The Dunsmuir Rod & Gun Club was incorporated on August 13, 1956 — over 66 years ago!
The original members were known as the “Hungry Hunters.” These avid hunters and fishermen recognized the need to have a shooting range available for community members. The club began shooting on Mt. Bradley, which is located half way between the town of Dunsmuir and the Castle Crags rock formation.
In approximately 1960, the club moved to its current location, which was leased from the City of Dunsmuir. It was primarily used for rifle practice as the terrain was fairly steep, running east to west. The range was literally carved out of the hillside without cost to the city. Thanks to the National Guard, the range was leveled and began to take shape.
Later the National Guard returned to add the pistol range at the request of the California Highway Patrol. The Patrol, US Forestry Service, the Mount Shasta Police, and the California Department of Justice continue to use the range to train their officers.
The Dunsmuir Connection
Many of the early members of the Dunsmuir Rod and Gun Club were involved in Dunsmuir city government. One of the club’s first presidents was Dunsmuir Mayor Elmer Larson. In 1992, the honorable Judge David E. Otis of the Siskiyou County Municipal Court drafted the club’s original constitution. The club continued to grow in membership and activity. The Dunsmuir Rod and Gun Club has held turkey shoots, Annie Oakley shoots, rim fire rifle competition, trap and pistol shoots.
Subsequently, a single wide trailer, which was used for storage and shelter, was obtained from the Southern Pacific Railroad and placed at the range. It provided many years of refuge until being replaced with our current building.
Today we have trap shooting, a 100-yard rifle range, a 25-yard pistol range and a 15-yard pistol range. The club draws participants from throughout northern and central California and southern Oregon. It remains on leased property belonging to the City of Dunsmuir. As a non-profit organization, the Dunsmuir Rod and Gun Club remains an asset to the community and brings income to the City through visiting participants.