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Drew Benson, a Park 2010 graduate and multi-sport standout for the Wolfpack, has been shooting sporting clays competitively for four years. In that time, he has been a three-time All-American and an All-Midwest selection. (Submitted photo by Bill Diers)

Mr. Big Shot

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With 1,000 pairs of eyes on him, he sets the shotgun to his shoulder. On his command the clay pigeons zip into the air. A quiet instant passes before the gun blasts and the clays explode in pieces, falling to the prairie below.

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He is Mr. Big Shot.

With its roots coming from England, sporting clays is a shotgun shooting game in which clay pigeons are presented to the shooter in ways that mirror the flight pattern of game birds in their natural habitats.

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