Developer, Sons Building $32M Sportsman's Dream in Delta

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Mar. 4, 2013 12:00 am  

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission launched its Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program in autumn 2006, and in spring of 2011 and 2012, it sponsored the Arkansas Junior Olympic State Qualifier at the Delta Resort & Conference Center. The high school-aged trapshooters competed on the resort’s bunker trap fields, as they are scheduled to do in April 2013.

In addition, the resort, in its effort to “combine the natural beauty of our surroundings with major shooting sports, inaugurated the Delta International Sporting Clays Tournament in March 2011. It has held other trap shooting events since.

Kelly and Grayson say that once the hotel is complete and the resort is fully staffed, it will employ 167. The resort has plans for a spa somewhere in its future, as well.

“We’re going to get heavily involved with Arkansas youth shooting and youth shooting in the United States,” Gary Gibbs says in the family video on

“We’re going to have a tournament just like March Madness. And there’s going to be a countdown to the final four and then the big championship.”

Josh: “We feel that the sport, it needs a spark and we want to be that spark.”

Sporting Clays Explained

To describe sporting clays, it’s probably best to quote the National Sporting Clays Association:

“Sporting Clays is the closest thing to actual field shooting of all shotgun sports. The sport dates back to England in the early 1900s when trap shooting used live pigeons. With the introduction of clay targets, the sport began to take on the popular form known today. But rather than using standardized distances, target angles and target sizes, sporting clays courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants and even rabbits. Six different sizes of clay targets give the participant the experience of actual hunting conditions, so you can see why the sport is so popular with hunters.”



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