Saturday, September 26, 2009

2nd Annual High Plains Pentathalon a Success

As I sit in my hotel room at the C’mon Inn in Casper, Wyoming, watching college football and catching up on some of the emails that I’ve received this past week, I’m remembering some of the highlights from the 2nd annual High Plains Pentathalon, sponsored by Winchester Ammunition and Merkel.

How in the world did we just combine sporting clays, a double rifle course, a pheasant hunt, prairie dog hunt and an antelope hunt all within three days…and were 100% with the antelope?

Kelly Glause of Cole Creek Outfitters and his team of guides/cooks did a fantastic job with the meals, setting up and working the ranges and putting us on all of the game we hunted.

This event allowed Winchester Ammunition and Merkel to showcase a variety of products to some of the best outdoor writers in the world.

Winchester Ammunition products

  • Super-X Power Max Bonded .30-06 and Supreme Elite 375 H&H—double rifle range
  • AA and Xpert Steel Game/Target loads (12 ga. and 20 ga.)—sporting clays range
  • Super-X Super Pheasant loads (12 ga., 16 ga., 20 ga. and 28 ga.)—pheasant hunt
  • Super-X Power Max Bonded (.270, .30-06 and .308)—antelope hunt
  • Supreme Ballistic Silvertip .223—prairie dog hunt

Merkel products

  • Merkel Double Rifles (.375 H&H and .30-06)—double rifle range
  • Merkel and Grulla shotguns (12 ga., 16 ga., 20 ga. and 28 ga.)—sporting clays range and pheasant hunt
  • Merkel KR1 Rifles (.270, .30-06 and .308)—antelope hunt
  • Anschutz Rifles (.223)—prairie dog hunt

Writers

  • Wolfe Publishing: John Haviland and Brian Pearce
  • FMG Publishing: Suzi Huntington and Shari LeGate
  • NRA: Dave Campbell and Jim Wilson (unable to attend)

Event Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 22nd

  • Guest arrived in Wyoming
  • Product presentations

Wednesday, Sept. 23rd

  • Sighted in the rifles and practiced shooting sporting clays (AM)
  • Wolfe Publishing competed in the double rifle course (PM)
  • NRA and FMG competed in the sporting clays course and shot pheasant (PM)

Thursday, Sept. 24th

  • Everyone shot prairie dogs (AM)
  • Wolfe Publishing competed in the sporting clays course and shot pheasant (PM)
  • NRA and FMG competed in the double rifle course (PM)

Friday, Sept. 25th

  • Everyone hunted antelope (AM) and shot sporting clays (PM)

Needless to say, we were always busy and had a great time.

Stay tuned for more about the High Plains Pentathalon…

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