About the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club
Lake Windermere Rod and Gun
Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club
The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club has been in continuous operation for more than 100 years. We have over 200 local members and are affiliated with the 30,000-strong BC Wildlife Federation.
Conservation in the Columbia Valley and British Columbia
We are a conservation-minded organization dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment and the promotion of outdoor recreational activities.
Through the efforts of our Club and its members, we have been instrumental in many local conservation and environmental sustainability projects. As part of the BCWF, we have influenced many province-wide conservation efforts, and helped protect outdoor recreation for British Columbians.
The Club’s work in the Columbia Valley
The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club is an active participant in community activities. We contribute to the betterment of everyone through:
- ungulate habitat improvement (e.g. Radium Hot Springs’ iconic big horn sheep)
- construction and installation of goose nesting boxes
- protection of blue heron rookeries
- picnic/camping recreation site maintenance
- noxious weed control
- scholarships to graduating DTSS students
- free children’s air rifle program
- free family-friendly fishing events
Our Board Members
President – Peter Von Niessen
Vice-President – We need you!
Secretary – We need you!
The Columbia Valley’s archery and shooting range
Through volunteer labour and donations, the Club built the Rauch Homestead Shooting Range on the Horsethief Creek Forest Service Road in 1986. This community facility is open to all, with some restrictions, and can be rented in whole or part for special events. The Club manages and maintains these facilities through volunteer labor, donations and various fundraisers.
Our range facilities promote a number of recreational activities. The range includes:
- archery shooting range
- bench rest small-bore and centre-fire rifle shooting range
- handgun shooting range
- shotgun sports, including trap, skeet, sporting clays, Informal 5-stand, FITASC and special events
- rentable event facility with a kitchen and covered area
SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
All users must read and follow the safety rules posted at the range. The Club has established and abides by recognized safety rules for all shooting disciplines. Those using the range facilities are required to follow these regulations.
The Club reserves the right to ask anyone acting in an unsafe manner to leave the premises.
Our current inspection report states that “the Club maintains a well-organized range complex and there is minimal risk to persons or property when firearms are discharged in accordance with the Club’s posted rules”.
CODE OF ETHICS
Our philosophy is: “Do not destroy that what we cannot replace.”
As a Club whose members participate in shooting, hunting, and fishing activities, we are concerned about the image portrayed to the public by illegal or unethical behaviour by shooters, hunters, or anglers, whether these are members of the Club or not.
Our Code of Ethics outlines a set of behaviours that the Club considers acceptable, and that reflect positively on the sport of target shooting, hunting and fishing, including archery.
Our Code of Ethics is outlined in five basic principles, as follows. (For our full code of ethics, please click here.)
- ACT RESPONSIBLY AT ALL TIMES
- SHOW RESPECT FOR THE LAW
- SHOW RESPECT FOR LANDOWNERS
- SHOW RESPECT FOR WILDLIFE
- SHOW RESPECT FOR OTHERS