Despite having 125 shooters from 20 states, it was more like old home week at the Sportsman’s Team Challenge held at Grand Island’s Heartland Public Shooting Park this past weekend.
“Coming to this match is like coming to a high school reunion because you see people you’ve been friends with all these years, that you don’t usually see because of the distance,” said shooter Justin Taliaferro of Texas.
Now in its 29th year, the Sportsman’s Team Challenge came to the center of the United States to put individual shooting greats through the team test of communication and coordination. World champion shooter and hunter Doug Koenig of Pennsylvania, who just came off an unprecedented 17th-time win of the National Rifle Association’s Bianchi Cup (akin to the Super Bowl of shooting sports), used the weekend to film segments for his national television show called “Doug Koenig’s Championship Season,” which runs on the Sportsman Channel.
Koenig also served as match competition director and shot on the Smith & Wesson team with his 17-year-old son, Trevor, and with Jerry Miculek of Louisiana, who is known as the fastest revolver shooter in the world.