Range & Facility Rules

Bylaws

The Bylaws of the Sherwood Park Fish & Game Association (SPFGA).

Board

The Board of Directors of the SPFGA, in accordance with articles 1.1.2 and 4.1 of the Bylaws.

Member

A member of the SPFGA in good standing, in accordance with sections 1.1.6, 2.1 and 2.4.3 of the Bylaws.

Regular Member

A member who, in accordance with sections 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 is authorized for the responsible use of SPFGA facilities, EXCEPT firearms ranges.

Range Member

A member who, in accordance with sections 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 is authorized for the responsible use of SPFGA facilities, INCLUDING firearms ranges.

Qualified Range Officer

A person, member or otherwise, with valid and current certification(s) from any organization with a recognizable Range Officer Program. Some examples of this are:

  • SASS (Single Action Shooter Society)
  • NROI/IPSC (National Range Officers Institute / International Practical Shooting Confederation)
  • AHEIA (Alberta Hunter Education society)
  • AFSS (Alberta Federation of Shooting sports)
Holster
A device worn on a belt or attached to the body designed for the carrying of a pistol, and that is equipped with a fastening device that can securely retain the pistol.
Holster Use
The storage, withdrawal, or return of a pistol to a holster. The simple act of wearing a holster does not in and of itself constitute use.
Enforcement Officer
A Range member of the SPFGA, employed by the Board to ensure the compliance by members with these rules.
Acting Enforcement Officer
The first Range member present on any range who, in the absence of an SPFGA-appointed Enforcement Officer, assumes the responsibility of Enforcement Officer. This member shall continue with this responsibility until delegated to another member or an SPFGA-appointed Enforcement Officer arrives. Upon departure, this responsibility to the next longest-attending member.

SPFGA Facility Rules

These rules are a policy of the SPFGA. Non-compliance contravenes Section 2.4.2 of the Bylaws and may result in disciplinary actions including suspension or loss of membership.

In the case of an on-site dispute of interpretation of these rules between an (Acting) Enforcement Officer and a member which cannot be resolved, the member will be asked to leave and the incident reported for investigation. The member’s gate pass may be suspended during this time until the matter can be resolved to the satisfaction of the Board.

Supervised Guest Facility Rules

  • Guests must have a guest pass to use the ranges.
  • Until the website has been set up to purchase guest passes, the member must call (780) 412-1311 Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. to purchase passes.
  • Cost for adults is $20/day (no charge under 18).
  • Proof of payment will be emailed to you. Printed or electronic copies must be presented on request at the range.
  • As the sponsoring member is directly supervising the guest while they are handling uncased firearms, it is understood that guest and member will operate from a single bench
  • The website should hopefully be read for online guest pass purchases sometime in the next month or two.

The above is a partial summary. The sponsoring member and guest are responsible for being aware of the details of the Supervised Guest Range Use Policy in full.

General Facility Rules

Sign-in

All SPFGA members are required to scan in at the main gate, as well as record the date, membership number, time of arrival, and time of departure at the main gate sign-in kiosk.

Guest Policies

Members are permitted to be accompanied by non-member guests.

Guests accompanying members are prohibited from handling or using any bow or firearm on any range unless they are registered in advance have proof of payment. Guests must be directly supervised at all times when handling firearms. The full Supervised Guest Range Use Policy can be viewed here.

Guests are not permitted to remain on-site overnight.

Dogs

Dogs are prohibited on all ranges. Dogs on site must be leashed. Aggressive dogs are not permitted on site and must be removed from the property if they persistently bark/growl at members or their guests.

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol consumption and cannabis use is prohibited in all range areas and parking areas. Persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not permitted in any range area.

Alcoholic beverages and cannabis ingestion are permitted in the clubhouse areas. Alcoholic beverages and cannabis use are permitted in individual campsites. Members are asked in all cases to consume responsibly.

Vaping or Smoking

No vaping or smoking of any kind is permitted in shooting sheds or the clubhouse.

Fireworks

The discharge of fireworks is prohibited on SPFGA property.

Off Road Vehicles

Use of off-road vehicles is prohibited on site, except by SPFGA staff & authorized volunteers, or during SPFGA-sanctioned activities.

General Range Rules

Range Hours
2nd Sunday in March – April 14: 6:30 p.m.
April 15 – September 21: 8:00 p.m.
September 22 – 1st Saturday in November: 6:30 p.m.
1st Sunday in November – 2nd Saturday in March: 4:30 p.m.

    * All firing must cease at these hours. These times are posted at the gate, on the website and in the newsletter.

Etiquette

Members are expected to treat one another with respect.

It is the responsibility of all SPFGA members to assist and educate newer members or shooters with respect to all range rules, procedures and to ensure they are aware of proper behavior and etiquette on our range.

Targets must be removed from target boards and placed in the trash before departure.

Spent casings must be picked up from the range shed area using the brooms, dustpans, rakes and/or pick-up magnets provided and either placed in the casing waste pails or removed from the property. Spent shells on the shotgun range must be picked up and either placed in the trash or removed from the property.

When the range is busy, it is encouraged that a ceasefire be called at reasonable intervals to accommodate arriving or departing member placing or retrieving targets.

General Safety

Firearms shall be unloaded on range property except when at the firing line of an active range, or under the direction of an SPFGA-appointed Range Officer at club-sanctioned events. Firearms discharge shall only take place under the same conditions.

All SPFGA Range members are responsible to ensure the ammunition and firearms being discharged are safe for use.

Cross-lane shooting is not permitted.

Range Membership

The handling or discharge of any firearm requires the individual to be in possession of a valid SPFGA Range membership.

Safety Curtain

When the last member is leaving a range, the safety curtain shall be placed in the up position to prevent damage by the wind and as confirmation that no one is down range.

Permitted Range Use

Range members must be familiar with the permitted uses for each range included in these rules. These are also posted in brief at each range.

Unsafe Practices

When an unsafe practice is observed, it is the responsibility of the observing member to call a ceasefire and refer the issue to an (Acting) Enforcement Officer for resolution. Only upon resolution may live fire resume.

Eye/Ear Protection

Ear protection and eye protection is recommended.

Chamber Flags

Members are encouraged to use chamber flags where possible when firearms are not in use.

Junior Members

All members under the age of eighteen years who do not have a Minor’s License must be under the direct supervision of an adult SPFGA Range member. While supervising such a junior member, the adult Range member must be within arms-reach and must be engaged solely with the act of supervision.

Rifle & Handgun Ranges

These are the general rules for the Big Bore, Rimfire, Overflow, Handgun and 50 m ranges. Refer to each specific section for additional discussion.

Firing Line

The red line at the front of each bench top, extending virtually outward to the side berms containing that range.

Cease Fire Line

The yellow/orange line on the concrete floor in each shooting shed.

Safety Curtain Up

  • Range is active or live.
  • Members may be forward of the Cease Fire Line.
  • Firearms and ammunition may be handled, loaded and discharged

Safety Curtain Down

  • Range is closed to firing.
  • Absolutely no handling of uncased firearms, magazines, or ammunition.
  • Firearms must be unloaded. Firearms must be on the bench with muzzles pointed downrange, placed in the provided racks, cased or holstered. Actions, where possible, should be placed in the open position.
  • While in the range shed, all members must be back of the Cease Fire Line.
  • Individuals may go down range to post or retrieve targets.
Uncased Firearms

The handling of any uncased firearm requires the Safety Curtain to be in the UP position.

All uncased firearms must be carried unloaded with actions open and muzzle pointed in a safe up or down direction. Once in a shooting shed, all uncased firearms must be placed in the racks provided, holstered or, if the safety curtain is up, on a shooting bench with the muzzle pointed down range.

Cased Firearms

Cased firearms must be unloaded. Cased firearms may be placed on an equipment bench regardless of the safety curtain position, or on a shooting bench if the safety curtain is in the up position.

To Call a Cease Fire

Any person on the range may call a ceasefire at any time.

For a general ceasefire, stand by the safety curtain crank and get everyone’s attention. Declare that the range will be closed in one minute. Make eye contact to ensure shooters at benches are alerted to the change in range status. During a ceasefire, firearms must be unloaded and either left on the bench with muzzles pointed downrange, placed in the racks provided, or holstered. Actions should be placed in the open position where possible. Once all firearms are secured, lower the safety curtain and declare the range is closed. Everyone must move behind the Cease Fire Line.

For an emergency ceasefire (injury, medical emergency, firearm malfunction, animal on the range, etc.), clearly declare the range immediately closed. Ensure everyone present is alerted to the change in range status. Secure firearms and lower the safety curtain as discussed above. Everyone should move behind the Cease Fire Line.

To Declare Live Fire

Stand by the safety curtain crank and get everybody’s attention. Do a visual check to ensure that no one is downrange and that everybody has returned behind the Cease Fire Line. When safe, declare that the range is live and raise the safety curtain.

Shotguns

Ammunition containing birdshot is prohibited on rifle and handgun ranges. Shotgun ammunition containing buckshot, smoothbore slugs, rifled slugs and sabot slugs may be used on the Big Bore, Overflow and 50 m ranges and must be fired on a horizontal plane. Elevated shooting with shotguns has only been certified by the CFO on the Shotgun range.

Holster Use

Holster use is permitted on SPFGA ranges ONLY under the direct supervision of a Qualified Range Officer during organized events and by uniformed Law Enforcement Officers.

Steel Core Ammunition

Ammunition with steel-core projectiles is permitted at SPFGA according to the following rules:

  1. Must only be used on the Big Bore, Overflow, and 50 m ranges.
  2. Must only be used on targets affixed to backstops.
  3. Must not be used at distances less than 50 m.
  4. Must not be used on gongs.
Prohibited Ammunition

Tracer, incendiary, marked armour piercing and explosive ammunition use is strictly prohibited on SPFGA ranges.

.50 BMG and 20 mm cartridges are prohibited on all SPFGA ranges.

Targets

All targets must be affixed to SPFGA supplied boards and must be soft/paper based.

Acceptable targets include bullseye targets or animal silhouettes.

Unacceptable targets include human silhouettes, clays, balloons, fruit, plastics and explosive targets.

Exceptions to the use of human silhouettes are granted by the Board to police officers, conservation officers and sheriffs as part of their training and certification programs. Law enforcement personnel participating in such activities are required to wear their service uniforms to identify themselves to SPFGA members.

Targets must not be placed on the ground. The ranges are designed to minimize the danger of ricochets escaping the bermed areas. The only time hard silhouette targets can be placed on the ground is at club-sanctioned events supervised by an SPFGA-appointed Range Officer.

All metallic targets except those provided by SPFGA are prohibited. (The exception to this is the Rimfire Range – refer to that section.)

Acceptable soft (i.e. non-metal) targets may be used on the 50m range, and must be hung from the provided supports.

Do not intentionally shoot at range fixtures such as gong shrouds or target board supports.

The moving target system owned by SPFGA may be used at SPFGA-organized events.

Hang Fire / Misfires

In the event of a hang fire/misfire, the action must remain closed for a minimum of one minute, the firearm remaining under control and the muzzle being maintained in a safe downrange direction.

Cartridges that fail to go off should be disposed of in the provided disposal containers at each range.

Malfunctions

In the event that a firearm malfunction occurs when a cease fire is called – such a bolt unable to close on a tight case which is now stuck, or a muzzleloader that won’t fire – make reasonable efforts to resolve the situation. Should a reasonable effort prove fruitless, render the firearm as safe as possible and ensure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction. The firearm may be inspected further when live fire is declared.

Injury Accidents

In the event of an injury accident:

  1. A cease fire must be called and the injured person(s) must vacate the Firing Line,
  2. Injured parties should be offered first aid, and if warranted, encouraged to seek appropriate medical attention. An injured person is permitted to return to the Firing Line to shoot only after the (Acting) Enforcement Officer clears him/her to do so.
  3. The (Acting) Enforcement Officer must submit an Incident Report to the President within 24 hours, containing:
  • Date and time of incident.
  • Name, membership number and telephone number of the injured person(s), date and time of the incident.
  • Reports taken from witnesses on site with names, membership numbers and telephone numbers.
  • Details regarding the incident, nature of the injuries, and actions taken.

NOTE: In the case of a catastrophic firearm/component failure, the member involved shall not be permitted to shoot for the remainder of that day to allow them time to assess the ammunition and firearm.

BIG BORE & OVERFLOW RANGES

The CFO has approved the use of this range for the following:

  • Centerfire rifles
  • Rimfire rifles
  • Shotguns with slugs or buckshot (birdshot is only permitted on the shotgun range)
  • Muzzle-loading long guns

The CFO has approved the Big Bore and Overflow ranges for rifle template groups up to but not including the .50 BMG template.

Etiquette

Members using muzzle brakes are requested to use the plexiglass shields provided.

Members using semi-automatics are requested to use the mesh casing deflectors.

RIMFIRE RIFLE & MUZZLE LOADING RANGE

The CFO has approved the use of this range for the following:

  • Rimfire rifles
  • Air rifles
  • Muzzle-loading long guns

 

Rimfire handguns, muzzle loading pistols and cap & ball revolvers must use the pistol or 50 m ranges.

Sabot or conical bullets from muzzle-loaders must not be fired at gongs.

Downward deflecting spinners may be used on the Rimfire Range when placed inside a steel shroud.

Handgun RANGE

The CFO has approved the use of this range for the following:

 

  • Centerfire handguns
  • Rimfire handguns
  • Muzzle loading pistols
  • Cap & ball revolvers

Etiquette

Members using semi-automatics are requested to use the mesh casing deflectors.

50 M Range

The CFO has approved the use of this range for the following:

  • Centerfire rifles
  • Rimfire rifles
  • Shotguns with slugs or buckshot (birdshot is only permitted on the shotgun range)
  • Muzzle loading long gun
  • Centerfire, rimfire and muzzle loading handguns
  • Rifles chambered in pistol cartridges
  • Pistols chambered in rifle cartridges

The CFO has approved the 50 m range for rifle and pistol template groups up to but not including .50 BMG.

Etiquette

Members using muzzle brakes are requested to use the plexiglass shields provided.

Members using semi-automatics are requested to use the mesh casing deflectors.

Shotgun Range

The CFO has approved the use of this range for the following:

  • Shotguns with #7 or smaller birdshot only

Note:  The shotgun range is not bermed and buckshot, smooth bore slugs, rifled slugs, or sabot slugs are absolutely prohibited on the shotgun range due to the safety risk they pose. Rifles or handguns are absolutely prohibited on this range as well for this reason. Buckshot and slugs are permitted on the Big bore, Overflow and 50 m ranges. Muzzle-loading shotguns are permitted, so long as the shot size used is #7 or smaller.

When not in use, shotguns must be unloaded, actions placed in the open position where possible, and placed in the provided racks.

On the firing line, muzzles must be pointed downrange.

While being carried to or from the firing line, shotguns must be carried unloaded with actions open and muzzle pointed in a safe up position (exception: shotguns with break actions, which may also be carried muzzle down).

Electronic Thrower

When the range control flag is raised, the range is CLOSED and all shotguns must be unloaded with actions open.

When changing shooting posts, shotguns must be carried unloaded with actions open and muzzle pointed in a safe up position (exception: shotguns with break actions, which may also be carried muzzle down).

Except when shooting at “doubles”, shotguns must be loaded with one shell only.

Spring Thrower

Spring throwers must be left uncocked by their last user.

BLACK POWDER TRAIL WALK RANGE

The CFO has approved the use of this range for the following:

  • Shotguns with #7 or smaller birdshot only

Note:  The shotgun range is not bermed and buckshot, smooth bore slugs, rifled slugs, or sabot slugs are absolutely prohibited on the shotgun range due to the safety risk they pose. Rifles or handguns are absolutely prohibited on this range as well for this reason. Buckshot and slugs are permitted on the Big bore, Overflow and 50 m ranges. Muzzle-loading shotguns are permitted, so long as the shot size used is #7 or smaller.

Fire Prevention

5 Second Patch Lube Test

In the past, some pre-lubed patches have started grass fires. The recommended lube for patches is water.  If another lube is used, it should be tested to ensure the patch will not start a brush fire. A small propane torch (the type used to solder copper pipe) is needed for this test. Lube a patch & hold it at the tip of the flame for 5 seconds. If the patch does not start to smolder, this patch/lube combo can be used on the trail walk.

When Beaver County declares a fire ban, the black powder tail walk is to be considered closed to shooting. If a fire ban affects a scheduled black powder shoot, the shoot may go on as additional fire prevention procedures will be put in place.

Arhery Range Rules

General Rules
  • Firearms are prohibited on the archery range.
  • Always shoot from behind the shooting line.
  • When the range is busy, be courteous and only shoot 3 arrows before allowing another to shoot.
  • Prior to proceeding to retrieve arrows, ensure you gain the attention of other archers and call CLEAR.
  • Only place an arrow on your bow after everyone has returned behind the shooting line.
  • Unlike the hours posted for the firearms ranges, the archery range may be used from sunrise to sunset.
Crossbows
  • Crossbows may be used on the archery range.
  • Crossbows should only be cocked after everyone has returned behind the shooting line.
Broadheads
  • Absolutely NO broadheads or practice broadheads are to be used on target butts or the 3D course.
  • Broadheads or practice broadheads may only be used on the sand pit target on the right side of the archery range.
  • You may provide and use your own broadhead target if you do not wish to use the sand pit.
3D Course
  • Before shooting on a 3D target lane, ensure that it is clear of other archers.
  • If you need to retrieve a lost arrow, take care to ensure you do not stray into another shooting lane.
  • For ease of removal and to preserve 3D targets, lubricate your arrows when shooting the 3D course.
  • Support the 3D target when removing an arrow.
  • 3D targets can be quite life-like. Be absolutely certain of your target – if it is moving, DO NOT shoot!

Campsite Area

  • Campers are required to sign-in/sign-out at the Campsite Kiosk.
  • Campsites are first come first serve, they are unable to be reserved for use.
  • Overnight camping is restricted to SPFGA members. Guests are not permitted to remain onsite overnight.
  • Members may stay in the campground for a maximum of seven consecutive evenings.
  • Firewood is provided for use at no charge. Volunteer effort goes into the provision of this wood, so please be respectful in your use. Do not remove this wood from the facility.
  • All garbage must be removed from the site. Garbage must not be left in the incinerator.

Clubhouse Use

  • The clubhouse is left unlocked to allow for member access.
  • During non-freeze times, members may use the indoor washrooms or the outdoor toilets. During freeze times, the indoor washrooms are closed, and members are to use the outdoor toilets only.
  • Use of the split wood in the locked woodshed is limited to Club functions and youth groups.
  • The facility must be left in a clean condition.

Fish Pond

  • Effective March 12, 2019, the rules for pond use are as follows:

    • The purpose of the SPFGA fish pond is the introduction of members of all ages to angling.
    • Angling is restricted to the use of single barbless hooks
    • Children in the pond area must be under the supervision of a responsible adult.
    • The fish pond is now catch-and-release only.
    • October 1 until ice breakup (typically April), this pond is closed to use for safety reasons.

    NOTE: Fishing is prohibited after freeze-up due to the danger of unstable ice created by the aerator. There is no time during which it is safe for members to be on the ice.

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