Saturday, September 27th was a big day for the Rangers:  the final regular match of the season; re-organization of all our targets and props in the barn; financial and planning decisions; and election of new officers.


The Some Dense Kid was match director/designer and came up with four fun stages for our entertainment and enjoyment.  This was a “Spencer friendly” match in that no stage had more than seven rounds of rifle shooting.  Spencer shooters (Some Dense and Sagebrush Burns) still didn’t win, but they didn’t have to reload on the clock and slow down the rest of the posse.  That Away Gal contacted the Craig Daily Press and they sent a reporter and photographer to cover the match.  Look for it in Monday’s Daily Press. 


When we finished shooting, the Rangers had our annual end-of-the-season fried chicken and pot luck supper.  A good feed was had by all…  After we ate we had a meeting and made a few decisions.  The Rangers will make a $500 donation to the Yampa Valley Friends of NRA for their annual banquet coming up on October 4th.  We will start up-grading targets over the winter and allocated $1000 for expenses.  Nest year the Rangers will expand our match schedule to include March, October, and (weather permitting) November. 


That Away Gal made the suggestion that we should have an open range introduction to cowboy action shooting day and try to develop a broader participation base in our local area.  We set a date of Tuesday, October 14th from 5:00PM till dark using the south bay.  A bunch of the Rangers will be dressed up and have a variety of cowboy type guns for folks to check out and test fire.  We will also set up a simple demonstration stage for people to shoot.  If you can be there to help out we would sure appreciate it – the more the merrier on this sort of demonstration.


The Rangers elected a new bunch of officers for the up-coming year.  Soda Creek Jack will be our new Captain (thanks, Ron, for stepping up).  Colorado Hank will be our Lieutenant and Sagebrush Burns will now be Sergeant and paymaster.  The Powder Wash Kid will continue his tenure as Territorial Governor and take over directorship of our annual match.


At the conclusion of the meeting the Rangers went to work in the storage barn.  Bears Ears Sportsman Club (operators of the range) have recently completed putting in a concrete floor (a major improvement to our storage facility) and, in addition to putting away the monthly match, we needed to put all our props and targets back where they belong.  We took the opportunity to do some re-arranging and set up our equipment for easier access and better organization.  Every body pitched in and the job went quickly and well.  Many thanks to all who helped! 


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:




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