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Negaunee Rod and Gun Club

Organization focus is safety, education, camaraderie

August 13, 2010
By ANDY NELSON-ZALESKI Journal Staff Writer
NEGAUNEE — A bit more than a century ago, a man named Peter Trudell and some friends organized a sportsmen’s club in Negaunee. The Negaunee Rod and Gun Club was founded in 1908. It is located on 320 acres of wooded property, three miles north of Negaunee off North Road. The club has much to offer a sportsman or family of a sportsman. Its facilities include the clubhouse equipped with a bar, pool table, meeting room and an indoor small bore pistol and rifle range. Outside the clubhouse, there are a variety of types of firing ranges for the pistol, rifle and shotgun enthusiast, including a 600-yard pistol and rifle range with covered shooting positions. Reg Lipp, who is club president, said the club is the only one of a few in the area that offers a 600-yard range. For the shotgun enthusiast, there are two trap ranges, a skeet range and sporting clays courses. In addition, the club’s expansive acreage is open to all members for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities. The club is affiliated with the National Rifle Association, which hosts a number of sanctioned matches throughout the year. Club members have competed in national events including Camp Perry Matches, the Bianchi Cup, Second Chance and The Chevy Challenge. The club also offers an NRA personal protection class several times a year, put on by a certified NRA instructor for those who wish to obtain a concealed pistol license. Jeff Paull, club member and secretary, said 25 years ago he stopped by the club and watched a man shoot a pistol at a target 50 yards away. “He was shooting at a group you could cover with a silver dollar,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.” Paull struck up a conversation with this man and convinced Paull to try it. He has been a member ever since. Becoming a member, which is open to the public, is a simple process of paying an annual cost of $50. In addition to the annual membership, a $2 per-day fee is required to shoot in any of the ranges. There are no requirements for membership, but an age restriction of 18 years or older is needed to apply. “We do encourage participation in the club events which most members are more than willing to do,” Paull said. Said Lipp: “We are one of the oldest and largest growing clubs of its kind in the area, with over 500 active members.” The club is family friendly and strives to support the next generation of hunters and shooters through the club’s junior shooting programs. “These programs such as the hunter safety programs and youth days are meant to introduce young people to the sport,” Paull said. Check out the club’s website at for membership information and upcoming events such as Saturday’s Barry Paris Memorial Shoot.   Andy Nelson-Zaleski can be reached at 906-228-2500 ext. 256. His e-mail address is

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Several members of the Negaunee Rod and Gun Club aim at targets during a recent Monday night pistol league. (Photo courtesy of Reg Lipp)

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"We are one of the oldest and largest growing clubs of its kind in the area, with over 500 active members."

- Reg Lipp, president, Negaunee Rod and Gun Club



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