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, Cory Camp,
Dylan Camp, Matt Camp, Dennis Campbell, Roger Christenson, Denny Conklin, 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, John Sloan, Tim Smith, Mike Tolley, Vince Truax, Dennis Wright, Rudy Zeigler
Come shoot with us!
Contact Randy at: 317.769.3851
or e-mail at: email@example.com
Pics of the Week
Tag Team Skeet Shooters relax after the Shoot!
Mike Leonard tying at Cabela's Captain's & Guides Weekend
Blast From The Past
PF Youth Day 2013
This young lady is now an avid hunter!
Olympic trap, also known as International or Bunker trap, was introduced to the Olympics in 1900. The game has evolved quite a bit through the years with the current version beginning in 1950. It is a very challenging clays sport, but equally so for each competitor involved.
The 12 gauge is standard for this game with the over/under being the action of choice. Two shots are allowed at each target, and two barrels allow different chokes for the first and second shots. Loads are limited to 24 grams (about 7/8 ounce) of lead shot. High velocity loads of 1345 fps and above are allowed with many shooters using #8½ shot for the first barrel through a modified choke and #7½ for the second barrel through a full choke to provide an effective second attempt on these fast moving targets.
Olympic trap uses 15 fixed angle machines spread along the firing line. There are 5 shooting stations, with a group of 3 traps serving each station. A computer program delivers 10 left, 10 right, and 5 straight-away targets to each shooter in a randomized sequence. There are 9 different programs which keep the competitors guessing what target presentation is coming next. A voice activated release system provides equality in the target release times. The target speed from the trap is 62 mph, compared to 40 mph for American trap. The maximum angle right to left is 90 degrees, while American trap is within a 45 degree arc. Olympic targets can vary widely in elevation, unlike ATA targets which are fixed at about 30 degrees. In a nutshell, International targets travel farther, faster, and at angles twice as extreme as targets seen on an American trap field!
A round proceeds as follows: There are 6 shooters in a squad, 1 on each of the five shooting stations, plus 1 at a holding station just behind station one. Upon receiving the start signal, the station one shooter has 10 seconds to call for his target. After firing at his target, the station one shooter waits for the second shooter to complete firing, then moves to station two. At the same time, the sixth shooter at the holding station moves to station one. This procedure continues through the squad until completion of the round.
Two shots may be fired at each target thrown without affecting the recorded score. Some shooters fire again even with a hit on the first shot. Some fire at a piece of the broken target just to remain focused and in the gun. Guns may be loaded, but open actioned between stations one through five. The gun must be unloaded and open actioned on the return walk between stations five and one. The gun must be unloaded before the shooter turns to step off station five.
I salute the women and men who train so long and work so hard to excel at these demanding shooting sports. Their physical and mental fitness should be admired by all - not just by fellow shooters. They are Olympic athletes in every sense of the word. They carry a bit of each of us along with them in their quest for gold. We may not achieve their results, skill, or perfection, but we can better appreciate what they accomplish in these difficult shooting sports if we take up the challenge and experience it for ourselves. Are you up for the challenge?
Posted by Randy
July Shooting Events
Our Olympic Trap shoot took us to Fairfield Sportman's Club in Ohio for a fun morning and afternoon of shooting these tough and exciting targets. If you like fast clay birds, this game is meant for you! Charlie and the gang at Fairfield always make us feel welcome and never laugh at our low scores! This year we did the full 125 bird event and the Gold and Silver was decided by 1 target! The final standings were- Mike Tolley Gold, Randy Kantner Silver, and Rudy Zeigler Bronze. We also did our usual prize drawings and the lucky winners were as follows:
Randy - Bass Pro Shops gift card $25 value
Rudy - Shotshell salt & pepper shakers $20 value
Mike L - Bass Pro Shops gift card $5 value
Mike T - Double $hit Trophy priceless value
We plan to make the trip again before the next Summer Olympics rolls around!
2016 Club Clays Classic
Six shooters attended our club championship shoot at Terre Haute Sporting Clays in September. When the dust settled we crowned a new HOA Champion but I'm getting ahead of myself. We first had to avoid the rain and storms that were predicted that day. Luckily for us, the rain ended on our drive to Terre Haute and we never felt a drop all day. In fact, the sun came out that afternoon and it proved to be a beautiful day!
The sporting clays event was tightly contested with Mike Leonard shooting a high score of 92, Randy Kantner 90, and Denny Conklin 89. The trap event was won by Mike Tolley who shot rounds of 20x20 thus beating Denny by 4 birds. The Flurry event was as close as could be with 1 bird deciding the winning team of Denny Conklin and Larry Boram over Mike Tolley and Randy Kantner.
Our new HOA Champion is Mike Tolley with a total of 125 birds, Randy Kantner finished with 121, and Denny Conklin finished with 120. Very tight, very friendly, and lots of fun for all. Thanks to Mike Leonard, Joanne Randall, Denny Conklin, Larry Boram, and Mike Tolley for a great time at THSC!
Posted by Randy
Larry B, Mike L, and Bill enjoying a fall day in the woods at Kokomo IWL!
Chili & Clays 2016
Our fall trip to Kokomo involved a small group this year compared to 13 shooters last year. However, the ones who did make it brought more than enough good natured fun, energy, spirit, and food to the table! What more do you need on a fantastic October day? It was great to be in the woods and shooting a shotgun!
The course was set pretty soft by IWL standards which helped our scores. The tricky part was the fact that it featured 18 stations. So, you had to read the targets and figure them out from the start to score well. We did our best to do just that and work up an appetite at the same time.
The food and drinks were enjoyed well into the afternoon. Bill's bean dip was a big hit once again. The chili warmed us from lips to stomach as usual and seconds were the order of the day. Mike L brought a pumpkin cake roll for dessert which was a perfect ending for a fall feast. Nap Time!
We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the winners:
Randy - Free round at IWL, $35 value
Bill - Cabela's gift card, $25 value
Larry B - Bass Pro Shops gift card, $25 value
Mike L - Beef jerky, $4 value
Randy - DST, priceless value
It was a great day of shooting at Kokomo IWL and I can't wait to do it all again next year! But next we move to feathered targets and new adventures IN THE FIELD!
Posted by Randy
Pheasant Hunt at Royal Flush 11-19-16
Our first hunt of the 2016-17 season was a tough one due to high winds, heavy cover, and less than ideal scenting conditions. We did make the best of the situation by shooting well and thus taking advantage of the chances that were presented. It was so good to be out there with our friends, enjoying the fresh air, and watching the dogs loving every minute of their time in the field. We can all learn something from their joy, commitment, and passion that they bring to our sport each and every time they are able to hunt. Your can literally see their spirits soar IN THE FIELD!
We gave out some prizes at the Hunt and here are the lucky winners:
Mike L - 12ga shotshell money clip, $15 value
Randy - Box 12ga shells, $6 value
Rudy - Box 20ga shells, $6 value
Cindy - 20ga lip balm, $4.50 value
Joanne - Beef jerky, $4 value
Patti - Bass Pro Shops gift card, $10 value
Mike T - Double $hit Trophy, PRICELESS value
Posted by Randy
Pheasant Hunt at Maier Pheasant Farm 12-17-16
The roads were icy all around the Indianapolis area on the morning of our Hunt. The trips out to load the gear in the car were taken with the utmost caution. Once on the road it became clear that 40 mph was the maximum safe speed, even with all wheel drive. After everyone had arrived at the carpool spot, we decided to proceed with 2 vehicles which had 4 wheel and all wheel drive. The further north we traveled, the better the roads became. After Kokomo, 60 mph was possible and by Peru, the rain/sleet/snow had stopped and it was full speed ahead. We arrived a little late but in one piece and ready for action!
The hunting was great along with great field conditions. Very light wind, no rain or snow, and the temperature hovered around 28 degrees all day. It was a winter wonderland with about 4 inches of old snow on the ground. Our guide Bruce did a nice job and Gary's Brittany worked hard pointing and retrieving the birds. We harvested all the birds put out plus 1 bonus rooster. Mike Tolley and myself each managed 50 yard one shot kills. We won't forget them! Following the Hunt, we had a hearty meal at The Beef and Brew. Good Times!
We gave away some prizes at the Hunt and here are the lucky winners:
Larry B - Bass Pro Shops gift card, $10 value
Mike T - 20ga Shells, $6 value
Randy - 20ga lip balm, $4.50 value
Mike L - Double $hit Trophy, Priceless Value
Posted by Randy
2017 - The Road Ahead
Greetings RW-RM Shooters,
We are about to conclude another great shooting and hunting season. This year, we enjoyed a milder winter with less snowfall. With great field conditions 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.
Our group continues to grow and we now have members with dogs available for our hunts. Should one of them sign up for a particular hunt, members so inclined will draw to be included in their hunting party. They will pay no guide fee, but may tip the dog handler if desired. Remaining hunters will use a preserve guide and they will split the guide fee as usual. This drawing will give all members an equal chance to save a little on hunt costs. If none of our dog handlers sign up for a particular hunt, we will revert back to the order of sign up to establish the hunt parties. This is the same method used to determine our shooting squads.
Our Hunt Deposit will remain at $50 for next year. We have seen an increase in guide fees in recent years and this fee is as high as $75 at some preserves. In order to cover the incurred costs of a late cancellation to fellow members, the Hunt Deposit was increased to $50 in November 2014. 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 5 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, and Indiana Gun Club 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 in next year's drawing!
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 5 - Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt - volunteer to help young men and women get started in the field sports.
March 11 - Spring Outdoor Days at Cabela's - Fly fishing and club outreach at the Noblesville store location.
July ?? Johnson County Fair 4H Building - Shooting and fly fishing outreach.
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 19 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 13 - 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!
June 10 - PF Member Appreciation Pitch-In Luncheon
Come out for food, friends, and fun at Indiana Gun Club!June 17 - 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 15 - 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 Mike Tolley are reigning Team Champs.
August 19 - 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 7th 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 $8,200 which will send 23 kids to camp in June. Let’s help send even more this year!
September 16 - Club Clays Classic at THSC
Our fifth annual Club Championship features 4 different games and friendly competition. Mike Tolley is our reigning HOA Champion.
October 21 - 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 first annual Reel Women-Reel Men Tower Shoot! The November date is still pending at Royal Flush.
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 truly look forward to seeing you this year In The Field!
Randy and Mike T prepare to dive into Patti's light hearted spumoni cake in 28 and 20 gauge respectively! Only at the Clays & Hunters Feast!
Clays & Hunters Feast 2017
We had a turnout a eight shooters at Kokomo Izaak Walton League for sporting clays and our pitch-in meal featuring wild game dishes from last year's hunting season. The course was set for sub gauge guns and we attacked it with 20 and 28 gauges! Some of the stations were tough but we expected that and took them in stride. Fourteen stations later we had logged some pretty good scores and worked up an appetite for lunch. Congratulations to our top shooters, Randy Kantner 73, Roger Christenson 70, and Larry Harris 68!
Lunch featured Hungarian Partridge Stir-fry and Chukar Enchiladas along with various side dishes and desserts. It was so good! Plenty for all! We not only have good shooters, but very good cooks as well!
We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:
Mike Tolley - Free round at Kokomo IWL, $35 value
Joanne Randall - Ladies Swiss army knife, $21 value
Roger Christenson - RW-RM calendar, $15 value
Randy Kantner - Box of 12 gauge shells, $6 value
Larry Boram - Double $hit Trophy, Priceless value
Posted by Randy
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
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
Matt, Rudy, Larry B, Kim, Larry H, Patti, Mike T, and Bill at
Kokomo Izaak Walton League for our Clays & Hunters Feast!
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!
Randy, Mary, Mike T, and pheasants at Royal Flush!
Spanky got down and dirty on the pheasants!
Denny and Mary with a long tailed rooster!
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!
Mike L at the Club Clays Classic!
Randy, Mike T, Skip, Byung, and Mike L shoot Olympic Trap!
Spanky on point!
Make some memories...
enjoy a life In The Field!