As summer draws to a close the greatest part of the year approaches, hunting seasons of so many different kinds. I have been using this hot and humid summer to prepare for the hunting seasons ahead. Most of my work has been centered around a .30-06 Remington Model 700 synthetic stock that I won several years ago at the Lake Superior Chapter banquet up in Hinckley, MN. I had the trigger replaced with a Jewel trigger set at 2 pounds. Knowing that the best glass is needed, I had a Leupold VX-3i 4.5X14X40mm mounted using a single bar mount. After fire lapping the barrel and trying several different loads the rifle barrel told me to use a Barnes 180 gr TTSX BT which has a .484 BC when powered by 46gr of IMR 4064. This produced consistent speed and great three shot groups of 3/8″ at 100 yards sometimes with only two holes. Why is this important on may wonder? I will be using this rifle for a Wyoming Elk hunt in September and a Kodiak Island Mountain Goat and Sitka Blacktail hunt in October. If these preparations are part of the actual hunt then I could say the excitement has already begun. Unfortunately, they are only the beginning of the experiences ahead.
This summer has shown me how important our gun rights are in conjunction with hunting and our enjoyment of the great outdoors. Land use is part of the equation. SCI is actively pressing for the rights of sportsmen nationally as access and game management use has been under attack for many years.
Steve Van Lieshout, Charmaine Wargolet and I attended SCI’s National Board Meeting and affiliated committee meetings in Jackson, WY, August 23red through August 25th. these meetings help us understand just how important our work is locally to support SCI National in their work to keep our passion of game management and land use available to future generations. In addition, Steve attended Chapter Training which I have done in the past. SCI National goes to great lengths to prepare us for success. We were also able to see and experience the American Wilderness Training School facilities and the dedication of a new building.
It’s hard to believe, however, the Christmas Party information will be out soon. Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, December 7th and join us at the Seven Seas Restaurant on beautiful Lake Nagawicka. Please contact me if you would like to donate an item to the Christmas Party.
Please also give some thought to assisting at our annual Banquet February, 22–23rd. Preparations are under way as we have meetings to make this yet another successful banquet.