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We had seven (7) shooters this morning.  A good turnout for a day that started at about 16 degrees F.  Surprisingly, the sling shooters outnumbered the F-Class shooters.  That doesn't happen very often.

We had four (4) categories represented, with just a couple shooters in each.  High (and only) Any Rifle was Matt Wieczorek with a 395-18, High F-Open was Tony Dekelaita with a 390-12, High Palma Rifle was Ray Gross with a 395-21, and high Service Rifle was Jason Quayle with a 358-2.

In notable performances, Matt Wieczorek had the only clean for the day in his second string, a 200-10.

Complete Results:

2021 Winter Mid-Range Prone League

Next match will be March 6, 2021.  As always, watch his site for a notice indicating if the match will be held.

Program is:  2021 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program

First scores in February, from Grand Rapids on the 4th, Howell on the 6th, and Monroe on the 13th and Muskegon on the 13th:

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 1

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 2

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 3

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 4

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 5

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 6

Next matches are in February:  Howell - 27th.  Program:  2020-2021 Snow Country English Match Series

Winners: (l to r) Derek Stratelak, Marcel Bollinger, Ray Gross, Matt Wieczorak, Scott Burr with their Winnings (bottle of Prosecco) in front of the Tent. Note the snow, we were happy it wasn't falling while we were shooting.

We truly thread the needle.  On Wednesday, December 30, in the year of COVID, we saw snow and low temperatures.  On Thursday, December 31 we had dry conditions, little wind, and temperatures outside hovering around 30 F.  Moreover, in the tent it was easily over 40 maybe even higher.  As I type this report on January 1, 2021 I watch the sleet falling.  So, we definitely were able to thread the needle for our New Years Eve match.

When Ray and I arrived at the range at about 8:45 AM, we were pretty lonely, but at about 9:00 AM cars and trucks started arriving.  Order lines (or squadding lines) often follow a poisson distribution.  Which is to say it is random with clumps.  Normally, I see a single "clump".  For this match we experienced about three clumps.  Which is to say we had a lot of entries.  Seventeen (17) to be exact.  This was the largest New Year's Eve match in our history.

For demographics, we had:  seven (7) F-Open, four (4) F-TR, three (3) Palma Rifle, two (2) Service Rifle, and one (1) lonely Any Rifle shooter.  The high competitors were:  Marcel Bollinger, F-Open 400-28; Scott Burr, F-TR 399-23; Ray Gross, Palma Rifle 397-23; Derek Stratelak, Service Rifle 379-12; and Matt Wieczorak, Any Rifle 391-13.

2020 New Year's Eve Rifle Match

Some shots of local color (in the tent):

Good shot showing firing through a short culvert to keep the heat from our propane heater in the tent. It also reduces the numbness on the trigger hand.

Next match at Midland will be on February 20, 2021.  Program is:  2021 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program

If you can't wait to shoot, the Snow Country league is .22 rimfire at 50' indoor.  Program is:  2020-2021 Snow Country English Match Series

 

It appears we will thread the needle.  There is poor weather on Wednesday the 30th, and poor weather expected on Friday, January 1, 2021.  But just cold on Thursday the 31st.

So, we will shoot.  The tent is up, and a heater is available. So come on out, and kiss the year of COVID Good-Bye!

The match is a 2x600 with unlimited sighters.  Each category high score will receive a bottle of sparkling wine (Prosecco).  So come on out!

Program:  2020 New Year's Eve Rifle Match

Snow Country Results up to December 19, in the year of COVID.

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 1

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 2

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 3

2020-2021 Snow Country Match 4

The next Snow Country Matches will be in the New Year!  It will be good to have 2020 behind us.

Next matches by location:  Howell - January 2, 2021; Grand Rapids - January 7, 2021; Monroe - January 9, 2021; Muskegon - January 16, 2021.  Program:  2020-2021 Snow Country English Match Series

If you are looking for excitement, there is the New Year's Eve Rifle Match at Midland County Sportsman's Club on December 31, 2020.  An opportunity to kiss the year of COVID goodbye with a 2x600.  Category awards will be made.  Program:  2020 New Year's Eve Rifle Match

The Winter Mid-Range Prone League will be held at the Midland County Sportsman's Club in Midland, Michigan on the following dates:

  • February 20, 2021
  • March 6, 2021
  • March 27, 2021
  • April 3, 2021
  • April 17, 2021
  • April 24, 2021

Given that we will be using a heated tent to shoot from, the typical temperature limits on dates will be ignored.  However, in the case where winter weather may cause extreme highway conditions we will maintain the right to cancel dates.  Watch this site for information before traveling on all of the above dates.

The match will be a 2x600, two twenty shot matches with unlimited sighters.  Program is:  2021 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program

Depending on Mother Nature, we are planning a New Year's Eve Rifle Match at the Midland County Sportsman's Club.

The match is two twenty shot strings with unlimited sighters. The program is: 2020 New Year's Eve Rifle Match

Be sure to watch this site to determine if the match will be held.  Weather in Michigan tends to be variable and could cause cancelation.

On a cool, but sunny day we had seven (7) shooters competed in the Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match on November 28, in the year of COVID. With seven shooters this was the second highest participation in the past several years. Probably because it was close to a nice day for November in Michigan.

A sunny November day in Michigan:

High F-Open was Donald Hicks with a 397-24, Jake Sauve was high F-TR with a 397-17, and the only sling shooter was Leo Cebula with a 392-13.

And for a little perspective, a picture of me (Leo) congratulating Jake Sauve (Brad's Son) for being high Junior in one of our state matches in around 2009-2010 time frame.

And a picture of Jake and I, yesterday in November 2020. I think he grew a little, and it looks like I lost a couple pounds.

As a rule this match is the last outdoor match of the year, with the possible exception of a New Year's Eve match. We will wait a few weeks to decide whether or not shooting on New Year's Eve would be possible. So, watch this site for an annoucement.