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

2017 As the Year Begins to Unfold

As the president of the Club I have the opportunity to speak to a fair number of people on a regular basis.  Recently while chatting with a long time Island resident the subject of “essential services” came up.  That said I began pondering the concept of essential services.  

What exactly is an essential service?  I did a Google search and came up with this definition: “…essential services" means services, by whomsoever rendered, and whether rendered to the Government or to any other person, the interruption of which would endanger the life, health or personal safety of the whole or part of the population”.  That got me to pondering.  

Are our gun ranges essential services?  I propose that the answer is a definite yes.  As evidence of this I give you the following:  Washington State is on a firearm buying binge according to FBI statistics.  In fact in June Washington was on a path of setting a record for firearm purchases.  Many of those purchasing firearms are first time buyers.  Given the nightly news report it is understandable that people want the ability to defend themselves.  Almost every day we are seeing someone in our extended community being assaulted, robbed or injured.  As the mantra goes seconds count when police are only minutes away.  

So what do we do as a Club?  At a minimum we teach people considerations in choosing which firearm to purchase, how to safely shoot, what ammunition to shoot, and the cleaning and safe storage of a firearm plus the legal ramifications of using a firearm for the purposes of self defense.  In short we teach proficiency with a firearm so that those “fist time buyers” don’t endanger themselves, their loved ones or their neighbors and we provide a safe venue for practicing shooting skills.  We also teach people recreational skills such as trap shooting and that is pure fun.  

Part of the education we provide includes sessions where first time buyers can come to our club for a “test drive” of various firearms.  In fact our women only classes have proven to be very popular at our Club.  Each time we offer the class we will have more women applying for the class than we have spaces to accommodate them.  What is interesting is that at the beginning of the class the women have few questions however at the end of the class when they know the terminology and have some basic knowledge of shooting the questions are many.  

I personally have assisted numerous individuals shooting on our pistol range.  In every case there was marked improvement in their ability to shoot.  Once I hosted a private shooting session for a woman who was planning to write an article about the Club.  She had never fired a firearm in her life.  I put out an assortment of pistols and rifles for her to try.  What she discovered is that shooting a pistol is nothing like what she had seen on TV.  It requires practice to become proficient.  

You can think of what we do as is sorta-kinda like driver’s education only for firearms.  You wouldn’t want a driver with zero driving skill s on the road you should feel that same way about people who purchase firearms.  

Beyond teaching adults to shoot we work with kids as well.  Each year we have sponsored a “Day at the Range” for kids.  About three years ago we had a representative from Hyla Middle School approach us for a donation for their auction.  We came up with the idea of a Day at the Range.  The school auctioned off seats for this event at $50 per seat.  We limit the number of kids at 14.  We start out the event with a presentation on safety and the basics of shooting.  We then split the kids into two groups Badger and Cougar.  One group goes to the archery range whereas the other group goes to the pistol range to fire .22 rimfire target rifles.  After about an hour the groups switch venues.  While at the pistol range every kid has a personal coach.  The archery range also has coaches to help the kids.  Yes, what we do is recreational but the message we teach is safety, safety and safety. 

For the Day at the Range events the Club covers all the costs of equipment and supplies including safety equipment.  The school ends up with the proceeds which can be $700 if all seats are sold.  So far we have done this for Hyla, Ordway, The Boy Scouts and this year it will be Blakely Elementary School.  They had the auction mid January and all 14 seats were sold.  Needless to say the school was delighted.  

So I ask you, are we an essential service wherein we teach people both young and old the responsible use of a firearm or are we a nuisance and a hazard as a few on the Island have professed us to be.  I know on which side of this equation I will cast my vote.  

Hunter’s Education:  As I stated in my last newsletter we will again be sponsoring the venue for Hunter’s Education at the Club.  And as promised today we have dates.  This year there will be a change to the tradition of the classes.  There will be three “one day” classes and four “five day classes”.  The one day classes require that the student, as a prerequisite, has completed the online tutorial sessions.  The one day classes will be comprised of a knowledge test and possibly a firearm proficiency evaluation.  Those test days are scheduled for March 4th, March 18th and September 16th.  The five day classes are the traditional classroom format and will be conducted on the following days:  April 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8th – May 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6th – June 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10th and August 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12th.  As stated before Tom Tanosh again will be the lead instructor for this training.  Tom can be contacted at 360-710-3969. Each of the classroom events will take five days; Monday through Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and then Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  These classes fill up each time they are offered.  Don’t wait until the last minute to register and attend if you want to be purchasing a hunting license this year.   

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


Membership News

February is the second busiest membership renewal months for the Club, so please watch for your renewal notice in all the year end emails you might be receiving, and thank you to those who renew promptly :-) There is a 30-day grace period for delinquent renewals. Please respond promptly to avoid a reinstatement fee! 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.

After a year and a half with the automated membership system we do think we've worked out the kinks, and now have an accurate count of of our active members.  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 programs that the Sportmen's Club provides.

If your only information from the Bainbridge Island Sportsmen's Club is coming to you via these newletters, please contact so that I can check your membership status and assist you in updating your personal details and expediting your renewal.  And, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or changes you'd like to make to your membership status. 

My family is making plans to move from Bainbridge later this year, and I personally will sorely miss having such a fabulous archery range within a mile of my home.  If there is anyone interested in supporting the BISC by being the Membership Chairperson, I wanted to allow plenty of time to find *you* 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.  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


February 18, 2017 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM NRA RSO basic class. This course is the basis for members to become a Range Safety Officer. Cost for members who will be a RSO for open ranges is $25. Anyone taking the course as a non-Club member the cost is $100. Cub members only taking the course so they can shoot during shooting hours when the range is not open to the public cost is $100.  Sign up on the NRA website for training.  

For questions contact Chris Jensen at

February 27, 2017 10:00AM to 3:30PM
Women's intro to shooting. This course costs $60. All firearms and ammunition are provided. This course is for beginners. The course covers safety, the three major types of firearms (pistols, rifles, shotguns), the parts and function for firearms, ammunition, and shooting of several different firearms. This course is not a how to, it is an introduction to shooting course. Upon completion participants should attend a course for the specific type of firearm(s) they decide they have interest in.

If you have questions please contact Chris Jensen at

March 19, 2017 1:00 to 4:00 PM Retired Law Enforcement training and qualification that meets the Federal annual qualifications requirement. Sponsored by the local FOP.  

For question contact Chris Jensen at

Chris J.


Trap News

We will be shooting trap instead of 5-stand on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month through February. This is assuming we continue to have RSO’s and shooters on these nights. And for anyone interested in shooting the 5-stand, John McMahon has offered to set up the 5-stand for shooters interested in this. See 5-stand section below for details.

Pacific International Trapshooting Assn (PITA) Shoots 

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 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4. The shooting start time is 10:00 AM.

Shoot results, information, and schedule, go to and

The 2017 Puget Sound Olympic Continental Trapshooting League Schedule:
11-20-15 Tacoma
12-4-16 Bremerton
12-11-16 Black Diamond
12-17-16 Sumner (Saturday)
12-18-16 Renton
12-31-15 Gig Harbor (Saturday)

Season Schedule:
1-8-17 Sumner
1-15-17 Gig Harbor
1-22-17 Black Diamond
1-29-17 Kenmore
2-12-17 Seattle 
2-26-17 Bremerton 
3-5-17 Renton
3-12-17 Evergreen *Banquet*

If you would like to shoot this league, follow this link: or show up at any of the warm-up shoots to sign up.

BISC Trap Training Sessions 

The 1st Saturday Trap Training of every month in 2017 will have a prescribed Lesson Plan.  The 2nd Saturday of each month will have an "open agenda".

Here is the outline for the Saturday, February 04, 2017 Trap Training Session, which will be devoted to working on and with the PATTERN BOARD.

  • Theory & Purpose
    • POA And POI
    • Shooting technique and gun fit 
  •  Methods & Technique
    • Pattern board and cardboard
    • 16 yard and 27 yard patterns 
  • Application to Sight Placement
    • Pattern distribution
    • Pattern distribution effects on lead and timing for different trajectories
    • Pattern distribution and training devices
  • Implications for Changing the Shotgun's Stock Configuration
    • Pattern distribution implications for  gun fit and gun adjustments


Local Sporting Clays: If you are interested in trying this exciting game, the closest club is Bremerton and their next shoot is Sunday, February 12th. The 5-stand opens at 9:00 AM and you have to be on your sporting clays station by 10:00 AM. Come join us there. If you want to polish your shotgun skills or if you want a bit more variety in your shooting, this is the way to go.  You can shoot it just for fun. This game is more fun than other shotgun games and it will help your trap or skeet scores too! A full schedule for all sporting clays shoots statewide is at:

Sporting Clays is now on television in prime time!  From January through March PSCA shoot offs are on the Sportsman Channel (# 636 on Bainbridge Island) on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM. These broadcasts showcase some of the top shooters in head-to-head competition, at night, under the lights with flash targets for up to $10,000 prizes. It is a format where you can see both shooters and targets. Targets are tough. Some are 65 yards. You may see a WA shooter – Mike Wilgus - in some of these shows. In 2016, Mike was drawn against some unusually hot individuals in the early rounds so he did not fare very well. The full schedule and videos for prior years are online at  

BISC 5-stand will reopen in March on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.  Keep tuned here for more info next month.  In the interim, if anyone wants to shoot 5-stand targets, contact John McMahon at  John is an RSO so he can open the 5-stand at times other than scheduled shooting times for interested shooters. We have already done so a couple of times.

Poulsbo 5-stand is open on Thursdays from 4:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM. Their targets differ from the BISC 5-stand targets and they change them regularly. The Poulsbo club also has continental trap available a few days each week. Check their full shotgun schedule at

Archery News

Archery News - Winter 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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