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Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« on: April 24, 2019, 11:48:08 PM »
I'm calling on some of you RWVA historians to help me track down where (and possibly even when) the first event happened in each state. Please chime in below:
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2019, 01:47:26 AM »
Montana, Was listed as Bozeman,  but took place 20 miles west, near Logan at the Manhattan Wildlife Association range.
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ReEdited: Changed year  back to 06, and got the month right,  per grin reaper's post November 2007 linked below post 20 by Tennessee Beast
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2019, 07:28:59 AM »
In the course of being nosy, I saw that the TIPS page might show you that. Go to TIPS --> Sign Ups --> PreRegs/Instructors.
Select a state and along the top there are all the years listed. For TN (my state), it goes back to 2012. I have a feeling that in the earliest days, the shoots were not recorded in this manner but it could be a jumping off point.

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2019, 08:58:06 AM »
Shiocton, WI was our first one and I believe it was in 2006 too.

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2019, 09:37:01 AM »
 I was told the first one was held at Hartford Gun club in Ct, possibly 2008, maybe 2007?

 It was stated that Fred hisself ran it.

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2019, 09:42:24 AM »
Wyoming was in Worland in 2006. IIRC it was also the first traveling AS outside of NC. Fred was present. I have been corrected, this event was in 2005. Thanks TB
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2019, 10:35:21 AM »
The first one in Michigan was Lawrence, September 2008.  Sheepdog, Dinky Dao, Beefree and TreadCarefully. 

https://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=28209.0


The first one that I know of (I attended) in Illinois was Bloomington, July 2007.  The Guy, TreadCarefully and Fred.
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2019, 12:06:35 PM »
Thanks for that input. We have data going even farther back than 2012, but we weren't quite as organized in the beginning, so the early days of the program pre-date most of our info. There aren't even many of the original instructors still active which is why I'm hoping we can preserve this info for the sake of posterity.

In the course of being nosy, I saw that the TIPS page might show you that. Go to TIPS --> Sign Ups --> PreRegs/Instructors.
Select a state and along the top there are all the years listed. For TN (my state), it goes back to 2012. I have a feeling that in the earliest days, the shoots were not recorded in this manner but it could be a jumping off point.
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2019, 12:22:06 PM »
From the info I have the first Appleseed in New York was at Calverton Range on Long Island. This was 2006/7ish.
Fred was there and I have the photos of the event. I’ll get them posted later today or tomorrow.
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2019, 01:02:26 PM »
Tennessee's first event was in Puryear on September 22-23, 2007.  I confirmed it with dond, who was there.
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2019, 01:57:08 PM »
Thanks for that input. We have data going even farther back than 2012, but we weren't quite as organized in the beginning, so the early days of the program pre-date most of our info. There aren't even many of the original instructors still active which is why I'm hoping we can preserve this info for the sake of posterity.

There are a few of us Ole timers still hanging about... PHenry, myself, off the top of my head. I'm sure there are a few others
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2019, 04:07:36 PM »
Florida would be Davenport on the east coast in January 2007. Believer was a brand new SB. RIflewoman did admin and Fred hisself told the entire story on Saturday at lunch. 43 signed up (myself included) - 112 showed up. It took a front end loader and a lot of scrambling on the part of the staff. Shooters were used as models. I have no idear how they had enough targets, but I never noticed anything amiss. I never once saw them sweat. My avatar is me in prone with JuniorBirdman instructing me. Epic.

The second event was at Myakka in Feb 2008 as I recall and JB's sweetie was the SB. She saw my enthusiasm and asked "Trey, have you ever considered instructing". I said yes. That was at once, the most expensive contract I have ever entered and also the best damn deal I ever made.  O0
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2019, 04:36:16 PM »
For Texas the first one I recall was Mingus, TX at the Tac Pro range. October 2006.

That was my first Appleseed. I recently found the receipt from my hotel stay there. Over 90 people showed up.

Others have said that there was an earlier Texas Appleseed, but man I watched for shoots in Shotgun News like a hawk back then. Mingus is the first Texas shoot I recall.
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2019, 06:42:11 PM »
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2019, 01:37:29 AM »
I'm not an Idaho guy, but I believe the first shoot was at Fernan lake range, Coeur d'Alene. June 2006
Fred was there.
Edited to square up with grin reaper's list of 2007 linked in post 20.
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2019, 09:31:57 AM »
For Texas the first one I recall was Mingus, TX at the Tac Pro range. October 2006.

That was my first Appleseed. I recently found the receipt from my hotel stay there. Over 90 people showed up.

Others have said that there was an earlier Texas Appleseed, but man I watched for shoots in Shotgun News like a hawk back then. Mingus is the first Texas shoot I recall.

Here's a post from Fred about Mingus, Texas in 2006:

https://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=35361.msg332351#msg332351

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2019, 10:41:21 AM »
If my memory serves VA's first was in Stuarts Draft in 2006. Instructors: Fred, Cabinboy, Son of Martha, Mountain Logger, and Prepared Family.
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2019, 10:46:17 AM »
Florida would be Davenport on the east coast in January 2007. Believer was a brand new SB. RIflewoman did admin and Fred hisself told the entire story on Saturday at lunch. 43 signed up (myself included) - 112 showed up. It took a front end loader and a lot of scrambling on the part of the staff. Shooters were used as models. I have no idear how they had enough targets, but I never noticed anything amiss. I never once saw them sweat. My avatar is me in prone with JuniorBirdman instructing me. Epic.

The second event was at Myakka in Feb 2008 as I recall and JB's sweetie was the SB. She saw my enthusiasm and asked "Trey, have you ever considered instructing". I said yes. That was at once, the most expensive contract I have ever entered and also the best damn deal I ever made.  O0

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2019, 06:01:20 PM »
Ben Avery range in Phoenix, October 20-21, 2007.  Fred, Kool-aid, Bob210, AzGromit.

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2019, 09:56:33 PM »
Feb 18-19, 2006 near Morehead, KY in a “holler”. 

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2019, 10:54:25 PM »
Check out this thread for some early AS history.

https://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=1281.msg14194#msg14194
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2019, 01:57:49 AM »
The first California Appleseed was Corona, CA  March 8-9, 2008. Shoot Boss was Junior Birdman and Instructors were Dragonwood, Bob 210, Koolaid, Azgromit, Socalserf and Francis Marion.

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2019, 02:25:00 PM »
Puryear, TN. September 22-23, 2007.

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2019, 02:06:17 PM »
Can't swear to it, but the first Washington shoot, that I'm aware of, was April of 09 in Wenatchee. However, pretty sure at that shoot, a previous shoot was mentioned. Fred was SB.
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2019, 08:23:23 PM »
I believe it was 2008 in Searsboro IA at the Big Springs range which was owned by Brownells at the time. They had one there a couple of months later the 2nd in the state I was a shooter at.

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2019, 03:59:19 AM »
In case anyone is interested, here is the complete list I compiled from a number of sources (Forum posts, AARs, several databases)
FYI, some quick and dirty statistics are as follows:

We had over 600 volunteers work at least one shoot in 2018.
We've held events in over 700 venues, since the beginning. (includes Libertyseeds)
We've held over 7,000 events, since the beginning. (includes Libertyseeds)
We've had over 112,000 students. (shoots only)

And here is the list of Appleseed First Strikes:
(If you can verify an earlier date, for any state, please let me know.)

Alabama   Birmingham AL   Jun-06
Alaska   Chugiak, AK   Jul-11
Arizona   Phoenix AZ   Oct. 2007
Arkansas   Yellville AR   Aug. 2008
California   Corona CA   Mar-08
Colorado   Canon City CO   Apr-08
Connecticut   Hartford CT   Apr-07
Delaware   Bridgeville DE   Mar-12
Florida   Davenport FL   Jan. 2007
Georgia   Toccoa GA   Nov-06
Hawaii   Mountain View HI   Aug. 2011
Idaho   Coeur d'Alene ID   Jun-06
Illinois   Bloomington IL   Jun-07
Indiana   Evansville IN   Apr-06
Iowa   Searsboro IA   Apr-08
Kansas   Oxford KS   Apr-09
Kentucky   Morehead KY   Feb. 2006
Louisiana   Sherburne LA   May-09
Maine   Skowhegan ME   Oct.  2009
Maryland   Annapolis MD   Apr-10
Massachusetts   Harvard MA   Apr-08
Michigan   Lawrence MI   Sept. 2008
Minnesota   Winona MN   Sep-08
Mississippi   Forest MS   Jan. 2007
Missouri   Osage Beach MO   Oct. 2007
Montana   Bozeman/Logan MT   Jun-07
Nebraska   Grand Island NE   Sep-09
Nevada   Boulder City NV   Jan. 2007
New Hampshire   Holderness NH   Apr-09
New Jersey   Winslow NJ   Jul-09
New Mexico   Raton NM   Sept. 2008
New York   Long Island NY   Apr-07
North Carolina   Ramseur, NC   Feb. 2006
North Dakota   Leeds ND   May-09
Ohio   Athens OH   May-08
Oklahoma   Sallisaw OK   Mar-08
Oregon   Brookings OR   Nov. 2006
Pennsylvania   Langhorne PA   Apr-06
Rhode Island   East Providence RI   Apr-11
South Carolina   Gaston SC   Dec-08
South Dakota   Sioux Falls SD   Jul-09
Tennessee   Puryear TN   Sept. 2007
Texas   Mingus TX   Oct. 2005
Utah   Salt Lake City UT   Nov. 2006
Vermont   Proctor VT   Aug-07
Virginia   Stuarts Draft VA   Sept. 2006
Washington   Yakima WA   Sept. 2006
West Virginia   Stinson WV   Apr-09
Wisconsin   West Bend WI   Jun-06
Wyoming   Worland WY   Jul-05
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2019, 11:53:04 AM »
I was told the first one was held at Hartford Gun club in Ct, possibly 2008, maybe 2007?

 It was stated that Fred hisself ran it.

07. Fred did, indeed, run it, ably assisted by The Guy and Crak. And Nickle was tapped to help run one of the lines. Fred made him a Rifleman and Instructor on sight after talking to him and hearing his experience and military qualification scores. I shot an M-1 Garand at that shoot and learned how good a rifleman I was NOT.

The Guy's history was THE main reason I took an orange hat a year later at the first MA shoot at Harvard Sportsman's Club in Harvard MA - April 08. Where I shot a 210 and got doused with water that had flowed under the old North Bridge. After which I took a picture of my Rifleman patch and made this motivator:

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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2019, 07:34:13 PM »
The Guy's history was THE main reason I took an orange hat

Are there any video or audio recordings of Guy in action? I've read many stories about him, but he passed away long before I became a part of Appleseed.
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Re: Where was the first Appleseed in each state?
« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2019, 11:07:07 AM »
The Guy's history was THE main reason I took an orange hat

Are there any video or audio recordings of Guy in action? I've read many stories about him, but he passed away long before I became a part of Appleseed.

Wow. Good question. I would be a bit surprised if there was; in 2007 we didn't have the humongous memories and memory cards that cell phones have today. I also don't remember many people whipping out cameras to record things like that. Certainly nowhere near the way folks do it today.
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