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I N C A L I F O R N I A , C L AY TA R G ET SHOOTING AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL ISN'T EASY TO FIND, but the sport is thriving at California State Uni- versity, Fresno—more commonly known as Fresno State. The Fresno State Shooting Team, which uses the school's Bulldogs mascot, was founded in 2013 by a small group of bird hunters on campus. "It was just a bunch of guys who had hunted together and they started an actu- al gun club on campus," says Jacob Lehar, an assistant coach and former president of the team. "And they found out that they could turn this into a competitive team and that's kind of where it started." Since then the team has fluctuated from four to as many as a dozen participants. Most have lived within 30 miles of the university, but next year's group includes students from farther out, Lehar says. And they're working on recruiting more from throughout the West Coast, ramping up recruiting efforts such as a shoot for high schoolers incorporated into the team's annual Bulldog 100 event. "We're just trying to let these California shoot- ers know that there's an option to shoot collegiate- l y r i g h t h e r e a t h o m e ," Lehar says. "They don't h a v e t o g o o u t t o t h e Midwest. You can put on a shirt or a vest for your local school and go shoot for them." FARMING FAMILY Located near the Sierra Nevada, Fresno State is one of 23 campuses in the Cali- fornia State University system—one of the largest higher education networks in the world. Fresno State happens to have the lowest tuition of those schools and most other four-year colleges in the state. Fresno County is well-known for farm- ing and Fresno State boasts a leading agri- cultural program complete with a 1,000- acre student-staffed farm. Most of the Bulldogs team is attending the college for agriculture in one way or another, whether it's animal science, crop science, agricul- ture mechanics, agriculture business, or another related program, Lehar says. "We're a very agriculturally-based com- munity and there's a lot of pride for the college in this valley," he says. "And there's a lot of pride for the college among the students and the people in the area. That's 52 PULLUSA MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019 THE FIELD C OL L EGE SP O T L IGH T E N R O L L M E N T L O CAT I O N 24,000 Fresno, CA csufresno.edu FUN IN THE SUN THE FRESNO STATE SHOOTING TEAM AIMS TO SHOW AREA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES THAT THERE'S A PLACE TO COMPETE AND GROW THEIR SKILLS ON THE WEST COAST // by JAKE WEYER 6 S I Z E O F T E A M (Plus 8 prospects) DID YOU KNOW? T H E F R ES N O S TAT E C A M P U S I S H O M E TO A 1,000 -AC R E S T U D EN T- RU N FA R M .

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