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

2017 Summer Arrived - Finally

Update on the Fishing Derby:
We had a technical snag in the last newsletter and the winners of the The Huck Finn & Becky Thatcher Day photos failed to make the final cut.  So here is a mini repeat of some of the fine young folks who won.  
The first fish caught was by a fine looking young man named Connor Coolbaugh.  That fish cemented his picking up the first prize given i.e. Boy’s First Fish.  That ignited a fire in him and he went on to catch another three fish.  Connor’s fish was 12 inches long. 

Connor’s fish was later dwarfed by a 17 ½ inch monster rainbow trout brought to the shore by Allison Lytle.  I expect next year she will again be a winner.  Last year Allyson took the prize for the First Girl’s fish. 

Girl’s largest fish was taken by Sophia Litzel.  It was a monster at over 19 inches.  WOW!!  Sophia was also the winner of Girl’s 1st Limit in 2016.  

Lastly Daniel Haffie (assisted by his brother Oliver) took the prize for first Boy’s Limit of five fish.  Sticking it out that long to collect the prize was tough as this was a rough fishing day due to the weather.  

There is a prologue.  This year Fish and Wildlife put in some seriously large fish.  And during the weeks following the derby kids continued to fish the pond.  
Apparently Finnley and Wilder Jacobson, who live just up the street from the Club, have been fishing the pond in most of their spare moments after the derby concluded.  Can you imagine their parents surprise with the two of them showed up for lunch with a 23 inch rainbow trout that weighed a full six pounds?  This trout was so large that when it was deposited by the Fish & Wildlife people they were fearful it would get caught in the pipe used to unload the fish from the tanker truck.  Thus to prevent the clog from happening it was netted and placed in the pond by hand.  
This is precisely what our Club is about i.e. making memories and serving the community.  You can rest assured that this event will be remembered and discussed in the Jacobson family for years to come.  
July 4th:
The Grand Old 4th of July Celebration is fast bearing down upon us and once again we will have a booth at the event.  This year we will be producing some new handout materials that will speak in greater depth to several of the services the Club provides to the community.  But to make this event a success for the Club we need volunteers.  
Booth duty runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Setup begins at 7:00 AM.  It takes about an hour.  I will again volunteer for the setup but I need one person to assist with that task.  After the setup I will also remain in the both for a goodly part of the morning.  
If you can spare one or two hours that day please contact me identifying a time when you might be able to help.  Bring a friend because it is best when two folks are in the booth.  Plus we need two people to tear down the booth at 5:00 PM.  You will need a pickup or larger SUV to carry back the materials (table, chairs and tent are the bigger items) to the Club.
Come give us a hand.  You will find talking with the community an enlightening experience.  

If you volunteer and if you are confronted with an anti Club activist be professional, be courteous and refer that individual(s) to me.  

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


Membership News

A warm summer welcome to our new members to the Bainbridge Island Sportsmen's Club! The summer months are typically quieter for membership renewals, and so a good time for someone local to pick up the reins as the BISC Membership Chairperson, as our move off island will be completed mid-June. A brief outline of the role would be to have a short time online each week to review the pending renewals/newcomers, and to check the membership stats before the monthly Board Meeting in order to present the details.  If you have ideas for membership outreach to build up our base, now is the time to put a marketing plan into action! Please contact me at if you are interested, thank you!

June membership renewal invoices will be arriving soon in your email inbox, or perhaps your spam folder, so keep an eye out for the automated messages. Thank you to those who do renew promptly :-)  Remember, the system is set with a 30-day grace period for delinquent renewals, by responding right away you avoid a reinstatement fee! If you have a change to your membership details such as adding an annual range pass, please contact so that I can make the adjustments and send out a revised invoice for you to use.

If you prefer to mail in your payment, please be advised that there may be a delay in your renewal due to the manual process required to ensure your payment is correctly posted.

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,
Shelley Schwinn
Membership Chairperson

Pistol Range News

Cowboy Fast Draw:  This summer, every 2nd & 4th Tuesday from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. This is a timed sport using single action .45 caliber western style six shooters and wax projectiles. Whether you're curious, competitive or would like to learn, everyone is welcome.  

As always, thank you to our active Range Safety Officers for volunteering their time and continued commitment to our club. Please be sure to check the Club's Calendar for current Pistol Range Hours.   

Jim Harrington
Pistol Range Manager



Results for the Inter-Club shoot at Gig Harbor - May 13th, 2017:
  • Byron Bush and Bob Davis tied for the top scorer on the Bainbridge team with an 87.
  • Singles was won by Jack Parkhurst of Gig Harbor with a perfect 50.
  • Handicap was won by Grant Lau of Gig Harbor with a 49.
  • Doubles was won by John Mullins with a 48.
  • High Overall was Grant Lau with a 98.
  • We had a Total of 49 Shooters.
The remaining 2017 Olympic Interclub League Schedule:
  • June 10th at Bainbridge (at Poulsbo) 
  • July 8th at Port Townsend (JCSA)
  • August 5th at Bremerton
The shoot includes 50 singles at 16 yds and 50 handicap at 22 yds, with an optional 50 bird event at the choice of the host club.
The interclub trap program is a lot of fun. It’s simply a fun and friendly competition among the six clubs in our area. The competition aspect is very low key. If you enjoy shooting trap, I encourage you to come out and try it. All shoots start at 9:00 AM, and you can arrive any time after 8:00 AM to get signed up. 
Washington State Senior Games

The Trap Shooting event of the Washington State Senior Games will be held on July 11th at 10:00 AM at the Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club, 12736 Marksman Rd SW, Olympia, WA, 98512. The event is 100 singles (four rounds of standard trap at the 16 yard line). It is open to anyone 50 years or older, and is divided into age groups. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age group are awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals. The hosting club is one of the largest in the state, with 32 trap fields. For more information, go to where you can also see results from previous years and all of the other sports with events, including archery!
Pacific International Trapshooting Assn (PITA) Shoots 
PITA shoots coming up in WA in March include:
  • June 2-4, Black Diamond
  • June 10, Granite Falls
  • June 11, Tacoma Sportsman’s Club
Shoot results, information, and schedule, go to and
Some of these dates include the Doubles League. For more information on the WSPITA Doubles League, go to 
The Trap Training Sessions Saturdays in JUNE will be on:
  • Saturday, June 03 2017
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017
The Saturday, June 03, 2017 Trap Training Session will be devoted to working on: 

 "Turn & Press To The Target Drills"
  • Theory & Mechanics
  • Methods & Technique
  • Various Drills to Learn the Sequence of Moves in this Technique
The following topics have been and will be addressed in the months indicated.
  • March: Pattern Board
  • April: Stance - Gun Mount - Hold Points - Eye Hold
  • May:  Shot Geometry - Shot Delivery
  • June: "Turn & Press to the Target" Drills
  • July: Doubles
  • August: Review
  • September: HARLAN CAMPBELL, Jr. CLINICS @ BISC & Poulsbo
We are pleased to announce the  HARLAN CAMPBELL, Jr. TRAPSHOOTING CLINICS @ BISC & Poulsbo in late August and early September this year.
(*) PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  There are only a few openings left.  So even if you are mildly interested, please call David Brown (650-224-5911) for details.  We hope to have full registration for all 3 clinics in the near future.
08/29 (Tu) & 08/30 (We)
@ Poulsbo Sportsman Club
08/31 (Th)  &  09/01 (Fr)
@ Bainbridge Island Sportsmen’s Club
09/02 (Sa) & 09/03 (Su)
@ Bainbridge Island Sportsmen’s Club
1.  Make out a check for $200.00 per person to HARLAN CAMPBELL, JR.
2.  On the MEMO line ... please note the dates that you are registering for.
3.  Send the check(s) to:
         David B. Brown
          9761 NE Charisma Circle
          Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
         * ANY QUESTIONS:  Call David Brown at  650.224.5911.
4.  David will send the check(s) to Harlan.
     David will not deposit them into any account.
     So, you won't get a withdrawal notice from your bank until Harlan deposits them.
5.  When David receives your check, your name will go on the Student Roster for the Clinic of your choice.  David will notify you of your status (registered or waiting list) and keep you up to date on the logistics as we get closer to the Clinics.
6.  We realize that "Life Happens" ... so in the event that an emergency arises, your deposit will be fully refunded.
7.  Please visit Harlan's website ...  ... and open his Shooter's Information Packet.  Be sure to fill out the SHOOTER'S PROFILE form and bring to the Clinic.

5-Stand and Sporting Clays

Congratulations to: 
  • Pat Esquivel who won his class with a score of 70 at the Sunnydell competition. 2nd place in Pat’s class scored 47.
Clinic: “From Trap to 5-Stand and Sporting Clays.”

Due to interest two clinics are already scheduled. Additional clinics will be scheduled whenever 2 or 3 trap shooters express interest. This is a 3 hour clinic for experienced trap shooters who want to learn the basic shooting techniques for shooting 5-stand and sporting clays target trajectories. We will assess your gun fit and vision. Topics include visual technique and discipline, 3 fundamental “points” for each trajectory, pre-shot planning, how to mount from low gun position and 5 ways to acquire the correct lead. Approximately 2 hours will be spent shooting at BISC 5-Stand and Break-em-All targets. This clinic is limited to 2 or 3 experienced trap shooters to allow personal coaching. Cost is $50 per person. Shooters are responsible for their own ammo and target fees.. Instructor is John McMahon. John is a certified NSCA Level 1 Instructor and Referee. He shoots in “A” class and recently registered his 40,000th sporting clays target. To sign up, contact John McMahon at 
Local 5-stand options:
  1. BISC 5-stand opens at 5:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of each month. Join us for fun shooting this game or just to practice specific targets. Our activities are flexible on these nights to accommodate the interest of those who show up. We can also set it up on demand. If you have a few shooters who want to try 5-stand, contact John McMahon at to make arrangements.
  2. 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 
  3. 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 are interested in applying what you are learning about 5-Stand and Break-em-All to a slightly different game -- and/or just want to shoot different targets (e.g., midi, mini, rabbit, battue) -- and/or just want to have more fun shooting than trap provides . . .  this is the game for you!   The closest monthly shoot is at the Bremerton club.  Their practice 5-stand opens at 9:00 AM and you have to be on your sporting clays station by 10:00 AM. Come join the BISC crew at their next shoot on Sunday, June 11th.  This month -- in the afternoon after the sporting clays shoot -- they will have a special Ken Main Memorial 50 target pump gun shoot.   All targets will be true pairs of course!  A full schedule for all sporting clays shoots statewide is at:  
Sunnydell Trip on June 25th. Join us for our annual June trip to the Sunnydell range in Sequim. Try your skill at the “Fur and Feather,” “Podium,” Penthouse,” “Bus Stop,” “Bunker,” Ground Hog,” as well as skeet, other targets around the pond and from the trap 100 feet up in a tree. Logistics are to meet at the Oak Table in Sequim for breakfast at 8:30 AM or go directly to Sunnydell. Shooting starts at 10:00 AM and continues until participants run out of ammo or energy!  Bring your lunch if you plan to stay into the afternoon. For background on Sunnydell and our hosts Matt and Ellen Dryke, see    Sign up on the list in the clubhouse or contact John McMahon at by June 18th.
Online videos of a competition similar to our Break-em-All game are at  If you missed the television coverage of the top sporting clays shooters competing at night and with flash targets, you can find them here.

Pistol Training



  • Instructor - Chris Jensen @ Contact at to register or ask questions.
  • Classes held at: Bainbridge Island Sportsman’s Club; 8203 Sportsman Club Rd 

June 5, 2017 Monday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pistol 102 – 6 hours $80 per person.

Firearms safety, review of 100 and 101 courses, firearms handling skills review. New training begins with malfunctions, reloads, muzzle control, and awareness of your surroundings.  Introduction to drawing from a holster.  Student provides 100 rounds of ammunition minim.
This course is for the person who carries a handgun for personal protection, or intends to. This course is designed to introduce participants to the difference between recreational shooting and using a firearm for self-defense. The real world presents numerous safety challenges that do not exist in the comfort of your home or the structured environment of a firearms range. This course will provide instruction on firearms safety and handling outside the home and off the firearms range. Firearms handling and shooting drills start where Basic Pistol 101 stopped and will progress to shooting from a holster and returning to a holster when the drill is over.
June 10, 2017 10:00AM to 3:00PM $40 ($60 for adult/youth attending together)

Youth firearms safety class   designed for youth 12 -17 years old. Parents are encouraged to attend. This class will cover firearms safety and safe handling of firearms. This course will cover: well established firearm safety rules, safe storage, safe handling, ammunition safety, and safely handling a firearm will be covered in this training. This course will also address situations the students are likely to find themselves in. Examples are; with friends and one of them is handling a firearm, at an event and they discover someone has a firearm, a firearm is found while they are at a park or play area, as well as others that participants ask about. The underlying safety concern will be that firearms should only be handled when being supervised by a knowledgeable adult. After Lunch break the class will move to the range to shoot 22 caliber rifles.

Archery News

Spring Programs

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

Adult Archery - RSO orientation/archery class opportunity upon request, please contact Brian Kemkes for more information. 

Private Events - the Archery range and rental equipment is available for private events.  Please contact the BISC Archery RSO team for information and scheduling.

Youth Archery - The Explore Archery program is offered as a weekend camp, upon request! Explore Archery camp is a basic skill-building class for those who are new to the sport or archers who may have been shooting for a while but would like some formal training, for kids age 8 to 18. The program will include instruction on safety, range etiquette, shot execution, scoring, and equipment knowledge. For a registration form or more information please drop Coach Scott a note or visit our website: Keep an eye out for additional Explore Archery camps being scheduled, if you have an aspiring archer who would like to participate in this fun program. 

Island Archers JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) - this Club is for archers age 8 through 20 who want train for the competitive environment. For more information about all archery programs please contact Coach Scott at or visit the Northwest Archers website at: 

Coach Scott has implemented an adult version of our very popular Junior Olympic Archery Development club. As with the junior version this one is sanctioned by and chartered through Team USA. They will be training to improve our archery skills and shooting to earn achievement awards periodically. They will also be preparing for local, regional and nations competitions (for those who wish to participate in them). They meet on Wednesdays from around 6:00 - 8:00.  It does not matter what your archery interests are be they hunting, competition, recreation or just something new to try. Both compound and recurve archers are welcome. Please contact Coach Scott at

Thanks to the Volunteer Archery RSOs for your generous donation of time opening the range! 

Brian Kemkes 
Archery Range Manager

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