Zombie Redemption match returns to the Heartland Public Shooting Park

Local4 News at Ten Sunday
Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 10:48 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Zombie Redemption match returned to the Heartland Public Shooting Park this weekend. The three-gun match is a redemption from a much bigger event called Zombies in the Heartland.

The larger match hosts around 300 people from 17 different states, while the redemption match hosted a little more than a dozen this year. The re-shoot kept up five out of the 10 states that were originally put up for Zombies in the Heartland.

Stephen Hayes, an avid volunteer at the shooting park and a regular competitor was out at the Zombie Redemption Sunday. He said some people are in it for the competition, while others participate in the matches as a hobby.

“It’s very competitive, and just for fun,” Hayes told Local4 News. “For some people, they’re basically shooting against themselves. For others, they’re brushing up their skills to go to regional, sectional, national matches.”

Stephen said he was there for the competition.

Those who didn’t have the opportunity to shoot during the larger Zombies match were able to compete this time around. People were also able to come back to see if they could shoot faster and more accurately.

Eric White, a police officer and member of the Omaha Police Marksmanship team said, the the Heartland Public Shooting Park is his favorite place to compete, but he’s not exactly in it for the competition.

“I’ve been a police officer for a really long time,” White said. “I don’t golf, so doing a competition where I get to run a pistol, a shotgun, and a rifle, different targets, different problems — it’s kind of like golf, for someone who pulls triggers.”

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