With many colleges expanding their shooting sports programs and bringing talented young shooters to their schools, one college is planning to improve its facilities and offerings with the goal of attracting the nation’s best shotgunners to its own campus — especially those who are leaving the state for better-equipped shotgun programs.
Oklahoma State University has declared its intentions to add a world-class Olympic-qualifying shooting sports program to its campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The university is seeking industry support for funding to develop the facilities it sees as vital to the world-class program it envisions. The facilities would include combination skeet/trap fields, sporting clays, and 5-stand, with the possibility of adding pistol and rifle ranges as well. It would also include a wildlife habitat training center that would provide for education of proper land management and habitat for wildlife conservation and stewardship.
OSU currently has 57 members in its Shotgun Sports program, with substantially more in the OSU community interested in the shooting sports. There are 1,400 and 6,500 youth involved in FFA and 4-H shooting programs in Oklahoma, respectively, so the university sees the potential for attracting many young shooters who are now leaving the state to pursue shooting.
The program is already receiving some operational support from the Midway USA Foundation, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Oklahoma Station Chapter Safari Club International, and National Rifle Association. But it needs a substantial endowment to reach its goal of constructing facilities, providing annual funds to support practice and competition, and supporting a scholarship program for students.
If you’d like to learn more about OSU’s plans for expansion of its shotgunning program and its needs, you can view or download its project analysis, or contact Nathan Walker, team advisor, at email@example.com.