• Dawn Riley

Vermilion Gun Club Open House Coming Soon


Len Chetter aka “Maverick” with his Cowboy Firearms. Photo Dawn Riley

Now in its 19th season, the Vermilion Gun Club has developed into a well-established club in the Vermilion Area. To show community members everything they have to offer, the club will be holding an Open House and Member Appreciation Day on August 7.

The club, renamed in 2011, was actually established in 2002 as the Vermilion and District Fish and Game Gun Club on an old gravel pit site. Over time, the club has grown to include roughly 300 members and has built an excellent facility south of Vermilion for members to hone their firearm skills and enjoy time with fellow enthusiasts.

Relying entirely on volunteers for maintenance of the grounds, the shooting range encompasses a covered firing line shelter, clubhouse, five different distance berms, outhouses, a storage shed and several traps for the stand trap field. This year’s summer workbee, held this past Saturday added mesh windscreens to the firing line and clubhouse, providing some much-appreciated shelter from bugs and wind. There are plans to enhance the clubhouse, including a freshwater tank, and some kitchen features to provide a venue for members to relax in. Dwayne Gorniak, President of the club is looking forward to all the changes the club has planned over the next few years, including the possibility of a small camping area, and praises all the volunteers the club has relied on to build their facility.

Not only is the range open to members from ‘dawn to dusk’, it also hosts a few weekly themed activities, including Cowboy Action Shoots on Mondays (using replica 1800 firearms), Trap Shoots on Wednesdays and Sundays, and Military Style Rifle shooting on the third Tuesday of every month.

To be part of the club, members must possess a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), which is renewable every five years. This license is obtained through the federal government.

The club would like to invite the community to an Open House and Member Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They encourage people to come out and experience a “Fun Day” of Pistol, Rifle and Trap Shooting, watch a Cowboy Action Shooting Demonstration and enjoy a Free BBQ Lunch and Refreshments. This “Free” event is open to everyone interested in firearms and the World of Sport Shooting. Everyone over 18 years of age attending will have a chance to win one of two draws for a 2022 Regular membership and one draw for a 2022 Family membership to the Vermilion Gun Club.

Safety equipment, individual instruction and firing line supervision will be provided. Firearms and ammunition will be provided and limited to 22 cal. handguns, 22 cal. rifles and 12 ga. shotguns.

For more information about the Vermilion Gun Club and gun range visit the

Vermilion Gun Club Web-page at https://www.vermiliongunclub.ca or

Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vermiliongunclub.ca

For more info or to volunteer to help at the Open House please contact:

Bob Cholowski – 780-853-4690.

Doreen McRobert – 780-853-0406.

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