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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

We have complied a list of frequently asked questions

What is Rifles and Reels?

Rifles and Reels Game & Fish is a club that promotes the shooting sports of archery, pistols, rifles and shotguns.  For more information on our different ranges, please click on the RANGES page.

How does Rifles and Reels operate?

Rifles and Reels has been in operation since the 1960’s and is located in Garson, Ontario at 950 Goodwill drive.  We are a self-sufficient and volunteer run club that relies on membership fees for our income and the work of members who can volunteer their time, labour and efforts to maintain, improve and upgrade the club as time and money allows.  Although the club does pay contractors for certain services, a lot of the maintenance, clean-up work, and small projects would not be possible without the help of dedicated members volunteering to help.

How do I become a Member of Rifles and Reels?

Visit our MEMBERSHIP page to sign up now

The first part of the page has the descriptions of the different membership tiers.  The “New Member” button will take you to the form you need to fill out with the 6 step process.  Once you’ve filled it out, you will be contacted to arrange for an orientation time and other details.  The easiest method of payment is by Email Money Transfer, but we also accept cash or cheque.  Sorry, we don’t accept credit or debit cards for payment.

What is expected of me once I become a club member?

Members are expected to use the facility in accordance with the laws and regulations of Canada and Ontario as well as our own club rules.  Members are expected to treat the facility as if it were their own property and not engage in any manner of disrespectful or destructive behaviour, such as damaging club property (i.e. shooting at target frames).  Members who cannot abide by these simple rules will have their membership revoked.

Clean up after yourself.  The club does not have any kind of dedicated cleaning staff.  Members are expected to clean up their own shall casings and garbage. 

Although it is not required, if you are able to, volunteering to help with projects, maintenance or clean-ups is a great way to meet new people and to save the club money by not having to hire contractors.  We have a limited budget every year and the more work we do ourselves, the more maintenance and upgrade projects we can afford.

Why Don't you offer Pro-Rating memberships?

As mentioned earlier, Rifles and Reels is a volunteer run club.  All of the work that goes into maintaining the webpage, creating membership cards, setting up and doing orientations for new members, putting on courses for existing members (i.e. the holster course), etc, etc is all done by volunteers.  This alone takes many, many hours for several people to stay on top of.  Offering pro-rated memberships in the fall already adds a significant amount of work and doing it throughout the whole year would make it even more difficult.  Compare our membership fees ($200 per person at most) to the membership fees of gun ranges in southern Ontario which can run into the thousands of dollars a year and it is easy to see that we have a great club at a very reasonable price.

Is this Club Open to the Public?  Can I rent a firearm with some friends to have a shooting experience?

Rifles and Reels is a members-only range. This club is not open to the general public.  The only people who are granted access to this facility are members and their guests who own their own firearms.  Rifles and Reels is not a business and as such, does not have any firearms that they are able to “rent” to anyone.  Although there may be such clubs in Ontario, I am not aware of any such facility in Sudbury or Northern Ontario.

However, if you do know a member of the club, you can ask to come to the range with them as a guest and use their firearms.  They will be responsible for teaching you the rules and making sure you abide by them.

How do I get my PAL/RPAL in the Sudbury area?

A Canadian Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) can be obtained through our freinds at JOST Training Services or Sudbury Firearms and Hunter Education.

Do you offer lessons for any shooting sports?

Although we do not have a specific Lesson program on site, each range has a director that is knowledgeable and has many years of experience in their respective disciplines.  If you would like some pointers in a certain discipline, please send an email and we will do our best to make arrangements.

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