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Affilaiates of the NRA, Montana Pistol and Rifle Association, Civilian Marksmanshp Program, USA Shooting
June 6th Association clean up and spring Maintenance - 7:00 AM start bring gloves and tools.
June 13, Association OPEN HOUSE. Introduction of new Pistol Range and Association to members and the Public at large. Chili and drinks available. Come to help or to shoot or just inspect. Watch for ad in Meagher Co. News.
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Meeting Dates for 2015
Pistol Range Constuction information/photos. Click Here
New room addition photos. Click Here
The Wall Backing Test. Click Here
The Association's Constitution. Click Here
By-Laws up date Click Here
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Range Use Form [For non- club sponsored events] Click Here
Need to know about gun care and all that rust on the muzzle: Click Here
Junior Shooters Diary: A PDF printable document Click Here
New days for 2015 Association Meetings.
21 April 2015, White Sulphur Springs - Quarterly Meeting
April 21, 2015 7:00 PM
Meeting called to order by President, Rod Browning. President Browning led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present: Mike Vennard, Ronald Coleman, Chuck Stricker, Pat McCoy, Bill Cummins, Don Babcock, Robert Porter, Jake Lind, Jess Secrest, Gary Smith, Jim Richard, Rodney Browning and Joanne Cummins.
Minutes of prior meeting were read, and approved with motion by Mike Vennard and second by Ron Coleman.
Treasurer's report was presented with distribution of a spread sheet of income and expenses and report of Checking Balance of $3,202.79 in the operating account and $4,875.88 in the building account. Jr. Rifle brought in $17.00 this year and Personal Protection was $745.00. Report was accepted with motion by Pat McCoy and 2nd by Bill Cummins.
Correspondence: We received our packet from Civilian Marksmanship Program, Certificate has been hung and the packet is in the office drawer for anyone who needs to use it for setting up matches. Cards received from Forest Service Ranger District to participate in designing a forest restoration project and analysis underway for the Miller Bingham Vegetation Project. A letter from FWP for proposals for Mountain Lion Hunting and Mountain goat changes.
Committee Reports: Pistol Range Committee. Have moved the fence to make more handicap accessible and was appreciated by Bob Porter. Need to create a sign for the gate to keep it closed, and only take handicapped up to the range and unload supplies and then park below. Mike will call the sign man in Helena who made the other signs and order it. Joanne moved and Ron seconded to order the sign.
With one new membership tonight we have a total of 80 paid members.
The Personal Protection Class began with 13 and is now at 11 who will probably finish.
Caps for the target stand holders have been received and need a little trimming and will be installed. Ron will try to build something we can use to sink the tubing deeper into the ground for mower protection.
Pat bought up that we need to find someone to become NRA certified and the club pay part of their fees to take the classes. The fee is usually $150 with 2 1/2 days of class and 2 overnights for expenses. Pat McCoy gave Ron Hamm names of individuals to contact with regard to NRA instructors. Ron Hamm has had employment conflicts but will probably pursue when the conflicts are gone. He indicated an interest in becoming the certified instructor to replace McCoy
McCoy had scoring plugs for use to check targets during matches for accuracy. Ron Moved to buy the plugs and Bill Cummins seconded at the price of $52.50 for 5 of them. We need to order 1 bore guide for cleaning of CZ Junior Rifles at $18.00 plus shipping. Mike moved to order and Rod Browning Seconded.
The club will be the site for a Guncraft Tranining Academy Class, Basic Handgun Course, (Level 1) on July 18 and 19 for two days. The club should receive 5 percent of the proceeds for the shoot. Members fees will be $375 and non-members will pay $499 plus $10 per day for use of the Range. Every shooter is expected to have 350 rounds, 2 magazines, preferable 3, a holster and a gun that is 9mm or larger. It is already advertised on the Guncraft Training Academy website. Tim Allen is at their facility working on details.
The Health Expo is April 25 at the High School. It was requested for someone to man the booth and Rod Browning agreed he could be there to assist. Cummins will be there in the neighboring booth.
A building was purchased for storage of a lawn mower. Will be purchasing metal siding in the next few weeks for it and to complete the Ramada at the pistol range. A discussion was held about having an open house in June. It was decided to have a Spring Cleanup at the range on June 6th. Discussion about fire suppression for the range; Jess Secrest indicated that several fire extinguishers were as effective as trying to have a container of water on site. The Open House will be June 13 to present our range to newcomers to the area and show the new pistol range to locals. An ad will be placed in the paper and we will have chili available for those coming. Put notice in Great Falls paper as well as ours. Range officers to help people will wear orange hunting vests to distinguish them. Tim, Gary, Rod, Bill and Mike agreed to be there. People can bring guns and shoot a few rounds that day.
Rod showed the plaque from the Friends of NRA banquet. Had a drawing for the hat from the banquet and it was won by Bob Porter.
It was discussed to add a By-Law and post signage that Exploding Targets and Tracer Ammo is not on the approved ammo list at the range.
Bob Porter questioned whether we would have any 22 bench rest matches. It was discussed for possibly a weekend and a couple of evenings, but only if the shooting benches can be adjusted to make all exactly the same height.
The motion to adjourn was made by Mike Vennard and Seconded by Bill Cummins.
April 18, 2015, White Sulphur Springs - Winter Report - Pat McCoy
The Meagher County Sportsmen's Association (MCSA) recently finished it's Winter indoor shooting season, and is in process of planning the outdoor season.
April 4, 2015, White Sulphur Springs - Last signs
On the way out after fixing the pistol range gates we stopped to drop in a pair of signs. Hopefully this will encourage folks to take the correct road to the range instead fo wandering about the Jackson Ranch. Now there is no reason for interlopers to not get a trespassing fine.
The one on the left is for the left tract to the top of the section, the right road is the right fork to the Association.
April 4, 2015, White Sulphur Springs -Gate Move
Saturday and the crew arrives on a dank and windy, cold day. The idea is to move the pistol range gate from up on the hill side down to the parking lot for the benefit of our handicap shooters and ease of access. You remember where the gate was located, right?
Up on the side oft the hill, stupid mistake by the designers, well it will get fixed. Take a look at the photo series below.
The amazing crew. L to R Don Babcock, Bill Cummins, Unknown designer lump, Joanne Cummins, Tim Allen.
March 26, 2015, White Sulphur Springs - New Shed in Parking Lot
During the month of March the Board of Directors purchased a riding Lawn Mower and a shed to keep it in. On the 26 a crew of Ron Coleman, Bill Cummins, Tim Allen, and Don Babcock used some of the extra RR Ties toped with pressure treated 2x6's to make a foundation and then slid the shed into place, after which the used some additional plywood to shore up the inside and make it ready to put in a large door. Thanks to all the crew for their efforts. Below is a picture story:
March 2015, White Sulphur Springs - New Sinage
Three new signs were delivered and posted sometime in the month of March. I just don't remember which day. Here are two of the three whaich have been posted:
At the cattle gate off Jackson's Road. Put up on the old board and enhansed by Bill Cummins with a little metal siding, Thanks Bill.
And the one on the end of the building:
19 January 2015, White Sulphur Springs - Annual Meeting
January 19, 2015 7:00 PM
Meeting called to order by Vice President, Dan Rader. V. Pres. Rader led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present: Mike Vennard, Ronald Coleman, Chuck Stricker, Dan Rader, Daryl Mesecher, Pat McCoy, Bill Cummins, Don Doig, Don Babcock, Ron Hamm, Robert Porter, Ben Forkin, Jake Lind, Dan Fuller, Tim Allen, Eric Mongar, Steve Hicks and Joanne Cummins.
Minutes of prior meeting were read, and approved with motion by Mike Vennard and second by Don Babcock.
Treasurer's report was presented with distribution of a spread sheet of income and expenses and report of Checking Balance of $2,859.87 in the operating account and $5,241.61 in the building account. Report was accepted with motion by Mike Vennard and 2nd by Ron Coleman. Pending deposits totaling $130.
Correspondence: Email from Jess Secrest to change the meeting night so that the firemen can attend as their training is the same night on Monday. The group agreed to the third Tuesday of the month to accommodate them. Moved to change by Pat McCoy and second by Bill Cummins.
Committee Reports: Jess Secrest suggested in his letter, mentioned in correspondence, to work on a committee for long range shooting. A committee was formed comprised of Jess Secrest, Mike Vennard, Ron Coleman, and Bill Cummins.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Range Sign Purchase: Mike Vennard has a new sign maker that he will contact to get the signs going. Since it was approved at the December Meeting, Mike will contact the vendor and get them ordered. Bill Cummins moved and Ron Coleman seconded to accept the old elk logo for the letterhead and the newer clearer version very similar as the elk for the signs.
Pat McCoy will continue to provide Joanne with information as the Legislature progressed on the bills so it can be shared with the membership.
Personal Protection Class in April and May for 5 weeks, has only 1 person signed up so far. Joanne indicated other names and we need to advise them to pay so we know how many will take it. We need 5 signed up to offer the class. In March, we will run an ad in the newspaper.
Pat McCoy gave Ron Hamm names of individuals to contact with regard to NRA instructors.
Covers have been ordered from A. J. Clayton to put on the tubing for the target stands to keep water and debris out.
Pat McCoy identified some MCSA Operating Procedures that were listed in previous years minutes that needed some discussion or clarification.
Annual Dues paid by March . This procedure is being followed.
Range is named "Meagher County Rifle and Pistol Range" and the Group of members is the "Meagher County Sportsmen's Association".
Checking Account requires 2 signatures on Checks. This is being followed.
Account has to be audited by 2 members annually. Was not done every year but will be followed.
Guides who are members may have their clients use the range if the guide has paid $125 per year fee. Mike Moved and Pat Seconded to scratch the guide rate. Since members may only bring one guest with them to use the range per year, the guides should be going to the Sheriff's Office and the clients pay the $10 per day use rate.
"Dean Hiller" award to be presented to youth winner of the May open house. Left the procedure in place in the event we have a May open house sometime in the future.
The cattle guard at Jackson Road is on loan to MCSA by the county for a period of twenty years from 6-07 meeting. Just to make everyone aware.
Purchase a "video set-up" for spotting shots on targets at long range. Mike Vennard indicated it had been purchased, and he will deliver to the clubhouse.
The association will pay match fees for juniors who turn in receipt for such fees. Okay with this.
A drawing of an Elk, done by Mike Vennard, was accepted as MCSA logo.
MCSA will continue to hold Bow Hunter and Hunter Safety Classes. Was made as a resolution for grants, as requirement of FWP.
A second newsletter will be sent to each member in late Spring of every year. Apr, 2012 Meeting. Discussed at August, 2014 meeting, as President was not aware and did not do it.
MCSA shall establish a BUY/SELL/TRADE bulletin board at the indoor range for members use. Board is in place.
Audit of checkbooks annually. Gretchen Rader and Don Babcock to audit the checkbooks in the next few weeks.
Joanne had a question as to the fiscal year end of the club, since Constitution showed it as June 1 to May 31st. Mike Vennard indicated it had been changed to January 1 to December 31 about 3 years ago. Minutes indicated this was changed in February, 2013.
Request approval of membership to renew memberships in NRA, CMP, USA Shooting, MRPA. Pat McCoy indicated he has been contacting MRPA regarding listing our club on their website. They are not making changes or returning phone calls. Mike Vennard moved that we renew as we are invoiced all but the MRPA. Jake Lind seconded the motion.
Election of officers with expiring terms. It was asked if anyone was interested in positions and no one responded. Pat McCoy moved that by acclamation, Vice President, Dan Rader, Range Manager, Ron Coleman, Director 1, Bill Cummins, Director 2, Tim Allen were re-elected for two years. Jake Lind seconded the motion.
Mike Vennard informed us that the Community Expo would be coming up and he would not be available to man our booth this year. Ron Hamm agreed to take the position.
We need a new ballast for one of the lights on the indoor range. Don Babcock will get one and install it.
Dan Rader moved to adjourn and Ron Coleman seconded at 7:45 pm.
15 December 2014, White Sulphur Springs - December Meeting
December 15, 2014 7:00 PM
Meeting called to order by President, Rod Browning. Pres. Browning led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present: Rodney L. Browning, Mike Vennard, Ronald Coleman, Chuck Stricker, Gary Smith, Dan Raider, George Kirkwood, Jay Kolbe, Jess Secrest, Tina Pomeroy, Daryl Mesecher, Pat McCoy, Bill Cummins, Don Doig, Don Babcock, Ron Hamm, Robert Porter and Joanne Cummins.
Minutes of prior meeting were read, and approved with motion by Mike Vennard and second by Don Babcock.
Treasurer's report was presented with distribution of a spread sheet of income and expenses and report of Checking Balance of $2,428.78 in the operating account and $3,234.51 in the building account. Report was accepted with motion by Pat McCoy and 2nd by Ron Coleman.
Correspondence: Insurance Policy for the club was renewed for the range with addition of the new pistol area. Cost for the year was $874.
Committee Reports: Pistol Range Committee: Everything is done except siding on sides of the cooler, a work level bench built, a picnic table added inside cooler and a bench at the end of the handicap area. Those will be added in the Spring. Looking at building 3 movable benches for the pistol range. We will need to add belting to the gates if they remain in the location they are now to keep calves out by Spring. Grass seed was scattered on the berms about a month ago and there is some left to add when it begins growing in the spring. Plans to replace siding on old generator shed (now target storage shed) to have appearance of the rest of the construction. Need to get an electronic opener for the gates to accommodate the handicap. May need to move gates to bottom of the hill to accomplish this. New range rules are established for that area, and will be voted on at the January meeting.
Range Sign Purchase: Joanne showed pictures of signs proposed by case of Top Sign & Graphics in Helena. Looking at 2 signs, one at the gate on Jackson Rd, and one at the clubhouse. It was felt that the club's web address should be on the sign at the clubhouse and an arrow pointing at the driveway on the lower sign. Motion by Ron Coleman and Second by Chuck Stricker to purchase as such and to get the metal sign with clear coat that will last the longest. Cummins indicated they would order on next trip to Helena. Mike Vennard will talk to Casey to clarify the difference in the types of pictures.
Repair/Replace the 200 and 300 M Gongs and maybe wolf: Tim & Ron are to take wolf down and repair. Pat McCoy brought up that Pacific Steel in Great Falls has the armor plate in stock and have some small targets already cut, so we may purchase new ones in Spring (currently priced at $72 for a stack of them). George indicated a business called Synthesis in Lewistown has a water jet system to cut steel as well for the larger gongs.
2015 Legislature to meet for 90 days in January. Pat McCoy shared some of the 1900 bills in committee (some may be combined) relating to hunting, water rights, etc that we might have an interest in. He will watch the progress and advise Joanne so she can email to membership.
Personal Protection Class to be offered in April and Early May for 5 weeks. $75 each with $10 off to members.
Indoor shooting is going on Thursday nights. Have several participating. Items for sale or trade will be added in a section at the end of the newsletter due to some individuals not getting to the range to view the board on the wall.
Nominations for expiring terms:
Vice President: Dan Rader agreed to run again.
Range Manager: Ron Coleman agreed to run again.
Director # 2: Bill Cummins agreed to run again.
Director # 3: Tim Allen agreed to run again.
Any other interested need to voice interest prior to voting at the January meeting.
Jess Secrest suggested looking at changing our meeting date from the 3rd Monday to another day due to conflict with Fire Department Meeting and training night. Open for suggestions from membership for ideas.
Ron Hamm questioned if there are an NRA Counselors to teach individuals to be qualified instructors. McCoy has been trying to find someone and a date and time and will advise us. Some may teach one feature but not all areas. CMP does teach all but one would need to travel to Alabama.
Discussion about the tubing for target stands in the ground filling with rocks and water. McCoy to order plastic covers from AJ Clayton. Tina moved to purchase and Ron seconded the motion.
Apparently the owner caught 4 pickups hunting on his property next to the range. It was not determined if it was a member or someone else. Reflects poorly on the club members.
Need to purchase T-5 light bulbs for the indoor range and an 8' ladder. Mike made motion and Ron Coleman seconded to make the purchase. Also checking to see if more air rifle targets are needed.
Meeting was moved to adjourn by Mike Vennard and seconded by Dan Rader at 8:30 pm.
18 October 2014, White Sulphur Springs – Target Stand Protection
On Saturday, after the RR Tie work up in the Pistol Range [see project page] ties were also transported out to the 100, 200, and 300 yard positions and placed in front of the concrete and steel target holders at those positions. This, we hope, will eliminate errant shots from damaging the existing holders, at least for the foreseeable future.
The ties at the 100 yard location.
16 September 2014, White Sulphur Springs – More Progress.
Another work party was scheduled for Saturday, with the main intent of finishing out the handicap portion of the new Pistol range. Ancillary to this project and as we expected to have some concrete left over some of the group formed poured and finished off the entrance to the outdoor vault toilet. The previous pad located in this position was feeling the effects of frost heave and during the winter months would rise to a point that one could blearily get the door to the vault open. That concrete was removed and replace with a slab that was pinned to both the sidewalk and vault, hopefully curing all problems.
Waiting on the concert truck [L].
9 September 2014, White Sulphur Springs – Facilities Clean Up
The usual clean up took place with sweeping up, weed cutting and general pickup after those members and guests that can't seem to understand what their mothers taught them. A great big THANK YOU to all those who helped. The major project of the day was the lowering of the entrance walkway to try and aid in the drainage of the water runoff and prevention of frost heave which was warping the siding of other new addition. You all have seen photos of how great the range looks when properly maintained and your troubled reporter did not take those kinds of pictures this time, but he did catch some photos of the front concrete work which is posted below.
The same Saturday as the clean up the Pistol Range got a giant step forward with the target apron getting the concrete pour. For photos and comments click HERE.
The Cummins, Ron Coleman, Tim Allen and others on the front walk [left] and finished product on the right.
The following were the clean up crew, so when you go into the clean Association building and shooting range you can thank them for the nice atmosphere: Arnie Blair on windows, Jim Rassler, Don Doig, Steve Hicks, Jerry Chuurchill, Pat McCoy, Bob Porter, Bill and Joanne Cummins.
18 August 2014, White Sulphur Springs – Quarterly Meeting
August 18, 2014 7:04 p.m.
Meeting called to order by President, Rod Browning. Pres. Browning led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present: Rodney L. Browning, Mike Vennard, Mike Leonard, Pat McCoy, Bill Cummins, Don Doig, Daniel Fuller and Joanne Cummins
Minutes of prior meeting were read, with one correction of the size of the steel plates donated by Mike Leonard, and approved with motion by Mike Vennard and second by Pat McCoy.
Treasurer's report was presented with distribution of a spread sheet of income and expenses and report of Checking Balance of $3,424.10 in the operating account and $13,610.35 in the building account. Report was accepted with motion by Mike Vennard and 2nd by Bill Cummins.
Current Membership is 91 paid to date.
Correspondence was distributed from emails. Discussion was held if Joanne should forward the emails received through the website to all the members. It was decided to try sending them and find out what feedback we have. Some members may find interesting articles by doing so.
Committee Reports: Pistol range committee, Mike Vennard: Two months late, the dirt work began and then 3 to 4 weeks later gravel was laid. Railroad ties are here and we are waiting on the fencer to begin installing the fence. Needs to be done before cattle return from the mountains. Tim Allen will be back on the 28th and will be repairing a few spots on the berms where the water caused a wash. When complete the framing for the concrete work will be done. Will be up to us to get a crew to frame pads, move ties in and pour concrete. June 15 was the cut off for the grant from FWP, $8,300, so Pat McCoy requested an extension due to the weather that held us back.
Range sign purchase has been tabled too long, so Rod Browning will check with Steve Hicks and make calls himself to try to proceed with ordering the signs for the gates at the Jackson Ranch and our leased area. Generator was sold to Rick Geordge for $300. Building was moved to the parking lot and will be placed when equipment is here to complete movement of ties, etc. Discussion of the flood and repair of siding and sidewalk at entrance to building was done by Bill Cummins. He feels that Tim Allen should be able to move and break the part we need to remove and that Bill can then form the replacement so it can be poured with other concrete. Benches were to be rebuilt; Ron Coleman was to work on and build to equate sizes and widen. Ron was not in attendance to report. McCoy indicated that we haven't had any shooting matches due to the bench's size not being adjusted. Wooden target stands have been shortened so that lead goes into the berms lower down and we won't shoot the tops off them. Have enough railroad ties to lay some in front of 100, 200, and 300 yard stands on rifle range to keep from shooting the holders in the ground. Long Range Clinic not held, but still need to consider before weather changes. Bob Gardner was willing to put on clinic. Need to set a time, date and price and then people will respond to come.
Annual sight-in day is set for October 5th from 9 am to 2 pm. Motion by Mike Vennard and second by Mike Leonard. Fall clean up day will be September 6th beginning at 8 am. Most of the work will be weed trimming, so bring tools needed for that job. The flat portion of the middle of the rifle range is mowed fairly short, but the edges and around the building really needs dressing up.
Junior shooting will begin the last week of September on Thursday evening to begin with. Depending on the number of juniors, it may be changed to another evening. Minimum age is roughly 12 and maximum age is up to age 20 prior to December 31 of given year, same as other shooting organizations use.
Adult indoor shooting will begin on the last week of September on Thursday evenings.
A new amendment to the By-Laws will state that a President's letter will be sent on June 1st and December 1st annually. Moved to accept by Joanne Cummins and second by Don Doig.
Discussed filling the propane tank now, moved by Mike Vennard and second by Mike Leonard.
Motion to adjourn by Mike Vennard and second by Bill Cummins at 8:45 p.m.
8 July 2014, White Sulphur Springs- POP Quiz
Can you tell what is missing from this photo? If you do send a crisp new $5 dollar bill to Web Page Editor, PO BOX 582, WSS, Montana 59645 and receive a basket full of surprises.
If you need the answer it is: The propane electric generator. The Association sold it off and has taken it out of the shed and sent it on its way. The shed, seen in the photo below, is presently in the parking lot awaiting reassemble up near the new Pistol Range for use as target storage shed. For progress on the new range click HERE: Go to the pistol range page.
By the way the 2x4 screwed to the side of the shed is to hold the lifting strap when we picked it up off its pad to move it.
28 May 2014, White Sulphur Springs – New Board
Thanks to Bill Cummins we now have a swap board inside the range house. Post stuff you are looking for or want to pass on to other members. Item for sale/trade/donation/give away are welcome.
15 May 2014, White Sulphur Springs – Grounds Keeping
Early morning and the arrival of a grader and back hoe heralded the beginning of efforts to improve range drainage of winter snows and periodic rain. Tim Allen worked his magic with a grader in modifying the ground along the north [shooting apron] side of the building and supported by former Formula 1 and NASCAR driver Ron Coleman on the back hoe, the project was well on its was by the time this reporter arrived. Measurements were taken at periodic times during remodeling of the ground and large and small gravel was employed to create the appropriate water flow patterns needed to avoid the repeat of the spring disaster the Association experienced back in early March. Below are a series of photos showing all the action and completed look of the project. A big thanks goes to Tim and Ron for their efforts, expertise and hard work.
The grand view of the project.
2 May2014, White Sulphur Springs – Pistol Range Construction begins.
See the link above!
21 April 2014, White Sulphur Springs – Quarterly Meeting
April 21, 2014 7:05 p.m.
Meeting called to order by President, Rod Browning. Pres. Browning led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present: Rodney L. Browning, Mike Vennard, Mike Leonard, Pat McCoy, Bill Cummins, Chuck Stricker, Ron Hamm, Tim McCann and Joanne Cummins
Minutes of prior meeting were read and approved with motion by Mike Vennard and second by Ron Hamm.
Treasurer's report was presented with distribution of a spread sheet of income and expenses and report of Checking Balance of $4,140.18 in the operating account and $14,199.89 in the building account. The only corrections was concerning the entry for the CMP dues. Correction made from $3000 to $30 and report was accepted with motion by Pat McCoy and 2nd by Mike Leonard.
Current Membership is 69 paid to date.
Correspondence was reviewed from Civilian Marksmanship Program (new certificate received) and information of sponsoring competitions. Friends of NRA check received in the amount of $10,830.09. Letter from seller of patches, caps, garments, etc: Members felt there was not an interest in doing that. Letter from member, Mike Greener, with extra donation of $500 to put toward a trap or skeet range. Members felt we should contact him to see if we should return funds as there is not enough interest at this time for that addition to our facility, or see if he wants to apply to the pistol range. Mike Vennard moved to return the funds and McCoy seconded. Email from a target supplier was discussed but decided to stay with seller we have worked with prior. Email received from First Shots. McCoy indicated that they have good information for programs to encourage people to begin shooting if no prior experience.
Committee Reports: Pistol range committee, Mike Vennard, explained that we would purchase and haul ties soon and stake the corners. Had visited with BAC from Townsend and they will begin the first 2 weeks of May, with probably 5 days of dirt work. Will be up to us to get a crew to frame pads, move ties in and pour concrete. Need to order tubing for the target holders. Then gravel will be brought in and the fencing. June 15 is the cut off for the grant from FWP, $8,300, so we may need to request an extension if the weather holds us back. The four turning targets have arrived so the membership present viewed those. Scott plans to move cattle out first or second week of May. Cost should run about $21,000 and we have grants for $19,000.
Range sign purchase tabled again as Steve Hicks was not in attendance and he was to check with someone in Harlowton. Generator sale will be added to Craig's list, but Bill Cummins indicated he had an interested party he needed to show it to. Purchase of fire extinguishers was approved but not yet purchased, so Pat McCoy said he would get on his next trip to Great Falls. Discussion of the flood and repair of siding and sidewalk at entrance to building. Vennard felt we should have a separate person responsible for that project or do later than pistol range project. Bill Cummins indicated he would look at it. Benches were to be rebuilt; Ron Coleman was to work on and build to equate sizes and wider. Ron was not in attendance to report.
New Business: Discuss policy for membership upgrade from single to family at a rate of $15. Moved to create a new By-Law allowing County Deputies whose membership is paid as a single membership to upgrade at their expense of $15 to a Family Membership status. Moved by Mike Vennard and seconded by Pat McCoy. Opposed Tim McCann.
Community Expo on coming weekend. Mike Vennard will be at the table in High School Gym. Will answer questions, give out gun locks and has a flashlight as a door prize. Letter of support for Tintina was discussed and decided to write a letter, as they are a benefit to community; Motion by Bill Cummins and 2nd by Chuck Stricker. President Browning will write the letter. Suggestion to put a buy/sell/trade list on the President's annual letter on the web page. It was decided to put up a bulletin board that members could post items on. Request to post information and results of the Shooting matches held; Mike to post on web. Replace and repair the 200 (chicken) and 300 (pig) gongs and maybe the wolf. Talk to Tim Allen about cutting from armor plate. Mike Leonard to bring some 1/2 inch T-1 steel that we could weld on for repairs to some. Discussion of Constitution changes that seemed to have some errors in typed version. Will visit again about this at next meeting.
Browning reported on the NRA banquet and showed the plaque we received for the sponsorship. 50% of the monies raised stay in state and 50% goes to National NRA programs. Had a drawing for a NRA hat from the banquet; won by McCoy. Discussed whether to have a long range shooting competition. Message had been sent to membership and only two responded with a yes, although several board members seemed interested for later in summer. Need to order target repair centers. Along other topics it was decided to have the toilet pumped.
Motion to adjourn by Bill Cummins and second by Mike Leonard at 8:50 p.m.
1 April 2014, White Sulphur Springs – The results of the winter Schutzen indoor matches.
This summer there will be an outdoor bench rest match at 50 and 100 yards for .22's. For more information watch these pages.
7 March 2014, White Sulphur Springs – The great flood of 14
Pat McCoy stopped by and told me that the Range House was flooded. So the next morning I went out and he wasn't wrong. The entire building, indoor range, office, safe room and meeting area were under some two inches of water. I went out to check the shooting apron and see what might be the problem. Upon opening the back door the water cascaded over the threshold into the building. I quickly shut the door and outside I looked at water about three inches in depth. At the edge of the concrete was a snow and ice berm holding in the water, just beyond the berm was more water all across the width of the building. At the far east end snow was piled up most of the way down the apron to the first window, and between the east end of the building and the red storage container was a huge snow/ice dam. I went and grabbed a shovel and back at the target locker began to brake a channel from the apron to the drainage channel and over the edge into the gully.
It appears as the snow had started to melt the day before, the water had come down hill and saturated the snow at the east end of the building causing a large mush lake to form. The water backed up somewhere between twenty five and fifty yard and then caused avalanche to crash down and turn onto the shooting apron. The water rushed down the apron picking up the plastic brass tubs and floated them out into the range. With the large berm of snow/ice the water, after the initial rush had no where else to go so leaked under the walls into the Range House.
Shortly after I got the water to begin to flow off the apron Don Babcock and Ron Coleman arrived and decided to go for real tools. Then Jerry Churchill appeared with two large squeegees. Some time in the next half hour Don and Ron came back with pumps and then Tim Allen and his backhoe to the rescue. Rod Browning and Mr Hamm along with Bill and Joanne Cummins were there to help.
Tim and the backhoe cleared the big gate to the east, plowed out the big shush/ice field and up to the 50 yard marker along the east hills. Then plowed off the water and ice in front of the shooting line, this releasing the water pressure into the building. Channels in the ice and the berm were cut off the edge of the shooting apron to help the water away from the building.
Inside the threshold of the front door was cut away and the two squeegees were used to sweep water out of the building, first from the meeting area, then the indoor range and safe room. This took three hours to make most of the water to go away. Wet/dry vacs were used to get the floor, and in the office, rugs dry. By about 2:30 in the afternoon we had the place in good condition. To help dry out the building we removed the timers from the propane heaters so they could run continuously. And Mike went into town to get a delivery of propane. Fans were brought out and set up so the air could circulate to facilitate the drying.
By now backhoe work had cut additional drainage channels in across the front the building from between the latrine and the building and across the inside shooting areas.
I would like to extend a job well done to those who came out and helped to rescue the building. If it weren't for you guys and gal I would still be standing there with water leaking into my boots. -ed.
The photos below were take two days after the flood/rescue.
20 January 2014, White Sulphur Springs – Annual Meeting
Don Babcock led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and called the meeting to order.
Members Present: Don Babcock, Ron Coleman, Don Doig, Steve Hicks, Chuck Stricker, Mike Vennard, Pat McCoy, Ron Hamm, Gary Smith, JoAnne Cummins, Bill Cummins, Dan Rader, Tim Allen, Rod Browning.
Minutes of last meeting read by Pat McCoy. Motion to accept as read, Mike Vennard, 2 nd Ron Coleman. Motion Accepted.
Treasurers Report read by Pat McCoy. Motion to accept as read by Bill Cummins, 2 nd Mike Vennard. Motion Accepted.
Pistol Range Committee report by Mike Vennard that we are waiting on word from Friends of NRA on status of grant, and spring. Pat McCoy stated that he was informed by our FoNRA representative that in the future the Grant Committee would like to see that we have a lease of somewhere between 15 and twenty years and that it was suggested that the MCSA board consider action in increasing out lease. At present the lease stands at 13 years to go. [It was noted later that we could increase our acreage holding to include specific property for a proper background for the 1000 yard gong.]
Personal Protection classes are to be held during the Month of April with the ‘field day' in May.
Signage. Don Babcock reintroduced the subject of signs for the Association, one at the cattle gate just off Jackson Road and the other on the end of the new room facing the parking area. Two were discussed, one an all metal plasma laser cut at appx. $2000 per sign and the second a plastic laminate at $250. The benefits of both were enumerated and after some general discussion the decision was differed to the next meeting. During the discussion Mike Vennard made a suggestion that a metal sign might be bought for the building which would provide a positive background, while a plastic laminate would work better at the cattle gate.
Mike Vennard has not put the generator on Craig's List.
Pat McCoy suggested that for the Personal Protection Class that the rated be increased due to the Association providing all the ammunition [for which prices have recently skyrocketed] and use of the Association pistols. The rate would be $75 for the general public with a $10 waiver for Association members. JoAnne Cummins made a motion to adjust rates as stated, 2 nd Ron Coleman, motion Passed.
Mike Vennard noted that he had contacted the Fire extinguishercompany and they say they would contact him when they came to White Sulphur Springs. They didn't. Mike contacted the Sherriff to find out when they would be there again, he said that he would let him know, time has come and gone. So Mike suggested that the Association purchase new extinguishers. Motion to purchase 2 extinguishers by Ron Coleman, 2 nd Mike Vennard, motion passed.
Pat McCoy noted that the bill for fixing the water damaged rifles was $660. The bill was paid by donations from Forkin Arms and Mike Vennard.
Montana Gun Law books, authored by Gary Maubrt , are being offered by the Meagher Co Sherriff at a discount. If anyone wants one , they should contact Pat McCoy and he will order them. The book cost is approximately $6-7.00.
Elections after nominations from the floor for the various offices was taken that Pat McCoy offered that the Sec/Tres . and Director position be elected by acclimation due to only one nominated for each position. And then a secret ballot for President was held between Don Doig and Rod Browning. The results of all elections:
Rod Browning – President
JoAnne Cummins – Secretary/Treasurer
Mike Vennard- Director
Pat McCoy proposed a letter with all the offices and one Director be added to the check signing list, proposal accepted.
McCoy suggested that we review whether we want to continue as members/supporters of the following organizations: Civilian Marksmanship Program, USA Shooting sports, NRA, Montana Rifle and Pistol Assoc. During the discussion it was suggested that we should also consider Shooting Sports Assoc. and Gun Owners of America. Motion to continue and consider, Mike Vennard, 2 nd Pat McCoy. Motion Passed
With the Friends of NRA banquet coming up on Mar 22 it was suggested that we purchase in a timely manner the 10 tickets and the sponsor table. Motion to purchase Ron Coleman, 2 nd Ron Hamm. Motion Passed.
Mike Vennard motion to adjourn, 2 nd Don Doig. Motion Passed
16 December 2013, White Sulphur Springs – Monthly Meeting
Meeting called to order and Pledge of Allegiance led by Don Babcock, President
Members present: Pat McCoy, Brian fisher, Don Babcock, Ron Coleman, Mike Vennard, Don Doig, Bill and Joanne Cummins, Tina Pomeroy. Guest Adam Grove, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.
Minutes of the previous meeting read by Pat McCoy, Sec./Tres. Motion to accept by Mike Vennard, 2 nd Bill Cummins, motion passed.
Treasurers Report read by Pat McCoy, Motion to accept by Ron Coleman, 2 nd Mike Vennard, motion Passed.
Personal Protection class has been tentatively scheduled for April 3 to May 3, 2014.
Bob Gardner has been contacted and possible class outlines have been proposed for a spring/summer long range shooting clinic. Possible dates for the classes about the months of June/July were discussed but have not been set yet.
The propane generator is to be put on Craig's List to be sold.
The FofNRA Grant for aid in building the new pistol range has been submitted. The grants are usually awarded in late January and we should know about March if we were awarded the grant.
A brief discussion on replacing the concrete bench tops was held, the project was put off until spring.
Don Babcock noted that certain targets were needed to be purchased, but at this time the exact numbers and inventory of which styles were in short supply was not known. Brian Fisher made a motion to purchase appropriate amounts up to a limit of $500. 2 nd Ron Coleman. Motion Passed.
Don Babcock noted that the metal silhouette targets are badly shot up and need to be replaced. Discussion ensued as to should they be replace by armor plate. As no one knew the price point the project was put off until the January meeting and Pacific Steel in Bozeman can be contacted for prices.
Nominations for 2014 officers were taken:
Brian Fisher made a motion that the Association purchase 10 tickets and a table to the Bozeman friends of NRA banquet in March of 2014. That these tickets be used to send the officers and board members t the banquet. Pat McCoy noted that this may be contrary to Montana Non-Profit regulations of liability protection by creating a possible “employee status” of the recipients. 2 nd Ron Coleman, Brian called for a vote, motion passed.
Adam Grove, Mt. FWP biologist gave a brief review of the proposed bi-annual legislation for new hunting regulations. He additionally noted that a FWP Comments meeting will be held in White Sulphur Springs on Wednesday 8 th of January 2014 and City Hall. Highlights of these changes are:
All of Montana will be changed to antlered Mule Deer only and the Mule Deer B tag [doe] will be eliminated.
The White Tail B tag [doe] is to be eliminated state wide, although a White Tail doe may be taken with a General Tag in appropriate areas.
You can find more precise wording and comment pages on the FWP web site and comments can be made through 23 January 2014 to FWP.