2023 MASON VALLEY STEEL HUNTER BY ABEL CO USA
MDs: Serge Ducourneau and Jeff Shaffer
Location: Julian, California
Dates: March 3-5, 2023
Cost: $175 Skills, $275 Individual, $550 for teams
Range Location: 12898-12438 County Hwy S2 Julian Ca 92036 (More detailed directions for Registered contestants)
Welcome to the 2023 NRL Hunter Season. The 2023 Mason Valley Steel Hunter presented by Abel Company is situated just east of the Gold Rush mountain town of Julian, California, and adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County. The Mason Valley Ranch is 8500 acres of typical Southern California high desert terrain, similar to the habitat of Southern Mule Deer, Coyotes, Rabbits, Squirrels and more. The environment includes low scrub in a very dry climate (field conditions are completely different than last year, as it is now 2 years after the fire). Field Elevation is 2400 ft ASL.
This match will provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy the weather of sunny Southern California while working through rocky terrain of the high desert.
With an estimated 20 hunting simulated stages, the round count will be 80-160, depending on first round impacts vs second round impacts, but bring extra for getting velocity/PF for your tiebreaker, and zero’ing your rifle. The average target distance will be approximately 455 yards, but expect anywhere from approximately <100-1400 yards.
Hunters are expected to hike to all shooting locations that are not accessible to vehicles.
Water will be provided at each stage with bag lunch on Saturday and Taco dinner on Sunday during the awards.
Friday check-in and zero will have a 100 yard zero area however, no extended ranges to proof dope, so please come prepared.
Abel Company will be demoing new light weight Titanium suppressors!
COMPLIMENTARY YOUNG GUN SLOTS:
5 are available on a first come first serve basis on any paid adult match fee. Please email email@example.com with Subject Line: “2023 Mason Valley Steel Hunter – 1 Young Gun Slot”, and in the description please provide the following: 1. the Order # of the paid adult slot, 2. Name of the Parent/Guardian responsible for the Young Gun, 3. the Name of the Young Gun, 4. Rifle Division of the Young Gun: Factory, Open Light, or Open Heavy.
To help us reward and better secure quality ROs during the 2-day event, vetted individuals will be offered a complimentary match slot for the opportunity to complete all stages in 1-day timeframe (on the RO Shoot Day), 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.
*IF you’re interested in ROing this event, please submit to the following RO Application: bit.ly/Mason-Valley-Steel-Hunter_2023ROApplication. Anyone may apply, however, space is limited and not guaranteed. Those who volunteer to RO but are not selected will have the option to purchase a slot.
If you’d like to tag us on social media, we welcome you to use the hashtags #MasonValleySteelHunter #NRLHunter #EveryEthicalEdge.
Instagram: San Diego Precision Rifle Club
We’re looking forward to hosting you and helping you gain every ethical edge!
Skill Division (formerly Basic) – $175 (Individual)
Individual Hunter – $275
Team Hunters (2) – $550
There are no refunds. Transfers will be accepted upon MD approval and via email. The slot owner must email firstname.lastname@example.org the new hunter’s name and email address, and wait for approval.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD
RO SHOOT DAY
- 7:00AM – RO Shoot Day (all 20 stages for points & prizes amongst all hunters)
- 4:00PM – RO Weigh-in/Velocity at check-in table immediately after completion
HUNTER CHECK-IN DAY
- 2:00PM – 6:00PM – Hunter Check-in/Weigh-in/Velocity/Zero.
- Location: Rock House/Barns
SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH
- 7:30AM – Hunter Safety Briefing
- 8:00AM – Hunters to Stages
- 8:30AM – Intended time to begin hunting steel (12 Stages)
- Lunch Provided
- Line Cold – When last hunter has completed his/her 12th Stage
SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH
- 7:30AM – Hunters Arrival and move to stages
- 8:30AM – Intended time to begin hunting steel (8 Stages)
- Water Provided
- ~3:00PM – Intended time of Day 2 completion (this will vary)
- Awards begin immediately after match completion. Delicious Taco Meal Provided.
- Location of Awards: Rock House
TARGET ACQUISITION (identity type / amongst terrain)
OVERALL CHALLENGE (difficulty level)
Weather in March is “usually” highs in the 70s/80s and lows in the 40s/50s with an extremely low chance of rain (last year, excluded).
Multiple places in Julian, CA.
San Diego International is the closest and best option. Followed by SNA John Wayne Santa Ana, CA and Ontario, CA International but is a further drive in.
There will be on-site camping spots available; tent & dry RV (no hookups). Make advance arrangements with Serge; fees to be paid up front at the time of arrival.
Julian, CA has a few Hotels and AirBnBs.
SHELTER VALLEY, CA
Shelter Valley, CA has a few AirBnBs.
Precision Arms in Escondido is the closest precision rifle store.
250 W Crest St C, Escondido, CA 92025 only open Wednesday through Saturday
*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!