Member: Is any member in good standing with the club.
Membership Card: Identifies members in good standing .
Guest: Any “Non-Member” on club property properly accompanied by a “Member."
Visitor: Any unaccompanied “Non-Member” on club property.
Gun Rack: Any fabricated structure, designed to store/hold firearms when not in use, in a safe orientation.
ECI (Empty Chamber Indicator): Any flag (safety) device inserted into the action and or chamber of a firearm, that is immediately identifiable by a bystander and indicates that the chamber does not contain a cartridge.
Range Safety Officer (RSO): Portage Rod and Gun Club does not have full time RSO(s). In our case this could be a club officer, a law enforcement officer or DNR official who just showed up to make sure everyone is safe, or a regular member who has taken charge of the situation in the absence of the above. The bottom line is, if someone is acting as an RSO, their commands are the law.
Firing Line: The forward-most portion of the shooting area, where all firing takes place.
Impact Berm: This is a raised earth hill and is the area where a fired projectile should contact after passing through a target.
Protective Berm: These are special barricades designed to protect people and equipment. The dividing walls on the pistol range would qualify as a “Protective Berm." Care must be taken to avoid hitting/shooting these berms. Under no circumstances should a target ever be attached to these walls.
Grounded Firearm: This is a condition where the firearm is unloaded, made safe and placed on the bench, placed in a gun rack, or cased. There should be no human contact with the firearm when it is grounded.
Cold/Clear Range: This is a “Cold “ range where all shooters have cleared the firing line, no firearms are being handled, and it is safe (“Clear”) to go down range.
Hot Range: Firearms should only be handled, loaded, and fired while at the firing line and only when the range is "Hot."
Hot Table: A bench where you may load or unload your carry weapon.
Ceasefire: When a “Ceasefire is called, the range immediately goes “Cold." Immediately stop shooting, unload your firearm (magazine out, action open and empty chamber) and make it safe. Ground your firearm and do not handle it. A cease fire is usually called mutually when targets need to be put up, changed, or checked. A ceasefire should be called immediately, whenever safety is in question.
Sky Drawing: The practice of drawing a bow back while the arrow is aimed above the target, before lowering the aim point down onto the target.
B.) Non-Members are allowed to use the trap fields, skeet fields, participate in sporting clays, or any other event where rounds are charged and paid per event. These are scheduled events and the club must be open for business.
Archery Range Rules
Range Rules (applies to all ranges)