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DC Sportsman's Club to build indoor shooting range

The Dawson Creek Sportsman's Club is not letting the times slow them down, and has a lot on the go this summer.

The Dawson Creek Sportsman's Club is not letting the times slow them down, and has a lot on the go this summer. They held the draw for their spring ATV raffle on Friday, April 30, with Alex Pfeifer winning the grand prize, side-by-side, Shane Burgess winning second, and Clint Regnier winning third. 

Though the amount raised isn't yet final, Sportsman's Club President Andy Waddell said the raffle was very successful. The draw is helping the club make up some revenue lost from not being able to host its annual gun show for the second straight year. 

In addition to the raffle, the club announced May 1 it will be building a brand new indoor shooting range. 

"It's been over 25 years since we lost our indoor facility in Dawson Creek. It will be a six lane automated range, for pistols, .22s, and archery," said Waddell. 

"It's the last piece of the puzzle to make us a 12-month a year club."

The DCSC recently received $300,000 from the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT), and together with funds the club has raised over the past 25 years, will go toward the construction of the building. Waddell estimates the project will cost around $1.2 million altogether, and he hopes concrete can be poured by late June or early July. The range will be built north of the existing clubhouse. 

Coming up in two weeks, the club is trying out something new when it hosts its Precision .22 shoot, May 15. It will be a Precision Rifle Shooting (PRS) shoot, consisting of participants shooting 22LR rifles from a variety of distances, across five stations.

PRS is new to the Peace Region, and originated in the United States as a fun way to get better at shooting large caliber guns at longer distances. Club member Dan Johnson has long wanted to participated in a PRS shoot, but there was never one put on in the area. He decided to bring it to Dawson Creek, where the large outdoor facility makes for a perfect place to hold a shoot right now.

“There’s a lot of interest. I’m really excited, I wanted to do it pretty bad, and I can’t wait,” Johnson said.

The field will be capped at 30 shooters, in squads of 10 or less to ensure distancing, shooting from one of five stations at a time and rotating after.

“There will be targets from quarter of an inch in size to six inch plates, from 25 yards away to 100. You can shoot from standing, to prone, off barrels, and any positions your imagination holds, it will really force you to learn marksmanship."

Waddell said the shoot will bring another option to club members who have diverse interests. 

"It's something else to add. Not everyone is in to shotguns, not everyone into bows, we're trying to find something to appeal to everyone," said Waddell. 

The Sportsman's Club is busy at a time when some clubs are having a tough time making normal activities happen. 

"We’re lucky, it's mainly an outdoor facility. We have enough space for our facility to do all these different things, and do it safely and spread out," said Waddell.


Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca