Prairie Dog Hunting at Longmeadow

Down The Prairie Dog Hole!

a prairie dog hole in a vast field

The Assignment.

It was late May When Heath asked if I could come take some photos of a Prairie Dog hunt for him. Seeing as how I had never been on a Prairie Dog hunt before I thought “hell yes I want to do that” and so the deal was done. I was to go out With Tye, Heath’s bother and get some photos of a group of hunter’s shooting. The plan was to meet early at Longmeadow event center some time around 6:30 – 7:00 in the morning, we decided on a day early in June and it was set. 

The Drive out. 

Unfortunately I was late the morning of the hunt, the drive from Windsor took a little longer than I had expected. It was early, sometime around 7:15 when I showed up at Longmeadow Event Center and everyone had already left for the hunt, I was on my own. Luckily, one of the staff saw me. When I first saw him the though “oh good Tye hasn’t left yet” passed through my mind. However, that wasn’t Tye and after a quick conversation followed by a short phone call the helpful staff member drew me a map and I was on my way.

Had I shown up on time I would have been able to just follow Tye and the rest of the group out to the hunting ground. If you sign up for a hunt make sure to show up on time, don’t be like me. The drive out to Longmeadow’s Prairie dog hunting ground is beautiful, amber waves of grain and rolling green hills of grass dance along either side as you zip your way down the dusty country roads. The road is for the most part dirt, luckily my brother had let me take his Jeep so I was able to make it out there no problem. This is another good reason to make sure and get there early, if your car can’t make it out there you are going to need a ride with your guide.  

The Hunt!

Now, this is where things got really awesome in a few different ways. The first was the spectacular views which I have already described for you, but the second was the actual hunting itself, over all it was the coolest part of the experience. The guys from Longmeadow were very helpful, fun, and friendly. 

white truck with the word longmeadow in the back window sitting in a field Hunting Grounds 

When I first got out there I passed over a little hill, and when I crested it I saw the most beautiful hunting grounds, as well as two trucks, one belonging to Longmeadow and the other to the hunters. I stopped by one of the hunters closest to the road and asked if they were with Longmeadow. They said yes and I parked the Jeep, when I stepped out of the car I couldn’t help but notice the two separate shooting areas one to the south and one to the east. The shooting area to the south over looked a beautiful field full of multicolored grass and flowers reaching out to an old run down grey barn.

a lone tree in a feild with a prairie dog town around its base The east hunting ground looked out in to what can only be described as a Longmeadow itself, with the same multicolored grasses and flowers. An old tree stood out alone at the bottom of the hill. It was an awe inspiring sight to behold, the beauty of Colorado laid out before me; I was ready for the hunt. 

 

Shooting

The shooting was pretty cool to say the least, but before I go farther let me just say that Prairie Dog Hunting is for sport and Longmeadow help makes that very clear to the hunter. The group of hunters I was with wanted to shoot long range so Tye had set up a few shooting benches for the hunters and himself. He was out there to spot for the most part and he did it well.

shooting benches and a hunting rifle in a field They were shooting at around 600 yards, way beyond the range of my camera, but that didn’t stop me from hearing the thundering boom from the gun followed by the sound of the bullet ripping through the tall grass and the thud of the round hitting its mark or the ground behind it. They we using a few different hunting riffles and an AR from what I could tell. There were four hunters, Tye and myself,  for a total of six people. Two hunters would face east and two face south, each eager to hit their mark. This amount of people is pretty common for a hunt of this kind. Being my first time out on a Prairie Dog hunt, I was having so much fun, and would highly recommend the experience to anyone looking for an excellent way to spend a summer day! 

Longmeaow

A lot of that fun had to do with Longmeadow, they were great from start to finish. They Provide a great area to shoot and an awesome guide will take you out there. Tye was out there all day looking over the hunters shoulders spotting for them.prairie dog hunters and a spotter They had all of the hunters meet up at the lodge first and then follow Tye out there. After everything is set up it is time to start shooting Tye kept walking back and forth between the hunting sites making sure the hunters had everything they needed and spotting out their next shot. Tye was very kind and helpful he seemed to really love what he does. After a few hours of shooting it was time for a break and for the hunters to have lunch. Shooting continued well into the afternoon, and the hunters all seemed very happy with the day. 

My conclusion. 

So if you were to walk up and ask me if I would ever go prairie dog hunting my answer would be a resounding yes. Now, if I were to do it again on my own, I would definitely do it with Longmeadow. Not only do they have an awesome staff, great guides, and beautiful hunting grounds, they have also have a special prairie dog hunting rig that looks like an amazing way to spend the day. So if you are looking to have a good time with some friends and shoot some game, I would highly recommend Longmeadow! Come make a memory and take your shot! 

looking down the sights of a hunting rifle.

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Longmeadow Clays Club Farmers League

All shooters welcome! Longmeadow is kicking of the summer with the introduction of our Clays Club Farmers League! The first shoot of the season will be held on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Shoots will be held twice per month, consist of 100 clays, and prizes will be awarded to the top three shooters! Call to register at (970) 483-8368

Sporting Clays Club Farmers League Summer 2017 Season Flyer

Clays Club Farmers League Meme that reads "Keep calm and break clays like a boss"

This is just the start of the summer season! The beauty of the Farmers League is that is will be active for most of the year. Shooters will be able to register for shoots anytime during the summer, winter, or spring seasons, and even have the option to save a little and prepay for a full season or even the entire year! 

Prices:

  • Day pass = $45 per shoot 
  • Season Pass = $280 total, ($35/shoot)
  • Year Pass = $720 total, ($30/shoot)

Seasons:

  • Summer: June – September
  • Winter: October – January 
  • Spring: February – May

Play Machine for the Clays Club Farmers League filled with bright orange and green clays

 

 

Longmeadow Clays Club 100+100 Grand Opening!

Join us at Longmeadow on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 for the Longmeadow Clays Club 100+100 GRAND OPENING!!!! $5 from every entry fee will be donated to the Wiggins Community Fund. In addition, shooters participating in the main event will have a chance to win a brand new BERETTA SHOTGUN!!!! The winner of the raffle will be announced after the second 100 clays have been shot. Hope to see you there!!!!! Call to register at (970) 483-8368

Longmeadow Sporting Clays Club 100+100 Grand Opening

Tips on Planning your Wedding

I was engaged in October and married in June because I didn’t want to wait. Other people prefer to have more time and are engaged for a year or longer before their wedding day.

There are so many different decisions to make when it comes to the big day!  Whether you are on a small budget or no limit, the basic decisions are the same. The other big factor in your wedding planning is the amount of time between getting engaged and getting married.

 

Now that you are engaged!!

The key things to think about first:

  • What time of year do you want to get married?
  • How many people do you want in your bridal party?
  • Do you want a big or small wedding?
  • Colors?

Next few key questions:

  • What is your ideal date?
  • Ideal location?
  • Budget?

What time of year is the first question because it has a lot to do with the colors, location, indoors or outdoors, cake, flowers, and attire for the wedding party. The time of year also has a lot to do with the budget. Even though, pretty much year round is wedding season, there are places, flowers, cake, and attire less/more expensive depending on the season. 

Ideal date, location and budget are in the second set of questions because depending on your date and location or if you choose a destination wedding, the budget can change drastically just from those few questions being answered.

If you have a short engagement like I did, you can either skip the save the date in the mail. I actually made my Christmas cards our engagement photo/save the date/ Merry Christmas.

Generally speaking, the venue (location) for the wedding is the first thing you will need to book as soon as you decide on it. The venues fill up fast and you don’t want to miss getting married on the date you want. 

  

I crammed 12+ months worth of planning into 9 months. If you are not an organized person there are different wedding sites and apps or you can do it the old fashion way and print out a checklist. I used theKnot.com for my planning and downloaded the app. Below is a “Snap-Shot” of what theKnot.com helps with: checklist, budget, website, guest list, registry, etc. 

An example of a wedding profile on the knot.comI found the colors, flowers, suits, dresses (even my dress) and cake style pictures all before I ever went and looked anywhere. TheKnot.com allows you to save pictures into your favorites for items you find on their site, and they are linked to shops in your area where you could go look and/or buy what you have selected for your favorites. 

      

Pinterest as we all know is another great place to save a wedding file of pictures for the big day. I am a bargain shopper and generally will shop throughout the year when items are on sale to get what I want for less and just hold onto it until I need it. 

Zulily.com and Etsy.com are great places to get table decorations, place cards, programs, fans, aisle runners, guest party favors, etc.

      

I am a planner, so if you are not a planner, I would say make sure you have a checklist of some sort so you don’t forget something on your wedding day! The wedding day is for you and your groom to enjoy and make memories of the happiest day of your life!

Shoot Results for Longmeadow 100

Longmeadow 100 Shoot Results for 3/11/17

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks all who participated in this event! We encourage anyone and everyone to join the next shoot on April 15th, 2017! This was the first Longmeadow 100 of the season, but we look forward to many more sporting clays shoots in the months to come! To find more info about upcoming events and learn more about our new 15 station Sporting Clays Course, check HERE

Longmeadow 100 Shoot resultsLongmeadow 100 Shoot Results p2Longmeadow 100 Shoot Results p3

 

 

 

Sexiest Wedding Dresses of 2017

Sexiest Wedding Dresses of 2017!

A wedding dress is a statement piece whether you are a jeans & tee-shirt kinda girl or you dress up regularly, your wedding dress is outside of the norm for attire. Sexy wedding dresses can be chic and classic or lace and somewhat revealing, long, short, slit, ball gown, or sleeves. Vintage classics, pockets and sleeves are also in as being super sexy!  

Here are the Sexiest wedding dresses for 2017 in all categories.

Style no. 14401

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pnina Tornai is known for her Sexy Wedding Dresses. This is a full length, fitted mermaid with lace cutouts for the illusion of sexy.

Style no. 14401

Style no. 4261

Corset ball gown is one of the most seen Pnina Tornai, Especially on “Say Yes To The Dress”.

Style no. 4261

 

Simple Lace gown with low back and short train is always classic sexy. 

This Martina Liana form fitting full coverage cap sleeve dress with flowing train in the back to show off your curves elegantly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lace is really in again in 2017 as you can see.  Simple form fitting dress shows off all of the right curves.

Sottero and Midgley - NATASHA, Sensual and sophisticated, this fit and flare lace wedding dress features a Milano satin mini-dress, transitioning into an elegant lace and tulle skirt. Finished with romantic sweetheart neckline, beaded spaghetti straps, and covered buttons over zipper closure. Detachable shoulder straps and veil sold separately.   

Short dress underneath with lace overlay to show some leg without showing off too much skin.

Sottero and Midgley - NATASHA, Sensual and sophisticated, this fit and flare lace wedding dress features a Milano satin mini-dress, transitioning into an elegant lace and tulle skirt. Finished with romantic sweetheart neckline, beaded spaghetti straps, and covered buttons over zipper closure. Detachable shoulder straps and veil sold separately.

 

Sheer venice lace sabrina neckline accents this sweetheart neckline with pleated regal satin cummerbund at waist, textured lace trumpet skirt and chapel length train. Buttons over back zipper. https://www.justinalexanderbridal.com/wedding_dresses/8596:

Justin Alexander wedding gowns are vintage sexy, almost pin-up bride sexy.

Sheer venice lace sabrina neckline accents this sweetheart neckline with pleated regal satin cummerbund at waist, textured lace trumpet skirt and chapel length train. Buttons over back zipper. https://www.justinalexanderbridal.com/wedding_dresses/8596:  

38 Striking Wedding Dresses with Slit

Whether you are looking for ball gown, mermaid or a-line there are sexy dresses in all categories. Short or long, Sexy is the right dress, fitted to your body!