Inside the Hawkeye Trekker
The basic premise of the Tekker is a combination of dynamic shooting skills and cross country endurance racing. Competitors will compete on a ¾ mile course composed of 4 shooting stations while carrying all of their gear. Each station will involve either a rifle or a pistol. At each station competitors will have a very narrow window of time to engage targets and accrue points. Once their score is recorded, shooters are free to proceed to the next station at a pace of their choosing. They will shoot that stage in the order that they arrive, and so on and so forth. Shooters will have 2 hours to make as many laps and accrue as many points as possible.
There are two basic strategic decisions a participant will need to make. The first choice is their running pace. There is a limited window of time in which to score points; the faster one goes, the more opportunities they will have to score points. Arriving winded or tried to a stage may be detrimental to one’s shooting ability and the target values descend as the race goes on, so there is validity to a conservative pace as well. The other choice is how much to carry equipment, namely ammo, to carry along. There are no pit stops of caches allowed, so participants must carry everything they need on or about their person and they may not abandon anything. For prospective, the average action rifle weighs 7-10 pounds, pistols weigh roughly 2 pounds, and a standard loaded 30 round rifle magazine 1 pound. The more laps a participant wishes to do, the more they must carry, and the more weighed down they will be on the cross country portion of the event.
All targets on the course start at 25 points and descend in value with each lap. Tortoise and hare strategies are both viable options. Does one set a goal and carry just enough to get by or do they come loaded for bear and pound out as many laps as they possibly can? The course is doable for all, but potentially as challenging as a one chooses to make it.