Winter 2018

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14 PULLUSA MAGAZINE WINTER 2018 THE LEAD R A NGE ROV ER HOMETOWN LIVING with a Modern Spirit. That's the motto of Delaware, Ohio—a suburban town of 35,000 located about a half hour's drive north of Columbus. However, it also hits the mark for Black Wing Shooting Center, which was founded in 2002 on Del- aware property that once held a trap club for more than six decades. Owner Rex Gore has since trans- formed the site into Ohio's premier shooting destination—a five-star facility that features two indoor ranges, on-site gunsmithing, and a 20,000-square-foot retail center and pro shop. Step outside, and you'll find eight trap fields, four skeet fields, a covered five-stand, and a 20-station sporting clays course, as well as training and instruction for shooters of all ages and skill levels. "It's a great activity for everyone, and I value that any person from 10 to 100 can still shoot successfully and have a great time," said range and corporate sales manager Joe King. "It's awesome to see an 11-year-old girl shooting alongside her dad, grandfather, pastor and brother in a sport where age and physical ability do not determine score." The Black Wing family includes local students who participate in the Ohio State High School Clay Target League, which launched a year ago. Although many of the League's first teams came from southern Ohio, King is now working with a number of central Ohio schools to grow participation. "Black Wing first got involved when we were asked to host the State Tournament last June," King said. "My favorite part was that the teams are each representing schools that approve this activity." The Ohio State High School Clay Target League State Tournament returns to Black Wing on June 2. And in 2018, at least two schools will use Black Wing as their home club. In turn, Black Wing staffers will help defray stu- dents' ammo and trap practice costs, and loan shotguns to those students who need them. That makes it a win-win for everyone involved, King said. "This is a great place for clubs to shoot, and the teams who traveled here for the State shoot were floored by how nice this facility is," King said. "I've already seen student athletes travel back to Black Wing from pretty far away to shop and shoot on our range. They really appreciate the 'guntry club' feel. "This allows us to meet shoot- ers from all over the state, who help spread the word of how spe- cial Black Wing really is. I've had the chance to meet some pretty special people through this pro- gram, and we're so thankful for the opportunity to be involved with the Ohio State High School Clay Target League." ✪ DID YOU KNOW? Black Wing Shooting Center is the host of the Ohio State High School Clay Target League State Tournament. BLACK WING SHOOTING CENTER ❚❙❘ DELAWARE, OH ❘❙❚ by DAVE POND V I S I T O U R WEB S I T E F O R M O R E L E AG U E N E WS A N D I N F O! P U L L U S A M AG A ZI N E .C O M THE LIST OF HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS TO CALL BL ACK WING HOME WILL SOON GROW. F O U N D E D T R A P F I E L D S P L U S H O M E T E A M S 4 2002 8 S K E E T F I E L D S Olentangy Liber ty High School Covered 5-stand, 20-station spor ting clays course, 2 indoor ranges, 20,000-square-foot retail center and pro shop EIGHT TR AP FIELDS HOST INDIVIDUALS OF ALL AGES AND SKILL LEVELS.

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