Raffle Winners: 1st place, Tony Hauck; 2nd place, Cal Clarr; 3rd place, Jerry Stirely. Ciro DeMarco reminded me I left it out of the last blog. Thanks, Ciro, and thanks to Roger Lamb and the sales crew he put together. They did a terrific job selling tickets.
Pond: The pond is holding water and Pheasants Forever workers have plumbed overflow water down the draw to increase bird cover. Rangemaster Joe tells me he has seen a rooster and a hen pheasant down there already. The heavy rains killed most of the young quail and probably didn't do the pheasants any good, but maybe they will hatch another brood. A mallard drake and hen have taken up homestead on the pond, and I suspect they are nesting there.
Closing time: Closing times at Sun Valley have always been a complicated thing, but no longer. The range officially opens at 10:00 AM and closes at dusk year around. If the gate is open earlier than 10:00 AM, come on in.
Coin op on Skeet Field: Mike Iasella has installed the coin op on the skeet field and it works perfectly. A shooter buys a coin for $5.00, inserts it in the machine, and he has 27 targets coming. It has a voice call, so the shooter pushes the button for the station he wants thrown, and when he calls for the target, it flies. A "puller" is no longer required for skeet shooting.