"The Sportsman's Challenge" By: Todd Dow
Tactical Works ( www.tacticalworks.com) ------Making good on a bet---------
Here is Matt from Tactical Works one of our great sponsors who has been with us since the very beginning. Matt is a dedicated Denver Bronco's fan who resides in the FT. Carson area of Colorado, but this day at the range he made good on a bet from the super bowl this past February between Sportsman's Challenge and Tactical Works. The way the bet worked was if the Bronco's won I was going to have to run the May 3rd Sportsman's Challenge shoot in Bronco's gear and give them a spot to give away to anyone to the shoot, but when the Seattle Seahawk's won we got a LSS chassis system from MDT to give away at our shoot as well as have Matt pose in some Seahawk's gear and post them on their facebook as well as let me post them on here.
I really want to thank Matt, Lisa and the whole gang at Tactical Works for being such great sponsors and helping make the prize table a whole lot better. If you have any needs for tactical gear, gun parts check these guys out first and support the sponsors of these great shoots,
>>>>>Click here to read or observe articles written about
Sportsman's Challenge events and the shooters attending them<<<<<
Tactical Works blog article
2013 Sportsman’s Challenge Long Range Shoot June 8th 2013
June 8th will mark the second annual Sportsman’s Challenge long range shoot at Miller Ranch in Sprague, WA. Tactical Works, Inc. will be sponsoring the event again this year and donating gear for the prize tables. This event has proven in the past to be a great shooting challenge as well as a fun family event.
This year Tactical Works, Inc. will be donating a Tactical Operations Rifle Drag Bag, Ralph T. Hicks new book “Fundamentals of Long Range Shooting” which endorsed by Nightforce, Storm Tactical Pocket Data-book, along with Tactical Works T-shirts and stickers.
“Caleb, is a great guy who works very hard to host events for the long range shooting community. We’re happy to support him and the shooters anyway we can to ensure that the the event can continue to grow and shooters can have a safe beautiful venue for a great day of shooting.” Team Tactical Works
2nd annual Sportsman's Challenge 2013
June 8th was my first Sportsman's Challenge and the first time shooting my 7x61 at anything beyond 500. I enjoyed the competition very much especially the Small Game Course. Too bad my 25 year old son beat me by a point but still fun to shoot this match.
My hats off to ALL THE SCORE KEEPERS AND CALEB AND HIS WIFE! This shoot was perfect for new shooters as well as experienced shooters! The yardages were equitable for us small caliber guys as well as the big boys! Great idea to recognize the youth as well as female shooters.
Maybe in the future you could add a category for father son teams. No prize is needed but it would make me practice more at crows.
My last comment is about how cordial all the competitors were! I met new people who were helpful and enjoyable to be around. Thanks for a great shoot.
-Caleb, thanks again for all your hard work on the shoot...it was a blast. No pun intended.
: Chris Graves
I would like to thank you for putting on the shoot yesturday over in Whitebird. My partner and I enjoyed both the big and small game courses. We found ourselves humbled and challenged by the "black" big game course especially. I have been anavid NRA high power and long range service rifle shooter since I was 12 and have had the opportunity to compete in the national championships in 2002. I was not expecting the level of professionalism and thoughtullness that you and your crew put into the range setup; you did and excellent job given the locations and conditions given. It was well worth the drive from Yakima, WA to come shoot. This was my first experiance using a scoped rifle in competition and there are some neuances tht make it different from using iron sights.
The only critizium that I might ask of your next competition is to eliminate the sand berms to shoot off of. Both my partner and I shot the small game course at the end of the day and the wind created small sand storms that temporarily blinded us and jammed the bolts on both his Remington 700 and my Tikka during our firing stages. We were able to clear the jams enough to finish shooting but it would have been nice to avoid that situation all together.
Having said all that we are both looking forward to coming to your next competition. Where might we be able to find a results bulletin for the match? Is there any chance you could email me one?
Thanks again for your hard work and effort,
----Thanks to Caleb (and friends) and Miller Ranch for their hospitality once again. They put on another good match and I'm pretty sure everyone had a good time. We had a nice turnout, especially with a few younger shooters. I witnessed some fine shooting when I was helping to score the long range portion. Nice meeting some new people and reacquainting with some I met at the last shoot. If you haven't tried one of Caleb's matches you are missing out!
There were several ties in the end, so there were a couple of 2nd and 3rd place finishers, but it was getting late so we were all ok with just keeping that way.
---What a great shoot!!! You guys that missed it, I would highly recommend you make the next one. Caleb, his friends and family works very hard to put on a top class shoot. I am honored to have been there.
---Thanks again! Yeah it was a blast, and a real confidence booster. I think you've accomplished your mission to make as lifelike as possible hunting scenario; it was definitely challenging and worth the drive.
I had a really good time with everyone out there! Thanks Caleb And to those that helped, great job! Met a lot of good people and hope to make it to the next one.
---Well for all of you that missed this shoot, I just wanted to say, you all missed on heck of a GREAT time! Caleb you and Shawn did a great job, and after shooting the course myself and see the scores turned in, I’m not the only one that found it challenging! I did learn a lot and I’m sure you all did also. I can’t wait to shoot it again in September and I really hope this becomes an annual event, and the Miller ranch was a great venue to have this at. I know the wind had most of the folks scratching their heads. I know after I had shot my round, I went back up to the line to watch others shoot and I really started to study the wind and I saw 3 different wind directions. So a challenge to say the least. The targets were AWESOME and I would really like to know how many hits were turned in on the moose, it still looked pretty clean towards the end of the day. And Marianne had a Blast and is looking forward to her new 6.5/284. She learned a lot and is excited to shoot more of these matches in the future. So thank you for a great time you all deserve a pat on the back!
---Thanks Caleb for putting on a great shoot. It was a pleasure meeting u and will be looking forward to the next one!
-Had a great time can't wait for the next time , it was good to meet you guys.Maybe we can get together and do some yote hunting...
-Thanks for an outstanding shoot every one was awesome from the staff to the shooters great time and looking forward to the next
-----Caleb thanks for having such a great well organized shoot, i was most impressed, your on the right track my friend. The shooting sports are coming of age and I believe we will be seeing alot more intrest in the next couple years. I brought two of my friends and wouldnt you know it they out shot me.lol Way to go Bob taking first place in the small game and way to go Jeff for taking third place in small game. I tied for third place in the big game, so all in all, us back woods okies did pretty good.
-----My son and I competed in the Sportsman's Challenge Small Game ( http://sportsmanschallenge.weebly.com/ ) match on Saturday. The match was alot of fun, there were 2 courses of fire the short range out to about 500 yards and the long range out to around 800. All targets were animal shaped and made from AR steel. The format was very easy going and alot of fun. The time limits were generous and allowed for the coaching of younger /less experienced shooters as their spotter. My son is 10 years old and won the high junior position in the under 18 catagory. I was extremely proud of him (he nearly cleaned the short course in 6 minutes of the 15 allowed). It was a realy great opportunity for the new long range shooter to get some field practice and learn some things form more experienced shooters. If you get a chance check out one of the matches in the future.
Oh, by the way he shot his Rem 700 with a Hart barreled 260 Rem and suppressor, topped with a 3.5-15 NXS. Thanks to all who cheered him on and went out of their way to make him feel like on of the "big" guys.
: Shawn Carlock
---Caleb, We are looking forward to you coming out and shooting with us. I am certain that we will have a good time and all learn from each other. As I said previously, you guys did a great job, and we all can’t wait to do it again!
---Even though I shoot matches pretty regularly, most don't prepare a guy to shoot varying distances in a field setting. I've wanted to shoot some field matches, even tactical just because they force you to know drops at different distances combined with wind reading, with no wind flags makes for a REAL challenge.
The big game match was the toughest for me, I wonder if I would have done better using my .284 Win with some 180 grain Hybrids. I think the wind got me with the .308, but I was actually happy with what I did. Maybe you can update the winners list with caliber/cartridges; I'd be interested to see what the winners used.
That would be awesome if you could secure a permanent facility. It's good to see people wanting to help out the shooting sport.