Discovering the Old West in Ellenboro

These action cowboys don't just dress the part, they also play them on TV
May. 11, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

“Roll camera.... Action!” called a producer of a new television reality show being filmed at Walnut Grove Rangers Gun Club off Hollis Road near Ellenboro on Tuesday.

The six-stage shooting range, where cowboys who enjoy the sport of shooting as in the days of the wild, wild West gather the first Saturday of each month, was turned into a television set.

The Discovery Channel sent a crew to Ellenboro to film scenes for the 12 part reality series, “The Dukes of Haggle” scheduled to premiere in late summer or early fall. 

The show is similar to American Pickers but with added humor, a crew member said. 

Several photographers and producers and two reality television stars spent most of the day at the shooting range. 

Stars Robert Price of Hickory and Gene Roberts of Glendale Springs were featured in scenes about the purchase of an 1892 rifle owned by Ken Arlidge of Bostic, a regular “cowboy ranger” who shoots at the range each month.

The story lines tell how Price bought the antique gun from Arlidge and takes the gun to the shooting range to try it out.

On the first try the gun doesn’t fire and some of the Walnut Grove Rangers come to the rescue to look at the gun. The local residents featured in the show are Terry Greene, George Mitchell and Stephen Thompson.

After discovering a minor problem, the second shot is good.

According to one shooter at the scene, the Discovery Channel crew looked at several places across the country before finding one of Ellenboro’s best kept secrets and one of the newest sport ranges for people serious about shooting.

More than 10 cowboys shoot once a month in a timed-sport in which shooters compete against the clock.

Among regular “authentic cowboys” from Ellenboro and the region are Levi, Skeeter Willie, Catawba Charlie, Ross Rutherford, Munsen Madman, Senator Brown, Renee Rutherford, Highwayman, Skunk, Two Gun Terry, Bronco Bronson, Scrub, Heim, Cottonbailer and Cotton Gin.

The range is open the first Saturday of the month beginning at 10 a.m. and cowboys pay $15 to participate in the six-stage shooting range — a jail, train station, church, general store, salon and an open area.

The rangers are a part of the Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) club and the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) organization. CAS is a 3-gun event where the shooters use old west firearms such as single action revolvers, pistol caliber lever action rifles, and old time shotguns.

According to the rangers’ website, “The gun styles are authentic, the attire is traditional and the fun we have is timeless.”

Shooting is rain or shine and registration begins at 9 a.m.

The rangers will be notified of the schedule for the show. 

For more information, visit www.walnutgroverangers.com.