North East Sportsmens Club April Newsletter
A note from Club President Bill Sinclair
Hopefully spring is just around the corner! As soon as North East Township takes the weight restriction off Town Line Road the logger can come back and haul the logs to the mill that are stacked along the driveway.
Then we can begin to clean up the areas disturbed by the skidder and dozer. First the branches and limbs around the shooting benches need to stacked and burned. The timber company will be bringing in a dozer to level the trails used when bringing out the logs. We have acquired a disc to smooth the grassy areas plus another member has delivered a 1,000 pound roller to further roll things out.
If you have not submitted your name for the work detail, please do so at the April meeting. The more people we have the faster it will go. Coffee, donuts, and water will be provided that day. I’m shooting for a Saturday. Will keep you posted.
Shooting range update! Based upon the success of another club that has used this method, we plan on building the backstops accordingly. I have purchased with board approval, rack like structures for target holders. Two cables will be stretched between the upright upon which a one half inch thick rubber barn mats, three (3) feet by four (4) will be suspended. Your targets can be stapled to the mats using pins, staple gun, or an everyday paper stapler. We will do the pistol range first. The dirt behind the mats will be replenished. Plywood will no longer be needed. It will be interesting to see how long these mats will last!
The rack structure facing the shooter will be painted bright orange. The purpose for this is to make the shooter aware NOT TO SHOOT AT THE SUPPORTS! I’m amazed how inconsiderate some people are who use the current back stops! Their guns can’t be that far off missing the targets and taking out the supports. If there is a problem with the new method, call the phone number on the front gate and we will correct the problem. If you are misusing the ranges and caught, your membership may be in jeopardy. Also, please pick up your brass and put it in the bucket. Put all paper in the burn barrel. Don’t mix them up!
Finally – Steel Targets. Two weeks ago I was at the club and two shooters pointed out to me steel targets at the pistol and 100 yard range. I removed and have them. I want to discuss at the next meeting if they should be permitted regarding safety. Also, where they are to be hung – dollar to donuts someone will hang them from
the new steel structures!
Glad to see more people attending the meetings. Your input and participation are valuable. In closing, I found the following recently in, believe it or not, a church bulletin:
I took down my Rebel flag (which you can’t buy on e-bay any more) and peeled the NRA sticker off the front door. I disconnected my home alarm system and quit the Neighborhood Watch. I bought two Pakistani flags and put one on each corner of the front yard. Then I purchased the black flag of ISIS (which you can buy on e-bay) and put it in the center of the front yard. Now the local police, the sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are watching my house 24/7. I’ve never felt safer and I’m saving $69.95a month by not paying for a home alarm system!
Shoot Safe, Bill