Clark Youth Shooting Camp: Passing on the Heritage
Day 4: We started with 400 and beyond for older kids and field shooting positions at known distances 50 - 300 yards for younger kids. Field positions consisted of standing off hand, kneeling, sitting all with and without shooting sticks, back packs, tripods and fence posts. However, once the older boys had shout their strings and where waiting to go look at their targets they had fun shooting the bolts that held the steel gongs to the plywood animals. But by golly they were doing a good job of it in those winds, so I decided to just egg them on instead of chewing them out for messing up my targets. This seemed like a free for all to the kids after the tedious paper shooting. Let’s face it, we all love to heard that steel sing!
Day 5: We finally had little to no wind, so the gongs where ringing loud and clear out to 500 yards. I spread out my field targets at random from 75 to 350 yards and a few 12 X 12 steel plates out to 500 yards. The kids again shot from field positions but I did let them squeak in some of the long shots from their Sun Optics USA bipods. This was just a half day of field shooting about 40 rounds per gun. We finished shooting at 11:00 so the next 2 hours was clean up of both the range and the classroom. So at 1 o’clock I bid farewell to “my boys”. I received many thanks from kids and parents alike, but the pleasure was all mine.
Parting shot: I spent probably 300 hours preparing for and running this camp. Some of it did not go as planned. I was not able to get as technical in certain aspects as I had thought, but I had twice as much fun and even learned some new teenager lingo. I felt very satisfied that I was able to pass on a small piece of America’s hunting and shooting heritage as it was once done for me. But most importantly we were safe, had fun and the kids still learned quite a bit. Isn’t that what camp is all about?
A big thank you to our Clark Youth Shooting Camp Sponsors:
Oak Tree Lodge: This is a world class pheasant and waterfowl outfitter and lodge that donated the use of the land used as the range. As well as provided assistance in teaching.
Midway USA: Discounted prices on cleaning supplies and ammunition.
P-4 Manufacturing: Donated the “pimp” safety glasses and constructed the target frames and field targets.
Texas Defensive Shooting Academy: Provided advice and insight.
American Legion Post 60: Donated their building for use as the classroom and staging area in town.
Dekker’s Hardware: Donated spray paint and materials used in target construction.
Sun Optics USA: Donated bipods for all shooters.
Pro-Build: Donated all the lumber needed to construct the target frames.
Caldwell: Donated two Wind Wizards used on the firing line to help the kids with wind calls
LongrangeHunting.com: Len allowed me to modify his logo and use it as ours and most importantly allowing me to tell the story of the kids I’m quite proud of.
Quality Targets: Provided the AR-500 steel gongs.
Pete Weisbrod is a retired Special Forces soldier, sniper and Master Class shooter in IDPA and avid hunter of all game in North America.
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