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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 2017 Calendar of Events

Jan. 7th (Saturday): one day shoot @ Duck Creek Dave’s, a soup lunch will be served, contact match director Dave Sielert @ 620-341-1856.

Feb. 11th (Saturday): Movie-fest @ Monica & Griz’s place, 2:00 PM, bring a snack &/or dessert, evening meal provided; RSVP Monica @ 913-321-3502 no later than Thurs. Feb. 9th.

March 4th (Saturday): one day shoot @ Garnett. Contact match directors Dan Carder @ 816-728-5512/John Torrence @ 620-256-5866.

March 24-26th (Fri-Sun): National NCOWS convention in Davenport, Iowa. Contact John Hoker @ 563-374-1348.

April 1st (Saturday): one day shoot at Garnett. Contact match director Gerad Wight @ 785-448-4665.

May 5,6,7th (Fri-Sun): Jerry Barnes Memorial Shoot @ Garnett. Friday, setup and impromptu side matches. Saturday, main match. Sunday morning, Double Action Championship. Contact match director John Torrence @ 620-256-5866.

June 3rd (Saturday): one day long-range shoot for pistol, rifle, & big bore single shot @ Garnett. Contact match director Dale Svaglic @ 816-753-6394.

June 7-10th (Wed- Sat): Evansville, IN; Wed, long range. Thurs, side matches. Friday – Saturday, main match. Banquet & awards, Sat. evening. Early shoot through Monday the 5th thru Tuesday the 6th (for those helping work the shoot).

July 1st (Saturday): .22 Shoot at Duck Creek Dave ‘s : one day shoot followed by a potluck meal, camping is welcome Friday &/or Saturday nights, contact match direct Dave Sielert @ 620-341-1856.

August 5th (Saturday): one day shoot @ Garnett. Contact match director Dan Carder (Wooly Dan) @ 816-728-5512.

Sept. 2nd (Saturday): Gambler shoot @ Garnett. Contact match director Dave Birk (Colonel Diamond)/Anne Estrada @ 913-269-2176.

Sept. 30th (Saturday): Annual Business Meeting @ Monica & Griz’s. Arrive 4:00’ish, meal @ 5:00, meeting to follow. RSVP to Monica @ 913-321-3502 by Thurs. Sept. 28th (will need some desserts). Note: we are holding this earlier in the fall than in past years, so don’t miss it!

Oct. 7 & 8th (Saturday & Sunday): Buffalo Shoot (long range) near Lebo. Large bore single shots, 40 rounds for score, no sight-ins.  .22 match, 20 shots for score, no sight-ins. Duck Creek Dave’s chuck wagon will be serving meals Friday evening through Sunday noon. Cost per meal will be $5.00 or less. If you plan to sample Dave’s cuisine, RSVP to Dave  @ 620-341-1856 no later than Oct. 1st. Contact match director John Torrence @ 620-256-5866. If you can’t attend both days, we can shoot you through on either day, so don’t let that keep you away!

Nov. 4th (Saturday): one day shoot @ Garnett. Contact match director Dale Svaglic @ 816-753-6394. Let’s camp if the weather is decent; one last camp out before Old Man Winter.

Dec. 2nd (Saturday):  annual work day @ Garnett, mid-morning. This mostly entails cutting firewood for the next year’s events. Bring a chain-saw if you have one. Contact land owner Gerad Wight @ 785-448-4665. Lunch will be provided (you don’t want to miss Julie’s cooking)!

Dec 3rd (Sunday): annual pre-Christmas dinner at 2:00 PM, restaurant to be announced later, RSVP to Monica @ 913-321-3502 no later than Nov. 26th. In the past, we always went out for an evening meal, but this is more accommodating to those that travel a distance. So, put on your Sunday clothes and join us!

All KVC shoots start at 10:00 following safety mtg. at 9:30.  Entry fees for one day shoots are $15.00. The Jerry Barnes Memorial shoot and the October Buffalo shoot fees will be announced later. Camping is encouraged, even for one day shoots! Here’s to a great year!

Other non-KVC events in 2017:

February 4th & 5th (Sat. & Sun.): Kansas Muzzleloaders Assoc. (KMA) annual convention/trade-fair in Manhattan, KS.

July 22 & 23rd? or July 29 & 30?: Missouri Valley Antique Gun Assoc.’s Show, Kansas City, MO. Our posse sets up and mans an informational table. Contact Mike Tatham @ 816-518-6476.

Sept. 8 thru 10th (Fri. thru Sun.): Ruckus at Raccoon Forks, near Lincoln, NE, contact John Irons @ 402-475-6211. This is an NCOWS shoot, put on by Blue River Regulators, always a lot of fun. Oct. 19-21 (Thurs-Sat.): Berger Memorial Match, Greenville, TX, Thurs=side matches, Fri & Sat=main match, followed by banquet/awards on sat. evening.

Schedule with details for the events.

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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