Reel Women-Reel Men of Indianapolis

Next Event 

What: Quail Hunt
Where: Maier Pheasant Farm
When: 12/19/21
 

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 squad/field by drawing. 
 
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,  Larry Boram, 

 Dennis Campbell, Robert Campbell, Denny Conklin,

 Luke Garcia, Robyn Garcia, Steve Gaskill, John Groves, Randy Justus, 

 Randy Kantner, Cindy Leonard, Jonah Leonard, Josh Leonard, Mike Leonard,

 Barbara Mann, Scott Merz, Jack Moran, Kim Polizotto, Skip Powers, Joanne Randall,

 Andy Robinson, Phil Robinson, Gary Ruston, Tom Siddall, Barbara Simpson, Eric Simpson, 

 Jeff Trefz, Mike Tolley, Steve Walker, Rudy Zeigler

Come shoot with us!

Contact Randy at: 317-935-2747

       or e-mail at: rkantner@tds.net      

Pics of the Month

Don't make him open this jar of Whoop Ass!

              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!       

 

 2021 Pheasants Forever Sporting Clay Shoot

and RW-RM Kelley Camp Fundraiser

  August 21st marked the eleventh 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.

  This year the following RW-RM members participated in the PF Sporting Clay Shoot: Joanne Randall, Phil Robinson, Robyn Garcia, Luke Garcia, Jack Moran, Mike Tolley, Keith Ingram, Scott Mertz, 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 so much for your support!

  Even though the PF Shoot took place on August 21st, 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. Thanks to Nick Brewer and Tim Smith- it was a pleasure to work with you this year.

  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 2021 Kelley Camp Fundraiser:  Dennis Campbell, Jack Moran, Keith Ingram, Kim Polizotto, Larry Boram, Meredith Wilson, Mike Tolley, Phil Robinson, Randy Kantner, Rudy Zeigler, and Scott Mertz.

  Since 2011 we have sponsored over 110 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 $6,400 for Kelley Campers this year! 


  Bunker at Fairfield
 
 
 
 International Trap Shoot 6/20/20
 
   Mike Tolley and myself headed to Fairfield Sportsman's Club for bunker trap action. This was our first club event since February and my first weekend shoot since then as well. I have avoided the crowds if at all possible and my shooting has taken place on weekdays when the local clubs are deserted. Charlie and his group had been shooting for several weeks following their clubs shutdown. We picked a good day for shooting - it was sunny but not too hot and a nice breeze helped keep us fresh and thankful to be outside and shooting again.
  
   I was pleased to meet Charlie's daughter Terri who is a former Olympian and terrific shooter. She now coaches and mentors young (and old!) shooters on bunker trap. I need to sign up next year! Mike T, who attended her clinic last year, had his best 100 target round yet. He began with back to back rounds of 16, then stumbled a little with 13 and an 11. My high round was a 14. This prompted a little research once back home to look at the best 100 round totals that have been fired by our group. Here is what I found...
 
1. Luke Garcia - 15 13 20 16 = 64
 
2. Mike Tolley - 16 16 13 11 = 56
 
3. Randy Kantner - 16 13 11 15 = 55
 
4. Patti Beasley - 13 11 10 15 = 49
 
   Luke's 20 bird round is the top score by any club shooter. There were some good 3 round totals as well, but the 100 target scores are what count in matches. Clearly, we have room for improvement! lol The only way to improve is to keep shooting!
 
   We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:
 
Mike T - Free rounds, $16 value
 
Randy - DST, priceless value
 
 
Posted by Randy 6-26-20
 
 
Chili & Clays Shoot 10-17-20
 
  We resumed our shooting events at Kokomo Izaak Walton League on a perfect fall Saturday. A six month shutdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic made for some anxious shooters! It was great to see everyone again after such a long pause. My own amount of rounds fired through the summer was cut in half and the lack of practice was showing. But that was a minor issue. The fact that we were BACK as a group and shooting together again was the overriding positive of the day. There was another huge positive that day. Rudy won the DST. Finally at last! I was beginning to think I'd never live to see the day. lol  Maybe now that the ice is broken...
 
 
 
 Congratulations to our podium shooters!
 
 Randy K - 71
 Mike T - 65
 Jack - 62
 
We gave out some prizes at the Shoot. Here are the lucky winners:
 
Randy K - IWL free round, $35 value
Robyn - IWL free round, $35 value
??? - Winchester magnets, $13 value
Phil - 12 ga. shells, $6 value
Jack - 20 ga shells, $6 value
Bralon - Beef jerky, $4 value
 
 
Rudy, Phil, and Bralon on the course!
 
 Let's hope we can keep moving ahead with our upcoming hunting events. Stay safe and healthy!
 
 Posted by Randy
 10-25-20
 
           Tower Shoot at Royal Flush 11-21-20

   Pheasant hunters converged south of Rockville on a cool, cloudy afternoon for high flying pheasants at Royal Flush. With the COVID virus surging again breakfast was ruled out, along with carpooling to the event. We opted for a quick outdoor lunch after the cleanup hunt. Social distancing and masks were recommended while indoors. The usual stop at The 36 Saloon was even scrapped for member safety. Hopefully in a few months, the vaccines coming online will return our activities to near normal.  
 
   We were down 1 shooter due to a family illness so only 90 birds were released. We left a gap on the windward side and it worked out pretty well as most birds turned with the wind and lit the afterburner! It seems to take a couple of stations to get the required lead figured out. Like a goose, they appear large and slowly moving, but in reality are moving at 40+ miles per hour! That is about the speed of a skeet target plus twice the distance for some! So, estimating the lead is tricky, with the wind, the angle, and the distance all bearing on the correct outcome. That's what makes it so appealing to shooters and missing some birds is to be expected. 
 
 
  One rooster wore an orange ribbon and had a price on his head! Steve Gaskill made the shot and hit the $45 jackpot! I recall getting the money a few years ago on the clean up hunt. It was SWEET! Congrats to Steve! Speaking of the clean up hunt... our group flushed a covey of wild quail. About a dozen birds rocketed away in two groups. Mike T fired 3 shots but didn't touch a feather. Be sure and mention that to him! lol Our total count for the hunt was 68-70 birds of 90 released. That works out to 76-78% or about like a round of sporting clays on a good course. These taste much better however!
 
 
We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:
 
12 gauge magnets - Andy, $13 value
 
12 gauge shells - Randy, $6 value
 
20 gauge shells - Patti, $6 value
 
20 gauge shells - ???, $6 value
 
DST - Denny, priceless value
 
Posted by Randy
11-28-20
 
Pheasant Hunt at Maier Pheasant Farm 12/13/20
 
   Our Sunday Hunt at Maier proved to be a perfect choice timing-wise. They received about three quarters of an inch of rain Friday night and into Saturday morning. The rain stopped about 10 AM Saturday and that allowed their Tower Shoot to proceed as planned. That set the stage for our Sunday Hunt on two counts - some moisture on the ground for perfect scenting conditions, and bonus pheasants in the fields for the dogs to find! We took advantage of both!
 
   We were guided by Kara and she handled Samson and Gracie, both German Shorthairs with great noses along with a desire to please. Kara did a wonderful job working the dogs and this young lady is not afraid to head into the thick cover to get at the birds! Thanks to their hard work, we had at fantastic Hunt in the hedgerows!
 
 
 
 Kara and and a morning's work at Maier!
 
    Mike T and I put out 4 pheasants apiece and thought it might be a short hunt. But in the back of our minds was the tower shoot and the possibility of some extra action. Things proceeded as expected with the dogs working very well and our shooting improving as the morning went by. By 11 AM we had our 8 and Kara asked if we wanted to hunt some more. We decided to go for it and soon we were into bonus birds around the tower area. We then moved west with Mike and Kara walking in the woods and myself in the field along it's outer edge. As we neared the western corner cackling could be heard from the trees. The dogs went on point, and then all hell broke loose!
 
   Mike shot first and downed a bird that came his way. That report launched 3 more which emerged ahead of me. I managed a double but the third escaped before I could draw a bead. The action continued as we turned and moved along the next edge of the woods. Our bag of bonus bird grew again and again. We did a final pass back to the lodge and then counted our birds. Fourteen total - 6 bonus birds! I'll take $156 worth of free pheasants any day! More than the numbers though, was the great time we had watching the dogs find them. They were so excited to be out there and we were lucky to be there with them on such a fine Hunt. Everything seemed to align for a perfect day In The Field! During these times, that is truly a blessing not to be taken lightly. Thank you Gary, Kara, Samson, Gracie, and Mike for making it happen!
 
 Randy and Mike T with Browning Sweet Sixteens(and fourteen pheasants)!
 
 We gave out some prizes at the Hunt and here are the lucky winners:
 
Randy - 12 gauge shells, $6.00 value
 
Mike T - Denny still has the DST, lol
 
Posted by Randy
12-14-20
 
Chukar Hunt at Royal Flush 1-9-21
 
     Mike T, Phil, Gary, Denny, and myself took to the fields at Royal Flush on a cloudy but otherwise very good day to hunt birds. Chukars were the object of both our and the dogs attention. The day was extra special for Mike and me as it marked the first time afield for newly acquired vintage hammer guns. We were also happy to have new member Gary Ruston join us on his first club hunt. Our groups were guided by Eric and new guide Chris. Chris had Hank on the ground and he is pictured below.
 
 
   Eric had Pepper, Patty, and Roxie down at various times and they covered a lot of ground as usual. The pictures below attest to the fact that nearly all the birds were brought to bag including a bonus pheasant.
 
 
 
 
We gave out some prizes at the Hunt and here are the lucky winners:
 
Phil - Shotshell salt and pepper shakers, $10 value
 
Gary - 12 gauge shells, $6 value
 
Denny - Beef jerky, $4 value
 
Mike T - DST, priceless value
 
Posted by Randy
1-24-21
 
 
 
Pheasant Hunt at Maier 3/20/21
 
  Robyn, Luke, and myself headed north to Maier Pheasant Farm for the final Hunt of the season. It was a perfect day with sunny skies and the temperature rose from 32 at the start to the forties when we wrapped up in early afternoon. This was Robyn's first bird hunt and she enjoyed the time outdoors along with hanging with her son. She also bagged some birds as well!
 
  Kara was our guide and she was handling her 2 year old Samson. He is such a good boy and was very well trained by Kara herself. The birds were running about which is unusual for Maier. Kara believed the late season was to blame. The birds that did stay put were brought to bag and Luke and Robyn made some fine shots! It was a great way to end the season!
 
 
 
 We gave out some prizes at the Hunt and here are the lucky winners:
 
Luke - 20 gauge shells, $6 value
 
Randy - Beef jerky, $4 value
 
Robyn - Avoided the DST as Mike T still has it!
 
Posted by Randy
 
3/27/21
 
Clays & Hunters Feast 4/25/21
 
 
   Seven members turned out for our annual game bird feast and clay target shoot at Kokomo IWL. The weather forced us to move from Saturday to Sunday due to rain. Sunday was great and we enjoyed the spring sunshine on the course. We welcomed new member Jeff Trefz to the fold and he picked a good way to start with the best meal of the year!
 
   Also new this year was a small enclave of antique hammer gun shooters. We had a lot of fun with the old guns and broke quite a few targets as well! If you are wondering about this aspect of shooting give me a shout and I'd be happy to discuss. Currently Patti, Mike Tolley, Denny Conklin, and myself have taken the plunge with no regrets - only smiles!
 
 
Hammer Time!
 
 
Shooters on the course!
 
 
New member Jeff draws a bead!
 
   The meal was delicious and featured chukar appetizers, a pheasant chilindron with rice main course, along with potato salad, and desserts.We have some great cooks in the club!
 
 
Appetizer plated!
 
 We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:
 
Mike T - Free round at IWL, $35 value
 
Skip - 20 gauge shells, $6 value
 
Dennis - 20 gauge shells, $6 value
 
Tom - Beef jerky, $4 value
 
Jeff - Near miss on the DST, luckily Rudy still has it!
 
Posted by Randy
 
5-16-21
 
 Sporting Clays & Trap at THSC 5/22/21
 
 
Steve and Rudy locked and loaded!
 
   Fifteen members appeared at Terre Haute Sporting Clays on a beautiful spring day for shooting fun and great food. We first did 100 targets on the 15 station sporting clay course. What followed next was an amazing meal prepared by Laura. Smoked salmon, smoked venison backstraps(provided by Denny), pasta salad, sweet baby carrots, fruit salad, and brownies! It was soooo good!
 
 
 Much more open in the clubhouse!
 
   It was great to see Laura and Doyne again after so many months in limbo due to the virus. They have made several changes since our last visit. Laura now has a full kitchen, a large outdoor pavilion, a remodeled dining area, and new shooting stands on the course.
 
   After the meal, many took to the trap field to finish off the day. I managed to end it on a perfect note - 25 straight! It may have been the new Beretta cap I was wearing, or the fabulous meal, or the 2.5 inch low pressure loads I was shooting. Sometimes it's best not to wonder why, and just enjoy the moment!
 
 
Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then...
 
We gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners: 
 
RJ - THSC free round, $35 value
 
Mike L - Cabela's gift card, $20 value
 
Denny - Shotshell magnets, $13 value
 
Mike T - Whoop Ass hot sauce, $10 value
 
Larry - Peanut butter fudge, $7.50 value
 
Jack - 20 gauge shells, $6.00 value
 
Rudy - Beef jerky, $4 value
 
Patti - DST, priceless value
 
Posted by Randy
 
5-29-21
 
 International Trap and American Skeet 6-19-21
 
   Five shooters converged at Fairfield Sportsman's Club for a double dip of bunker trap and skeet. We ended up shooting 4 rounds of skeet and 2 rounds of bunker trap. That seemed backwards to me later on, as we travel there because of the bunker trap. We can shoot skeet here at Indy any time. The skeet there is a little tougher because of the green tree background. The low house was especially hard to pick up right out of the house. However, Steve figured it out with a 25 straight on the last round. Nice Shooting!
 
  I want to share with you my Eureka moment on the bunker trap shooting. It started with my goal of breaking 20 targets before summer's end this year. The week before the event I found a YouTube video that compared bunker and American trap with the aid of ShotKam video. I watched the bunker ShotKam video over and over again. Eventually, I got a feel for the timing of the shots, and more importantly, how the gun was moving to the targets. By that I mean the line of the gun's movement as it overtook,  passed the clay, then fired. That movement, or the line, was always below the target at least until the barrel passed the clay. My conclusion was many of my misses must have been over the targets and not a matter of improper forward allowance. This makes perfect sense as ALL targets begin to fall, or rise at a slower rate, the instant they leave the trap arm. Gravity always wins!
 
  In order to focus on this adjustment while shooting the clays, I decided to fire only 1 shot at each target. That way I only needed to concentrate on the initial approach to the target and timing the shot correctly. The results were amazing! I broke 19 on the first round and 17 on the second. EUREKA!
 
  Here is a link to the YouTube video. I hope it will help you break more of those difficult International Trap targets! Good Shooting!
 
 
Posted by Randy
7-10-21
 
Tag Team Skeet Shoot at IGC 7-3-21
 
   A  record 13 shooters participated in our Tag Team event this year! The weather was great- not too hot or windy and except for a low sun on station one in the first round conditions were fantastic. Three team rounds were fired, along with a team shoot-off, and a singles shoot-off. Awards were given for Team Champs, Single Shoot-off Champ, HOA Score Champ, and #1 Teammate. Here are the results:
 
TOP 13 TEAM SCORES
 
Patti/RJ - 49 Team Champs
Steve/Larry - 49
Randy/Kim -49
Kim/Steve -48
Patti/Larry - 48
Patti/Randy - 48
Skip/Steve - 48
Randy/Skip - 47
Mike T/RJ - 47
Kim/Rudy - 47
Tom/Sybil - 46
Phil/Mike T - 46
Dennis/Skip - 46
 
SINGLES SCORES
 
Randy - 23  23  25 - 71  HOA Champ
Patti - 22  23  25 - 70
Kim - 23  23  22 - 68
Steve - 21  25  22 - 68
Skip - 22  22  21 - 65
Mike T - 21  20  21 - 62
Larry - 19  21  21 - 61
RJ - 16  18  18 - 52
Dennis - 15  17  19 - 51
Tom - 16  16  19 - 51
Rudy 17  13  16 - 46
Mike L - 9  8  12 - 29
Phil - 9  15  DNF - 24
 
SINGLES SHOOT-OFF SCORES
 
Randy - X X X X X X X X  Singles Shoot-off Champ
Larry - X X X X X X X O
Kim - X X X X X O
RJ - X X X X X O
Steve - X X X O
Mike T - O X
Patti - O X
 
TOTAL SAVES
 
Mike T - 20  #1 Teammate Champ
Mike L - 16
Tom - 14
Kim - 14
Patti - 11
Skip -11
Larry - 11
Phil - 10
RJ - 9
Steve - 7
Dennis -6
Randy - 5
Rudy - 5
 
 
 Team Champs RJ and Patti!
 
 After a pizza lunch, we gave out some prizes at the Shoot and here are the lucky winners:
 
RJ - 5 Tokens, $30 value
 
Dennis - Cabela's gift card, $20 value
 
Mike T - 2 Tokens, $18 value
 
Steve - Salt & Pepper shakers, $10 value
 
Randy - 28 gauge shells, $9 value
 
Rudy - 20 gauge shells, $6 value
 
Mike L - Beef jerky, $4 value
 
Skip - DST, priceless value
 
Posted by Randy
 
7-10-21
 
 All Around Shoot at IGC 9/11/21
 
 
   Twelve members took part in our first RW-RM All Around Shoot at Indiana Gun Club. The program consisted of 25 Skeet, 25 Skeet Doubles, 25 ATA Trap, and 25 Sporting. The event ran smoothly once underway and the weather was great. I believe next year will be even better as feedback was very positive! Although we did not give awards for each discipline, I want to list the top three finishers in each group.
 
TRAP - Keith 22, Dennis 22, Kim 22 (tied)
 
SKEET - Kim 23, Randy 22, RJ 22 (tied)
 
SKEET DOUBLES - Randy 20, Mott 18, Kim 17
 
SPORTING - Tom 22, Rudy 21, Mott 21 (tied)
 
 Phil loading on station two!
 
   The HOA scores were Kim and Randy with 82. No shoot-off ensued as the food had arrived! Mott came in third with 80 clays broken. After lunch, we gave out some prizes and here are the lucky winners:
 
Rudy - Free round tokens, $24 value
 
Tom - Cabela's gift card, $20 value
 
??? - Free round tokens, 12.00 value
 
Larry - TrAAcker shells, $10 value
 
Phil - Hot sauce, $7.00 value
 
Dennis - Beef jerky, $4.00 value
 
Mike T - DST, priceless value
 
Posted by Randy
 
10-24-21
 
 
 
 RW-RM Tower shooters along with the Bounty of the Hunt!
 
 
 
 Larry and Randy went to wire in the Singles Shoot-off!
 
 
 
Randy, Mike T, and Dennis in the woods at Kokomo IWL!
 
 
 
 Luke scores some hard to find 20 gauge shells!
 
 
 
Another successful Tower Shoot!

 Spanky takes a break after the Ladies Hunt!

 Chris looks on as Mila and Terra track a flushing Chukar!

 

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 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!

 

Boomer's retirement hunt - he went out on top!

 

Spanky got down and dirty on the pheasants!

Joanne smokin' targets at Terre Haute Sporting Clays!

Patti, Denny, Boomer, and Spanky with the bounty of the Hunt!

Muzzle blast, wad, and shot cloud heading for target!

 

 

                  

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