21st Anniversary
"Thunder Valley Days 2021"
   SASS - Maryland State Championship of  
Cowboy Action Shooting

June 11, 12 & 13 2021

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  Thunder Valley Days 2021 (approx.) Main Match Round Count     

The Main Match will consist of 12 stages, shot 6 stages per day for 2 days.  The approximate round count for this match will be 120 rifle, 120 pistol, and 48 shotgun rounds, with all four guns being used on every stage.  Please note that these counts do not include ammo for side-matches or any reshoots, so plan accordingly.


  Thunder Valley Days Shooters Applications For 2021  

2021 SHOOTER APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE HERE

The Shooter Application that is provided in the link above is a fillable form using Adobe Reader.  If you don’t have Adobe Reader, you can download it using the link below.  Download the application to your computer, open it with Adobe Reader, and each of the fillable fields should appear highlighted in blue.  Fill in the required information, selected your desired category (See 2021 SASS “OFFICAL” CATEGORY MATRIX for additional information), check the appropriate boxes in the Fees section, and the form should complete the math for you.  Print the form, don’t forget to sign the Waiver on Page 2 and mail it in with your payment.  Please mail family members together where ever possible, with one application for each shooter, but all can be paid on the same check.  This helps to keep everyone together when making Posse assignments.

In order to provide sufficient time to obtain the awards, a deadline of 15 May 2021 has been set at which time the Category List will be Frozen.  A list of Who's Coming and Registered Categories list, although not who is in which category will be published and updated regularly. If do not see the category you want to shoot listed, then you need to Get Your Application In The Mail!  To give the applications from those procrastinators amongst us who want to wait until 15 May 2021 to mail their apps a chance to percolate through the system, the Final Category List will be published on 19 May 2021.  After that date, you will still be able to register for the match, but you will have to select one of the categories on the published list. 
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 2021 SASS “OFFICAL” CATEGORY MATRIX    

If you take a moment to scan the list of Categories on the Match Application, you may notice a few Categories that have historically been listed are now missing.  In accordance with SASS Guidelines, the Match Application now only lists those categories that are considered the “Base Categories” as defined in the most recent copy of the Shooters Handbook,  SASS Handbook, Ver. 25.1, January 2021.  Valid Categories outside of the “Base Categories” are considered “Recognized Categories” or as we have often referred to them, Optional Categories.  At SASS Sanctioned Matches, meaning those at the State and Above level, Categories above the Base Categories are only offered if the number of participants for that category exceeds a minimum level.  Compiling the information provided in those sections of the Handbook into a Category Matrix chart visually shows which categories are considered the SASS BASE Categories, which are considered the Optional SASS Recognized Categories, and which Categories are Not Allowed.

If you would like to register for one of the Optional SASS Recognized Categories that are not shown on the application, you may still do so.  Select the box by one of the blank spaces on the application and fill in your desired category.  If there are sufficient competitors that want to join you, we will be excited to honor that Optional Category with an award.  If there are not enough competitors, you will have the opportunity to either switch to a different Category, or shoot your desired Category anyway, but it will not be honored with an award.

Please note that the SASS Handbook states:

Ladies’ Categories must have a minimum of 3 entrants and the Open (Men’s) Categories must have a minimum of 7 entrants in order to be honored at the SASS Championship level.

As that is an unrealistic number to achieve at our match, thus we have set the minimum threshold for participation in any of the “Optional” SASS Recognized Categories as follows:

                For Open (Men’s) Categories, there must be a minimum of 3 competitors for it to be honored.
For Ladies’ Categories, there must be a minimum of 2 competitors for it to be honored.

NOTE:    This MINIMUM REQUIREMENT only applies to the “Optional” SASS Recognized Categories.  All of the
SASS Base Categories will be offered and honored with an award.

As an example, say a shooter wants to sign up for Silver Senior Gunfighter and indicates that on their application, but no one else wants to shoot in that category.  This shooter would be offered the opportunity to shoot as Senior Gunfighter, assuming there are 2 or more others in that category, or if not, then they would be offered the opportunity to shoot in the Gunfighter category as that is a BASE Category and will always be offered.  Optionally, the shooter could choose to remain in the Silver Senior Gunfighter category and not receive an award.
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 Side Matches 2021 

All day Speed Side Matches are FREE!  Speed Side matches will consist of Speed Pistol, Speed Rifle, Speed Shotgun, Derringer, Pocket Pistol, Long Range Rifle, both Big Bore and Pistol Caliber Rifles, at 100 yards.  There will be one winner in each category for Men's, Ladies, Junior Boy and Girl.  Winner will be the fastest time all day. Shooters can shoot until they drop, run out of ammo, or time.  All side matches end at 4:00 PM sharp.  With the exception of Long Range Rifle, there are no sub categories for firearm type, type of powder used, or shooting category.

The 3 Stage Blast.  This will be shot on side match day and consist of three stages shot in any order.  As in prior years, the entry fee for this side match is $10.00 with pre-registration requested, but not required.  Separate awards will be given for the Top Man, Top Lady, Top Jr Boy and Top Junior Girl shooters in the Blast.  All proceeds from the 3-Stage Blast will be donated to the SASS Scholarship Fund.


 Brass Pick-up Policy

Thunder Valley Days does allow brass pick up. Pick up is permitted up to the point that the next shooter is ready to come to the line. This way, you should get most of your brass back and not hold the match up. (It seems you never find that last piece of brass anyway!)


  Thunder Valley Days 2021 Hotel & Camping Information 

The closest hotel to the range is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Germantown, MD.  It was recently acquired by the Holiday Inn group and was completely redone a few years ago.  It is located less than 12 miles from the range, a trip of less than 30 minutes.  You can either eat breakfast there, or hit one of the Damascus favorites as you pass through town, Red Rooster or Tom & Rays (Note that Tom & Rays has moved from their previous location.)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
20260 Goldenrod Lane
Germantown, Maryland 20876

301-428-1300


We do offer Dry Camping on the range at no charge.  Depending on the ground conditions at the time, there can be considerable space available; however we do ask that the larger vehicles and heavier campers stay on the gravel areas.  If you wish to camp at our facility, please let us know using the space available on the application so that we can reserve an appropriate space for you and your camper.  If you have a “special” location where you want to camp, you can include that information with your application, but it is on a first come-first served basis for location reservations and those will be subject to ground conditions at the time of the match.


  Thunder Valley Days 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities  

DOWNLOAD YOUR 2021 SPONSORSHIP APPLICATION HERE

The Damascus Wildlife Rangers and the Wildlife Achievement Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (501c3) sincerely appreciate the Sponsors that continue to support the SASS Maryland State Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting, Thunder Valley Days.  Sponsors are an integral part of this Match and your support not only enhances the atmosphere for our competitors but, without you our Sponsors, Thunder Valley Days would not, and could not, exist.

The Sponsor Application that is provided in the link above is a fillable form using Adobe Reader.  If you don’t have Adobe Reader, you can download it using the link below.  Download the application to your computer, open it with Adobe Reader, and each of the fillable fields should appear highlighted in blue.  Fill in the required information, and either mail to the address provided on the Application or email it to Dogmeat Dad.

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Recognizing that Sponsors are such an integral part of Thunder Valley Days, we offer a variety of rewards depending on the level of sponsorship, described below and shown in the table on the application.  In addition to these, we welcome suggestions for alternate sponsorship opportunities that may better meet your needs - just ask us!  Please note that in order to be listed in our Shooters Handbook, your application must be received by May 29, 2021.

The Thunder Valley Days website is maintained by the Damascus Wildlife Rangers and we encourage you to visit both of these websites by clicking the following links, Damascus Wildlife Rangers and Thunder Valley Days.  If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor, please email Dogmeat Dad for additional information.

We look forward to working with you in 2021!

 Level One, Door Prize Sponsor (unlimited number available)

Providing door prizes of any value will have you listed in the match handbook and on our web site. If you have a web site, your web link will remain on our web site until the 2022 match is posted.  All sponsor listings will remain indefinitely on the archived scores.

Level Two, Side Match Sponsor (9 Total, 6 for Speed Side Matches, 3  for 3-Stage Blast)

There is one Sponsorship available for each side match, and one for each stage of the 3-Stage Blast.  At this level, the sponsor supplies $75.00 in cash, merchandise, or gift certificates**. Your name will be listed as a Side Match Sponsor in the Shooters Handbook and your name or business information will be posted at the stage of the side match you sponsor.  If you have a web site, your web link will remain on our web site until the 2022 match is posted, and all sponsor listings will remain indefinitely on the archived scores.

Level Three, Main Match Stage Sponsor (12 Total)

There is one Sponsorship available for each of the 12 Main Match Stages.  There are twelve openings at this level.  As a stage sponsor, your company supplies a minimum of $150 in cash, merchandise or gift certificates**. Your name or business name will be listed as a Main Match Stage Sponsor in the Shooters Handbook and your name or business information will be posted at the Main Match Stage you sponsor and you will receive a copy of the Shooters Handbook and a special Match Badge.  If you have a web site, your web link will remain on our web site until the 2022 match is posted, and all sponsor listings will remain indefinitely on the archived scores.

Level Four, Honorary Sponsor (4 Total)

There are four Honorary Sponsorships available for Thunder Valley Days. At this level, you or your company supplies a minimum of $300.00 in cash, merchandise, or gift certificates**.  Your name or business name will be listed as an Honorary Sponsor in the Shooters Handbook and, if you provide a banner, we will hang it prominently at the match.  In addition, you will receive a copy of the Shooters Handbook, a special VIP Match Badge, and one free entry to the match.  If you have a web site, your web link will remain on our web site until the 2022 match is posted, and all sponsor listings will remain indefinitely on the archived scores.

Level Five, Main Match Sponsors, the highest level. (2 Total – Taken – SASS & Atlantic Guns!)

There are two Match Sponsorships available, with SASS being the first and we want to welcome back Atlantic Guns who have been our Main Match Sponsor for all 21 Thunder Valley Days!.   Main Match sponsors provide $750.00 in cash, merchandise or gift certificates**.  As a Main Match Sponsor, your name is featured prominently in the Shooters Handbook and on this web site.  You will receive a copy of the Shooters Handbook, a special VIP Match Badge, and two free entries to the match.  If you have a web site, your web link will remain on our web site until the 2022 match is posted, and all sponsor listings will remain indefinitely on the archived scores.

Additional Sponsorship opportunities are available and negotiable.  Please contact Dogmeat Dad for details.

*At all levels, we can place your companies catalog or flyer inside the shooters package that comes with the Shooters Handbook.  Match dates are June 11, 12 & 13, 2021 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).  Any items you wish to be included in the shooters packet must be received by June 1st.

**Gift Certificates must be redeemable at either Thunder Valley Days, online, or over the phone.


ALL PRIZES SHOULD BE DELIVERED BY June 5th, 2021

Sponsorship commitment must be established, via sponsorship application,
by May 29th, 2021 to be included in the shooters handbook.



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  Vendor Information 2021 

DOWNLOAD YOUR 2021 VENDOR APPLICATION HERE

In the past, we have not charged for vendor spaces. However, this policy has caused a problem from some vendors. It seems when there is nothing at risk, there is no incentive to complete the obligation made to set up as a vendor. Our space is limited and only a certain number of vendors can get in. When a vendor fails to show up, they prevent another vendor from getting in and our shooters suffer the consequences. At a previous TVD championship, 3 vendors failed to show up or call with cancellations. These vendors will not be allowed to participate in the future.   
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  Conventioneer Entry 2021

Conventioneers at the 2021 Thunder Valley Days will be able to participate in unlimited shooting on Side Match Day, Friday, June 11, 2021.  They may also elect to participate in the 3 Stage Blast by paying the registration fee.  They will also receive a personalized shooters badge, if they are registered before June 1st.  Conventioneers can participate in all Thunder Valleys Days events except the 12 main match shooting stages.  Entry fee also includes one free Sunday Banquet ticket.  Conventioneers must also be current SASS members and be dressed in period clothing.  For registration, use the same application as the main match shooters use, just select Conventioneer.



  Visitor Information  

We welcome all visitors to Thunder Valley Days, or any of the Damascus Cowboy Shoots.  There is no charge for visitors to our matches and we want insure that you to wonderful and safe experience while here.  Consequently, just like the competitors, ALL VISITORS MUST HAVE HEARING AND EYE PROTECTION OR THEY WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE RANGES and for the safety of your pets, NO VISITOR PETS ARE PERMITTED IN THE RANGE AREAS.  Your cooperation with these requirements is greatly appreciated.
 


  2021 Help Tentative    

VOLUNTEER HELP

As you are all aware, Cowboy Action Matches are run primarily by Volunteers through the donation of their time and energy.  Some of that help is provided by the members of the Host Club, the Wildlife Achievement Chapter of the IWLA, and some of that help is provided by your fellow Cowboy shooters.  Each year, we ask for Volunteers to help with Thunder Valley Days, and this year is no different.  If you can provide assistance in any of the areas below, it would be greatly appreciated by me and your fellow Cowboy shooters.

At the moment, Dogmeat Dad is listed as the contact for each of the items below.  If you can volunteer to take the lead on any of these items, it would be greatly appreciated.

Cowboy Help Needed – Sidematch Day (Prefer two for each Sidematch)

Speed Pistol/Derringer/Pocket Pistol Please Contact - Dogmeat Dad
Speed Shotgun Please Contact -
Dogmeat Dad
Speed Rifle
Please Contact - Dogmeat Dad
All Long Range Rifle  
Please Contact - Dogmeat Dad
3 Stage Blast Please Contact
Dogmeat Dad to volunteer (need at least three, prefer six)

IWLA or Cowboy Help Needed

Match Setup is Wednesday the 9th & Thursday, the 10th at 09:00 AM for most of the day. Contact Dogmeat Dad
Shooter Parking Help is needed
on the 11th, 12th and 13th, mostly in the AM between 7:00 AM and 9:30 AM.
Visitor Parking Help is need throughout the day on the 12th & 13th. Contact
Dogmeat Dad
Target Swap on Saturday the 12th at approximately 3:30 PM for about 3 hours. Contact
Dogmeat Dad
Shuttle Drivers
(Tentative – Parking may be on range) on the 11th, 12th and 13th. Help needed all day starting at 10:00 AM on the 12th, and 7:00 AM on the 13th and 14th, finished at 4:00 PM. Contact Dogmeat Dad
First Aid Station on 13th & 14th. Contact
Dogmeat Dad
Water Jugs on 11th, 12th and 13th. Set up in AM, get ice and replenish each morning. Contact
Dogmeat Dad
Match tear down
on the 13th. Approximately 2:30 PM for less than 3 hours. Contact Dogmeat Dad


  Additional Rules 2021     

SASS Rules are many and are subject to change.  Each shooter should be familiar with the SASS rules as presented in the Cowboy Action Shooters Handbook, currently at Version 24.2, which can be downloaded here, SASS Handbook, Ver. 25.1, January 2021.  In addition to those rules, due to the area in which our range is located, we have several additional rules that must be adhered to during our matches.  Please be aware of these additional requirements as violations will incur a 10 second minor safety penalty or may result in a Match DQ.

1.    There is a minimum velocity requirement of 650fps on all rifle and pistol ammunition.

2.    There is no hip shooting permitted for any firearm.

3.    All shotgun ammunition must use size 7 ½ or smaller (Higher Number) shot.

4.    Rifle or pistol rounds over the berms are a Match DQ.  Shotgun rounds over the berm are a No Call.

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  Directions    

If you are using a PC, Internet map service or GPS for directions, the official address is 26430 Mullinix Mill Rd., Mt Airy, Md. 21771


DAMASCUS IS A DESIGNATED "SPEED CORRIDOR" & THEY HAVE MANY SPEED CAMERAS IN PLACE

From Gaithersburg, Rockville, Bethesda and Northern Virginia Via I-270:
Take I-270 North to Father Hurley Blvd. (Rt 27), East toward Damascus. Continue through Damascus but do not follow Rt. 27 North when it gets in town, just continue straight (bear right at the second traffic light). Once you pass the next light, you are actually on Rt.108 East. Take Rt. 108 2 miles and turn left on Mullinix Mill Rd. Take Mullinix Mill Rd. 1 1/2 miles and turn left into the driveway.

From Gaithersburg, Rockville & Bethesda Via Rt. 355:

Take Rt. 355 North toward Frederick. Just north of Gaithersburg, near Milestone shopping center, take Rt. 27 Right toward Damascus. Continue through Damascus but do not follow Rt. 27 North when it gets in town, just continue straight (
bear right at the second traffic light). Once you pass the next light, you are actually on Rt.108 East. Take Rt. 108 2 miles and turn left on Mullinix Mill Rd. Take Mullinix Mill Rd. 1 1/2 miles and turn left into the driveway.

From Gaithersburg Via Rt. 124 (Woodfield Rd.):
Take Route 124 North toward Damascus. At the light in Damascus turn Right (East) onto Rt. 108. Take Rt. 108 about 2 miles to Mullinix Mill Rd. Turn left on Mullinix Mill Rd. Go 1 1/2 miles and turn left into the driveway.

From Frederick Md., West Virginia, & Western PA. Via I-70:
Take I-70 East toward Baltimore. Take Rt. 27 South toward Damascus (also the Mt. Airy exit). Go South on Rt. 27 for 5.6 miles. In Damascus, at the light past the firehouse, turn left at the light onto Rt. 108 East. Go about 2 miles and turn left onto Mullinix Mill Rd. Go another 1 1/2 miles and turn left onto the driveway. Caution, Rt 27 has several speed cameras.

From Baltimore, Odenton, Howard County Via I-70:
Take I-70 West toward Frederick. Take Rt. 27 South toward Damascus (also the Mt. Airy exit). Go South on Rt. 27 for 5.6 miles. In Damascus, at the light past the firehouse, turn left onto Rt. 108 East. Go 2 miles and turn left onto Mullinix Mill Rd. Take Mullinix Mill Rd. about 1 1/2 miles and turn left onto the driveway. Caution, Rt 27 has several speed cameras.

OR
Take I-70 West to Exit 73, Woodbine Road, Rt. 94. Go south (left) on Rt. 94 to Rt. 108, Damascus Road. Take a right on Rt. 108. Go 1.6 miles and turn right onto Mullinix Mill Road. Go 1.5 miles and turn left into the driveway.

From Prince Georges County & Northern Virginia Via I-495:
Take I-495 to I-270 North towards Gaithersburg and Frederick. Next take Father Hurley Blvd. to Md. Rt. 27 North/East toward Damascus. Continue through Damascus but do not follow Rt. 27 North when it gets in town, just continue straight (bear right at the second traffic light). Once you pass the next light, you are actually on Rt.108 East. Take Rt. 108  2 miles and turn left on Mullinix Mill Rd. Take Mullinix Mill Rd. 1 1/2 miles and turn left into the driveway.

From Prince Georges County, Scenic Route:
Take New Hampshire Ave. (Route 650) West toward Ashton & Olney. Continue on Rt. 650, cross over Rt. 108 and stay on Rt. 650. (If you turn left onto Rt. 108, follow the directions from Silver Spring). Eventually, (a long scenic ride), Rt. 650 ends and turns into Rt. 108 in a small town call Etchinson (blink and it's gone). Make a right on Mullinix Mill Rd., (first right after Long Corner Rd.). Go 1 1/2 miles and turn left onto the driveway.

From Wheaton, Silver Spring & Olney:
Take Georgia Ave. (Rt. 97) North toward Olney. At Rt. 108, in Olney, turn left (West) toward Laytonsville. Continue on Rt. 108 through Laytonsville until you get to the stop sign in Etchinson. Here you turn left to continue on Rt. 108 West. (Turning right would be New Hampshire Ave. aka Rt. 650). Continue on Rt. 108 toward Damascus and make a Right turn onto Mullinix Mill Rd. Go 1 1/2 miles and turn Left onto the driveway.

If you are using a PC or Internet map service for directions, the official address is 26430 Mullinix Mill Rd., Mt Airy, Md. 21771  

Please Drive Carefully!

All proceeds for TVD and every
Damascus Wildlife Rangers Shoot
are proudly donated to the
Wildlife Achievement Chapter Inc. of the Izaak Walton League of America.
to support their conservation and wildlife projects in the Damascus area.


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