Ducks Unlimited’s 31st annual Ducks in the Desert Las Vegas Continental Shoot wrapped up in late February with 1,090 individual event participants, a new record for the tournament.
Participants from 35 states and two different countries took part in the five-day event at the world-class Clark County Shooting Complex in North Las Vegas. California’s Ben Courtemarche was crowned the High Overall champion for his winning score of 198 in the 200-bird main category.
“After 31 years, we are incredibly proud to continue to grow and provide a great event for shooters supporting our conservation mission,” said Jim Konkel, chair of DU’s National Shooting Committee. “This year’s event was a grand way to usher in Ducks Unlimited’s 80th anniversary. Thank you to all sponsors and participants who continue to make this a premiere shooting competition.”
Created in 1986, the Las Vegas Shoot featured more than $75,000 in prizes and included title sponsors Browning Arms, Fiocchi, and the Aliante Hotel + Casino + Spa. Final registration numbers included 456 entries in the main event, 474 entries in the sub-gauge rounds, 265 entries in Five Stand, and 251 entries in the brand-new Super Sporting category.
The 2018 Ducks in the Desert Las Vegas Continental Shoot will take place Feb. 21-25, 2018, with special room rates available at the Aliante (rate code: DUCKS18). Early reservations are advised as rooms fill up quickly. For additional information, visit www.ducks.org/shoot or email firstname.lastname@example.org.