2023 HIGH DESERT HUNTER – Individual Competitors

//2023 HIGH DESERT HUNTER – Individual Competitors

2023 HIGH DESERT HUNTER – Individual Competitors


Purchase this product if you’d like to compete as an Individual in any of the existing divisions. If you’d like to compete with another competitor as a Team, instead purchase this product:


MDs: Eric Andersen and Gabriel Ibarra

DATE: March 17-19, 2023

LOCATION: Vernal, Utah

Welcome to the 2023 NRL Hunter Season! Challenge yourself in the High Desert of Northeast Utah to hunt targets in a desert climate and enjoy the views of Blue Mountain, Diamond Mountain, and High Uintah Mountains that surrounds the area. Northeast Utah is inhabited by Mule Deer, Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Bears, Coyotes, Bobcats, Prairie Dogs, Rabbits, Mountain Lions, and Foxes. Be sure to take a trip to the Dinosaur Museum and Dinosaur National Monument because this is what this area is known for.

This hunter experience includes sage brush terrain around the staging areas and targets amongst limited number of cedars; be sure to look in all the drainages, as this range has a lot of them. We recommend bringing good, warm boots for the March weather. It could be cold and sometimes a little muddy. 

This hunting simulated event will consist of 20 stages, so prepare accordingly. Round count will be 80-160 rounds, depending on your skill level completing each stage with either 1st round impacts, vs misses/2nd round impacts, but bring extra for getting velocity/PF for your tiebreaker, and zero’ing your rifle. The average target distance will 450 yards, but expect anywhere from approximately 150-980 yards.

We are hunting from a ridge top and throughout two draws. The course of fire spreads 300 degrees over 20 stages; this is rare amongst most ranges to have this spread. The stages will stretch over ~3/4 of a mile.

On check-in day, there will be a 100 yd range available, which will be located near the parking lot area, along with targets out to 1100 yds for checking dope. 

You will have access to your vehicle for the entire experience in the parking area near the safety brief area and restroom. Water and Snacks will be provided throughout the day, and lunch will be served on-the-go.

COMPLIMENTARY YOUNG GUN SLOT available per a paid adult match fee. Please email brittney@nrlhunter.org with Subject Line: “2023 High Desert 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. the intended Rifle Division (Factory, Open Light, Open Heavy) for the Young Gun.


There are no refunds, however, transfers will be accepted upon communication with your MD.


If you’d like to tag us on social media, we welcome you to use the hashtags #HighDesertHunter #BlueMountainPrecision #UBRC #NRLHunter #EveryEthicalEdge.

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



FACTORY – any factory configuration with no modifications from SKU, weighing 12 lbs. or less (with scope, bipod, and all dedicated support equipment), chambered in 6mm/.243 or greater, with a cartridge overall length of 2.700″ or greater (per SAAMI-ANSI Max cartridge length standards), with a maximum muzzle velocity of 3275, and be from the pre-approved Factory manufacturers list

OPEN LIGHT – any configuration weighing 12 lbs. or less (with scope, bipod, and all dedicated support equipment), velocity max of 3275 fps, with minimum PF of 380,000

OPEN HEAVY – any configuration weighing 16 lbs. or less (with scope, bipod, and all dedicated support equipment), velocity max of 3275 fps, with minimum PF of 380,000

SKILLS – is for anyone that wishes to compete at a NRL HUNTER match purely for the experience. There will be a discounted match entrance fee. Skills Division hunters may use any rifle weight or caliber that they choose that does not exceed .30 caliber or 3275fps. Skills Division hunters do not need to meet the minimum Power Factor (PF) requirements. Skills Division hunters may be coached on the clock after they have had the opportunity to try the stage on their own. Skills Division hunters will not be competing for points nor the opportunity for awards, nor prizes.