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

2017 Sprint is Taunting Us. 

A recent Saturday morning found me at the Club.  I was standing on the rise in front of the pistol range looking down on the archery range and the club house.  On that Saturday morning there were cars clustered around the trap range as a trap training session unfolded.  Newbies to trap were being given insights into that sport.  However, to be completely honest it is not just newbies it is anyone who wishes to wishes to improve their game.  Also that same morning there were a cluster of cars around the archery range as families enjoyed that sport.  While at the same time the parking lot for the pistol range was full.  What we have are families, men, women, old, young, long time members and newbies to the club learning and enjoying the joys of shooting sports.  

Being somewhat enamored with history I recently did some research on the history of competitive shooting sports.  I have a number of old books that talked to shooting sports and the high regard marksmanship held in prior generations.  Some might not know that “…competitive shooting is one of the most decorated Olympic sports for U.S. athletes.” 

Competitive pistol shooting really took off when “Buffalo Bill” Cody started pistol exhibitions in the mid/late 1800s.  The point I am making is that our Club is doing its part to keep this American tradition alive.  That is not to say that we run competitions, we really don’t, unless you include competing with oneself and perhaps an old friend for bragging rights and/or developing new friends and of course watching one’s sport improve over time.  

Capital Improvement:  For years now the club has been saving up for a new trap machine.  Well that moment came.  For those of you who are familiar with our range it was not uncommon to yell “pull” and nothing would happen.  Then a second yelled “pull” and still nothing or perhaps the machine flung only bits of the clay birds.  And no you cannot call that a hit…  Well the time came for a new machine.  That was ordered from the east coast and delivered within a week.  It was everything the trap folks were hoping for.  Now I still can’t hit those little flying clay disks but at least when I yell “pull” there is something for me to shoot at.  I should also note that now we have both orange and green clay birds.  Both are environmentally safe and biodegradable.  

Membership Chairperson:   For some time now Shelley Schwinn has been our membership chairperson.  Shelley stepped into this role when the membership system was in significant disarray.  She then rolled up her sleeves and helped by Gary Smith created a new system that for the most part runs itself.  However, due to personal reasons, Shelley is stepping down from this position and we are looking for someone to replace her.  From what I understand the system mostly runs itself but we still need someone to shepherd the system and to report on membership activates at our board meetings.  So if you have a modicum of technical savvy and want to help out the Club please contact me.  Shelley will be around for several more months so she will be able to answer and questions you may have to get you fully up to speed.  

Hunter’s Education:  (This is a restatement from last month, here as a reminder.)  We will again be sponsoring the venue for Hunter’s Education at the Club.  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

March is starting as damp as February ended, though don't let that dampen your enthusiasm for taking advantage of being a member of the Club! February is a short month, so do be sure to renew if you haven't done so. The March invoices should already be on in your email inbox, or perhaps your spam folder, so keep an eye out for the automated emails. 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 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 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, 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


The Pistol Range will be hosting the Bainbridge Island PD's Citizen's Academy on Saturday, April 15th.  The range will be closed to members and the public during this event.  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


Trap News

New Trap Machine
Our old Beomat trap machine was getting tired after 25+ years and 1,136,246 targets thrown, and so we decided it was time for a new one. We have purchased and installed a new PAT Trap which will throw singles and doubles targets. Thanks to Mike Okano and Chuck Branham for all their hard work on making this happen. Thanks to Mike, Chuck, Bob, Sonny Dulay, Sandy Sanders, Fred Willerford, Roger Jackson, Todd Cain, Gregg Adkins, John McMahon, Jeff Mason, and Byron Bush for help installing the machine, and to Sonny for cooking lunch and Sandy for donuts and coffee!

During another days work party we received 11 pallets of targets and the new trap machine. Thanks to Mike, Chuck, Bob, Todd, Jeff, and Byron for help with that work party!

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Until now we have only been able to get orange biodegradable targets, but White Flyer is starting to make biodegradable targets in green. Now we have some green targets – come check them out and see if you agree that they are a bit easier to see (especially at night)!

Pacific International Trapshooting Assn (PITA) Shoots 

PITA shoots coming up in WA in March include:

Mar 11-12 Old Skagit Gun Club 
Mar 18-19 Seattle Skeet and Trap
Mar 25-26 Yakima Sportsman’s

Shoot results, information, and schedule, go to and

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

The Trap Training Sessions Saturday in March will be on:
  • Saturday, March 04, 2017
  • Saturday, March, 18, 2017
The Saturday, March 04, 2017 Trap Training Session will be devoted to working on and with the PATTERN BOARD. The outline for that session is as follows:

  • Theory & Purpose
  • Methods & Technique
  • Application to Sight Placement
  • Implications for Changing the Shotgun's Stock Configuration
The following topics will be addressed in the coming months.

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


BISC 5-stand reopens in March on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.  
To start out the new season and to celebrate flexibility of our new PAT trap, we are hosting an “Intro to 5-Stand and Make-a-Break” on Saturday, March 11th from 9:00 to 12:00.  If you want to learn more about both “5-Stand” and “Make-a-Break” games with an introduction and a bit of instruction, this is a fine way to start enjoying them. Hunting and/or target shotguns are welcome for both games. There is no fee and no advance enrollment. Just bring your ammo, come on down and join us. If you have questions in advance, contact John McMahon at  The schedule on March 11th is:
  • 9:00 to about 10:30: Review 5-stand including: an overview of the game, how it is shot, and tips for shooting report, following and true pair doubles. We will showcase our 5-stand targets and different types of menus. Participants will shoot a simple menu (= report pair only). Participant interest and time permitting, we will also shoot a regular menu which includes both report and true pairs.  
  • About 10:30 to 12:00: Introduction of a BISC version of “Make a Break.” This is a fun, head-to-head competition using our trap and 5 stand targets as report pairs. It is an unusual game that involves both skill and strategy. 

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

Sporting Clays: If you are interested in trying trajectories other than boring trap trajectories, and targets other than the standard trap targets, this is the game for you. This game is more fun than trap and it will help your trap scores too! The closest monthly shoot is at the Bremerton club and their next shoot is Sunday, March 12th. Practice 5-stand opens at 9:00 AM and you have to be on your sporting clays station by 10:00 AM. If you want to polish your shotgun skills or if you want to add some variety to your standard trap target trajectories, this is the way to go. Come join the BISC crew there. A full schedule for all sporting clays shoots statewide is at:

Sporting Clays is now on television in prime time!  Watch for the last weeks of PSCA shoot offs 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 similar to “Make-a-Break” where you can see both shooters and targets. Targets are tough. Some are 65 yards. The full schedule and videos for prior years are online at  

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

Upcoming Events

Pond Cleanup

Pond cleanup is April 8th at 9:00am. Opening day is April 22 at 9:00am,  need someone or more to take my place as chair for these events for next year, I need help for cleanup and also for opening day. Set up table, start coffee, get water ready for hot chocolate and other things. Need to assist for a season to learn the ropes.

Before opening we need to repair fishing pole with new leaders and line if necessary. DIG SOME WORMS

Opening Day

Opening day is Saturday April 22nd. We need many people for things as bring table and poles  to pond,  judge, helping young fisherpersons., hand out fishing poles, hand out worms, man table with snacks, hot dogs, coffee, hot chocolate and award prizes.


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