Over Memorial Day week-end, May 24th and 25th, the Rangers staged our 23rd annual “Where the Old West Stayed Young” match.  There were 96 shooters signed up to participate, but inclement weather on the east side of the continental divide caused some last minute cancellations and no-shows and we ended up with 88 shooters for the match.  While the weather was somewhat chilly (especially on Saturday) the crowd was warm and the shooting was red-hot fun.  Cartoons was the match theme this year and everyone wore their “fun face” for the match:  George of the Jungle swung on his vine, Popeye ate his spinach, Wiley Coyote dynamited Roadrunner and more…


Match results are attached – sorted by overall finish and by category –but a listing of category winners is in order here:


Buckaroos – Smooth Shot                            Young Guns – Yampa Rose

49er – Badger                                                            Ladies 49er – Madame Bulldog

Duelist – Cinch                                              Ladies Duelist – Aspen Filly

Senior Duelist – Sheriff Pack Wolf             Frontier Cartridge Duelist – Bijou Blade

Frontier Cartridge – Breed                          Ladies Frontier Cartridge – Tolinka

Classic Cowboy – Lefty                                Classic Cowgirl – Jinglebob Gerri

Senior – I.B. Oneeye                                     Ladies Senior – Cowgirl Mojo

Modern – Louisiana Lightnin’                     Ladies Modern – Faithful Companion

Traditional – Knight Creek Ranger            Ladies Traditional – Belle Drewry

Elder Statesman – Rosita Gambler             B Western – Pinto Being

Gunfighter – Curly Clark


Side matches went like this:


Derringer:  1st Chicago Creek, 2nd Powder Wash Kid, 3rd Sheriff Pack Wolf

Pocket Pistol:  1st Louisiana Lightnin’, 2nd Sheriff Pack Wolf, 3rd Kidd

Long Range Pistol:  1st Sheriff Pack Wolf, 2nd Slim Spurs, 3rd Sandhill Rustin

Pistol Caliber Rifle:  1st Marshal Jack Murphy, 2nd Dirty Bad Jim, 3rd Red Desert Fox

Quigley:  Red Desert Burr

Single Shot Rifle:  1st Pecker Bird, 2nd Crow Dog, 3rd Red Desert Burr

Big Bore Lever Rifle:  1st Colorado Hank, 2nd Badger, 3rd Red Desert Fox

Gunfighter:  1st Curly Clark, 2nd Double R, 3rd Colorado Big Al

Rimfire:  1st Sheriff Pack Wolf, 2nd Crazy Nebby, 3rd Chicago Creek


There were six clean matches:  Chicago Creek, Colorado Hank, Cowgirl Mojo, Knight Creek Ranger, Louisiana Lightnin’, and Sheriff Pack Wolf.  Good job!  The Posse Marshals got together and voted the “Spirit of the Game” award to match director Sagebrush Burns; it is deeply appreciated…


The Friday set-up crew turned in their usual excellent job.  Special thanks are in order for a few folks.  Red River Wrangler and Sweet Lil came over early and put in a full days effort.  Arapaho Dog Soldier from Seattle was there all day.  Rusty S Potts, Winterhawk, and Maybell Maverick helped big-time even though they could not participate in the match.  The Some Dense Kid and Outa Place (the Rangers founder and his wife) worked all day Friday, ran the Derringer and Pocket Pistol side matches and did all the match scoring.  Everyone helped break down the match after lunch on Sunday and the job was done quickly and very well.  Many thanks to all who helped – we couldn’t do it without you.


Regular monthly matches will continue on the fourth Saturday of the month, June through September.  We have set our schedule for 2008.

            June 28 – monthly match – Thataway Gal

            July 26 – monthly match – Soda Creek Jack

            August 23 – monthly match – Powder Wash Kid

            September 27 – monthly match – The Some Dense Kid


We are always on the lookout for ideas for stages and side matches for our monthly and annual matches.  The Rangers feel that one of our strengths is that many different folks contribute and that keeps us fresh.  If you’ve got something you’d like to try, let us know.  As always, we’d like to hear from you if you have thoughts or ideas to help us do a better job.  Keep up with the Rangers on the Bears Ears Sportsman Club (BESC) web site at: 




Sagebrush Burns, 970-824-8407