Category Archives: General News

Lost and Found…

From time to time, we find things on the range, or someone tells us they lost something. If you found or lost an item or need to claim an item listed below, please contact us via the club’s email address and we will connect the two parties…

Black Jacket
Someone left the Jan 2017 Annual Meeting and Banquet with the wrong black jacket. If you are missing your jacket, or have someone else’s please contact us.

Ammo Can of 9mm
Lost at the Low Light/No Light class in October ’16

2017 Board of Directors

President: Randy Anderson
Vice President: Jerry Austill
Secretary Jesse Smith
Treasurer Cheri Reed
Director Shane Adams
Director JD Arneson
Director Todd Burch
Director Daniel DeLong
Director Randy Hart
Director Jim Keith
Director Marty Scheid
Director Chris Schlepp

The Board of Directors meet at 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of each month (Feb. – Dec.) Officers and Directors are elected to the Board at the Annual Meeting and Banquet the third Saturday of January.

Club Banquet & Membership Meeting

Club Banquet/Meeting and Membership Reminder:

Just a quick reminder that the Custer Rod and Gun Club’s Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet will be held Saturday Jan. 21st at the Miles City Town and Country Club. Potluck style banquet starts at 6:00 PM, Meeting at 7:00 PM. There will be door prizes and raffle items. If you’ve ever wanted to get to know your fellow club members, this is your chance. This is the one social event we have each year and your free attendance is a great opportunity to help strengthen the ‘club’ part of our gun club. We hope to see you there!

Really, please attend this banquet, especially if you’ve never attended before.

Also, we still need a few more items to be donated to the raffles that pay for the club’s share of the banequet and the guns that will be given away. If you have any new or lightly used items that you wish to donate to the banquet, please contact Jesse Smith

Remember, membership renewals are due by Feb. 15th. No 2017 renewals will be sold after Feb. 15th. Anyone who does not renew before Feb. 15th will have to wait until Dec. 1st when we start selling 2018 renewals. Renewals are $40 and can be payed at the annual meeting on the 21st, or online at

Thank you for your time,
Jesse Smith
CR&GC Secretary

Board Meeting Agenda – July 19, 2016

The Custer Rod and Gun Club will hold it’s July Board of Directors meeting at the Sunday Creek rifle and pistol range clubhouse, Tuesday 7/19. Any members wishing to share their wants/needs/opinions, or just wanting to observe are welcomed to attend the meeting. The agenda as of now is below but may be added to or changed at the meeting:

Custer Rod and Gun Club
Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
July 19, 2016
Sunday Creek Range

Call to order and Roll call of officers:
Reading of Previous Meeting Minutes:
Reading of Current Financial Report:

President Report:
-MLEA canceled use of rifle range

Reports of Boards and Standing/Special Committees:
– Shoot Dog Day’s report
– Action Pistol and LEO shoot
– Cowboy Action
– Trap/Archery Range

Old Business:
– MWF sponsored trap shoot with donated shells
– Spotted Eagle Clubhouse plans
– Rifle instructors for Youth Shoot
– Trap/archery range volunteers

New Business:
– Scott Zeitner membership situation
– Signs for pistol bays
– Action Pistol Jackpot shoot Sep 18th and prize budget

Nomination and Election of Officers and Board of Directors:

Good and Welfare:
– Correspondences


Action Pistol Steel Match Results 6-23-16

Revolver Division

06/23/16 Division Steel Bay #1 Steel Bay #2 Steel Bay #3 Steel Bay #4 Texas Star Bay #5 Total Time
Jess Blankenship Revolver 12.32 11.09 17.38 10.99 15.81 67.59

Semi-Auto Division

06/23/16 Division Steel Bay #1 Steel Bay #2 Steel Bay #3 Steel Bay #4 Texas Star Bay #5 Total Time
Lee Wankel Semi-Auto 10.85 8.99 12.96 6.61 13.70 53.11
Jason Ortiez Semi-Auto 12.93 11.90 14.72 12.22 15.98 67.75
Dallas Taylor Semi-Auto 16.42 10.33 19.26 10.63 12.74 69.38
?? Brophy Semi-Auto 14.84 15.56 17.95 11.25 14.37 73.97
Marty Scheid Semi-Auto 16.07 15.71 17.29 9.68 17.31 76.06
James Smith Semi-Auto 14.82 12.42 15.62 15.34 19.25 77.45
Chris Schlepp Semi-Auto 12.79 13.31 21.61 9.33 20.99 78.03
Mark Soderquist Semi-Auto 13.91 15.04 18.68 13.47 17.61 78.71
Shane Adams Semi-Auto 17.99 14.60 26.46 12.36 12.97 84.38
Sebastian Valdivia Semi-Auto 11.48 14.88 26.77 9.64 26.96 89.73
Harry Young Semi-Auto 25.87 20.07 35.93 22.86 27.04 131.77
Kat Keith Semi-Auto 53.46 25.83 33.16 19.01 65.74 197.20
Sandra Portillo Semi-Auto 43.88 40.47 54.88 23.03 53.25 215.51
Jim Keith Single Stack 14.76 10.83 19.93 9.83 17.14 72.49

Spring 2016 Membership Survey Results

Recently the CR&GC’s Board of Directors conducted an online survey of club members The link to the survey was emailed to all 235 current paid members in good standing, who have provided us with email addresses. Of those 235 members, 118 opened the email. 74 of them clicked the link to the survey. 29 of them took the survey once they clicked on the link.

This survey was not any kind of scientific poll, but was conducted simply to give the Board a better feel for the the member’s likes, dislikes, and visions for the club’s future. However, in an effort to show transparency, the Board opted to post the survey responses in its entirety on the website. The questions and responses are below. Please keep in mind that the same people answered all the questions, so if you see the same answer in multiple questions it is NOT an indicator of the number of people who had the same answer. However, if the same answer is repeated in the same question, then they were entered by different people.

1) What is the one thing that the club has accomplished or took action on in the past 1-4 years that you are most pleased with?
pistol range set up
shooting range improvements
upgrades at kinsey rifle range
All of the range improvements plus access key cards
The adition of ranges and cement walkways
pistol bays, gate lock
Steel Targets
Range improvement
only a member for 1 year
Rifle range improvements.
increased size of range and the new gate.
walk way at gun range up grade gun range (rifle)
Pistol Range, Metal targets
The additions to the Sunday creek facilities
Work/improvement on facilities at the rifle range.
The pistol bays are a great add on
improvments and maintanence
The addition of steel silhouette targets and the overall improvements to the range (concrete walkway, gate and entry system etc)
Range Improvements
the new targets for hand gun
Updating the shooting range.
action pistol & cowboy action matches
Spotted Eagle improvements at the range
Range improvements
Sunday creek improvements
road maintenace
Upgrades at the Rifle range at Kinsey
The gun range updates

2) Is there any one (1) thing that the club has accomplished or took action on in the past 1-4 years that you are displeased with?
handling of membership
too much drama at the meetings
not to my knowledge
The sun timed gate isnt sun up to down
Have allowed the membership renewal issue to go on and on. Settle on a policy and move on.
Wasting money on trap throwers
Nothing that I am aware of
not that I’m aware of
nothing that I know of
Management, information dissemination, workflow and communication; secretary excluded
piled dirt too close to rifle range backstops causing mud on walk when it’s wet
Putting so much effort into recouping expired membership cards

3) What areas of the club or club activities do you think need the most improvement? (please explain)
stop the infighting
spotted eagle club house
none come to mind
Get rid of gate timer
Trap shooting/range
All ok
More boards for handgun
shotgun sports
getting more younger members. No future if not.
shotgun range
I would like to see a longer range set up 300 yards or more
Advertising of scheduled events/ more classes
More activities for women and promotion of women in the outdoors. There has not been a summer ladies shoot since John Hartwick passed away. Even then, that was the only activity the club did that specifically targeted women. There are many ladies in this community who hunt or at least shoot, and some of them are very talented, but there’s no organized activities for them or instruction for beginners. Also – the skeet range was allowed to fall to disarray last summer as well. The door was kicked in, weeds and mowing weren’t taken care of and the area started to look shabby. It seemed like no one really cared to pay any attention to it.
Would like to have a 300 yard range or even farther if possible
the main range
The archery area at Spotted Eagle is nice but enhancements to that would be great (walk thru course of targets possibly 3d
Support to paying members over members in the rears.
get kids involved gun education
Doing great.
event promotion, attracting shooters from other clubs/towns
“Rod” activities
Public outreach, turnaround of considering proposals, openness to opinion
upkeep of backstop/target boards
Spotted Eagle club house needs to be refurbished

4) Is there anything you think the club is wasting time/money/resources on that could be better spent elsewhere?
recovering expired gate cards
The sun timer
Maintain Spotted Eagle, but don’t spend all our money on property we don’t own.
Not there enough to know.
No not now that the club moved on from the broken pigeon thrower
Not that I have seen
not to my knowledge
not that I’m aware of
Spotted eagle, get a grant do it right, don’t piece it together
can’t think of any
recovering expired gate cards.

5) Is there any shooting discipline, sport, or other related activity that the club does not currently offer, that you would like to see offered if possible?
Ranges are nice, the 200 yard is hard to hit due to 100 yd berms.
3 Gun
Black powder cartridge, muzzleloader matches
Would be nice to alow tannerite in a safe area in safe amounts
organized rifle and pistol matches
Archery range
Sporting clays
5 Stand Sporting Clays
3 gun
Basic pistol shooting. The concealed weapons courses are fine but if you just want to learn how to use a handgun and become a good shooter with it, there isn’t any sort of instructional activities for that. Other activities like how to clean and care for different types of guns or maybe even something like sighting in rifles would be good and would maybe encourage involvement from beginners or those with basic skills who are otherwise intimidated by more experienced folks.
no sure
Longer range rifle targets400-600 yds
pop up or activity targets
No, but open to try new things if they want to offer new things.
not that I’m aware of
3 gun!!!!
6) Is there any improvements such as new buildings, ranges, targets that you would like the club to consider adding?
better or higher 200 yard targets.
a 300 or a 400 yard rifle area at kinsey range
There can always be more reactive/steel targets on springs. Those are nice.
A tannerite area
longer rifle range, indoor pistol range, trap range on our own property
Expanded archery range. Indoor pistol range
always upgrade at rifle range building would be nice.. i understand funds dependent
The benches at the lower shooting area cloest to the gate need the frount lifted. We really like the metal targerts. They are great for kids.
Little bit taller berms at Sunday creek
Consistently working trap throwers, and more than one at a time that works, would be nice.
300-400 yard range if possible
More steel silhouettes. Kids really enjoy shooting at those. Longer range 400-600 yds
flip target
The steel targets are a great addition, keep things like that coming.
target/prop storage. security for on range/permanent props and stage equipment
NRA approved everything, full facilities at both locations
A 300 or 400 yard rifle area at the kinsey range
7) Have there been any events held in the past 1-4 years at the club’s facilities that you are not happy about?
Annual meeting and voters meeting is too emotionally charged
not to my knowledge
None that I’m aware of
not that I’m aware of
nothing that I know of
Yes, most youth events are poorly planned advertised and executed
not that I am aware of
8) Have there been any types of events held at the club’s facilities that you would like to see more of in the future?
enjoyed the years end Jackpot shoot
nice cooperation with other sports groups like Pheasant Forever and Walleyes unlimited is good.
turkey shoots
Black powder cartridge, Muzzleloader matches
pistol/rifle matches and classes, night shoots
I would like to see a archey corse set up at spotted eagel. I kind of walk through path that allows you to shoot at different ranges and not have to wait to pull arrows while others are shooting.
Night shoot, more classes
Would be nice to see the youth and ladies shoots revived.
Pistol competions
not sure
Jackpot pistol shoot is great, maybe two a year
not that I’m aware of
events that get the youth involved, shot gun, rifle, education
Yes, training, dog days,
more organized trap activities i.e turkey shoots
9) As a member would you be interested in a 2 or 3 year membership fee?
At a reasonable price ofcorse
At my age I might not be here in a year…
i have lifetime, but 2-3 years sounds good for revenue stream
I would like to see a life time membership fee.
Not particularly.
Possibly so long as notice is provided of expiration (longer term could lead to forgetting)
would be ok
Sure, why not.
not really
You lost me at the B’s about lifetime memberships
no. it would probably be too expensive in one lump sum.
I would not be. I am happy with the way it works. I am pleased with the gun range and all the people who make it work. Thank You!!!

Dog Days Shoots

Dog Days Silhouette Shoots will be holding a metallic prairie dog silhouette centerfire and rimfire rifle match at the Sunday Creek 200 yard rifle range on July 16th. This is a great opportunity to shoot competitively as well as support great causes.

Please see their website for more details…

Also please note that the 200 yard range will be closed on the 15th and 16th of July for this shoot.

Range work day and BBQ

We will be holding a range maintenance work day at the Sunday Creek Rifle and Pistol Range on June 4th. The range will be closed this day. The club will be providing free BBQ and refreshments to all volunteers who attend.

And volunteers are needed as we have MANY projects to complete this year including: finishing painting the trim on the clubhouse, painting the shed next to the clubhouse, refurbishing and painting the wooden shooting benches, replacing broken seats on other shooting benches, resetting misplaced target receivers in the first pistol bay, filling in ruts in front of the pistol bays, work on the septic system for the new bathroom, repairing steel targets on the rifle range, repairing berms and target backers on rifle range, mowing, spraying weeds, possibly setting the post for the new NRA High Power range, etc.

Please contact us at if you are available to help out that day. Or just show up. Keep in mind we can use most any tool you bring, whether it be a paint brush, shovel, or backhoe. Did we mention we could REALLY use a backhoe or a BIG front end loader? Because we could if anyone has access to that! Seriously!

We only hold these work days once or twice per year, so this is your opportunity to contribute to your club and range. Hope to see you there! Please and thank you.

Regional Events have moved

For ease of updating, our Regional Events page has been replaced with our facebook page. You do not need to have a facebook account to view our page. Just click the link below…

Regional Events & facebook page

If you or your club have upcoming events in the area, that are related to shooting, hunting, archery, wildlife, etc. please send us the information or link, and we’ll gladly share it on our page.

Youth Shotgun Day Camp

Custer Rod & Gun Club
Youth(10-17) Day Camp in Shotgun Shooting

Date: Saturday June 4th, 2016

9am-9:30 (registration) sign release from parent/guardian
9:30-11:30 (gun safety, class-no live ammo will be allowed in classroom)
11:30-12:30 (lunch bring your lunch & snacks & drinks no glass bottles)
12:30-5 (live shooting)
5-5:30 (show and tell) Location: Spotted Eagle Trap and Skeet Range

Cost: FREE
Free use of club guns, shells, targets and Instruction by certified NRA instructors and coaches.

Event Purpose: To provide youth with instructions in Safe gun. Handling and a basic knowledge of trap and skeet shooting.

NOTE: At all times, ammo will be kept under the control of the instructors/coaches. (Class limited to 30 kids) call to reserve a spot

Call Keith Hall at 232-1449 or Steve Jacobs 234-3016 for info

22 Rifle shoot for Youth

Custer Rod & Gun Club 2016 22 Rifle shoot for Youth (8 to 17) May 12 to June 9 2016

12 May 5:30 to 6:00 registration at VFW Hall Post 1579 AT 119 N. 6th in Miles City sign release from parent/guardian
6:00 to 8:00 gun safety class-no live ammo will be allowed in classroom at VFW
19 May shooting at range (Water plant) 6:00 to 8:00
26 May shooting at range (Water plant) 6:00 to 8:00
2 June shooting at range (Water plant) 6:00 to 8:00
9 June shooting at range (Water plant) 6:00 to 8:00

Cost: FREE

Free use of club guns, shells, targets and
Instruction by certified instructors and coaches.
For more information, please contact Jim or James Coleman 874-8892 or Keith Hall 232-1449

Concealed Handgun Training

Concealed Handgun Training

EDC Training LLC. Will be holding a class on Saturday April 30th, in Miles City. This will be an Introduction to Concealed Carry Class. This class is for the individual that may or may not hold a Montana Concealed Carry Permit and is wanting to learn more about the Defensive use of a handgun.

This course addresses the effective concealed carry and use of the handguns popular today. The course will address the advantages and disadvantages of the various types, models, configurations and calibers of such Handguns, as well as the most effective support equipment and methods of concealed carry. The program consists of both classroom discussion, and live fire drills on the range. This course introduces the student to techniques applicable to defensive use of the handgun. Emphasis is put on shooting skill development for application in real-life circumstances. The fundamentals of Mindset, Gun-handling, and Marksmanship are covered in lecture while the practical aspects are taught on the range. Other course topics include Situational Awareness, equipment selection, safety, handling, loading, unloading, malfunction clearance, drawing and firing techniques. Cost of this class will be $100.00

Required equipment list:
* Centerfire Handgun in a minimum defensive caliber (generally, 9mm or .38spl or larger)
* Ammunition 100 rounds.
* Spare magazines or speedloaders
* Spare ammunition pouches, carrier, or magazine holster
* Method of carrying the handgun (i.e.- suitable belt and belt holster, Shoulder holsters generally not acceptable- you “sweep” others when drawing the firearm)
* Ear protection
* Eye protection
* Clothing suitable for the weather
* Cap with a brim
* Rugged shoes or boots
* Lunch and hydration fluid (water sports drink etc for the day)

To register for the class or for more information contact Shane Taylor Class Coordinator for the Miles City Area at 406-234-7175

Fallon County Shooting Range Grand Opening March 5th

Shane Bettenhausen asked us to pass along the following message…

We will be having our Grand Opening at the indoor pistol and archery range March 5th 9:00AM to 5:00PM, bring your firearms and bows and shoot for free. The outdoor rifle and pistol ranges will also be open. There will be door prizes and refreshments, one and one half miles West of Baker, MT on Hiway 12.

Shane Bettenhausen
Fallon County Shooting Range

Meeting of the Board of Directors minutes – Feb. 16, 2016

Custer Rod and Gun Club
Directors Meeting

Call to order: 7:10 PM

Attendance: Randy Anderson, Ty Rainy, Jesse Smith, Cheri Reed, Todd Burch, Randy Hart, Larry Hudson, Jim Keith, Marty Scheid

Reading of Previous Meeting Minutes: Jesse Smith motioned “We accept the minutes from the Dec. meeting as they are posted on the website.” The motion was seconded and passed.

President Report:


Committee Reports:
Rifle Range – Randy Anderson reported that he talked to Pacific Steel and they have all the steel we need for the VMR/HP 100 yard range for approximately $115.

Trap Range – Cheri Reed reported we still only have one working trap thrower, and one that will only throw doubles. Ken Boschee has been working with Pat-Trap and still hasn’t been able to get it running. Shipping the thrower to be refurbished would cost around $9,000 plus shipping, flaying someone in from Pat-Trap to fix it would cost around $15,000. Cheri suggests we looking into finding grant to buy a new trap thrower. She will research options and report again next month.

Cowboy Action – Randy Hart reported the Cowboy Action is still going on, as long as the weather is warm people are showing up.

Annual Meeting – Cheri Reed reported that after paying for the three guns used as prizes, and paying for the Town and Country Club facilities and food, and subtracting the money raised selling raffle tickets at the banquet, the total cost to the club was approximately $110.
Jesse Smith reported that everyone was so happy with the venue, that he went ahead and pre-booked the Town and Country club again for next year’s Annual Meeting and Banquet.

Old Business:
Sales of new club memberships – No motion made to change our sales procedure for new club memberships. All new club membership sales will remain online only. Randy Anderson, will look into the viability of leaving membership applications and temporary access codes at Red Rock. He will present options at the next meeting.

New Business:
Spotted Eagle Clubhouse Renovations – Nothing has been done yet, but we need volunteers to get going the on restoration work soon.

Turning delinquent membership accounts from 2012 and 2013 in to collections – Jim Kieth motion “We vote if we’re going to collections or not.” The motion was seconded and passed. The Board voted to NOT send delinquent accounts to collections. Instead, Randy Anderson will email a list of past due members who have not returned their access card, to all the Board members, who will then attempt to collect cards or late fees from those members as we see them in the community.

Jim Kieth motioned, “We start the annual meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.” The motion was seconded, and passed.

Randy Anderson motioned, “We amend Article I, Section 1, Sub-Section A, of the club By-Laws to read ‘Any person may become a member upon completion of a membership card and paid dues, provided they are a legal citizen of the United States of America. In the event they are not a legal citizen they may petition the Board of Directors for an exception.'” The motion was seconded and will be voted on at the next meeting of the Board of Directors.

Jesse Smith suggested setting up a survey on Survey Monkey, for the club membership to answer in order to provide feedback and to the directors on what the members are please with, dislike, and what they would like to see in the future. The Board will work by email to compose a list of questions to be approved at the next Board meeting.

Montana Law Enforcement Association (MLEA) wants to use the the range July 12, and 13th. Randy Anderson will work with them to bring more details to the Board before any motion is made.

Peasants Forever wants to borrow the clubs tables for their Banquet on March 19th. Todd Burch motioned, “We loan our tables to Pheasants Forever for their banquet” The motion was seconded and passed.

Nominations and Election of Officers:
Randy Anderson reported that William Williams has resigned from the board. Cheri Reed motioned, “We table nominating a replacement for William Williams until next months meeting.”

Good and Welfare:

Cheri Reed motioned, “We adjourn.” The motion was seconded and passed at 9:53 PM

Board of Directors Meeting – Feb. 2016

The Custer Rod and Gun Club’s Board of Directors will be meeting Feb 16th, 7:00 PM at the VFW in Miles City.

While only members of the Board of Directors have a vote at Board Meetings, all members are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting and voice their opinion on any and all issues, as well as bring other concerns, request, etc. to the boards attention.

You can find a complete list of the scheduled 2016 Board Meetings at

Meeting Agenda below: (other agenda items may be introduced from the floor)

Custer Rod and Gun Club
Meeting of the Board of Directors
February 16, 2015 7:00 PM

Call to order and Roll call of officers:

Reading of previous meeting minutes:

Reading of current financial report:

President report:

Reports of Boards and Standing/Special Committees:

Old Business:
– Either discontinue selling of new memberships at Red Rock or a new
motion to strike the previous motion passed in December

New Business:
-Vault at Spotted Eagle or Sunday Cr.
-Sending delinquent memberships from 2014 and 2013 to collections
– Request by a member to start the Annual Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance
– Member survey & what questions should we ask?
– Request from MLEA (Law Enforcement Academy) to use the range July 12 and 13
– Pheasants Forever wants to borrow tables for the PF Banquet on March 19th

Nomination and Election of Officers:
– Nominations to replace William William?

Good and Welfare:


2016 Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

The Custer Rod and Gun Club will hold our monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors, on the third Tuesday of each month, from February through December, at 7:00 PM. The location of each meeting can be found below:

2016 Meetings of the Board of Directors
February 16, 2016 – VFW Club 119 N. 6th St.
March 15, 2016 – VFW Club 119 N. 6th St.
April 19, 2016 – Spotted Eagle clubhouse
May 17, 2016 – Sunday Creek clubhouse
June 21, 2016 – Spotted Eagle clubhouse
July 19, 2016 – Sunday Creek clubhouse
August 16, 2016 – Spotted Eagle clubhouse
September 20, 2016 – Sunday Creek clubhouse
October 18, 2016 – Spotted Eagle clubhouse
November 15, 2016 – VFW Club 119 N. 6th St.
December 20, 2016 – VFW Club 119 N. 6th St.

Annual Banquet and Meeting
January 21, 2017 – Miles City Town and County Club (4th and Eagle)

Though these are Board meetings, and only members of the Board of Director have a vote on motions at these meetings, all club members are encouraged to attend these meetings, and will be provided opportunity to speak at these meetings if they desire. The Board always seeks the opinion of club members.

2016 Annual Club Meeting Minutes

Custer Rod and Gun Club
Annual Meeting Minutes
1/16/16 7:00pm
Town and Country Club

Call to Order: 7:00 PM

Roll Call of Officers:
Present: Keith Hall, Randy Anderson, Jesse Smith, Cheri Reed, Levi Burch, Todd Burch, Daniel Delong, Tom Fulton, Larry Hudson, Jim Keith

Absent: Ken Boschee, William Williams

Reading of previous meeting minutes:
Jesse smith motioned, “We accept the minutes from the previous Annual Meeting, as they are posted on the website.” The motion was seconded and passed.

Reading of Current Financial Report:
Treasurer Cheri Reed reported that as of 3 pm yesterday the club has $20,040.53 in the bank. She reported the club expects the following list of minimum expenses for 2016:
Taxes $492 (doubled from last year)
Insurance $3,100
Repairs to the Spotted Eagle Clubhouse $5,000
Completion of the 100 Yard High Power Range $1,100
$2,500 going into CD to replace the money the club borrowed to buy trap thrower a few years ago.
The club is purchasing a new laptop to handle club memberships and gate programming.
Cheri Reported the club should have around $8,000 left after the expected expenses.

Randy Anderson Reported the club finished out last year with approx 420 members, but so far this year we’re only at 220 members.

Jim Keith motioned, “We accept the financial report as read.” The motion was seconded and passed.

Keith Hall announced that we are still accepting nominations for the Officer and Director positions that we will be voting to fill at the end of the meeting.

President Report:
President Keith Hall reported that in 2015 we held a Youth .22 instructional shoot that had 28 kids signed up from ages 1 – 15, and helped 5 Boy Scouts earn merit badges.

This years youth shoot will be May 12 – June 9. We will hold a Day Camp for shotgun on June 4th.

Keith Hall reported that FWP wants to use Spotted Eagle on Sunday Feb. 28, Saturday June 25, and Sunday July 31 for Hunter Safety field days. Jim Keith motioned, “We approve FWP’s request.” The motion was seconded and passed.

Keith Hall reported that 4H wants to use the Spotted Eagle range Tuesday March 29, they will supply their ownshells and buy clays from us. Marty Scheid motioned, “We approve 4H to use the range.” The motion was seconded and passed.

Keith Hall thanked the Range Masters for running the individual ranges. It seems to be working out well, and he hopes the next President will continue with it.

Reports of Boards and Standing/Special Committees:
Rifle Range – Jesse Smith reported that in 2015 the club received a grant from the Friends of the NRA for just under $6,000. The grant was used to expand the pistol range from 3 bays to 5 bays, as well as installing a septic tank, and bathroom/outhouse that can be used year around regardless of weather. The bathroom building also has a storage area to be used for targets and props for groups using the pistol bays.

Jesse Smith reported that the club spent approx. $4,000 to install the steel targets, that the club voted for at the 2015 Annual Meeting, on all the rifle/pistol ranges. He said in the approx. six months since they’ve been installed the steel is holding up well, but the support frames and chains are in need of repair because of people shooting the frames instead of the targets.

Jesse Smith also reported a guy from Baker held a Prairie Dog silhouette shoot at the rifle range, and part of the proceeds was supposes to go to the Wounded Warriors and a local foster parent group in Miles City. It didn’t have the turnout he hoped for, but the guy who put it on hopes to have a better turnout this year.

Jesse Smith reported we repaired the window frames on the rifle range clubhouse and painted trim.

Randy Hart reported the Cowboy Action Shooting is going well, they are holding shoots every 3rd Saturday of the month, and are growing their matches a little more than in the past.

Shotgun Range –
Cheri Reed reported that trap shooting hasn’t been as active this year because 2 years ago the traps got flooded, and one thrower is still not working properly. Ken Boschee and Cheri have been working on the trap with the aid of the manufacturer, but even the manufacturer can’t figure out what is wrong with it. Cheri said they hope to get the second thrower running and be more active in 2016.

Cheri reported despite the thrower breakdowns in 2015 we still managed to hold a Boy Scout shoot, Kids shoot, MCC College shoot, and a Beginners shoot. We also shot skeet a couple times.

Old Business:

New Business:
Randy Anderson Reminded everyone that our insurance doesn’t cover the club if we let non-members use the range unless it’s part of an event that has been pre-approved in the Board Meeting minutes before the event, or they are a guest of a member, and the member is present.

Nomination and Election of Officers and Board of Directors:
Nominations for the position of President were:
Randy Anderson, accepted
There were no further nominations made.
Randy Anderson was elected by default, his term expires January, 2018.

Jesse Smith motioned, “We take nominations and vote to fill the rest of Randy Anderson’s term as Vice-President before we go any further in the elections.” The motion was seconded, and passed.

Nominations for the position of Vice-President:
Clint Meidinger, declined
Jesse Smith, declined
Ty Rainey, accepted
There were no further nominations made.
Ty Rainey was elected by default, his term expires January 2017.

Nominations for the position of Treasurer were:
Cheri Reed, accepted
There were no further nominations made.
Cheri Reed was elected by default, her term expires January, 2018.

Nominations for the 4 available two year positions as Directors:
Jim Keith, accepted
Ty Rainey, declined
Marty Scheid, accepted
Todd Burch, accepted
Randy Hart, accepted
There were no further nominations made.
The 4 nominees Jim Keith, Marty Scheid, Todd Burch, and Randy Hart were elected to the 4 two year Director positions by default, their terms expires January, 2018.

Nominations fill the last year of the vacant Directors position temporarily being filled by Larry Hudson:
Matt Lewin, declined
Larry Hudson, accepted
There were no further nominations made.
Larry Hudson was elected by default, his term expires January 2017.

Good and Welfare:

Door Prizes and Raffle Items:
Door prize winner: Member #176 was not present, and was redrawn. The winner of the Savage .17 HMR was member #102 Matt Lewin.

Bucket Raffle winners were as follows:
S&W Shield 9mm – Keith Hall
Henry GOlden Boy .22 – Kevin Anderson
Hyskore Universal Shooers Clamp – Leroy Kuper
$50 Reynolds Market Gift Certificate – Jody West
EDC Basic Pistol Course – Mel Patch
Flying Pheasant Mount – Clyde Leischner
Framed Duck Print – Keith Hall
Unframed Duck and Quail Prints – John Sgrignoli
Makers Mark Whisky – Randy Hart
Solo Stove – Christina
27 lb. Box of Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears – Keith Hall
Camo Picnic Bag and Accessories – Mel Patch
Eder 3’x5′ American Flag – Lee Wankel
$100 Thrive by LeVel Gift Certificate – Arin Ransom
Browning Pistol Rack – Keith Hall

Adjourn: Keith Hall motioned “To adjourn.” The motion was seconded, passed at 7:57 PM