- Firearm shooting hours are 9:30 am to 9:30 pm or dusk unless the range has lighting or a special event is occurring.
- The Association’s East gate, main access gate, is to be kept closed at all times except when “opened” for Association sanctioned events or other Association authorized activities. If the gate is locked and closed due to 600-yard range events, members may access the rear pistol and archery range via the West road gate. Note: from time to time the entire range may be closed for special events. It is the members responsibility check the club calendar prior to range use to verify if a range is open or scheduled.
- SPEED LIMIT IS 15 MPH OR LESS ON THE PROPERTY. Private vehicles are confined to the roads or designated parking lots. Driving on or across the ranges is prohibited; except when authorized during a work party or when so directed by a Range Officer or Association official during an Association sanctioned event.
- Absolutely NO alcohol or judgment impairing drugs shall be consumed prior to or during any shooting activity. Judgment impairing drugs can include prescription medication and over the counter medications.
- Members are directly responsible for the conduct of their guests. Each membership may bring a maximum of 2 guests at any one time. Guests must remain with the member on the grounds at all times. Members are responsible for their guests at all times. All guests must be registered at East gate each day and sign the release of liability on the guest envelope. Guest rates are $20.00 18 years and older, $10.00 17 years and younger, and active duty military with a leave form is free. Additionally, a minor, those 17 and younger, must be under the immediate supervision of a parent/guardian or responsible adult at all times. Not registering a guest is grounds for immediate loss of membership without a refund of membership dues.
- The current year membership card must be on you at all times on the Association grounds. If you do not have your current membership card when asked for proof from authorized personnel, you will be asked to leave immediately and come back with it. The presentation of the electronic gate key is NOT proof of membership. Gate key activity is electronically recorded. Violation of any of these rules shall be grounds for removal from the range and other disciplinary action up to and including discharge from the Association.
- Orderly, civil, and sportsman like conduct is expected on the association grounds at all times. We are sportsmen and sportswomen and we shall conduct ourselves in a civilized and cordial manner. Be courteous and respectful to each other. Be respectful of other shooters. If you have an issue that cannot be civilly and orderly resolved do not become confrontational. Take your issue to the BWSA Board of Directors. Do not distract other shooters while they are shooting.
- Every member is a safety on the ranges. If you see an unsafe situation call a cease fire, then contact a board of director member or the office to handle the situation if need be.
Indoor range is only open for scheduled events. It is never open for general member use.
- All rounds must impact the traps on the east wall
- Absolutely no ricochet off the walls, floors or ceiling.
- Pistol and .22lr only on indoor range. No center fire rifle, shotgun, or magnum calibers allowed.
- Must use target stands or target holders
In addition to regular range rules:
- Bench or prone shooting only.
- Check behind all berms before shooting.
- Shoot your lane. No cross-firing
General Rules for Archery
- Do not nock arrows when a person is down range.
- Nock arrows only when on the shooting line and with the bow pointed downrange.
- Do not elevate or draw the bow pointing above the target butt.
- No person shall go forward of the shooting line until the line is clear and safe.
- Be considerate of fellow archers; distracting behavior or horseplay is prohibited.
- The use of broad head arrows in any club targets or property is prohibited.
- A Range Officer will be present during all Association sanctioned events. The Range Officer’s decisions will be honored without dispute or contention during the event; appeals will be first directed to the Archer Director for resolution, and if necessary, thereafter to the BWSA Board of Directors.
Archery Practice Range Rules
- Target or Field points only. Broadheads are only welcome on member’s personal targets.
- Shoot only at the target and only shoot from the designated shooting station or point.
- No person shall go forward to retrieve arrows until shooting is complete and all bows are off the line.
- When retrieving arrows or searching for lost arrows, have one of your party stand in the front of the target, or place bow in front of the target to show shooters following behind you that the target is NOT clear.
- Make certain that the target is properly placed for following shooters.
- Archers leaving the target must use designated exit paths. Do not retrace trails toward previous targets and do not cut across trails.
General Firearm Safety Rules
At all times always assume a firearm is loaded.
- Be certain the firearm is safe to operate; and that proper usage and handling is understood before coming to the range.
- Open Bolt Indicators (OBI) or Empty Chamber Indicators (ECI) are required for all uncased firearms on all rifle and pistol ranges. When cease fire is called unload the firearm. When instructed if so equipped, engage the trigger safety, remove any magazines and insert the OBI or EIC, bench or ground the firearm.
Step back off the firing line until the range is called clear or the line is safe.
- Do not handle firearms while the line is called clear or safe and there are personnel downrange.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Make certain that appropriate and safe ammunition is used.
- Do not load until ready to fire.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Always know your target and what is beyond it.
- Eye and ear protection is required on all ranges.
- Firing the .50 caliber Browning Machine Gun (BMG) cartridge on any Association rifle or pistol range is allowed. However, be aware of fellow shooters and avoid shooting next to them. Additionally, BWSA permits the use of all NFA firearms as long as they are used in accordance with these rules.
- Members must insist on the courteous but firm enforcement of these range safety rules for both their guests and fellow members.
- The following types of ammo are prohibited at BWSA: (a) Tracer; (b) Incendiary; (c) Explosive; (d) Armor piercing on steel targets
- No targets may be used that are fragile or breakable i.e. glass or ceramic; no fruit; no aerosol cans; no nonstandard targets
- Shooter are responsible for picking up used targets and brass then depositing them in the garbage before they leave.
- Except during a sanctioned event, all targets must be placed at the base of an impact berm. An impact berm is the tall berm at the end of each range, this does not include the safety berms along the sides of the range. Placing targets on the top of any berm is prohibited. All rounds must impact the lower ½ of the impact berm. Paper targets must be affixed in between the supporting structure of all target stands. Shooting of uprights or horizontal supports is prohibited. No target should ever be placed on uprights or
horizontal supports at any time.
- When using steel targets rated for centerfire rifle and pistol rounds, place the target as close to the impact berm as possible.
- Only organized events and competitions may be fired at ranges greater than 200 yards. The 300-600-yard range is not for general member use.
- Shotgun slugs only on back ranges. No birdshot is allowed on any back range.
- 200-yard use. Prior to using the 200-yard range, members must: (a) check to see if the red sign is posted at the covered shooting position and (b) check pits to ensure no members are downrange performing maintenance.
- 100- and 200-yard ranges are shoot the full distance ranges. No placing of targets mid-range. No moving up on the range.
- Binary explosives, Tanerite, are allowed only on the Eastside of the 200-yard range. It may not be used on any other range.
A Range Officer will be present during all Association sanctioned competitions and events. Be aware that event procedures will have significant differences to rules governing use of the facilities than during normal informal
shooting. All directions will be taken from the event director and/or NRA RSO.
Skeet, Trap, and 5-Stand Rules
All ranges may be active at the same time. The skeet range has a “high” house on the left and a “low” house on the right. Between is a semicircle with seven stations, plus on station between the houses, which the shooter progresses along as clay targets are projected from the “high and/or low” houses, firing single or double-loadings dependent on the particular station. The trap range has a single trap house slightly raised above ground level. On the west end of the skeet ranges is a 5-stand range. Personal Protection Eye and Ear is required for all persons whether firing, scoring, or coaching on the shotgun ranges.
- Shotguns are the only firearms permitted to be shot on the skeet, trap, and 5-stand ranges at the clay targets.
- Shotguns must be open and empty when off the firing station.
- Load only when on firing station.
- Do not change stations with a round in the chamber.
- Use only target velocity or 3-Dram equivalent (or less) shells.
- Shot size is restricted to 7 ½, 8, or 9. NO magnum loads or dragons breath allowed.
- Skeet Ranges: Load only one shell on station 8, either “high” or “low” (unless an additional load is authorized by the Range Officer).
- Trap Range: Load only one shell at all stations (unless an additional load is authorized by the Range Officer). When both ranges are active and it is necessary to go forward to the trap house all shooting on the adjacent ranges must cease.
- Personal throwers are authorized on non-shotgun days. Use of personal thrower may be done on any trap field from the green trap house or from the green trap house on skeet fields only. Use of personal throwers is not authorized during 300-600-yard range events.
- Muzzleloading shooters must conform to all the rules and the following requirements
- Tobacco smoking in the vicinity of the loading or firing stations is prohibited.
- Use only black powder, Pyrodex, or black powder substitute. Smokeless powder is prohibited.
- When loading a caplock: the hammer must be on half cock or all the way down. When loading the flintlock, the cock must be down and the frizzen must be up.
- Loading directly from a powder flask, can, or horn is prohibited. A measure device is required.
- Prime or cap only when on the firing station ready to fire.
- Powder containers must be kept closed at all times when not in immediate use.
- Shot size is restricted to 7 ½, or 9 on the shotgun fields