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Pasco Sheriff's Shotgun Shootout benefits youth programs

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco invites all gun enthusiasts to join him at his Shotgun Shootout Saturday, April 26, at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays gun range.

The gun range is located at 10514 Ehren Cutoff in Land O' Lakes. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with the shootout competition beginning about an hour later.

Proceeds from the event will support youth programs in Pasco County, including the Pasco Police Athletic League, the largest such league in the Tampa Bay area. Eight leagues of multiple teams feature children from the ages of 5-13 who play football or participate in cheerleading.

In a sporting clays competition, shooters fire at clay targets from a variety of shooting stations. The stations are positioned over a rural course. The clay targets are released by hidden machines and have an unpredictable pattern.

This year's shootout features three shooting courses. Shotguns will be available for rent, and vision and hearing protection is required and some will be made available. Only 12-, 20-, and 28-gauge shotguns in safe working order will be permitted.

There are different levels of sponsorship and registration available for the Shootout, which include different benefits:

$2,000 - Sheriff's Club - One 4-shooter team; ammo; cart; "special" sponsor's prize drawing; recognition at luncheon.

$1,000 - Platinum -- One 4-shooter team; ammo; cart; sponsor's prize drawing; recognition at luncheon.

$600 - Team with cart -- One 4-shooter team; ammo; cart.

$150 - Individual - Individual entry; ammo.

You can register and pay online via PayPal at PascoSheriff.com. Click on the Sheriff Chris Nocco drop-down link, and then the Pasco Sheriff's Charities link. From there, click on the Shotgun Shootout link and from that page, you can complete online registration and payment or you can print a registration form to mail in your payment.

Shooters will enjoy a continental breakfast, and a lunch of barbeque chicken, Bratwurst, potato salad, cole slaw, and soft drinks will be provided by Shootout sponsor Trinity Services Group. Prizes and awards will be presented after the competition. Awards will be presented to the top three teams, top Law Enforcement team, and individual awards to the top male and female shooters.

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