Welcome to the Chester Rod and Gun Club home page!
Please check our calendar for current events and activities or review the Agenda listed on the left.
NOTICE: The Indoor Pistol Range has re-opened for use by qualified members.
The Chester Rod & Gun Club, located in picturesque Chester, New Hampshire, was established in 1932 to provide a family friendly environment to promote a variety of archery, fishing and shooting activities. For our growing membership, we offer shooting matches, family oriented competitions, and a clubhouse available for public and corporate functions.
CRGC exists to:
- Promote conservation of natural resources and wildlife.
- Educate people about the responsible, safe and sportsmanlike use of firearms, archery equipment, fishing tackle and related equipment.
- Provide safe range areas to practice the use of firearms, archery equipment, fishing tackle and related equipment.
- Promote the interests of youth in the safe and sportsman like use of firearms, archery equipment, fishing tackle and related equipment.
- Support and follow the rules of the CR&G Club, the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, the laws of the town of Chester, the State of New Hampshire, and the United States of America.
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Get Aquainted with CRGC
Attend one of our monthly Member Meetings or one of our events that are open to the public. Check our club calendar for dates and details.
Fill out an Application Form
Our application form is available online in Adobe Actobat (PDF) format here for download. You may download, print and USPS mail the form to us. Alternately, you may download, edit, save and email the form to us. For electronic form submission, first right-click and "Save Link As...", then fill out the form using a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, for best results. Requirements and details follow ....
Chester Rod & Gun Club provides a comprehensive year round Clays program which includes Sporting Clays, Five Stand, and Wobble Trap that will provide for an enjoyable and challenging shooting experience for all levels of shot gunners.
All of our scheduled Clays shoots are open to the public; new shooters and shooters of all ages and gender are very welcome!
Sporting Clays is open during the summer months (April/May – October) and is conducted on our beautiful wooded nine-station course every Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm and on Saturdays at 10:00AM. Registration begins 30 minutes before the start of the events.
Five Stand is conducted during the winter months (November – March/April) on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on our Five-Stand range utilizing up to fifteen automatic traps and is shot from five covered shooting stations.
Practice Traps: In addition we maintain an automatic “Wobble Trap” located on the Sporting Clays course whic can be used for Clays shooting practice by certified club members and their guest(s) on a daily basis. This trap is closed during the winter months at which time two traps on the 5-Stand course are opened for certified Club members and their guest(s).
Four Night Youth Archery Tournament
Have you never been to an archery but would like to try it? Are you looking to get more indoor target practice? Ten Point Tips JOAD Club is hosting a 4 Night Youth Archery Tournament at Chester Rod & Gun Club. The tournament is open to anyone age 20 or under as of December 31, 2015.
This year Chester Rod and Gun Club is sponsoring and paying full tuition for FOUR children (boys, or girls) age 10 to 16, at the UNH 4-H and NH Fish and Game Barry Conservation Camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Two winners will be drawn to participate in the Shooting Sports session June 21-26, and two winners will be drawn for the Fishing Camp session July 5-10.* Applicants will choose which they want to apply for by use of the appropriate application. Applicants may enter both drawings using separate applications, but will only be eligible to win one prize.
The member’s trap currently resides on Station 4 on the Sporting Clays Course. For members wishing to utilize this trap, we will certify you on its usage about 7:00 pm Wednesdays and 12:30 pm on Saturdays, after the cessation of Sporting Clays.
A few notable points of interest
Target Loads only (7.5, 8 or 9 shot size). Absolutely no magnums, high brass 12 gauge or water foul loads. Please shoot only from designated stand. Please remember to disarm the trap, to disconnect the battery when finished and to cover the trap. Please clean up when you are done. We have a blue container next to the stand for hull disposal. The member’s trap has been frequently damaged, so please let us know if there are any issues so we can address them. Please refrain from trying to make repairs without notifying somebody on the Clays Committee.
New Steel Plates Range
Our steel plates range has been very popular with members, but was in run-down condition due to its frequent use and basic wood and sheet metal construction. So after Member approval, all new steel construction was created for both the plates and the overhead structure. The goals were to create a range that was safe, professional in appearance, fun to shoot and economical to maintain. All surfaces facing the shooter are angled down or to the side for safety. The plates themselves are of a new design which is expected to give them much longer life. However, when they need replacement, their design is simple to cut out and economical to replace. Additional center-fire and rim-fire sets of plates were added and plenty of room is allowed between shooters. A further improvement is that the firing positions are covered from the weather.
The Plate Rack Range is located at the end of the Trap Range next to the Bowling Pin Pit. There is no certification/qualification required to use the fixture and you may use it any time during normal outdoor range hours.
The real challenge is to get one's five heavy bowling pins off the table during the distraction of five other loud and sometimes rapidly firing handguns. Hint: Your firearm and ammunition must powerful enough to drive the 4-pound pins back a long three feet to be knocked clearly off the table top.
Action Shooting is a shooting discipline offered at CRGC to all members in good standing. In order to participate in this challenging activity, members are required to attend and pass a certification class which explains policies, procedures, and requirements as well as tests the individual’s skill sets in safe gun handling and shooting abilities. The certification class will take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete, including a short written exam and then a simple live fire test.
Range Officers on Weekend Duty
When you come to the outdoor ranges on Saturdays and Sundays these days, you’ll find each range has a trained volunteer Range Officer (safety green vest) in attendance. Their job is to assure that everyone at the range is able to shoot in a safe environment. And yes, if you break a Range Rule, you’ll hear about it, or you may even be cited. But don't you want to be sure every shooter on the line is acting to keep you safe as well as themselves?