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Welcome the Mississippi's premier youth shooting sports program. Mississippi Youth Education in Shooting Sports (MSYESS) is a part of a nationwide community and recognized by the Midway USA Foundation and USAYESS. By being a part of this community the state will be able to share ideas with other YESS states to help start, support  and introduce individual youth and youth teams to firearm safety in a fun filled environment under certified adult supervision. 

2021 MSYESS State Youth Clays Championship - Win/Win

October 23, 2021
Ray's Place
654 Hwy 4 East
Booneville, MS 38829

This will be a challenging course of 50 clays.  Please sign in between 8am and Noon.

Fee for youth ages 12 and under is $10.
Novice Division - 6th Grade and under.

Fee for ages 13-17 is $20
Intermediate Division - 7th and 8th Grades
Jr Varsity - 9th Grade and first time high school competitors
Senior Varsity - 10th through 12th Grades

Fee for ages 18+ is $35.  

There are two ways to win at this competition.  Any youth who registers for the MSYESS Championship is eligible to win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies in his/her division along with funds for their team's MIDWAY USA FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT. 

All youth will be dual-registered for the general competition, which includes a Lewis Class payout.  Second Chance Counts is available for this part of the competition for an additional $20.  The same scores from the FIRST ROUND (50 clays) count toward both the MSYESS Championship AND the general competition.  Second Chance Counts only counts towards the general competition.  Divisions in the general competition are (1) age 12 and under, (2) ages 13-17, and (3) ages 18+.

Registration will be on-site.  Please bring exact change for fees.  Competitors will provide their own ammunition.  USAYESS competition guidelines apply (see the USAYESS Guide Book), however shoot-offs for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be determined by the host.

Email us at msyess for info or questions.

2021 AIM Grand National Championships

Blake Hickox has earned the title "2021 Singles Champion" in Class A Juniors at this year's AIM Grand National Championship.

Blake is from Tishomingo County, Mississippi.  He's a member of both the Northeast Mississippi MSYESS Clay Busters and the Tishomingo County Clay Busters youth shotgun teams.   Blake got his start in clays competition with his friends through his county's 4H shooting sports program.  He currently competes in local, state, and national events throughout the year, including AIM competitions and the Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Sports Program (MSSP).

This year's AIM Grand National Championship took place July 30-August 3, 2021 at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL.  Blake hit 98 and 99 for a final score of 197/200, bringing himself to the forefront among 113 competitors in his division.

MSYESS is proud of of Blake's achievement and his coaches' dedication to Tishomingo County's youth shooting sports traditions.  Jessie Smith and Brad Phifer, along with parents, have been coaching and supporting Blake and his teammates since they began shooting around age 10.  

Smith breaks 100 in Handicap at 2020 State AIMS Championship

Chase Smith from Tishomingo County, MS achieved a perfect score in Handicap at the Mississippi Trap Association's State Championship on September 26, 2020 at Capital Gun Club in Jackson, MS.  Chase broke 100 consecutive clays to take top honors.  Chase attends Tishomingo County High School and shoots on Tishomingo County's MSSP team, which is sponsored through Square1 Outdoors' shooting club, as well as the MSYESS Northeast Mississippi Clay Busters team.

Chase's teams practice regularly at Corinth Gun Club (pictured) and Tri State Gun & Archery Club near Counce, TN.  If you have a youth in the Northeast Mississippi area who is interested in becoming part of the MSYESS team in Tishomingo County or any surrounding county, please feel free to contact us at for more information.

Congratulations to Chase and his coaches, Jessie Smith and Brad Phifer.  Thanks to the Mississippi Trap Association for hosting another wonderful event.  Everyone is looking forward to the 2021 State Trap Championship.


Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program 2021-2022 Season

First Fall Qualifier at McIvor Shooting Facility
 October 25-30, 2021

Second Fall Qualifier at Turcotte Shooting Facility
 November 29-December 4, 2021

State Tournament at Turcotte Shooting Facility and Capital Gun Club
 April 29 & 30, 2022 


MSYESS will assist school and club shooting sports teams with establishing Midway USA Foundation Endowment Accounts for long-term funding. 

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Central Mississippi MSYESS Sweeps Through 2020 Southern Regionals

East Rankin Academy Wins 2020 MSSP Title

East Rankin Academy

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the winners of the MSSP State Championship which took place in June at McIvor Shooting Facility near Sardis, MS.  East Rankin Academy took home the MSSP State Title for schools with a score of 560/600.  

The State Championship welcomed the top 150 sporting clay, skeet, and trap shooters between 7th and 12th grades from throughout the state.  Winners of the tournament received a total of $10,000 in college scholarships provided by the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Horvath Achieves Perfection in Air Rifle

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Lea Horvath fired the first perfect air rifle score in program history as No. 3 Ole Miss rifle picked up two Great American Rifle Conference victories on its first day of competition. The Rebels fired a team score of 4706 to defeat No. 12 Akron and No. 14 Navy.
Horvath etched her name into history among other legends in the rifle community and tied the NCAA record with her perfect air rifle score of 600. It marked the 12th time in NCAA history that the feat has been accomplished and was the third perfect score fired this season.
"We were excited to see Lea shoot a 600 in air rifle today," said head coach Marsha Beasley. "She has done it in practice, but it's much harder in a match. She worked the match very well today, making sure she took the shots she wanted."
With the two GARC wins, the Rebels moved to 6-0 in conference action and 9-0 on the season. Their nine victories so far this season are the most in a single season in program history, surpassing the 2018-19 squad that won eight matches.
Horvath paced the field of 40, tying her career-high aggregate score of 1190. Kristen Derting turned in the next best performance for Ole Miss with a mark of 1173.
The Rebels once again turned in a solid smallbore score with a 2332. Horvath posted a 590 on the second relay to pace the team, while Derting fired a 584 on the opening relay. Additionally, Horvath's mark of 199 after the first 20 shots kneeling tied a school record. Abby Buesseler and Erin Walsh both got the nod as counters and shot identical scores of 579. Walsh's smallbore performance also featured a perfect 200 prone. Jillian Zakrzeski served as the final counter with a mark of 577.
The air rifle lineup looked a little different, with Claire O'Neel serving as a counter in place of Buesseler. She and fellow sophomore Derting fired 589s. Zakrzeski posted a mark of 593 and Walsh followed just a point behind to wrap up scoring for the counters. As a team, Ole Miss fired a score of 2374 in the discipline.
Buesseler and freshman Martina Gratz posted air rifle scores of 593 and 592, respectively, although their marks didn't factor into the team scoring. Gratz's score also eclipsed her career-high set on Nov. 17, 2020.
"With each match this team continues to grow and progress," said Beasley. "The opportunity to compete in a tournament with 40 competitors was valuable experience for us, and we will take what we learned and apply it in future matches." 
Akron finished with a team score of 4660 (2306 in smallbore and 2354 in air rifle). Kayla Andreoli paced the Zips with an 1166. The Midshipmen all shot on the second relay, firing a team score of 4646 (2300 in smallbore and 2346 in air rifle).
Also shooting in the match were the Mountaineers, who Ole Miss will take on tomorrow. West Virginia and Navy shot for their official GARC match, with WVU winning 4734-4646. That top-four GARC matchup between the Rebels and Mountaineers will begin at 7 a.m. CT.
For more information on Ole Miss rifle, follow the Rebels on Facebook (OleMissRifle), Twitter (@OleMissRifle), Instagram (@OleMissRifle) and at

Sporting Clays at Ray's Place near Booneville, MS (photo credit Lisa Grooms)

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Teams with a MidwayUSA Foundation endowment balance may apply to receive 5% of their endowment balance once per year, in either June or December. Grant funds can be used for team expenses, such as, ammunition, travel, uniforms, range and entry fees and more.

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