April 2013 the Board decided to cap membership at 350 members due to increased pressure duing the winter months on the indoor facilities. Parking was also mentioned as a concern as well as the use of the club for Agencies and Education. A committe was formed to up with a long term plan for the club that would investigate and prioritize the needs of the club for the next 5-10 years. "What would the club need to support more members" was the primary concern. The committee has met and send some emails back and forth and has come up with the following list for a brainstorming session. Results from the club survey are posted at the bottom.
Pioneer Sportsmen 5 Year Plan Proposal
Firearm Range Improvements / Wish List
- Suitable surface (concrete?) to shoot prone smallbore 50 and 100y on Silhouette range. An NRA discipline that would enable a youth 3P smallbore program.
- Extended Rifle Range. UPdate: Going from 100 to 200 is feasible with 50 yard extension in each direction.
- Gongs on the rifle range
- Baffles. Are we close enough to residences that at some point...we may need to put in baffle system like other clubs? Other sound control?
- Lead management. Spread lime over their berms as an NRA prescribed approach to stabilize lead in the water system.
- Recycle, Can we have a company come in to “farm” the lead and pay us for it?
- More secure storage for Action shooting props – steel shipping containers? Done.
- Outdoor air rifle range near parking for winter use - Discovered old archery range has berm which would be suitable? Done
- Berm “cover” to keep from freezing. This would look similar to a sand shack and other clubs do this
- Silhouette should have the road go BEHIND their safe covered areas (update: potential issue with steep grade drop and designated wet lands, not feasible)
- Multipurpose bay needs to be just a little longer for appleseed and other shoots (25meters?) - Done. Headed up by Dennis Crawford
- Wall between rifle and multipurpose - is it safe? Convert to dirt berms for more flexibility with IDPA stages where rounds can impact the berm.
- Move concrete wall to outside behind/side indoor range to protect archery shooters on newer archery field - As part of indoor range backstop repair, there will be steel added to walls to cover this concern. - Mike Gadoury and Tom Wilczek.
- IDPA/Steel needs adequate check-in shack, important if parking is moved to behind the action bays
Archery Range Improvements / Wish List
- Extend Archery building to make it "longer" to afford more types of archery events.....could also be used as venue for air rifle silhouette
- Improved/new Archery field (90 meters) and covering on the shooting line. New field is in place thanks to Dennis Crawford. Needs grass and Positions cover.
- Look into options for the target wall (long lasting, durable, cost effective).
- Partitions so the building could be used for meeting but not shut down for shooting. Would allow registration, classes, meetings, etc while still keeping the range open
- Grants, donations, fund raising events. It was reported that Corporate sponsors would be interested in funding improvements
- Interior renovations – floor covering, cabinets, interior storage. Peter J lead a clean up effort and added some cabinet space.
Clubhouse / Indoor Firearm Range
- Improve lighting on indoor range - DONE via NRA grant. Thanks Dennis Crawford and Tom Wilczek.
- Add an modern indoor range (multi divided sections), Location not sure but could be at the end of the road on the left on spit of land that is not part of the wetlands
- Fix up the club house inside and out . To what extent? Gradual or just “go for it”? Many improvements. Multipurpose space thanks to Gadoury's. New floor, fixtures managed by Andy Nash. New windows. New Backstop done - Mike G, and Tom
- Separate Function hall with kitchen. Zero chance a kitchen could be attached to the shooting range due to health regulations
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