Annual Boots and Shoots event raises scholarship money

Shooters aiming to raise scholorship money

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble committee hosted its 7th-Annual Boots and Shoot event Friday at the National Shooting Complex, west of downtown.

It was a chance for those who love to shoot clay pegeons to help raise scholorship money and enjoy shooting competition at the same time.

"We're just out here to benifit them and help them out," said Kenneth Kotara, who loves the event.

The committee raises about $250,000 a year. They donate the money in the form of scholorships and grants to winning calf scramble contestants during each performance at the rodeo.

But there is also another hook for the participants.

"It is an opportunity to come out here and get warmed up, to be ready for dove season in a couple of weeks," said Stephen Luman who is with the committee.

There are men, woman and even teenagers who love to participate.

Mackinzee Swetman, 13, has been only shooting for about 8 months and is hooked.

"I love it, it's good to feel the recoil of the gun and seeing the birds break is really cool," said Swetman.

Her grandmother is a world champion and her father shoots as well, so it's not surprising she is taking aim at the sport.

"It just kind of came into my blood," Swetman said.



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