Archery Range Rules
1. Range hours: Sun up to Sunset Daily
Big Game Hunting Season: Range Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May Turkey Season: Range Open 12 p.m. to Sunset
Range is CLOSED during any Sanctioned Club Events.
Events will be announced at Club Meetings, the newsletter and the Web site.
2. Range is open to Members and their Immediate Family (spouse and children) plus guests.
3. All Archers must sign the ARCHERY RANGE LOG – IN SHEET located in the Mailbox on the Range.
4. Do not use ALCOHOL while utilizing the Archery Range.
5. Be sure of your TARGET and what’s BEYOND THE TARGET.
6. No Archer shall draw an arrow while someone else is downrange. If a group is shooting, all persons must be behind the shooter. No bow shall be handled while Archers are pulling arrows.
7. ABSOLUTELY NO BROADHEAD SHOOTING AT THE BLOCK OR CLUB 3-D TARGETS, FIELDPOINTS ONLY.
8. Archers may use their own paper targets on the Block. Nails for tacking targets to the block will be provided in the block itself. Please notify a member of the Archery committee if nails need to be replenished.
9. DO NOT DEFACE or DAMAGE the Block.
10. Keep The Archery Range CLEAN and dispose of any trash in the provided container.
11. Members not complying with these RULES face DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND POSSIBLE EXPULSION FROM THE CLUB. The Board of Directors will review any complaints and decide on proper disciplinary actions to be taken.
- Daily range hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
- Big game hunting season range hours 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and then ½ hour past sunset to 9:00 PM. No exceptions.
- Spring turkey hunting season range hours 12:00 NOON to 9:00 PM. No exceptions.
- Range may be closed during scheduled events (leagues, competitions, steel plate challenge, archery events, NRA marksman events, classes, etc). Check calendar for schedule.
- Range is closed during BRG family events (fishing derby, family picnic, pig roast, game dinners, etc).
- Rifle / Pistol range will be closed during Trap times: 10 to 1 PM Sunday, 5 PM to 8 PM Monday
- Range Safety Officers are designated by the club as a position of authority and shooters are required to comply with instructions or direction given by them at any time. NRA accredited Range Safety Officers carry an official identification card.
- Eye and hearing protection required of everyone in the range house whether shooting or observing.
- Members and guests MUST sign-in prior to shooting. Range book is located in cabinet.
- Members must collect $10 for each guest. Payments must be put in an envelope and placed in the range cash box. Write the member’s name, ID number and name of guest on the envelope.
- Members’ children shoot free until age 12 then must become a member or pay the $10.00 guest fee. Member spouses must be either a member or pay the $10.00 guest fee.
- Guests must be supervised by an adult club member. Children may not be unattended at any time.
- Club members have priority over guests.
- Keep range, buildings and parking lot clean. Brass must be picked-up before leaving.
- Close windows, turn-off heat, lights and fans before leaving. All target stands must be brought in.
- DO NOT open the first-aid kit unless tending to an injury. Do not remove tape or other items.
- DO NOT remove any BRG property from the range (hearing protection, shooting stands, eye protection, first aid kits, etc).
- DO NOT use green-tip or armor piercing ammunition on this range.
- DO NOT place or remove any sign or notice at the gun range without prior authorization by the Chief Range Safety Officer.
- One shooter per shooting station/firing line.
- Targets must be positioned directly in front of the shooting station. Do not shoot across the range or diagonally.
- DO NOT enter the range house while under the influence of alcohol or any drug.
- DO NOT handle any firearm for any reason while any person is downrange. Rifles must be cased or racked, unloaded with action open. Handguns must be unloaded with action open.
- DO NOT load guns unless at a shooting station. Firearm action must remain open and unloaded until ready to use. Loaded firearms must be holstered or pointed downrange at all times.
- DO NOT load firearms at rear shelf, storage areas or in any parking lot.
- DO NOT discharge any firearm into the shale banks, walls, concrete barriers , in the air or at any BRG property. Doing so will result in immediate termination of membership.
- DO NOT fire any fully automatic weapon at this range without prior approval from club management.
- DO NOT use buckshot or birdshot on any wood-frame target.
- DO NOT shoot at ground targets or bottles. Shoot only authorized targets.
- DO NOT shoot from outside the range house unless doing so as part of a scheduled/approved activity. All shooting must be performed from a shooting station.
- Minimum shooting distance for .50 BMG caliber guns is 50 yards.
- Shooters must sound two long blasts on the air horn prior to shooting.
- Any steel target use REQUIRES the permission and presence of a Range Safety Officer.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Be sure of your target and beyond.
- Follow all NRA safety rules.
- Drawing of handguns may only be done from inside the training room.
- All misfires and duds must be placed in steel safety box.
Important Legal Information
- Only persons licensed for handgun possession in the state of NY may legally posses or fire any pistol or revolver. Under NYS law the possession or use of any loaded handgun without a permit is a felony offense. Persons between 14 & 21 years old may shoot a handgun ONLY under the direct supervision of a certified handgun instructor (NYS Penal Law Article 265).
- Shooters shall comply with the laws of the state of NY regarding the handling and use of firearms at all times, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Effective May 15, 2017 membership has voted to shut the Rifle/Pistol Range during Trap shooting. The range will be closed from 6pm to 9pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays while Trap is in session.
Should you have any questions contact Jeff Pearl.
Bird Preserve Rules
1. Preserve Hours 9am to Sunset.
• Preserve closed during big game rifle season.
• Must have owner’s permission for all other hunting seasons.
2. Preserve use is for club members only.
3. All members must sign in and record date and time before hunting.
4. Members must display their badges at all times.
5. All firearms must remain unloaded until safely in the field.
6. All Hunters must wear Hunter safety orange and eye protection.
7. No Hunting in standing corn.
8. No Hunting in Christmas tree farm.
9. No Hunting or discharging firearm within 500 feet of dwelling.
10. All dogs must remain in control at all times.
• Aggressive or out of control dogs will be asked to leave.
11. Help keep preserve clean.
• Pickup empty shot shell hulls.
• Remove garbage, if you brought it in, take it out.
12. All members must sign out and record take and time.
• Carcass must be recorded within DEC regulations.
13. No parking in front of Barnes.
14. Preserve chair will be responsible for scheduling; recording and turning in all members’ bird preserve work hours.
15. Members not complying with rules face DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND POSSIBLE EXPULSION FROM THE CLUB. The Board of Directors will review any complaints and have final decisions.
CLICK HERE FOR LAKE RULES
Please use certified bait. Download DEC details here
Camping and Camper Policy
Bethlehem Rod and Gun Club
- Use of our facilities by members is encouraged, however, the use of the property and facilities must be shared.
- Definition of a camper- travel trailer, motorhome, motorized vehicle that can be used as a temporary sleeping facility (truck camper or pickup truck with a camper shell).
- Any motorhome, travel trailer, motorized vehicle used for camping must have a current motor vehicle registration and state inspection for the state in which it is registered.
- Campers will be allowed to use the property during the approved camping season which will be April 1 to November 30th.
- All camping on club property must be “dry camping”. The term dry camping means there will be no physical hookups to club electric or water.
- All campers will be kept on the Klein Property at the north end of the lake in designated areas.
- The club grounds will not be used as a storage facility for camping units. Units left on the club property after the camping season dates will be towed from the property at the owners expense.
- There are no restrictions on tent camping except that they will also be restricted to tent assigned areas, which will include the west side of the lake and the north end of the lake.
- All camping areas will be kept clean, neat and in good order.
- We as the camping committee will monitor the camping areas and campers that use the camp property and act accordingly if violations are found.
Committee Chair Ron D’Aprile phone@845-564-3557