May 2017 Newsletter

May 10, 2017

The next Social Meeting is on May 22nd and will feature an outing to Nye’s Trap Range beginning at 5:00 pm and running until close to dark. If you haven’t shot trap before now is an excellent opportunity to do so. If you have a spouse, youngster or friend that would like to try this sport now is the perfect time as there will be lots of assistance available. No shotgun? No problem as there will be several loaner guns available. Nye’s is located at 6281 Peirce Road which is approximately 3 miles east of Kingsley on M-113 and then north approximately 8/10’s mile on Pierce Rd on the east side of the road. The cost is $5.00 for 25 clay birds and if you need shells (only 12 or 20 gauge available) they are available at $7.00/box. If you are bringing your own shells please no shot larger than 7 1/2. As always, eye and ear protection required.

The next Business Meeting will be on June 12th.

 Kingsley Sportsman’s Club Gun Show was successful with 190+ paid attendees. Thanks to Dean Councilor for organizing the event and thanks to all that helped with running the show and with cleanup.

The Spring Work Bee had a great turnout of volunteers who completed all but one of 22 projects (too cold to paint the pavilion) and started 3 of the 7 long term projects. Kudo’s to those who came out to help. You can see who the volunteers are by looking at the attached sign-up sheet.

The Hunters Safety class graduated 77 new hunters. Thanks to all who helped is scheduled for April 29 & 30th

  Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day) is the Reining Liberty Ranch Open House as they honor veterans. They are located on Silver Pines in Traverse City. Please look at the attached flyer for all the details.

 Disappoint rears its ugly head again. It hasn’t happened for several months but once again someone is shooting at the steel handgun targets with a high powered rifle.

As you can see this leaves deep craters in the steel and creates a safety issue as it causes weird splatter and dangerous blow back. Anot20170507_121829her $40+ target is now useless. Please no rifles, only pistols and no magnum rounds at the 25 yard and less steel targets. If you do damage a gong, tell us and contribute to replacement costs. Otherwise, if we verify a culprit they will lose their membership.

On May 2, 2017 Representative Lee Chatfield introduced House Bill 4554 which would make registering your handgun optional and also give you the right to to have your self removed from the State Police Database. You can read the bill here House Bill 4554

Since the Club has purchase a tractor to handle our grass cutting and snow blowing duties, there will probably be a sale on the Clubs old plow truck. If interested, please call Dean Councilor @ 231-632-0968.

 May 20, July 29, September 23 and October 21 are the 2017 dates for the CCW Classes conducted by Ted Hentschel and Dave Wessel, owner of Great Guns in Acme. The class costs $150.00 and starts at 8:00 am and concludes at 5:30 pm. To reserve your spot please call Ted at 231-313-0720.

Reserved/Dedicated Range Activities. The following reserved activities have first right to the use of the range at the designated days/times. If you are at the range at the same time you will need to adjust your activities to accommodate their needs. Club members and the public are welcome to participate in these activities.

Pistol Shooters, every Sunday from noon until 3:00 pm. The first Sunday of the month is CCW day and the last Sunday of the month is .22 day. Sundays in between, shoot what you bring.

4H Shooters, every other Tuesday beginning at 5:30 until 8:00 (April 18, May 2, 16 & 30, June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, September 5 & 19, October 3 & 17). The CPL pistol range will be available.

.22 Silhouette Shooters, every Thursday night from 6:00-8:00 pm. This event is open to all and features off hand shooting at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yard targets. The CPL pistol range will be available during the 22 Shoot.

Gun Shows:  Following is a partial list of semi-local upcoming guns shows. If you know of any upcoming gun shows please pass it along for the next newsletter.

May 20 &21, Cheboygan @ Cheboygan Ice Arena

May 27 & 28, Harrison @ Clare County Fairgrounds

June 24 & 25, Grand Rapids @ 28th Street Showplace

Click here for the Club Calendar.