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Copper State Open
(registration by mail with deposit)


The Copper State Open has become known as one of the top shoots held in Arizona (NSSA top 100 list five years running) and a great way to start the skeet shooting season while much of the weather in the country isn't at it's best. Usually held late in February, the Copper State is the first of of the three largest shoots in the Southwest, followed immediately the next week by the Old Pueblo in Tucson and later in early April by the Comstock in Nevada at the Clark County Shooting Complex.


Held annually for 17 years at the Ben Avery Clay Target Facility in Phoenix, Arizona, the Copper State is the successor to the Kachina Open, well known by many long-time skeet shooters and what originally put skeet shooting in Arizona on the map. The Copper State is developing a reputation of its own, fielding participants from all over the country as well as visitors from Canada, and the UK. This year we returned the to the Buffet Luncheon in the Pavilion Saturday and Sunday along with the daily Breakfast Table. The Buffet was a huge hit and a welcome return of what's becoming a great tradition.

The 2024 Copper State Open hosted 103 participants in the Main event. We enjoyed mostly great weather throughout the mid-week and Main events, with just enough wind to keep the 100 straights mostly in check, but we still had standout performances in every event!

We had lots of compliments about targets (many thanks to AZGFD!), the referees, and our signature lunches and hospitality. We're grateful so many came to the event and we're hopeful we'll see all whow attended a (and a few more!) next year!

Mid-Week Event

HOA Champion                                  Martin Brister           388

HOA Runner-Up                                  Erin Escritt               387

HOA 3rd                                               Tom Keegan           385

Doubles Champion                             Nathan Backherms   98

12 Gauge Champion                           Nathan Backherms 100          

20 Gauge Champion                           Wyatt Williams        100

28 Gauge Champion                           Tanner Bissell            98

410 Bore Champion                             Doug Coulter           98


HOA Champion                                    Doug Coulter        390

HOA Runner-Up                                    Wyatt Williams      388 

HOA Third                                             Larry Sifers             386        


The Copper State Open is a "Community Event, with 20 local and national sponsors in 2024 supporting the shoot with advertising in the shoot program and field sponsorship, along with a remarkable number of volunteers (over 50 again in 2024!!!) helping with every facet of the five-day event.

Our goal is to provide the best possible skeet shooting experience at the most reasonable cost we can each year, and it's the sponsors and our volunteers that make that possible! Thanks to those who joined us in 2024 and we hope to see you all next year!

2023 Sponsors

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