The year 2012 was a somewhat dry year for prairie dog hunting. So, we thought it would be a good idea to keep up our skills with a little friendly competition. We posted an invitation on the website to all shooters wanting to hone their skills and keep sharp. That turned into a popular competition amongst shooters of every level of experience, from novice to national champion.
Here you can swap stories of your best field shots, learn from more experienced shooters, help newer shooters, test your skills, and enjoy the camaraderie of friendly competition.
What equipment do I need to compete?
Just about any rifle capable of accuracy to 200 yards. You’ll be shooting from a bench so, you’ll need some sort of rest (except lead sled style). A rifle scope, unless your eyes are really, really good. We recommend something of at least 12x. You will also need a minimum of 20 rounds of ammunition for the match. Plan some extra rounds for sighting in and in case of a shoot off. Don’t forget eye and ear protection.
I just have a stock rifle. Will I be shooting against a custom rifle?
Only if you want to. There are three classes of competition: custom, factory (stock), and AR. You can shoot up in class, but not the other way around.
Do I have to be a good shot to compete?
No. We just want you to have fun and give you the opportunity to hone your skills in a safe and friendly environment.
What will I be shooting at?
The target is a 24” x 24” sheet of paper containing 10 various size varmint silhouettes stationed at 200 yards. The silhouettes range from 7 1/2” to 3/4” high.
How is scoring done?
You will have 10 minutes to fire 10 rounds. One round per silhouette. Each has a score value based on size: the smaller it is, the higher the score. Each silhouette has a white circle we call the “center”. Ten bonus points are awarded for each center hit. Only one hit per silhouette counts. Each shooter gets to shoot a second target for a chance to improve their score.
Will there be any prizes awarded?
A certificate is given to the top three shooters in each class. Of course, you also get bragging rights.
Can I have a spotter?
Do I have to be a club member?
No. All BMRPA matches are open to both members and non-members.