Kelowna & District
Fish and Game Club

Range Hours:
M-F: 9:00 am to Dusk
Weekends: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Office Hours:
Tues & Thurs: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

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Rifle and Pistol Range Rules

The following safety rules exist for safe and courteous shooting while using the Club's Ranges. In addition to the rules specified here, unique rules and safety recommendations exist for different ranges and shooting disciplines.  It is the responsibility of each member to know the rules that apply to the range and their shooting discipline.

ACTS and PROVE – The Club stresses the fundamental firearm safety principles of ACTS and PROVE as taught in the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.

  • Assume every Firearm is loaded
  • Control muzzle direction at all times
  • Trigger finger must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard
  • See that the firearm is unloaded—PROVE it safe

  • Point the Firearm in the safest available direction 
  • Remove all ammunition 
  • Observe the chamber(s) 
  • Verify the feeding path 
  • Examine the bore for obstructions

However, note that KDFGC’s Rife and Pistol Range Rules require:

    1. Uncased firearms must always be pointed down Range.
    2. When examining a bore for obstructions, use a rod while pointing the firearm down Range. Or remove the bolt or action and look down Range through the chamber/breech. Never examine the bore by looking down the muzzle of a firearm while at a Range.

RANGE OFFICERS - The Club qualifies and appoints Range Officers (“Club RO(s)”) who report to the Club’s Range Manager.  Club ROs can be identified by their membership cards. ROs have complete control of a Range and its shooters. Their instructions MUST always be followed.

In most cases, infractions are resolved by a friendly reminder by a RO. However, the Club Range Manager, a Club RO, or a Club Director has the authority to suspend membership immediately for serious or repeated infractions. See the Club’s Disciplinary Policy for more details.

ACTING RANGE OFFICERS - By regulation, when one or more persons are at a shooting range, one person must be designated as an acting Range Officer (“Acting RO”). Not all Ranges are continually supervised by Club ROs. It is necessary to establish who will be the Acting RO when two or more shooters are at a Range. The Acting RO is responsible for enforcing Range rules and has full authority over the Range and its shooters. Using the Disciplinary Policy as a guide, the Acting RO must report Level II or III violations to a Club RO, the Club’s Range Manager, or a Club staff member at the Club Office.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL - It is strictly prohibited for anyone to consume or be under the influence of alcohol or any drug, prescription or otherwise, that can impair a Member's or Guest's judgement or reflexes while on a Range.

ARRIVING AT THE RANGE - All Members and Guests MUST register before being on a Range. Members can register by using their membership cards at secure entry points and Guests can be registered by Members at the Guest Registration building. Members are encouraged to back-in to range parking spots. All Firearms must remain cased until on the firing line and cased on the firing line when shooting is complete. (For shotgun sports and IPSC shooters there are designated safe areas for the casing and un-casing of firearms.) Look for indications that other shooters are using the Range (e.g. parked cars, red flag up, Firearms on benches.) If there is evidence of other shooters on the Range, DO NOT cross the safety line until given permission by the Club or Acting RO.

EAR and EYE PROTECTION - Ear and eye protection is mandatory at all rifle, pistol, and shotgun Ranges. If there is evidence of other shooters on a Range then put on ear and eye protection before approaching.

RANGE FLAGS - When Firearms are present on a Range, a RED flag must be posted. When the last Member leaves the Range and Firearms are no longer present then the RED flag must be removed and replaced with a GREEN flag. These rules also apply to the indoor range except that the flags are replaced with lights.

UNPACKING YOUR FIREARM - Once given permission by the Club or Acting RO (unless alone), take the cased Firearm to the firing line. Uncase the Firearm with the muzzle pointed down range then place the Firearm on the bench with the muzzle pointed down range at a target board. Whenever a Firearm is on a bench and there is a Cease Fire at the Range the Firearm must be put in a Safe Condition (i.e. its muzzle must be pointed down range, its action open for easy inspection, and empty of any ammunition and removable magazines). Any other manner is unacceptable!

POSTING and RETRIEVING TARGETS - Before proceeding to post or retrieve a target on a target board the Club or Acting RO (unless alone) must issue a Cease Fire command, all Firearms must be checked they are in a Safe Condition, and all shooters must be behind the safety line. If there is no safety line then stand at least 3 feet back from the firing line. During a Cease Fire, nobody can approach the firing line or handle a Firearm for ANY reason. All shooting must be at paper targets posted on approved target boards. No humanoid-shaped targets are allowed.

SHOOTING - Shooting must only occur after the "Commence Fire" command has been given by the Club or Acting RO (unless alone). All shooting must stop immediately after a Cease Fire or Stop command. Anyone can issue a Cease Fire or Stop command at any time. All shooting must be aimed and accurate. No shooting from the hip or rapid fire beyond the shooters ability to maintain rounds on their posted target. No cross shooting is allowed.  All shooters must shoot at targets posted in the target boards in front of them.  Muzzle control must always be maintained. The Firearm must point downrange at the target board at all times. Fingers must be kept out of the trigger guard and off the trigger unless the shooter is on target and ready to fire.

LEAVING the RANGE - When finished shooting, all firearms must be cased before leaving the firing line.  Collect any spent cartridges and used targets.  If you are not going to reload the cartridges then you can put them in the spent cartridge container on the Range.  Please put any other garbage in the garbage can.

RANGE and FIREARM SAFETY is EVERYONE'S BUSINESS. No Member should overlook an unsafe act. If you see an issue, respectfully remind other Members of the Club’s Range and Firearms safety rules. And if you are reminded of these rules, please thank the person doing the reminding. If there is any doubt about proper range procedure, speak to a Club RO or the Range Manager.


In the event of a medical emergency:

  • Anyone may call a Cease Fire. The Club or Acting RO will take command of the scene. Anyone with first aid training will be asked to render help to the injured. 
  • The Club or Acting RO will call or delegate someone to call 911 and calmly give the necessary information to emergency personnel. 
  • If possible, the Club or Acting RO will or delegate someone to go to the main gate with their Membership Card to get emergency personnel inside the gates and to direct them to the site of the incident. 
  • If the situation is life threatening and nobody can be found to open the main gate for emergency personnel then the gate may be forced open by any means. 
  • Report the incident to the Club Office.
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