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The Rocky Mountain Vintagers start their shooting events for 2017 next Sunday, January 29th!

Polar Bear Trap event will take place at the Family Shooting Center, Cherry Creek State Park.

Date: January 29th, 2017 (no NFL games, just the Pro-bowl that night! Championship weekend is the week prior on January 22nd!)

Place: Cherry Creek State Park, Family Shooting Center. Sign-in at the Office, mention "RMVintagers" and buy your trap tickets.

Time: 1200 Hours (a.k.a. noon gathering) at the Trap Range; B.Y.O. hot drinks, snacks, treats, etc.

Venue: 2-Man Teams will be the order of the day. We introduced Team Trap last January, and it was a big hit! Again we'll have both Protection and Doubles Teams (same team can't shoot together in both events!). White targets will be worth $5.00, if you break 'em!

If you got your Membership information in the mail from our T-man, Don Freuden, you can bring your membership check to the Polar Bear, if you haven't already mailed it in.

The Vintagers want to say, "Congratulations!" to M.W. Reynolds, Denver, for making the cover of the January - February 2017 issue of Shooting Sportsman Magazine, which sports one of Mark's No. 4 round-action Bournbrook model side by sides. Mark has invited the Vintagers to spend an evening at his new shop, 1616 Stout St., downtown Denver. Watch for the date in up-coming RMV mail.

Two Upland Bird Hunts coming in February and March! (If you've got a good upland dog, bring it!)

 Joe Hicks, one of RMV's new members, will be Master of the Hunt at the February hunt at the Bluffs (Valhalla) out east of Denver.

Date: Sunday, February 26th. Time: arrive 11:45 a.m., lunch at noon, clays practice, hunt at 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., cocktails at 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Bluffs at Valhalla, 76201 East 96th Ave., Byers, CO, main clubhouse, (303) 822-8479. Cost: $120.00

Directions: http://www.huntthebluffs.com/directions/ 

The Bluffs is a premier upland hunting lodge in Colorado. Three teams of 4 hunters each will be able to attend. Reservations are required; first come, first served. Contact: Bob Nikkel, renikkel@Q.com or Joe Hicks, Master of the Hunt, joehicksdenver@gmail.com

The Second Upland Bird Hunt

Bill Midkiff, and his trusty side-kick, Chaco, will again host the Pheasant Hunt at Rocky Mountain Roosters on Sunday, March 12th.

Arrive by 10:00 a.m., 10:30 clays warm-up at 5 Stand (small fee), lunch at noon ($8.00); hunting at 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (60 bird release). Three teams of 4 hunters each will be able to attend. Reservations are required; first come, first served. Cost: $120.00 (extra fee for birds over the 60 release). Your harvested birds can be exchanged for frozen ones ($3.00 each).

Directions: http://rmroosters.com/location/

For reservations contact Bill Midkiff, billmidkiff2@gmail.com or Bob Nikkel, renikkel@Q.com

Notice: Rules & Regs for all upland hunts: Orange hats/caps (at least); safeties on until a bird flushes; hammer guns carried open, with hammers cocked, close action when approaching a point, keep barrels skyward until the flush. Blue-sky rule on all shots! Largest usable shot is #6, #7's are ideal, #7 1/2's are fine if you can put the pattern on the bird. Upland hunting with a side by side is a Gentleman's sport; let's all do our part! Let the birds clear their cover, clear the dog, reach "blue-sky" and then make a good, safe shot.

I've always said, "If you shoot a guide, that'll be $100; shoot his dog, and that will be $10,000!" BE SAFE AT ALL TIMES.

Rocky Mountain Vintager Membership required for all events:

            Annual Membership (Single): $70.00; Annual Membership (Couples): $105.00

            Associate Membership: $20.00 per event (up to three total, then add $10.00 for Annual Membership)

            Contact: "Don Freuden" freuden6723@comcast.net 10130 Yates Ct, Westminster, CO 80031 for waiver and membership application.

                              Also available on the RMV website: www.rockymountainvintagers.org