Gateway Give-A-Shoot 2017

Gateway Give-A-Shoot 2017

It’s that time of year again, leaves are changing, nights are growing colder, and Longmeadow is hosting the annual Gateway Give-A-Shoot on Saturday, November 4th, 2017! Enter for a chance to win some amazing prizes! Proceeds will go to the Committee for the Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Untied Way of Morgan County! 

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Give-A-Shoot 2017

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MCGS Shoot for the Stars and Stripes 2017

MCGS Shoot for the Stars and Stripes 2017

Join us at Longmeadow for the 100+100 MCGS Shoot for the Starts and Stripes on Saturday, September 16th, 2017! Enter for a chance to win some amazing prizes! Proceeds will go to the Morgan County Golden Stars for Children, Seniors, and Military Veterans Programs!
 

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WHS Football Sporting Clays Fundraiser

WHS Football Sporting Clays Fundraiser

Join us at Longmeadow for the 100+100 WHS Football Sporting Clays Fundraiser on Sunday, September 10th, 2017! Enter for a chance to win some amazing prizes! Proceeds will go toward helping the Wiggins High School Tigers Football Team!

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NSCA/CSCA Shoot on 8/13/17

NSCA/CSCA Registered Sporting Clays Shoot

Join us for an upcoming Longmeadow 100+100 NSCA/CSCA Registered Sporting Clays Shoot on Sunday August 13th, 2017! Call today to get singed up at (970) 371-4623
 
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Registration begins at 8:30am, Main event at 10:00am
$60 for the first 100, $40 for the second 100 clays 
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The History of Longmeadow

The History of Longmeadow Game Resort, Clays Club, and Event Center

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Longmeadow Game Resort, Clays Club, & Event Center has come to be know as one of Colorado’s premier hunting grounds and event venues. However, it wasn’t always that way. Longmeadow’s history is a fascinating and inspiring story that stretches back over a century, and one that will continue well into the future.

And So It Was Called Longmeadow

Longmeadow takes its name from the historical landmark that resides on the property—a little one-room schoolhouse built in 1908.

Certainly seeing any resemblance to a long green meadow back in the day would have required a vivid imagination as one viewed the schoolhouse on the parched, dusty, prairie, just southeast of the small town of Corona—now known as Wiggins.

The story goes that a painter from back east finished painting the little schoolhouse and then asked, “What should we name it?” When there was no answer, he took up his brush—and probably dreaming of grassy pastures back home, he painted the name “ Long Meadow” on the whitewashed boards.

Four Generations

Perhaps the name was prophetic—because after the dry years of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl in the 1930s came the introduction of irrigation, and with it, the area became a flourishing farmland of rich green crops of corn, hay, wheat, barley, beans and sugar beets.

Our family farmed this land for four generations—but as Colorado’s population grew, many more water wells were added upstream, which diminished the water table.

To survive, Wiggins farmers began planting fewer crops that required a lot of irrigation and more crops suited for the dry plains. And so, the area changed once again—and people who had once earned their living on the land sent their sons and daughters to college to find jobs outside the farming community…

Back to the Country

It wasn’t long before nostalgia for the country life we grew within us and brought us home, back to the land and life we love—to find new and innovative ways to earn a living, and preserve the heritage of the land that is our home.

A beautiful picture of the High Plains of Longmeadow gamer Resort and Event Center

Thus, Longmeadow Game Resort was created, and from its success, Longmeadow Game Resort and Event Center. Since then the goal has been to share—at least in part—the life we grew up with, and care for the land our fathers and grandfathers preserved for us.

Game Resort & Event Center

Today the three Stencel brothers manage the property and daily operations at Longmeadow Game Resort, Clays Club, & Event Center. When we founded Longmeadow, the initial focus was upland game birds including: dove, pheasant, quail and chukar.

The Game Resort has since been expanded from 2,000 to 22,000 acres and way back in 2007 we started to offer Prairie dog and Coyote hunts. We then introduced Goose Hunting in 2013 and duck hunting in 2015. The next to come was our state-of-the-art 15 station Sporting Clays Club in 2016, and then just this year we have added Elk, Turkey, and Whitetail Deer to our hunting offers. We don’t know what 2018 will bring but, whatever it is we know we will be ready!!! 

What the property looks like today!

A Beautiful picture of Longmeadow game resort

Pheasant Hunting Grounds at Longmeadow

Call to learn more about Longmeadow and book your hunt or event today! (970) 483-8370

Five Year Anniversary Celebration

5 Year Anniversary Party!

Longmeadow’s five year anniversary is coming up and we would love to celebrate it with all of you! Join us on Saturday, August 19, 2017! There will be family fun for everyone, including water activities, yard games, rides, kids guns games, sporting clays and trap, and more. We will also be having a beer Olympics for anyone old enough to participate. So, come on over to Longmeadow and help us celebrate another successful year!!!

*As always, consumption of alcohol before or during any shooting activity is strictly prohibited!!!

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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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