Friday, December 12, 2014

Montana Elk Hunting Update

Update to Montana Elk Hunting

Very little has been added to Montana Elk Hunting over the past two years.  Work and life have had me pursuing things instead of sitting at the computer writing about them.

I recently quit my job.  A job that was the most stressful and least thankful job I've every had.  It paid the bills, but that was all.  Simply sapped my energy for only a pay check.  I thank God I finally had the balls to say, "Enough is Enough."  

So, I am looking for more engaging employment and will have time to make additions to this blog.  Over the years many have emailed me to continue and so I will continue.
At the top are some static pages:  About (both about the blog and the author), a Sinclair Store (if approved by Sinclair), Product Reviews and Book Reviews.  All of them are under construction and will be added to as time permits.

On the home front I have some personal accomplishment to share.

During the past summer's High Power shooting season, I made High Master in three disciplines: High Power (Across the Course--200 yard offhand, 200 yard rapid fire, 300 yard rapid fire, and 600 yard slow fire), High Power Long Range Rifle (All slow fire prone at 800, 900 and 1000 yards), and High Power Mid-Range Prone (All slow fire prone at 600 yards).  Mid Range can be shot at 300 and 500 yards, but in my case, I never shot a Mid Range Prone match at those distances.
Below are my new classification cards.

To make High Master in NRA Competition a competitor must fire a score of 97% over 240 rounds.   The normal course of fire is 80 shots with a perfect score of 800.  So, 97% would be 776.

To make High Master in NRA Long Range Rifle competition a competitor must score 97% over 240 rounds.   A normal course of fire would be 15 or 20 rounds with a perfect score of 150 or 200, respectively.  So, 146 or  194, respectively would be a High Master score.

To make High Master in NRA Mid Range Prone competition a competitor must score 98.5% over 240 rounds.  A normal course of fire is 20 rounds with a perfect score of 200.  A High Master score would be 197.  For perspective, the 10 ring at 600 yards is 12 inches in diameter and the 9 ring is 18 inches.  A competitor could shoot 3 nines and 17 tens to make High Master in Mid Range.

To be clear, while making High Master isn't "the" beginning, it is definitely "a" beginning.  Shooting 97 or 98.5 percent is not competitive at the national level.  None the less, it is a level achieved only by practice, practice and more practice.  And, personally was much more difficult than achieving my Distinguished Rifleman's Badge.

Good Luck in Your Shooting, Your Hunting and in Your Life.