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The Kansas Vigilance Committee has jurisdiction over the entire State of Kansas, but we do have some renegade Missourians running with us, and we intend to make the occasional raid across the border. Most of the members are around the Kansas City area, but we have people scattered across the state.

Membership in the KVC is open to anyone, and there are no dues. Cowboys being notoriously free with their money, it seems more productive to ask for donations! The KVC has only one elected officer, referred to as the Trail Boss, who also serves as the NCOWS Representative. The current Trail Boss is: Mike Tatham, 8921 E. 59th St., Raytown MO 64133, 816-356-6844,

You can probably see from the above information that the Kansas Vigilance Committee is a pretty informal organization. We don't hold a regular or monthly "stand-up" shoot, as there is plenty of that available. We prefer to meet at irregular intervals at different places to camp in the cowboy manner, and engage in shooting matches that require sharp thinking as well as sharp shooting. Our gatherings so far have featured "woods walk"-type scenarios that require a knowledge of wilderness survival, a keen eye to search out hidden targets in the woods, and a strategy to engage multiple adversaries without getting yourself "killed."

KVC 2023 Calendar of Events

As in the past, the safety meetings will be at 9:30 with shooting commencing at 10:00. Shoot fees remain $10 for paid NCOWS members and $15 for non-members (there are two exceptions: The May Jerry Barnes Memorial event and the September Buffalo Shoot have a different fee...details TBA).

Prior to each month's event, we will send out the details (minimum round count, guns needed, etc).

January 28th: Duck Creek Dave's Shoot, near Reading KS. Safety mtg 9:45. Dave’s cell 620-341-1856

February 18th: Movie Fest at Colonel Diamond's (Dave Birk), 3:00-9:00. Dave’s cell 913-269-2176. Those planning to help with the national NCOWS shoot in June should arrive at 1:00 for a planning session prior to the movie fest.

March 24th-26th: NCOWS annual convention in Nashville, Indiana.

April 29th: Gerod’s shoot, Garnett, KS. Safety mtg 9:45 . Gerod’s cell 785-448-4665. Afterwards, we will set up for the Jerry Barnes Memorial shoot to be held the next weekend.

May 5th, 6th & 7th: Jerry Barnes Memorial Shoot, Garnett, KS. Match directors are John Torrence 620-256-5866 (h) or 817-785-4824 (c) and Mike Tatham 816-518-6476.

June 7th-10th: National NCOWS shoot hosted by our KVC posse, Parker, KS. Contact John Torrence or Mike Tatham at above numbers, or Paul Weller 816-799-2220.

July 22nd: .22 Shoot at Duck Creek Dave's, near Reading, KS. Safety mtg 9:45, Dave’s cell 620-341-1856

August 26th: Shoot in the Shade at Wooly Dan’s farm. Safety mtg 9:45. Match directors are Dan Carder 816-728-5512 & Paul Weller 816-799-2220.

September: “field trip” to Ruckus at Raccoon Forks near Valpraiso, NE. Date to be announced later, I believe it is usually the 2nd weekend of Sept.

October 6th-7th: Trap’s Buffalo Shoot (get out your big rifles for this) near Lebo, KS. Match director John Torrence 620-256-5866 (h) or 785-817-4824 (c). I promise this year the buffalo will be very dark brown!

October 28th: Gambler’s Shoot, Garnett, KS. Safety mtg 9:45. Match directors are Michele Torrence 620-256-5866 (h) or 785-817-4823 (c) and Anne Estrada 913-709-9603. Afterwards, we will have our annual planning mtg and set the schedule for 2023.

November: no event planned since we are having the annual planning meeting in October.

December (mid): Christmas dinner to be held at Colonel Diamond’s neighborhood club house. Hosts are Dave Birk 913-269-2176 & Ann Estrada 913-709-9603. Exact date to be announced later.

Additional Tidbits:
Tent campers are welcome at the shoots.
The May and September shoots have higher shooter fees than the other months. Details will be announced closer to each shoot.
We are excited to have added a Texas Star to our collection of targets.

Click here for map/satellite image & to get directions to KVC's Garnett range from your home.

To get more info on these, or any other KVC activities, Contact Trap or Grizzle Bear.

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