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The view from station 1 on the second course looking west. 

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Once again a great time and huge thanks to the Polecat . I'm not sure everyone knows how much work he puts into this . Every year he brings enough food that even when there is concern what's for dinne

Hey Polecat! What's fer supper?    Well, we got marinated venison loins, fresh off the grill, And Ruffneck's quart jars of marinated cherries -- fresh from the still.   We got

I am pretty sure I will make it back this year.  My lung cancer metastasized to my brain but I am in good care now. Finished the high intensity radiation last week.  I really feel great, hav

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15 minutes ago, drummer's stump said:

I heard from a reliable source that this years shoot did not count because only 50 targets were shot. According to the rules in order for the shoot to count it must be a 100 target shoot, that is shot low gun.

That's understandable...those heavy 28 gauge target guns kick like a mule. Who would want to shoot 100 clays, would leave your whole shoulder black and blue.

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Once again a great time and huge thanks to the Polecat . I'm not sure everyone knows how much work he puts into this . Every year he brings enough food that even when there is concern what's for dinner , he has something cooking . He brings all the large pots , pans , crock pots and cooking utensils that could accommodate a large restaurant . He travels and loads all by himself . His dedication is overwhelming . 

His meals include pork loin wrapped around who knows what that was simply amazing . He put together ravioli and sausage that pleased even this hard core Italian . He always has fresh salad and vegetables with an assortment of dressings . Goose jerky and some kinda kabobs are a pleasant appetizer . Every year his meals are different . He does all this and cleans up afterward . 

I can't even cook and clean up for the wife and I . Sincerely thanks Bob , without you it would not happen .

The same goes for Dickie delahunter and Richard who travel every year with pots and pans supporting fried crab cakes and a grill for clams casino . A lot of work but the best I've ever had .

Gary gaberdeen also ,  every year travels with a smoker and spends hours making sure the brisket is perfect . Unfortunately he had family obligations and had to leave early . Honestly I probably would have canned the Cats but he stayed and made sure everything was fine even though he had to travel hours away later that day . 

A big thanks to these people especially .

I want to recognize all that contributed weather it be pies , cakes , appetizers , lunch , it is all appreciated and wouldn't be the same without the help . 

Now for the competition . 

The committee consisting of mostly old pharts , decided to tone down the shoots with 50 targets instead of the long standing 100 . We all agreed that some of us would not be able to finish 100 and 100 in the same day . GOOD CHOICE !

Both the 28 gauge shoot and the SxS any gauge shoot were won by the "master shooter" John dogrunner . John , who never shoots SxS was shooting a BSS loaner gun from me and still out shot all . It was noted that he did not share his winnings with me . He will not be invited back !

On another note , the foreigner from Up North shot very well . It seems his new Browning 725 with 32" tubes fits him well . That and the fact that he takes lessons and joined a club and shoots everyday . Oh , and his wife Jennifer is a sweetheart . He definitely married up . If he keeps practicing he will not be invited next year . Nice job Don .

Great to meet Greg Hartman and Nancy finally . Having followed his posts for years , he was as expected and enjoyed conversation . Another newbie to attend was Davis grouse 28 who I have hunted and dined with up North before . A real gentleman . 

Dan swampy 16 another newbie surprised all shooting SxS well . A good guy but note he shoots a lot so he may be uninvited next year .

I hope I didn't miss anything . This is old home week and like getting to see family again for me , I look forward to it . Some wonderful people on this UJ board . Thank you Brad for keeping it going . 

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I'll second the sentiments posted by Al above. A long drive for me and thankful I had help from Dogrunner and Fortrax. Here are some photos of the event. There are never enough for a get-together like this one.

 

 

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Let the record show that among the many delectable food items, Cindy's blueberry cobbler -- baked in cast iron over coals in true frontier fashion no less -- was a real hit Thurs. night and we all hope this becomes a tradition. I will bring the ice cream next year.

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It was a great event. Good to meet so many “internet” friends. Right on Al with your thanks to everyone involved, lots of hard work goes into this. The guy in the flip flops (official UJ shooting footwear), makes a fine gin and tonic.

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X2  what Al said about bob, dickie, richard, et al.

Deserts?....well it becomes a scary place when they come out. berry pie, peach pie, crumb cake, a pie that was like a giant butter tart, those amish moon pie thingies Greg and Nancy brought...it goes on and on.

Sea food....don't get me started. Tony's extra jumbo smoked shrimp....WOW! clams casino, crab cakes.

Meat....the brisket was melt in your mouth cooked to perfection! Bob's pork rolls, sausages, smoked goose breast............and anything else he puts in a crockpot. Just take a look at Al's meat, cheese and bread table!

The above combined with a fantastic shooting facility, fine whiskeys, Sam's fine bartending skills,  great company, conversations, fine guns, all in a relaxed atmosphere. Great to see the many new faces enjoying themselves as well. I think Dan is hooked! 

 

If none of the above gets one to come out.....well...not sure what ever would.

 

Now the shooting....I did worse with the gun I thought I would do best with, and better with the gun I thought id hit nothing with.....so a depressing round, followed by an uplifting one. I was out shot by the usual suspects....again. I'll have to follow ruffneck's advice of not caring how I shoot next year. THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT SHOOTERS ON THIS BOARD! It's actually a pleasure just to watch them break clays, especially when Al lets them hang out there till they're almost out of site...then bang. Not sure if thats his style....or the synapses just take a bit longer to join up. 😉 

Bob....well he shoots as well as he cooks....an oustanding shooter that just crushes clays!

 

Next year cant come soon enough!

 

P.S ....sorry if I left anyone or anything out. 

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Either this thing has become less debauched than it used to be or enforcement of omerta has gotten more effective.

 

A bit disappointing for us spectators here in the Forum...or Colosseum.

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Let’s also recognize the second place folks, who without Dogrunner’s appearance would have won!  Ruffneck shooting the 28ga event with a borrowed gun, hangover and sleeping on Al’s sofa. And Bullseyebill shooting his SxS!

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Dogrunner is way to good. I wish him the best of luck in his upcoming contest....not that he needs any!

 

Bill did shoot better with his sxs after a bit of coaching....or rather being yelled at...and your welcome bill. 

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1 hour ago, Cooter Brown said:

Either this thing has become less debauched than it used to be or enforcement of omerta has gotten more effective.

 

A bit disappointing for us spectators here in the Forum...or Colosseum.

Some of the "baaaad people" that usually reside in Cabin 3 were absent . And....... all the goats were garaged !

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1 hour ago, gunsrus said:

Some of the "baaaad people" that usually reside in Cabin 3 were absent . And....... all the goats were garaged !

 

Looks like y'all had a great time. All the "goat talk" is a bit disconcerting though.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Zoli 16ga. said:

Dogrunner is way to good. I wish him the best of luck in his upcoming contest....not that he needs any!

 

Bill did shoot better with his sxs after a bit of coaching....or rather being yelled at...and your welcome bill. 

Thanks for the compliment but there are plenty of people out there better than me. I’m a bird hunter first and a target shooter second. I shoot targets so the few times a day through the season my dogs point me birds they have a better chance to get feathers in there mouths. It has worked out pretty well for them and me. 

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This was only my second trip there. It was great to see all from last year that made it.

Jon is a great shooter and good to watch.

 

THANKS TO POLECAT (BOB) FOR ALL YOUR TIME AND EFFORT YOU PUT INTO THIS !!!

yOUR A GREAT COOK!

 

     Finally got home about 7PM tonight. Took several short side trips from Milwaukee back to the frozen wasteland.

It was 91 degrees in Superior Wisconsin. At the house it was 68 degrees but damp.

 

Thanks to EVERYONE who provided food.

Al,

Thanks for the lunch spread.

 

BTW,

     The cherries n berries were pretty good!!! 

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I almost forgot to thank Dogrunner for all the expert tutelage. It will certainly make a big difference in my shooting. I hope to give you a run for it next year.

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