It has turned into a slow summer for us cowboy action shooters here in the northwest Colorado boonies.  When almost everybody was out of town, we had to cancel the June match, and a good number of our folks have been traveling during July and August.


Soda Creek Jack was match director for July and came up with a fun change of pace for the match.  This was the poker match (probably should have had it in Las Vegas but the commute would have been a bit much…).  There were five stages, each based on a game of poker, and at the end of each shooting string, you drew a card.  High card for the stage got a five second bonus and at the conclusion of the match the high hand from the combined stage draws got an additional 25 second bonus.  The Some Dense Kid drew the top hand and it was enough to propel him to the match win.  Talk about the luck of the draw! 


July results


The August match was put together by the Powder Wash Kid, Sidewinder Sadie, Snowy Creek Angel, and Exasparilla Summer.  We would be hard pressed to find another family consisting of a more twisted group of minds.  Among other things we had to shoot all the guns in the gun shop and miss for hits (you had to be there…).  Happy Jack and Annabelle joined us from Granby and we hope we’ll see them again soon.


August results





At the conclusion of the match we had a work party in the storage barn.  BESC is going to put in a concrete floor and we had to clear half the floor for the work to begin.  Big thanks to Jon, Stacy, Cheyenne and Summer Ossen, Henry, James and Randall Durkop, R.J. and Marilyn Henderson, Lois and Ron Stoffle, Jim and Sandy Hasler, and Karol and Andy Bullen for all the hard work. Sagebrush Burns announced that he will be stepping aside as Captain of the Rangers at the conclusion of the 2008 season, so we will be electing new officers at the September shoot.


This season’s final match will take place on Saturday, September 27th.  As always, we’ll do our picnic lunch with the Rangers supplying fried chicken and everybody bring something to share.  Don’t forget your own drinks, plates, napkins and flatware.  If you can let Sagebrush Burns know you’ll be there (not required, but helpful) we’ll make sure we have enough chicken for everybody.


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.  If it can be done safely and won’t contribute to run away gas prices or illegal immigration we’ll likely give it a try.



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