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LAND O' LAKES GUN CLUB

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Rico46, Sep 16, 2007.

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  1. Rico46

    Rico46 TS Member

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    Gateway Gun Club, in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin just hosted their annual fall non-registered money shoot. What a shoot! Targets are out of this world. Any one that knows the legendary John Muir and has shot at Land O' Lakes knows exactly what I mean. Thursday, we shot in pouring rain. Friday we shot in the wind, rain and snow, Saturday, was nearly perfect with blue skies and 74 degree weather. Sunday's handicap was in the mid 70 degree weather. Each day presents it's own specific challenges in weather and target presentation.

    Shooting at Gateway is a blast but you better check your ego at the door! Gateway Gun Club has the most unusual trap set up and the most challenging targets around. Shooting at Gateway is a like a box of chocolates, you never know what you get until you shoot at your first 100 targets.

    This shoot hosts annual attendees going back to the late 60's and 70's. One couple has been attending nearly 35 years straight. It's a shoot where you congregate to meet old friends, shoot challenging targets and dine at some of the finest restaurants in Northern Wisconsin. If you like fresh fish try the walleye at Lanny's. If you like steak try the garlic stuffed tenderloin at the Bear Trap. When you order a drink..just say hi to the bartender Felicia! Both restaurants have wonderful food at very competitive prices. We stay right at the Gateway Lodge. They provide clean comfortable rooms, its own restaurant, a bar and a continental breakfast for the shooters. The Lodge is celebrating it's 100 anniversary this year, while hosting shoots for the last 69 years.

    Land O' Lakes is a prestine little town in northern Wisconsin that borders Michigan. It attracts anglers that are endeared to walleye fishing. It promises some of the finest whitetail deer hunting in the state. It has some of the longest and challenging snow mobile trails in Wisconsin. The Local residents are friendly and go out of the way to make you feel welcome. If you enjoy the night life and gambling thier is a casino just 8 miles away. Land O' Lakes is a little slice of heaven hidden away in up state Wisconsin.

    I would like to thank John Muir, shoot management the trap kids and the entire staff at the Gateway Lodge at hosting this fine shoot. If you have never shot Gateway give it a try. Once you do your hooked! I look forward to returning in May for their Spring Thaw Shoot.

    Thanks

    Rick Brohmer
     
  2. scratcher

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    Jesus Christ, Ricky.....Muir throws the worst targets in the world and charges grand american prices...You gotta be into self- mutilation if you like shooting there..

    Dick Gries
     
  3. esoxhunter

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    Rick: I've been going to the Gateway since 1974. Since retirement I live in Arkansas, but spend June, July and August at North Twin Lake in Phelps. Which is about 9 miles from the Gateway. The Gateway is a piece of history and the area is beautiful. John Muir is a personal friend and sure knows his way around the trap field, that's for sure. I will agree if the wind is blowing, shooting can be very difficult. But, it's the same for everybody. Next time you are up there, go West past the Bear Trap and visit "Bent's Camp". (About 8 miles) Great food and like the Gateway, a very historic place. It overlooks Mame Lake on the Michigan/Wisconsin border and was once a place where fur traders conducted their business. Also, if you travel down to Conover and travel west on K, (don't turn East on K by the Log Cabin Tavern) go South on 45 past the Log Cabin about another 1/2 mile and then take K to the west. Go about 10 miles. Just past Star Lake is the Stillwater Tavern. It has the best Friday night fish in the area. they also feed the bears. This past summer we saw a yearling bear and when he left we saw a female and her 3 cubs. they put on a great show for everyone. You also can take K to the East, by the Log Cabin, and eat at the "Twin Haven". (About 5 miles) Again, great food and it overlooks North Twin Lake with a spectacular view. Yup, it's a little piece of heaven up there. Ed
     
  4. midalake

    midalake Well-Known Member

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    I could not agree more with Dick Gries. I like John as a person, and wish him well. HOWEVER, he needs to take a course on how to run a club. It is very sad a one time All American would do this.

    GS
     
  5. esoxhunter

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    In fairness to John; This club has been run no different since I shot at the Gateway back in the 70's. At that time John was working for Winchester. Keep in mind John doesn't have any ownership in the Gateway. He just leases the area where he conducts the trapshoots and the sporting clays course. Keep in mind, the prospects of making big money running the Gateway surely doesn't exist when you factor in the short season that he has to operate. (And he is not near any big towns where he can draw league shooters). Spending a lot of money on the club, in my opinion would not be a good investment. That being said the money shoots that are conducted in Mid May and Mid September draw a lot of shooters. The layout and the difficulty in shooting very difficult targets has always been part of the experience. No different now than it was years ago. If a person is worried about "hurting" their ATA averages, I will agree the Gateway is not the place to shoot registered targets. However, many still do. The 2 money shoots are not an ATA event. Each person shoots under less than ideal conditions. But like I said that's always been the case. John goes out of his way to employ as many school kids as he can during the summer vacations. This gives the local kids some spending money. The Gateway will always be unique and frustrating if low scores bother you. JMHO. Ed
     
  6. Badgerette

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    This is in response to the commentary regarding this past weekends Gateway Fall Classic Trap Shoot at Land 'O Lakes, Wisconsin

    First off, I'd like to say that I always like Rick Brohmer's comments on this site. They are always decent and complimentary, and I wish I'd spoken with Rick at the Gateway this past weekend to tell him that, but I did not, but I will get my chance for sure, face to face.

    This was the 69th Annual Fall Classic! I enjoyed it throroughly! This was my 11th consecutive trip to the Fall shoot and I hope I can attend many, many more!

    For the un-informed shooters who come to the Gateway there is a group of shooters who have shot a 99 x 100 AT HANDICAP at the Gateway. . .Seven shooters to be exact! I am one of those seven shooters! Did it on Friday Sept. 12, 2002 at 24 yards. Was in the last squad with fading light and light rain!

    Per John Muir no one has ever had 100 x 100 at Handicap at the Gateway Gun Club. . .The "A" list of shooters who have attended in years past have been Vic Reinders, Joe Hiestand, Bob Allen, Homer Clark Jr., and Ned Lilly. Look up those names in the ATA record books! Those men all shot at Gateway! Today you have Doug Jerabek, Dean Neumann, Gerry Mitchell, ATA Hall of Famer Judy Wegner is a regular participant at these shoots, as was the late Roger Blake from Wyoming, and some others as well from time to time.

    There is no bigger thrill than being challenged at this place AND COMING THROUGH WITH A GREAT SCORE! No brag, just fact, but I've shot scores from 93 thru 99 and won there and done it several times and in weather and conditions which were much worse than this past weekends conditions were!!

    Hell yes the targets can be, and were ugly! (as per Mr. Gries). But I shot at the Grand this year too, and between the terrible heat and the drastic target variations from trap to trap at 27 yards the Grand was much harder for me!!! Yes, HARDER than Gateway!

    John Muir is a dear friend of mine also! I admire the man greatly for what he has tried to do in that small town, and the fact that he continues to run these shoots year after year with little praise or assistance! The fact that the targets may not be up to certain peoples standards has little to do with John!! IT'S THE GATEWAY! 4 traps, each field is different. . .Almost like shooting at 4 different clubs for a 100 target event!

    The Gateway Gun Club is one of the most challenging places ANYONE could ever want to shoot trap, and again, if you perform there, you have earned the respect of the other damn fine shots who participate there regularly. . .

    Personally I always have always believed that shooters must enjoy coming there, or the place would have closed down long, long ago!

    Sincerely,

    SCOTT A. MESSNER

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  7. Rico46

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    I thought it was the trap/target experience that made Gateway..Gateway! Never shot a target tougher and never will. I shot an 86 in Sundays handicap and I was very pleased! It was a few targets short of really doing something but shooting an 86 at Gateway is like a 96 elsewhere.

    It's not just the targets, its the nostalgia and the experience of shooting their. I enjoyed talking to people like Doug Jarabek, Judy Wagner and Dick & Arlene Otto about their experiences of yester years. I spoke to many older shooters and their wives who have been coming to Gateway for years. They spoke of shooting live pidgeons and how little the targets have changed over the years.

    I enjoyed the laughing and the head shakes on the firing line by all five shooters watching targets looking like magic carpets! All bragging when they got a 23..lol. I enjoyed spending time with old friends and meeting new friends, each sharing their experiences of Gateway. I agree with Scott in that "shooters enjoying coming to Gateway or the club would have been closed down years ago! Thanks

    Rick Brohmer
     
  8. hounddog41@charter.net

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    I too attended the Fall Classic, and as a matter of fact I shot with Rick on Sat. We both laughed at our own performances. I too have been coming to Gateway for about the last five years, both the spring shoot and the fall shoot. Sometimes I shot good and sometimes poorley but always had a great time. This past spring I shot four of the days and came home after all my shooting fees were paid and was $68.00 to the good. Not great, but had a great time. Yes John, was a great host. Yes I think the targets were a little fast, but they were fast for everyone, and yes Im sure Ill be back next year GOD willing and Im sure once again Ill have a geat time. Alex Kotter Superior wisconsin
     
  9. Rico46

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    Chet, I can assure you that many good shooters struggled at times especially on the handicap but it's that challenge that continues to draw shooters back to Gateway's Fall Classic. I too shot better on Friday than on Saturday. I'm not sure why but maybe it was the bright blue sky and the no wind that threw me for a loop...lol

    Alex, it was a pleasure to have you shoot with Tom, Ron and I. We could only laugh with each other as we watch the targets do dispy doodles or take off like minature flying saucers. You would be more than welcomed to shoot with us any time. Best to you!

    Rick Brohmer
     
  10. Janet

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    I loved shooting at Gateway. The first time I was there, I had trigger trouble and shot three traphouses. At the end of the day, John told me "go shoot the last traphouse cause we're painting them next week".L.O.L. He really made me feel welcome and shot there ,after moving from Ohio to Wisconsin, many times.
    After Craig Duda, my partner, passed away, I moved back to Ohio, but sure do miss the good times.
     
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