South Kent Sportsman's Club
Dorr, Michigan

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we here most often.  This page is organized into these areas:

If you don't see your question answered here, submit it to info@sksc.org and we'll get back to you in a day or two.

Please do NOT use info@sksc.org for membership correspondence, instead please use sksc2536@charter.net

General Questions

Q: How do I join SKSC?
A: Stop in and visit us when our manager is on duty (see times below)

  • Memberships are for adult members of households
    • Any adult who watches our Safety Video and is listed on the application can shoot on our ranges and bring in guests
  • You must watch our Safety Video and pass 50 Question Test
  • Fill out an application after you watch the video
  • New members need the endorsement of two current SKSC members when they fill-out their membership application
  • Dues + Work Fee = $140 per year.
    • Dues = $100
    • Work Fee = $40
      • Waived for seniors over 62
      • Waived if you provide 4 hours of service the previous year
  • $10 one-time-fee for your electronic key-card
    • $10 replacement fee for lost or broken key card
  • Attach your payment to the application and leave it with the manager
    • SKSC does NOT accept credit cards - checks or cash only
  • Your application will be voted on at the next Board of Directors meeting
    • Held the 2nd Monday of each month
  • Your membership card and gate key will be mailed to you, within 1 week after the Board meeting

Q: How do I renew my SKSC membership?
A: There are two ways for current members to renew:

  1. In person, stop by during Trap & Skeet hours, bring last-years membership card and money, expect 2 to 3 weeks if you also need a new electronic key-card.
      --  OR  --
  2. By mail (usually faster), send a self addressed, stamped envelope, a check, filled out waiver and any claims for work credit to:
       Renewal
       3581 92nd St. SE
       Caledonia, MI 49316

Note: You must send completed waiver each year.

Waiver: Click here to download the waiver.

Q: What are Work Fees and Work Days?
A: We schedule a club work day on the 4th Saturday of the month from March through September; from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Members who volunteer 4 or more hours of work to the club will receive a $40 credit for the next year's membership.  The work fee is also waived for senior members.  You can come to a work day, work the SKSC table at a local gun show, or help us with the many other projects we have going at the club.  SKSC is a member-owned and member-operated club, so if you see something that needs doing, let a board member know your plans, volunteer the time and energy and get $40 off next year's membership.

Note: For 2020 calendar year 4 hours is worth $60 and no one is exempt without board approval.

Q: What does SKSC offer for Trap & Skeet?
A: We have 2 Trap and 2 Skeet ranges.  These ranges have great lighting for night time use.  Our #1 Trap and #2 Skeet ranges also have vertical "wobble" capability too.  Trap and Skeet ranges are open to the public on:

  •  Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  •  Tuesday and Thursday: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

You do not have to be a SKSC member to shoot Trap & Skeet, but members do get a discount.  We have a limited supply of shotgun shells for sale at the club too.  The price of clay targets has been steadily rising over the past few years; but we try to keep our prices as low as we can:

  • Members
    • $5.00  cash per line
    • $40.00 for a 10-punch card
  • Junior & Senior Members
    • $4.00  cash per line
    • $35.00 for a 10-punch card
  • Non-Members
    • $5.00  cash per line
    • $50.00 for a 10-punch card
  • Associate Membership
    • $40.00 - This is a limited membership for Trap & Skeet only during open hours
    • Gives membership prices for Trap & Skeet lines/cards

Eye and ear protection are required on all ranges at all times.

Members may use the Trap & Skeet fields during off-hours from 9:00 a.m. until dusk, but you must use your own targets and equipment (the club's equipment is locked up).

More info can be found on our Trap and Skeet FAQ page here.

Q: Are there member meetings?
A: SKSC holds monthly meetings for our general membership at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month in our club house.  SKSC is a member-owned and member-operated club, and these meetings are your opportunity to find out what is going on within SKSC and voice your opinions and ideas to the membership.  Elections for board members are held at the December meeting where roughly one-third of the board members are up for election.  A full review of the club's finances are usually held at the meeting in February.

The SKSC Board of Directors meet at 8:00 p.m. on the same Monday evenings.  The public and members are welcome to attend our board meetings too.

Q: Does SKSC have a news letter?
A: SKSC publishes a news letter 3 - 4 times annually.  Members can have a newsletter e-mailed to them or pickup at clubhouse.  Of course the latest SKSC news is also available from our web site - click here.

Q: SKSC is a member MUCC Club, how do I get the MUCC Magazine?
A: MUCC dropped the magazine as part of the club dues two or three years ago.  MUCC has a digital version on-line which is available to all SKSC members.  You will have to supply your e-mail address to the MUCC (not SKSC) and they will send you the link for the magazine each month.  The MUCC web-site can be found here.


Questions Regarding Our Ranges

Q: What ranges will I find at SKSC?
A: SKSC has the following ranges:

  • 2 Lighted Skeet fields (one with wobble)
  • 2 Lighted Trap fields (one with vertical wobble)
  • 18 general purpose bunkers
  • 1 rim-fire rifle range: 25yd, 50yd, 75yd & 100yd
  • 1 200-meter rifle range: 50m, 100m, 150m & 200m
    • 1 IHMSA range
  • 1 500-meter rifle range
    • Rim-fire-only: 40m, 60m, 77m & 100m
    • Center-fire: 200m, 300m, 377m & 500m
  • 15 competition pistol ranges (use requires approval by Board of Directors)

Q: As a member, how many friends can I bring with me to the ranges?
A: Members can bring as many people to shoot with as they can watch at any one time; therefore, you can bring as many people as you are able to safely handle.  Each member is the range safety officer for their group, so everyone MUST shoot on the same range that the SKSC member is monitoring.  If all the other people are experienced shooters, then the job is a bit easier.  If there are any new shooters in the group, then we suggest you keep the group small - ideally one-on-one.  Remember, not everybody knows our club rules - so we look to you to keep your friends safe.

Q: My electronic gate key-card doesn't work any more, what now?
A: Did you pay your dues this year?!?  The key-cards may look tough, but the electronics inside definitely don't like to be bent or warped - so if you stuff them in your wallet, they won't last long.  If you've paid your dues and the gate won't open, your key-card is likely broken. Put your old key-card, name, mailing address and a $10 check payable to SKSC in an envelope and sent it to the address below; and we'll send you a brand-new key-card.  Turn-around time is usually 5 to 6 days.

SKSC Membership - Key-Card
3581 92nd St SE
Caledonia, MI  49316

Q: Why are there gates on the roads to the 500 and 200 meter ranges?
A: SKSC is a member-owned and member-operated club, therefore, only members and their accompanied friends may use our ranges.  Trap and Skeet are open to the public when the manager is present on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday; therefore the main gate at 140th Avenue will be open.  The individual range gates will remain locked when the main road gate is open.  The only exception is when we are holding rifle or pistol matches on either the 500 or 200 meter ranges, our our match bunkers on the 200 meter range road.  As a member, you will receive the combination to these gates, and if you are ever in doubt as to whether an internal range gate should be locked or left open, the safest answer is to go ahead and lock the gate.  If you see an organized shooting event (rifle or pistol) on our 200 meter range complex, you may also leave that gate open as the staff running the match is also monitoring the use of the other ranges.

Q: Which ranges can I use for center-fire rifles?
A: Here is a simple answer:  If the back-stop you are shooting at is taller that you are, then you may use any rifle or pistol.  If the back-stop is shorter than you, then it is for .22 rim-fire rifle or pistols ONLY!  The only exception to this simple rule is the metallic handgun silhouette range at the extreme South end of the 200 meter range, where straight-wall center-fire pistols may be used.  On the 500-meter range, the 40m, 60m, 77m and 100m back-stops are for .22 rim-fire ONLY as shown below.

500m Back-Stops

Q: What are the rules for proper targets at SKSC?
A: The best way to answer this is with a few examples:

  • Right Targets:
    • Paper  (paper plates make great cheap targets)
    • Cardboard, cardboard & wood lathe and cardboard boxes
    • Swinging (metal) targets
      • But be very careful of ricochets
    • Tin cans are OK, but must be picked up when you’re done
      • Watch out for sharp edges
  • Wrong Targets:
    • Anything that breaks or shatters  (example: glass, clay targets)
    • Anything flammable or explosive  (example: propane tanks)
    • Anything that may cause a ricochet off the range
  • Don't shoot our barrels,  posts or rails
  • Clean up your mess when you are done!

Q: What are the rules for target placement at SKSC?
A: All targets must be placed at the base of the back-stop as shown below.  If you wish to shoot at a shorter range, then move your firing line closer to the target.  Your target should NEVER be more than 1-yard from the base of the back-stop.  Occasionally, the stages of our USPSA and IDPA matches may violate this rule; however, ALL shooting during these matches is under the direct supervision of a range safety officer.

Target Placement

You may fasten your target to our target stands, or use your own as long as they are placed above our target rails.  Please do not place your targets in front of our silhouette target rails, they take enough of a beating already.

Proper Target Placements

Q: Can I use machine-guns at SKSC?
A: Yes, but we have a few extra rules for select-fire and other automatic firearms.  You may download our official policy here, and a few of the highlights are listed blow:

  • You must call the Allegan County Sheriffs Department (269-673-3899) BEFORE you begin shooting and let them know that legally registered machine guns will be in use at SKSC.
  • In order to be kind to our neighbors, please limit your range use to the period after 12:00 p.m. and finish before 5:00 p.m.
  • Shooters shall take extra precautions to control muzzle-rise and be sure all projectiles stop in the lower half of the back-stop.
  • Shoot no more than 5-round bursts at a time.
  • Sub-machine-guns using straight-wall center-fire pistol cartridges may be used on any center-fire range or bunker.  The back-stop MUST be taller than you are!
  • The 2 Southern-most general-purpose bunkers should be used for machine guns in order to limit the damage these firearms cause to our back-stops.

Matches and Events

Q: What is the  "101 Class"?
A: This class is mandatory, prior to shooting any of the action pistol sports, unless you hold a classification in any one of the action pistol sports.  It is geared toward any shooter that has not participated in action pistol games before. If you cannot produce a classification card in one of the following...IDPA, USPSA (IPSC), or Steel Challenge, this class is for you. This class is to teach the range expectations, proper gun handling, and safety. Contact your Match Director if you have participated but are not classified.  The class will focus on:

  • Action Pistol Shooting
  • Range Orientation
  • Safety Procedures
  • Range Commands
  • Classifications and Gun Divisions
  • Basic Gun Handling Skills
  • Stage Demonstration
  • and much more

Class size will be limited, but spots are still open. You’ll need: eye and ear protection, handgun 2 magazines, strong side holster, and 50 rounds of ammunition. Cost is free. Class starts at 9:00 am, on the Saturday when the matches are held.

Besides being mandatory for new to action shooting at SKSC shooters, we strongly recommend this class for any newer shooter who may have questions on some of the safety aspects of our sports: Safe Areas, Cold Range, 180 rule, etc.

Please contact the Match Director for your event (IDPA, USPSA or Steel Challenge) to sign up.  See the FAQ page for your event to find the coresponding Match Director.

Q: What is IDPA?
A: IDPA - International Defensive Pistol Association
    See our IDPA FAQ page here.

Q: What is USPSA?
A: USPSA - United States Practical Shooting Association
    See our USPSA FAQ page here.

Q: What is IHMSA?
A: [coming soon]

Q: What is NRA Rifle Silhouette?
A: See our NRA Rifle Silhouette FAQ page here.

Q: What is Bench Rest Silhouette?
A: See our Bench Rest Silhouette FAQ page here.

Q: What is CMP?
A: See our CMP Rifle FAQ page here.

Q: What is the Steel Challenge?
A: See our Steel challenge FAQ page here.

Q: What is 3-Gun?
A: See our 3-Gun FAQ page here

Q: What about Trap and Skeet at SKSC?
A: Have a look at our Trap and Skeet page here.

Q: What is a Project Appleseed Event?
A: SKSC is coordinating with the non-profit, Project Appleseed, for Project Appleseed to offer their rifle instruction at SKSC. The events are run by highly trained volunteers focused on safety.

See https://appleseedinfo.org/ for more information about Project Appleseed.

These weekend instructions will teach the traditional rifle marksmanship skills and once the participate has earned the title of “Rifleman” and “KD Qualified” they should have the skills to use the 200 yard and 500 yard ranges safely. Project Appleseed instruction also includes the more advanced rifleman skills needed to participate in the CMP and NRA HP Rifle Silhouette matches.

Project Appleseed instruction does qualify as the marksmanship activity needed in order to obtain a CMP M1 Garand or 1903A3 rifle, request the paperwork at sign-up or at the event.

If interested in becoming a Project Appleseed instructor please see https://appleseedinfo.org/our-instructors/

If interested in the CMP or NRA HP Rifle Silhouette matches, please see their information pages for more information.

See our Appleseed FAQ page here.