Redwood Falls Sportsmen’s Club News
RangeReport It has been a mild winter so there has been a lot of activity in the pistol bays and the rifle ranges. All of the major construction is finished. The grass still needs to grow. More gravel is going in when the weather permits. That will help with the muddy areas around the pistol bays. The improvements to the range involved many people. Once again a big thank you to Pete Weis who put in countless hours as project supervisor, Mike Rasmussen of Affordable Dirt Works, E&K Construction, River Valley Arms and Ammo and Opie’s Heavy Metal.
This is your range. If you see something that needs attention please let someone on the Board know. If you have recommendations to improve the range, let us know: Email, snail mail, Face Book, web site, phone call, face to face.
Dues have gone up. It has been at $32 for over 10 years. However, electric, sanitation, trash removal, and maintenance costs have been rising. To keep our heads above water a small increase to $45 is required.
If you pack it in, be courteous and pack it out. Last year we had someone use sheet rock for target shooting. It made a mess and then it was just left there. Someone who bought a safe brought the cardboard used for shipping out to the range, for a target. To their credit, they did try put it in the trash container but left 4 ½x2 feet hanging out, it was a very large piece of cardboard. Someone else ended up taking it to the recycle center. The posts holding up the plywood for the targets are not targets. We moved them to the front of the plywood and we got a lot more life out of them. However, when someone intentionally shoots them with shotgun slugs or mounts a small piece of plywood on the post their lifespan decreases in a hurry. To prevent ricochets only shoot into a berm/ target mounted on a backstop. When the ground is wet and soft don’t drive downrange to post or look at targets. I’ll leave it to the reader to assign the appropriate emojis.
Volunteers to manage projects at the range. If you have a skill and want to improve something, let us know. We have a few ideas to make improvements to the range but we need help in making it happen. One recommendation was a 3 D Archery range. A project manager is needed to make it happen. We can use assistance with the trap range when the HS Trap is shooting.
Couples Night at the Range. River Valley Arms and Ammo is sponsoring the events again. The events are being conducted the first Wednesday of the month in May, June, and July, starting at 5:00 pm. We need someone to manage the Couples Night. This includes planning and running the shooting events.
****The MN DNR Firearm Safety Training class is scheduled starting 20 April. The classes are being held each Tuesday and Thursday night in April 20, 25, 27 and May 2, 4, 9 with a range day on 6 May. There is a Field day being planned for early fall for those training online. You can sign up online using the Sportmen’s Club Face Book page, at the Sporting Goods counter at the Redwood Falls Running’s, or at River Valley Arms and Ammo.
The Club is conducting trap shooting on Tuesday nights staring in May starting at 6:30pm. A trap card is $18.00 and good for five rounds of trap. Otherwise, a round of trap has risen to $4.00. A card for a Junior is $10.00 or $2.50 a round. Form up a team or just come out as an individual. It is informal and fun. Shooting is fun but even more fun when people having fun surround you. If you are interested in other forms of competitive shooting, send us a note. If you are up for a chellenge locally you can try a round of Sporting Clays at Shooters, just east of Marshall.
The Club is hosting the Echo Charter, Wabasso, and Redwood Falls High School Scholastic Clays. Statewide there are over 12,000 students and over 310 schools participating.
Annual Meeting This year our banquet is again being held at St Catherine’s Catholic Church on 1 April. . The prizes for the raffle include first prize a Ruger American .22 rifle, Second place is $100 cash, Third place is $50 cash, and Fourth place is a Pheasants Forever print. You do not have to be present to win these prizes. You can win other prizes if you are at the annual meeting. Additional raffle tickets are available the night of the banquet. All of the children present also get an opportunity to walk to the prize table.
We have a web page and a Face Book page. Give us a Like.
- Treat every gun like it is loaded.
- Never point the firearm at anything you don’t want to destroy.
- Don’t put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shot.
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
President: Steve Whittet ,Secretary/Treasurer: Larry Weidell
Board: George Mashing, Bob Rohlik, Tom Morely, B. J. Tersteeg, Pete Weis
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Mail to: Redwood Falls Sportsmen’s Club, PO Box 104, Redwood Falls MN 56283