The Wildlife Committee of Washington, Inc. (WCW) is a non-profit sportsman's club incorporated in 1945. It is non-partisan
and non-sectarian. Membership is open to any citizen of good character with a desire to promote wildlife conservation
and the hunting, fishing and shooting sports.
The WCW has owned and operated the Kenmore Shooting Range for the benefit of it's membership and the local community
since 1953. All dues, fees and operating profits received by the WCW are used to maintain and improve its facilities
and to promote the club's basic goals. The WCW is self-supporting and debt free.
The club has an Annual meeting on the second Wednesday of April at 8PM in the Clubhouse. This meeting has as its
primary busines the election of officers and trustees, and the approval of the next fiscal year's budget. Other
club business meetings may be called as needed by the Board of Directors.
Members receive a monthly club newsletter, either by internet or regular mail. The newsletter is the club's primary
method of informing the membership of items of interest, policy changes and up-coming meetings, classes and events.
Each newsletter has a calendar of the next two month's activities included.
We also maintain an internet web site to which the newsletter is published every month:
The web site has descriptions and photos of the club and its facilities and activities, a printable new member
application form, maps and driving instructions, links to other web sites of interest, and a member's section with
the important forms available for printing and classified ads.
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A Board of Directors consisting of six Executive Officers, five Trustees and the immediate Past President manages
the WCW. The Board is responsible for managing the facility and the club's business operations, providing administrative
services for the membership, handling the finances, setting policy, and managing the employees.
The Officers and Trustees are non-compensated members who have volunteered their time to work on the club's behalf.
The Board members stand for election every year. Any member in good standing and desiring to serve may submit (in
January/February) their name to the Board for nomination and they will be included on the ballot. Ballots are included
in the newsletter sent out at the end of March and are counted at the April annual meeting.
The President is the "Chairman of the Board" and "CEO", chairs the club and Board meetings,
insures that all aspects of the club work effectively, and enforces all club rules and policies. The Board of Trustees,
a subsection of the Board, is responsible for controlling the physical assets of the club and insuring that the
authorized committees operate effectively.
The club's general meeting in April is the "Annual" meeting. This is the start of the club's financial
fiscal year and the Board presents a budget for approval by the membership. The approved budget sets the financial
agenda for the Board and authorizes the year's spending and projects.
The Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 8PM in the Chalet. The business portion of
the Board meeting is conducted in closed session, however any member may address the Board before it goes into
executive session and present any views which may be of benefit or interest to the club. Occasionally the Board
may invite committee chairmen to stay through the executive session.
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The WCW is organized into Committees which are responsible for the approved club activities. The Archery, Range
and Shotgun committees each perform maintenance and improvement projects on their respective ranges, under Board
approval and supervision, and organize and hold approved events. They offer recommendations to the Board on safety,
improvements, maintenance, operation, and activities in their respective areas.
Each committee has a chairman, elected by the committee and approved by the Board, to chair the meetings, make
reports and act for the committee on any item needing immediate attention.
The Shotgun Committee meets on the second Monday of each month. The Range Committee meets on the third Wednesday
of each month. The Archery Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month. The Archery and Range committee
meetings start at 7:30 PM in the Chalet and the Shotgun committee meets at 9 PM at the shotshack after a "members
only" shoot starting at 7PM.
The Big Game and Fishing Committees host social events, organize outings and provide instructors for the State
certified Hunter Safety classes. The Legislative Committee coordinates our involvement with other political action
groups who are concerned with hunting, fishing and firearm legislation. They keep the general membership informed
on proposed legislation.
The above mentioned committees are all open to any member with an interest in the area and a willingness to attend
meetings. All monthly meetings are open and any member can become involved with as many committees as their time
and interest permits.
The Firearms Education Committee is open only to NRA certified instructors. Members interested in becoming a certified
instructor should contact the committee's chairman. The committee holds NRA certified classes to meet the demand
in the community. Home Firearms Safety classes and beginning Shotgun Clinics are held every month.
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We have several youth groups. The Youth Rifle Group shoots weekly during the school year and receives instruction
in four position rifle. They go on several field trips each year to attend matches around the Puget Sound area
and spend time working through the NRA junior Olympic qualification courses.
The Youth Archery Group has a JOAD charter and is one of the best in the nation. Our instructors and coaches are
nationally recognized. The group participates competitively in national and international matches. The group meets
Monday and Friday from 5pm to 7pm throughout the year.
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While we have employees whose primary responsibility is to supervise the safe use of our facility, range safety
is the responsibility of each and every member of the club. If a member does not take immediate action when seeing
a safety violation or a hazardous situation, he will be disciplined by the controlling committee or the Board.
Children on the grounds demand extra diligence on the part of the members to insure their safety and well being.
Remember you are responsible for everything you see and we expect you to keep your eyes open and to take appropriate
and immediate action when necessary.
The condition of the facility is also the responsibility of each and every member. Anything needing repair or correction
should be reported to the Rangemaster or to a club officer. Trash should be attended to immediately. Pick it up!
Alcohol is not permitted on the club grounds for any reason whatsoever. It is the responsibility of each and every
member to prevent the use of alcohol anywhere on the property by members or non-members alike. Ask any violator
to immediately leave the property and report the incident to the Rangemaster or a club officer.
All members are required to wear their membership cards while they are on the facility. The card should be displayed
as to be plainly visible so there is no doubt as to a member's status. This is your individual responsibility…..it
is not the rangemaster's job to keep track of the status of your membership. No card, no membership benefits.
Work party participation by every member is encouraged. Work parties will generally be scheduled in the newsletter
for club wide projects. Committee initiated projects will be discussed at the committee meetings and may be mentioned
in the newsletter. The Board will occasionally call for volunteers with special talents.
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Business and Rangemaster Authority
The WCW operates a public shooting facility and a retail business operation to support the shooting activities.
The club employees are responsible for the business operations and report directly to the Board. The employees
have been delegated the authority to control all activities on club property, including the temporary closing of
a range for maintenance or safety, and temporary suspension of member privileges for cause.
The club maintains a retail product inventory, which includes ammunition, targets, loading components, shooting
accessories, and firearm cleaning supplies. Club members receive a 15% discount over the already competitive retail
The club can usually obtain a wide variety of items not normally carried in inventory. We require pre-payment for
high value special order items and the final cost to the member is our wholesale cost plus 10%, plus shipping and
To be in the retail business the club is required to maintain an FFL. We do not allow use of the club's FFL by
members. We have chosen not to sell firearms and we leave those transactions to our members who are in that business,
which includes almost all the gun shops in our geographic area.
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The club is on a calendar year basis for its membership dues ... everyone's dues are due on January 1st of every
year. The initiation fees and annual dues are set by the Board. They tend to remain constant for many years; the
dues and all public shooter fees were last changed in 1997. The current dues are $75/year for a single membership
and $100/year for a family.
The club has a provision for assessments, however it has never been used. The WCW has also remained debt free after
paying off the initial purchase of our land. The WCW has been extremely successful in maintaining a strong financial
position, operating at a profit, and managing its affairs to avoid emergencies.
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Any range activity not normally permitted to a public shooter or a regular member requires a "special use
permit". This includes the use of the facilities that are not open to the public, such as Range #1 (the 300yd
range) or the Archery Olympic (FITA) range. Those members who have obtained special use permission have a sticker
attached to their card to visually indicate the type of special activity approved. There is also a special use
report in the Range Office that shows the approved special use activities of every member.
To obtain a "special use" permit a member must appear before the controlling committee and make the request.
The approval received is good for the remaining calendar year...it expires with your membership card on December
The purpose of the process is to help insure that those members who are using club facilities under their own supervision
are well versed in all the rules, have an adequate skill level, and can play well with others. This process gives
a needed level of comfort to our insurers that all our operations are well controlled and safety orientated. To
obtain special use for the pistol range the member must demonstrate appropriate skill level (60/100 points on the
standard B-17 target) and safety knowledge to the pistol rangemaster during the pistol range public hours.
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The Board of Directors is responsible to decide what matters are matters of policy and to establish those rules
that make up club policy. Club policy includes the Archery, Range and Shotgun policy and safety rules.
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The Kenmore Shooting Range is an 80 acre facility owned and operated by the Wildlife Committee of Washington, Inc.,
a non-profit sportsman's club. Most of the shooting disciplines are uniquely combined at this one location, from
high-power rifle and pistol to Olympic style target archery. Although some of the facility's ranges are reserved
for members and sanctioned matches, much of the facility is open daily to the general public and available to military
and law enforcement units on request.
The WCW maintains strict adherence to our maximum 9AM to 9PM outdoor shooting hours (8PM for highpower rifle).
The facility is completely closed 2 days a year, Christmas Day and New Years Day, and closed to the public Thanksgiving
Day. It is also closed to all firearms for the 3-D Archery weekend shoots. Open shooting is occasionally closed
on specific ranges for matches and for maintenance.
The Kenmore shooting facility maintains the following ranges:
Range #1: A multi-purpose high-power rifle range reserved for members with special use permits and matches. With
a covered all weather firing line, it is fully safetied from 50 yds out to 300 yards and will handle any caliber.
There are 18 cement shooting benches suitable for benchrest matches.
Range #2: A multi-purpose high-power rifle range open to members and the public. With a covered all weather firing
line, it is fully safetied from 50 yds to 200 yards, although restricted to 100 yards during public shooting hours.
There are 20 shooting benches with rests and spotting scopes installed on the line.
Range #3: A fully safetied 25 and 50 yard pistol range open to qualified members and two days a week (weekends,
noon to 5pm) to the general membership and the public. It has a covered all weather firing line and spotting scopes
on 14 of the 28 firing points. There is a built in ransom rest for member use. The range has a turning target 25
yard line and both bullseye and international matches are held. The range has lights and many evening matches are
Range #4: International 25 meter pistol range currently under construction. This range will be restricted to members
with permission and matches. It is specifically designed for Olympic rapidfire pistol and will be one of only a
few in the country.
Indoor Range: Multi-purpose range accommodating archery at 60 ft, small bore (.22 LR) rifle and small bore (.22LR)
pistol at 50 ft and air gun at 33 ft. This range is reserved for matches and organized activities.
Archery Flat Range: Multi-distant hunting archery sight-in range with animal targets at distances from 10 to 80
yards and two broadhead pits. Open to members and the general public daily. The range has lights and members can
obtain permission to shoot in the evening hours.
Archery Field or Walk-thru Range: 50+ animal targets encountered in a natural setting by means of sequential shooting
lanes. Open to members and the general public daily.
Archery Olympic Target Range (FITA): A 100 meter range for Olympic style archery. Reserved for matches and members
with special use permits. One of the few dedicated ranges of this type in the country.
Trap Range: The shotgun facility has 4 trap fields which are open to members and the general public five days a
week . American and International trap are thrown as well as doubles and continental.
Five Stand: The shotgun facility has a five stand in operation with a 65 ft duck tower, running rabbit, springing
teal and 8 other traps for a large variety to shooting situations. This is a simulation of hunting situations and
is essentially a static sporting clay setup. Singles, following pairs, report pairs and true doubles may be thrown
during the 25 bird experience.
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e-mail: Membership Committee