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Need ideas to raise funds for gun club ?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by smsnyder, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. smsnyder

    smsnyder Well-Known Member

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    Need some ideas on raising funds for our gun club. Our overhead is about $12000.00 a year half of that liability insurance. We are a trap shooting club only. We do not have the benefit of a large membership or offer other shooting sports. We are a non-profit club that's been around for 100 years.. We have a nice club house on 40 acres of property. Any ideas would help Thanks
     
  2. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

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    Club shoots, Fish fry's, or Steak dinners on Friday and then Annies and protections after eating ... Pick your partner protction shoots will generate a bunch by putting targets in the air ... Raffles, donations from members and things to auction off that are just sitting around or in the safe ... Where is the club located ..? WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  3. larryx

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    This may sound crazy BUT. One of the local FOP’s who has always done a Gun Bash did a”Coach Purse Party” run the same way as a gun bash. I guess they were trying to be “Political Correct”.
    They sold twice as many tickets and made more money than a gun bash. They also said that the women were pushy and ignorant but they made lots of money.
    Ask you wives what they think.
     
  4. Oregunner

    Oregunner Well-Known Member

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    You make money by throwing targets. Just charge enough per round to make some money. Be open often enough for people to get in the habit of coming. Practice targets, leagues, game shoots, registered shoots, meat shoots. We put in a 5 Stand, using one of our trap pads, and currently are throwing more 5 Stand targets than trap targets. Initial investment of around $5-6000 for 4 additional Altas traps on carts, and some PVC frames. Our club puts on a semi-annual gun show and that along with our annual dues makes a large chunk of money for the club. Mark
     
  5. bridgetoofar

    bridgetoofar TS Member

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    A gun raffle with a decent gun and some sort of prize to the seller of the winning ticket as an incentive to sell tickets will net you about a 100% profit. You need a good cat herder to run it.
     
  6. Hammer1

    Hammer1 Active Member

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    A wealthy benefactor helps.

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  7. perezal

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    Get the 4H club involved. Look up NM youth Trap shoot competition on youtube. Have a competition fund raiser. You can post on craigslist for free. Sell reclaimed lead shot. The club here sends the hulls to recycle, but you can sell the hulls on trapshooters for more money.
     
  8. smsnyder

    smsnyder Well-Known Member

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    Hammer1 good idea. I was also thinking about gas well on the property.
     
  9. hmb

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    What are your dues per year? HMB
     
  10. smsnyder

    smsnyder Well-Known Member

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    hmb $20.00. The problem is its only a trap club. Lots of other clubs around that offer other shooting sports that produce income.
     
  11. GunDr

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    We have a banquet every spring. This past spring I chaired the banquet(3rd time). I changed it up and raffled off 15 guns...shotguns, rifles, handguns. We sold tickets at $100ea and limited to only 150 tickets. the average price of the guns was $500...some higher, some lower, but not lower than $200 (Ruger 10/22).

    We had 125 dinner guests at $50 per person, kids at half price. The kids' raffle board was all donations...5 Daisey Red Ryders and 6 Northland Tackle fishing packages. Prime rib dinner at a banquet facility cost us $25 per plate.

    Our club netted just over 11 grand. I'm charing the event for next year also and have started selling gun raffle tickets already. This year we will be selling 200 raffle tickets.

    Dinner is served at 7pm and everyone leaves about 9pm.

    Doug-North Star Sportsmens Club, Walker,MN
     
  12. thomaslea1

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    See if you can get some of the ground in conservation reserve. Pays nicely.

    Have a mid-week league and make it attractive to hunters/kids/etc

    Have a Calcutta/Annie tournament/etc on the 5th Sunday of the month. Serve breakfast/lunch. Seems like most clubs don't have scheduled shoots then.

    Our local club makes a lot of $$$ having turkey shoots/plate shoots/ etc.
     
  13. Pacemaker

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    Pick a night that other clubs in the area are NOT shooting. Use a trap for practice. Throw 10 birds Annies and Protections on the other traps. If you have a kitchen sell sandwiches and soft drinks. You can throw ten birds for $4.50 to $5.00 depending on the prizes. Give out primers or wads for first place. Keep the traps busy. don't let them stand around and talk about the next round. Have your score keepers moving the next squad out as soon as they can get started. You only make money when the birds are flying
    You will be slow getting started but hang in there. The crowd will build up after the word gets out.
     
  14. Pacemaker

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    Pick a night that other clubs in the area are NOT shooting. Use a trap for practice. Throw 10 birds Annies and Protections on the other traps. If you have a kitchen sell sandwiches and soft drinks. You can throw ten birds for $4.50 to $5.00 depending on the prizes. Give out primers or wads for first place. Keep the traps busy. don't let them stand around and talk about the next round. Have your score keepers moving the next squad out as soon as they can get started. You only make money when the birds are flying
    You will be slow getting started but hang in there. The crowd will build up after the word gets out.
     
  15. halfmile

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    50 bird Lewis shoots go pretty good around here, with a 16 yard and a 24 yard event.

    Other clubs have merchandise/poultry shoots, but ours never did that well.

    We have a Breast Cancer shoot in the fall that draws lady shooters from all over, girls do up the club all in pink (yecchh) and they have lots of bucket raffles and blind auctions of donated stuff for the cause.

    Club gets the regular target price.

    HM
     
  16. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    instead of the primers/powder prize, we use gift card from the grocery store. You can buy the card in any amount and they don't go bad. Once we gave frozen turkeys fro two weekends in a row. The turkey's were in the freezer and someone unplugged the freezer. Guess the answer. All the birds were spoiled and that kind of put a stop to the frozen turkeys. It also makes it easier for the winner to buy whatever he wants at the store and makes the wife happier.
     
  17. acss

    acss Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    we are doing a triathalon team shoot 4 man

    50 clay targets per person 25 @ 16yd 25 hdcp

    3 shots each @ 400 yard target all team members shoot same paper

    9 holes of "best ball" golf

    lewis class w/ points for placement in each event total points wins

    also raffled a gun after the bbq supper


    we raised $2700 on one saturday

    PS: i feel for ya!!!!
     
  18. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Wild game dinner in conjunction with a silent auction. Your members will need to get local merchants involved, as donations needed for the auction and of course you will need donations of game meat.

    Sell tickets for a 1100 or 11-87. Sell tickets at every shoot you attend.

    See if Ducks Unlimited is interested in putting on a function at your club that involves shooting. A regional club does that an easy a 100 hunters that never visited the club show up. Club usually picks up a dozen members or so, plus a nice profit for the club.
     
  19. smsnyder

    smsnyder Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a lot guys and gals
     
  20. stilltrying

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    Block shoots? Sporting clays!
     
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