will have a fun day at the MN Horse and Hunt Club’s beautiful facility.
A shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. will be followed by a lunch and silent auction. The event will use Lewis class scoring with prizes. Pre-registration cost is $65 for adults, $40 for youth and teams of 4 can pre-register for $220. On-line, pre-registration using Pay Pal can be done via the Metro Pheasants Forever website at http://www.metroareapf.org/events/538-clays-for-a-cause/.
Further information can be found on the groups Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Clays4aCause.