2023 THE SOUTHERN HUNTING CHALLENGE IN THE ARENA

//2023 THE SOUTHERN HUNTING CHALLENGE IN THE ARENA

2023 THE SOUTHERN HUNTING CHALLENGE IN THE ARENA

MD: Eddie Noland, Tyler Payne

Location: Blakely, Georgia

Dates: February 10-12, 2023

Cost: $175-$500

Range Location: ARENA TRAINING FACILITY, 200 Sherman Road, Blakely, GA 39823

Welcome back to the Leupold Southern Hunting Challenge in the Arena for our NRL Hunter series event! The match will be held at Arena Training Facility in Blakely, Georgia.

Arena has over 2300 acres available, so hunters can expect a wide variety of stages. This match will be 80% natural terrain with targets ranging from 180 yards out to ~900 yards and will be based off realistic hunting you would expect here in South Georgia (Whitetail Deer, Wild Hogs, Coyotes, Turkeys, Squirrels, Rabbits).

With 18 planned stages, the max round count will be 144, but bring extra for getting velocity/PF for your tiebreaker, zero’ing your rifle, and potential side-matches. A tripod is highly recommended.

Hunters will be driving to stages, so it will be helpful if groups carpool as much as possible. This time of year is likely to have rain/mud, so pack accordingly.

Upon registration, please look for the online waiver that you’ll need to have completed.

There are no refunds. Transfers will be accepted via email only. The slot owner must email brittney@nrlhunter.org the new hunter’s name and email address, no later than 14 days prior to the match, no transfers will be accepted after the 14-day window.

SEEKING ROs:

IF you’re interested in ROing this event, please submit to the following RO Application: bit.ly/Southern-Hunting-Challenge_2023ROApp. Anyone may apply, however, space is limited and not guaranteed.

To help us reward quality ROs during the 2-day event, vetted individuals will be offered a complimentary slot for an opportunity to complete all stages in 1-day timeframe (on the RO Shoot Day). This will be for points amongst the other hunters and for prize eligibility. The opportunity at this is set to take place on the competitor Check-in Day.

We’re looking forward to hosting you and helping you gain every ethical edge!

Match Fees

Skill Division (formerly Basic) – $175 (Individual)

Individual Competitor – $250

Team Competitors (2) – $500

There are no refunds. Transfers will be accepted via email only. The slot owner must email brittney@nrlhunter.org the new hunter’s name and email address, no later than 14 days prior to the match, no transfers will be accepted after the 14-day window.

Schedule

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH

  • Early Morning RO Shoot Day (for points & prizes amongst all hunters)

  • 1200-1700: Hunter Check-in/Weigh-in/Velocity/Zero/Potential Side Matches

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH

  • 0800: Hunter Arrival

  • 0830: Hunter Safety Briefing

  • 0915: Intended time to begin hunting steel

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH

  • 0800: Hunter Arrival

  • 0830: On your next stage, ready to shoot

  • 1500: Awards and Event Complete

                                              OVERALL CHALLENGE (difficulty level)              

Weather

Food

Local Restaurants

  • The 4th Out
  • Village Pizza
  • The Log Cabin
  • Funny Girl
  • Blakely Chicken
  • White Oak Pastures

Travel

Lodging

Camping/RVs

  • The Arena has 6 campsites on-site with hook-ups
  • Kolomoki Mounds State Park
  • White Oak Pastures

Airport

  • Atlanta is the largest airport and is approx 2 hours and 45 mins from match location
  • Tallahassee airport is roughly 1.5 hours
  • Columbus Regional is roughly 1.5 hours
  • Dothan Regional is 45 minutes

Rifle Supplies

Blakely Feed and See Lead Dispensary

*All information provided as a service, we strongly advise that all potential competitors do their own travel planning and research to find what works best for them individually!