Sporting Clays Tournament

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve in Simonton, TX

Join us for the 18th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament at the Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve in Simonton, TX on Thursday, April 24, 2014 to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's Scouting Programs for at-risk youth.  Based on last year's demand, we have expanded to include 100 teams.

Registration     |    Location     |    Team Levels     |   What is Sporting Clays      |    Rules     |   Scoring
Schedule     |   Live and Silent Auction     |    Where Does Money Go?     |    Committee


Online Registration         Registration Form         Auction Donation Form             

Each 4-man team registered before March 1, 2014 will be entered into a drawing to win FOUR (4) Browning Maxus 12 ga. shotguns – one for each member of your team!  Remember that payment is not due at the time you register so don’t delay!   The drawing will be held at the event.  Need not be present to win.  Early Bird promotion sponsored by Cadence Bank. 


This year’s event will be at the Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve!  At this facility we have the ability to offer our teams so much.  We will be offering all teams 100 clays per shooter.

Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve is located 25 minutes west of the intersection of Highway 6 and FM 1093 in Fort Bend County, Texas.  From Simonton, take 1093 west for 1.6 miles.  Turn left on Guyler Rd.  Go 1.1 miles and enter Rio Brazos just before the church.


Team Levels

The Sam Houston Area Council’s Annual Sporting Clays Event uses four (4) person Team format. Teams can be made up of male, female, youth, adult, pro class shooters, beginner shooters, or combination.

Eagle Team ($5,000) includes 1-4 person team, golf cart, 1 hour of Sporting Clays instruction the morning of the shoot, ½ page ad in the event program, website listing for six (6) months, 2’x3’ banner on the course, special recognition item for each member of the team, and 1-4 person team in the Fall Top Gun Shoot.

Life Team ($3,000) includes 1-4 person team, golf cart, ¼ page ad in the event program, website listing for three (3) months, 18”x24” Station Sponsor sign, recognition item, and 2 shooters in the Fall Top Gun Shoot.

Star Team ($1,750) include 1-4 person teams, golf cart, company name in the event program, recognition item.

First Class shooters ($500) are individual shooters and will receive recognition item.

What is Sporting Clays?

It’s exciting!  It’s challenging!  And its popularity is accelerating faster than a pair of teal on opening day.  With its roots coming from England, sporting clays is a shotgun shooting game in which clay pigeons are presented to the gunner in ways that mirror the flight pattern of game birds, or occasionally rabbits, in their natural habitats. 

The shooting grounds are laid out in stations (also called stands) with each station representing one type of bird or a combination of game: a rabbit and a grouse.

Shooting Rules for Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve

  1. All guns remain unloaded at all times, until in the shooting cage and pointed downrange.  Load only when station is clear and safe.
  2. Treat all guns as though they are loaded, never pointing at anything you do not wish to destroy.
  3. Actions open or the breech cracked to show the gun is unloaded, until you are ready to use it.
  4. Never load more than two (2) shells at a time for Sporting Clays or other shotgun games.
  5. Be aware of what’s beyond the target.  If there’s any doubt, don’t shoot.
  6. After shooting all your targets make sure your action is open BEFORE you turn around to step out of the cage.
  7. No shot sizes larges than 7 ½,. 8 or 9 will be allowed.  No dram equivalent of more than three (3) drams, or more than 1 ½ ounce of shot will be allowed.
  8. Use the proper gauge ammunition in your gun.  Don’t improvise or carry shells of different gauges together.
  9. Absolutely no consumption of alcohol will be allowed on the course including spectators.
  10. Eye and ear protection is mandatory for everyone on the course including spectators.
  11. No unsupervised children on the range.
  12. No unleashed dogs on the range.
  13. Never load or touch the trap machines for any reason.
  14. Your personal carts, gators, rhinos, mules, and other modes of transportation such as those listed are welcome.  However, no 4-wheelers or motorcycles will be allowed on or around the course. 
  15. Stay on the pathways both in vehicles and walking.
  16. Any activity deemed unsafe will not be tolerated.


We will be using the LEWIS CLASS SYSTEM for scoring the event and will award trophies for 1st and 2nd place for AA Class, A Class, B Class, C Class and D Class.   We will have Team Trophies and individual Team Member awards for the 1st and 2nd place Teams in each of these classes.

Schedule for 2014

We are going to have just one (1) Flight and offer 100 clays per shooter.  We will offer a delicious lunch and light dinner, after the shoot, along with the silent and live auction.  The tentative schedule is as follows:

9:30 am Registration Opens.  Shooting Games Open
10:00 am Silent Auction Opens
11:30 am Lunch Service Starts
12:15 pm Shooting Games Close
12:30 pm Safety Talk & Instructions
12:45 pm Shooting Event Starts
4:30 pm Dinner Starts (15 minutes after last shooter finishes)
5:00 pm Silent Auction Closes
5:15 pm Live Auction - Mike Greer, Greer Auction Services
6:00 pm Awards Presentation

Live And Silent Auction

There is a large Live and Silent Auction at the event. Over $75,000.00 worth of merchandise will be auctioned off.  In the past, items in the auction included golf outings, hunting trips to local lodges, a week at a Colorado Condo with airfare, Herb Booth and John Dearman art, a week in Napa Valley and in the California Redwoods with airfare, a dove hunting trip to Argentina with airfare and much more.  It is truly an auction that you will want to be part of.  So mark your calendar today.

Raffle Packages:  This year we will have $100 and $250 Raffle Packages.  Raffle items will include many guns(of all types), art work, golf certificates, restaurant gift certificates, and much more.  Come prepared to participate in a top flight raffle and you may go home with a new shotgun of your dreams!

 Auction Donation Form             

Where does the money go?

Funds raised from the annual Sam Houston Area Council BSA Sporting Clays Event go to support the Scouting program in the Greater Houston Area.   Scouting teaches self-reliance, strength of purpose and conviction of character.  These are the values that have guided the Sam Houston Area Council over the years.  While there are many youth organizations, including sports, service clubs, fitness and educational programs that help young people, Scouting goes above and beyond by providing activities that:

  • Allows boys to try new things
  • Features a learn-by doing approach
  • Provides service to others
  • Reinforces ethical standards
  • Builds self-confidence and leadership
  • Scouting is filled with fun, adventure and values that last a lifetime.  Men who were Scouts for five or more years as boys are more likely than men with no Scouting t

- Graduate from college (35% versus 19%)
- Earn higher annual household incomes ($80,000 versus $61,000)
- Have lifelong friendships (89% versus 74%)
- Attend religious services (87% versus 77%)
- Believe helping other should come before one’s own self interest (92% versus 83%)
- Over the past 16 years this event has raised close to $2 million dollars to support the Scouting program in the Greater Houston area.
- Graduate from high school (91% versus 87%)

Committee Members

Wendel Skolaski – Cadence Bank


Rick Benavides
Michael Blake – Knights of Columbus
Dan Bowen – OfficeMax
Greg Christmann – Green Bank
Harold Christmann – Christmann & Company
John Crafton – Mobilease
Mark DeVaney – Amegy Bank
Cletus Dodd – Greenbriar Partners
Ken Fickes – Harris County
Dave Golder – PetroNeft Resources, PL
Jim Goolsby – Tauber Oil Company
Mike Greer –  Greer Auction Services
Shad Higdon – Deloitte
Aaron Javener– SHAC
Mike Kasecky – Schlumberger
Harry Leach – Capital Certified Development Corp.
Steve Leyh – Leyh, Payne & Mallia, PLLC
Miles Milton - Northern Trust
Connie Parker – Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve
Mark Romanchock - Pan Atlantic Exploration Company
Kelly Stephens – Law Office of Kelly Stephens
Richard Tauber – Tauber Oil Company
Autumn Waska – Costline Logistics, LLC
Dane Webb – Raymond James and Associates
Dave Weaver - Petrolink

More Information

Charlie Tinsley
Assistant Director of Development
 (713) 756-3370