Georgia Boasts Top Winners at Shooting Competition

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — The Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield, South Carolina recently hosted the Second Annual Southeastern Youth Clay Target Combine. This multi-state shotgun event allowed top varsity squads from Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi to compete and represent their state, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

Participating schools brought together 90 varsity student-athletes, making up 30 squads, from the Independent School Associations found within the three states. Each participant shot 150 total targets across three different shotgun disciplines: sporting clays, skeet, and trap.

The Southeastern Youth Clay Target Combine was tailored to grow shooting sports programs in the Southeast, and simultaneously provide young student-athletes the opportunity to compete outside of state lines. The event was created by the Georgia WRD, working together with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. All participating student-athletes were required to have successful completion and certification from their state Hunter Education Program.

Team Results

· First Place: Gatewood School – Eatonton, Georgia (Score: 421) Aaron Copelan, Baylor Garland, Nash Sinclair

· Second Place: Mid-Carolina Gun Club – Orangeburg, SC (Score: 406) Madison Sharp, Conner Mills, Rich Mcfee

· Third Place: First Presbyterian – Macon, GA (Score: 402) Bryce Daniel, Tate Skipper, Dallas Ward

Highest Overall Male

· First Place: Aaron Copelan with 147 from Gatewood School, Eatonton, Georgia

· Second Place: Andrew Weiche with 146 from Windsor Academy, Macon, Georgia

· Third Place: Conner Mills with 142 from Mid-Carolina Gun Club, Orangeburg, SC

Highest Overall Female

· First Place: Dallas Ward with 139 from First Presbyterian, Macon, Georgia

· Second Place: Madison Sharpe with 136 from Mid-Carolina Gun Club, Orangeburg, SC

· Third Place: Brianna Gibson with 132 from Richland Creek Top Guns, Saluda, SC

For more information about scholastic clay target programs in Georgia, visit