By Laws


​​A Private Membership Shooting Range dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable facility for our members.

PAUL BUNYAN RIFLE AND SPORTSMAN’S CLUB

By-Laws (Will be reviewed no later than every 2 years)

Date: October 19, 2012 – revised June, 2014

 

ARTICLE I , Amendments

These By-Laws may be amended at any regular or Special Meeting of the Board of Directors by a majority vote of the members of the board present.
 

ARTICLE II, Standing Committees

1. Jr. Program

2. Black Powder Cartridge

3. High-Power Rifle

4. Pistol

5. Small Bore Rifle

6. Range Safety Officer Program

7. Range Safety

8. Silhouette

9. Muzzle Loading

 

ARTICLE III, Membership

(A) Annual dues are $96, which runs 1 September through 31 August.

(B) The process for persons to join the club will be:

1. Attend a New Member Orientation Briefing.

2. Be voted in the club by the General Membership.

3. Be a member of the National Rifle Association.

4. Pay a $110 Initiation Fee.

5. Pay for the remainder of the current year, payment will be pro-rated.

(C) Membership records will be maintained for a period of five (5) years.  Any member who is re-joining the club with a gap in membership great than five years must attend an Orientation Session however, their Initiation fees are waived.  When club records are not available, outdated membership cards or other previous membership records may be used to verify proof of past membership.

(D) Membership Badges will be displayed while on club property.

 

ARTICLE IV, Safety

(A) All members and guests, whether shooting or not, will adhere to the following Range

Safety Rules and must follow the direction of the Paul Bunyan Range Safety Officer (PBRSO) while on Paul Bunyan property.  Members are responsible for actions and safety of their guests.

(B) Enforcement of Range Rules by a PBRSO is binding; failure to adhere to the Range Safety Rules may lead to disciplinary sanctions.

(C) Safety and responsible handing of firearms is the responsibility of all club members.  (D) Match Directors and Committee Chairpersons are responsible for safe operations of their matches and events.  In the absence of a PBRSO, Match Director, or Committee Chairperson,  club member’s safety is the responsibility of all club members.

(E) Club members that observe an unsafe action will bring it to the attention of the On- Duty PBRSO, Match Director, Committee Chairperson, or club member.

(F) Possession of a license to carry a concealed pistol does not alter any of the range rules.

(G) Safety Rules are available to the membership at all General Meeting and posted at all ranges.

(H) Safety Rules, along with a copy of the Constitution, will be given all applicants   during the New Member Orientation session.

 

ARTICLE V, Annual Committee Budget & Calendar Requests

(A) Forecasts for next year budgets and calendars are to be submitted to the Vice President for collection and collation by November 1st for the upcoming year.

(B) Standing Committees are defined are regularly scheduled events that are approved by the Board of Directors, require a budget, and provide regular updates to the General Membership and Board of Directors during the Monthly Meetings.

 

ARTICLE VI, Access to Club Resources

(A) The resources of the club are the property of the membership and are to be treated accordingly.  This includes insuring the resources are secured, accounted for, and maintained to insure expenditures and funds allocated for the equipment is preserved.

(B) Committee Chairs should be allowed to determine the number of key sets needed for their operation of their committee.   For example the Range Safety Officer Committee Chair might decide that the Range Officers should have keys to the target shed, construction conex, and Range Officer Cabinet but do not need access to the clubhouse.

 

ARTICLE VII, Communications to Club Members

(A) Notices for special meetings, pending amendments to the Constitution, special presenters or major topics for discussion at upcoming General Membership Meetings and an annual notice of the December General Membership Meeting where the next years Officers and Board of Directors are voting into office must be published for all club members.

(B) The Board of Directors shall approve processes that allow club members access to

information concerning the operation of the organization.  This includes, but is not  limited to:

(C) A monthly publication tailored to the membership called the “Bull Sheet” which will update the membership with information about the club activities, provide notices of special meetings, upcoming month’s calendar, and contact information for the clubs officers, directors, and standing committee chairs.  The use of email distribution of the Bull Sheet is encouraged.

1. A web site that will list information tailored to the general public about the club. Content will also include the current Bull Sheet.

2. The use of volunteer or contracted Editor, printing, distribution, and web design services will be managed by the Board of Directors.

3. Standing Committee Chairs should submit to the Bull Sheet Editor.

a.) The results of matches and special events for publication.

b.) An annual description of their discipline, firearms used, and the general design of their courses of fire.

c.) Articles for next month’s Bull Sheet will be given to the Editor no later than the Sunday following the General Membership Meetings.

 

ARTICLE VIII, Range Officers (authority, duties

(A) Paul Bunyan Range Safety Officers (PBRSO) represent the Board of Directors and the General Membership, they insure the safe operation of the ranges in accordance with the clubs Safety Rules and By Laws.  The PBRSO (paid or volunteer) has the authority to remove a person failing to adhere to the Range Safety Rules or handle firearms in an unsafe manner.

(B) The Range Safety Officer Committee Chair will:

1. Insure there is a schedule for paid and volunteer Paul Bunyan Range Safety Officers. (PBRSO’s)

2. Insure paid PBRSO’s are present during open range time from 12:00 – 10:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Conduct PBRSO meetings on the last week of odd numbered months.

(C) The authority for Range Safety Office Program is the Chief Range Safety Officer,Assistance Safety Range Officer, Range Safety Officer, and all club members.

 

Jr Program (By-Laws)

Will establish separate By-Laws, Officers, and budget from the General Membership.

Maintain affiliation with the NRA.

Maintain inventory of firearms, ammunition, and shooting equipment that will be made available to Jr Club Members.

Copy of Jr By-Laws….could be an attachment.

 

ARTICLE IX, Safety

(A) General Range Rules

1. Shooting times are from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

2. Members and guests MUST sign in with Paul Bunyan Range Safety Officers at the Rifle Range regardless of the range being used.

3. Match Directors, Committee Chairs or their representatives hosting events will be responsible for notifying the PBRSO of range opening and closing and they will be responsible for signing in members and guests.

4. It is the obligation of all members to bring any unsafe condition or action to the attention of the on duty Range Officer or in the absence of a Range Officer to the member causing the unsafe action.

5. Range Officers represent the membership and are there to insure safe operation of the range.

6. All ranges are closed during all meetings of the General Membership.

7. Eye and ear protection is required for all ranges during live fire.

8. No fully automatic firearms allowed.

9. Insure all shooters are aware of cease fires and all firearms are safe before going down range.

10. No handling or cleaning of firearms on the line while persons are downrange.

11. Case and uncase on the firing line with the firearm pointed towards the impact area for the range you are using.

12. All firearms will be unloaded unless they are on the firing line.

13. Shooters will clean up their shooting and target areas of trash and all casings.  Insure no persons are downrange or in the impact area before firing.

14. No shooting except from designated firing lines.

15. No alcoholic beverages before or while shooting.

16. No climbing on berms or retaining walls.

17. Bottles, cans, and other targets that may cause ricochets or leave debris on the range are not allowed.

18. No smoking while handling black powder or black powder substitutes.

19. First aid kits and Range Incident Reports are available from Range Officers.

20. Exposed firearms will have their actions open and magazines removed expect when on the firing line.

21. Members are responsible for moving target frames to the sides of all the ranges when they are finished shooting.

22. Targets with human facial features are considered to be in poor taste and are not

allowed.

 

(B) Forbidden

1. NEVER bring a loaded or concealed firearm in the clubhouse.

2. NEVER handle a firearm while people are downrange.

3. NEVER load a firearm except on the firing lines.

4. NEVER assume a firearms is unloaded – check it to be sure and leave the action open while on the firing line.

5. NEVER put your finger on the trigger or take the firearm off safe unless you are  ready to shoot and the firearm is pointing towards the targets and impact areas.

 

ARTICLE IX, Safety

(C) Rifle Range Rules

1. Members and guests MUST sign in with Range Officer.

2. All firearms not on the firing line will be racked, unloaded, with their actions open muzzle up.

3. Before going downrange insure all shooters are aware of the cease fire, have unloaded their firearms, and have stepped back from the firing line.

4. The Red Lights are used to indicate persons are down range only – they are NOT used to call a cease fire – switches are located near all firing points.

5. All shooters that go downrange will turn on a Red Light switch – the lights go out only when all switches are turned off.

6. No firearms will be handled while persons are downrange and the Red Lights are turned on.

7. Targets will be hung so ALL rounds that miss or pass through the target will impact a berm.

8. Eye and ear protection is required during live firing for all persons on the firing line.

9. Members are responsible for cleaning up their targets, firing line area, and moving target frames to the sides of the range when they are finished shooting.

10. Unspent ammo and cases may be placed in the appropriate boxes on the line.

11. Wood stoves may be used for the comfort of the shooter - insure the fires are such that they will safely extinguish themselves shortly after shooters leave the range.

12. During scheduled Hunter Sight-In members will give precedence to non-club members.

13. All range lights will be turned off when nobody is on the range or in the impact area.

14. First aid kits and Range Incident Reports are available from Range Officers.

15. Paper targets are not to be posted closer than 25 yards, metal targets no closer than 40 yards.

16. No Shooting beyond the 200 yard line except when approved in advance and in accordance with club rules.

 

(D) Forbidden

1. NO Magazines loaded with more than 8 rounds.

2. NO drawing pistols from holster

3. NO rapid firing-more than one round per second.

4. NO birdshot.

5. NO .50 BMG.

6. NO fully automatic firearms.

7. NO armor piercing, incendiary or tracer ammunition.

8. NO aerial shooting.

 

ARTICLE IX, Safety

(E) Pistol Range Rules

1. Members and guests MUST sign in with Range Officers at the Rifle Range.

2. Targets will be hung so ALL rounds that miss or pass through the target will impact a berm.

3. Targets are posted in designated target frames or target holder.

4. Targets are not to be hung from baffles or posts or closer than 7 yards – the closest baffle to the target line.

5. Unspent ammo and cases may be placed in the appropriate boxes on the line.

6. Pistol with standard pistol calibers only – pistol with traditional rifle cartridges MUST use the rifle range.

7. All range lights will turned off when nobody is on the range or in the impact area.

8. .22 Long Rifle rim fire and air guns are the only rifles that may be used on the pistol range.

9. All firearms are to be cased and uncased on the firing line with the barrels pointed down range.

First aid kits and Range Incident Reports are available from Range officers.

 

 

(F) Forbidden

1. NO magazines loaded with more than 8 rounds.

2. NO drawing pistols from holsters.

3. NO rapid firing – more than one round per second.

4. NO metal targets allowed.

5. NO fully automatic firearms.

6. No birdshot or aerial targets.

7. NO armor piercing, incendiary or tracer ammunition.

8. Shooting position gates not to be used for range access.

 

ARTICLE IX, Safety

Shotgun Range Rules

1. Members and guests MUST sign in with Range Officers at the Rifle Range.

2. All firearms not on the firing line will be racked at the rear of the firing line, unloaded, with their actions open.

3. Before going downrange insure all shooters are aware of the cease fire, have them unloaded their firearms, and have stepped back from the firing line.

4. Eye and ear protection is required during live firing for all persons on the firing line.  Shooters will clean up the firing line.

5. Insure trap operators are behind shooters.

6. Do not shoot at targets on or behind the trap house.

7. The patterning board is for bird shot loads only at distances no closer than 15 yards.

8. First aid kits and Range Incident Reports are available from Range officers

 

(H) Forbidden

1. NO buckshot or slugs cartridges – the rifle range may be used for this   shooting- this includes the use of the patterning board.

2. NO loading of more than 3 rounds.

3. NO rifles or pistols allowed – except pistols designed to fire bird shot loads with the patterning board.

4. NO targets placed on top of the trap house.

 

ARTICLE IX, Safety

(I) Action Pistol Bays Range Rules (USPSA – IDPA – Steels)

1. Action Pistol Bays ranges are NOT open to the general membership.

2. Match Directors, Committee Chairs or their representatives hosting events will be

responsible for notifying the PBRSO of range opening and closing.

3. Members and guests MUST sign in with Action Bay Range Officer.

4. The impact area to the 600 yard line will be checked and the gate will be closed during live fire.

5. Action Bays are “Cold Ranges” and all firearms not on the firing line will be unloaded, cased, or holstered.

6. Eye and ear protection is required during live fire.

7. Shooters will clean up their target, firing line areas, and put props away.

8. Targets will be hung so ALL rounds that miss or pass through the target will impact a berm.

9. Targets are posted in designated target frames or target holders. Targets are not to be hung from range props.

10. First aid kits and Range Incident Reports are available from Range officers.

 

(J) Forbidden

1. NO shooting allowed unless under the direct observation of a Designated Action Pistol Bays Officer.

2. NO practicing from a holster or movement allowed during single Designated  Action Pistol Bays Range Officer practice

3. NO metal targets closer than 21 feet

4. NO aerial targets

 

Article X, Contracts and Forms

Paid Range Officer Contract

Caretakers Contract

General and Board of Director Meeting Order of Business Checklist

 

Incident Report

Accident Report

Range Officer Timesheet

Expense Form

Equipment Out

Key Log