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Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:16:31 PM »
Decided to try my first head to head shooting competition at this years winter biathlon held at Gamehaven Boy Scout Reservation just south of Rochester, MN. What a great venue to hold a shoot. It was supposed to be snow shoes and muzzleloaders, but the turn out was so low we decided to walk the course instead.
Those of us involved with the TMA have a great opportunity to turn this into a well attended event. The course is as challenging as you want to make it. Snow shoes? Bring your own or use the ones available at Gamehaven. Never snow shoed before? So what. What better way to try something new along with some fun shooting?
4 stations, 3 shots at each station, all metal gongs. Distances from 15 to 40 yards. It doesn't get much easier.
A few things I learned from this adventure: Mink oil from Track of the Wolf for the patches in the cold wether.
The scout cabins available are cold and spartan to say the least. 12ft x 12ft, 4 bunk beds and some heat(?).
So next year I will plan on a motel. Lots of them available within a few minutes drive from Gamehaven along with plenty of eating establishments to choose from. Brush out the pan after each station.
Mark your calendars for the first weekend of March 2016, get off your you know what, and come join us!!!
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2015, 09:00:18 PM »
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2015, 11:55:36 PM »
I just moved this post to TMA special events (it had got into the "store" post for some reason) - We are taking over this event to help out the Camp Ranger. We do not have all the details worked out yet, but we know it will be the first Saturday in March in the future.
If anyone wants in on the planning of this event, please let us know. To start with, we will have a table at the New Ulm trade fair this weekend, and we will have plenty of time to sit & chat!
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2015, 10:12:23 AM »
Mr. Riley you are a mind reader. I noticed it was posted in the "store" forum and was try to move it to a more suitable forum.
Sun is shinning, day off, time to get the postal match target taken care of.
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2015, 01:24:04 PM »
I have put together a deer target for the 2015 Game Haven Biathlon. 10 inch gong located in vital area of the deer. Still working on the final set up. There is a picture of the target on TMA's Facebook page and I'll try to post one here.
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2015, 01:29:17 PM »
I have downloaded a picture of the target to album. Maybe set up at 60 yards?
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2015, 05:50:57 PM »
The lake shots you guys were takin were close to 60 yds. At little bitty targets! I'd say 75...

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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2015, 07:11:10 PM »
Sounds O.K. to me...I'm game for whatever you want to set up.
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2015, 08:55:15 PM »
Riley,
  I have the makings to make another stand like the one pictured minus the deer. If you have an idea, pass on to me and we'll see what we can come up with. My goal is to make the March 2016 shoot something shooters will look forward to attending, and one or two fun targets might be a good start.
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2015, 10:00:03 PM »
Love the way you think Axe! I am heading for camp in the morning - MN hunter safety field day...
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2015, 12:57:55 PM »
The deer target is finished. I may need to take it out for a couple of test shots.
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Re: Minnesota Winter Biathlon
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2016, 08:22:00 PM »
I have added the 2016 Event under Your Special or Favorite Events:

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