Some notes on the day.  On 27 Aug we had a collection of enthusiasts arrive for the umpteenth .303 Heritage Match at the Barrett Creek Range.  The day was excellent for shooting: warm & sunny, with very little breeze. But shooters at the prone or on the bench still had shade to keep them cool, and more importantly, to keep sun glare off their iron sights!

Of special note this year was the very appreciated contribution from the Ymir Volunteer Fire Department through Fire Chief Steven Wood.  The Nelson District Rod & Gun were understandably very concerned about any fire hazard due to extremely long dry weather.  The executive contacted Fire Chief Wood who volunteered to both inspect the Range for fire and also provided a full water bladder for immediate use if any fire should start.  A bunch of buckets were provided by the club members so an old fashioned (and still effective) bucket brigade could deal with any fires whilst the Ymir Volunteer Fire Department was en route. NO fire occurred other than in the very hot chambers of rifles, and the excellent grill cooking provided by Glen McKen.  Neither required fire-fighter attention!  I can say, that as the day warmed up, that bladder full of Ymir Water got to looking more & more like a cool swimming hole than a fire-fighting bladder!

The volunteers did a splendid job with planning, preparation, and operating the Match, although many were first-timers at a lot of the stuff! The cheerful co-operation of all the participants certainly made it all easier. The food provided was first-rate, and timely.   One last note was that with hundreds of rounds fired by relays that continuously changed places, I noted ZERO firearm safety issues.  Kudos to participants and particularly to Range Safety Officer Marvin Paisner for that!

Dan Danforth

Heritage Match 2017

                                    Heritage Match 2017

August 27, 2017 was a beautiful day for our annual Heritage Match at the Barrett Creek range.  Seventeen shooters competed with ten of them winning medallions for their efforts.  There were also a number of spectators and workers with all enjoying lunch; chef Glen McKen as usual did an outstanding job at the grill, while Dan Danforth and Marvin Paisner ran the competition smoothly as always.  Chief Steven Wood of the Ymir Fire Department provided a water supply for possible fire suppression.

Range Master trophy                              100 yards                        Dan Danforth

Tramway trophy                                       200 yards                        Colin Kenning

Captain Carrie Cup                                   300 yards                        Brian Gagnon & Jon Demers (tie)

Aggregate – total of the 100, 200, and 300 yard matches)

Home Loan and Contract trophy         first place          Dan Danforth

Annable Cup                                               second place   Jon Demers

Agricultural & Industrial trophy           third place        Brian Gagnon

CPR Cup  “tyro” – next highest score with no previous individual medal              Nathan Ward

Partington Challenge Cup                     Mad Minute                  Tom Pettman

Fred Watson trophy                                Memorial Shoot           Tom Pettman

City of Nelson Challenge Shield –teams          first place          Brian Wylie

Colin Kenning

Tom Pettman

second place   Dan Danforth

Murray Nelson

Diane Casler

third place        Nathan Ward

Rob Arnot

Jon Demers

Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants!

Thank you to the helpers, not all named above, who made the day a happy one.  Some worked Sunday August 20 to prepare the range, and others worked during the shoot.  Good job folks!




Saturday April 22, 2017 to be the spring clean up (sign installation) day for the outdoor range. We should be in good shape snow wise we hope. The range will have to be closed to the members for that day.

Suggested hours of clean up would be 9 a.m. to 3p.m, with a BBQ lunch at noon.

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2016 Chicken Shoot









Sunday, May 22nd, 9 AM – 4 PM.
Cost – $ 10.00 per participant – includes lunch! Maximum $40. per family.

Everyone welcome! Dust off the .22 and come on out to the Nelson District Rod and Gun Club range. Porto Rico Rd., Hwy 6, near Ymir.

Food and targets are provided and range is reserved for exclusive use of participants .

A minimum of 100 rounds is suggested per shooter. Ammo will be available on site for those needing it.

Any person without a firearms license, or are new to shooting must be accompanied by a qualified person during the shooting events.

Ear and eye protection are required. Foam ear plugs are usually adequate for the noise level.

Reactive targets, metal silhouettes and plinking opportunities galore will make for a lot of fun.

Rules are flexible except for safety.

Sorry, .22 magnums and .17 HMR are too powerful for the targets, so .22 Long Rifle is maximum power.

Trap shooting will also be available that day.

Bring a friend, kids, grand kids, neighbors, even your spouse :) See what you can do with your .22! Ranges from 20 to 100 yards. Optics or iron sights are all OK.

Contact Bob Vliet (250) 357 – 9309


Outdoor Rifle Range




There have been a  number of range changes and upgrades;

  • Memberships now require a signed waiver form for each member and guest; Responsibility of member
  • Dues have been increased; $85.00 for single and seniors, $110.00 for families and $30.00 for juniors (17 & under).
  • 100 & 200 yard berms have been rebuilt and faced with sand.
  • More area cleared for safety out to 500 yards
  • Range gate lock will be re keyed for the new year and keys issued to paid members.

Thank you,

Bob V.

Trap Shooting Ends for 2015 year

Hi All,

The weather has put an end to our first full season of clay busting.

It really helped my pheasant and grouse hunting.

Thanks to all who helped with the work and shot on Sundays.

We are possibly going to shoot on Saturdays next year to ease

conflict times with shooting events at other clubs.




.22 Chicken Shoot Review

The annual .22 Chicken Shoot on May 17 was well attended with 45 shooters and a fair number of spectators. The shooting started at 9:00 am, with Dan Danforth as main shoot organizer and Range Marshall, club range officers and excited shooters on the firing line. The day was a great success as volunteers became acquainted with one another; new shooters gained knowledge of firearms and firearm etiquette in a safe hands-on experience; the club gained positive public interest in the shooting sport; the usual hungry participants enjoyed a great lunch — 64 burgers and hotdogs were consumed, along with carrot salad, pickles, drinks and numerous dessert items.

Thank you to the volunteers, shooters and spectators for your support. Special thank you to Dan Danforth – Range Marshall and shoot organizer, Brad Fuller –  set up, Arnold Criddle, Marvin Paisner, Neil Sorsdahl and Keith Marsh – club range officers, Stephen White- a full day of coaching on the firing line, Richard Green – admission, Glen McKen – cook, Jude Schmitz – dessert, Bob Vliet – set up and trap shoot.

To those who worked all day, as well as paid double for lunch – Thank you for your support !!

The trap machine had many interested people trying to hit the clays. Great fun!!

Thanks to Bob Vliet and Monte Skelton for the trap shooting experience .

Submitted by Gerry Vliet





Classic Lever & Buffalo Rifle Shootin’ Match Round Up

1874BuffaloHunterContextPhotoFWMSH01First before I say another word I have to give 90% of the credit for this event to have taken place to Ron Lee for doing all the work in making up all the gong style targets and providing their transportation to and from the range. So a big thank you to Ron.

The rain clouds nicely parted the morning of the last day in May for this shootin’ match. We had nine shooters representing all the categories, with the pistol cartridges in a lever action rifle dominating with just about everyone shootin’ in this class.

Three shooters shot the rifle cartridges class and three Buffalo rifles boomed out their presence firing at the longer ranges out to 500 yards.

The winner of the pistol cartridge match in a lever action rifle was Dan Danforth. Those who know Dan realize that Dan has owned a lot of rifles in this class and so his one miss in an otherwise perfect score must be put down to an uncontrolled hiccup or some such. You’d have to get up awfully early and shoot very straight to beat Dan in this event.

The rifle cartridge classic was shot by three shooters. Our club’s senior member, Jack Floyd, at 90 years plus, did some fine work with his original 1886 Winchester in 38-70 calibre. So there’s hope for the rest of us yet. John Robertson and Ron Lee rounded out the riflemen in this class, Ron posting the best score and just beating out Jack.

The three Buffalo rifle shooters using black powder, cross sticks and vernier sights shootin’ at 300-400 and 500 yards showed how accurate these old weapons can be, declaring hits with an echoing ring shortly after the visual conformation by spotting scope had been made. I managed to luck out and just edge out Ron and John in this event

Ron and myself had a side match after the regular competition. We shot offhand with our 13 pound Buffalo rifles at the 400 yard “Quigley bucket” as in the movie. Ron showed us all how it is done with an impressive two hits out of three shots. I managed to just nick the “bucket” on my third shot. Fun, fun, fun.

After all the friendly competition had ended there was a jovial cluster of pistol cartridge shooters doing some target work and trying each other’s guns in happy comraderie. Everyone who touched Marv Paisngr’s ‘Henry Yellowboy’ expressed admiration for that gun’s smoothness of operation and weight distribution. The Buffalo rifles were also put to use by those wishing to try them out. Steve White did some impressive shooting on the 500 yard Buffalo gong so we’ll be discouraging him from getting a Buffalo gun any time soon.

Prizes were awarded the winners and good sports; including new shooters to offhand work Peter Bockner and Diane Riley. Prizes consisted of DVD copies of the film “Quigley Down Under” and leather key chain fobs inscribed with the event won or a “Q” fob for hitting the .’bucket’. These were created by Ron Lee and very nicely done.

Everyone enjoyed the day and expressed the opinion that this event should take place again.

submitted by Brad Fuller