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From time to time, the Chicken Littles like to announce how bad things are. It seems like every glass is half empty?

So how bad is it at your Club? Are you throwing less birds? Is membership down? Is the Club running at a loss?

When should we expect to see an obituary about your Club?

If not anytime soon, what have you recently done to improve and sustain your operation?

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What's hurting many member run clubs is the lack of members willing to run shoots (fun or registered) or run the club itself. I was just talking to someone Sunday and he was telling me how the help at a club we we're talking about was burnt out and the club was thinking of cutting back on shoots as you can only do so much with a limit amount of FREE labor.
 

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I can relate to what Joe P. is saying in his post as most volunteer run clubs are always in a position where they need all the operational help they can get. I understand that not everyone is in a position to put time or a lot of time into the operations of their local club but every little bit helps and many hands make a lot of tedious jobs go fast :) Our board puts a lot of effort in to the promotion and operation of our winter league. We ave. between 65-75 six man squads for a 14 week winter league and have had as high as 90 at one point. We also run a spring league and a doubles league. The leagues go a long way to keeping our club running every year and we are always working on new ideas to make it better.
We run registered shoots/one of our club members is essential to helping bring in clinicians such as Harlen Campbell and Nora Ross/we do private and group instruction ect. All these things along with a motivated board and membership make up the character of your club. I also feel that you have to always be recruiting help and keep the understanding that board wants membership involved as much as possible.

I find that one of the mistakes that happens all to often is when the Board of Directors gets closed off and does not mix with membership and has its own closed off group.Then you are asking for problems because then rumors fly--elitist stuff gets thrown around ect. so always if you are on a Board of a club make sure you are open and answer questions and if you do not have a answer(say about club finances) get one from somebody who does know.
 

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Member owned club is operating profitably. All new Pat traps due to grant money, ever increasing High School trap and skeet teams, active leagues, well run kitchen, lots of volunteer help. Trap, skeet and rifle/pistol shooters working in harmony to create a better and growing club. Board is open to ideas from anyone for improvement and is not biased toward any of the club's venues, as they believe revenue is revenue and is not in constant conflict with trap vs. skeet vs. rifle/pistol shooters.
 

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Skeet and trap seem to be holding fairly steady for the past few years.

A new rifle/pistol range installed a handful of years ago more than quadrupled the membership numbers, even though membership cost doubled, so we basically have 8-9x the income from memberships alone that we did a half dozen or so years ago. We're taking in more money on a single day when renewals are due than we used to take in a month.

Overall our club could very easily survive on membership fees alone without ever throwing another clay pigeon. Land and equipment have long been paid for, and constant improvements and upgrades are being made. The only thing holding us back at this point is we are landlocked by a county highway to the west, a major interstate to the north, and farmers to the south and east who aren't interested in selling, so we can't increase the size of our footprint at this point.
 

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My club, Edgar County Sportsman Club, is a small one Trap and one Skeet field operation plus a 200 yard rifle range. We are an all volunteer club. Annual dues are $35 and a round of Trap or Skeet is $3.00. Everything is paid for and we always have money in the bank. We support youth Trap.

We put in new concrete on the Trap/Skeet field, put a new roof on the clubhouse, built a 25 x 30 storage building, added a bathroom to the clubhouse and bought new Skeet traps all in the last five years.

Skeet (Sunday only) is up slightly. We usually have between five and ten shooters (more in the Summer, less in the Winter).

Trap (Wednesday evenings and monthly Annie tournaments) is up. We shoot mainly games (no registered). Attendance runs between 20 and 35 shooters.

Half of the current board is over 65. Maybe a third are over 70. I don't see enough younger members stepping up so that will probably be our demise.

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1700 caped membership with a waiting list. If your dues is not paid on time your out.
 

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ours has 525 paying members. Over 200 life. We roll over about 55 to 60 of those a year. Membership is capped and the total is voted on each year.
Two field layout. Skeet was the dominant game with one field set up to oscillate for modern skeet. Trap house was dormant till the youth team started using it to train for matches. Dad on the team got a tuesday night fun shoot going with 50 birds scored and then Adios played at the end. Its drawing a steady growing crowd and will motivate the building of the second trap house to replace the portable one now used on field two.
Our income comes from dues and fees with a bit of help from a cell tower. Property mortgages are paid. We are blessed with the good foundation laid down by the founders back in the 40's to buy land. Two large pieces. First supports the ranges and fields. Second supports the fish pond and hunting property.
Our bullet shooters pay for a lot of what we do. They gladly pay dues and work hour leavy to have a place to shoot. We have indoor pistol range open 24 7. Outdoor 50, 100, 200, 300 and new 500 yd for rifle. Pistol range outdoor has 3 berms to 50.
Board is mix of experienced older members and newer. I am youngest at 47.
We need to always remember to listen. That is good advice. But we still have to manage a large set of assets with a relatively high liability navigating the tax, insurance and legal moats that exist for all businesses.
A well run meeting with an agenda brought in by the current president has helped.
A five year plan with regular updating has also helped.
That was developed from committee chair input.
Dues are 250 a year and targets are 3 a round for members. 5 for non members.
We have many good clubs around us but still maintain a waiting list every year.
 

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Not in my lifetime.
 

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Our club has no member dues and BOD runs the operation. We are a two trap club. We average approx. 20, 7 man teams for our 7month yearly league. Two registered shoots per year, 100 of each. Open at 4:30 every Thursday during daylight savings, every second Sunday during the year and the 4th Sunday additionally when were not open Thursdays during winter months.

Thursdays we'll keep both traps going till 9-9:30 if whether is decent. Our last three registered shoots have pushed us to get done without turning on lights.

We just try to make shooters feel welcome.
 

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Trapshooting in the midwest is alive & well. New club added recently in Iowa...........5 traps, league & open shooting + ATA registered shoots........High Lake Shooting Range, very nice!

So many youth teams that it's becoming difficult to get enough places to practice! No doom & gloom here!
 

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Vanzant Clay Pigeon Farm, Mo
Board of Directors:

PRESIDENT - BOB KUCZYNSKI
VICE PRESIDENT - BOB KUCZYNSKI
SECRETARY - BOB KUCZYNSKI
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER - BOB KUCZYNSKI
TRAINING OFFICER - BOB KUCZYNSKI
EVENTS OFFICER - BOB KUCZYNSKI
SECURITY OFFICER - BOB KUCZYNSKI
GROUNDS UPKEEP - BOB KUCZYNSKI


havent had any issues yet.
 

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Member owned club is operating profitably. All new Pat traps due to grant money, ever increasing High School trap and skeet teams, active leagues, well run kitchen, lots of volunteer help. Trap, skeet and rifle/pistol shooters working in harmony to create a better and growing club. Board is open to ideas from anyone for improvement and is not biased toward any of the club's venues, as they believe revenue is revenue and is not in constant conflict with trap vs. skeet vs. rifle/pistol shooters.

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My club folded 15 years ago after a few a-holes got themselves elected and basically scuttled the trap part of the club and brought in a modified sporting layout and skeet and discouraged trap and cancelled the ATA program. In it's heyday, the Lethbridge Trap Club would have 20-25 squads for a 500 target weekend shoot.
 

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the head cook is the same guy whos the head bottle washer!
usually a visiting marine.
 
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