Last Saturday (the 5th) I borrowed Dad’s bulldozer and went playing in the dirt at the Boomershoot range. The main objectives were to make the berm the shooters use a little bit wider and deeper.
We have 22 shooting positions on the berm and prior to 2009 I only allocated six feet per position. This was a little too crowded and since everyone else had at least eight feet I wanted to expand it enough to accommodate eight feet for everyone. I tried to do that last fall for Boomershoot 2009 but didn’t quite add enough space. There was only room for 7′ 6″ for everyone. I really should have taken my laser range finder with me. So this year I brought the laser range finder and added enough that I could give everyone an honest eight feet.
I extended the east end of the berm by about 20 feet:
I think I squared up the end a little bit after taking this picture so it didn’t slope quite so much at the very end.
The other problem was that some areas of the berm were not deep enough and people had problems sliding down off the back side of the berm. Here is a before picture:
Here is during my modifications:
For reference purposes the width of the tracks is about 6′ 8″.
The following is after I smoothed off the top of the berm. I smoothed out the area in front of the berm a little later.
Everyone should have about eight feet of depth as well as width on the top of the berm.
The secondary objectives were to fill in the hole I had made near the Taj Mahal checking for a leak in the water barrel. Here is what it looked like after I got done with it on Saturday:
I extended the parking area into the trees some to give some more shaded area.
I dug out and pushed some big rocks out of the grain field about 1/2 mile to the west on my way back to the house.
I got very dirty. The hat, eye and ear protection left some almost clean spots.
My Gun Blog 45 also got very dirty. No. I didn’t test it in this condition.
I didn’t think of it at the time but I really should have made a level spot for tents instead of the parking area near the Taj Mahal. If I have time I might go back and do that this fall some time.