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.
Happy Fall to you all! This time of year is bitter sweet as most of us set down the trap gun and pick up the trusty hunting firearm and hit the great natural resources of Wisconsin. I hope you all have a great season in whatever game you are after. But enough of that let’s look at what has been happening at the club and what is coming up!
Let’s start with our bread and butter, the trap leagues. A big shout out to Amy Thoma and Kevin Rosenau as I believe they put on a great program this season for all the participants. My only disappointment is that we did not see you all at the awards banquet. This banquet serves two issues, one, great comradery and two, a way for you to voice your concerns or approval of how your league is run. This is not to mention the great steaks which are served as well. Amy and the group are always open to suggestions on what you want out of your league party. Speaking of the league, Amy did open nominations for the position of President for the trap league. While Amy has done a great job, she is a great magician with juggling her work and enjoyment of family with the league. Amy has stated should no one come forward she would cover the upcoming year again. Another way to help Amy is to donate some time to help ease the burden of this program as I know Amy will never turn down help!
Another big splash this year was the Sporting Clay events which were headed by Joe Gozinski with the aid of his two sidekicks, Gary JD Ross and Jerry Reetz. These guys did a remarkable job in putting up a top shelf program which continues to grow yearly. But as we talked about previously, these programs take time and volunteers. Sound familiar. These are big events which take time to set up and run not to mention take back down. These guys are going to burn out, and as stated earlier, they will never turn away any help. Please, next year check your schedule early and gives these guys some help. This can only make us better!
Tuesday Night open shooting this year has just started to explode with activity whether shooting trap or challenging your marksmanship with JD's rubik's cube of shooting with his fantastic 5 stand set up. It is great to see the following that has brought some new shooters along with some that have been away for a while back in the fold. For his dedication, Thanks JD, in what you have done for the club! This is not to mention the new surge in skeet shooters. A big thank you goes out to Ken Basel and his wife for the time put in allowing shooting of different disciplines on another night at BCC. While the season is now over please make plans to attend next year as this just keeps getting better!
Registered target season is in hibernation but not for long as we will be abuzz this next year as the BCC will hold its first Northeast Zone Shoot. This is a 3-day event starting on May 31 through June 2. Some of the area’s best shooters will be in attendance to warm up for the Wisconsin State Shoot which continues to grow. This event will need a lot of volunteers for tasks such as scoring, food and beverage vending, trap fillers, maintenance, daily set up and take down personnel. Tyler Thoma has started to gather individuals to form committees to have this event pull off smoothly. This will be as big as the Shooting 4 a Reason which has been so successful in the past thanks to volunteers and committee that the organization has. Please check your calendar now to set aside some time for next year to assist with this event. A new scoring device was just purchase for the registered target program and was trialed this last week. While some operator issues need to be addressed, we will be looking for volunteers to learn to use this system for many of our upcoming events not just registered targets.
Speaking of last week, a big Thank you to those that came out and helped for the National Trapshooting Day. A Big Thanks goes to Tyler Thoma and Mike Bloesel along with Steve Klika and Les Fritz, including some of the Terminators. Mother Nature once again decided to water the area during the event which dampened the day. We did however hand out $434.00 in prize money. This shoot was to give back to the WTA in which we donated the shooting proceeds of $575.00. We will keep doing this event and challenge the other 33 ranges which throw registered targets to do the same. These funds help the WTA maintain a top shelf shooting facility which just keeps doing better and getting bigger!
On a more somber note, Steve Beres who has been the head coach of the Target Terminators, has decided to step down from the position for personal reasons. Steve will still stay involved with the Midway Foundation which allows endowments for youth teams to reduce the cost of shooting expenses. I want to thank Steve personally for all his time and effort in continuation of a program which allows our youth to enjoy the sport we all enjoy. You will be missed but not forgotten. Steve did state on a happier note that he will help to continue to grow the program whichever way he can. Please take time to Thank Steve for his dedication when you see him as he is a valuable asset to the club. Remember that this club needs to have the youth program as a way to keep this club moving forward and staying fresh.
Many of you will be heading to the rifle range shortly to sight in Betty Lou for the big hunt. A couple of neat changes as Don Konen has taken charge and made some requested modifications at the range. The first was to make a shooting bench wheel chair accessible for our handicap shooters. Lastly, just in is a lead sled for that table which was brought up as a suggestion at the annual fall meeting. The income with the range continues to grow with the approaching of the whitetail season, best luck to all!
It is a little hard to not see that we have some construction going on at the club. Your BOD has first replaced a second heating and A/C unit for the building along with adding more insulation above the bar area. Secondly we have had the handicap pathways for trap 5 poured along with a completion of the sidewalk along the north end of the clubhouse, as well as a pad poured for the dumpsters on the south end of the clubhouse. Also addressed was the handicap area by the range as well as prepping the drainage from the warehouse to prevent further erosion of our parking lot. The concrete slab will be poured heading into next year which allows smoother transition for the tractor to the shed which has become difficult to maneuver. Lastly a long debated program of installing new efficient windows will begin this fall thanks to Mike Sina and Ronnie Moderow. The club will be seen in a new light!
Lastly I want to Thank each and every member for making this club one of the state of Wisconsin’s best shooting facilities. A big shout out goes to my Friday cleaning crew that keeps the club looking great as well as keeping the traps full. Thanks guys by the way they are always looking for help as well, if interested contact Bob Pribnow or Ken Keenlance. There might be a top shelf donut in for you as well as let’s just say coffee. Also thanks to Larry and Corey that keep the yard looking nice not to mention the S----W that is not too far away. I know I sound like a broken record but please consider giving some time back to the club in whatever capacity it is always appreciated and rewarded.
Hope to see you all at this year’s banquet as they are drumming up a big event as usual so watch for announcements and come join the fun! Also do not forget about our winter trap league and archery league. A great way to make the winter a little shorter. Best of luck to those heading out for the 30 pointer and be safe! Remember this is your club, make it great
See you at the Club-“Load Clip”
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.
Sneek Peek of Club Renovations
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.
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.