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Vortex Extreme Shooting Competition in Wyoming

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This year, the Vortex Extreme will be held at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds on August 10th and 11th, 2018. The Vortex Extreme is known for its difficult courses of fire and a physically challenging aspect that isn't seen in many other matches. Fifty teams will compete by navigating mountain terrain over the distance of seven miles and engage targets between 400 and 1760 yards.

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead's office released:

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –Governor Matt Mead is pleased to announce the State of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Fair will be hosts of the 2018 Vortex Extreme – a hunting inspired, team based shooting competition “where endurance and accuracy meet”.  Vortex Optics, Strategic Match Design and The Wyoming Department of Agriculture have collaborated to bring this event to the Wyoming State Fairgrounds August 10th and 11th, 2018.

Teams of two carrying bolt action or modern sporting rifles will navigate mountain terrain and shoot multiple targets from distances of 400 yards up to 1 mile.  The Vortex Extreme will headquarter at the State Fairgrounds and competition will take place on the spectacular Wagonhound Ranch above Douglas, Wyoming.

“The spirit of this event sets it apart” said Governor Matt Mead, “Hunters and long range shooters challenge themselves, hone their skill and have a good time doing it. I am pleased that Vortex and Strategic Match Designs have partnered with the Wyoming State Fair and the Wagonhound Ranch for this world class event.”

“From long range hunters, to Precision Rifle Series competitors to military and law enforcement snipers – we all love shooting” said Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics.  “This event is about great comradery, helping one another improve and a shared a passion for long-range shooting.”

“I want to thank the Wagonhound for hosting this year’s course,” said Governor Mead.  “Events that support partnerships of private landowners and quality companies create opportunities for everyday sportsmen and sportswomen, agriculture and the state.”

Teams can sign up and find more information on the Vortex Optics website, at:

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The team entry fee includes:

  • Friday welcome dinner
  • Saturday lunch
  • Water and snacks at shooting stages
  • Event t-shirt
  • On-site emergency medical services
  • Award ceremony/prize table

What to expect:

Competitors must pack and carry with them, everything they need to compete. Each person must carry their own rifle, while other kit items can be shared.

Recommended gear:

  • Rifle
  • Ammo
  • Spotting/ranging optics
  • Shooting Sticks/Tripods/Bipods
  • Rear shooting bags
  • Backpack
  • Extra water
  • Energy snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Good, comfortable footwear for long rucks
  • Hat
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Anything else you think you need for this event

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