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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: May 10, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 [email protected]


Lisa Ratliff, Group Services, Canaan Valley Resort,
Robert Gilligan, Park Superintendent, [email protected] 304-866-4121

New Sporting Clays Facility Opening at Canaan Valley Resort
Ribbon Cutting set for May 17, 11 a.m.

            DAVIS, W.Va. – A new sporting clays five stand clay target field is set to open in West Virginia at Canaan Valley Resort State Park during Memorial Day weekend.

             “The sport of trap shooting is popular and this provides another outdoor activity that visitors and guests at Canaan Valley Resort can enjoy,” said Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.              

            A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday, May 17, at 11 a.m. This event is open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to shoot and experience sporting clays. The shooting field is located in the Canaan Valley Tube Park area. The location creates a multi-use complex that can be enjoyed seasonally for two different recreational uses.  The area is also adjacent to the Canaan Valley Resort Ski area.

            The ceremony will be conducted at the clays field.  Refreshments will follow at the “warming hut” used in winter season for tube park rentals and during the warm season for sporting clays. Attendees are encouraged to call Lisa Ratliff at 304-866-4121 ext. 92680 if planning to attend so refreshments and field equipment can be prepared, or email [email protected], subject line: Sporting Clays.

About Canaan Valley Sporting Clays

            The Canaan Valley shooting facility is a five stand, clay target field. Shooters fire five rounds from a shotgun from each shooting position for a total 25 shots in an individual round. The trap can be set for an easy repetitive bird flight path for beginning shooters, or on automatic/wobble for more advanced shooters. The launcher fires birds (clay discs) in a variety of angles and heights. The trap resets itself automatically after each shot so the shooter is never sure which flight path the bird will take. 

            Canaan Valley State Park is accessed from State Route 32.  The GPS Coordinates are North 39 degrees 01.450′ • West 079 degrees 27.889′  To learn more about Canaan Valley Resort, accommodations, camping, golf,  and four-season outdoor recreation in Tucker County, W.Va., visit www.canaanresort.com.