Portage Rod & Gun Club






Volume 17 / Issue 4         

Board of Directors

Troy Bartz (President)

608 279 9362

Shane Marquardt (Vice President)

608 697 3594

Woody Steinhoff (Secretary)

813 735 9817

Bruce Weyh (Treasurer)

608 981 2582

Leroy Welter

608 234 0607

Jeana Welter

608 354 1188

Larry Lietz

863 517 1280

Dan Denzer

390 394 3265

Bill Voigt

608 547 2578

Clayton Simonson

608 742 2334

Dennis Wittmann

608 520 7201

Anthony Dickson

608 697 6929

Jim Hinickle

608 742 8258

Bob Corning

608 617 8388

Tony Schumacher

608 742 6386



Presidents Message                                                                         

Troy Bartz

2017 saw some very nice improvements at the club and a slight increase in membership. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who donated time, labor, materials, and equipment for the improvements. It is motivating and inspiring to witness the time and energy members invested in the club. Improvements on the pistol range have added capacity, efficiency, and increased safety - see Shane Marquardt’s report below. I would also like to extend a special Thank You to the members oversee daily operations at the club, your efforts don’t go unnoticed.

This club belongs to the members. Every member has equal rights and an equal voice. Member feedback is important for the club to grow and prosper. I would like to encourage everyone to get involved to some degree - please volunteer.

2018 will see more improvements, most will be smaller in scale and will compliment work already completed. Stay tuned as the Board of Directors work out the details for these improvements.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to convey best wishes for the health and happiness of your family and loved ones, in this special season. 


Woody Steinhoff

The Fall individual 16 yard and doubles league were a success. Congratulations to the Lewis class winners: Tom Coleman, Eugene Phillips, John Stokley, Mike Johnson, and Bryan Pierce.

In 2018 PR&GC will offer spring and sumer trap leagues that include:

·                        Individual 16 yd and yardage (50 targets)

·                        Individual Doubles

·                        16 yard team

·                        ATA

·                        Merchandise shoots

·                        Possible traveling league

NOTE: All member trap is now $5.00; Youth trap is $3.00; non-member trap is $8.00

Spring Dates Start: March 7, 2018 - End: April 18, 2018


Summer Trap League Meeting & Team Sign Up: April 25, 2018

Summer Start: May 2, 2018 - End: August 22, 2018

Summer Awards: August 29, 2018

It’s never too early to think about forming up your teams for the 16 yard team league for summer.

5-Stand Trap League

            We have been investigating the costs associated with purchasing a 5-stand setup and offering a league to support the expansion.  If you have interest in participating in this league or donating funds towards this endeavor, please contact Troy Bartz.

Our spring gun show is set for March 17 & 18, 2018!

Portage High School Claybusters

Bill Voight

For those who don't know, we have a High School trap team. We started a year and a half ago with seven shooters; last spring saw twenty one, this fall had seventeen. A pretty good start I think. We have had from three to five shooters in the top one hundred each season. More importantly, we have kids and their parents in the gun club every week. It is really good exposure for the club . We focus on teaching safety, having fun, and marksmanship. We have kids shooting PRs almost every week. It is a fun time and worth your time to investigate. Along those lines we are always looking for additional help, selling targets and ammo is just as important.. We can use scorers or someone just to be in the club house as it is important for our certified coaches to be on the line with our students. I am expecting between thirty and forty students in the spring. Shooting season starts mid March and continues through mid June. Please contact me if you can spare even a few hours. This is about the most fun I've had in a long time.

Pistol & Rifle range

Shane Marquardt

If you have not been to the range in awhile, you may be surprised by the many improvements we have made for our members. We have added a building to the Rifle Range with eight new shooting benches providing a clean dry place to shoot on the 100 yard range.

The Pistol Range has expanded to twice it's height and three times it's length providing more room for members to safely shoot. We have built three divider walls providing four separate shooting bays. There is also a covered shooting bench for sighting in or precision shooting at 25 yards.

The range is handicap accessible and has been graded and seeded. We’ve added hot and cold benches for our concealed carry memebers to safely load/unload. Most of this was accomplished thru donated material, time, and labor of our club members.

If you have suggestions on how we can further improve the ranges or wish to help with future projects, please contact me at shane@sandenwood.com. 

Hollow Point Defensive Shooters will continue to shoot IDPA handgun matches and hold trainings once a month at the range throughout the summer. New members are always welcome.  More information can be found at www.hollowpointshooters.org.

General Club information

Woody Steinhoff

·         Each club member is expected to donate monies and/or labor services per year as stated in Article VI; Section VIII of the club Constitution. The Board of Directors is requesting each member to work a minimum of four (4) hours each year helping out around the club – it could be pulling/scoreing for the trap leagues, helping out on the pistol/rifle ranges, or on improvement projects slated for the club. In short…we need your help to be successful! Please contact your Board of Directors to see how you can help.

·         The combined Board/Member meeting is held on the third Monday of each month and also listed in calendar on the club website. All members are encouraged to attend the meetings and learn whats going on with the gun club.

·         General memberships run from Jan 1 – Dec 31 annually. If you have not yet renewed your membership please contact club memebership officer Anthony Dickson at (608) 697-6929, or renew at the gun club during our Saturday winter hours. Please see the membership card at the end of this newsletter.

·         Please contact board member Dennis Wittman at denniswittmann@gmail.com if you have interest in participating in an archery league.


Important Dates

Woody Steinhoff

Listed below are some important dates the first quarter of 2018:

·         Jan 1, 2018 – Annual memberships begin

·         Jan 14, 2018 – Quad County Shoot at Portage

·         Jan 18, 2018 – Board/Member meeting

·         Feb 18, 2018 - Board/Member meeting

·         Mar 7, 2018 – Start Spring Trap

·         Mar 17 & 18, 2018 – Gun Show

·         Mar 19, 2018 - Board/Member meeting

·         Mar 25, 2018 – Quad County Shoot at Portage




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