The Old West peaks the interest of many people, but it’s not just nostalgia for the Western Wisconsin Wild Bunch (WWWB), it’s a way of life.
"I had never shot multiple guns, hardly shot pistols at all, and I started and I just got totally hooked," Don Kendrick, WWWB member said. "It was just the most fun I thought I could have anywhere."
The WWWB is a cowboy action shooting club that calls a recreated 1800s town at the Holmen Rod and Gun Club home. The authentic atmosphere features Old West style clothing that let’s members and observers alike, remember when westerns roamed free.
"We get to be children again, but with real guns, but safe. I want to emphasize the safe part," Mark Kunes, Territorial Governor for the WWWB said. "We all grew up with westerns on television. The Rifleman, Bonanza, Gunsmoke and countless other ones in the 60s, and when this came along we were able to go buy the guns, buy the rifles buy the shotguns, buy the clothes and come together with friends and have fun."
The Wild Bunch cowboys are accomplished gunslingers, and move between different guns and knock down targets in just seconds, but no experience is needed to join. To encourage those to come out, the group meets on the second Saturday of every month, year-round. They also host special events that showcase cowboy action shooting.
"This is the 19th year we’re doing Fandango and that will be the second weekend in October. We’ll have right around a hundred shooters and quite a few guests, and we invite y’all to come on in and watch and see what cowboy action shooting is all about," added Kendrick.
Hometown Tourist is done exploring for the season, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. Continue to get out there, and make the La Crosse area your own.