The easiest way to get to it from Gladwin MI is from town center. North on M-18 toward Prudenville. Turn Left on West Emery and travel a little way, (a few miles at most) and it will be on your right, next to a go-cart track. Drive up to the registration building and Jim (owner and ref) will be glad to assist you.
This was my first experience with the sport of paintball. Eleven teens/adults and myself descended upon the field for about three hours of some of the most intense fun I've had in a long time. I used some of the on-site equipment and it worked well and was easy to use.
The cost was $30 for use and equipment including complete marker equipment (a fully functional paintball gun w/gas tank and hopper), mask, and 500 rounds. Jim gave a full rundown of the rules of engagement and equipment use which I found helpful being a rank noob.
We were able to use the three fields in operation which were the "backfield" (my fav), "Palletstine" and "No-name City". Palletstine and No-name City are relatively open areas with artificial cover provided in the form of pallets and barrels and some custom constructions of wagons and numerous sheds with windows and doors. The backfield is mostly natural woods with natural bunker constructions and a brush maze. The crowning glory is a 4-8 ft high fort in a clearing with four towers at the corners for defense with a single opening on one side for access. Parts of the wall are low enough to shoot over from a standing position. We engaged in a couple rounds of "capture the flag" in Palletstine and No-name City, followed by two alternating invade the fort scenarios in the "backfield".
For my part, I took four hits which still feel a bit tender and lost my glasses somewhere in the "backfield" woods, but a good time was had by all and I would definitely return again to stalk the "deadliest game" when time and finances permit. Thanks Jim for an enjoyable evening.
for me, Bandit Paintball in saginaw, its got a bit better speedball feild, but this place's woodsball feild (castle) is way better
so me and my friends were going to Bunkers and banners, it took a while to find it because it is behind a cart racing track. We got there about 10 and the owner was there, he got us paint and one of my friends rented a tippman 98. the feild fee was only 10 bucks, and a 15 dollar byop fee. th rent a gun and unlimited co2 fills was only 20$, including feild fee. We took our gear back to the staging aeria by the village, and chroned our guns. The Village is literally a village with small wood buildings over a large sized speedball feild. The woods was mainly attacking or defending a castle with 4 turrets(all attackable from a bunker outside) and 1 door. The castle is in the open under the sun for most of the day so it gets very hott, wich adds a good twist. The final feild is called paletstine, with palet bunkers that are small and spread out. in the corners are towers about 5 feet off the ground. the games are quick and intense, expically when there are people in the towers. i know they play a lot of stock class games too.
The owner has built all of this by himself, so kudos to him. it still needs a little work, but he is building an airball feild and is in the process of digging trenches for WWII stuff.
These feilds are the best in the areia but you need to call or email to tell him if you are bringing a groupe. They dont have hi pressure fills yet, but they are coming soon this is an all in all great place to play for a day with good paint prices, i would recomend this feild to any player in the aeria, i know they dont get a lot of players thanks to stores telling people its closed. please help keep this feild running!
The best part about this field is the staff. The refs are good and fare. They stay out of the way and never lead another player to your position.
There are three fields: One is set up for speed ball. It's a good size, but still needs some more bunkers, as you feel kinda unprotected running the distance between cover.
The second, and my favorie, is the village. Set up with small shacks, wagons, and troughs. Reminds me of a western. There is a lot of good cover. I recomend firing from behind the small buildings instead of from in them, because it's hard to see when you are being bunkered.
The third field is in the woods. There are plenty of cover made up of trees stacked on eachother. The brush has been cut back to allow for longer shooting lanes. The best part of the "Back Woods" field is the fort. It is a square building with four "watch towers" at the corners. The walls average around chest high and there is only one enterance/exit in the back. Attackers have to make it in and ring the bell. It's pretty obvious what the defender have to do.
Prices are reasonabe.Ten dollars get you on the field and paint runs fifty bucks a case. The paint is PMI Premium and I never had a problem with the cases I shot up defending the fort. If you need to rent equipment 10 bucks gets you a 98c and a mask plus free air.
They play stock class games once a month. I haven't been to one yet, but my friend goes every month. I hope to play with the stock class guys as soon as I get my Phantom.
Every time I play this field I have fun. They are always adding new things and making their fields better.
The place itself does not have very many fields, but the few that they have are very strategically set up, and are a blast to play at. They do a good job of clearing out brush also. The place wasn't very busy at the time though, that would probably have been because of the construction though. So it ended up being just my two friends and I. But we all had an extreme amount of fun playing on the fields that they had, and the refing was very good. Their prices are not high either, but they allow field paint only, which happens to be viper venom. They sell it for $18 per 500 balls. The field owner is planning on building new fields, but he is lacking some supplies to make new ones (spools, barrels, etc.). He would probably appreciate any help greatly. The people up there are also a riot to talk to, and are experienced paintball players. I would definitely go back to the field if I had a chance.