Club Shoot and Hunt Guidelines
1. Club Shoots/Hunts are available only to RW-RM members.
Patti Beasley, Matt Beauchamp, Rachel Beauchamp, Larry Boram, Bob Camp, Steve Catton,
Cory Camp, Dylan Camp, Matt Camp, Dennis Campbell, Roger Christenson, Denny Conklin,
Steve Gaskill, Larry Harris, Randy Justus, Randy Kantner, Jonah Leonard, Josh Leonard,
Mike Leonard, Bill Mann, Brad Moore, Diane Moore, Jack Moran, Richard Mott,
Kim Polizotto, Joanne Randall, Jack Riesche, Phil Robinson, John Sloan,Tim Smith,
Mike Tolley, Vince Truax, Dennis Wright, Rudy Zeigler
Come shoot with us!
Contact Randy at: 317-935-2747
or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pics of the Week
Chukars all around!
Blast From The Past
Boomer in "Pheasant Mode"
2018 - The Road Ahead
Greetings RW-RM Shooters,
We have just concluded another great shooting and hunting season. This year, we enjoyed a mild winter and little snowfall. Rain delayed and cancelled some hunts this season. Despite the weather challenges, you turned out again and again to enjoy excellent hunting and camaraderie with fellow members. A mild summer clays season made target shooting even more of a pleasure. Thank you for your participation and support of all our shooting and hunting events in 2017.
Our Hunt Deposit will remain at $50 for next year. We place no more than 4 hunters per field and if 5 or more hunters sign on we will book 2 fields and guides. It is only when a late cancellation eliminates the need of the second guide and field that a Hunt Deposit is forfeited. 48 hours notice prior to the Hunt is required to safeguard your Hunt Deposit. If a late cancellation does not change the number of guides/fields required, the fee will not be lost provided the preserve will adjust the bird count. All Hunt Deposits are refunded in April.
We awarded 6 of our very generous End of Season prizes in January. Cabela's of Noblesville, Kokomo Izaak Walton League, Royal Flush Enterprises, Terre Haute Sporting Clays, Indiana Gun Club, and Maier Pheasant Farm provided terrific gifts to our lucky winners. Members receive a token in the drawing for each event they attend throughout the season. Good luck to all our members in next year's drawing! Thank You to our partners!
The following events are deserving of our club’s time and effort. Please help out if you can. The rewards will last more than a lifetime!
March 4 - Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt at Crooked Creek - volunteer to help young men and women get started in the field sports.
July-August - Fundraiser for ICOO Karl Kelley Youth Camp - You do not need to be a shooter to raise pledges for this wonderful youth program.
August 18 Pheasant Forever Sporting Clays Shoot - Participate in the Shoot and/or volunteer to help out at the Shoot. Always a fun day and for a great cause!
October 13 - Pheasants Forever Youth Day - mentor the next generation on shooting, fly fishing, or other outdoor activities.
Please contact me for additional information on any of the above events. Thank You!
We are a club of doers and there is a lot to do this coming season! Here is a list of scheduled events to date. A few will be added as we move along. I am always interested to hear your feedback, suggestions, and ideas to improve what Reel Women-Reel Men are doing.
April 7 - Clays & Hunter’s Feast
After shooting the Kokomo IWL sporting clays course, we will dine on fabulous game dishes from last years hunting season. This will be a sub-gauge event for those who dare!
May 12 - Indiana Gun Club Sporting Clays
A different setting and course layout is a great way to improve your shooting skills. It is also more fun! Added stations and 3 traps per station make for new challenges! Also, this year Caesar Guerini reps will be at the club to show off the latest guns and gear from Guerini USA.
June 9 - PF/RW-RM Member Appreciation Pitch-In Luncheon
Come out for food, friends, and fun at Indiana Gun Club! Attention lady shooters: Caesar Guerini will be at the club to promote their Syren line of shotguns for women.June 16 - Terre Haute Sporting Clays Fun Shoot
Terre Haute provides yet another twist to challenge us with fun stations along with great food and support at the club.
July 14 - Tag Team Skeet Shoot at IGC
Our annual classic fun with a gun has been moved from August to July. Come out and help your fellow club members “fix” their misses! Rudy Zeigler and Randy Kantner are reigning Team Champs.
August 18 - Pheasants Forever Sporting Clays Shoot
We will once again field squads for this great day of camaraderie and sporting clays. This annual event funds the efforts of the Central Indiana Pheasants Forever Chapter #642. This will be our 8th year of partnering with PF #642.
Fundraiser For ICOO Karl Kelley Youth Camp
In conjunction with the PF Shoot, we will again raise pledges for this wonderful youth program. Last year we raised over $10,500 which will send a record number of kids to camp in June. It will also fund the purchase of needed equipment to enhance the campers educational experience. RW-RM has raised over $37,000 in support of the Karl E. Kelley Youth Camp to date. That is a very large feather in our cap!
September 15 - Club Clays Classic at THSC
Our sixth annual Club Championship features 4 different games and friendly competition. Mike Tolley is our reigning HOA Champion.
October 20 - Chili & Clays at Kokomo IWL
We usually wrap up the clays events in October with a chili dinner. Fall colors are a part of the tradition. A great day in the "north" woods!
When November arrives bird hunting begins! We will start with a BANG at the second annual Reel Women-Reel Men Tower Shoot! The date is pending at Royal Flush. No rain this year!
December 8 - RW-RM Ladies Hunt at Royal Flush
We hope all our women shooters can turn out for this fun event created just for them. This will be our fifth year and we hope to keep it growing!
Please join us as we begin another shooting and hunting season. The stories and the times we share grow more precious with age. I look back with a smile and ahead with the hope that these times can go on and on. I look forward to seeing you this year... In The Field!
Farewell, Free Spirit Friend
The passing of a friend always spurs one to reflect not only on their life, but on our own life as well. How those two lives intertwine can often evoke every emotion and feeling known to humanity. Love and hate, good and evil, pride and shame, joy and sadness, just to name a few. When the recently departed happens to be a four legged Free Spirit, many of the above feelings come into play from time to time between dog and master. As an outside observer of that 12 year partnership, I hold on only to the smiles, laughs, and warmth that partnership gave to me. A Free Spirit has that effect on those around them. Life is for living and loving your life. This was the mantra of the Free Spirit called Boomer.
Fourteen years ago Mr. Don Snelling purchased a tri-colored English setter pup and named him Boomer. Home was a 300 acre farm near Waynetown, Indiana. Boomer grew up free, running those 300 acres from sunup till sundown. There was no training or routine. He became a Free Spirit quite naturally and for 2 years all was well. Then sadly, Mr. Snelling passed away. He had stipulated in his Last Will and Testament that Boomer was to go to Denny Conklin. There was just one problem- neither family nor friends could catch Boomer! A call to Denny and the problem was solved. Boomer ran straight to Denny when called and went right into the crate for the trip to his new home. Thus began a partnership that would span the next 12 years.
Training began at once to rein in Boomer’s Free Spirit ways. Denny had some help in this regard from his awesome English setter named Scooter. Boomer had an excellent role model on what he was supposed to be doing! After a few months of training and yard work, Boomer moved into the hunting field working on quail. It was quickly apparent he had a great nose for birds. In fact, Denny vows that Boomer had the best nose of any dog he ever owned.
In Boomer’s first year of hunting he would point, then run to a downed bird but would not pick it up or retrieve it. After watching Scooter do retrieves each time, he began to follow suit the following year. This annoyed Scooter to no end and she would often grab a bird from his mouth so SHE could deliver it to Denny.
During all this progress and learning the Free Spirit was still alive and well. Boomer always remembered those 300 acres of his youth. Given the opportunity he would run off to explore them at a moments notice. This strained the partnership nearly to the breaking point through the early years. I can recall an early hunt with Boomer and Scooter when he completely disappeared into a woods along the river. We left the field without him. Denny found him the next day- tired, hungry, dirty, and covered in burrs. Bad Dog!
Fortunately, as the years went by, Boomer’s walkabouts became less frequent. He became focused on competing with his new four legged hunting partner, a Brittany named Spanky. The name of the game was find the next bird first. He also began to excel on pheasants. He understood their running ways and became very good at tracking escape routes through the cover. Boomer also had no aversion to water, and water retrieves were in his tool kit.
Speaking of WATER…
Boomer loved to lay in the water bowl. It did not matter how big around, how deep, how hot, how cold, he would climb in and get comfy. Denny carried 2 water bowls, one for drinking, and one for Boomer to lay in! He always made us laugh by diving in!
There were so many great moments with Boomer in the field. I recall one of our group taking him about 300 yards to the levee after an escaped bird. Boomer pointed it, Mike shot it, and Boomer retrieved it to hand. We all cheered from afar!
Then, there was the time 2 birds went down on the flush. With the first bird in his mouth and headed back toward us, he came across the second downed bird and stopped, unsure of how to complete his mission. Classic Boomer!
Boomer was also adept at pointing another bird with one in his mouth. Now that is multitasking at it’s finest. His super nose no doubt played a role. I can remember him pointing birds from 20-30 yards away many times. He would get into “pheasant mode” by lowering his head and body and slowly slinking along the scent cone to the bird. It was magical to watch.
Only the passing of time could slow Boomer down. At the age of 12 arthritis began to take a toll. Medication helped him cope for some time, but the days following hunts were difficult to recover from. In March of 2016, I was privileged to share Boomer’s last hunt. It was a fine day, a fine hunt, and a fine way to celebrate ten years of memories with a four legged Free Spirit. It is one hunt I will always cherish and never forget.
Boomer’s retirement was filled with walks around the yard, naps in the sun, the occasional trip to the vet, and loving care from Denny. He kept his appetite as before, making a daily appearance at the gate at suppertime. He also never lost his wandering ways. One afternoon he disappeared from the yard in an instant. Hours of searching revealed no trace of Boomer. The next morning a neighbor called to report that Boomer was asleep on his front porch. Denny had to wake him up when he got there. Apparently, our Free Spirit had one Hell of a night!
On the morning of January 27, 2018 Boomer did not wake up. He passed peacefully in his fourteenth year. That’s 98 years on a human timescale. He ran thousands of miles, pointed thousands of birds, and produced thousands of smiles for those who hunted with him. He certainly held up his end of the partnership. And he loved doing it for all those years. He did it so well, for so long, that he spoiled us. And we loved him for it. He now rests alongside Duke and Scooter in the field he loved to roam. Thank you Boomer, for the wonderful memories. Thank you for your Free Spirit way of life that you gave us.
Denny and Free Spirit Boomer forged a great partnership!
Sporting Clays at Indiana Gun Club 5/13/17
It was a beautiful day for any outdoor event and 8 of our shooters turned out for a fun day of breaking clays at Indiana Gun Club. We sampled A, B, and C traps as we traveled the course. A few true pairs were selected along with a couple of "Long Rangers" that pushed guns and shooters to the limit. It was a fun time for all.
We welcomed new member Randy Justus to his first RW-RM event. Randy did a fine job on his first outing in spite of our best efforts to distract him. Congratulations to our podium shooters who came to play!
Randy Kantner 88, Rudy Zeigler 79, Mike Leonard 79
Following the shooting, we enjoyed some freshly made pizza on the back porch at the club. The die hards then returned to the course for more shooting! We are, after all, Reel Women and Reel Men! The day was young even if we are long in the tooth! We awarded some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:
Mike Leonard - Shooters multi-tool, $20 value
Rudy Zeigler - Blaze & Camo toilet paper, $6 value
Patti Beasley - Pheasant coffee mug, $6 value
Joanne Randall - Box 20 ga shells, $6 value
Roger Christenson - Beef jerky, $5 value
Larry Harris - Double $hit Trophy, Priceless value, unclaimed...
Posted by Randy
2017 Fun Shoot at Terre Haute Sporting Clays
Seven shooters converged at THSC Fathers day weekend for crazy target stations, lots of targets, and lots of good food! The weather was good with a nice breeze to keep us cool and the flying bugs at bay. In addition to a great meal from Laura, Mike L spoiled us with a smoked goose and chukar platter. Thank you Mike!
In addition to 100 sporting clay birds, we also shot trap and 5 stand. It was a great time had by all! Congrats to our top three guns:
Mike L - 78
Randy - 74
Denny - 72
We also gave out some prizes at the event and here are the lucky winners:
Rudy - THSC free round, $35 value
Randy - Shotshell salt & pepper shakers, $9 value
Mike L - Shotshell lip balm, $4.50 value
Joanne - Beef jerky, $4 value
Patti - Shooting USA keychain
Denny - DST, Priceless value
Posted by Randy
Roger was on fire with his 410 Model 42 pump!
Rudy and Randy took the 2017 TTSS title!
2017 Tag Team Skeet Shoot
We had great weather for our annual Tag Team Skeet Shoot at Indiana Gun Club on Saturday. The temps were mild, the humidity was low, and just a light breeze was blowing all day. Basically, we had no excuses not to shoot well! However, like all seasoned shooters, we managed to come up with some excuses when needed. Our partners heard more than a few as the day wore on! It was all in good fun and with a spirit of camaraderie as we smashed clays like Reel Women and Reel Men do!
The competition was tight with 3 teams in the shootoff for top team honors. Randy and Rudy both shot straight on station 3 to seal the deal. The singles shootoff came down to Larry B and Roger, with Roger taking the W with his 410! He was in the zone with the little gun on Saturday!
Congratulations to our award winners:
1st Place Team - Randy and Rudy
Singles Shootoff - Roger
HOA Score - Randy
Number 1 Teammate - Roger
We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners.
Randy - Cabela's gift card, $25 value
Patti - Woods Wipe toilet paper. $6 value
Larry B - Shotshell salt & pepper shakers, $9 value
Roger - Beef jerky, $4 value
Posted by Randy
Denny's famous grilled venison backstraps are amazing!
The 2017 Club Clays Classic
Our annual club championship was held at Terre Haute Sporting Clays on Saturday, September 16th. Seven shooters attended on a beautiful, sunny day and we had no good excuses for missed targets. We began with a round of 100 sporting clays and the scores were all close. Fifteen stations provided a multitude of angles, speeds, and distances. Our top gun was Randy Kantner with 78 and runner-up was Mike Tolley with 75.
Our focus then shifted to lunch and Oh, what a lunch! There were Denny's grilled backstraps. They are to die for! Laura made cheese & cracker and fruit trays, potato salad, baked beans, brownies, and beef franks as well. To say we were well fed is an understatement! That's how we roll!
Up next was the trap shoot. Mike Tolley came to play and shot a perfect 25 straight! Congrats Buddy! I'm usually happy to break a 20! Never bet against an old trap shooter cause they still get 'er done!
We ended the day with the 5 stand shoot. We seemed to be fading fast in the afternoon heat as our misses nearly outnumbered our hits! But we hung on to the bitter end and finished like RW-RM do. Jack Moran was top gun with 18. Randy Kantner and Mike Tolley tied for runner-up with 17.
We gave out some prizes at the event and congratulations to our lucky winners!
Patti - Free round at THSC, $35 value
Rudy - Free hunt at Sugar Creek, $75 value
Jack - 20 ga. shells, $6 value
Mike T - Beef jerky, $4 value
Randy K - Double $hit Trophy, priceless value
Posted by Randy
Chili & Clays 10-21-17
Patti makes some pieces at the Chili & Clays Shoot!
It was beautiful, warm fall day as 13 RW-RM shooters converged on Kokomo's Izaak Walton League Saturday morning for fall colors, food, and fun. The fun consisted of 100 sporting clay targets over 18 stations. Most of the leaves were still on the trees so picking up the targets in the woods was as tough as ever. It was a fun course to shoot with the only typical shot not reprsented being the rabbit. Patti was thrilled!
The food was amazing as usual with a nice selection of fruit, sweets, and 2 types of Chile this year. The grapes and watermelon were sooo good(those grapes!) - thank you Roger! The new kitchen at IWL is fabulous. Great makeover guys! Thank you for your hospitality again this year. We always enjoy our time at Kokomo IWL!
Congratulations to our podium shooters: Mike Tolley 83, Randy Kantner 82, Skip Powers 78 - Welcome back Skip!
We gave out some prizes at the shoot and here are the lucky winners:
Randy J - Swiss army knife, $26 value
Randy K - Free round Kokomo IWL, $35 value
Patti - Stanley flask, $15 value
Skip - 12 ga shells, $5.88 value
Larry B - 20 ga shells, $5.88 value
Rudy - 20 ga lip balm, $4.49 value
Mike T - DST, priceless value
Posted by Randy
Maier Pheasant Hunt 12/17/17
We traveled north to Bremen, IN for pheasants mid December and the weather was good for hunting with some snow on the ground. What is different about Maier Pheasant farm is fields bordered by wide hedgerows. It is like stepping back in time and hunting grandpa's old farm. The birds hold well in the hedgerow cover and the walking is easy and safe. If you and your dog are tired of chasing pheasants across an entire field to get a flush, give Maier Pheasant Farm a try! I think you will like it!
While three of us did the hedgerows as usual, another group hunted standing corn. The standing corn worked well for us and though a few birds ran, they did not escape! Alan, our guide, and Waylon the Brittany, did a fine job of locating the birds and bringing them to bag. Waylon made a really tough retrieve in deep wooded cover that made our day! These were big, strong fliers and great sport to hunt up north!
We gave out some prizes at the hunt and here are the winners:
Tom Anderson - Cabela's gift card, $25 value
Mike Tolley - Beef jerky, $7.00 value
Randy Kantner - 12 ga. shells, $5.88 value
Steve Gaskill - DST, priceless value
Posted by Randy
Mike T, Cash(The Wonder Dog), Larry, and Pete following a great hunt at Green Acres Sportsman's Club!
Hun Hunt at Green Acres 1/13/18
Cold temps were in force at our Illinois Hungarian Partridge hunt this year. The air temp was 11 with a wind at 10+mph when we began. Handwarmers and heavy gloves were needed to fight the chill. However, when the birds started flushing, things warmed up quickly and our focus shifted from the cold to trying to bag the little brown rockets!
The hunt was amazing! We experienced flushes of 2, 3, 4(twice!), and even 5 birds at a time. The action was so good it made us wanting more. Cash was amazing as usual, scenting birds from nearly 40 yards away. We managed to bring back 16 birds, including a quail that was hangin' with the Huns! The experience we had is going to be hard to top going forward. I'm just thrilled to have been there to see it unfold!
We stopped at The Beef House on the way home and it was an awesome meal to be sure. It's a good thing they aren't any closer or I would be in serious trouble.
We gave out some prizes at the hunt and here are the lucky winners:
Randy Kantner - Cabela's gift card, $25 value
Mike Tolley - Cabela's multi-tool, $6.41 value
Larry Boram - 12ga Bore Snake, $16.00
Posted by Randy
RW-RM Tower Shoot at Royal Flush 2/3/18
Our once delayed but much anticipated tower shoot finally came to pass without a hitch. The weather was dry, cold, and windy at Royal Flush that afternoon. The birds with a tailwind received a lot of firepower from us, with little or no effect! We began to adjust to the conditions eventually, and even those birds began to go down. We had great fun watching others fire away at these fast and high flying pheasants. It was even more fun when you yourself had the chance and managed to cleanly drop a high flier with a single shot! With 100 birds released, we managed to bag 78 of them. Not a bad day by any measure!
Our $50 "Money Bird" escaped the tower but did not escape the cleanup hunt. Thanks to Eric's 3 shorthairs, the escapee was eventually tracked down, pinned and pointed, flushed and dispatched with a single shot! He had managed to shuck off about half of his ribbon when we got him. Who says pheasants aren't smart? ;)
Breakfast at Bob Evans, Nancy's peanut butter cookies, peanuts, beer, tenderloins, and chili at The 36 Saloon, all these things add up to a great time spent with friends. All while pursuing the hunting and shooting sports that we hold dear. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And when the birds are cooked and served, we can relive it all again. Maybe even tell a story or two about the day we bagged them...
We gave out some prizes at the tower shoot and here are the lucky winners:
Randy Kantner- Money Bird, $50 value
Randy Kantner- Cabela's gift card, $25 value
Steve Catton- Noblesville Cabela's cap, $10 value
Rudy Zeigler- Beef jerky, $7.00 value
Mike Tolley- 12 ga shells, $5.88 value
Tom Anderson- 20 ga shells, $5.88 value
Mike Leonard- Double $hit Trophy, priceless value
Posted by Randy
Clays & Hunters Feast prize winners are all smiles!
Clays & Hunters Feast 4-7-18
We had a beautiful day for shooting at Kokomo Izaak Walton League on Saturday. Although the temperature started out cool, the woods kept the wind at bay, and bright sunshine soon warmed the air and the shooters as well. The course was set "soft" by IWL standards, which helped our scores. There were a couple of stations that got the best of us, but we took our lumps and enjoyed the shooting in spite of the misses! Congratulations to Mike Leonard with top gun honors!
The Clays and Hunters Feast is all about "The Feast" and this year was no exception. Main dishes included Pheasant & Stirfry Veggies, and Hungarian Partridge Alfredo. Elk, Bison, and Venison sausage and cheese appetizers, along with beer and peanut butter fudge kept everyone happy and satisfied.
It was great to see and shoot again with longtime member Dennis Campbell. Dennis is retired now so we hope to see him now on a regular basis! Welcome back Dennis!
We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:
Skip - IWL free round, $35 value
Randy - Cabela's peanut butter fudge, $8 value
Mike L - 12 gauge shells, $6 value
Dennis - Beef jerky, $4 value
Mike T - Dodged the DST, priceless value
Posted by Randy
RW-RM Tower Shooters at Royal Flush!
A memorable Hun Hunt at Green Acres!
Mike T, Alan and Waylon, Mike L, Randy, and some big pheasants at Maier Pheasant Farm!
Patti braves the cold to be In The Field!
Patti, Denny, and Rachel at the Ladies Hunt!
RW-RM shooters at the Chili & Clays Shoot!
Patti with a smoker at Terre Haute Sporting Clays!
The KING and his Throne at the Fun Shoot!
Mike T at the ready during the Clays & Hunters Feast Shoot at Kokomo Izaak Walton League!
Our Lady Hunters did a fantastic job!
Mike L, Mike T, Joanne, Rudy, Patti, and Randy with some
beautiful birds after a successful hunt at Royal Flush!
Olympic Trap shooters at Fairfield Sportsman's Club
Rudy with a smoker as Bill looks on!
Mike T, Larry B, Dennis, Randy, and Mike L at Royal Flush!
Note the muzzle-loading black powder hammer gun!
Patti, Denny, and Joanne with a successful Ladies Hunt sponsored by Cabela's!
Patti and Joanne with birds in hand!
Boomer's retirement hunt - he went out on top!
Mike T, Cash, Randy, Huns and bonus pheasants at Green Acres!
Spanky got down and dirty on the pheasants!
Joanne smokin' targets at Terre Haute Sporting Clays!
Bill with a smoker!
Pudelpointer "Cash" on point at Green Acres!
Denny, Mike L, and Chukars + bonus Quail!
Patti, Denny, Boomer, and Spanky with the bounty of the Hunt!
Mike T, Kim, Mike L and some "Big Chickens"!
Muzzle blast, wad, and shot cloud heading for the target!
Randy, Mike T, Skip, Byung, and Mike L shoot Olympic Trap!
Spanky on point!
Make some memories...
enjoy a life In The Field!