United Sportsmen’s Club


It shall be the primary purpose of the United Sportsmen’s Club to provide recreational facilities for its members and their families, to sponsor and promote good sportsmanship through proficiency in marksmanship of all forms and kinds, and to advocate and instruct safety in the practice of the same. It shall be our further object and purpose to forward the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance which are essential of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism.

The Shooting Schedule for 2017

Skeet & Trap – Open 9:00-2:00, Wednesday and Saturdays all year, Sundays March – September. Skeet Derby Monday nights, shooting starts at 6:00pm. Trap Derby Tuesday nights starting April 10 starts at 6:30pm. Annie Oakley – May 28, Skeet Championship June 23, Little Gun challenge – July 4, Veterans Shoot – Nov. 7, Turkey Shoot – Nov. 5, Helias Trap Thurs, nights, FFA Trap Sun. @5:00pm, 4-H Trap Wed Evenings. See Website for more details.

Sporting Clays –Spring/summer hours begin April 4; open 5:00pm to dark Wednesday nights, 11:00am – 3:00pm the first and last Sundays of the month. Winter hours start October 7 no Wednesday nights but open every Sunday. Closed March 11 May 6, June 24, August 12 for Archery Tournaments, (5 stand Open).

Action Pistol – Thursday Night Thunder (TNT) league, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, 3/15 – 11/1 @ Action Pistol range.

Archery – 3D Matches, Registration 7:00-11:00am – January 28, February 25, March 11, May 6, June 24 (individual or team shoot, range finders allowed), August 12 (sponsored shoot).

Rifle – Check our club website for any upcoming matches.

Other Events
June 8-10 – Missouri YHEC (All Ranges)

Check the bulletin board at the club entrance for events held and range closing’s during the year.

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Club News Spring 2018

The USC annual meeting will be at the Runge Nature Center on April 12, 2018, starting at 7:00pm. All members and their families are welcome to attend. Door prizes will be given out. We use this meeting to elect club officers. If you want to run for office please contact any member of the board of directors to get your name on the ballot. You must be a member in good standing for one year to be eligible.

Each of the club ranges has a Range Chairman assigned to ensure the facilities are appropriately maintained and to coordinate group activities that take place on them. When planning any group activity (involving more than five participants) at these ranges please coordinate your efforts with the Range Chairman. All group activities, including those which use the main clubhouse, must be approved by the Board of Directors. The reason for this review is to ensure communication of coordinator responsibilities regarding oversight, safety and insurance requirements, posting of the event, and meets the purpose of our club. An Application for Range Use form can be found on our Website.

The gate and clubhouse card readers will be changed on April 13, 2018. The new gate key (YELLOW card key) will work with the existing card readers and will also work with the new card readers for the gate and clubhouse. The RED gate key will no longer work after April 13 and may be discarded.
When using your gate key make sure it is inserted all the way in. You may even have to wiggle it side to side to get it to work. We have found out that when it rains the gate readers do not operate very well and you may have to move your card around in the reader to get it to open the gate.

The range is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays for all members and invited guests. From April through September the range will be open on Sundays also. Fees remain at $3.00 per round for members and $4.50 per round for guests. The Monday night skeet DERBY begins at 6:30 p.m. with shooting under the lights. The Tuesday night trap DERBY will resume April 10 starting at 5:30pm. For more information please visit our Web site, New shooters are always welcome.

CLUB SHOOTS – The following dates have scheduled events: June 2 – Work Day, (10-2), July 4 – 2 Person scramble: 4 shots to break 3 targets, will start immediately after the Little Gun Challenge and run to 2pm, this is a fundraiser for sporting clays, October 6 – Camo Classic: 3 bird shoots, pump or semi-auto’s needed, 10-2pm, November 7 (10-12) Veteran’s Day Shoot.
FIVE STAND – The new five stand is proving to be very popular at the sporting clays range. Birds are thrown from 8 different traps.

Remember! Eye and ear protection is required when shooting at the sporting clays ranges. Please pick up all empty hulls and boxes.
For more information, contact Jeff Cockerham at 573-291-4145.

A newsletter was sent to members in January letting them know we have let a contract to get the rifle range upgraded to allow safe shooting. Volunteers have stepped up to the plate to run the range as safety officers. The range officers so far have attended the NRA Range Officer Course, paid for by the club. We are still looking for additional range officers. Contact Lawrence Jenkins if interested. We are planning on additional range officer training this year. Center-fire rifle will only be allowed on the rifle range. You may shoot rim-fire rifle on the utility range or black powder ranges and on the rifle range after the upgrades are completed.

The Capital City Bowbenders side of USC continues to have good attendance in all areas of archery – indoor, outdoor, youth leagues, and 3D leagues. The indoor archery range sees a lot of use during the winter months starting with Friday Night Youth leagues which usually start around the first Friday in December. The 2018 schedule for outdoor 3D shoots are Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, May 6, Jun. 24, and Aug. 12.

The youth indoor 3D league started early in December and ends the last Friday in February. We had an average of 25 shooters each night. Thank you to all that help make this event a success every year. YHEC is right around the corner, practice and study sessions will be held soon. For info on getting involved in YHEC or youth shooting, please contact Larry Wilson – 573-338-4623.

As a member of the club, you and your immediate family have the use of the club facilities to fish, shoot archery, and shoot firearms in the designated areas of our property. Your membership does not give you the right to violate the club rules, destroy property, shoot any time any place where you desire. We have designated where it is safe to shoot and we do not allow shooting after dark on ranges that do not have permanently installed lighting. If an eligible family member uses the club without you, you need to make sure they understand our rules. We do not want anyone hurt or damage to club property to occur.

As a club member and firearms owner we encourage you to join the National Rifle Association. By doing this you help support all the work they do in defense of our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The NRA-ILA tracks the issues and alerts members about legislation involving firearms and hunting at the federal, state and local levels of government. Successful legislative action begins with you, the individual member. Membership has other benefits as well. If you do not belong to the NRA please check it out. Their website is

Just a reminder, ear and eye protection is required when shooting firearms on club grounds. Spectators are also required to wear ear and eye protection.

Thanks to the work of workers on range committees and their chairpersons, our club is being taken care of by too many to name here. You know who you are. Thanks for all you do to clean up, pick up, fix up, and run our ranges.