Pronghorn Hunt with L1 / L2 Basic and Advanced LR Ballistics and Wind Class
Date & Time
Raton, NM 87740
Important Tag Information:
Tags are not available to purchase from New Mexico Game and Fish until after July 1.
You will receive an e-mail with detailed directions on how to purchase the correct tag after July 1.
This 5-day event combines our 3-day combined L1 Long Range Ballistics and our L2 Advanced Ballistics and Wind Class with 2 days of Antelope Hunting in Northern New Mexico. It is a unique opportunity to immediately take what you learned in the class and apply it in the field. You will stay at the famed NRA Whittington Center and train on a range/classroom facility designed by and named after the legendary Jeff Cooper.
The L1 Long Range Ballistics class has been further refined for 2023 but draws heritage to the original Long Range Hunting class curriculum we introduced in 2007.
You will learn how to select the components necessary to create a reliable long-range shooting system which includes the rifle, scope, ammunition, and ballistic program.
You will build a solid foundation in the skills necessary to shoot accurately at long range.
You will learn how to true and utilize a ballistic program to get first-round hits at varying distances and learn about all the shooter and environmental factors that impact your lethal hit probability and decision-making.
Our L2 Advanced Ballistics and Wind class was refined in 2022 but draws heritage to the original Long Range Hunting class curriculum we introduced in 2007.
You will learn how to compensate for the effect of wind. How to determine its speed and direction, using a wind meter, mirage, and/or environmental clues, then make the appropriate compensation.
You will learn about all the advanced external ballistic factors which affect your lethal hit probability, including air density, shot inclination, spin drift, aerodynamic jump, Coriolis effect, and Eotvos effect.
You will learn how to utilize a “smart” laser rangefinder to get a precise range and a shooting solution that accounts for all the advanced external ballistic factors and wind effects.
Throughout the training, you will complete shooting drills which increase in difficulty and complexity as your skills improve.
During the class, you will shoot suppressed Gunwerks Magnus rifles topped with Leupold Mk5 HD 5-25 scopes chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. The rifle and ammunition fee is included in the registration. For the hunt, we encourage you to shoot your personal rifle regardless of manufacturer. There will be some time set aside on the third day of training to zero and validate your rifle. If you do not have an appropriate rifle, you will have the option to hunt with our rifle. (the one you used in the class).
For the hunt, you will be partnered with one other hunter and a professional guide and hunting on ranches that are approximately an hour's drive from the Whittington Center. Gunwerks LRU instructors will assist with coaching on the hunts however we cannot guarantee we will have someone with every group of hunters. The hunting outfitter will provide meals and also offers meat processing and taxidermy services for an additional fee. You will also have to option to donate your meat to charity.
Long Range University exists for the specific purpose of helping you make quick ethical one shot kills in the field. The core of our content is contained in our L1, L2, and L3 classes which utilize a building block approach to provide education and training in every factor which impacts your lethal hit probability. Interwoven throughout all three classes is a training strategy which will improve your ability to function under pressure and significantly extend the range and conditions under which you can take an ethical shot. At Long Range University you will learn to recognize when the conditions are not suitable to ensure a lethal hit.
You will use our Gunwerks Shooting systems during the L1 and L2 classes, however what you learn will apply to any long range shooting system. Using a Gunwerks rifle system and ammunition for this course facilitates and accelerates the learning process. This allows you to focus on the core class content and leave equipment concerns to the instructor. Put wear and tear on our rifle not yours.
In our L3 class we encourage you to bring your personal rifle regardless of manufacturer. This is where you really learn the capability and limits of your “system” which includes you and your marksmanship ability, your rifles capability, your ballistic program, and your ability to compensate for wind and other environmental conditions, all in a realistic mountain hunting environment.
L1 Long Range Ballistics
L2 Advanced Ballistics and Wind
L3 Mountain Shooting Application
Our L1, L2, and L3 classes must be taken in sequential order and provide a comprehensive learning experience. We also offer “Clinics'' which are a deep dive into a specific topic or weapon system. There are no prerequisite classes to attend any of our Clinics.
Our Standalone Clinics
Shooting System Readiness
Long Range Muzzleloader
Our Hunting Experiences
The ultimate in training is live field application. For the next step in your journey to proficiency, we offer several different training / hunting experiences with Gunwerks vetted outfitters in different environments. From Barbary Sheep in the mountains of West Texas, to beginner friendly Antelope in New Mexico, to freezer filling Cow Elk in Oregon, all provide a fantastic experience and help you achieve the next level of capability in the field.
- Note - Check into the Whittington center the afternoon of October 3rd, dinner will be provided
- Classroom - Components of a Long Range Shooting System and Bench Marksmanship Fundamentals
- Range - Zeroing and Marksmanship drills
- Classroom - Ballistic App and building a Ballistic Profile
- Range - Trajectory validation at long range. Truing the Ballistic Profile
- Classroom - Internal ballistics, bore cleaning, cold bore shots and rifle maintenance
- Range - Cold bore shot. Prone shooting fundamentals
- Classroom - Advanced External Ballistics and Wind
- Range - Wind shooting exercise
- Classroom - Laser Rangefinder
- Range - Long Range Cold Bore shot. Wind Shooting Exercise
- Classroom - Terminal Ballistics
- Range - Unknown distance and skill building exercises
- Range - Open range, zero / validate personal rifles
- Antelope Hunting
- Check out of Whittington Center Housing
- Antelope Hunting
- Depart late afternoon (Most likely you will be tagged out and depart earlier)