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

2017 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good:
Huck Finn & Becky Thatcher day:  This last April 22nd was our fishing derby.  We had around 40 people turn out for the event.  This is less than in prior years and mostly I attribute it to the less than pleasant weather we had.  Those who stayed to the bitter end were mostly clad in rain parkas to fend off the weather dripping from the sky.  Unfortunately the resident eagle which graced many a contest was nowhere to be found either, but there was the competition.  

And the competition was again spirited.  The young one’s rose to the challenge.  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.  You might see a resemblance in him to me.  If you did you would be right as he is my grandson.  Connor’s fish was around 12 inches. 

Shortly thereafter Connor’s fish was dwarfed by a 17 ½ inch monster rainbow trout brought to the shore by Allison Lytle.  Her brilliant smile triggered me to review last year’s results and sure enough last year Allyson took the prize for the First Girl’s fish that year as well.  I wonder what next year will bring. 

The competition continued in a spirited manner as the weather got progressively unpleasant.  Rain which was threatening all morning began to plague the young crowd, nonetheless the kids, by in large, continued fishing.  

Those who stayed got wet as the picture of Sophia Litzel attests to.  Her hair was plastered against her head due to the rain but that didn’t dim her attitude or her ability to bring in the largest fish I have ever seen taken out of the Bainbridge Island Club fishing pond!  This fish was larger than our measurement board as the picture will attest to and measured a full 19 inches.  WOW!!  But again her pretty smile made me again look up last year’s winners and sure enough Sophia was 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 tough fishing day due to the weather.  

I want to thank all of the moms and dads for bringing out the little ones and for remembering to bring along their raincoats.  This event is precisely for the kids but assisting the little ones with important choices like which pole to pick, how to bait the hook and where to fish makes it a joyful event for me as well.   

The Bad & Ugly:
Now we get to some yucky stuff.  On April 25, 2017 Bainbridge Safe & Quiet (BS&Q) had a meeting wherein the public was invited.  The flyer sent out implied that our Club was polluting nearby wells (not true) and that our gunfire was “… equivalent to a jackhammer running in their back yard …” This is also not true.  We have tested our shotgun range both in 2004 and again in 2014. On Capstan Lane in 2004 the dB level measured 59 dB.  In 2014 the dB level on Capstan Lane measured at 63 dB.  Normal conversation is between 50 and 65 dB.  The noise a jackhammer makes is around 130 dB.  On five separate occasions I have offered to set up controlled tests with professional sound equipment in the backyards of complaining individuals but not one individual has taken me up on my offer. 

When I walked into the greeting room the greeting was, “Well you were not invited but we knew you would show up.”  While I was not welcomed, my purpose in going was to refute both what they printed on the flyer and any misrepresentations that might come up during the meeting. 

At the meeting it was represented that we shoot from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM seven days per week.  This is not true.  It was also represented that the City of Gig Harbor prohibits shooting at the Gig Harbor shooting ranges during evening hours.  A bit of research found this to not be true as well.  Gig Harbor’s shotgun range is open Thursday evenings till 9:00 PM and their pistol/rifle range is open till 8:00 PM.

I sat through a 15 minute presentation which started by the presenters saying they are not trying to shut down the Club.  However women behind where I was sitting kept repeating “We will shut them down!”  After the presentation I respectfully asked for a 10-15 minutes to rebut what had been said.  I stood and read from my notes.  After 11 minutes the crowd had enough and I was booed.  One woman pointed to my chair and shouted “Sit Down”.  I told her I didn’t report to her.  She shouted louder “Sit Down Now!!” … and now for the truly UGLY part.  Her companion then verbally threatened me with physical violence.  To say I was stunned is putting it mildly.    

This group does indeed want to shut us down, and is the same group that wants us to negotiate with them to give up some of our legal rights.  

So again I state.  Get involved.  Be professional.  Be courteous.  Be aware that this group of people wants to claim your sport as a casualty.  Even archers need get involved if you like our archery range for it is all of the ranges and activities together that keep the Club operating.  

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


Membership News

Don't let April showers dampen your enthusiasm for taking advantage of being a member of the Club! The 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. 

Our move is coming up more quickly than expected, so If there is anyone interested in supporting the BISC by being the Membership Chairperson we still have some time so that YOU can be brought up to speed on the automated membership system we are using.  It requires a short time online each week to review the pending renewals/newcomers, and to check on the membership status before the monthly Board Meeting in order to present the details.  If you have ideas on a membership drive to build up our base, now is the time to put a marketing plan into action! Please contact me using if you are interested, thank you!

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


As summer approaches, we'll likely be adding additional range hours.  Please check our Club's calendar prior to heading to the range to ensure availability.  

Congratulations to graduates of the February Range Safety Officer class:  Todd, Pat, Marcus, Richard, and Mark.  A special thanks to our Sr. RSO's - John, Andy and Jerry - for keeping things running smoothly during my absence in February and March!  

Jim Harrington
Pistol Range Manager


New Trap Machine

Our new trap machine is getting good use for trap singles and doubles as well as all our other games. Easy adjustment allows for custom trajectories for 5-Stand, Break-em-All, individual lessons and practice. Come check it out.

Trap News

Inter-Club Trap Events
Results for the Inter-Club shoot at Port Angeles - APRIL 8th, 2017:
  • Byron Bush was the top scorer on the Bainbridge team with an 89!
  • Singles was won by Bob Davis of Bainbridge Island and John Mullins of Bremerton with 49’s.
  • Handicap was won by John Mullins of Bremerton with a 50.
  • Single shot continental was won by John Mullins with a 48.
  • High Overall was John Mullins with a 99.
  • We had a total of 43 interclub shooters plus 8 FFA youth shooters from the Sequim and Port Angeles Area.
The remaining 2017 Olympic Interclub League Schedule:
  • May 13th at Gig Harbor
  • 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 May include:

May 19-21 Bremerton
May 27-28 Evergreen

For 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 

Trap Training

The Trap Training Sessions Saturday in May will be on:
  • Saturday, May 06, 201
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
The Saturday, May 06, 2017 Trap Training Session will be devoted to working on:
Shot Geometry - Shot Delivery
  • Theory & Science
  • Methods & Technique
  • Bead-Bird Relationship

The following topics have been or will be covered as follows:
  • - 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.

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
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
      it to the Clinic.

ANY QUESTIONS:  Call David Brown at:  650.224.5911.   

5-Stand and Sporting Clays

Congratulations to: 
  1. Pat Esquivel who entered his first sporting clays shoot as a registered competitor at Bremerton on April 9th and won his class!
  2. Jerry Perez who took 2nd place on each day of the Tacoma Sportsmen’s Club annual 2-day Malone Sporting Clays shoot with scores of 91 and 90!
Clinic: “From Trap to 5-Stand and Sporting Clays” on May 13th: 9:00 AM to noon.
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 3 experienced trap shooters to allow personal coaching. Cost is $50 per person. Shooters are responsible for their own ammo and target fees. Additional clinics will be scheduled if interest warrants. 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 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 and their next shoot is Sunday, May 14th – the next day after our May 13th clinic.  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 there. 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 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.
  • May 21, 2017 Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM

Firearms Seminar - 4 hours/$50 per person (30 student maximum)
Classroom only, the realities of carrying a concealed pistol or defending yourself with a firearm in Washington State. The material covered in this course is intended to provide “food for thought” about the legal and ethical decisions to use deadly force. Unfortunately, there are several examples of poor decisions. Those decisions were most likely due to lack of knowledge or understanding about the lawful use of deadly force. This is an interactive workshop where questions and comments are not only encouraged but expected. Topics will include Federal Laws, Washington State laws, examples of legal and questionable use of a firearm, safety, firearms selection, storage, ammunition, training, and carry options, bring your questions so they can be discussed.

##Disclaimer- This course is not a legal do’s and don’t course. Participants are encouraged to seek legal counsel for their specific legal concerns and questions.####

***Attending this course provides a $10 reduction in cost of Pistol 101 or Pistol 200 course***
May 22, 2017 Monday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Cost is $80 ($60 for students who bring their firearm and ammunition)

Basic Pistol 101 – 6 hours $80 per person.

Course expands on the pistol information taught in Basic Firearms 100. You do not need to attend Basic Firearms 100 or NRA Home Firearms Safety to attend this course. This course teaches, firearms safety, components of modern firearms, fundamentals of shooting- stance, grip, sight alignment, and trigger control, loading and unloading, normal operation, and stoppages for modern pistols. Students will shoot revolvers and semi-auto pistols. Approximately 3 hours of this course will be live fire. The course moves to the pistol range and students have the opportunity to shoot several different pistols or their own pistol if they have one. The shooting portion of this course will consume approximately 50 rounds of ammunition. 
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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