October 2017 - Bainbridge Island Sportsmen's Club Newsletter
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Message from the President


2017 October – Winter is either here or right around the corner.

Congratulations is in Order:
Our very own Jerry Perez won the 28 gauge State shotgun trap competition.  I might ask him for some tips in shooting trap.  I know I am supposed to hit the clay bird and I have done that at least once, Jerry on the other hand makes a habit out of it…  Way to go Jerry, we are proud of you.

Support to the Community:
On the Sunday September 17th we hosted a group of youngsters on both our pistol and archery range.  I call it “A Day at the Range.”  This event was the result of the Blakely School auction.  We had 12 youngsters all but one had never fired a .22 firearm.  

I coached Ben.  He was nine.  At one point he looked at me and said “This is so much fun I could do it all day!”  Ben’s mom Krista Schei said, “Each of the kids walked away a different person with new knowledge. We couldn't be more thankful.  We will be back.”

All participants begin with a safety briefing and then are divided into two groups.  Half go to the archery range and half to the pistol range where they shoot .22 bolt action target rifles at a variety of targets.  After approximately one hour the groups switch ranges.  We then pose for pictures and call it a day.  Everyone goes away with a few targets, memories and smiles.  

All the cost and equipment is covered by the Club…

So far we have done this for Ordway, Hyla and a Boy Scout Troop.  For the schools it is part of their fundraising as they auction off the seats for around $50.  It is a very popular program and in fact we just recently agreed to support West Sound Academy.  This is a private middle and high school in Poulsbo WA.  

Just had the idea, maybe one day we can have a school shoot off of the program alumni.  That would be fun…

I wish to thank Chris Jensen, Curt Winston, Jim Harrington, Matt Tebow, Mike Okano, Jerry Tonnessen, Pete Cholometes, and Tyler Heinemann for without they volunteering we would not have a program.  

Membership Chair:
Repeating earlier announcements, our current Membership Chair, Shelley Schwartz is looking for her replacement to help out the Club.  Shelley and her husband John have taken new residency in Seattle and plan to spend a considerable amount of time in Australia as well, she is there as I write this news letter.  That makes performing the roles of Membership Chair difficult.  

Fortunately due to Shelley‘s efforts the role is far less complicated than what she inherited.  Today it is mostly automated and requires only a small amount of work to manage.  

Principally the roll is reminding members that their membership has or will be expiring.  This is all managed by the automation but new members need be added to our growing list of members and on occasion managing one off kind of problem.  This is all small stuff.  If you have no experience in managing memberships it is pretty simple task to pick up and we could sure use your help.  

Fast Draw:
“Fast Draw.”  Fast draw is catching on.  Fast draw as the name implies means drawing and shooting a single action .45 Colt pistol from a “Cowboy Style Holster”.  John West is the driving force behind this sport.  It is extremely safe using only wax bullets and a primer as a propellant.  It is also a quiet sport, extremely quiet.  Actually the laughing, the hoots and the hollers will be heard over the discharge of the pistol.  

Keep tuned to our news letter and calendar as we will be announcing fast draw dates and times.  You really need to try this sport.  Relive the days of hooligans and lawmen or at least how it feels for the movie version Desperado as they ply their skill against the good guys.  This is real fun…

As always I can be contacted at 206-842-6016 or email  


Membership News

Membership numbers tend to be steady through the year, however, there is room for more!  Please invite your friends to join in, to support and expand the archery, fishing, pistol/rifle, and trap facilities, and the other programs that the Sportmen's Club provides.

If your only information from the Bainbridge Island Sportsmen's Club is coming to you via these newsletters, send an email to so that I can check your membership status and assist you in updating your personal details and expedite your renewal. 

Reminder: From our membership comes our volunteer base. Your support of Club projects and scheduled RSO times at the ranges is appreciated!

Warm regards,

Pistol Range News

Current Pistol Range Hours:
9:00 AM to Noon - Monday and Saturday
9:00 AM to Noon - First Wednesday
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Thursdays  

Jim Harrington
Pistol Range Manager


Trap News

NOTE: Shotgun Range – we will cease operation of the 5-stand on November 1, winterize the machines, and resume the 5-stand operation on April 1.

Marines use Shotgun Range
The shotgun range group hosted a morale event for 24 active duty marines on Thursday, September 28, from 1:30-4:00 PM. The marines came from all over the west - from Montana, California, and other states between. They ranged in shotgun experience to never having fired a shotgun to having shot trap some years before. Being well trained marines, they caught on quickly. The event went very smoothly and all had a good time. We thanked them for their service to our country, and they thanked us for our time and assistance. Thanks go out to Mike Okano for organizing and running the event, to Byron Bush (NRA certified Trap Instructor) for instruction and coaching, and to Steve Grether, Fred Willerford, and Bob Davis for serving as additional RSO’s. 

Pacific International Trapshooting Assn (PITA) Shoots 

PITA shoots coming up in October include:

September 29-October 1, PITA Harvest Grand, Spokane Gun Club
October 6-8, Portland Gun Club
October 15, Kenmore Gun Range
October 21, Old Skagit Gun Club

These events consist of 50 singles, 50 handicap and 25 pair of doubles, and sub-gauge singles (scores registered with PITA). You can shoot any or all events. A Multiplex HOA Name Tag is awarded to the HOA winner in each State/Province. You must shoot all targets to qualify. Shoot 100 targets at all 5 events and be eligible to win various prizes (randomly drawn).

Bremerton Trap and Skeet is one of the host clubs and the dates are 1st Saturdays – Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 6, and Feb 3. The shooting start time is 10:00 AM.

Shoot results, information, and schedule, go to and

Trap Shooting Clinics

We are pleased to report that our Club sponsored three very successful Trap Shooting Clinics with Harlan Campbell, Jr., who is one of the finest ATA Trap Shooters in the United States.
The first clinic was held at the Poulsbo Sportsman’s club and the second and third clinics were held at our Club, on Bainbridge Island.
The Clinics were attended by trap shooters from four different states, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.  They all reported that the experience was invaluable and that Harlan’s instruction was undoubtedly the finest that they had ever had.
Harlan felt that his experience here met and exceeded expectations.  He is intending to make our area a regularly scheduled location for future clinics.  Most probably at this same time of year in late summer around Labor Day.
On the humorous side, Harlan - being a farm boy born and raised in Kansas - sure was impressed by our trees.  He also thought that the Seattle Ferry ride was “pretty cool”.
For further information, please contact:  David Brown @ 650_224_5911. 

5-Stand and Sporting Clays
Customized shotgun training is available. John McMahon specializes in training in the following areas:  1. shotgun fundamentals for new shooters;  2. Skill development for shooters wanting to succeed at sporting clays and 5-stand; and  3. shooting skill development  for bird hunters who want to hit more and miss less. Lessons are custom designed to fit the skills and interests of the participants.  

John is an NRA certified RSO and is certified as a Level 1 Instructor by the National Sporting Clays Association.  He has trained under some of the finest instructors available including an Olympic gold medalist and the coach of another Olympic gold medalist. He competes in “A” class in sporting clays and recently registered his 40,000th target in state, regional and national sporting clays competitions. For more information or to schedule a lesson, contact John at: or 206-919-2799. Gift certificates are available. 
BISC 5-Stand is open to all shooters on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 5:30 PM only through October. Join us to tune up for upland and waterfowl hunting.  

Local 5-Stand Courses 

  1. Poulsbo 5-stand is open on Thursdays from 4:00 PM and most Saturdays from 10:00 AM. Their 5-stand targets differ from the BISC 5-stand targets and they change them regularly. They also have continental trap available a few days each week. Check their full shotgun schedule at 
  2. Bremerton 5-stand is open every Wednesday starting about 5:00 PM and on Sundays starting at 10:00 AM when there are no scheduled shoots that day. Their targets differ from Poulsbo and BISC.

Sporting Clays:  If you want to have more fun shooting than trap provides, then this is the game for you!  The closest monthly shoot is at the Bremerton club.  Their next shoot is Sunday, October 8th.   The practice 5-stand opens at 9:00 AM and you have to be on your sporting clays station by 10:00 AM. A full schedule for all sporting clays shoots statewide is at:  You can enter to just shoot the targets. You do not have to compete.

If you want another excuse to revisit Sunnydell, they are hosting a sporting clays shoot on October 14th. Contact Ellen Dryke in advance to set your starting time. You can enter to just shoot the targets if you don’t want to compete

The WA State Sporting Clays Championship was held Sept. 7th through 10th at Granite Falls Sportsmans Club. The targets had all of us scratching our heads a bit. When shooters swear at themselves for missing apparently easy targets, you know the target setter did a fine job.  GFSC brought in Mike Hafley from Illinois to set the targets and he did a fine job! 

BISC shooters did well. Congratulations to: 

  • Jerry Perez who was the state champion in the 28 gauge event. Jerry was also master class # 2 in the .410 and master class # 3 in the pump.
  • John McMahon won A class in the pump event. John was also A class # 2 in 5-stand, 12ga., 28 ga.,  .410 and in the WSCA shoot off.


Archery News

Below is a message from our new Island Archer Coach, Mike.

We will be starting JOAD sessions the first week of October.  We are keeping the same hours as before.

  • The kids will be coming on Thursday, October 5th at the usual time.  
  • The adult session will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm.
  • There will be some upcoming Explore Archery sessions that will be announced in the near future.

We also have a Facebook group that I would like to announce: Just search for "Island Archers JOAD" and you will find out great group. 

Open Range - Regular hours are Wednesdays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM and Sundays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Rental equipment is available. 

Archers, parents and anyone interested, if you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message at

Coach Mike
Island Archers JOAD

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