Texas Ag Science - Clay Target Shooting

State Ag Clays Shoot June 2-4, 2019 at the National Shooting Sports Complex in San Antonio, TX

Itinerary - Tentative

Tournament Rules

Ag Clays LogoAg Clays Shooting Program

This program introduces Clay Target Shooting, also known as “Ag Clays” to schools and students who participate in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management curriculum. The curriculum is taught by Ag Science teachers in conjunction with the FFA classroom instruction. The program is an extension of the classroom as extracurricular time all while enhancing the Ecology Management portion of the curriculum. The program develops personal skills, teaches laws and ethics related to shooting, hunting, and firearms that may be carried on throughout a lifetime of enjoyment of the outdoors.

Ag Clays is introduced in the classroom; however both Ag Science teachers and or parent volunteers are the backbone to the program’s success. Shooting sports activities, like clay target shooting, provide participants the opportunity to practice procedures in safe firearm handling and shooting.

A variety of competitions are held throughout the state each year that extend invitations to Ag Clays participants. These competitions offer team and individual prizes, as well as cash and/or scholarships. Some of the competitions include, but are not limited to,

  • The Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) State Ag Clays Shoot,
  • Texas Stock Show & Rodeo shoots,
  • FFA / Ag Clays fundraisers and/or rodeo qualifier shoots


Ag Science Teacher (AST) /Advisor & School Eligibility:

  • Responsible for implementing the Ag Clays program in their school and insuring all students and adult volunteers know and follow the Ag Clays rules and requirements.
  • Offer Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management curriculum
  • Is a certified Hunter Education Instructor.
  • AST / Team leader/Coach know and understand the rules of:
  • National Sporting Clays Association Rules (NSCA)
  • Amateur Trap Association Rules (ATA)
  • Each program must have one or more shooting team leaders/coaches (may be the AST or an AST approved adult volunteer that has completed TPWD Hunter Education).
  • A shooting team leader/coach must be present at all practices and competitions.
  • Teams are responsible for supplies, (i.e. eye and ear protection, ammo, firearms, etc.)
  • Teams are responsible for securing adequate ranges (public or private) for their practice outside the competition.
  • Schools are encouraged to obtain sponsors and support for their teams through businesses, organizations and individuals.

Ag Clays Students/Athlete Eligibility:

  • Be an active FFA member in good standing with a duly chartered FFA chapter. Jr. FFA members are welcome to participate if all requirements can be met.
  • Students must be currently enrolled or previously enrolled in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management curriculum. This includes students who are enrolled in school or have graduated at mid-term, or will graduate in the current school year.
  • Hunter Education Certification
  • Provide proof of certification to AST


  • Complete certification during enrollment of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management curriculum.
  • Must maintain UIL grade requirements. No pass, No play
  • Zero tolerance for any Penal Code violation or Game/Fish Law violation.
  • Shotguns may not be larger than 12 gauge.
  • Shot size may not be larger than 7 ½.
  • Reloads are not allowed.
  • Students may use their own firearms if maintained in operable and safe condition.


Alumni / Parents and Coaches are invited to participate in the Sporting Clays Fundraiser during the Annual State Ag Clays Tournament each year

Ag Clays Program established in 2007 - Founded by Charlie Wilson, Mobile Shooting Range coordinator for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

State Partner – Texas State Rifle Association Foundation, Inc.

Logo Artist – Callan Seale, Dripping Springs HS


Ag Clays Contacts:


Morgan Harbison

TPWD Mobile Range Coordinator

Phone: 512-413-0194

Email: Morgan.Harbison@tpwd.texas.gov


Angela Gerlich

TSRA Foundation Executive Director

Phone: 512-426-1329

Email: agerlich@tsrafoundation.com