Lake Windermere Rod and Gun
The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club offers a variety of shotgun sports at the Rauch Homestead Shooting Range. Facilities include:
- Super Sporting and sporting clays
Not all disciplines can run concurrently.
When is the shotgun range open?
The shotgun range is normally open for member and visitor use on Sundays, from April through October, provided there is sufficient interest to justify opening.
The usual format for Sundays is 5-stand, as a round of 5-stand can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. 5-stand shooting also provides a good variety of targets due to the nature of the sport, and because the course arrangement each Sunday is different.
Trap and skeet are held occasionally, according to demand. A few shoots are held during the evenings during the summer.
The full sporting clays and Super Sporting courses are normally set up only for major competitions, or for custom rentals. These feature excellent variety in terrain and target presentations. A full complement of clay target machines allows the use of mini, midi, regular, rabbit and battue targets, with presentations limited only by the imagination of the target setter.
Does the shooting range host shotgun sport competitions?
The Club hosts two major shotgun sport competitions at the range: the Elmer Fudd in early May, and Bugaboo Blast over the Labour Day weekend (provided there are no schedule conflicts with other sporting clay events in Alberta or BC).
Depending on the level of interest, an additional shoot may take place in late July or early August.
A partial sporting clays course can be established at the north end of our range and is used for some mini competitions. Other mini-competitions, usually held during the winter months, use the 5-stand format.
Please check our events calendar for dates and details.
Who can use the shotgun shooting range?
All of our range facilities are open to the general public, unless the range has been booked for a private event.
What does it cost to use the shotgun shooting range?
A round of 25 targets costs $7. A $100 shoot card is good for 17 rounds. (This cost may change depending on the cost of clay targets.)
Do you offer training for new shooters?
Yes. The shotgun range is available for group rentals such as family, bachelor/bachelorette, corporate, team building, “ladies night out” and similar events. All equipment and informed instruction can be provided. For more information, contact Vic Thomas at 250-341-3254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I book the shotgun range for a private event?
Yes. Part or all of the range facilities can be reserved for private group use. For more information, contact Vic Thomas at 250-341-3254 or email@example.com.
Where is the shotgun range?
The Columbia Valley’s shooting and archery range is located 5.5 kilometres west of Radium Hot Springs, BC.
At the Radium Hot Springs roundabout, exit west off of Highway 93/95. Just prior to the sawmill, turn left onto Forster’s Landing Road. Cross the railway tracks and the river. After crossing the second bridge, remain on the main road: do not take the left turn onto a private drive at the 1.9km point. Proceed up the hill on the main road. At the 2.8km point, take the left fork. The Range is located at 5.5 km on the left hand side. There is a large sign and cattleguard at the entrance.
For a map to the range, please click here.
What are the safety rules for the shotgun range?
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”.
How is the shotgun range funded?
The Club manages and maintains the range facility through user fees, volunteer labour, donations and fundraisers.
Who can I contact for more information about the shotgun range?
For more information, contact Vic Thomas at 250-341-3254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.