Calendar of upcoming events:
March 14th. Colorado State Muzzle Loading Convention.
March 15th - Bush Loper & Gutshot aka Henry Bielinski & Darrell Koleber
April 18th & 19th Squirrel Shoot workday for all Skinners.
April 19th - Griz & Twist and Shoot aka Griz & Brad Henkel.
April 24th & 25th - Squirrel Rifle Championship Shoot All Buckhorn Members (Friday noon - Sunday).
May 15th - 17th - SS 2020 snow date also Antique Gun Collectors Show.
May 17th - Standing Moose aka Carl Schaal & ?
Skinners and Guests go to The News page for the latest information on monthly shoots, hunting information and other Club news.
Skinners don't forget to review the bylaw changes !!!
Skinners and guest Saturday March 14th is the Colorado State Muzzle Loading Convention at the Elks Lodge in Fort Collins, Co. 1424 E Mulberry Street. Events starts at 8 AM and goes till about 4 PM with a general membership meeting and Dinner to follow. Traders will be there for most all your needs. The bar is available for refreshments and a lunch menu. Coffee will be available in the trade room. Several classes will be given in the trade room including a question and answer class on Range Safety at 11 AM given by Tom Gabor and Doug Davis.
March 15th is our regular shoot date with some changes. Charlie Altvater has invited some young modern shotgun shooters to come to the range and learn to shoot muzzle loading shotguns. Not sure what the turn out will be but all available Skinners may be needed to help these young men. Henry and Darrell will have both paper and metallic targets available for those who have time to shoot. These young men may be interested in shooting a muzzle loading rifle as well if anyone is available to help them out.
Skinners and guests photos and narrative of the Shotgun in Christian Hammer's family. Look at the members corner.
The 2020 Shoot list has been added to the Events Page
January 2020 Club Shoot photos have been added to the Gallery.
Muzzle Blast Podcast added to the links page.
Stump Bluff Trading Post added to the Links Page.
Greetings and Welcome to the Buckhorn Skinners!
The Buckhorn Skinners Mountain Man Club was founded in 1975 to perpetuate, emulate and further the lifestyle of the fur trade era. The primary mission of the organization is to preserve the values, skills and practices of the Fur Trade Era through sponsoring and participation of club events, community and statewide activities, education and outreach.
Our private club has about 30 active members who participate in local and state activities. We also have members who travel the country to compete in Mountain Man events and follow the trails of Lewis and Clark and the like! Club members come from all walks of life, ages, genders, and interests. The common thread that binds us is the passion that we share for the way of the Mountain Man and the Fur Trade Era.
The Fur Trade Era (prior to 1840) is characterized by primitive clothing and few possessions. The Mountain Man of yesteryear lived by his/her wits, cunning skills, knowledge and abilities to live with nature and survive off the land. Our club preserves and practices those skills through monthly re-enactments where we shoot muzzleloaders and participate in primitive activities.
Individual members have demonstrated excellence in a variety of skill areas such as shooting percussion and flintlock rifles and pistols, using the bow and arrow, throwing tomahawks and knives, setting traps, working leather into fine goods, or forging blades of steel into useful knives for hunting or daily use.
The club has five key officers that make up the executive board:
Captain: Griz (Erin O.)
Lieutenant: Stitches (Annie E.) & Many Trails ( Jerry H.)
Treasurer: Mountain Mule
Scribe: Smilin' Brother (Rob D.)
Web Master: Bloody Muzzle (Ron R.)
To join the Buckhorn Skinners you must attend at least six monthly shoots, participate in events, be of good character and spirit, be sponsored by a member and tolerate lots of kidding! Our bylaws require that you make an effort to outfit yourself over the first year with primitive wear. Existing members and your sponsor are eager to help you find or craft appropriate clothing, tools and firearms. Safety is a huge priority among all members. Your sponsor and other members are quick to provide guidance on safety and proper range etiquette. Members are expected to participate in regular monthly gatherings and events and also join in on workdays and other club-sponsored activities. The spirit of camaraderie runs strong among the Skinners and we're proud of the friendships that have developed among many members. If you think that you would like to join us, come out for breakfast and meet some Skinners. You are welcome anytime to join our monthly shoot. We always have an extra rifle handy for visitors.