RANGES / HUNTING

Use of the shooting and archery ranges, and hunting at the Park are governed by the Park Use Policy document. For detailed info, click the "Park Policies" tab at left.

 
Extensive earthwork five years ago improved the range dramatically. The target butts are now about 3' lower, and the berms now extend higher above the targets and back along the sides. 
A retaining wall has been installed behind the targets to cut down on erosion. 
A new pistol bench and small tool shed are complete.
 

SPECIAL REQUEST - MOST OF THE EFFORT MAINTAINING THE RANGE IS SPENT REPLACING SHOT-UP BUTT POLES, SUPPORTS AND BACKBOARDS, AND PICKING UP BRASS. 
FELLOW MEMBERS WORK HARD MAINTAINING THE RANGE. YOUR CAREFUL USE IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF USING IT. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO AVOID HITTING THE TARGET BUTTS (POSTS), PERHAPS YOU ARE SHOOTING FROM TOO FAR AWAY, AND NEED TO MOVE CLOSER OR IMPROVE YOUR AIM.   

SHOOTING RANGE USE POLICY
 
Below are excerpts from the Park use Policy document regarding use of the shooting range(s)

THE SHOOTING RANGE

1. Activities: The Shooting Range may be used for reasonable and customary, firearms-related activities, subject to the rules and guidelines contained in this Article and as elaborated and expanded in the Policy Appendix – Shooting Range.

2. Access and Closure:
a) The Shooting Range shall be open and available for general use on a year-round basis by Active Members and their Guests.
b) The Chapter Board shall have the authority to grant use of The Shooting Range to an Invited Group for an event-specific use, subject to the specific rules contained in this document plus any additional rules, restrictions, and conditions deemed
necessary by the Chapter Board.
c) The Shooting Range shall be closed each Sunday morning from dawn until 1:00 pm and all day on Christmas Day. This is done in consideration of our neighbors at The Cool Spring Church of God.
d) The Chapter Board shall have the authority to close the Shooting Range to general use in conjunction with (a) special events such as the Annual Kids' Day Outing, the Annual Membership Picnic, or various Disabled Veterans' events or (b) on other occasions when it is deemed necessary to ensure effective management of the Chapter Park.
e) The Chapter Board shall publish on the web site and on the bulletin board located near the main flagpole a notice of any planned closures at least two-weeks in advance of such closure and in addition, shall post a prominent closure notice on
the range gate on the day of such closure.

3. Reservations:
a) The Shooting Range is available to all Active Members and their Guest(s) on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual reservations are not permitted and users are strongly encouraged to follow the principle of “share and share alike”.
b) The Chapter Board has the authority to grant a reservation of the Shooting Range in the case of a specific instruction or shooting activity, as described in Article III.C.6.k.
c) Should it be deemed necessary for the equitable and effective use of the Shooting Range, the Chapter Board shall be authorized to implement a reservation policy for the Shooting Range.

4. Rules specific to the use of The Shooting Range are contained in Policy Appendix SR - Shooting Range which is posted on the bulletin board next to the gated entrance to the range. That Appendix contains Rules that are enforced as if they were contained in the By-Laws or this Park Policy.
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Policy Appendix SR - Shooting Range

The rules given below are an extension of the By-Laws and the Park Policy and must be observed by all
individuals using The Shooting Range. This Appendix contains Rules that are enforced as if they were
contained in the By-Laws or the Park Policy.

SR-1: Each individual entering the Shooting Range shall have executed a Use Waiver
in accordance with Article II.B.2.a or Article II.B.2.b, as applicable.

SR-2: The Active Member shall be physically present with his/her Guests when they
are on the range.

SR-3: The Shooting Range shall not be used for paid instruction or shooting events.

SR-4: As an exception to Article SR-4 (above), paid or unpaid instruction shall be
permitted when it is specifically authorized by the Chapter Board.

SR-5: The Active Member shall be responsible for ensuring that (a) no live
ammunition is left on the range; and (b) all used brass is either placed in the
recycle container or removed from the Chapter Park.

SR-6: The Active Member shall be responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the
range, especially that all individuals in his/her group adhere to the safety
guidelines posted at the entrance to the range.

SR-7: The Shooting Range shall be limited to the following types of firearms:
a) Modern rimfire or centerfire rifles and pistols up to and including .50
caliber;
b) Black powder, muzzle-loading rifles and pistols up to and including .78
caliber; and
c) Shotguns, both black powder and all modern gauges.

SR-8: The following items are prohibited from the Shooting Range, as well as
anywhere else within the Chapter Park:
a) Fully-automatic firearms or any semi-automatic firearm that has been
modified to increase the effective rate of fire;
b) Explosive, incendiary, or armor-piercing ammunition; and
c) Paintball guns.

SR-9: Only paper and movable silhouette targets shall be used on the range. Glass,
metal, and exploding targets are prohibited.

SR-10: All targets shall be attached to a backing board that is supported on one of
the existing support posts. Targets shall not be placed on the ground or on
the berm that serves as the backstop.

SR-11: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the Shooting Range at all times. No
individual shall enter the Shooting Range when under the influence of an
alcoholic beverage.

ARCHERY RANGE USE POLICY
 
Below are excerpts from the Park use Policy document regarding use of the archery range(s) 
 
THE ARCHERY RANGE

1. Activities: The Archery Range may be used for reasonable and customary, archery-related activities, subject to the rules and guidelines contained in this Article and as elaborated and expanded in the Policy Appendix – Archery Range.

2. Access and Closure:
a) The Archery Range shall be open and available for general use on a year-round basis by Active Members and their Guests.
b) The Chapter Board shall have the authority to grant use of the Archery Range to an Invited Group for an event-specific use, subject to the specific rules contained in this document plus any additional rules, restrictions, and conditions deemed necessary by the Chapter Board.
c) The Chapter Board shall have the authority to close the Archery Range to general use in conjunction with (a) special events such as the Annual Kids' Day Outing, the Annual Membership Picnic, or various Disabled Veterans' events or (b) on other
occasions when it is deemed necessary to ensure effective management of the Chapter Park.
d) The Chapter Board shall publish on the web site and on the bulletin board located near the main flagpole a notice of any planned closures at least two-weeks in advance of such closure and in addition, shall post a prominent closure notice on the range gate on the day of such closure.

3. Reservations:
a) The Archery Range is available to all Active Members and Guests on a first-come, first served basis. Individual reservations are not permitted and users are encouraged to follow the principle of “share and share alike”.
b) The Chapter Board shall have the authority to grant a reservation of the Archery Range in the case of a specific instruction session or program, as described in Policy Section III.D.5.d.
c) Should it be deemed necessary for the equitable and effective use of the Archery Range, the Chapter Board shall be authorized to implement a reservation policy for the Archery Range.

4. Rules specific to the use of The Archery Range are contained in a Policy Appendix AR - Archery Range which is posted on the bulletin board next to the gated entrance to the range. That Appendix contains Rules that are enforced as if they were contained in the By-Laws or this Policy.
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Policy Appendix AR - Archery Range

The rules given below are an extension of the By-Laws and the Park Policy and must be observed by all
individuals using The Archery Range. This Appendix contains Rules that are enforced as if they were
contained in the By-Laws or the Park Policy.

AR-1: Each individual entering the Archery Range shall have executed a Use Waiver in
accordance with Article II.B.2.a or Article II.B.2.b, as applicable.

AR-2: The Active Member shall be physically present with his/her Guests when they
on the range.

AR-3: The Archery Range shall not be used for paid instruction or archery events.

AR-4: When on the range, the Active Member shall always have a current Chapter
Membership Card in his/her possession and shall show it to another Active
Member on request.

AR-5: The Active Member shall be responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the
range, especially that all individuals in his/her group adhere to the safety
guidelines posted at the entrance to the range.

AR-6: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Archery Range at all times. No
individual shall enter the Archery Range when under the influence of an
alcoholic beverage.

PARK USE POLICY - HUNTING

Below are excerpts from the Park use Policy document regarding hunting. 

HUNTING AREAS

1. Activities: The designated Hunting Areas (see map in the Trophy Room of The House) may be used to hunt legal game species, either with firearms or with bow-and-arrow, subject to the rules and guidelines contained in this Article and as elaborated and expanded in Policy Appendix – Hunting Areas.

2. Access and Closure:
a) The Hunting Areas shall be open to Active Members and Guests on a year-round basis for those forms of hunting that are consistent with the current laws and regulations of the VDGIF and subject to the rules contained in Article III.F.
b) The Chapter Board shall have the authority to make the Hunting Areas available to an Invited Group, subject to the rules contained in Article III.F plus any additional rules deemed to be necessary by the Chapter Board.
c) The Chapter Park shall be closed on Sundays for all forms of hunting.
d) The Chapter Board shall have the authority to close the Chapter Park to all forms of hunting in conjunction with (a) special events such as the Annual Kids' Day Outing, the Annual Membership Picnic, or various Disabled Veterans' events or (b) on other occasions when it is deemed necessary to ensure effective management of the Chapter Park.
e) The Chapter Board shall publish on the web site and on the bulletin Board located near the main flagpole a notice of any planned closure at least two-weeks in advance of such closure.

3. Reservations:
a) The Hunting Areas shall be available to all Active Members and Guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual reservations are not allowed and users are encouraged to follow the principle of “share and share alike”.
b) The Chapter Board shall have the authority to grant a reservation of the Hunting Areas in conjunction with a specific Invited Group or a community event approved by the Chapter Board.
c) Should it be deemed necessary for the equitable and effective use of the Hunting Areas, the Chapter Board shall be authorized to implement a reservation policy for the Hunting Areas.

4. Rules specific to the use of The Hunting Area are contained in a Policy Appendix HA - Hunting Area which is posted in the Trophy Room in The House. That document contains Rules that are enforced as if they were contained in the By-Laws or this Policy.
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Policy Appendix HA - Hunting Area

The rules given below are an extension of the By-Laws and the Park Policy and must be
observed by all individuals using The Hunting Area. This Appendix contains Rules that are
enforced as if they were contained in the By-Laws or the Park Policy.

HA-1: Laws In Force: Any individual hunting in the Chapter Park shall observe all
hunting laws and regulations of the Virginia VDGIF. Any individual hunting in
the Chapter Park shall have a current VDGIF or Warren County hunting license.

HA-2: All Guests hunting in the Chapter Park shall be accompanied by an Active
Member.

HS-3: Registration: Each day, prior to hunting, every hunter shall register in the
Registration Logbook located in the Trophy Room of The House, including
recording the specific area in which they intend to hunt. Since there may be
other hunters in the Chapter Park and in the interests of safety, each hunter should be
aware of the areas where others are registered to hunt.

HA-4: Use Waiver: Before hunting in the Chapter Park, every individual shall have
executed a signed copy of the current Use Waiver. At the time of the hunt, if an
existing, signed Use Waiver is not already on file with the Membership
Secretary, then the hunter shall complete one and leave it in the folder that is
kept with the Registration Logbook. (See Article II.B.2.a)

HA-5: Game Log:
1) Each hunter shall record the details for all game harvested in the Logbook
located in the Trophy Room of The House.
2) Each hunter that has harvested a deer shall comply with the VDGIF
sampling programs for tracking Chronic Wasting Disease and record same
in the Game Log. (https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/)

HA-6: Hunting Stands/Blinds: Only portable deer stands and blinds are allowed. Such
stands may be removed daily or left in place until the end of the hunting season. The
Chapter shall not be liable for stands or blinds that are left in the Chapter Park.

HA-7: Boundary Awareness: Hunting is not permitted on the National Park property that
adjoins the Chapter Park. All individuals hunting in the Chapter Park are responsible
for observing and honoring the NP boundaries, as marked by orange blazes.
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