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2012 Rendezvous Report!

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We had a real adventure this year for our 8th Annual Texas Predator Posse Rendezvous! We had 105 Posse members registered from 5 States: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Arkansas! We were back at Camp Sol Mayer Boy Scout Camp outside Menard, Texas.

 

The big story was the unexpected winter storm that hammered us. We had a great turn-out in spite of some terrible weather. We were expecting some rain, but we got a very atypical winter deluge. Over the weekend we got 4.5" of rain and hail with the temperature never getting out of the 40's. We still got all of our shooting and calling contests done. Everyone had a great attitude and we made the best of it. We kept a fire going the whole weekend in the main lodge.

 

Burnham Brothers and Gary & Deb Roberson did their usual Texas BBQ for us all Saturday afternoon. Carl Barnes headed up our Friday cookout with some great assistant chefs. This year we cooked on the gas griddle in the lodge We moved our Saturday campfire and cookout inside this year too. We grilled over the fireplace and on Tinker's 6' pit which he backed up to the rear of the lodge. We had more food than we could eat in a whole weekend!

 

 

Bob :P

 

Tinker penned this poem for us. I had to post it here at the beginning of the Report. Great job Tinker and THANKS!!

 

The Great Adventure-Rendezvous 2012

 

Our Great Leader, Bobcat, called for us to gather,

so we began our journies, from where did not matter.

 

There was Shooter, 4-Shot, Sonora Ken, Swift220, and Engine4On,

our list of members goes on and on.

 

We have several different Mikes, a Flip-Flop, a Honda Guy, and a RedRder4Life,

and we all know most of the Gatesville Crew really owe Tinker's Wife.

 

Most of our adventure involved traveling in rain, hail, and high water,

to add to his adventure, Tinker brought his ten-year old daughter.

 

We all went to sleep to the sound of rain on the roof and multiple snores to boot,

upon awakening to muddy shoes, we all got together and started to shoot.

 

As the early bird gets the worm,

so did the first shooters as they took their turns.

 

While those who waited,

got inundated.

 

Neither rain or mud could halt our progress,

to once again determine who was best.

 

As in years before,

Bennie was the winner twice more.

 

To the hand calls we then went,

to let our mighty call vent.

 

With all the squealing and squaking,

no one could be heard talking.

 

There were coyote howls, rabbits in distress, and birds squealing,

with all this noise, the audiences and judges heads were reeling.

 

Just to show the old folks how it's done,

the youngsters went through their calls one by one.

 

Give Gary and Byron their due for listening to our sounds,

for their patience knows no bounds.

 

Let's give the cooking crew a big hand,

cause it was the best in the land.

 

Was for the nanner pudding and peach cobbler,

we should all say Thanks and ask for another.

 

Saturday Night was again a great meal,

we all gathered in the chow hall for fun that was real.

 

We finally reached Sunday morning and lost an hour of sleep,

only to wake and still have to walk thru mud so deep.

 

With a stick and string,

the archers gave their arrows a fling.

 

It was too early for me,

so I don't know who the winner turned out to be.

 

As with everything that is fun,

we reach the point where everything is done.

 

The cabins were swept and cleaned,

while the kitchen and dining hall was mopped.

 

As we all travel home and think about this past weekend,

let's all Thank those who made it a place to make a new friend.

 

For those who did all the work at the ranges,

either in the kitchen cooking or on the shooting ranges.

 

These few made it possible for the rest of us to sit and remininse,

and to tell stories about how we never miss.

 

The Camp Entrance......before.

 

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Some of our weather.

 

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We held our CHL Handgun Match, our 200 Yard Predator Rifle Match, our 50 Yard Youth Rifle Match, our 30 Yard Archery Match, our Hand Calling Contest, and our Youth Hand Calling Contest.

 

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This year we gave away over $8,000 in Door Prizes thanks to our terrific sponsors!

 

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Friday morning, a bunch of the earlybirds met in Menard for breakfast before heading to the Open House at Burnham Brother Game Calls!

 

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After breakfast we met up with the rest of the gang at Burnham Brothers. The Open House was a big success and Gary, aka coyote, and Miss Deb were great hosts!

 

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Our first event was the CHL Handgun Match. To enter you had to have a CHL or be a Law Enforcement Officer. We started this to encourage our fellow Posse members to get their concealed carry licenses.

 

This years winners were:

 

1-Bennie

2-Swift220

3-2 Mag Sneed

 

Congrats to all who shot this year!!!

 

Bennie

 

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Swift220 (Photo by JDickey-Thanks)

 

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2 Mag Sneed

 

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This year we added a Trapping Seminar by Jim Brooks! It was a big hit and we have talked Jim into doing it next year too! It was great to see a lot of the kids involved too!! Jim started trapping when he was eight years old. He has been at it, mostly full time, for over 50 years. He spent the last 15 years of his professional trapping career as a Government Trapper with Texas Wildlife Services.

 

Jim and me.

 

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The Trapping Seminar Friday afternoon.

 

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Saturday morning we managed to get our Adult & Youth Rile Matches done after breakfast thanks to the HUGE efforts of Sonoraken and Swift220!! They went WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND to make sure we got our shooting events done in spite of the weather. Thanks Ken and Mike!!! :):wub::)

 

This years winners of our 200 Yard Predator Rifle Match were:

 

1-Bennie

2-jhop

3-PSEPro

 

Congrats to all 28 of our shooters!!!

 

Bennie

 

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jhop

 

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PSEPro

 

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We had a great group of youth shooters this year for our Youth Rifle Match! They were shooting their 22 LR's at 50 yards.

 

This years winners were:

 

1-Varmint Jr.

2-Pat

3-Lil Sister

 

Congrats to all our shooters!!

 

Varmint Jr.

 

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Pat (Photo by jdickey-Thanks!)

 

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Lil Sister (Photo by jdickey-Thanks!)

 

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We had some great "Screamers" in this years Adult Blind Hand Calling Contest!

 

They used diaphragms, closed, and open reed calls.

 

Our Judges this year were Gary Roberson of Burnham Brothers Game Calls and "Carnivore" TV and Byron South of "Coming to the Call" TV and MOJO Outdoors!

 

This years winners were:

 

1-Benoh23

2-Tinker

3-CaptKB

 

Congrats to all who "screamed"!!

 

Benoh23

 

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Tinker

 

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CaptKB

 

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Our Youth Hand Calling Contest gets better every year!! :)

 

We had some great "Junior Screamers" again!!

 

This years winners were:

 

1-Pat

2-Walker

3-Lil Varmint

 

Congrats to all!!

 

Pat

 

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Walker

 

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Lil Varmint

 

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We held our Archery Match Sunday morning, again with a LOT of help from Sonoraken and Swift220!!!!!! :wub::wub::wub:

 

The targets were set at 30 yards and the gang was shooting in a cross wind this year just to keep in interesting! We have some really fine archers!!

 

This years winners were:

 

1-redrider4life

2-claysdaddy

3-PSEPro

 

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PSEPro

 

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Here are some shots from the Hand Calling Contest.

 

Boomy

 

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Tinker

 

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Bennie

 

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Here are some shots of Sunday mornings Archery Match. The weather had started to break a bit.......

 

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