Winter in Camden Mills


With the cancellation of the Iron Cowboy Match, few will have the opportunity to make their way into Camden Mills this winter I figured that if you couldn’t make it to Camden Mills this January, let’s find a way to bring Camden Mills to you, including its fresh coat of newly fallen show.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Camden Mills, the first part of the video was taken along the road winding its way through the Milan Rifle Club and back to the Camden Mills, our Cowboy town. The second part was taken during a quiet walk through the town. Be sure to stick around for the end of the video for an interesting contrast of what was, what is, and what will be again.

Popcorn Kelly

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Iron Cowboy Match is Cancelled

Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel the Iron Cowboy Match for 2021.  This includes both the original January 23rd date as well as the January 30th alternate date.

This is due to a combination of factors, including Illinois Covid-19 restrictions as well as the thick, ice-packed ground cover, which does not appear will be gone anytime soon, and even when it is will result in the ground being soggy and slick – not the most conducive for Cowboy shooting. 

Anyway, brighter days are ahead and we’re all looking forward to a new year of Cowboy Action Shooting.  If nothing else, we’ll catch up in the spring.  Stay safe, keep your ammo dry, and be sure to put some back for Fall Round-up 2021. 

On a Cowboy-related note, check out and consider Subscribing to Illowa Irregulars Facebook Page and/or Popcorn Kelly’s YouTube Channel by clicking here: Popcorn Kelly’s Cowboy Action Shooting YouTube Channel .

Fall Round-Up 2021 Video Teaser Series, Video #2; Alright Marshal, what d’ya say I done?

While Illowa Irregulars’ Fall Round-Up 2021 is still several months from now, planning for it is well underway.  In that vein, we have created a series of “Fall Round-Up Teaser Videos and will share them with you between now and September.  Collectively, they will give you a sense of Fall Round-Up 2021’s overall theme, some of the stages, and perhaps even an opening line or two.  This video is the second in the series.  Click on the image below to view it.

Fall Round-Up 2021 Video Teaser #2

Mark your calendars, put back a little ammo if it’s scarce, then join us in Fall Round-Up 2021.  You’ll be glad you did. 

While you’re on our website, be sure to sign up to receive email notices of future video teasers immediately upon release by completing the Follow Blog Via Email box in the lower right portion of our home page (see image below).  Feel free to share this with your friends and family, and post it on Facebook, etc., and encourage them sign up on our club’s website and/or our Illowa Irregulars Facebook page to receive information related to our club activities.

Happy Trails and we’ll see you soon.  Enjoy Video Teaser #2. 

Popcorn Kelly
Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting
Camden Mills
Milan, Illinois

Return From Hell On The Border

We’ve heard that a number of Illowa Irregulars and other regional cowboys/cowgirls are planning to escape the late winter and head south to attend Hell on the Border, the Arkansas 2021 SASS State Championship, scheduled for Thursday – Saturday, March 18, 19, and 20.  This post is to let you know of a very special opportunity to get in one more day of shooting on Sunday, March 21st before heading back north.

The Bear Creek Volunteers have organized a special match on Sunday, March 21st titled Return from Hell on the Border – Welcome to Bear Creek.”  The Bear Creek range is located about 15 miles north of Branson, MO.  To put it in another perspective, Bear Creek is located about 2 ½ to 3 hours north of Fort Smith, AR and is on or near the route many of us will be taking home. 

The Bear Creek range offers covered stages on a boardwalk, is located in a valley with a creek running alongside, and offers a variety of targets which makes for fun and interesting shooting. 

While there is no advance registration required, the Volunteers request that you confirm your attendance for food planning purposes by either:

  1. Contacting Louise McCollough via email (by clicking on her name), or by calling 417.849.1877; or
  2. Emailing Illowa Irregulars’ Count Sandor who will forward your information to Louise. 

From what Irregulars who’ve attended other Bear Creek Volunteers’ matches have said, you won’t be disappointed in the food, the hospitality, or the range.

Christmas Video with Fall Round-Up 2021 Teaser

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Illowa Irregulars wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and thanks you for your support this past year. Here is a short video we created with a brief Christmas message and a little something special concerning Fall Round-Up 2021. Click on the image above to view it.

Feel free to share this with your friends and family, and encourage them to sign up on our club’s website and/or our Illowa Irregulars Facebook page to receive information related to our club activities.

To sign up on the website go to www.illowairregulars.com and complete the Follow Blog Via Email box in the lower right portion of our home page (see image below). To sign up on Facebook search for Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting and Follow this page.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting
Camden Mills
Milan, Illinois