|Shooting sports club grows its membership|
|May 09, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
Since 1984, Bluffs Shooters has been providing the opportunity for members to practice, teach and compete in the proper use of firearms.
Tim Jordening, the group’s vice president, said their first shooting range was on the Olson ranch in Banner County. About three years ago, they established a new range in Sioux County, about 10 miles north of Scottsbluff.
Bluffs Shooters is a members-only non-profit organization that according to its mission statement provides “a safe, modern environment for our members and the public to enjoy all aspects of the shooting sports. To teach and provide training for youth and others to learn safe, responsible firearm ownership with a focus on recreation, competition and related shooting sports activities.”
Jordening said they have both pistol and rifle ranges. Membership has been growing steadily since the new range opened, with about 100 current members.
Upcoming on April 27, the group will host a .22 rifle precision and practical match starting at 10 a.m.
“Once you’re a member, you have access to the range anytime you want to go out,” Jordening said. “Our range director organizes a few events during the year that are also open to the public. If you’re into shooting at all, this is a great place to be a member.”
Applicants must be a current member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and have a current Nebraska Firearm/Handgun Purchase Certificate or equivalent (current law enforcement, FFL, concealed carry permit or other approved background check). After the new membership is accepted the applicant will attend a range orientation after which they will receive their membership card and range key.
A member has unlimited access to the range during daylight hours.
Membership in Bluffs Shooters is a family membership, which includes spouse and family members up to age 19 who are living at home. The annual dues are $120, renewing every January. In addition there’s a $60 work bond, for a total of $180.
After working eight hours on approved club projects throughout the year, members receive a full work bond credit applied to the following year.
More information on the group and membership application is available on their website at bluffsshooters.com