Recently, two members of the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club, Doug Tenzler and Andrew Coster, headed north to Alaska to help AK Express defend their title from 2015.
The trip up was most interesting as it took us 5 hops to get from Seattle to Anchorage! But we made it and were welcomed by a beautiful sunny afternoon and evening as well as some “Road Runner Hamburgers and chili Peppers.
The next morning after breakfast at Gwennies (Monster pancakes, bacon and eggs), we headed to Wasilla AK (Grouse Ridge) for the tournament. Over 130 shooters were entered in the event.
If you’ve never been to Grouse Ridge, I highly recommend it. Two courses, upper (the one we shot last year) and the lower course, the one we shot this year. Both give a varied array of targets.
Andy shot the tunnel to start, birds moving away as well as up and down.
It was good to get off to a strong start. A confidence builder for the both of us.
As we moved around the course we shot on a skeet field and a 5 stand combo as well as in the woods and across the Aspen fields.
There were many crossing patterns thrown as well as “Springing Teal” and “Rabbits”...
We had a great time shooting this year- And- we shot really, really well. Doug Tenzler had a 91 and took high over all. Andy Coster had a 90- way to go Andy, and we took the team trophy again this year- winning by 80 birds!
We had a wonderful lunch (thanks again Andy for the beers!) and a beautiful day shooting.
The trip to AK was great, we spent some time in Anchorage and had a great dinner at the “Double Musky” restaruant in Girdwood. Both Andy & I highly recommend it, some of the best steaks in the US!
Our return trip was un-eventful, good time had by all. If you ever get up north, be sure to take a shotgun and shoot Grouse Ridge or Birtchwood. Both are great, friendly places to shoot!