Reel Women-Reel Men of Indianapolis

Next Event 

What: Chili & Clays
Where: Kokomo Izaak Walton League
When: 10/26/19
 
What: International Trap
Where: Fairfield Sportsmen's Club
When: 10/19/19

Club Shoot and Hunt Guidelines

1. Club Shoots/Hunts are available only to RW-RM members.

2. You must RSVP to Randy before the Shoot/Hunt.
 
3. If multiple fields are required for a Shoot/Hunt, members will be assigned to their field in the order received.
 
4. For Hunts, a $50 deposit will be required to reserve your spot. Deposit will be held throughout the hunting season for upcoming Hunts. All deposits will be refunded at the end of season.
 
5. 48 hour notice of cancellation prior to Hunt is required to avoid forfeit of $50 deposit.
 
6. All members should conduct themselves in a safe and sportsman/woman  like manner. No alcohol permitted before or during a Shoot/Hunt.
 
7. Have FUN!!!  
 
Join our shooting team!                      

 Patti Beasley, Matt Beauchamp, Rachel Beauchamp, Larry Boram, Cory Camp

 Dylan Camp, Matt Camp, Robert Camp, Dennis Campbell, Robert Campbell,

Tiffany Compton, Denny Conklin, Ryan Doughty, Jeff Durbin, Luke Garcia, Robyn Garcia, 

Steve Gaskill, John Groves, Larry Harris, Randy Justus, Randy Kantner, Kyle Kreutzinger,

Warren Laurendine, Jonah Leonard, Josh Leonard, Mike Leonard, Barbara Mann, Bill Mann,  

Jack Moran, Kim Polizotto, Skip Powers, Joanne Randall, Phil Robinson, Steve Schlobohm, 

Barbara Simpson, Eric Simpson, Byung Sung, Mike Tolley, Vince Truax, Chris Weber,

Mila Weber, Terra Weber, Steve Wright, Rudy Zeigler

Come shoot with us!

Contact Randy at: 317-935-2747

       or e-mail at: rkantner@tds.net      

Pics of the Week

Steve, Rudy, Luke, and Robyn at Kokomo IWL!

                      Blast From The Past

                           Boomer in "Pheasant Mode"

                                Reloading Advantages - Real Or Imagined?


  The debate of the merits for reloading ones own ammunition has gone on for many years. Pros and cons can be seen on  both sides of the issue and have probably created more passion than actually deserved. I have been reloading shotshells for over 50 years and my view is simply that it is not for everyone. Some folks could spend that time practicing their shooting, or hunting more, or just doing other pursuits they enjoy. Others, like myself, consider it another enjoyable hobby, an extension of the shooting sports I love. If a person is patient, focused, and a bit mechanically inclined, then reloading can be a happy pursuit. If on the other hand, a person is impatient, lacks attention to detail, or has a short fuse, then reloading would make at best an unhappy marriage and at worst cause harm to property or person.

  The number one reason to reload shotshells is to save on the cost of ammunition. There are good savings to be had especially in the 28 gauge and .410 bore. The second reason to reload is to produce loads which are not available in factory offerings. A third reason is to improve the performance of a specific shell for a particular gun or for a particular purpose. All of these goals cover a lot of ground, so this particular article will focus on the first reason - to save on the cost of ammo.

  The best way to purchase reloading supplies is to buy in quantity at sale prices. The shelf life of primers, powder, wads, and shot is not a concern if properly stored. You should avoid shipping costs and hazmat fees if at all possible. The costs used to produce this article were current from July 2019 and include Indiana sales tax. Therefore, one should include sales tax to any retail factory shells purchased for a fair comparison. The component  costs herein were in effect at the Indiana State Trap Shoot at Indiana Gun Club and that is an excellent time to stock up!

  I have included a range of prices for comparison. There are components both lower and higher priced than those shown. It should be noted that the slower burn rate powders for hunting loads are more expensive, as are specialty wads and plated shot. Powder costs and weights listed are for standard target loads of 1200 fps with a standard shot weight for that gauge. I included one 20 gauge hunting load for comparison purposes. One can reduce the standard shot weights to realize additional cost savings. Or one can substitute a lower cost primer or wad. None of the reloading costs here include empty hulls, which can be picked up at most clubs, obtained from friends, or saved from your once fired factory shells. The Remington Gun Club is an excellent choice in 12 or 20 gauge. The Winchester AAHS is a great 28 or .410 choice for reloading.

                                       Component Cost Per 25 Shells

POWDER

12 gauge

Alliant Red Dot  $135.89/8 lbs.  18.5 gr. = $1.12/25
Hodgdon Clays  $136.89/8 lbs.  18.2 gr. = $1.11/25

20 gauge

Alliant 20/28  $147.66/8 lbs.  15.5 gr. = $1.02/25
Hodgdon International Clays  $136.96/8 lbs.  15.5 gr. = $0.95/25
Hodgdon Long Shot (hunting)  $155.15/8 lbs.  18.6 gr. = $1.29/25

28 gauge

Alliant 20/28  $147.66/8 lbs.  13.0 gr. = $0.86/25
Hodgdon Universal Clays  $147.66/8 lbs.  14.0 gr. = $0.92/25

.410 bore

Alliant 410  $147.66/8 lbs.  11.5 gr. = $0.80/25
Hodgdon Lil’ Gun  $155.15/8 lbs.  13.5 gr. = $0.94/25

WADS


12 gauge

Winchester AA12  $28.89/1000  $0.72/25
Claybuster AA12  $20.23/1000  $0.51/25

20 gauge

Winchester AA20  $28.89/1000  $0.72/25
Claybuster AA20  $21.33/1000  $0.54/25

28 gauge

Winchester AA28HS  $39.59/1000  $0.99/25
Claybuster 28HS  $21.40/1000  $0.54/25

,410 bore

Winchester AA410HS  $39.59/1000  $0.99/25
Claybuster 410HS  $21.40/1000  $0.54/25

PRIMERS

Winchester 209  $139.10/5000  $0.70/25
Fiocchi 616  $116.63/5000  $0.58/25

SHOT

Magnum lead  $39.06/25 lbs.

½  oz. = $1.22/25
¾  oz. = $1.83/25
7/8 oz. = $2.14/25
1 oz. = $2.44/25
1 1/8 oz. = $2.75/25

  Using the costs per 25 shells for the components listed above, one can now “assemble” a load and obtain the cost per box of shells. For a 12 gauge target load we add the following:

Powder - Clays           $1.11
Wad - CBAA12           $0.51
Primer - Fiocchi 616   $0.58
Shot - 1 1/8 oz.           $2.75
TOTAL COST            $4.95

  If we reduce the shot weight to 7/8 ounce then the cost per 25 drops to $4.34. Great for skeet! At the other end of the spectrum is the .410 bore. Here we can really save money over the factory shells.

Powder - Alliant 410   $0.80
Wad - CB410HS         $0.54
Primer - Fiocchi 616   $0.58
Shot - ½ oz.                $1.22
TOTAL COST            $3.14

  It is possible to reduce costs even more. Primers are available for as little as $98 per 5000 producing a per box cost of $0.49. Wads can be had for $63 per 5000 equaling a cost of $0.32 per box! Lower priced powders are also available in the marketplace. It is possible to produce a 12 gauge target load for under $4.00 per box and a 410 bore under $3.00.

  In conclusion, it is still possible to save money by reloading even in 12 gauge. The savings are substantial in the smaller bores. However, if you do not have the free time needed, or are a casual shooter that does not fire a lot of ammo per year, or shoots only a 12 gauge gun, then reloading is probably not a good option for you. As for myself, I enjoy it nearly as much as shooting itself. It fills my free time during the winter months and gets me ready for the summer clay target season. I continue to learn new aspects of the craft each year and that keeps me hungry for more experience and understanding of shotshell ballistics and performance. That point brings one to the other benefits of reloading which were enumerated at the beginning of this article. Those points concerning custom loads and improved performance will be discussed in a future post.

Posted by Randy

7/25/19


The 2015 Club Clays Classic

As our group drove west to Terre Haute Saturday morning the sky looked dark and ominous. Mike T, Jack, Bill, Joanne, Patti, and I were planning to meet Denny for our annual Club Clays Classic. Rain streaked the windshield and the wind was beginning to build. We were not deterred, as the radar showed clearing had already begun at our destination- Terre Haute Sporting Clays. Upon our arrival the rain had stopped and a few blue patches appeared in the fast moving cloud deck. It was going to be a great day!

Doyne surprised us with 17 stations on the sporting clays course. That made for the most variation I’ve ever shot on a round of 100 targets. It was a fun challenge to be sure! It was a close finish on the sporting, with Denny breaking 77, and Jack and myself each posting 76. It certainly help work up an appetite for lunch, which by the way, included our next surprise.

Marinated venison backstraps on the grill! Oh Yeah! Along with all the sides one could ask for. Can you say brownies? Laura and Doyne are so good to us! I ate way too much as usual. It must have affected my shooting in the afternoon…that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Patti and Denny tied in the trap competition. The shootoff that followed was intense - one could cut it with a knife. Or was that my last brownie? Denny won the shoot-off with Patti vowing to kick his a$$ next year! So it goes…

The Flurry event produced a semi contested outcome. Clearly, scorekeeping is not our strong suit. However, after some friendly banter back and forth, Jack and Randy removed their unofficial protest and Mike T and Patti were declared the winners. Although coming up short on the Flurry, I was quite confident I’d consumed the most calories for the day. Yes!

The 2015 Club Clays Classic
The 2015 Club Clays Classic

As our group drove west to Terre Haute Saturday morning the sky looked dark and ominous. Mike T, Jack, Bill, Joanne, Patti, and I were planning to meet Denny for our annual Club Clays Classic. Rain streaked the windshield and the wind was beginning to build. We were not deterred, as the radar showed clearing had already begun at our destination- Terre Haute Sporting Clays. Upon our arrival the rain had stopped and a few blue patches appeared in the fast moving cloud deck. It was going to be a great day!

Doyne surprised us with 17 stations on the sporting clays course. That made for the most variation I’ve ever shot on a round of 100 targets. It was a fun challenge to be sure! It was a close finish on the sporting, with Denny breaking 77, and Jack and myself each posting 76. It certainly help work up an appetite for lunch, which by the way, included our next surprise.

Marinated venison backstraps on the grill! Oh Yeah! Along with all the sides one could ask for. Can you say brownies? Laura and Doyne are so good to us! I ate way too much as usual. It must have affected my shooting in the afternoon…that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Patti and Denny tied in the trap competition. The shootoff that followed was intense - one could cut it with a knife. Or was that my last brownie? Denny won the shoot-off with Patti vowing to kick his a$$ next year! So it goes…

The Flurry event produced a semi contested outcome. Clearly, scorekeeping is not our strong suit. However, after some friendly banter back and forth, Jack and Randy removed their unofficial protest and Mike T and Patti were declared the winners. Although coming up short on the Flurry, I was quite confident I’d consumed the most calories for the day. Yes!

The 2015 Club Clays Classic

As our group drove west to Terre Haute Saturday morning the sky looked dark and ominous. Mike T, Jack, Bill, Joanne, Patti, and I were planning to meet Denny for our annual Club Clays Classic. Rain streaked the windshield and the wind was beginning to build. We were not deterred, as the radar showed clearing had already begun at our destination- Terre Haute Sporting Clays. Upon our arrival the rain had stopped and a few blue patches appeared in the fast moving cloud deck. It was going to be a great day!

Doyne surprised us with 17 stations on the sporting clays course. That made for the most variation I’ve ever shot on a round of 100 targets. It was a fun challenge to be sure! It was a close finish on the sporting, with Denny breaking 77, and Jack and myself each posting 76. It certainly help work up an appetite for lunch, which by the way, included our next surprise.

Marinated venison backstraps on the grill! Oh Yeah! Along with all the sides one could ask for. Can you say brownies? Laura and Doyne are so good to us! I ate way too much as usual. It must have affected my shooting in the afternoon…that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Patti and Denny tied in the trap competition. The shootoff that followed was intense - one could cut it with a knife. Or was that my last brownie? Denny won the shoot-off with Patti vowing to kick his a$$ next year! So it goes…

The Flurry event produced a semi contested outcome. Clearly, scorekeeping is not our strong suit. However, after some friendly banter back and forth, Jack and Randy removed their unofficial protest and Mike T and Patti were declared the winners. Although coming up short on the Flurry, I was quite confident I’d consumed the most calories for the day. Yes!

In a stroke of cruel fate, Joanne won the DST for the second straight time. Mike T won a wader repair kit, Patti won a lovely picture frame, and Bill won a $25 Gander Mountain gift card. Just another clays shoot in the life of a reel woman - reel man. Looking forward to next year!

2019 - 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. Unfortunately, rain cancelled our Ladies Hunt 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 2018.

  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 8 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. The following were our winners for 2018:

Skip Powers - $100 Indiana Gun Club gift card

Steve Gaskill - $70 Kokomo IWL and Terre  Haute Sporting Clays gift card

Rudy Zeigler - $70 Kokomo IWL and Terre Haute Sporting Clays gift card

Joanne Randall - $100 Royal Flush Enterprises gift card

Randy Justus - $100 Maier Pheasant Farm gift card

Mike Tolley - $100 Cabela's gift card

Dennis Campbell - $100 Indiana Gun Club gift card

Mike Leonard - $15 and DST Appreciation Award

Good luck to all our members in next year's drawing! Thank You to our partners who make this possible!!

Volunteer Opportunities 

  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 10 - Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt at Crooked Creek - volunteer to help young men and women get started in the field sports. 

June-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 17 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 19 - Pheasants Forever Family 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!

Upcoming Events 

  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 6 - 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 11 - 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!  

June 15 - 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.

June 22 - Pheasants Forever Member Appreciation Pitch-In Luncheon

Come out for food. friends, and fun at Indiana Gun Club. PF #642 will be celebrating their 10th annual Sporting Clay event and RW-RM will be kicking off our 9th annual fundraiser for the Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp. Join us!

July 13 - 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! Steve Gaskill and Kim Polizotto  are reigning Team Champs.

August 17 - 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 9th 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 $9,700 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 $47,000 in support of the Karl E. Kelley Youth Camp to date. That is a very large feather in our cap! 

September 14 - Club Clays Classic at THSC

Our seventh annual Club Championship features 4 different games and friendly competition. Steve Gaskill and Randy Kantner (tied) are the reigning HOA Champions.

October 19 - 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 Maier Pheasant Farm in pursuit of bobwhite quail. Next, look for our Tower Shoot at Royal Flush.

December 7 - 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!

Best regards, 

Randy

Posted 5-16-19

                                    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.

Randy

Posted 3-24-18

              Denny and Free Spirit Boomer forged a great partnership!       

 2018 Chili & Clays Shooters at Kokomo IWL!

                Chili & Clays Shoot 10-20-18

   Our clay target season came to a close at Kokomo Izaak Walton League on a brisk Saturday in October. Fourteen shooters came out to shoot fourteen stations that were set for sub gauge fun. A chili dinner is always part of the event and there were plenty of food items on hand for all to enjoy. The fellowship and good natured camaraderie was there as well, as it should be. 

Congratulations to our top guns by gauge!

12 gauge - Mike Leonard 67

20 gauge - Patti Beasley 74

28/410 - Steve Gaskill 65

410 - Randy Kantner 59

Congrats to HOA shooter Patti!

We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners!

Rachel - IWL free round, $35 value

Larry B - 12 gauge bore snake, $10 value

Randy J - Peanut butter fudge, $7.50 value

Kyle - Coffee mug, $6 value

Patti - 20 gauge shells, $6 value

Mike T - 12 gauge shells, $6 value

Rudy - Beef jerky, $4 value

Mike L - DST, priceless value

Posted by Randy

10-27-18

Roosters on display at Royal Flush! 

 RW-RM Tower Shoot 11-17-18

   Our first hunt of the season was a tower shoot held at Royal Flush hunting preserve. The weather was ideal with little wind to affect the flight of the birds. The temperature was cool, not cold, and the sky was overcast throughout the hunt. 100 birds were released from the tower and soon the pheasants were dropping on a regular basis. The high fliers seemed to fare better than most at escaping the ring of gunners. Lots of lead flew at the tall birds, but they seemed to be wearing Kevlar feathers! The clean-up hunts went well and we finished with 81 pheasants and a bonus quail. Joanne Randall scored the Money Bird with an overhead shot. Nice shooting Joanne! 

   Following all the bird cleaning several of us headed to the 36 Saloon for good food and great atmosphere. Peanuts and beer were a popular choice. It was a great way to cap off the day and relive our hits and misses. Thanks to Shawn, Denny, Eric, and Daryl for providing us with a wonderful day of shooting!

We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:

Joanne - Money Bird, $50 value

Bill - Cabela's gift card, $25 value

Joanne - IGC trap/skeet tokens, $10 value

Randy - 12 ga. shells, $6 value

Patti - 20 ga. shells, $6 value

Rudy - Beef Jerky, $4 value

Mike L - Mikey forgot to bring the DST which allowed Phil to dodge the bullet. Yes, we drew to see who would  have won the trophy! Phil's lucky day! Mikey - Double $hit!

Posted by Randy

11-21-18

 Luke won the DST fair and square this time!

Pheasant Hunt at Maier Pheasant Farm 12-2-18

   Our timing was not ideal this year as 2 inches of rain fell the night before the hunt. That was on top of a wet and mild week that left water standing over much of the property. High boots were the order of the day and happily the rain had stopped as we got underway. The birds flew well considering the wet conditions and the hunters shot pretty well too! Waylon and Parker scented the birds like the pros they are and kept cool in the numerous pools of water around us.

   We finished up with 18 birds just as a light rain began to fall. That was a good time to call it quits. The warm, dry cabin was greatly appreciated! Not all hunts are perfect, but this one tested our resolve and that is not a bad thing by any measure. How we respond to adversity tells us more about ourselves than a picture perfect, blue sky day ever will. 

We gave out some prizes at the Hunt and here are the lucky winners:

Mike Leonard - Cabela's fudge, $8.03 value

Kim - Bass Pro Shops gift card, $10.00 value

Randy - Beef Jerky, $4.00 value

Luke - DST, priceless value

Posted by Randy

12-7-18

Pheasant & Chukar Hunt

Maier Pheasant Farm 2/16/19

  It is not everyday that one has the pleasure to hunt with a newbie to the sport. There are few greater rewards than sharing in the excitement and enthusiasm which they experience while learning a new and fun pastime afield. That applies to hunters of both the two and four legged variety. Mike Tolley and I were happy to join with the latter last Saturday for a great hunt and good time. The newbie was Seeger, and at just over 1 year old, showed all the promise of becoming a first class bird hunter.

   Pictured above on point, in the middle of one of Maier's classic hedgerows, this young shothair looks a little timid. But he is totally focused on the scent coming to his nose and trying to locate exactly where it is coming from. He has a great nose and is well on the way to knowing how to best use it!

  Here he shows great restraint while on point and the rooster in sight. Seeger worked close to us at all times and without commands from Gary, his handler. He did not bust a single bird, nor did he grab any before they took flight. His energy and hard work were a joy to see. It was obvious just how much he loves his job. 

   Seeger does have some work do in retrieving and marking downed birds. I have no doubt he will quickly learn that the next search for birds will begin only after the downed bird is located and retrieved. That is motivation! With time and Gary's training, those skills will become a natural part of his toolkit as a bird hunting all star!

 The pictures above show just how much Mike and I enjoyed Seeger's hard work. He probably didn't think of it as work at all. Come to think of it, we didn't either. I look forward to many more hunts with him in the future. Watching his progress will be so rewarding to see as the seasons go by. Here's to the Newbies! Seeger! Good Boy!

Watch out for that bear!

We gave out some prizes at the hunt and here are the lucky winners:

Mike T - Cabela's gift card, $25 value

Randy - DST, priceless value

Posted by Randy

2-17-19

Clays & Hunters Feast 4/6/19


 A beautiful, warm spring day made our opening clay target event at Kokomo Izaak Walton League a huge success. Sixteen shooters took part in this annual spring opener that features a sub-gauge course setting and a wild game pitch-in lunch following the shooting. Chilindron and Chukar stir fry were featured entrees along with a host of appetizers, sides, fruits, and desserts. A great time was had by all both shooting, eating, and mixing with fellow club members. What a great turnout to start our clays season!

Congratulations to Skip Powers with the HOA score of 81 using a 20 gauge! The other gauge "Top Guns" were as follows:

12 gauge - Luke Garcia, 78

20 gauge - Skip Powers, 81

28 gauge - Rudy Zeigler, 59

410 bore - Steve Gaskill, 64

We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:

Skip - IWL free round, $35 value

Steve S, Cabela's gift card, $25 value

Robyn - Cabela's coffee mug, $7.00 value

Dennis - Cabela's coffe mug, $7.00 value

Mike L - 12 gauge shells, $6.00 value

Byung - 12 gauge shells, $6.00 value

Rudy - 20 gauge shells, $6.00 value

Steve G - 20 gauge shells, $6.00 value

Phil - Beef jerky, $4.00 value

Mike T - DST, priceless value

Posted by Randy

4-6-19

International Trap Shoot 4-27-19

 We had 12 shooters in attendance at Fairfield Sportsman's Club on Saturday to face the fast targets of International Trap. The weather was beautiful until late afternoon when spring showers finally did. arrive. Until then, we enjoyed the wonderful setting, the challenge of the sport, and the warm reception that we received from Charlie and his group at Fairfield. 

  Breakfast took an unusual turn when a full glass of tomato juice went into my food and lap. No sooner had we moved to a new and dry table when a glass of water was dumped everywhere. We left an entire area in a shambles!

 What a start! It could only get better from here! And it did! We welcomed 2 new members at this event. Tiffany (tomato juice) Compton and Jeff Durbin signed on for RW-RM fun. Welcome to the club guys!

 Congratulations to our podium shooters! PattiBeasley took the Gold, Kim Polizotto won Silver, and Mike Tolley grabbed the Bronze.

  We wrapped up the day with the prize drawings and here are the lucky winners.

Tiffany - 12 gauge magnets, $9.74 value

Steve G - 12 gauge shells, $6.00 value

Skip - 20 gauge shells, $6.00 value

Rudy - 20 gauge lip balm, $4.49 value

Kim - DST, priceless value

Posted by Randy

4-28-19

Sporting Clays Shoot at Indiana Gun Club 5/11/19

 Prize Winners at The Shoot!

  Nine shooters were in attendance on Saturday for a round ofsporting clays at Indiana Gun Club. A bigger group was expected but five no shows reduced the field. I know 3 were due to illness and we hope they are feeling better now. It's very unusual for this to happen in our group as we are a tough lot!

  The novice course was chosen for the program of the day which is report pairs from the A and B traps. Congratulations to our podium shooters:

Steve Gaskill - 90

Skip Powers -85

Larry Harris and Rudy Zeigler (tied) - 84

  Following the sporting clays, pizza was enjoyed on the porch along with homemade cookies from Joanne. Thank you Joanne! Next, we held our prize drawing and here are the lucky winners.

Bill - IGC tokens, $24 value

Mike T - 12 gauge Bore Snake, $10 value

Rudy - 20 gauge shells, $6 value

Mike L - 12 gauge shells, $6 value

Randy - Beef jerky, $4 value

Larry H - DST, priceless value

  After the drawings and Larry's refusal to accept the DST(charges are pending), the die hards (Steve, Rudy, Joanne, Mike T, and myself) took to the skeet field for more fun. Best of all, the rain held off until I was driving home! Perfect timing once again!

Posted by Randy

5-12-19

Tag Team Skeet Shoot 7/13/19

  Twelve shooters came out to Indiana Gun Club for our annual skeet tournament. The weather was warm but dry and a nice breeze helped to keep us cooler. Seeking shade where one could find it was a plus! The biggest hurdle for me was the different target speeds between the 2 fields we were using. The new traps on the third field were faster and gave some shooters (especially low gun shooters) fits. I hope that all the old traps will be replaced soon. Then we can get adjusted to the "new" speed of the targets regardless of what field one is using.

 

Dennis readies to shoot as Mike T pulls the targets!

  Two shooters fired perfect rounds at this years event. Hats off to Byung and Kim! The team scores were as close as could be without a shoot-off. First place went to Byung and RJ with a total of 49. We had a tie for second between Kim/Larry B and Patti/Dennis with 48.

  The HOA honors went to Kim with a total of 66. Patti and Byung tied for second place with 65 each. Kim also won the Singles Shoot-off with Dennis placing second. Nice!

  The Number One Teammate award went to Kim with a total of 30 saves! Somebody owes him a box of shells! :)

   After the Shoot, we took in some air conditioning and some food and beverages at the local watering hole. The celebration included our award winners and our prize winners. Here is the rundown...

Steve G - IGC tokens, $24 value

Joanne - 20 range chord, $9 value

Kim - 20 ga shells, $6 value

Dennis - 12 ga shells, $5 value

Mike T - Balmshot, $4.49 value

Byung - Beef jerky, $4 value

Larry B - DST, priceless value

Following lunch several headed back to the club for more skeet and sporting clays. I'm not ashamed to say that I departed the club at 5:45 that evening. A Reel Man to be sure! lol

Posted by Randy

7-19-19


 2019 Pheasants Forever Sporting Clay Shoot

and RW-RM Kelley Camp Fundraiser

  August 17th marked the tenth annual Pheasants Forever Central Indiana Chapter #642 Sporting Clay Shoot at Indiana Gun Club. From a modest beginning in 2009, the event has grown year by year into a hugely popular and highly successful fundraiser for the chapter. Generous support from a variety of sponsors and a grassroots appeal from the shooters who participate, make this annual event a shining example what passion for a purpose can accomplish. The time and hard work expended by the chapter's members should be applauded by all.

  Reel Women-Reel Men has also been involved for 9 of the past 10 years. We have fielded teams of shooters since 2011. Several of our shooters have won individual high score honors, and in 2012 our RW-RM squad took the top team prize. While those accolades are nice, our true purpose is to support the PF mission. It is closely aligned with our own - promoting and enjoying the outdoors, the field sports, and quality habitat for our wildlife.  After 10 amazing years, I would like to give a heart felt thanks to those RW-RM shooters who have supported the Shoot.

  This year the following members participated in the PF Sporting Clay Shoot: Joanne Randall, Phil Robinson, Larry Boram, Steve Gaskill, Jack Moran, Luke Garcia, Mike Leonard, Mike Tolley, Rudy Zeigler, and Randy Kantner. You paid your registration fee, bought your mulligans, shot the fun stations, bid on silent auction items, and played the board games. All to support your local PF chapter which uses the money here in central Indiana. Thank you!

  It takes 50 volunteers to make an event like the PF Shoot run smoothly and be a pleasure to attend. Here, I wish to recognize our club members who gave their time and effort to serve others. Many thanks to Phil Robinson, Mike Tolley, Joanne Randall, Matt Beauchamp, Rachel Beauchamp, Robyn Garcia, and Randy Kantner. These folks worked at the event and helped out wherever needed. You are awesome!

  Even though the PF Shoot took place on August 17th, the planning and work began in June. The Sporting Clay sub committee met numerous times to discuss and decide the who, what, where, and when of the entire event. The group was engaging, open to new ideas, and enthusiastic about improving the event this year. Once again, RW-RM stepped up to the plate with ideas, extra effort, and tremendous support for the cause. I would like to thank RW-RM sub committee members Joanne Randall, Rachel Beauchamp, and Randy Kantner. It was a pleasure to serve with them, Kent Burget, and John Getty. Thank you so much!

  While all the work and planning was taking place for the PF Shoot, our club's annual fundraiser was underway for the Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp. Our efforts began in 2011 with modest success, but with persistence and effort, we now enjoy amazing generosity and support each year. With more effort by all, I am sure we can continue to reach even higher goals in the future. Getting kids outdoors and supporting their interest in nature is key to insuring that our generation is not the last to know the great outdoors all around us. Our RW-RM members who donate are paying it forward by investing in this terrific program by the Indiana Conservation Officers Organization. Thank you to the following RW-RM members for your contributions to the 2019 Kelley Camp Fundraiser: Andy Robinson, Bob Camp, Cory Camp, Dennis Campbell, Eric and Barbara Simpson, Jack Moran, Joanne Randall, Kim Polizotto, Matt Camp, Meredith Wilson, Mike Tolley, Mila Weber, Phil Robinson, Randy Kantner, Rudy Zeigler, Skip Powers, and Vince Trueax.

  Since 2011 we have sponsored over 100 youth to attend the camp and provided needed equipment for the campers. These efforts are a great way to instill our love and passion for the outdoors into the next generation. In passing on our dreams to those that follow, we can take some comfort in the fact that they too will know the joy of watching a setter busting through cover on a crisp, cold morning. Or to feel in their chest the thrill of a covey rise on Opening Day. Or to watch an eagle glide silently above a river on it's quest to survive. We can make it happen! I thank you all again for your support!

RW-RM raised over $10,800 for Kelley Campers this year! 

 

Luke took the Gold on International Trap!

International Trap Shoot 8/10/19

  Ten Reel Women and Reel Men headed over to Fairfield Sportsmen's Club on a beautiful August day for another round of bunker trap fun. There was a detour to get on the interstate and Patti swore she heard banjos at one point. But we all managed to arrive. We even made the turn into the club on the first try - it was a first! 

  The targets were as fast as ever. They don't seem to slow down. I shot a round with the hammer gun and it faired just as well as the over/under. Our young Luke seems to be figuring it out as he shot quickly and with good results again. The "old timers" had better get busy! lol

Congratulations to our podium shooters!

Luke - Gold

Mike T - Silver

Patti - Bronze

  We gave out some prizes at Fairfield and here are the lucky winners:

Patti - IGC tokens, $18.00 value

Mike L - 12 gauge magnets, $9.74 value

Rudy - 20 gauge bore snake, $10.00 value

Dennis - 20 gauge shells, $6.00 value

Robyn - 12 gauge shells, $5.00 value

Luke - Beef jerky, $4.00 value

RJ - DST, priceless value

 RJ looks so proud to hold it!

Posted by Randy

9-17-19 

Club Clays Classic 9/14/19
 
   Ten shooters converged on Terre Haute Sporting Clays for our annual club tournament. The weather was nice(no rain!) and the temperature was warm but not too hot. The shooting program consisted of 100 sporting clay targets and 50 trap targets. We began with sporting clays and the results were tight. Our podium SC shooters were Randy Kantner 91, Mike Leonard & Mike Tolley tied 90, Larry Boram 81.
 
   We took a break for lunch and then started up the trap shooting. Here the results were a little more spread out. After 2 rounds apiece, the results were as follows for the 2 rounds: Steve Gaskill 40, Mike Tolley 39, Mike Leonard 37.
 
    After combining the scores, our HOA Champ was Mike Tolley with a total of 129, Second place went to Mike Leonard & Randy Kantner (tied) 127, and Steve Gaskill finished third with 119. Congratulations to our top finishers!
 
   We gave out some prizes at the shoot and here are the lucky winners!
Mike Tolley - THSC Gift card, $35 value
Larry B - Cleaning pad, $11.00 value
??? - Range chord, $9.00 value
Denny - 20 gauge shells, $6.00 value
RJ - 12 gauge shells, $5.00 value
Dennis - Beef jerky, $4.00 value
Steve G - DST, priceless value
 
   Speaking of our beloved DST, here is a rundown of folks in the race to win the Double $hit Trophy Appreciation Award  this year. Steve G, Larry B, and Randy with 2 "wins". Mike T, Kim, and RJ with 1 "win" each. We have about 4 more events coming before years end. Who will emerge as this year's award winner? :)
 
 
 RJ passes the DST to Steve at the Club Clays Classic!
 
Posted by Randy
9-21-19
 
All Around at Fairfield 10-5-19 
 
   On a perfect Fall day 4 Reelmen took up the challenge of the All Around Shoot at Fairfield Sportsman's Club. The event featured 25 Five Stand, 25 Skeet, 25 Bunker Trap, and 25 ATA Trap targets.  The Five Stand proved to be the toughest event for me. I missed 10 targets there and "only" 9 on the Bunker Trap! In my defense, a local advised me that my 28 gauge would be fine with skeet and IC chokes. Next year I will bring a 12 to the 5 Stand! :)
 
   Skeet went OK with the 28 gauge as did the ATA Trap with my 12, posting 22 at each event. As stated above, if you did the math, I broke 16 on the Bunker which tied my previous high score. I had managed 16 three times at that point, but the day was not over yet...
 
   Charlie informed Luke that he was tied for 3rd Place and a shoot-off on the skeet field would decide the winner. We all headed over to cheer Luke to victory! Luke chose to shoot first (good move) and proceeded to break the first pair on station 3. His rival missed one there and it was over! Congrats to Luke for coming through for our squad!
 
   After the trophies were awarded  (we offered the DST but got no takers - huh?) we had a big lunch. Both breakfast and lunch were very good.They also had some really good brownies! Following lunch we headed back out for more bunker trap.
 
   It was then things fell into place. Targets were breaking time after time. Second shots were connecting - as many as 6. The hits stacked up and I recorded a 17. A new record for me! I seem to be inching slowly toward 20 now. That is my new goal for 2020! A 20 at Bunker Trap!
 
We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:
 
Randy - 12 gauge shells, $5.00 value
Steve - 20 gauge shells, $6.00 value
Luke - Beef jerky, $4.00 value
Mike T - DST, priceless value
 
 
 
Luke took 3rd Place honors at the All Around!
 
 
 
 Steve hands off the DST to new "winner" Mike T
 
 Congrats again to Luke for his fine finish. We all enjoyed the day at Fairfield and can't wait to do it again next year!
 
Posted by Randy
10-7-19
 

 

Kim took a lot of hardware at the Tag Team Skeet Shoot!

"The Bunker" at Fairfield Sportsman's Club!

 

 New Member Phil with lots and lots of roosters!

In the woods at the Kokomo Izaak Walton League Chili & Clays Shoot!

Mike T, Rudy, Steve(observing), Patti, Luke, and Skip shooting bunker trap at Fairfield Sportsman Club!

Phil fires away at Terre Haute Sporting Clays. Ejected shell in mid flight!

Randy, Patti, and Mike T took the podium at International Trap!

 Steve was our top prize winner at Fairfield!

 

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!

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!

Mike L, Mike T, Joanne, Rudy, Patti, and Randy with some

beautiful birds after a successful hunt at Royal Flush!

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!

 

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!

Hunting Huns

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 target!

 

Spanky on point!

 

 

                  

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