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Michigan DNR Hunter Education Classes @ SMGC
Posted: July 21, 2016 at 4:26 am by Nick Wagner

MDNR Hunter Safety Classes for 2016 will be held on two consecutive Saturdays in August and September at Southern Michigan Gun Club. The first complete class will be held 8/20 & 8/27. The second complete class will be held 9/17 & 9/24. Attendance both days for the entire length of the class each day is required to receive your MDNR Hunter Education and International Bow Hunter Education Program (IBEP) certificates. Classes run from 8am to 4pm each Saturday.

The hunter education classes will be “combination” classes, upon successful completion of the class, each student will earn an IBEP bow hunter certification and an MDNR Hunter Education certification. IBEP certification is now a requirement in eleven (11) States plus several Canadian provinces to obtain your archery hunting license. Even in states that do not require the IBEP certification, the additional time spent covering archery equipment and bowhunting safety make this class worth the extra investment in time.

Classes are held at Southern Michigan Gun Club’s outdoor range clubhouse, classes are 8am to 4pm. Lunch is provided. A donation of $10 per student is suggested to help defray the cost of running the program.

SMGC’s Outdoor Range is located south of 38th Street in Van Buren County (KL Avenue in Kalamazoo County), just west of Van/Kal. The address is 22471 38th Ave, Mattawan, MI, 49071

Please call John Ceglarek (269) 353-2963 to reserve a seat in one of the classes. You will need to supply the full name, age and a contact phone number for each student at the time of your call. Pre-registration and materials pick-up are required; materials pick-up will be on 8/11 (6-8 PM) for the August class and 9/8 (6-8 PM) for the September class, at the SMGC Outdoor Range. A parent or guardian is required to accompany a child under the age of 10.




Southwest Michigan FNRA Raffles!
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm by Nick Wagner

Check out these Southwest Michigan FNRA Raffles.  Click on the links below for info.

AR15 Gun Raffle
Deer Hunter 3 Season Raffle
Wall Of Guns

Good luck!




Online Renewals Begin Wednesday, June 1
Posted: May 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm by Nick Wagner

Online renewals will begin Wednesday, June 1. A RENEWAL link will appear underneath your username after you log into the website as a member. If you still wish to renew by sending a check, you can do so. Otherwise, on June 1 you will have the option of renewing online.




MAY 7th RANGE CLEAN-UP PROJECTS
Posted: April 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm by Nick Wagner

This is a reminder that our annual club cleanup and maintenance day is fast approaching. The purpose of this day is to give you an opportunity to give something back to your club.

We have been able to keep our dues as low as they are because of members volunteering their time and skills. Last year we had a very low turnout and we had to postpone a good number of maintenance projects and, for a few, we had to spend your dues money to complete them with contracted help.

To keep our club as beautiful, functional, and safe as it is takes work. Please help us.

Below are tasks that we have identified as needing to be completed. Some require specific skills (electrician, carpenter, mechanic) but most lend themselves to being accomplished with just being a handy person or having a strong back.

MAY 7th RANGE CLEAN-UP PROJECTS
(This list is not all inclusive – there will be more projects not included below.)

AIRGUN RANGE

  • Install new fencing.
  • Power wash and paint picnic tables.
  • Remove very large brush pile to burn pit.
  • Continue to chop stumps for parking area.
  • Mow, trim and extend the Field Target lanes.
  • Blow and mulch leaves off of the covered range.

UPPER RANGE (Click here for project details.)

  • Repair step on clubhouse deck
  • Replace Molding at bottom of club house front door
  • Seal back door in club house
  • Clean Out Clubhouse Refrigerator
  • Replace Connectors on Skeet field control boxes
  • Paint New Doors on Skeet Houses
  • Remount wired in Skeet House #1 – upper level
  • Spray Weed/Grass killer around buildings, light posts, etc. to facilitate grass mowing
  • Create Flagpole Base – YES! The club is getting a flagpole!

PISTOL PIT

  • Scrape, Prime and Paint the tables and stands – all wood
  • Prime and paint the Safe Area tables to a bright orange color
  • Assemble 2 picnic tables – all parts will be there.
  • Construct with wood new target stands – all wood is cut to size and ready to assemble
  • Rearrange the supply trailer in inventory
  • Grease and loosen up the trailer doors to be easy to open and close
  • Replace OSB on plate racks
  • General Raking of leaves and debris.
  • Erect a new Safety Sign

LOWER RANGE

  • Replace all backers on lower range.
  • Install metal post protectors.
  • Paint metal post protectors bright yellow.
  • Paint 12" yellow lines on backers to protect 2×4 cross braces.
  • If wind allows burn trash pile.
  • Rake leaves from around all firing lines.
  • Trim sides of berms to cleanup any trees/brush obstructing view down range.
  • Cut OSB 4-8 sheets to 2-8 sheets for Goff range backers.
  • Cleanup lumber under shed and rotate newest to oldest.
  • Construct shelves in lower storage shed.

Things you might bring for tools – rakes, shovels, paint brush, scrapers, screw guns, hammers, nails, screws, saws, work gloves, cleaning supplies. We’ll have much of this but the more the better.

 

As you can see, we have a lot to do. We plan on starting at 8:00 AM. If you give an hour, a couple of hours, half a day, whatever, to volunteer it will certainly be appreciated by all who use our club.

Of course, we will again provide a delicious barbecued pulled pork lunch.

Our whole club thanks you for any help that you can give us.




RSC Hosts NSSF Rimfire Challenge
Posted: April 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm by Nick Wagner

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Match schedules, and rules can be found at www.nssf.org/Rimfire.

The RSC match includes 8 Stages – 2 Pistol Only, 2 Rifle Only, 2 Combined Rifle/Pistol. All Steel Targets, 200 Rounds (Minimum), 22 Rimfire Only. Classes are Open and Limited, and Special Recognition Award categories include Adult Ladies, Senior Men (65+), Senior Ladies (65+), Juniors (13-16), Youth (12 and under), and Cowboy/Cowgirl.

Door prizes will be awarded by random drawing, and will include several firearms and many other shooting related items. Plaques will be awarded for the top three finishers in Open and Limited Divisions and the top finisher in each Special Recognition category with at least three shooters.

Entry fees are: Adults $45, Senior $25, Junior and Youth $15. Lunch (hamburgs, hot dogs) is included in the shoot fee, and will be served from 11:30-12:30. Special Needs shooters will be accommodated to the degree possible. Please indicate on the entry form if you have special needs.

Match is limited to the first 96 registrants. Match volunteer workers who pay the full entry fee may also participate in the match and receive awards or prizes.

Click here for flyer.

 




Spring Clean Projects
Posted: January 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm by Nick Wagner

Saturday May 7 will be Range Clean Up Day this year, and we will be in need of volunteers with tools, talent & time to come out and help improve the club grounds and facilities.  This is the time each year where we organize a group of volunteers to get together and help get stuff done.

FREE LUNCH – catered and delicious!

A list of projects will be published on this site soon.

NOTE: As members of the club, you have an idea of areas which need attention.  Your suggestions are requested and welcomed!  Please contact us through the CONTACT page with your proposed projects to repair, replace and/or improve areas of the Indoor & Outdoor ranges.  We value your input!




Missing Plaque From Downtown (Indoor) Range
Posted: January 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm by Nick Wagner

For the last 45 – 50 years, a plaque has adorned a wall at the Indoor Range that listed the founding members involved in the construction that range.  Unfortunately, that plaque is missing.  While it has no monetary value, the plaque has considerable historical value as it identifies some of the earliest club members.

If you have any information on this plaque, please contact us through our CONTACT page.




Wayne Herring
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 10:29 pm by Nick Wagner
Wayne Herring is in the center.

Wayne Herring is in the center.

It is with deep regret and a heavy heart, on behalf of the members of SMGC and the board of directors we note the peaceful passing of Wayne Herring on the afternoon of December 15th. Wayne was 84 years old.

Wayne had been at home for over a week following discharge from Borgess Hospital where he was battling kidney disease and eventual failure following open heart surgery months prior.

A few members were fortunate enough to spend a little time with Wayne in his home. While visiting with Wayne a couple of days prior to his passing, Wayne was asked what we could do for him, in typical fashion Wayne said he couldn’t think of anything he needed. Wayne did say he was at peace with his situation and stated he led a long, good life, done a lot of things, been in many places in this country, had the love a good woman for more than 40 years and he was ready to rest.

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Wayne in late June of 2014.

Wayne was the longest standing member of SMGC, he was a member of the Kalamazoo Revolver Club which in 1954 was renamed and reorganized as Southern Michigan Gun Club. The newly formed SMGC purchased the building on Crosstown Parkway which remains as SMGC’s Indoor Range. Wayne served on the board of directors of the newly formed club and was also involved with the purchase of the White Oaks Gun Club property which remains the SMGC Outdoor Range property.

Wayne was perhaps the most giving, patient person we have ever met. Wayne would spend his ‘range time’ helping others improve their performance, or share his extensive knowledge and love of hand loading rather than shooting. Wayne competed in most of the shooting sports: trap, skeet, smallbore rifle, and several types of handgun use. Wayne was also an NRA Instructor and assisted with the Ladies’ Day events for several years.

The last few years Wayne could be found volunteering (working) in the Pistol Pit setting up for a practice or a match, all the while struggling with a poorly performing cardiovascular system. We pistol pit critters recall on more than one occasion it would take two or more volunteers to get Wayne to sit down and rest. Wayne was not one to allow others to share the work effort while he rested.

We the board of directors, SIGs, SMGC members, his friends and family, can take solace in the knowledge Wayne sits in the presence of his Lord and has touched the face of his God.

We cannot think of a better man, a better friend, or a more giving person. May Wayne rest in peace.

SMGC BOD, SIGs and General Members

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FIXED!!! NEW USER REGISTRATION
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm by Nick Wagner

ATTENTION SMGC MEMBERS – The New User Registration function is working properly now.

I apologize for the delay.

ALSO: The FORGOT PASSWORD link is working again for everyone who has forgotten their password and was unable to reset it during this registration problem.




SMGC To Host 2016 AAFTA National Competition!
Posted: November 4, 2015 at 10:04 pm by Nick Wagner

SMGC is proud to announce that the American Airgun Field Target Association has awarded our club the privilege of hosting the 3 Day 2016 National Championships!  Chris Martin has been working hard to promote our club to the organization and his hard work has paid off!

For more info CLICK HERE for a press release.




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