When Dr. Brewster Higley wrote the poem Home on the Range I’m pretty sure he had Wyoming’s High Bar Homestead in mind. Sitting on 250 acres of not-cloudy-all-day countryside, the retreat offers visitors access to a variety of specially designed shooting courses. And when you’re finished doing that . . .
High Bar Homestead welcomes its guests to a simple-yet-elegant ranch house with Four Seasons-level hospitality. Sold? Unfortunately, this shooters’ paradise is currently open to the public on a limited basis. Its main business: hosting junkets for firearms industry types.
Industry professionals often rent out regular gun ranges to introduce their products to the press, dealers, distributors and other industry members. This usually means a gruesome twosome: La Quinta and Applebee’s. The owners of High Bar Homestead had a better idea. Obviously.
High Bar has hosted events for Volquartsen, Freedom Munitions, Grey Ghost Precision, Hot Shots Calendar (the occasion for my visit), Hornaday, Leupold and Silencer Co. Springfield Armory shot their “Night of the Saint” web series reality show on site. The upcoming “Cabelas Experience” with Magpul was also filmed at HBH.
As befits its ballistic remit, HBH is a suitable distance from its neighbors but close enough to an airport, with town “just” 45 minutes away. The “basic” price (available upon request, ‘natch) includes a private cook, drivers and range safety officers. For an additional fee, the manager can call in any number of specialized shooting instructors from their list of syndicate partners (operators who operate operationally upon request).
That would be one Kelsey Gonzales. The ex-Marine specialized in light armor reconnaissance. He’s now an NRA-accredited range safety officer with a degree in Natural Resource Management and Forestry. Not to mention an avid hunter, preacher and overall bad-ass.
Mr. Gonzales says the eight-bedroom, five-bathroom ranch house can host up to 50 guests comfortably (but then he’s a Marine). The dining/living area is ideal to gather, share meals, drink whiskey and brag about ringing steel at ridiculously long distances.
The property is something of an outdoor museum, littered (in the nicest sense) with old cars and all things Americana. For those who want to pay their respects, a guest shed that holds the remains of the late John Noveske.
This shooter’s oasis includes a coveted 1800 yard (1 mile) shot. There’s also a known distance range with targets spaced at 100 yard increments out to a thousand. For those who prefer to move and shoot, HBH provides a 20-room shoot house and two natural terrain precision courses of fire.
Most of the steel waiting to be rung hails from MGM steel targets but the toys are BYOT. With safety-minded experts on tap, companies booking HBH can design courses using the latest technology to the limits of their imagination.
The owners revealed the most interesting gun they’ve seen at the High Bar: Grey Ghost Precision’s AR pattern rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor with a rifle length gas system.
After four days of shooting (both guns and photos) at High Bar Homestead, I’d only scratched the surface of what’s on offer. The management team at the High Bar Homestead believe by providing customers with great shooting courses, even better food and impeccable living quarters this may become the favorite destination of the shooting industry. I wouldn’t doubt it for a second.
[ED: Ms. Austin was not compensated by High Bar Homestead for this article.]