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Northern Colorado Rod & Gun Club (NCRGC)
January 2020 Newsletter
 
From the Board of Directors
 
It's hard to believe that 2020 is just around the corner. We want to take this opportunity to wish you a New Year full of optimism, joy, happiness, and luck. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season and we look forward to seeing you next year!
 
Important Reminders
 
  • Colorado weather can be unpredictable this time of year so please call 970-282-1648 to check for cancellations or range closures due to weather. 
  • Wear your ID badge so that it is visible at all times. In cold weather, this means on the outside of your jacket so that it is visible. This is a requirement of our lease and not doing so constitutes trespassing.
  • You are responsible for your family members and guests. Maximum twelve guests per year, no more than two guests per visit, per badged Regular or Associate member. 
  • Keep the gate locked upon entry and exit, except when a sign is posted for public events.
  • Conduct yourself in a manner that is responsible and respectful to the Weaver Ranch, Club property and other members.
  • Remember, the Rifle Range is closed on the 4th Saturday of each month from sunrise to around 2 pm for the NRL22 Match. You are welcome to participate in these matches; however, you are not allowed to use the Rifle Range for normal shooting until the match concludes that day.
 
Organized Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun Shooting
 
Our Bylaws contain five objectives for the Club. This article focuses on the first objective; specifically, "The encouragement of organized rifle, pistol, and shotgun shooting among residents of the County of Larimer and nearby locations, with a view towards a better knowledge on the part of such persons of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship." So what exactly does this mean to the Board and Club members? Simply put, the Club is required to hold organized rifle, pistol, and shotgun events and when these events occur, the ranges where they take place are closed for a period of time. Today, these events take the form of Skeet and Trap, Steel Challenge, Rimfire Challenge, KYL, First Shots, and NRL22. We publish the dates and times that these events take place in the Calendar so be sure to check it before coming to the range.
 
The Board is always looking for more volunteers to run additional organized events, which are required per our governing documents. At one time, our Club held Defensive Pistol, IDPA, NOCO Tac, High Power, Muzzle Loading, Silhouette, M1 Garand and other popular events. All that is required is a willingness to volunteer, Range Safety Officer (RSO) certification and appointment by the Board. Please contact the Board (bod@ncrgc.org) if you are interested in volunteering or if you have any related questions. Please thank the volunteers who currently run our organized rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting events.
 
Range Safety Officer (RSO) Course
 
Brian Holder, Chief Range Safety Officer
Bryon Fessler, Chief Range Safety Officer
 
The next Range Safety Officer (RSO) course will take place on Sunday, January 26th from 9 am to 5 pm at Crystal Lakes (300 Tami Road, Red Feather Lakes CO 80545). We specifically chose this location as not all of our members live close to the range. RSOs play a critical role at our Club and they are present at all our sanctioned events. Participants will learn about roles and responsibilities; Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); range inspection and range rules; range safety briefing; emergency procedures; firearm stoppages and malfunctions; and test and review all for the low price of $30 which includes all course materials and pastries for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch (the course normally costs $100 - $150). The only expectation for attending this course is that you assist at one or more of our sanctioned events and help educate other members on the safety risks associated with the discharge of firearms. If you are interested in attending, please email membership@ncrgc.org and we will send you an invoice that must be paid prior to attendance. 
 
NRL22 Prizes
 
Bryon Fessler, NRL22 Match Director
 
We have been busy acquiring prizes for shooters who participate in NRL22 matches during the 2019-2020 season. Thus far, we have a Ruger Precision 22LR Rifle, Athlon scope (4-14x44), gun cases (Cabela’s and Voodoo), t-shirts and hats, cleaning kits, ammo, water bottles, gift certificates and more prizes on the way. Shooters will receive raffle tickets for their participation. The more you participate, the more raffle tickets you will receive. Prizes will be awarded at the April 25, 2020 match which will include a BBQ so save the date as you must be present to win. And remember, we host monthly NRL22 matches on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Rifle Range. Zero and DOPE start at 9 am and the match begins at 10 am. The Rifle Range is closed from sunrise to around 2 pm for the sanctioned NRL22 matches. Please review the rules and regulations on our website and email the Match Director with any questions (nrl22@ncrgc.org).   
 
Next Range Cleanup Event - January 4th
 
Russ Hickman, Range Master
 
The next Range Cleanup event is Saturday, January 4th. All ranges will be closed from 8 am until 2 pm to accommodate the cleanup efforts. Please come join us and remember to wear your safety equipment which includes boots, hats, gloves, work clothes, sunscreen and various sundry items. Come join us for a great Saturday event. See you next year at the Range!
 
Rifle Range Grant Update
 
Bryon Fessler, Treasurer
 
Members might recall that the Board applied for $85,000 of funding from the Shooting Range Development Grants Program for the Rifle Range safety improvements. The State awarded us conditional approval and forwarded it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for final approval. Unfortunately, USFWS changed the rules on September 30, 2019. While the new guidance talks about "flexibility" the current interpretation from our regional USFWS office precludes counting educational programs, team competitions, guest allowances, hunter ed programs and others toward the "public access" goal. Only times when the general public can use the range count. We think this is overly restrictive, as our case shows, but it will be a long process to get that reconsidered. So right now, the bottom line is that using Federal funds for our project, which was the original plan, will not work. However, the State is trying to figure out if they can use some license fee funds for the project and they would need a waiver to do this. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed.
 
Newsletter and Calendar Reminders
 
Cam Rogers, At-Large Board Member
 
Please read the newsletters and always check the calendar! We send these newsletters to try to keep everyone updated on what is going on at the Club and they usually can be read in a couple of minutes. Please take the time to read the Newsletter as it may contain useful information and even information that may affect you and your plans. There is nothing more frustrating than making plans to head up to the range and then when you finally arrive (and it isn't a quick trip for most members!) a scheduled event or range clean-up prevents you from being able to shoot. Always checking the calendar before you head up to NCRGC serves a couple of purposes. First, there is no need for surprises, and you can easily prevent them yourself simply by checking the calendar. Second, you can familiarize yourself with the different events that are going on and might even find an event that you would like to participate in. Remember, bringing guests to public events is encouraged and there is no limit to the number of guests that you can bring to our public events!
 
 
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Fort Collins CO 80522
 
 
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