Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club keeps shooting for recovery

By Tracy McNew

 

Two winters ago, after heavy snowfall followed by rain pummeled Northwest Montana. During that time, the old building that was the Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club collapsed and was destroyed.

The club had insurance on their building, but because the collapse was considered “an act of God,” damages were not covered.

With a small bank account, no insurance money, and annual membership dues of only $5, the club faced a significant challenge to rebuild, but they took the challenge and began to move forward.

Over the past two years, they’ve managed to pick up the pieces, literally and figuratively, maintain group morale, and begin the rebuilding process.

On Sunday, Sept. 16 the Club held their annual Fall trap shoot and for the very first time, served food under their newly constructed pavilion.

The Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club is located right on Hwy. 56 at the south end of Bull Lake across from Bad Medicine Mountain, so even without modern facilities, their location can’t be beat and luckily many others agreed.

That first spring was spent cleaning up debris, said club member Gary Huntsberger. Then the club rented out their site throughout the next two summers and held other fund raisers including bingo, raffles and trap shoots.

Despite having no building, no power, and no running water, the facility was rented every weekend for $200 per night bringing income to the club, and late this summer the new pavilion was constructed.

“It isn’t complete yet,” said Club President Bob Weber. “We hope to have power here next year and a kitchen too. But, things are going pretty well. We are very thankful for everyone who has helped including the Troy HS shop class, J&M Construction, Granite Concrete, Larry Bowman, the Bull Lake Fire Dept., Dennis Riedlinger, Tim Lindsey, Jim O’Neil, the Halfway House and the Silver Spur.

To learn about membership contact Bob at 295-9760. For rental information contact Mark Roesler-Begalke at 295-4994

To enhance the wilderness experiences for youth with fishing, hunting and outdoor activities, the club will consider donating the site to youth groups focusing on outdoor education

Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club’s newly constructed pavilion. Photo by Tracy McNew, The Montanian