Rod and Gun Club​

Prince Rupert Rod and Gun club’s current location was established around 1952. The building was constructed by donated material and volunteer labour in 1957. The Rod and Gun club grounds encompassed the current location, as well as Oliver Lake for many years. The club executives during that time introduced fish into the lake for youth fishing.

A survey conducted of Oliver Lake revealed that stocking fish for reproduction and a sustainable renewable resource for the club wasn’t possible as the average depth of the muddy bottomed lake was 5ft and the water flow wasn’t conducive for egg laying and hatching. The restocking program was then abandoned.

Trap Shooting

Trap shooting was becoming an established pass time with manual clay throwers operated and loaded by youngsters who took great pride in keeping up with the older folks on the guns. Years later an electronic operated clay launcher was purchased, we were now able to host high quality trap events that saw people from all over the province attend. Trap shooting was at its height of popularity in the ‘80s. Hunting rifles were sighted in at the long range with shooters being able to shoot out to, and beyond, 400 yards. As years went by a dedicated 100-yard range was constructed with a dirt backstop and side berms. A lean-to which covered two shooting benches served as shelter on rainy days.

Club Extension

In 1996 the current rifle range was constructed by dedicated volunteers and included storage rooms and three covered shooting benches.
New footings and a deck for the clubhouse were finished in 2010, as well as a complete kitchen overhaul with new gas range and fryer.

In 2018 the club executive applied for and received a financial grant from The Port of Prince Rupert for upgrades to the clubhouse. Sixty years from its original construction, our clubhouse received a much needed facelift. In 2019 the grant enabled the 100-yard range to be extended to 150 yards, 20 feet were added to the shelter, extra storage was built, and two additional shooting benches completed the upgrade. Pistol bays were added in the late 90’s, with minor improvements over the years since.

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