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Larsen E. Pettifogger, SASS #32933

Winter Range 2016 - It's Coming FAST!

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It's hard to believe but the Silver Jubilee of Winter Range is coming up fast. The Arizona Territorial Company of Rough Riders has been working and planning on Winter Range 2016 for almost two years. The Rough Riders have been working on new props, visiting with Sponsers and Vendors to have some amazing prizes that are over and above the normal prize drawing and dozens of other details to make the Silver Jubilee the finest Winter Range ever. I will try to keep everyone up to speed on what is going on and post some photos once the tempatures get below 100 degrees and the heavy construction begins. (Probably late October.) The limits on the number of participants at the Silver Jubilee wil be 792 CAS shooters, 125 Wild Bunch shooters and 100 mounted shooters. Application forms were posted on the WInter Range website in June and a steady stream of applications is being received. Check the Winter Range website http://www.winterrange.com and if there are any questions on registration give Sunshine Kay a call.

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The first deadline that is coming up fast is making camping reservations at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility (BASF). They start accepting reservations for 2016 on October 1, 2015 and the dates around Winter Range fill up FAST.

 

The Ben Avery website is kind of hard to follow so I will put links to the camping applications below. Look at BASF's East and Central application carefully and there is another link near the top of the page to go to a special Winter Range camping form. There are three camping areas at Ben Avery. The East lot is the main camping area. There is also a Central lot that, for those that have been to Winter Range, is behind the mounted arenas. There is also a third camping area (on the west side of BASF) at the Trap and Skeet ranges. The Trap and Skeet camping area has different administrative offices so the application has to be sent or called in at the Trap and Skeet range.

 

Here is the link for the East and Central camping areas. http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/basf_camp_res.shtml

 

The link for the Trap and Skeet ranges is here. http://azgfdportal.az.gov/shooting/bactc/campground/

 

There is also a another alternative. The Rough Riders dry camp directly across the street from the main range. If you would like to dry camp send an email to Jus D. His email is wisewaypools@gmail.com

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Sent in my shooter app a few weeks back, don't remember seeing a confirm email, but could have missed it I guess.

 

I'm looking forward to it!

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I'm wanting to make it but it depends where I'm at in the treatment for the bone infection in my leg. If I'm able I'll be there leg or not.

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This is a great shoot if you can make it. It really helps break up the winter for some of us.

 

I just got around to printing out the form and will be sending it in soon.

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Thanks Larsen E.P., I put the entry in the mail today. Lookin toward a great match.

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Check the website it has a list of the hotels near the range. Don't know of any that offer discounts. February is the tourist season.

 

http://www.winterrange.com/lodging.html

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The app was sent and the check has been cashed, so I guess that means we're in! I'm sure the email confirmation will come along shortly. Sure looking forward to this year's shoot. Hey Larsen, will there be a night shoot this year? Maybe a cannon and a Gatling gun to add some extra excitement?

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Check the website it has a list of the hotels near the range. Don't know of any that offer discounts. February is the tourist season.

 

http://www.winterrange.com/lodging.html

Got our hotel reservation. Got a senior discount.

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I was hoping to make WR this year (2016) but our first grandchild is due right around then.

 

Priorities.

 

All the best to those of you that attend.

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Can I call someone to sign up or have them send me a hard copy of the app. I'm temporary sans printer

 

I want to sign up and hope I'm able to physically make the trip then be physically fit enough to shoot it. I'll either get a dry spot at Ben Avery or look elsewhere as time gets closer. Worst case I'll stay in the 20 ' enclosed trailer for the five or six nights shower at the shower house at ba and eat out all the time I've designed the trailer with AC, solar power and genset. I still need to buy the cot and mattress for it throw a tv in and my iPad I should be good.i got a little gas heater if I can find it I bought it while at WR to warm my hands between stages.

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Any idea how fast they expect to sell out entries? Trying to work some logistics on my end to see if I can make it work

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Just got back from the Four Corners Regional. Heading to Eldorado is a couple of days. Blacky, read the first post. There is a link and a contact person to call about registration questions. Stirrup, it varies but the average would be mid-December.

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Sent my app in a couple months ago. Haven't heard back as of yet.

 

Fingers (Show Me MO smoke) McGee

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Deuce Stephens will be hosting his shooting class again this year at Winter Range.

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Sent my app in a couple months ago. Haven't heard back as of yet.

 

Fingers (Show Me MO smoke) McGee

I checked with Kay. She said the hard drive on her computer failed and she is reconstructing everything and can't tell which acknowledgements she has already sent. So, she is planning on sending them all again.

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I'm planning on attending I've sent in the info minus the payment which I'll get in the mail this week. Need to get cashiers check. Let's see if I make it.

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This year Deuce Stevens is putting on a shooter's school. The school is limited to 20 shooters so if you are interested contact him ASAP. You can go to the Winter Range website, http://www.winterrange.com/page69.html for more information or contact him directly at deucestevens45@yahoo.com.

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Any idea how long it takes the folks at BA to get back to you after the camping reservation form is submitted?

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I've shot W/R twice now and this will be my third year, Got the confirmation Monday AM. Yee-Ha. Best news for me however, is that I finally convinced Hilda Billie that she does not have to be a top of the heap shooter to shoot W/R. She is finally going to give it a "Shot" (Pun Intended) It is so much more fun when she participates and we are inseparable. We even got her a new rifle to try out the long range on. Now we just need to get to the range as much as possible so she gets comfortable with it. I am looking forward to this year more so than my first year. Ben Avery here we come!!

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I checked with Kay. She said the hard drive on her computer failed and she is reconstructing everything and can't tell which acknowledgements she has already sent. So, she is planning on sending them all again.

Thanks for the info Larsen. Seems my memory was a little off. It had only been a month.

 

Doncha just love automation? I never know if my tablets WiFi is gonna work or not.

 

Fingers (Show Me Mo smoke) McGee

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Any idea how long it takes the folks at BA to get back to you after the camping reservation form is submitted?

 

Unfortunately, no. They are a government agency. What they do and when they do it is shrouded in mystery. :)

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I'm signed up for WR and Fire and ice I haven't been able to get Ben Avery to answer the phone I just get a loop of the menu.

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Let the whole message go and wait and they will answer.

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Sent mine & Kelli's in, waiting for confirmation to send in to ATF to get our toys back there, after a summer spell back in Aussie.

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I'm signed up for WR and Fire and ice I haven't been able to get Ben Avery to answer the phone I just get a loop of the menu.

Do you have a url for Fire and Ice?

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Do you have a url for Fire and Ice?

Cowtown is upgrading their website. Not everything is up yet. You can go here to see the dates for Fire and Ice and then click on the contact tab to get hold of someone that can help you.

 

http://ccsa-az.com/upcoming-events/

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I had to email my data in.

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Got the e-mail that I was in a couple of weeks ago. Got my lodging reservations, still need to get my application in for Fire and Ice. It's gonna be fun!

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Yesterday (Sunday, Oct 11) the temps were only in the mid-90s so it was an outdoor work day. Now that the construction season has arrived the rough riders and rangers start going through longgggggg checklists to make sure EVERYTHING is ready for the Silver Jubilee. All the steel is inspected. Any targets that are bent or damaged are replaced. (AR 500 or above armor plate is used for all targets.) To help make the targets "ring" there is a short heavy coil spring between the target face and stand. These are also replaced.

 

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The paint and tool rooms were all stocked, batteries chaged and everything was ready to. BUT, see those barrels at the back of one of the storage sheds? They are full of bees. Ben Avery Shooting Facility has a bee expert on staff and they will be out to fix the bee problem before the next work party.

 

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So, operations were moved several hundred yards from the bees. Fort Sinclair and Coosie's both needed some repairs and fresh coats of varnish and paint. Winter Range takes place for one week a year. The rest of the time the props are popular buildings for other shooting disciplines. Unfortunately some shooters seem to think the walls, doors and window frames are targets so they need some work to get ready for WR 2016.

 

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Ben Avery is a busy shooting range. On Sunday there was a steel challenge match going on and they were using the bay with the Saloon. So, work will have to be rescheduled for the Saloon.

 

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