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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes January 16, 2024

Custer County Event Center 7 pm, January 16, 2024

Attendance: Lee Wankel, Marty Scheid, Jeff Faycosh, Matt Lewin, Erin O’connor, Travis Helm and Pat Roos.

Matt made a motion to accept the December minutes as published, Travis 2nd, Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Marty stated checking account balance is $20,918.28. The CD balance is $6060.30.

President’s Report: Lee stated membership is 200 paid for 2024.

Action pistol: No Report

Shotgun-No Report

Archery- No Report

SASS-No Report

USPSA-No Report

Old Business: Banquet set up on Feb 3, around noon

New Business: Bylaw changes for Annual meeting

Membership (C) Renewals all year. Membership is for the calendar year regardless of when the membership is renewed.

Officers and Board Members add Membership Officer then 7 Directors which will still total 12 officers and Directors. Two versions: #1 Yearly dues are waived for Officer Positions. #2 Yearly dues are waived for Officers and Director positions.

Section 4 A- language as written for monthly meetings. Suggested change of date to 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Section 1 club management include Membership Officer and 7 directors.

Section 1 -Board of Directors include Membership Officer

Add Section 6 Membership Officer-Shall keep all membership records-issue membership and access cards upon payment-update Sunday Creek access gate and cards in a timely manner, Maintain list of current memberships.

Marty and Jeff will arrange for storage of meat and supplies for the banquet on the week of the banquet at the event center.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes December 19, 2023

Custer County Event Center 7 pm, December 19, 2023

Attendance: Lee Wankel, Chris Schlepp, Marty Scheid, Jeff Faycosh, Matt Lewin, Erin O’connor, Travis Helm, Jim Keith and Justin Hughes.

Marty made a motion to accept the November minutes as published, Jim 2nd, Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Marty stated checking account balance is $14,567.02. The CD balance is $6060.30.

President’s Report: Lee stated membership is 512 for 2023.

Action pistol: Nothing to report

Shotgun-Shooting is weather dependent. Hoping to get Ducks Unlimited in May for the Welcome to Spotted Eagle shoot.

Archery- no report

SASS-fun shoot on December 16th, $100 collected and turned over to Marty

USPSA-no report

Old Business: Need security cameras finished at Sunday Creek. Looking for Membership Director

New Business: Sign Damage at Spotted Eagle. Kid came forward to pay. Jesse B to put in a bid to repair. Banquet Marty is picking up the meat 150 lbs. Micki Jo lined up for the bar.

We will have meetings at the Custer County Event Center they will cost $20 per meeting during the winter months.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm

Custer Rod & Gun Club

Annual Banquet/Membership Meeting

Greetings, friends. We just wanted to remind you that you are invited to attend the Custer Rod and Gun Club’s Annual Meeting/Pot Luck.

This year’s meeting/banquet will be held at 6:00 pm on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3RD, at the EVENT CENTER at the Fairgrounds in Miles City. CR&GC will be providing a taco bar. Attendees with last names A thru M are asked to bring a main dish and N thru Z a salad or dessert. 

Please note this meeting will be held at the EVENT CENTER, where it was held last year.

This year we have several director’s positions to fill. If you have someone you would like to nominate for one of the vacant positions, nominations will be excepted at the meeting.

If you have already renewed your 2024 membership, please be sure to bring the membership card you received in the mail in order to be eligible to vote at teh meeting. Additionally, yourmembership card will make you eligible for a chance to win a door prize of a Ruger 10/22 rifle package w/scope. There will also be multiple other prizes and drawings available with several different firearms, including a Shadow Systems 920 and Sig Sauer TREAD 400 rifle. More prizes are accumulating as we speak and may include additional firearms. Eligible members must be present to win and legally eligible to own/possess a firearm if applicable. All prizes and raffle availability will be terminated at the conclusion of the annual club meeting.

Here is a list of prize guns for the Banquet and Raffles.
Ruger 10/22 Rifle Package w/scope – DOOR PRIZE
Smith and Wesson SD9VE Pistol 9mm – WORK DAY INCENTIVE PRIZE
Traditions .50 Cal Black Powder Rifle
Ruger Wrangler .22lr Revolver
Stoeger Condor 12ga o/u Shotgun
Savage Axis 2 XP Rifle .243 Hardwood
Ruger LCP .380acp Pistol
Landor BPX 902 12ga Bullpup Shotgun
Shadow Systems 920 9mm w/optic ready slide
Springfield Armory 1911 45acp Mil Spec
Sig Sauer P365 9mm Macro 17r
Sig Sauer M400 Tread Mlok Rifle 5.56mm
Sig Sauer AIR Pistol P365 BB Gun

If you have not already renewed your membership, you may renew it at the meeting. We will also be selling new memberships at the meeting, so this is a great time to bring a friend who is interested in joining the club. 

See you there!

P.S. If you have anything you wish to donate to the Banquet, please contact any of the Club Officers. 

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes November 21, 2023

Spotted Eagle Clubhouse, 7 pm, November 21, 2023

Attendance: Lee Wankel, Marty Scheid, Jeff Faycosh, Matt Lewin, Erin O’connor, Travis Helm, Jim Keith and Justin Hughes.

Marty made a motion to accept the October minutes as published, Matt 2nd, Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Marty stated checking account balance is $16,005.53. The CD balance is $6060.30. Guns were puchased for the raffle at the annual banquet. Envelope stuffing taking place at the December meeting.

President’s Report: Lee stated membership is trending upward.

Action pistol: Nothing to report

Shotgun-The Keith Hall Annie Oakley shoot was great, 10 shooters. We gave away $1,000 in prize money donated by Mike Bricco and we took in $500 to be earmarked for prizes next year. Plaques were handed out. Trap and Skeet deposited an additional $1,468.

SAS-Deposit of $15

Archery- no report

SASS-No Report

USPSA-Slade Bentenhausen has stepped up to replace Jesse Blankenship with USPSA, he is an RO.

Old Business: Range gate almost finished, Thanks Marty for the hard work.

New Business: Matt made a motion to donate two memberships to the Miles City Fire Department Toy Dance. Jeff 2nd, motion passed.

We will have meetings at the Custer County Event Center they will cost $20 per meeting during the winter months.

Annual meeting we need to add another Board Member-Membership Board position to the bylaws.

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes October 17, 2023

Custer County Event Center, 7 pm, October 17, 2023

Attendance: Lee Wankel, Chris Schlepp, Marty Scheid, Jeff Faycosh, Matt Lewin, Erin O’connor, Travis Helm and Justin Hughes.

Marty made a motion to accept the August minutes as published, (no September meeting) Erin 2nd, Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Marty stated checking account balance is $37,086.82. The CD balance is $6030.07.

President’s Report: Lee stated membership is approximately 514 members.

Action pistol: Nothing to report, Lee provided a deposit $175. Lee stated that there would be pistol shoot on October 26, 2023 mainly for James Goodsell wedding group.

Shotgun-We will need to order targets after the banquet. Money was received from FWP for targets on youth day.

SAS-Deposit of $15

Archery last organized shoots, deposit of $65

Old Business: Grant for the range gate was approved Marty is organizing. Locate is done MC Electric was awarded the bid.

New Business: Jeff made a motion to add up to 2 camera at Spotted Eagle, Travis 2nd, motion passed, Chris will coordinate with Walleyes and Holmlund Lock and key.

Banquet-gun committee formed with Marty to get the guns, Matt, Erin, Travis and Justin.

Jeff made a motion to allow 4H to use Spotted Eagle Range for Instructor training on December 9th, Jeff will open the range for them. Marty 2nd, motion passed.

Jeff made a motion to have the Jim Keith Memorial Annie Oakley shoot on November 4th. $1,000 in prizes. Mike Bricco provided the prize money and trophy plaques. Cash prize to 7th place. $500, $200, $100, 4th-7th $50. $20 buy in with 3 buy backs max for $10 each. Matt 2nd, motion passed.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:50 PM

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes August 15, 2023

Spotted Eagle Range 7 pm, August 15, 2023

Attendance: Lee Wankel, Chris Schlepp, Marty Scheid, Jeff Faycosh, Matt Lewin, Erin O’connor, Justin Hughes, Jesse Blankenship, and Jim Keith.

Matt made a motion to accept the minutes as published, Erin 2nd, Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Marty stated checking account balance is $40,140.60. The CD balance is $6030.07. Deposits provided during the meeting $1,275 from shotgun ranges to Marty and $180 from Action Pistol to Marty.

President’s Report: Lee stated membership is approximately 488, the new normal for this time of year.

Committee Reports

Action pistol: Nothing to report, Lee provided a deposit $180.

Shotgun-all is well ranges are busy. provided a deposit of $1,225

USPSA: Jesse B is stepping away and focusing on quality of family time, we wish him well.

Archery: Chris stated that the last 3D shoot of the year will take place on August 18th. Only one incident Jason report to Chris of someone using broadheads on the new target butts. No further details.

Old Business: No confirmation on Grant award yet.

New Business: We are hoping to host a welcome to Spotted Eagle Day Open all the ranges for people to try, in conjunction DU who want to put on a shoot and give prizes. Jeff made the motion, Matt 2nd, passed.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:25 PM

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes July 18, 2023

Sunday Creek Clubhouse 7 pm, July 18, 2023

Secretary Faycosh was absent minutes were taken by both Erin and Travis.

Custer Rod & Gun Club Meeting Minutes

7/18/2023

Members in attendance: Lee, Chris, Marty, Justin, Erin, Travis, Jason, Matt, Jim, & Pat

7pm: Meeting called to order by Lee.  Role Call conducted.

Treasurer’s Report (Marty)

Checks for the targets and mower have cleared.

About $1,000 in cash ready for deposit

Main account has $39,444.66

CD is at $6,030.07

Matt makes motion to accept minutes as posted.  Chris seconds the motion.  All in Favor. Motion passes.

7:04 President’s Report (Lee)

Lee did not get a chance to follow-up on the individual that reported not yet receiving membership.

Marty checked the individual’s name against the paid member list.  Did not find a match.  Will check again.

Erin reports two members are not receiving the newsletter.  Matt will add their email addresses to MailChimp.

7:06 USPSA Report (Lee)

No more shoots planned.  They may look for two more nights to add to the calendar.

7:07 Action Pistol (Lee)

Four shoots have been conducted.  Attendance was 13; 14; 12 & 8 shooters.  A total of $1,047.46 was banked from both USDSA and Action Pistol

7:08 Shotgun (Matt)

Shot the previous Sunday.

FWP wants to sponsor a Youth Trap Shot on Sept. 16th.  FWP will pay for shooters at the rate of $4/25 targets.  Matt reported that Jeff was willing to run the range.  This was identified as new business and will be addressed later.

7:09 Archery (Jason)

Seeing lots of individuals using the public range.  All report gratitude for the new targets.  Jason is interested in reviewing the list of members to see if users are actually members or if users become members after using the range.

Chris also reported hearing praise from Superior in Billings over the improvements and events being held.

Planning 3-4 more 3D shoots.

Targets are holding up and looking good.  Only one instance of a broadhead being used.

Jason may generate a stencil and paint markers on the targets to ensure the whole target gets use rather than a focus on the center.

3D shoots are held on BLM property, all proceeds are used for prizes and no profit is made, except from donations.

7:19 Old Business

None Reported

7:20 New Business

Matt makes motion to allow FWP to sponsor a Youth Trap shoot on the shotgun range on Sept 16th at $4 per round.

Jim seconds the motion.

All in Favor, motion passed.

Marty reports that there is not yet a scheduled date for working on the gate access controller.  Lee offered to help.  Marty reports he has 15-20 access cards activated and ready to issue to new members if needed.

No news on the grant to get power down to the gate.

US Bank is still expected to shut down.  Marty recommends switching banks at the time a new treasurer is elected.

Lee suggests getting the security cameras at Sunday Creek installed and working.  Four cameras and installation hardware are on site.  The system can support up to a total of eight cameras.  Will record 30 days on a DVR. They are not wireless.  The Spotted Eagle location has 5 cameras up and running and are able to record 35 days of footage.  Access to the storage device is controlled by Walleye’s Unlimited in the event that a range violation needs to be monitored.

7:34  Chris makes the motion to adjourn the meeting.

Justin seconds the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.  Meeting Adjourned.

August 2023 Newsletter

Custer Rod & Gun Club (CR&GC) August 2023 Activities

Wow its August already and Archery season is just around the corner and Rifle season not far behind. With that we encourage folks to utilize the archery range at Spotted Eagle and the rifle ranges out at Sunday Creek and to do so safely and responsibly.

The archery targets at spotted eagle have been painted with 15 point of aim diamonds on each target, please utilize all the diamonds to help the targets last longer. We want to remind all of you to not shoot broadheads at these new targets it will ruin them. Also these targets are meant to be used by members only so we strongly encourage people to sign up for a membership before using them. Membership information can be found on the Custer Rod & Gun Club webpage.

We also want to remind everyone in the Clay leagues that they have till the end of September. There is still time to get your League rounds in.

We want to thank all of our volunteers who help keep our ranges clean and mowed.

Hope to see folks out on the ranges.  

Action Pistol

Lee has been holding Action Pistol matches every Thursday night at 6pm out at the Sunday Creek Range. Setup starts at 4 p.m. ANY AND ALL HELP would be greatly appreciated.

3D Archery

Jason Sibble has been running the 3D Archery shoots on Fridays &/or Saturdays. 6pm on Fridays & 9am on Saturdays at Spotted Eagle. Saturdays check Facebook for times. Contact him on messenger for more information. Each week is a different setup. No class or division. Just laid back. Bow Hunter/Free Style. (Range finders welcome.) All Ages. Score cards and water provided. Bring Bug Spray. Not necessary to be a member to shoot Fridays.

Steel Challenge

Steel Challenge matches are held every second Thursday of each month. This will be open to all club members and non-members, 22 rimfire and larger pistol calibers are allowed. The rules will be governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA), however the club is not affiliated so no pre-registration is necessary.

USPSA Matches

No USPSA matches scheduled for August.

Skeet – Trap

Trap is held every Tuesday afternoons at 5:30 p.m. and Skeet every Sunday at 3 p.m. out at the Spotted Eagle Recreation Area. Check the CR&GC Facebook page for updates.

5-Stand

When we have the dates for the rest of the year pinned down they will be posted on the Custer Rod and Gun Club webpage and facebook page.

Custer Rod & Gun Club 2023 Clay League

You must be a current Custer Rod and Gun Club Member to participate in the Clay Leagues.

There will be two leagues in 2023. Simple aggregate average for score.

Awards will be presented at the annual banquet in February 2024. The awards will be determined at a later date.

The league period will run from April 25th through September 25th, 2023.

Trap League – $20

Top Gun – $40

League fees must be paid before shooting a league round. Fees will be collected by Matt Lewin or Jeff Faycosh at the Spotted Eagle Range on range days.

Shooter must declare league score PRIOR to shooting the round. The score sheet will be retained by the range master and signed by the shooter.

In addition to the league fees, the shooter must pay the normal target fees.

Target ammunition must be used, 7.5, 8, or 9 shot, 1 1/8 ounce maximum weight.

No more than 2 League rounds will be shot per day.

League shoots will take place on regularly scheduled range days. Tuesday for Trap, Sunday for Skeet & 5 Stand.

Trap League – 11 League rounds must be fired to complete the league with only 10 rounds being scored, the lowest score will be dropped at the end of the league. Failure to shoot 11 rounds will cause you to forfeit your entry fees. At least 2 shooters must shoot the round with a 3rd person to pull and score. All rounds will be from the 16-yard position.

Top Gun League – 11 League rounds must be fired to complete the league with only 10 rounds being scored, the lowest score will be dropped at the end of the league. At least 2 league rounds in each of the sports must be shot (Trap Doubles, Skeet, & 5-Stand) and counted with the 10 scorable rounds. A round of Trap Doubles is 50 birds and counts as two rounds. The rules for Trap league applies. A 5 stand league round will require at least 3 shooters on the round in addition to range master/scorer.

All club events are dependent on the weather so keep an eye on the Custer Rod and Gun Club webpage and facebook page for updates. Please come out and enjoy YOUR club. Like any club the members are what make it great!

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, June 20, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting

June 20, 2023

Spotted Eagle Clubhouse, Miles City

7:00 pm Roll Call of officers- Lee Wankel, Chris Schlepp, Marty Scheid, Jeff Faycosh, Matt Lewin, Erin O’Connor, Jim Keith, Travis Helm, Justin Hughes, and Jason Sibble.

Treasurers report by Mary Scheid, Checking account balance $46,150.01, CD is currently at $6,030.07 Bills are paid

Motion to accept the minutes of the May meeting as written, by Chris, 2nd by Matt passed.

Presidents Report: Lee said that the transition between Jesse and him is complete. Marty is now doing the memberships. Lots of positive accolades for Jesse Smith for his hard work keeping the club running.

USPSA- Slot match 15 shooters. Jesse B is out of USPSA to focus on other things. Jesse gave Lee the cash box with $300.

Action Pistol-Lee said there were 4 shoots, 42 shooters they took in $220. Deposits were made to Marty. Marty stated there is $781.46 profit from the pistol shoots.

Shotgun: The leagues have started for Trap and Top Gun.

Archery- Jason Sibble said shoots on Friday and Saturday depending on everyones availability. Jason suggested that the archery range be posted with a sign Members only and shooting broadheads constitute vandalism. Chris made the motion, JIm 2nd, Passed. Draft language for sign will be texted. Jeff will order sign once the language is approved.

Old Business: Archery Range clean up Gregg Clark of Driven Repair donated equipment and time to clean up the old range and install new targets.

New Business: John Kuntz has to resign his directorship and he recommended Jason Sibble to finish his term. Chris made a motion to have Jason finish John’s term, Travis 2nd, motion passed.

Marty made a motion to establish another director position as Membership coordinator. This will require a by-law change at the annual meeting. Jeff 2nd, motion passed.

Marty brought up discussion to change the bank accounts out of US Bank. Matt made a motion to approve this change, Justin 2nd, passed.

Meeting Adjorned 7:45pm

July 2023 Newsletter

Custer Rod & Gun Club (CR&GC) July 2023 Activities

Exciting news for the archery range, the new targets are up and ready to use at Spotted Eagle. Thanks to the volunteers that helped out with the archery project so far, lots of fun things coming to the club. A big thanks to Gregg Clark at Driven Repair for the time and equipment that he has dontated to help put this together. We want to remind all of you to not shoot broadheads at these new targets it will ruin them and also use stickers not spray paint on them. Also these targets are meant to be used by members only so we strongly encourage people to sign up for a membership before using them. Membership information can be found on the Custer Rod & Gun Club webpage. If you see someone using broadheads ask them to stop immediately or charges of vandalism will be pressed as these targets were not cheap.

Action Pistol

Lee has been holding Action Pistol matches every Thursday night at 6pm out at the Sunday Creek Range. Setup starts at 4 p.m. ANY AND ALL HELP would be greatly appreciated.

3D Archery

Jason Sibble has been running the 3D Archery shoots on Fridays at 6pm at Spotted Eagle. Contact him on messenger for more information. Each week is a different setup. No class or division. Just laid back. Bow Hunter/Free Style. (Range finders welcome.) All Ages. Score cards and water provided. Bring Bug Spray. Not necessary to be a member to shoot Fridays.

Steel Challenge

Steel Challenge matches are held every second Thursday of each month. This will be open to all club members and non-members, 22 rimfire and larger pistol calibers are allowed. The rules will be governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA), however the club is not affiliated so no pre-registration is necessary.

USPSA Matches

No USPSA matches scheduled for July.

Skeet – Trap

Trap is held every Tuesday afternoons at 5:30 p.m. and Skeet every Sunday at 3 p.m. out at the Spotted Eagle Recreation Area.

5-Stand

Possibly thinking of July 9th for a 5-Stand match. July is getting pretty busy already so stay tuned for possible changes. When we have the dates for the rest of the year pinned down they will be posted on the Custer Rod and Gun Club webpage and facebook page.

Custer Rod & Gun Club 2023 Clay League

You must be a current Custer Rod and Gun Club Member to participate in the Clay Leagues.

There will be two leagues in 2023. Simple aggregate average for score.

Awards will be presented at the annual banquet in February 2024. The awards will be determined at a later date.

The league period will run from April 25th through September 25th, 2023.

Trap League – $20

Top Gun – $40

League fees must be paid before shooting a league round. Fees will be collected by Matt Lewin or Jeff Faycosh at the Spotted Eagle Range on range days.

Shooter must declare league score PRIOR to shooting the round. The score sheet will be retained by the range master and signed by the shooter.

In addition to the league fees, the shooter must pay the normal target fees.

Target ammunition must be used, 7.5, 8, or 9 shot, 1 1/8 ounce maximum weight.

No more than 2 League rounds will be shot per day.

League shoots will take place on regularly scheduled range days. Tuesday for Trap, Sunday for Skeet & 5 Stand.

Trap League – 11 League rounds must be fired to complete the league with only 10 rounds being scored, the lowest score will be dropped at the end of the league. Failure to shoot 11 rounds will cause you to forfeit your entry fees. At least 2 shooters must shoot the round with a 3rd person to pull and score. All rounds will be from the 16-yard position.

Top Gun League – 11 League rounds must be fired to complete the league with only 10 rounds being scored, the lowest score will be dropped at the end of the league. At least 2 league rounds in each of the sports must be shot (Trap Doubles, Skeet, & 5-Stand) and counted with the 10 scorable rounds. A round of Trap Doubles is 50 birds and counts as two rounds. The rules for Trap league applies. A 5 stand league round will require at least 3 shooters on the round in addition to range master/scorer.

All club events are dependent on the weather so keep an eye on the Custer Rod and Gun Club webpage and facebook page for updates. Please come out and enjoy YOUR club. Like any club the members are what make it great!

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes May 16, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting

May 16, 2023

Spotted Eagle Clubhouse, Miles City

7:00 pm Roll Call of officer- Lee Wankel, Chris Schlepp, Marty Scheid, Jeff Faycosh, Matt Lewin, Erin O’Connor, Travis Helm and Pat Roos.

Treasure report by Mary Scheid, Checking account balance $46,816,82, CD is currently at $6,030.07 Bills are paid

Motion to accept the minutes of the April meeting as written, by Matt, 2nd by Chris passed.

Presidents Report: Lee said that memberships are keeping with the usual pace.

USPSA- No match May 13 was canceled because of rain. June 10th shoot is still scheduled.

Action Pistol-Lee said there were 10 shooters good turnouts. Deposits were made to Marty.

Shotgun: Trap and Skeet made a deposit for $871. 4H shooting almost over, Jeff will bill 4H for targets.

Archery- Jason Sibble, Cole Price and Chris will get Archery range rebuilt and targets picked up in Billings. Marty made a motion to approve 10 targets at $6,250, Travis 2nd, passed. This is $1,250 more than the $5,000 previous allowed for 5 targets.

Old Business:Range clean up day on Sunday Creek Range May 6th at 9am Marty l ramrodded this event 13 volunteers showed up.

New Business: Walleyes Unlimited wanted to partner with us for camera system at Spotted Eagle. Chris made a motion to approve $2,500 toward this project, Travis 2nd, passed.

Discussion to get rid of DR pull behind Mower. Chris made a motion to trade it in on another zero turn to help at Spotted Eagle, Matt 2nd, Motion passed.

Meeting Adjorned 8 pm

June 2023 Newsletter

Custer Rod & Gun Club (CR&GC) June 2023 Activities

We want to thank all of the volunteers who helped with the Sunday Creek Range Clean-up day. There was a great showing of folks and alot of work got done.

Lee has been holding Action Pistol matches every Thursday out at the Sunday Creek Range at 6pm. Reminder for those that can to show up early to help setup targets.

We’ve had good attendance for Trap and Skeet; Trap on Tuesdays at 5:30pm and the Skeet on Sundays at 3pm at the Spotted Eagle Recreation Area. A reminder that we are again holding Trap and Top Gun Leagues, information below.

For archery, new targets have been ordered to replace the old targets at Spotted Eagle Recreation Area. Jason Sibble has agreed to run the archery shoots, you can contact him for more information 406-868-0022.

For SASS Randy Hart ran a cowboy match on May 20th. A tentative date of June 17th has been set for holding another match depending on weather and interest.

As always matches and events are weather dependent and we do try to post updates to the Custer Rod and Gun Club facebook page.

Action Pistol

Action Pistol will be held every Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Sunday Creek pistol bays. Setup starts at 4 p.m. ANY AND ALL HELP would be greatly appreciated.

Steel Challenge

Steel Challenge matches are held every second Thursday of each month. This will be open to all club members and non-members, 22 rimfire and larger pistol calibers are allowed. The rules will be governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA), however the club is not affiliated so no pre-registration is necessary.

USPSA Matches

The CR&GC will be hosting a USPSA match on Saturday June 10th at 9:30am at the Sunday Creek Range. Register on Practiscore.

Skeet – Trap

Trap is held every Tuesday afternoons at 5:30 p.m. and Skeet every Sunday at 3 p.m. out at the Spotted Eagle Recreation Area.

5-Stand

The next 5-Stand match is tentativly set for Sunday June 18th at 1pm out at the Spotted Eagle Recreation Area. When we have the dates for the rest of the year pinned down they will be posted on the Custer Rod and Gun Club webpage and facebook page.

Custer Rod & Gun Club 2023 Clay League

You must be a current Custer Rod and Gun Club Member to participate in the Clay Leagues.

There will be two leagues in 2023. Simple aggregate average for score.

Awards will be presented at the annual banquet in February 2024. The awards will be determined at a later date.

The league period will run from April 25th through September 25th, 2023.

Trap League – $20

Top Gun – $40

League fees must be paid before shooting a league round. Fees will be collected by Matt Lewin or Jeff Faycosh at the Spotted Eagle Range on range days.

Shooter must declare league score PRIOR to shooting the round. The score sheet will be retained by the range master and signed by the shooter.

In addition to the league fees, the shooter must pay the normal target fees.

Target ammunition must be used, 7.5, 8, or 9 shot, 1 1/8 ounce maximum weight.

No more than 2 League rounds will be shot per day.

League shoots will take place on regularly scheduled range days. Tuesday for Trap, Sunday for Skeet & 5 Stand.

Trap League – 11 League rounds must be fired to complete the league with only 10 rounds being scored, the lowest score will be dropped at the end of the league. Failure to shoot 11 rounds will cause you to forfeit your entry fees. At least 2 shooters must shoot the round with a 3rd person to pull and score. All rounds will be from the 16-yard position.

Top Gun League – 11 League rounds must be fired to complete the league with only 10 rounds being scored, the lowest score will be dropped at the end of the league. At least 2 league rounds in each of the sports must be shot (Trap Doubles, Skeet, & 5-Stand) and counted with the 10 scorable rounds. A round of Trap Doubles is 50 birds and counts as two rounds. The rules for Trap league applies. A 5 stand league round will require at least 3 shooters on the round in addition to range master/scorer.

Archery

For our archery shooters or anyone who is interested in getting into archery we have Archery shoots every Wednesday at 6 p.m., contact Jason Sibble at 406-868-0022.

All club events are dependent on the weather so keep an eye on the Custer Rod and Gun Club webpage and facebook page for updates. Please come out and enjoy YOUR club. Like any club the members are what make it great!

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes April 18, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting

April 18, 2023

Spotted Eagle Clubhouse, Miles City

7:00 pm Roll Call of officer- Lee Wankel, Chris Schlepp, Marty Scheid, Jeff Faycosh, Matt Lewin, Jesse Blankenship, John Kuntz, Erin O’Connor, Justin Hughes, Travis Helm and Jim Keith Roos

Treasure report by Mary Scheid, Checking account balance $52,087.63, CD is currently at $6,030.07 Bills are paid

Motion to accept the minutes of the March meeting as written, by Jesse B, 2nd by Jim passed.

Past Presidents Report: Lee said that he spoke with Jesse Smith and memberships are keeping with the usual pace.

USPSA- Jesse Blankenship said Matt and Allen dodge will be going to RO training. the end of the month. shoots scheduled for May 13 and June 10th.

Action Pistol-Lee Wankel has the cash box with USPSA receipts Lee will do a deposit soon with Marty.

Shotgun: 2 pallets of targets purchased from Scheels. 90 count boxes, 44 on a pallet so there aren’t all that many targets. They equal out to about $14.30 a case. Jesse and Jeff picked them up in Billlings.

SASS Randy Hart stated he wanted a cowboy shoot on May 20th, 10 am for black powder and 1 pm for Cowboy Action Shooting.

Archery- There was a group from Walleyes Unlimited and others who offered to assist with the Archery Range. It was determined that the Archery targets made from carpet had been in place for 20 plus years. John Kuntz made a motion to purchase new outdoor targets with a limit of $5,000 for the purchase Justin 2nd Motion passed.

Most of the board agreed that the archery range was to be left open to the public with no membership required. The other discussion was to move the 3D targets and trailer to Spotted Eagle for the Wednesday night leagues. John Kuntz stated that Jason Sibble was willing to oversee the Wednesday night archery league. The directors agreed to have the 3D targets and the club trailer at Spotted Eagle. There was discussion on cleaning up the archery range. No date set for that and nothing was decided on the 3D shoots. More information will be discussed on the May 16th meeting.

Range clean up day on Sunday Creek Range May 6th at 9am Marty will ramrod this cleanup.

Meeting Adjorned 8 pm

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes March 21, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting

March 21, 2023

Custer County Event Center, Miles City

7:00 pm Roll Call of officer- Lee Wankel, Marty Scheid Past President Jesse Smith, Jeff Faycosh, Matt Lewin, Jesse Blankenship, John Kuntz, Erin O’Connor, Justin Hughes, Travis Helm and Pat Roos

Treasure report by Mary Scheid, Checking account balance $41,786.52, CD is currently at $6,030.07 Bills are paid

Motion to accept the minutes of the February meeting as written, by Marty, 2nd by John passed.

Past Presidents Report: Paypal have $10,600 for deposit Jesse will help transition membership to the membership committee. Lee Wankel then took over the meeting and president role.

USPSA- Jesse Blankenship turned over deposit to Marty for $320. There will be a Match on May 13th and another match on June 10. To participate you need to register on Practiscore. Jesse wanted to have a Sheriff’s Office training on May 12th to assist in the range setting, so the pistol range could be set up Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Jesse B made the motion, Lee seconded, motion passed.

Action Pistol-Lee Wankel will run the course this year. During the month of April each match on Thursday is free. Lee will have a steel challenge once a month. Lee wanted to explore additional steel targets Texas Star, Dueling Tree and more hangers. There will be some research into the best price.

Shotgun: With the time change we will open the trap range on Tuesday at 530 and Skeet on Sunday at 3 pm. Jeff requested motion to allow 4H Shotgun Shooting sports shooting every Sunday from Noon to 3pm starting April 2nd ending May 21. Marty moved, John 2nd, Motion passed.

Archery- There was much discussion about the condition of the Archery Range, selling 3D targets and trailers, closing the range, moving the range to Sunday Creek, purchasing a conex trailer to keep at the range. The discussion ended up getting additional input on the meeting of April 18th to find volunteers or better ideas.

Banquet update from Marty, we lost $166.89 this year. The donors this year included Paul Helland, Dale Tribby, Karen Taylor, Lee Wankel, Ace Hardware, Custom Auto and Accessories, NAPA, Carquest, Jeff Faycosh, Marty Scheid, Jesse Smith and Randy Hart.

Range clean up day on Sunday Creek Range May 6th at 9am Marty will ramrod this cleanup.

Meeting Adjorned 8 pm

April/May 2023 Newsletter

Custer Rod & Gun Club (CR&GC) April/May 2023 Activities

Well April is already half way over and with the warmer weather folks have been getting out to the ranges. The Club has been opening the Trap range on Tuesdays at 5:30pm and the Skeet range on Sundays at 3pm at the Spotted Eagle Recreation Area. Archery every Wednesday at 6pm. Action Pistol is held on Thursdays at 6pm out at the Sunday Creek Range. The club has several activities open to members and non-member including Action Pistol, USPSA matches, Archery, Trap, Skeet, and 5-Stand.

The Club will again hold a Clay League. There will be a Trap League and a Top Gun League. The League will run from April 25th to September 26th. See below for rules.

Sunday Range Clean-up Day

Saturday May 6th at 9am has been scheduled for a clean-up day out at the Sunday Creek Range. Help is need with mowing, weed trimmers, target repairs, and general maintenance. Bring gloves and if you can weed trimmers, shovels, rakes, lawnmowers, etc. Hope to see you out there.

Action Pistol

Action Pistol will be held every Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Sunday Creek pistol bays. Setup starts at 4 p.m. ANY AND ALL HELP would be greatly appreciated.

Steel Challenge

Steel Challenge matches are held every third Thursday of each month. This will be open to all club members and non-members, 22 rimfire and larger pistol calibers are allowed. The rules will be governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA), however the club is not affiliated so no pre-registration is necessary.

USPSA Matches

The CR&GC will be hosting a USPSA match on Thursday May 11th at 6pm at the Sunday Creek Range. Register on Practiscore.

Skeet – Trap

With the warmer weather we’ve already had a couple of Trap & Skeet shoots. Trap is held every Tuesday afternoons at 5:30 p.m. and Skeet every Sunday at 3 p.m. out at the Spotted Eagle Recreation Area.

5-Stand

The Clubs first 5-Stand match for the year will be this coming Sunday April 23rd at 2pm out at the Spotted Eagle Recreation Area. When we have the dates for the rest of the year pinned down they will be posted on the Custer Rod and Gun Club webpage and facebook page.

Custer Rod & Gun Club 2023 Clay League

You must be a current Custer Rod and Gun Club Member to participate in the Clay League.

There will be two leagues in 2023. Simple aggregate average for score.

Awards will be presented at the annual banquet in February 2024. The awards will be determined at a later date.

The league period will run from April 25th through September 25th, 2023.

Trap League – $20

Top Gun – $40

League fees must be paid before shooting a league round. Fees will be collected by Matt Lewin or Jeff Faycosh at the Spotted Eagle Range on range days.

Shooter must declare league score PRIOR to shooting the round. The score sheet will be retained by the range master and signed by the shooter.

In addition to the league fees, the shooter must pay the normal target fees.

Target ammunition must be used, 7.5, 8, or 9 shot, 1 1/8 ounce maximum weight.

No more than 2 League rounds will be shot per day.

League shoots will take place on regularly scheduled range days. Tuesday for Trap, Sunday for Skeet & 5 Stand.

Trap League – 11 League rounds must be fired to complete the league with only 10 rounds being scored, the lowest score will be dropped at the end of the league. Failure to shoot 11 rounds will cause you to forfeit your entry fees. At least 2 shooters must shoot the round with a 3rd person to pull and score. All rounds will be from the 16-yard position.

Top Gun League – 11 League rounds must be fired to complete the league with only 10 rounds being scored, the lowest score will be dropped at the end of the league. At least 2 league rounds in each of the sports must be shot (Trap Doubles, Skeet, & 5-Stand) and counted with the 10 scorable rounds. A round of Trap Doubles is 50 birds and counts as two rounds. The rules for Trap league applies. A 5 stand league round will require at least 3 shooters on the round in addition to range master/scorer.

Archery

For our archery shooters or anyone who is interested in getting into archery we have Archery shoots every Wednesday at 6 p.m., contact John Kuntz at 406-951-0241.

All club events are dependent on the weather so keep an eye on the Custer Rod and Gun Club webpage and facebook page for updates. Please come out and enjoy YOUR club. Like any club the members are what make it great!

Attention Archery Enthusiasts

An agenda item at the Board of Directors meeting on April 18 at 7 pm , at the Spotted Eagle Clubhouse will concern the future of the archery range at Spotted Eagle.

If you have interest in managing that portion of the range or have any ideas to preserve the archery range you should attend.

Continual vandalism by shooting broadheads into the target butts and damage has the board considering removing all targets from the archery range. One option is to have 3D targets available on certain days with a pay per round type scenario. This will require a dedicated volunteer to set up and take down targets and to collect fees.

Another option is to move the archery range to Sunday Creek. Then only members will use it. We believe both members and nonmembers are shooting broadheads and vandalizing the targets. Sunday Creek will restrict access and will be monitored by the cameras.

If you are dedicated to helping preserve the archery range at Spotted Eagle, step up at the board meeting on April 18 at 7 pm.

Annual Meeting Minutes February 4, 2023

Annual Meeting February 4, 2023

Custer County Event Center, Miles City

7:00 pm Roll Call of officer- Jesse Smith, Jeff Faycosh, Chris Schlepp, Marty Scheid, Matt Lewin, Jesse Blankenship, Jim Keith, Lee Wankel, Ben Beardsley and Pat Roos

Treasure report by Mary Scheid, Checking account balance $30,584.44, CD is currently at $6,000 the interest from 2022 was deposited in the checking account. Bills are paid

Motion to accept the minutes of the January meeting as written, passed.

Presidents Report: Memberships last year were 500, 312 members so far this year. We are installing a camera system to identify vandals at the range. We have applied to FWP for a grant to allow wireless access to program the gate to aid in membership recruitment and ease of membership gate cards. Matt Lewin has been posting the newsletter on a quarterly basis. They are distributed via email, so make sure your email address is accurate if you want to receive the newsletter.

USPSA- Jesse Blankenship is going to finish his term and continue to hold USPSA shoots this year, they will be posted and you need to register on Practiscore, Match in Miles City in May, 2023. Thursday night matches in conjuction with the Baker Club continue through winter.

Shotgun: Great turn out this year, Matt Lewin continues to help with running the ranges along with Jeff. We will be starting off shooting again as soon as the weather allows. 4H will be using the ranges as well as Hunter Ed. Bow Ed wants to use the range February 25 8 am to 12 pm, Hunter Ed March 5 and March 26. Motion, moved and passed to allow them to use the range.

Action Pistol: Lee Wankel will run it this year. Marty stated that there was $624.64 in profile this year

League prizes Matt $80 for Top Gun, $40 Jeff Skeet, $40 Matt Trap, Erin O’Conner top woman Shooter, John Reed Top Senior Shooter, Ed Cuerth Most Improved Shooter.

New Business: President Jesse Smith raised the issue to allow alcohol to be given away as prizes during the banquet. There had been complaints. Motion to allow, one negative, motion passed.

Jeff told the membership about the tireless work and countless hours that Jesse Smith had done on behalf of the club. His leadership was much appreciated and was often the voice of reason. Thank Jesse Smith for all his has done for the Custer Rod and Gun Club.

Election of Officers and Board of Directors

Two year terms

Club President- Lee Wankel 2023-2025

Club Vice President- Chris Schlepp 2023-2025

Club Secretary- Jeff Faycosh 2023-2025

Director-Erin O’Connor 2023-2025

Director-Matt Lewin 2023-2025

Director-Justin Hughes 2023-2025

Director-Travis Helm 2023-2025

Good and Welfare: League prizes awarded, Drawing for raffles

Winner of the firearm raffles Sig Sauer 22 pistol Matt Gorton, Henry 22 Lever action Martin Ellenburg, Browning BPS 20 gauge Parker Pierce, Franchi Momentum Varmint Blaine Jewell, Ruger Wrangler Dale Tribby (Incentive Prize), Sig Sauer 10mm Ashlee Clark, Ruger 10-22 Michael Caldwell (door prize), Sig Sauer 9mm with optics, Daniel Wilson, Tradition 50 caliber muzzle loader, Joel Raisler, Rock Island 1911 45 Jeremy Smith, Ruger 9mm takedown rifle George Raymond, Sig Sauer P365 9mm Cole Lohrke, Glock G42 380ACP Amy Blaquiere.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00pm

Board Of Directors Meeting Minutes January 17,2023

Board of Directors Meeting January 17, 2023

Custer County Event Center, Miles City

7:00 pm Roll Call of officer- Jesse Smith, Jeff Faycosh, Marty Scheid, Matt Lewin, Jesse Blankenship and Pat Roos

Treasure report by Mary Scheid, Checking account balance $32,769.73, CD is currently at $6,000.00 the interest from 2022 was deposited in the checking account. Bills are paid

Motion to accept the minutes of the November meeting as written by Marty, 2nd by Matt, passed.

Presidents Report: Memberships are renewed at 218 so far, coming in every day. Boogs BBQ is set up and good to go for the banquet

Action Pistol: No activity-Lee Wankel will oversee Action Pistol this year

Shotgun: winter has halted the fun

USPSA-Jesse is staying on through his term, USPSA will need help. Matt is going to RO training. June 10 Slot match 3-4 matches with Baker Club this winter/spring. There will be a match in Miles City in May 2023

Old Business: League prizes Matt $80 for Top Gun, $40 Jeff Skeet, $40 Matt Trap, other prizes awarded at the banquet.

Further discussion about the FWP grant that was approved to be applied for in the September 20, 2022 meeting for the electrical update for the remote HID card lock on the gate. It was confirmed that Jeff can sign the grant (bylaws allow the secretary to sign anyway) but to clarify before we applied for the the grant. This improvement will allow renewals all year long to encourage memberships for the pre-hunting season rush we have every year. Grant is due by February 1st.

Meeting adjourned at7:51pm

Board Of Directors Meeting Minutes December 27, 2022

Board of Directors Meeting December 27, 2022

Custer County Event Center, Miles City

7:00 pm Roll Call of officer- Chris Schlepp, Jeff Faycosh, Marty Scheid, Jim Keith, Matt Lewin, Lee Wankel, Ben Beardsley and Jesse Blankenship

Treasure report by Mary Scheid, Checking account balance $29,818, CD is currently at $6,030.07 Bills are paid

Motion to accept the minutes of the November meeting as written by Jesse B, 2nd by Matt, passed.

Presidents Report: Membership Letters were stuffed in envelopes, Marty will mail.

Action Pistol: Marty reports Action pistol is done for the year and a profit of $624.60 this year total profit of the action pistol $2,208.

Shotgun: Matt made a deposit of $500 from the League entry fees

USPSA-discussion to continue with USPSA membership. Jeff made a motion to pay for another year of membership. Jim 2nd, motion passed.

Old Business: Banquet discussion to designate volunteers for ticket sales. Jim Keith if able, Ben, Matt, Jesse B, Jeff, Marty and his wife.

Further discussion about League awards, Jesse B, Matt and Jeff recused themselves from making the decision since each are eligible for prize money. A modified Lewis award system was discussed so that more prizes would be awarded. At least half of the entry fees will be given as prizes. Confirmation that Boog BBQ would be paid $1,200 for the meat for the banquet.

Meeting adjourned at7:30pm

CR&GC Banquet Newsletter

Dear Custer Rod and Gun Club members,

Your presence is requested at the annual CR&GC membership meeting and banquet. This year’s banquet will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday February 4th, 2023, in the new event center at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds followed by the Annual Club meeting at 7:00 pm. In traditional CR&GC style, the club will provide beef tri-tip prepared by Boogs BBQ, with the remainder of the meal being a potluck. Attendees with a last name starting with A-M are asked to bring a salad or dessert, and N-Z bring a main or side dish. As has been the case the last several years, this year’s banquet will be bigger and better than ever, with more guns and prizes then ever before. This year’s prizes will include: Sig Sauer P320 RXP Compact, Glock G42 .380, Ruger 10/22 Carbine, Sig Sauer P365XL 9mm, Ruger PC Carbine takedown Rifle 9mm, Rock Island Armory GI Standards 45acp 1911, Traditions .50 Cal black powder rifle, Sig Sauer P320 X10 10mm pistol, Ruger Wrangler .22lr Revolver, Sig Sauer P322 .22lr Pistol, Browning BPS 20ga field Shotgun, Franchi Momentum 6.5 Creedmore Varmint Rifle Henry H001 .22lr Lever Action Rifle and More!

This year’s banquet will be set up a little differently than last year, with more games, faster lines, drawings throughout the evening, and more meat! More prizes are accumulating as well! Bring plenty of money and keep in mind that the meeting space and food provided by the club is paid solely by the raffles held during the banquet. Also, if you have any items you would be willing to donate to the raffles, please contact us at email@custerrodandgun.com to arrange for them to be included in the raffles and picked up before the meeting if you can’t attend.

Membership renewals will be sold at the door (please have your membership number handy if you know it). If you renew online before the meeting please bring your membership card with you, as the attached stub is your entry for the door prize raffle, and the membership card is required to vote.

Also consider nominees for board positions that will be filled during the meeting. Please consider serving your club by serving on the Board of Directors. This year we will be electing the following Officer positions: President (1-year term) currently held by Jesse Smith, Vice-President (2-year term) currently held by Chris Schlepp, and Secretary (2-year term) currently held by Jeff Faycosh. We will be filling five Board of Director positions including: one 1-year postition currently held by Jesse Blankenship, and four 2-year positions currently held by Ben Beardsley, Matt Lewin, Vincent Muggli, and Lee Wankel. If you would be interested in serving on the Board but won’t be able to make the meeting, please contact the club at the email address above to have your nomination entered, or to suggest someone else who may be interested in accepting a nomination.

Members are encouraged to bring guests, preferably guests with wallets and who like raffle tickets! Seriously, many have worked hard the past few years to build this event into a fun and exciting night for our members. It’s the one social event of the year for the club, and your attendance is greatly appreciated. The Board, and more importantly, our fellow members look forward to seeing and mingling with you at our Annual Banquet.

Memberships All 2022 club memberships expire Dec. 31, 2022. You may renew your membership for 2023 anytime between Dec. 1, 2022 and Feb. 15, 2023. Renewals will not be sold after Feb. 15th, and new memberships will not be sold to those who did not renew on time. The cost for a 2023 membership is $50. Even if you didn’t renew in 2022 you can renew in 2023.

We are ending this year with approximately 505 members. Managing this volume of members and maintaining the range facilities has been a time consuming and costly task on part of the volunteers handling it. Please help them as much as you can by submitting your renewals on time and helping out at the range. Remember, this club is maintained by its members who volunteer their time, we do not have emplyees or a range custodian. Please remind people of this if they complain about our range, it’s their responsibility too. And THANK YOU everyone who does help out!

Please remember, new memberships are ONLY sold online, but to renew your membership you can simply mail a check for $50 to the address below or renew online via PayPal or credit/debit card at the clubs website www.custerrodandgun.com. You may also renew your membership at the annual meeting (see above). Please provide clearly printed, current mailing address, phone number, and email on new or renewed membership correspondence. If you do not wish to renew your membership, please mail the HID card to the address below before February 15th, 2023. If you have any questions regarding membership, plese email us at email@custerrodandgun.com.

Thank You

Board of Directors

Custer Rod and Gun Club – PO Box 303 – Miles City, MT 59301