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Jackson Hole NRA Banquet 2016

Jackson Hole NRA Banquet 2016

We have been asked why the JH Shooting Sports Foundation is not involved in the 2016 NRA Banquet.

In 2015 the Jackson Hole Shooting Sports Foundation sponsored the Friends of the NRA Banquet in Jackson Hole.

The organization and planning success at the local level was greatly hindered by the Wyoming NRA representative.  Despite the unprofessional and incompetent “assistance” provided by the friendly and outgoing Wyoming NRA field rep, the local Jackson Hole friends of the NRA Committee put on a fabulous event.  Afterward, we compiled a list of “issues” that needed to be corrected before having the event in 2016.  The problems with the Wyoming rep were so bad and had a high probability of being uncorrectable that our committee agreed that he was not a good fit for the level of excellence we were keen to provide in 2016.

  • Despite repeated requests for marketing to Jackson Hole area NRA members, the rep fell short
  • Bank account setup was very slow, despite requests from the local committee
  • Responses to many issues were slow and incomplete
  • Volunteers were yelled at during the event
  • A local major NRA supporter asked the rep about the poor NRA communication and the rep dishonestly blamed the local committee.  A local committee member overheard & defended the local committee and an argument ensued, with the Wyoming rep saying to the volunteer that he and his spouse, “…would never be allowed to volunteer at another Friends of the NRA event in Wyoming again…”
  • Other volunteers were snarlingly blamed for not volunteering MORE time amid complaints that there were not more volunteers
  • Much more…

Our Jackson Hole Friends of the NRA committee chairwoman contacted Brad Kruger, who is the Wyoming representative’s boss and explained our grievances, emphasizing that our committee would like to work with the Friends of the NRA in 2016.  We explained that we were excited to work with a more responsive and capable representative, perhaps the Idaho rep.  We did not suggest that the Wyoming rep be fired from his position with the NRA, however we declined to work with him in the future.  Communication with Mr. Kruger was slow and after many months of waiting, we were finally told that he would not provide us with a competent rep.

The Jackson Hole Shooting Sports Foundation and the Jackson Hole NRA Banquet Committee reached out to other divisions of the NRA in hopes of teaming with them for an event.  We had success and were contemplating at event for the late spring or fall of 2016 when we learned that the Wyoming rep had already scheduled an event for Jackson Hole.

So, we had not planned to publicly air our dirty laundry, however it seems that by undercutting local efforts to support the NRA, the Wyoming rep is attempting to restore his poor reputation locally by having his own event without contacting anyone from the previous committee.  We hope that he has developed himself personally in terms of personal initiative, communication & follow-thru and has committed to making the event a good one.  We hope that he treats his new batch of volunteers with professionalism, respect and appreciation.

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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


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2015 Jackson Hole Turkey Shoot Nov 27, 2015 from 330pm-5pm

Shepard Humphries & the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience have again teamed with the JHSSF to provide our Jackson Hole community with this the 4th annual 22 Turkey Shoot, again without injury to any real turkeys!

This event is again open to all ages, and if you don’t have a gun, hearing protection, eye protection or shooting experience – no problem!  We are passionate about sharing our love of shooting sports with folks, both experienced and novice!

Learn more HERE! 


Tips for Receiving Grants from JHSSF

Tips for Receiving Grants from JHSSF

The JHSSF board has been more active since 2011, and we have received many grant requests.  We have approved some and denied others.  Following are some “lessons learned” about the combination of varying attitudes and philosophies of board members.  Clearly a “board” does not exist absent individual members, however our “board” operates under the concept of “democracy.”  While this is obviously not a perfect system, it is how we operate.  We hope that learning a bit about our historic decision-making process will help you better hone in on grant requests.

  • We are more likely to approve a grant request that benefits children entering shooting sports versus adults.
  • We are more likely to approve grants promoting shooting sports to women than men.
  • We are more likely to approve beginning level classes than intermediate-level programing.
  • We are more likely to support infrastructure or program requests than maintenance or other operating costs.
  • We have approved grants that cost over $75/person (Wyoming Game & Fish) down to only a few dollars per person (JH Shooting Experience).  We prefer to affect as many people as possible for as small of a price per person as possible.
  • We are strict about only supporting grant requests that are for shooting sports including rifles, shotguns, archery and pistols.  We are unlikely to support unarmed women’s self defense, skiing trips, etc.
  • We have discovered that a local “for profit” shooting instruction business and its owners do 90% of the “heavy lifting” in actually reaching new people and getting them involved in shooting sports, so we are not opposed to “for-profit” organizations requesting grants.
  • We do not accept donations that are “earmarked” unless we agree with the project, and the donor is contributing 100% of the  funds for the project.

Again, not all members agree with the above, and we have some heated debates in our meetings, but the above is often how things shake out in the end.  Please contact us for further advice as you prepare your grant request.  We respect the many hours of thought and deliberation that go in before even beginning write a grant request, and we understand that your time is likely valuable, so we want to make things as streamlined and transparent as possible.  jhshootingsportsfoundation (at)

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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Uncategorized




Friends of the NRA Jackson Hole – NRA Banquet

  • March 7, 2015
  • 5:30pm until 9pm
  • Virginian Convention Center
  • Event Chairperson is Celebrity Huntress Gloria Courser 69O-6I45
  • Live auctioneer is local favorite Brian Taylor

Buy your ticket NOW!  Included in your event ticket purchase is an entry to win an 3-Gun package along with a safe!


Jackson Hole’s “New Wild West” Friends of NRA Banquet March 7, 2015 at 5:30 pm
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Calling all COWBOYS AND OUTLAWS! Twirl and wax those handlebar mustaches, curl and oil the pompadour!
Calling all LADIES AND COURTESANS! Button up the corsets and pull on your knickers!
Join us for some “New Wild West” fun at the Virginian Saloon; dance hall ladies and gents, wild games of chance, arm wrestling tournaments, and mustachio measuring. Event details may change at the creative whim of organizers, but the theme and fun factor will remain the same!  Whether you’re a cowboy or an outlaw, a lady or a courtesan; be sure to dress and act the part!
There will be a live auction, a silent auction, a progressive raffle, a “3 gun raffle” (the “3 gun” raffle entry is included with your event ticket), and all sorts of other games and chances to win!
WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS EVENT? Organizations within WYOMING and throughout the nation that promote the shooting sports. Organizations like 4H, Boy Scouts, local gun clubs, biathlon teams, etc. receive grants for their programs every year that are funded by these banquets!
RESPECT, SAFETY, DISCIPLINE, AND FUN are some of the fantastic things that shooting sports teach! Meet us at The Virginian Saloon to help support the shooting sports in WYOMING!
Your New Wild West ticket is $75 per person and includes; all the fun you can manage, a banquet dinner, and an AUTOMATIC ENTRY into the THREE GUN RAFFLE (valued at $2,500!) Photos of the guns you will win if your event raffle is drawn are below.  Yes!  One wiinner takes all three!
Ticket sales are limited to 200, so the odds are good but don’t wait or you might miss out!
Get your Tickets to Fun here:
Please contact Gloria Courser at 307-690-6145 to discuss sponsorship and donation options

Thanks to the Friends of the NRA, JH Shooting Sports Foundation, the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience, Professional Hunter Gloria Courser, Andy WardAlpine Standard Gun Store, Lynn SherwoodJD-High Country Outfitters and many other sponsors for making this event possible!

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Friends of the NRA Banquet in Jackson Hole Wyoming March 7 2015

Friends of the NRA Banquet in Jackson Hole Wyoming March 7 2015


Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Falling Plates 2015!

The Falling Plates winter series is here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

See for details!

Shepard timing Mark Falling Plates 3-12 009

Falling plates Match in Jackson Hole. Firearms Training Academy director Shepard Humphries times Match Director Mark Roundtree.

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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Free Home Firearms Safety Class in Jackson Hole! 12-15-14

Come join Jackson Hole Shooting Experience & JD-High Country Outfitters Monday evening, December 15th from 5pm to 6pm at JD-High Country Outfitters for a short class on home firearms safety.  We are teaming with JD-High Country Outfitters to provide this class.

Learn more here!

Home Firearms Safety in Jackson Hole

Home Firearms Safety in Jackson Hole

If you can’t make this class, but want the instruction, please contact JD-High Country Outfitters or for more information on firearms training in Wyoming!

World Class Firearms Training in Jackson Hole

World Class Firearms Training in Jackson Hole

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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Uncategorized


Careful in the Snow!

Careful in the Snow!

Now that old man winter has arrived, the JHSSF reminds shooters to especially remember the second rule of gun safety:  ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot!

Slipping on ice or snow and involuntarily “clutching” the gun can be dangerous, so let’s all be careful and stay safe!  🙂

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Posted by on November 22, 2014 in Uncategorized


2014 Turkey Shoot in Jackson Hole

Join us the afternoon after Thanksgiving Day for our Third Annual .22 Caliber Turkey Shoot!  

(No real turkeys will be injured or killed)

  • November 28, 2014
  • 2pm to 4pm  (Gates open at 1:50pm & shooter registration closes at 2:10pm, so please arrive on time!)
  • JHGC
  • Chili & Cornbread catered by Chef Kiley Campbell!

$20/person covers range fees, loaner eye & ear protection, 50 rounds of .22 caliber ammo, chili & hot drinks and use of one of our rifles if you choose!  Donations of more $ gratefully accepted!

Those handling firearms will be expected to practice exemplary safe-handling skills!

Stages will include:

Bench-rest on paper targets at 25 yards

Standing at 25 yards

“Hunter’s Challenge” (at 50 yards?)

Turkey Silhouette at 25 yards

JHSSF 22 caliber rifles available for use!

JHSSF 22 caliber rifles available for use!

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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Grant Approved for JHGC Shotgun Bay!

By Shepard Humphries, JHSSF Secretary

The shotgun facility at the JHGC as of summer 2014 was a 5 Stand.  It was in a beautiful setting with a slight downward slope. Aspects needing improvement were the clay throwing machines, a need for additional parking, and a need for an improved barrier between the rifle bay and the shotgun bay.  In the fall of 2013 the JHGC board hired a consultant to write an NRA Grant, which was approved for $27,500.  Also in the fall of 2013, a group of volunteers that were responsible for the majority of the 2013 shotgun bay use provided a letter to the JHGC board with recommendations regarding the shotgun program.  Their primary recommendation was to have a separate RSO for the shotgun program.

An uncompleted 35-yard East-facing archery bay also needed an additional berm to make it safe for archers to shoot while the shotgun bay was occupied, and the archery targets purchased in 2012 needed framework built prior to placement.  There were not any drainage issues for the shotgun bay, however the archery bay was poorly built regarding slope and collected water in the spring.

In the spring of 2014 the upper pistol bay collected much snow and remained muddy during spring runoff.  For the long term, a solution was prudent to make the JHGC a truly world class shooting club.

The lower pistol bay also was muddy in the spring, and users were well-advised to wear boots!  The safety issue on the pistol bays was the berm dividing the two pistol bays, and the berm on the West side of the lower pistol bay, which did not properly stop fragments headed West Bound.  Grading and crush were suggested to prevent the ice rink which accumulates on the cement pad.

On July 22, 2014, the JHSSF received a grant request from the JHGC for $70,000 over upcoming months, with $35,000 payable in July & August.

“As I believe you all know the JHGC is embarking on the construction of a new shotgun facility and will be asking the Foundation for approx. $70,000 over the next few months.  The overall project will cost approx. $85,000 and the JHGC has already invested $15,000 in the equipment.  The first $35,000 from the Foundation would be paid in the next 3-4 weeks and the balance after the Old Bills funds are disbursed in October.  A generous supporter with generous friends has guaranteed the Foundation $35,000 for 2014 and hopes to generate more.  He is doing this under the premise that those funds will be going directly to the Shotgun Bay project.  We will keep and use the match funds for programs, education and the like…Some details of the project include, a new five stand and trap range with all new machines and houses, swipe card access to both 5 stand and trap, the trap field will be dirt and gravel for the time being but another NRA Foundation grant will be submitted this year for the concrete work.  It also appears that the existing 5 stand will not be disturbed for the time being.”

 The JHSSF board approved this grant request on July 25, 2014 and looks forward to a more usable and safer range!

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized


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