Volume 19 / Issue 2
Board of Directors
Shane Marquardt (President)
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LeRoy Welter (Vice President)
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Woody Steinhoff (Secretary)
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Bruce Weyh (Treasurer)
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The summer shooting schedule is well underway and there are lots of activities happening at the club.
There are many benefits to being a member of the Rod and Gun club. The rifle and pistol range are open most days from 8 am to dusk. Be sure to check the calendar just in case there is an event scheduled that day.
The summer trap League has started, but there is still time to join a team or form your own.
There is a skeet range available. There is a high school trap team called the Claybusters who shoot here too. In fact, I understand they have just become Conference Champs! Congratulations to the shooters and the coaches involved in that program. We have a Trap Shooting Fun Day planned for August 3rd. This is something new we are trying to gain some interest by getting together to shoot just for fun.
There are hunter safety classes offered at the club. The archery range is open year around. As an active member, the property is available to you as well. The club house is open on Wednesday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and Saturday afternoons all summer long and also available for event rentals.
The June board meeting will include election of board members. Please show your support and attend if you can. We are always looking for new ideas and input as to the direction you would like to see "your" club continue to improve. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming more involved, this is a great way to start. There are 15 board members with 5 positions up for election every year. The officers are elected at the July meeting.
We are including a partial list of projects that need completing at the club. These are some of the ways you can fill your work requirement as a member. If you have specific skills and are able to help with these projects, please let us know. If there are specific leagues or events you would like to see held at the club, we would love to hear your ideas.
Summer trap leagues are underway and the targets are flying! We would like to thank Hooper, Zinke Dray Line, Weyh Welding, and Rileys for supporting our trap league. Please consider frequenting these businesses if they fit a need for you. We also would like to thank the members that pulled together a team on their own. As of this writing we have nine trap teams in the 16 yard league and one team in the yardage league. We have teams looking to fill spots, if you’re interested in shooting trap this year – stop by the club.
The club is participating in the Quad County shoots throughout the winter, please support the club and this fun shoot. The club will host ATA shoots on June 23rd and July 7th in 2019. Please consider supporting these events by participating or volunteering to work. These events help raise money for the club.
Summer Gun Raffle Tickets are For Sale
We won our conference!! Along with that we placed very well as individuals. Portage Highschool Claybusters scored 12,518 tru-score points. Second place was Royal High School with 11,611.50 points. All four of our young ladies placed in the top eight females in our conference. Halie Maier and Emma Ashbrook tied for eighth, Maya Schroeder was fourth, and Gretchen Georgeson was Second.
In the boy’s division, we placed five in the top twenty-five for our conference. Michael LaBelle ranked twenty-third, Braden Schaller ranked twentieth, Jacob Van Wormer ranked thirteenth, Colton Kapel ranked seventh, and Gaje Tessmer was sixth. Gretchen's performance ranked her 24th in the girl’s division for the entire state. Gaje ranked 94th overall in the state out of the 2300 youth shooters in Wisconsin.
Addendum to Bill’s comments from the Board:
This is an exciting time for the club and our youth shooters. If you happen to see any the following coaches or youth shooters, please take the time to congratulate them on a stellar performance. Our club is fortunate to have Coaches willing to dedicate time and effort with the youth team. We’re even more fortunate to have a youth program with inspired trap shooters that are in the sixth grade through high school.
Gretchen Jo Georgeson
The following is my opinion and not necessarily the opinion of the gun club.
Spring is in the air…Dixie and I have been to a coupe more NAVDHA training sessions, she’s making improvements with each session. She’s doing well with tracking birds and locating a scent cone in the field when she comes across one. When she does get a whiff of a bird, she gets very excited and wants to rush in and catch the bird. We’re working hard on building patience to get to a solid point and believe me it’s hard as Dixie is a very bouncy dog. We’re going to start attending training sessions twice a week at the Mazomanie training grounds.
Our main goals for the foreseeable future are to build to a solid point, work on swimming and general obedience in the field (heel, fetch, drop, and here commands). Dixie loves the water, as long as her feet are on the ground. I’m sure with the right encouragement, she’ll be swimming laps around the pond in no time.
In closing, I had the pleasure of working my first NAVDHA Natural Ability test for the WRC NAVDHA Chapter in mid-May. It was very exciting to watch these dogs execute the things that Dixie and I are now working on. My plan is to test Dixie for Natural Ability in August. Wish us luck!
Board Meeting – June 17, 2019 @ 6:00pm
Listed below are some projects that we would like to complete at the gun club. We would like to reach out to our membership and ask for volunteers to help check things off this list. Do you have a skillset that could help us reduce this project list? If you think you do, please contact your favorite board member to see how you can help.
Projects needing attention:
GRAB YOUR GUNS
AND HAVE SOME FUN!
August 3, 2019
10am – 6pm
Portage Rod and Gun club
Highway 16 West
A FUN DAY OF SHOOTING
Trap - Skeet
Maybe try shooting Trap Doubles
COST INCLUDES 4 ROUNDS AND ONE RAFFLE TICKET
$20.00 for Members
$25.00 for Non-Members
RAFFLE AND DOOR PRIZES
Paddle raffles and drawings all day.
Kitchen will be open for food and beverages all day!
Contact: Steve Strand
Rain date: August 4, 2019
ATA Shoot June 23, 2019!
Listed below are some important dates the Fourth and First quarters of 2019:
By accepting this membership,
I agree to abide by all rules of the club.
Last First M.I.
City: _________________State: __________ Zip: _________
Date Sold: _______________ Sold By: _________________
Email Address: _____________________________________
Activities you’re interested in participating in:
Volunteer Help is Deeply Appreciated