Woodcock Minnesota Events
Feel free to attend any or all of the events we have listed below. To obtain additional information please use the contact information listed with each event.
A Triple For Doubles in Minnesota
Side by side shooters will find three opportunities to try their skill on sporting clay birds again this year. Three events in three places, each one different. A shooter going to every one will have a cumulative score for an over all Grand Prize trophy.
Deep Portage's "Between the Trees" Double Gun Shoot
When: June 14, 2014
The first shoot will be Saturday, June 14th. This is the sixth year for the Deep Portage Side by Side Challenge held at the Deep Portage Reserve in rural Woodrow Township about ten miles east of Hackensack, MN. It is a course of stations based upon Ruffed Grouse shots. Lodging at the Reserve is available, all meals included. The event proceeds are used to fund Upland Bird Camp scholarships for young people 12 - 14 years of age at the Deep Portage Reserve. The week long Upland Bird Camp is a joint project of Deep Portage, The Ruffed Grouse Society and Pheasants Forever. You can find the exact location by going to www.deep-portage.org, or call 218-682-2325.
Duluth Double Gun's Event
When: July 18-20, 2014
Contact: Minnesota Triple Double Website or call 218-269-9152.
The next shoot is July 18th, 19th and 20th a few miles north of Duluth MN. The Duluth Double Gun Classic is held at the beautiful and challenging Old Vermillion Sporting Clays course. The old Whiteside family show farm from the early twenties is a perfect backdrop for the fine doubles on display and a lovely meal under stars and canvas after the sporting clays and Pigeon Ring (clay bird) events. This shoot is a more traditional presentation in the style of the Michigan shoot at Sagola Township. The proceeds are paid back to participants based upon their performance and there are small bore as well as 12 gauge classifications. You can find more information from Duluth Double Gun, Randy Zahn and Mike Koranda at duluthdoublegun.com.
Woodcock Minnesota 10th Annual Great Northern Side by Side Event
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation near Little Falls, Minnesota
The last shoot of the Side by Side Challenge & Triple Double is put on by the Woodcock Minnesota, a charitable institution for tax purposes but less than that for shooting. Its members have designed at Rice Creek Sporting Clays, east of Little Falls, MN sporting clays courses with all the challenges in its traditional format in addition to which the Woodcock Minnesota members add a custom designed woods walk. This is followed by a great meal of wild game done by Rice Creek with style. A display of things to win and buy is followed by the award of the Triple Challenge overall champion trophy for that side by side champion who has kept the faith, attended all three shoots, and still retained enough sanity for conversational skills.
These are not tie and knicker challenges, but good manners and fine guns are appreciated. Costuming and dress may cause snickering and wise comments although the quality of the shooting of those so inclined provides lots of chances for a return serve.
Woodcock Minnesota proudly announces the 10th Annual Great Northern Side By Side Event. A 125 Sporting Clay Event, the Great Northern is a fun pre-season event, offering friendly competition for side by sides only. In addition to the Side-by-Side Shoot, we do offer side games that are open for all shotgun styles. This is an annual fundraising shoot for the nonprofit organization Woodcock Minnesota held at Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation near Little Falls, Minnesota. This one-day event will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Woodcock Minnesota members have teamed with LeBlanc's Rice Creek Hunting & Recreation to offer a sporting clays course with all the challenges in its traditional format in addition to which the Woodcock Minnesota members add an evolving assortment of games like the woodcock flurry, woodcock ring, woodcock walk, sneaky rabbit and 5-Stand. The event also includes a continental breakfast, lunch, a wild game dinner "Rice Creek Style", and wraps up with prizes.
Our shoot typically starts with a continental breakfast and registration at 8:00 a.m. Shortly before 9:30 a.m. shooters will be directed to a station to start their round of sporting clays. Around Noon we'll break for lunch and give our guns a chance to cool off. When 1:00 O'clock rolls around, we'll jump back into our shooting festivities, and finishing with our woodcock walk. The woodcock walk is our interpretation of what woodcock hunting is really like and is the favorite game of many participants. A shooter takes a leisurely stroll through our little forest looking and listening for the sound of the woodcock taking flight (in this case the sound of the trap sending a clay target quickly out of site). Much like the real thing, our 'clay birds' have a tendency to flush when we're stepping behind a tree, or perhaps from behind us. The woodcock ring puts both our reflexes and our shooting skills to the test. In this game a shooter is challenged to not only break targets, but to drop the ribbon that is attached to the clay target within the boundary of the ring. Breaking the clay isn't good enough! If the ribbon falls outside of the 'ring', no credit is given for breaking the target. These two games tend to draw crowds of hecklers to join in the fun and frustration.
American Woodcock populations have declined 2 to 4 percent per year since the early 1970s. Come help us raise money for the woodcock and have some fun while we're at it.
The cost of the Woodcock Minnesota Side by Side Challenge with lunch, dinner and the auction is $150.00.
Please pre-register by filling out our Registration Form. For questions, please call Jim Koehler 763-221-5586.
Woodcock Minnesota Chukar Challenge
When: Saturday April 16, 2011
Where: Little Moran Hunt Club in Staples, Minnesota