Rifle and Pistol Ranges are open from 8:00 am until dusk daily. You must be a member to use ranges. Ranges are closed on special occasions. Please check calendar for dates.
The BCC is a dedicated group of individuals promoting the protection and propagation of fish and game in a safe, sportsman-like and law-abiding manner. We encourage young and old alike to get involved with shooting and outdoor sports through our many safety programs and training in the proper care and use of hunting and fishing equipment. Our hope is to maintain for the use of the community our ranges and reserves for the purpose of developing characteristics of good fellowship, self discipline and self-reliance essential to good sportsmanship, true patriotism and citizenship.
Wow! Where has the year gone? The fall 100-bird shoot is at the door step while the Ironman is right around the corner as of this letter. This year has gone so fast. It is mind blowing! I don’t think that it is due to my increasing age. Well, enough of reminiscing, let’s get into this past season.
Amy Thoma and Kevin Rosenau did a great job with this year’s summer trap league. They really keep the squads moving along with quick posting of the weekly stats. While this was going on we were able to enjoy a refreshing beverage in the newly remodeled bar with a new A/C unit while Mother Nature turned up the heat. A big thanks to Steve Beres, Dave Polzin, Jerry Reetz, Gene Thom and others that put the time in to make this club a real treasure. On a more somber note we lost an asset to the club with Darrell having to relinquish his duties of setting and filling the traps for us. Darrell will be deeply missed as his energy always pushed the rest of us with the thought, if he can do it, I can keep going. You will still hopefully see Darrell pulling the trigger on the line, Don’t forget to thank him for his time of service.
Tuesday nights keep getting bigger with more people enjoying JD’s 5 stand, not to mention the increased interest in the skeet field, which is great to see. I want to send out a big Thank You to Ken Basel and his wife and JD-Gary Ross for their dedication to the Tuesday night events. We are very fortunate to have people such as this to dedicate their time and skill sets.
Talking of talents and dedication, Joe Gozinski has taken our 4 event Sporting Clays program to another level with 385 shooters this year! A huge shout out goes to the support of Jerry Reetz, Gary JD Ross and Ken Basel. This is not an easy program to set up as with the way they sometimes set targets I think they're not getting enough sleep! These guys, along with many others who help to make this work, put in huge hours even after the event is complete. I am sure the guys would appreciate any help from time to time as this event keeps getting bigger.
Our registered ATA target program keeps growing with more people from outside the area coming to our facility. We received a lot of compliments this year. But wait, we are not done, so do not put the trap gun away just yet. Big 50’s will be back in September starting on the 11th and go into the first week of October. We will wrap up our season with a National Trapshooting Day Shoot, which will be a 100/100/100 event. Stay tune for posters coming up for this event. Remember, this starts the new season for target count, you need 500/500/300 for state to keep from penalty. Also, your 2-year total should be 1000/1000/600. New shooters will only need the first numbers. Also, just announced, your club will be hosting the Northeast Zone Shoot on May 31 thru June 2. We will need a lot of help to pull this event off. This will show other shooters how fortunate we are to have such a great club. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in helping with this event as we will be starting planning throughout the fall and spring season. The board just approve the purchase of a 3S Scoring System which will help speed things up, but we will need people to be knowledgeable on this system, so we will be training all that want to learn.
While one season wraps up, the next starts with the hunting season. As a new season starts, you will start hearing larger caliber firearms up on the rifle range. A big thank you to Don Konen for helping with our disabled shooters and making one of our tables wheelchair accessible. Also, when talking about hunting, remember the pheasant pickup on Oct. 20th will fall on the same day as the Wisconsin Pheasant season. Mark Trampf, along with Dave Polzin and Bob Pribnow, have really upgraded the facility, not to mention the quality of the birds. Hopefully you all filled out your work cards and take advantage of this program.
It won’t be long and we will be talking about the upcoming banquet. Don Metzger will always welcome more help and ideas to make this event a huge success. If you missed last year you won’t want to miss this one!
In closing, we will have a membership meeting coming up in October and I would really enjoy seeing a full house at this event. This is your club and you have a voice in how it is run. Get involved. The water is fine and you will meet some great people who share the same interest as you! We have a great club which is marching forward to being even better, so hop on and enjoy the ride. This is not just for us but for future generations to enjoy.
Best wishes and see you on the line!
Gary Witzke- President
The Board of Director's Meeting Minutes and BCC Foundation Minutes are now being posted on the website under the About tab, or click HERE to view meeting minutes for this year.
We have listed, with explanations, many of our activities in which you may volunteer. If all +1,600 of you pitch in and volunteer to help with just one thing that is listed, the board members could spend less time themselves making your club successful. Of course, volunteer hours count toward pheasants or shooting cards ... not to mention the feeling of satisfaction for a job well done! Click HERE for more information (last two pages of document).
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Where to Find Us
Our community is located approximately 20 miles from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and situated on both sides of the historic Fox River. Our members are from many parts of Wisconsin as well as a number of other states - and countries!
Please visit the different pages of our website for more information on what our Club is all about and the activities we are involved in.
BCC Banquet Meeting
There will be a meeting for the BCC banquet planning committee on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, at 6:00pm at the Berlin Conservation Club.
Please come to the meeting and share your ideas and get involved with your club. New members and ideas are always welcome.
We hope to see new faces at this meeting as we are always looking for more help on one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.
Looking for the newly ratified by-laws decided on October 8, 2018, or the proposed changes to be decided at the March 2019 meeting? Click here to view them now.
Pheasant Pickup Date
Pheasant's can be picked up on Saturday, October 20th. Early pickup is allowed but you must contact Mark Trampf to schedule date and time.
Wood Duck Houses
The club is once again selling wood duck houses. If you are interested in purchasing some, they are $10.00 each and can be purchased at the club on Sundays during open shooting from 9:00am until noon.
Anybody that worked the Ironman is reminded to get their Iron Man hat from Steve Beres.
The Ironman winner's sheet can be accessed here. We'd like to thank everyone for shooting the Ironman-and for everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success, including volunteers and sponsors. We almost lucked out and had a dry weekend, but for the final squad on the final day (whom really got drenched!). Congrats go to all the winners, including Brian Marotz, who took home his third consecutive Top Gun award. We look forward to seeing you all next year for our 25th Ironman Shoot!
Aerial Photos of Berlin Conservation Club, 5-Stand, and Pheasant Farm
2018 BCC Annual Banquet
Thank You to everyone that turned out for the 27th Annual BCC Banquet. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Thanks to all those that assisted and donated, because without you it would not be possible. We hope everyone had a good time and look forward to seeing you all next year. If you would like to be on the banquet committee or make suggestions for next year, please contact Don Metzger.