Nationwide shooting competition coming to Mich.

Posted: 11:40 AM, Feb 04, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-04 11:40:37-05

A new nationwide target shooting competition is coming to mid-Michigan.

The Demmer Center at Michigan State University has been named an official local qualifying location for "American Marksman", a shooting competition TV show by Outdoor Sportsman Group.

Amateur target shooters will have the chance to qualify to earn bids to the Regional Championships and, ultimately for the American Marksman national championship, where they will compete for a grand prize of $50,000 and the title of the very first American Marksman.

Competitors must first register online at . Competitors will then come to Demmer Tuesday through Sunday, between 1pm and 5pm during March, April and May where they will be taken through the qualifying course of fire that includes .22 caliber rim fire ammunition fired from .22 caliber rifles, handguns or both. Scores will be uploaded to the American Marksman leaderboards on the website as soon as they complete the contest. 

“We couldn’t be more proud and excited to be named an official local qualifying range for American Marksman,” said Michael Galella, Director of the MSU’s Demmer Shooting Sports, Education and Training Center. “Our organizations share the same goal, to bring new folks into the shooting sports in a safe and fun environment. We look forward to welcoming competitors into our facility beginning in March.”

American Marksman, owned by Outdoor Sportsman Group in Denver, Colorado, will also produce a television show that follows the tour and select competitors as they advance. The show will air, beginning in December 2016, on both the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel television networks.

“American Marksman is thrilled to have the MSU Demmer Center on board with us as an official local qualifying location,” said American Marksman Tour Director, Brian Tatum. “Michael and his staff have done a tremendous job promoting the shooting sports in the Michigan area and have taught many new target shooters how to have fun and do things in a safe manner. We couldn’t be happier to be working them to continue that mission.”

For more information, call the MSU Demmer Center at 517-884-0550. You can also learn more about this competition by following the links within this article.