Frequently Asked questions

FAQs

The sections below are questions we’ve commonly heard from members, broken down by topic.

If you’ve got a question that you don’t see addressed here, please email us at info@spfga.ca so we can consider adding it.

MEMBERSHIP

Q: Are you accepting new memberships? I heard there was a cap...

A: Yes, the SPFGA is accepting new memberships. Historically we did have a membership cap, but this was removed in 2019 following a facility use analysis. We annually close to new member signups on October 1 each year (three quarters of the year has passed at that point) and reopen them on January 1.

Q: How much does a membership cost?

A: The cost of a membership depends on whether you’re buying a membership just for yourself or for your family, and whether or not you’d like to include firearms range privileges.

Membership types, prices, and the instructions for purchasing a membership can all be found on the Membership Purchase page.

If you’ve read through the information there and you still have questions, please contact us by email at memberservices@spfga.ca or by phone at 780-467-0085.

Q: How do I purchase a membership?

A: Memberships can be purchased here:  Buy Membership. Read through the instructions on the page and then click the purchase button at the bottom.

Q: Can I get a tour of the property prior to purchasing a membership?

A: Sorry but no, we don’t offer tours of the property. It’s something we’ve experimented with in the past and it just isn’t feasible – covering the cost of a person to conduct a tour and their travel to the facility just isn’t sustainable for us and would require charging more for the tour than most are willing to pay.

What we have done however is put full details of all our amenities and ranges on our Facilities page to give you a clear idea of what is available and answer your questions.

Q: I see Family memberships, how are you defining 'Family'

A: ‘Family’ in this meaning refers to a head of household who is 18 years of age or older on the day the membership is purchased, plus a spouse or partner and any children under 18.

Q: Do my kids have to live with me to be included in a Family membership?

A: No. We recognize the complexities of modern families and that many times family members do not reside together. If you are purchasing a Family membership, your kids under 18 are included on your membership, even if they do not reside with you.

Q: How do I add my other family members to my membership?

A: If you have purchased a Family or Family with Range Privileges membership, to add your spouse/partner and/or children under the age of 18 to your membership:

  • log into your account
  • go to the Add Family Members tab in your member portal

    Note: If you purchased a Regular, Regular with Range Privileges, or Youth membership, this step is of course not applicable.

    Q: I just bought a membership. When can I use the property?

    A: Purchasing your membership is just the first of a number of things you need to do before you’re able to use the property. After purchasing your membership you will need to:

    • Read the welcome email sent to the email address you used to set up your membership. Read and keep this email as it contains important information you will require. If this email does not arrive within a few minutes of registering, check your spam folder.
    • Complete the online Facility and Safety Orientation.
    • If you’ve purchased a family membership, set up your other family members
    • Print out your membership card(s). You are also able to purchase a hard plastic card through the link in your member portal.
    • Wait for your gate access card to arrive by mail. You will need this to get through the electronic gate. This will take 1-2 weeks to arrive, but if you would like it sooner you can contact the office by email at memberservices@spfga.ca to make arrangements to pick it up in person during business hours.
    Q: Why have I not received my membership card?

    A: Membership cards are not automatically sent to you. Instead, we’ve set it so you are able to print your membership card yourself from the website. Simply log into your member portal and print your card from there (see image below):

    If you do wish to have a plastic membership card however, you can purchase one via your member portal (see image below):

    Q: What is my membership number?

    A: We don’t make general use of membership numbers. The email address you used when you first signed up is your permanent member ID – this and your name is all we need to identify you.

    Q: Do I need to purchase range privileges to use the archery range?

    A: No, range privileges are only required for accessing our firearms ranges. Archery range (open year-round) and 3D Trail (open April to September annually) access is standard to the Regular, Family, and Youth membership types, as well as access to all of the other recreational facilities including the campground.

    More detail on our membership types and their entitlements can be found on the Membership Purchase page.

    Q: Do I need to purchase a membership with range privileges if I'll only use the campground?

    A: No, range privileges are only required for accessing our firearms ranges. Access to the campground is standard to the Regular, Family, and Youth membership types, as well as access to all of the other recreational facilities including the Archery range (open year-round) and 3D Archery Trail (open late April to early October annually).

    More detail on our membership types and their entitlements can be found on the Membership Purchase page.

    Q: Can guests stay overnight in the campground?

    A: No, non-members are not permitted to stay overnight on the property (this is an insurance liability thing).

    However, if they simply buy a membership this becomes a totally different question. In fact, we’ve priced our Regular, Family, and Youth memberships inexpensively to cover this very scenario. If you’d like to have your grandkids camp with you, host your aunt & uncle or mom & dad, or just share our wonderful facilities with your-out-of-town guests, just go over to the Membership Purchase page and purchase the membership type your guest(s) need. Considering just the cost of a campsite reservation anywhere in the province, these memberships represent a great value. Plus, they’re valid until December 31 of the year purchased, so they can stay again as often as you like.

    Q: If I buy a membership partway through the year, is the fee pro-rated?

    A: No, our membership fees are not pro-rated, they are a single price through the year. New membership sales open on January 1 annually and close on October 1.

    Q: I'm renewing my existing membership partway through the year, is the fee pro-rated?

    A: No, our membership fees are not pro-rated, they are a single price through the year. We typically close to renewals for the current year on October 1. Renewals for the subsequent year then reopen in November.

    ACCESSING THE PROPERTY

    Q: Why have I not received my gate access card?

    A: In order to receive your gate access card, you must first complete the online Facility and Safety Orientation.

    Weekly, we check for members who have completed the orientation and mail out their gate access cards. Typically you can expect it to arrive 1-2 weeks following your completion of the orientation.

    If you would like to receive your gate access card sooner, you can contact the office by email at memberservices@spfga.ca to make arrangements to pick it up in person during business hours.

    Q: I'm at the gate and don’t not have my card. Is it possible to call someone for a code to access?

    A: We are sorry, but no – we do not provide codes for gate access. Your physical card is required for access. Please double-check before departing for the facility that you’ve got your access card with you.

    Q: Can I pick up my gate access card today?

    A: We normally check weekly for new members who have completed the Facility & Safety Orientation and mail out their gate access cards. Typically, you will receive your access card within 1-2 weeks of completing the orientation.

    However, if you would like to receive your gate access card sooner, you can contact the office at memberservices@spfga.ca to make arrangements to pick it up in person during business hours.

    Q: I lost my gate access card. How do I get a replacement?

    A: Replacement gate access cards are available for a cost of $20. Contact the office by email at memberservices@spfga.ca to secure a replacement. If outside of office hours (8:30 am-4 pm Monday through Friday), your email will be responded to the next business day.

    Replacement cards are typically sent via Canada Post and take 7-10 business days to arrive, but you can make arrangements with the office to pick them up during office hours if you would like it sooner.

     

    CAMPGROUND

    Q: How do I reserve a campsite?

    A: Campsites are first come first serve. We do not have a reservation system at this time.

    If you set up your tent/drop off your trailer in advance with the intent of reserving a site, please be aware that your site must not be unattended for more than 24 hours.

    Q: Is there potable water to fill up my RV tank on the property?

    A: No, not on the property. However, nearby in Tofield the sani-dump has potable water. You will need to ensure you have your own hose to fill there.

    Q: Am I able to dump my tanks somewhere on the property?

    A: No, not on the property. However, Tofield nearby has a sani-dump.

    Q: Do any of the sites have hookups?

    A: No, all sites are unserviced.

    Q: Are any of the sites specifically for trailers or tents?

    A: No, every site is usable for trailer or tent as you wish.

    Q: Why are tents not required to use the smaller sites, leaving the larger sites for RVs?

    A: Every member pays the same fees as any other member and each is equal in their entitlements and obligations, including using whichever campsite they desire.

    Q: Anything I need to do to use a campsite?

    A: After you pull in, please sign-in at the Campsite Kiosk across from the clubhouse on the road to the campground. When you’re departing, please sign out.

    We need this information in case there’s an emergency on the property, as it tells us if you’re still around or if you’ve left.

    Q: How long can we stay?

    A: You are able to use your site for a maximum of seven consecutive evenings. After your seventh evening, you must remove your tent/camper and vacate the campground for a minimum of 24 hours before returning.

    This period starts when you park your trailer or set up your tent and runs continuously even if you are not in your site. Your site must not be unattended for more than 24 hours.

    Q: Can I drop my trailer off in advance to reserve a site?

    A: You can, but your unit must not be unattended for more than 24 hours. As well, your maximum length of stay is 7 days, which begins when you enter your site, even if you are not present.

    The idea here is to prevent a member from bringing and dropping off a trailer on a Wednesday prior to a long weekend in order to “reserve” the site and then expecting to stay for seven days after coming out on Friday night.

    Q: Am I able to have guests who are not members in my site?

    A: Yes and no. Yes, you are free to have non-member family or friends may enjoy your campsite with you. However, they are not able to stay onsite overnight. Overnight camping is restricted to SPFGA members.

    Q: How large are camp sites?

    A: Site sizes vary, from just large enough for a two-person tent to large enough for two 5th wheel units. Most are large enough to park an RV or trailer.

    Q: How many camp sites are there?

    A: The campground has 17 sites of a variety of sizes from just large enough for a two-person tent to large enough for two 5th wheel units. Most are large enough to park an RV or trailer.

    We have overhead drone imagery of the campground, accessible on the website: Other\Online Maps

    Q: Are we able to have fires?

    A: Fires are permitted in individual campsites, the firepits in the clubhouse area, and at the pond.

    It is each member’s responsibility to check for the status of any Beaver County fire advisories or fire bans at https://www.albertafirebans.ca/ prior to lighting fires on the property.

    Q: Is firewood available?

    A: Firewood is provided for use at no charge and may be found in the shed is on the campground loop.

    Please be respectful in your firewood use. Also please do not remove this wood from the facility.

    Q: Can I cut firewood on the property myself?

    A: Firewood is provided for use at no charge and may be found in the shed on the campground loop. If the shed is empty though, you may cut your own wood understanding the following provisos:

    • the wood must already be on the ground, there must be no cutting down or falling of trees, even if they are already dead (insurance liability; it’s also a limitation of the Conservation Easement on our properties with the Nature Conservancy of Canada)
    • cutting and splitting must be with hand saws and axes only, no chain saws or power equipment (too loud & disruptive to other members)
    • as stated in the Facility Rules, you are responsible for ensuring you have the knowledge, and skill, and personal protective equipment necessary to conduct yourself in a safe manner in all activities you engage in while on SPFGA property.
    Q: Where do we dispose of our garbage in the campground?

    A: Member-generated garbage from the campground is to be removed with you when you leave the property. We don’t have the capacity to handle all of the garbage everyone would produce.

    Being a conservation organization, recycling and composting are important to us. However, we’re not set up to support member recycling or composting, and we simply don’t have the capacity to deal with everyone’s trash.

    Instead, what we ask (and thank you for doing) is that after cleaning up your campsite that you take your trash, recycling, and compost with your and deal with it appropriately at home.

    Q: Can guests stay overnight in the campground?

    A: No, non-members are not permitted to stay overnight on the property (this is an insurance liability thing).

    However, if they simply buy a membership this becomes a totally different question. In fact, we’ve priced our Regular, Family, and Youth memberships inexpensively to cover this very scenario. If you’d like to have your grandkids camp with you, host your aunt & uncle or mom & dad, or just share our wonderful facilities with your-out-of-town guests, just go over to the Membership Purchase page and purchase the membership type your guest(s) need. Considering just the cost of a campsite reservation anywhere in the province, these memberships represent a great value. Plus, they’re valid until December 31 of the year purchased, so they can stay again as often as you like.

    Q: Can we use fireworks on a holiday like Canada Day?

    A: No, the discharge of fireworks is prohibited anywhere on SPFGA property. This is an insurance liability thing, and also a member harmony thing.

    FISH POND

    Q: Who is able to use the pond?

    A: Anyone of any age, member or guest, is invited to use the fish pond. The purpose of the pond is for the introduction of anyone of any age to angling.

    It is important to note that for safety, children in the pond area must be under the supervision of a responsible adult.

    Q: What kind of fish are in the pond?

    A: The pond is stocked with rainbow and brown trout.

    Q: Can I keep the fish I catch?

    A: No, the pond is catch-and-release only. There are enough losses each year from predation and other causes to keep the numbers in check and require annual restocking.

    Q: What kind of lures can I use?

    A: Because angling in the fish pond is catch-and-release, single barbless hooks are required in order to avoid injuring the fish.

    Q: Why aren't we feeding the fish anymore?

    A: The fish food spreader we’d historically used actually isn’t required – there is enough naturally-occuring food in the pond to feed all the fish in there. Keeping them used to foraging for their own food makes them more likely to strike at your hook.

    Q: What months of the year is the fish pond open for use?

    A: The fish pond is opened for member use after the ice clear off (typically in April) until October 1.

    Q: Is the pond restocked regularly?

    A: Yes, we restock the pond every spring with 150 fish 6″-8″ in length, 100 rainbow trout and 50 brown trout.

    ARCHERY RANGE

    Q: What distances are the archery butts at?

    A: The Archery Range consists of a main range, an elevated stand, and a 3D course.

    The main range has permanent target butts set at 20, 30, 40, and 50 meters and at 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 yards.

    The elevated stand offers simulated treestand practice with a 5 meter drop.

    The 3D trail is a groomed trail walk approximately 400 meters long with 23 shooting lanes ranging from 20 to 40 yards in length. 3D targets are put out on the trail in April and taken in early in September.

    Q: What are the archery range hours?

    A: The archery range follows different hours than those posted for the firearms ranges and may be used from sunrise to sunset.

    Q: Is crossbow use permitted?

    A: Yes, crossbow use is permitted on the archery range.

    Q: Is broadhead use permitted?

    A: Broadhead use is expressly prohibited on SPFGA target butts, the elevated stand targets, or the 3D trail’s targets.

    You are welcome to provide and use your own targets for broadhead use, however.

    Q: Do I need to purchase range privileges to use the archery range?

    A: No, range privileges are only required for accessing our firearms ranges. Archery range (open year-round) and 3D Trail (open April to September annually) access is standard to the Regular, Family, and Youth membership types, as well as access to all of the other recreational facilities including the campground.

    More detail on our membership types and their entitlements can be found on the Membership Purchase page.

    FIREARM RANGES

    Q: What are the firearm range hours?

    A: Our firearm ranges are open seven days a week througout the year. Shooting starts at 9 am daily. Shooting end time various seasonally as pictured below. These times are listed in the Facility Rules.

    Q: Why do firearm range hours vary so much through the year?

    A: The break points in our range hours have specific reasoning, though they may seem arbitrary at first glance.

    Shooting end times have been selected to maximize safe shooting throughout the year. Two of these seasonal break points coincide with the beginning and end of daylight savings time: the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November. The other two breakpoints were selected so that, for the most part, there are 30 minutes or so between the shooting end time and sunset. We chose to do this with two steps. This does leave more than 30 minutes at the end of the day in early November and less than that around the time of the Winter Solstice, but it’s an optimization as it also avoids a more complicated series of break points.
    Range hours may be found in the Facility Rules, on the front gate, on the website and in Range of Thoughts, our club quarterly e-zine. Changes is range hours are in communicated in advance in issues of Bullet Points, our semi-monthly club newsletter.

    Q: What firearm ranges are on the property?

    A: The facility has the following ranges:

    Big Bore Range

    The Big Bore Range has target boards at 25, 100, 200, and 300 meters and concrete benches set up for right- and left-handed shooting, with an equipment bench and rifle racks behind. Gongs are located in shrouds in the 100, 200, and 300 meter backstops.

    This range is approved for the following:

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

    Rimfire & Muzzle Loading Range

    The Rimfire Range has target boards at 15, 25, 50, and 100 meters and concrete benches set up for right- and left-handed shooting, with an equipment bench and rifle racks behind.  Gongs are located in shrouds in the 50 and 100 meter backstops.

    This range is approved for the following:

    • Rimfire rifles
    • Muzzle-loading long guns
    • Air-powered rifles of .22 caliber or smaller

    Overflow Range

    The Overflow Range has target boards at 100, 150, and 200 meters and concrete benches set up for right- and left-handed shooting, with an equipment bench and rifle racks behind.  Gongs are located in shrouds in each backstop.

    This range is approved for the following:

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

    Handgun Range

    The Handgun Range has target boards at 7, 10, 15, 20, and 25 meters.  A gong is located in a shroud in the 25 meter backstop.

    This range is approved for the following:

    • Centerfire handguns
    • Rimfire handguns
    • Pistol caliber carbines
    • Muzzle loading pistols
    • Cap & ball revolvers
    • Air-powered rifles and handguns of .22 caliber or smaller

    50 m Range

    The 50 m Range is intended for use with firearms of all types and concrete benches set up for right- and left-handed shooting, with an equipment bench and rifle racks behind

    This range is approved for the following:

    • Centerfire rifles
    • Rimfire rifles
    • Shotguns with slugs or buckshot (birdshot is only permitted on the shotgun range)
    • Muzzle loading long guns
    • Centerfire, rimfire and muzzle loading handguns
    • Air-powered rifles and handguns

    Shotgun Range

    The Shotgun Range is designed for clay pigeon shooting with two spring throwers, accessible all year long, and an electronic thrower open for a drop-in league events. A patterning board is also available.

    This range is approved for the following:

    • Shotguns with #7 or smaller birdshot only

    Note: Because the shotgun range is not bermed, buckshot, smooth bore slugs, rifled slugs, or sabot slugs absolutely prohibited because of the safety risk they pose. Muzzle-loading shotguns are permitted, so long as the shot size used is #7 or smaller.

    Black Powder Trail

    The Black Powder Trail is a trail walk for black powder rifles and pistols and has throwing butts for knife and tomahawk.

    This range is approved for the following:

    • Muzzle loading pistols
    • Muzzle loading long guns
    • Cap & ball revolvers
    Q: What's the longest range available?

    A: The longest is 300 m on the Big Bore Range.

    Q: Can pistol caliber carbines (PCC) be used on the handgun range?

    A: Pistol caliber carbines are permitted on the Handgun and 50 m ranges, so long as the cartridge they are chambered in is approved for use on that range. The image below is from the Handgun range portion of the Facility Rules:

    Please note: the Facility Rules were updated in 2021 to allow PCC use on the Handgun range, following a years-long prohibition in this regard. As a result, some confusion in members’ minds is understandable. Members are asked to be respectful with one another when discussing this at the facility & strive to help one another improve their understanding.

    Q: Is holster use permitted on SPFGA ranges?

    A: Yes, holster use is permitted on SPFGA ranges.

    Within the Facility Rules each member has the individual responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge and skill for safe holster use, just as they are required to be knowledgeable and skillful in any other activity they undertake on SPFGA property.

    The possibilities for that knowledge or skill was be obtained can be wide and varied. Some members may have taken a structured course leading to a certification such as Black Badge, some may have law enforcement or military experience, and some may been competing in the shooting sports for years. The responsibility remains with each member personally to ensure that their knowledge and skill are sufficient to engage in safe holter use.

    The safest place for your handgun after all, aside from your safe, is in a holster.

    Members using a holster should ensure that it is designed for their handgun and effectively secures it and is properly secured to their belt of choice.

    Please note: the Facility Rules were updated in 2020 to permit their use outside the structured environment of organized events or the direct supervision of a Range Officer. Previously, the rules on this have moved around over the years. As a result, some confusion in members’ minds on this is understandable. Members are asked to be respectful with one another when discussing this at the facility & strive to help one another improve their understanding.
    Q: Can my handgun be loaded in my holster?

    A: The important thing to understand here is that Ketchamoot Creek is a cold range. This means that firearms may only be loaded when you are at the firing line with the safety curtain raised and you are ready to begin shooting. Outside of this, a holstered handgun must be cold-holstered. That is, unloaded. ‘Unloaded’ here, according to Statutory Orders and Regulations 98-209 attached to the Firearms Act, means that “any propellant, projectile or cartridge that can be discharged from the firearm is not contained in the breech or firing chamber of the firearm nor in the cartridge magazine attached to or inserted into the firearm”.

    Q: Where can holsters be worn at the facility?

    A: Taking it as understood that the member has a quality holster designed for their handgun and they have the necessary knowledge and skill for safe holster use, the next thing to understand is that the range area of the Ketchamoot Creek facility extends from the Big Bore Range to the Black Powder Trail. So, it is permissible to have your handgun cold-holstered (i.e. unloaded* in your holster) within this area. Outside of the range area, restricted firearms must be stored and transported in accordance with the Firearms Act.

    *’Unloaded’ here, according to Statutory Orders and Regulations 98-209 attached to the Firearms Act, means that “any propellant, projectile or cartridge that can be discharged from the firearm is not contained in the breech or firing chamber of the firearm nor in the cartridge magazine attached to or inserted into the firearm”.

    Q: Is the use of steel core ammunition permitted?

    A: Yes, ammunition with steel-core projectiles is permitted on SPFGA ranges, subject to the following rules:

    1. It must only be used on the Big Bore, Overflow, and 50 m ranges. This means no use of steel core ammunition on the Handgun range and, of course, not at all on the Rimfire range.
    2. It must only be used on targets affixed to backstops. This means soft/paper-based targets, as stated in the Facility Rules, stapled or pinned to the SPFGA-supplied target backers.
    3. It must not be used at distances less than 50 m. This means the 25 m target on the Big Bore range is off-limits to steel-core ammunition, and is why it steel-core ammunition is not permitted on the Handgun range. 
    4. It must not be used on gongs. Pretty self-explanatory, but our gongs get pretty banged up as it is & don’t need the wear and tear.
    Q: Is handloaded ammunition permitted?

    A: Yes, the use of handloaded/reloaded ammunition is permitted on SPFGA firearms ranges.

    However, as stated in the ‘General Safety’ and ‘Knowledge and Skill’ sections of the Facility Rules, each member is individually and personally responsible to ensure that the ammunition and firearms being discharged are safe for use in all instances, and that they have the knowledge and skill necessary for producing their own handloads.

    Q: What do I do with defective or unwanted ammunition?

    A: The answer to this depends on the situation. Cartridges that fail to go off should be disposed of in the red metal disposal containers provided at each range.

    If you have old ammunition that you feel may be unsafe, the best option is to contact your local RCMP or EPS station and arrange to drop it off there. They will arrange for proper disposal. If you have ammunition that is fine but you have no use for, you can offer it to friends or other members (sorry, we don’t have a way to help facilitate this at this time).

    The important thing to keep in mind is that it should never be disposed of in your household garbage or in the garbage bins at the facility.

    Q: What types of targets can I use?

    A: Acceptable targets on SPFGA ranges include:

    • must be soft/paper based
    • must be affixed to SPFGA supplied target backers.
    • must not be placed on the ground – the ranges are designed to minimize the danger of ricochets escaping the bermed areas, so the only time hard silhouette targets can be placed on the ground is at club-sanctioned events supervised by an SPFGA-appointed Range Officer
    • may be hung from the provided supports on the 50 m range and must be of an acceptable soft (i.e. non-metal) material
    • may be human silhouette in nature, such as the IPSC Metric Target, zombies or humanoid monsters, or military ‘fritz’ style

    Unacceptable targets include:

    • photographs or likenesses of actual persons, whether living or dead (this shouldn’t require explanation)
    • clays, balloons, plastic (makes a mess which nobody ever seems to clean up)
    • fruits, vegetables or other food stuff (makes a mess & attracts animals to the target board area)
    • explosive targets (safety/liability issue here, as well as being disruptive to our neighbours)
    • all metallic targets, with the exception of downward-deflecting spinners on the Rimfire Range when placed insite the steel shroud

    One other thing: Do not intentionally shoot at range fixtures such as gong shrouds or target supports.

    Q: Are human silhouette targets permitted on SPFGA ranges?

    A: Yes, human silhouette targets are permitted on SPFGA ranges.

    Targets such as the IPSC Metric Target, targets depicting zombies or humanoid monsters, and even military ‘fritz’ style targets are approved for use. Photos or likenesses of actual persons, whether they are alive or dead, are not permitted however.

    Please note: the Facility Rules were updated in 2020 to permit the use of human silhouette targets, following a years-long prohibition in this regard. As a result, some confusion in members’ minds is understandable. Members are asked to be respectful with one another when discussing this at the facility & strive to help one another improve their understanding.

    Q: Can I use my own gongs/metallic targets?

    A: Generally, no. As stipulated in the Facility Rules, all metallic targets except those provided by SPFGA are prohibited on the property.

    The exception to this is on the Rimfire Range, where member-supplied downward-deflecting spinners may be used when placed inside the steel gong shroud.

    Q: What should I do in the event of a hang fire or malfunction?

    A: In the case of each instance, follow the instructions below:

    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 down range 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.

    Q: Are prohibited firearms banned from SPFGA ranges?

    A: This is a question so broad it’s challenging to answer completely. That said the answer to this is, succinctly: No.

    The longer answer is, well, longer.

    Recent legislative changes such as SOR/2020-96, the so-called ‘May 1, 2020 Order in Council’, brought about various firearms classification changes. Earlier legistation over the preceding decades have as well. Co-mingled with that is the fact that some firearms owners hold 12(x) endorsements which make some license holders able to do things that other license holders are not. As such, none of being as simple as might seem and simply banning things is not a workable solution.

    Consequently, the SPFGA takes the stance that it does not interpret the law, nor does it enforce it. Our Facility Rules are focused on the safety of our members and their guests and on general harmony. We will enforce rules specific to our range certifications, such as the types of firearms and types of shooting permitted on each range. But otherwise, our expectations are placed on the individual member to be personally aware and knowledgeable of all applicable laws and regulations governing any activity they engage in, and to adhere to them. This is included in the Membership Terms and Conditions every member must agree to prior to joining or renewing each year, in fact.

    Now, this isn’t just about the recent restrictions on firearms (but let’s be honest – it is actually what we’re talking about with this), it’s also about hunting regulations, the use of OHVs in back country area, or rules around open fires at campsites, and so on.

    Each of us is welcome to our own personal views and we might not always agree with the laws and regulations placed upon us. But, until they’re altered or repealed, we all collectively share in the responsibility of following them.

    A final note to this is that many firearms have similar appearances at first glance, and that something that seems like a newly reclassified firearm may not actually be. Which is why it would be inappropriate for a member to report another member to law enforcement based on “what they think they saw about a newly prohibited rifle” (believe it or not, this has already happened). At best, this places a fellow member who maybe entirely innocent & law-abiding in an uncomfortable situation and at worst, could indirectly lead to a negative reaction by the RCMP that escalates to the CFO’s office and endangers our range certification. As firearms owners we should be looking to band together, regardless of what we shoot, and support the continuation of our sport.

    GENERAL

    Q: Can we have our dogs with us at the property?

    A: Yes, absolutely. There are rules obviously, but your pooches are most definitely welcome:

    • they must be leashed at all times when on the property (we want to keep them safe & limit their interactions with wildlife)
    • they are prohibited on all ranges (we don’t want them running downrange where they could get hurt)
    • aggressive dogs are not permitted (self-explanatory & understandable).

    It of course goes without saying (but we’re going to say it anyway so there’s no confusion) but owners are expected to pick up their dog’s droppings and deposit them in one of the trash bins throughout the facility.

    Q: Can I bring my quad to go from camp site to range?

    A: No, the use of off-road vehicles such as quads or side-by-sides by members on the property is not permitted.

    Q: Is cannabis use permitted on the facility?

    A: Cannabis ingestion (note: ingestion, not smoking or vaping) is permitted in the clubhouse areas and in individual campsites. Members are reminded of the need in all cases to consume responsibly.

    Cannabis use is expressly prohibited in all range areas, range sheds, and parking areas. Further, persons under the influence of cannabis are not permitted in any range area.

    Q: Where is alcohol use permitted on the facility?

    A: Alcohol consumption is permitted in the clubhouse areas and in individual campsites. Members are reminded of the need in all cases to consume responsibly.

    Alcohol consumption is expressly prohibited in all range areas, range sheds, and parking areas. Further, persons under the influence of alcohol are not permitted in any range area.

    Q: Is smoking or vaping permitted?

    A: Smoking and vaping are permitted in your individual campsite and in parking areas.

    Smoking and vaping are expressly prohibited in or on:

    • the shooting sheds
    • the clubhouse
    • the 3D archery trail
    • the hiking trails
    • the black powder trail.
    Q: What credentials do I use on web pages that require me to log in?

    A: If a page on the website requires you to log in to access, that page is only available to SPFGA members.  To access it, simply use the same username and password you use to access your member portal.

    We do this to balance the need to ensure that members have access to club-specific information and services against the need for the access not be open to the entire Internet.

    Q: Why do some pages on the website require me to log in?

    A: This is to make sure that members have access to club-specific information and services, balancing that against the need for the access to be member-only.

    To log in, simply use the same username and password you use to access your member portal.

    GUEST PASSES

    Q: Can I have guest on the range?

    A: Yes, it is permitted to host range guests with the purchase of a Day Pass.

    To purchase a Day Pass, log into your member profile on the website, select ‘Buy Guest Pass’ from the menu, and fill in your guest’s details.

    Some things to be aware of in terms of the Supervised Range Guest Policy:

    • passes must be purchased by the adult member Sponsor through the member’s portal on the website (see screenshots below)
    • the purchase receipt will act as the Day Pass for the guest’s range visit
    • this receipt must be available for inspection in either print or electronic form
    • the Day Pass is valid only for the specific day and guest that it is purchased for and cannot be transferred or refunded
    • insurance coverage is provided through the Sponsor’s own membership
    • guests must always be directly supervised by their Sponsor when handling uncased firearms
    • sponsors and guests may not both operate firearms at the same time
    • adults with a Regular Range membership may sponsor only one guest per day
    • adults with a Family Range membership may sponsor up to two guests per day, however if sponsoring two
    • guests both adult Sponsors will be required to be in attendance and each may only supervise one guest at a time
    • guests should review the facility rules on the SPFGA website (https://www.spfga.ca/facilityrules/) prior to attending the facility
    • strict adherence to these rules is the responsibility of the Sponsor; violation of the rules may place the Sponsor’s membership in jeopardy

    Cost for a guest pass is $20 per day per adult guest. There is no charge for youth guests under 18 years of age.

     

    Q: How much is a guest pass?

    A: Day Passes for supervised range guests are $20 per day per adult guest. There is no charge for youth guests under 18

    Q: How do I purchase a guest pass?

    A: To purchase a supervised range Day Pass, log into your member profile on the website, select ‘Buy Guest Pass’ from the menu, and fill in your guest’s details.

    Some things to be aware of in terms of the Supervised Range Guest Policy:

    • passes must be purchased by the adult member Sponsor through the member’s portal on the website (see screenshots below)
    • the purchase receipt will act as the Day Pass for the guest’s range visit
    • this receipt must be available for inspection in either print or electronic form
    • the Day Pass is valid only for the specific day and guest that it is purchased for and cannot be transferred or refunded
    • insurance coverage is provided through the Sponsor’s own membership
    • guests must always be directly supervised by their Sponsor when handling uncased firearms
    • sponsors and guests may not both operate firearms at the same time
    • adults with a Regular Range membership may sponsor only one guest per day
    • adults with a Family Range membership may sponsor up to two guests per day, however if sponsoring two
    • guests both adult Sponsors will be required to be in attendance and each may only supervise one guest at a time
    • guests should review the facility rules on the SPFGA website (https://www.spfga.ca/facilityrules/) prior to attending the facility
    • strict adherence to these rules is the responsibility of the Sponsor; violation of the rules may place the Sponsor’s membership in jeopardy

    Cost for a guest pass is $20 per day per adult guest. There is no charge for youth guests under 18 years of age.

     

     

    Q: Are guest passes required to host a guest on any other amenity on the facility?

    A: No, a Day Pass is not required to host guests on other facility amenities like the fish pond, walking trails, campground, etc. The only limitation is that non-member guests are not permitted to stay overnight on the property (this is an insurance liability thing).

    Q: I purchased a guest pass but we couldn’t go, can I get a refund?

    A: Sorry, but no. As stated in the Supervised Range Guest Policy, which you were required to indicate acceptance of prior to purchasing your Day Pass, range guest passes are non-refundable and cannot be transferred.

    Q: The range I purchased a pass to bring my guest to was booked. Can I get a refund?

    A: Sorry, but no. As stated in the Supervised Range Guest Policy, which you were required to indicate acceptance of prior to purchasing your Day Pass, range guest passes are non-refundable and cannot be transferred.

    Q: I'm a member but didn't purchase Range Privileges. Can I use the firearms ranges?

    A: Generally no, this is not permitted. Purchasing Range Privileges with your membership is required to use the firearms ranges.

    You could however be a guest of a member who does have Range Privileges according to the Supervised Guest Range Use Policy.

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    Box 3098 Stn Main
    Sherwood Park, AB  T8H 2T1

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    Mon 08

    Bullseye Pistol 50 m range

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    Mon 08

    Rimfire Silhouettes Overflow range

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    Tue 09

    Cowboy Action – 50m Range

    August 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Wed 10

    Biathlon Training – Overflow Range

    August 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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