When the Holiday's are over and it's five or six weeks to the Super Bowl what are you going to do on Sunday's? How about some really good tests of your shooting skills and getting to know other clubs and shooters in the area?

That's what the Winter Jack Rabbit is all about; meeting other shooters, seeing different clubs and shooting when it can be a little tough. Here's how it works. Five local clubs are involved:

   Downers  Grove SC, Morris
   Maywood SC, Elmhurst
   McHenry SC, McHenry
   St. Charles SC, Elburn
   Sycamore SC, Sycamore

Each Sunday, beginning the first Sunday in January, one of the clubs listed above host a Jack Rabbit shoot and members from each participating club come to shoot. The schedule "goes around" twice and concludes in March with a roundup Calcutta shoot on the eleventh Sunday. The schedule order varies from year-to-year but is generally set-up and published in early December. It's the idea of "jumping" from club-to-club each week that led, many years ago, to the "Jack Rabbit" name. And, it's been going on for more than 20 winters, so somebody must be having fun at it.

The shooting and scoring works like this. Everybody shoots a round of 16-yard (Singles). Based on each Shooter's score they are assigned to a Handicap squad and everybody shoots a Handicap round. Each shooter's score for that week obviously is the total of the two rounds.

There are five Lewis Class payouts each week for individual shooters and three Team payouts (50%/30%/20%) as well as a High Gun and $50 for a 50 straight score. Since the Jack Rabbit is designed as a competition between the clubs, each club's "team" for that week is determined by the top five scores for each club. Shoot one of those top five scores and you're on the team for that week. If your team hits a Lewis score you share in the Team Purse payout.

The program fee is established each year but it's generally around $25 a week. This fee covers the weekly prize monies, the carryover, Special Event jackpot and the clubs' target costs.

The Jack Rabbit concludes in March with the final session Special Event.  The shooting format is the same but a Calcutta 'auction' is held where the participants bid on the shooters.  The bid money pot is paid out based on the shooters' 50-target Special Event score and is split between the shooter and the person who "owns" the shooter for that event. The carryover jackpot purse is also paid out on the this Special Event day. Shooters must attend at least six of the first nine Jack Rabbit shoots in order to qualify for the Jackpot payout.

So, if you're looking for some variety in your shooting and that on some wntertime Sunday's can be a real "character building experience," come out in January and try the Jack Rabbit. You might win a little, but for sure, you'll have a good time and will meet some really great, new people.

If I can provide more information or answer any questions on the Winter Jack Rabbit Shoots, please contact me.

Karen Vander Veen - 630.759.5365 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 November 2015 22:24)


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