Member News

Jan 19 2022

Joe Earley Estate Auction of guns, ammo and shooting equipment.
Saturday Jan. 22nd, 2022 at 10:00am
At 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd Salisbury, NC 28147
Westend Plaza ( old Salisbury Mall in Pennys Bldg )



Jan. 3/4 2022

Election results posted on the RCWA Board Info page - tab at top right of this page.
RCWA Members !!
Reminder - Tuesday ( 4 Jan. 2022 ) is election day for the 2022 RCWA Board. Each year at this time, 7 of the 14 RCWA Board seats are up for election. Voting will be available from 4pm to 8pm on a drop in basis at the RCWA club house. Votes will be tallied after the poll closes at 8pm. The details on who is running are available on the RCWA web site ( ) under the RCWA Board Info tab on the top right of the home screen. We plan on posting the election results later in the evening.
Remember that you must have your red RCWA membership badge with you to vote - no badge, no vote !



Dec. 22 2021

A Summary of the Major RCWA Board 2021 Activities

After a very busy year of RCWA range activities, the RCWA Board thought it would be appropriate to recap the major items that were addressed during 2021 above and beyond the normal day to day operational challenges.

  1. The new 2021 RCWA Board started off the year by addressing some key operational issues. The first action was to build an office facility for the range.   The new office was constructed inside of the large barn.  This is an insulated office facility (with heat and air) with a desk for each officer, filing cabinets for all of the range operational paperwork and a Wi-Fi network with a printer and internet hot spot connection.  This now allows for all of the range management activities and associated paperwork to be consolidated in one place for the first time.  While the office construction was taking place, new laptops, an office printer and a router for Wi-Fi were purchased and configured for the Secretary and Treasurer.   The existing laptop computer resources were on life support.  In addition, all associated software licensing was consolidated under range associated accounts so they were easier to manage and pass on to new board members.  The existing RCWA web site ( ) and the existing Facebook site were upgraded to current software releases and updated to contain current range related information.  These is still work in progress on making the web site and Facebook site more relevant as time allows.
  2. The range facility maintenance activities were turned over to a new manager at the start of 2021. Maintaining the range equipment comprises a big part of this effort so that we have right equipment to get the job done.  Some of this is a balance between what we do ourselves or contract out.
  3. Keeping the shotgun facilities operational was an unexpected challenge for the board with the loss of Joe Earley, a range icon for the RCWA shotgun operations, in the first part of the year.
  4. A major annual focus of both the Treasurer and Secretary is keeping the bills paid and running the annual membership renewal process during the middle of the year. These are both labor intensive efforts.  The membership renewals traverse much of 3 months out of the year and was accomplished with new computers and new people involved this year.
  5. The Secretary is responsible for managing all of the new member process. This effort has been very active the latter half of 2021 as we are trying to work off the backlog of member applications after raising the RCWA range membership limit. There is considerable work associated with new members – verifying all the application paperwork, payment accounting, badges and new member orientation classes.
  6. An opportunity to perform lead remediation processing on the range became available from a vendor in this business – they were in the area and had an open date which saved us some money. This needs to be done periodically and was in need of being done again.  This was a major activity to perform and coordinate but ran about as smooth as could be expected and was a positive financial impact for RCWA in the end.
  7. There has been a long running dialogue with the NC dam inspection group for a number of years regarding the range lake – new regulations that needed compliance and some lake drain valve repair work. Trying to understand the state’s requirements and finding someone that is licensed to facilitate this certification process has been a very slow and frustrating process.  The RCWA Board believes we now have a viable plan to finish this certification process in the near future (2022).
  8. Berms/ranges 2 thru 12 are now fully operational. Final grading and addition of tables for the 3 new berms ( 10 thru 12 ) was completed.  Refurbishment and/or replacement of all of the tables on berms 2 thru 9 was completed.  New steel targets were added to the longer pistol berms up near the archery range – those longer berms are now open for use by pistol caliber guns making them a bit more flexible.
  9. The specialized printer used to create the member badges and graphics for the gate keys died during the year. After some extended dialog with the vendor, RCWA bought a new printer to get operational as quickly as possible and then had the old printer refurbished so we now have this process backed up.  The new RCWA offices now provide us the ability to have this equipment installed at the range.
  10. The range front gate has provided some operational challenges throughout the year. The entire front gate electronics configuration has been susceptible to lightning impact.  While dealing with those impacts, we found that the original install included backup batteries that need periodic replacement.  We have just finished replacing those backup batteries – supply shortages of some batteries has added some challenges.  We are still looking at options for improving the resistance to lightning.
  11. Range 1 (rifle range) was reconfigured to open up more 200 yard target options and add additional dedicated 50 yard shooting positions. There is still some clean-up/integration work on this effort that will continue into 2022.
  12. Completed some additional landscaping around the large barn to better manage water flow around the building and prep one side of the building for the addition of pole shed along one side at a later date (2022) to free up space in the barn. When the large barn was built, the normal water flow in the area was changed so that large amounts of water was channeled onto the 5 stand shotgun facilities.  This will get worse with the addition of a pole shed along one side of the barn.   Landscaping changes will channel most of this water flow to the tree line behind the barn and away from the barn and 5 stand shotgun facilities.
  13. The RCWA Board completed an inventory of the range facilities and equipment. This was needed to provide accurate information for taxes.  The range inventory was also used to review all of the range related insurance policies and make sure that key facilities and equipment was properly covered.

In summary, the RCWA Board would like to thank all of the RCWA members for their cooperation and understanding as many of these projects impacted accessibility to some of the range facilities from time to time.  We are trying to keep range impact information current on the web site and Facebook.  There are a lot of moving parts to a fully functional Rowan County Wildlife Association range facility – keeps an all volunteer RCWA Board very busy.

The RCWA Board would like to wish all the RCWA members a happy holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year.



Nov. 16 2021

The entire Rifle Range will be closed on Nov. 21 thru Nov. 23  ( and possibly Nov. 28 & 29 if needed) to perform some Rifle Range berm maintenance.  The Rifle Range will remain open for normal uses outside of these dates unless otherwise noted.

This is part of a larger Rifle Range project to open up more space (shooting positions) for the 200 yard part of the range.  This project is going to remove part of the existing 50 yard berm.  The back third of the brown building in front of the 50 yard berm will then be removed and the remaining back part of the brown building will be configured for shooting on the 50 yard range using the existing concrete floors in that building.  The existing 50 yard target facilities will be moved over to square up with the new 50 yard shooting positions on the back side of the brown building.  The Rifle Range firing line warning system will be extended over to the new shooting positions on the back side of the brown building.  The RCWA Board thinks this will provide better utilization of the existing Rifle Range facilities and appreciates everyone's patience as we make these changes during the winter months.


14 Oct. 2021

Recent Range Utilization Change/Upgrade Clarification - Berms A thru L.   Berms A thru L up next to the Archery Range were originally designated as pistol only with only paper targets allowed.   Berms H thru L were  lengthened some time ago for a bit more flexibility.  Recently new AR 500 steel pistol targets have been added to these 5 longer berms (H thru L).   You can now use the installed steel targets or post your own paper targets in the longer berms (H thru L).

So now berms A thru G remain as originally designated - paper targets only and pistol only.   Berms H thru L have recently had signage changes.  They are now designated as pistol caliber only.   You may shoot pistol and rifle in the longer berms H thru L as long as the rifles are pistol caliber.   No standard ARs or AKs  !!  Anyone caught using any rifles that are not pistol caliber will pay a visit to the RCWA Board for explanation.....     Hope that this provides a bit of clarity on the changes.  It is hoped this will allow a bit more flexibility to the members using these berms.


12 Oct. 2021

Recent Range Refurbishment - berms 2 thru 13.   Over the past couple of months the Old North State Posse cowboys have been providing some manpower to refurbish tables available for use in these berms.  This included all new tables in the new berms 11 - 13 and refurbishment or replacement of all the small tables in berms 2 thru 10.   RCWA has provided all of the materials for this effort.

Just as a reminder, if you remove any equipment from under the berm shelters while using berms 2 thru 13, you are expected to return that equipment back to the shelters when you finish.   Weather is not kind to the tables if left out.   None of the equipment under the shelters should be used for building shooting scenarios or as target stands.   The bullet holes in some of these tables is not good !  You will be asked to attend a board meeting to explain if found doing this.  Please take care of your range facilities.



11 Oct. 2021

Reminder !!!!

RCWA Member's Open House / Appreciation Day !!   16 October 2021 from 12 noon till 4pm - see ya there  !



27 Sept. 2021

RCWA Member’s Open House / Appreciation Day !!

The RCWA Board would like to hold an open house event to give the RCWA members an opportunity to drop by the range and investigate the different RCWA facilities/shooting venues that are available.  It will also provide an opportunity to meet some of the range management team and offer your feedback.  This event is for current RCWA members and associated family only.

The current plan is to hold this event on Saturday October 16, 2021 if the weather cooperates.  It will be open for your participation from 12 noon till 4:00pm on that day.   There will be light refreshments available.  There will be representatives available from different shooting venues to answer questions and in some cases offer demonstrations.   Would you like to learn about all of the shotgun shooting options available at RCWA?   Here is your opportunity.   How about tactical pistol shooting or cowboy action shooting or some 3 gun shooting ?   We hope to have demonstration setups from most of the active shooting venues at the RCWA range for you to visit and observe.   We will provide a detail schedule sheet at the club house on the event day of what shooting venues are available to visit and the location and timing of any demonstrations.  If there is enough interest, we will provide a walking tour of the building facilities around the clubhouse area.

Come on by and see what is available and meet fellow members and the range management team!   This is intended to be an all outdoor event so if weather does not cooperate we will reschedule.




8 Sept. 2021

As of Wed. morning 8 Sept. 2021, lightning has knocked out the range gate controller. Looks like we will be a couple days getting a new control board. So if you are going to the range the next few days, remember to carry your #7 padlock key to manually open the front gate in case it is not open.

Update:  As of Thursday morning (9 Sept.) our gate support guy has gotten a loaner board installed while the damaged board is sent off for repair.


22 Aug 2021

Range 1 (Rifle Range) will be closed from 8am thru 12 noon for some range maintenance.   Rim fire activities can use other range facilities.


24 July 2021

Reminder:  There is a Member / Board meeting scheduled for the last Tuesday in July (27 July).  Light meal at 7:00pm and meeting at 7:30pm.   See ya there !


10 July 2021

After the recent annual membership renewal process, it has been noticed that there is some confusion with some members over the range access process.   Each active member should have three range devices for access to and use of the RCWA range.  A detail explaination has been added  to the Membership page of this web site describing those three devices.  The quick version:  1) a member badge with your name on it that is replaced each year with your renewal (this member badge does not operate the range gate);  2) a gray range gate key which is used to get you in and out of the range front gate;  3) a padlock key (with a 7 stamped on it) that is used in case the front electronic gate is not operational (also gives you access to the lake via the lake gate).   Please read the more detailed info on the Membership page for further clarification .....


18 June 2021

June 29 Members Meeting is Cancelled

Due to the fact that only 2 RCWA members showed up for the May Members Meeting and the RCWA Board is busy with the annual membership renewal rush at the end of June, it was decided to hold the next RCWA Members Meeting on July 27.  Hopefully there will be more interest.


16 June 2021

Final RCWA Annual Membership Renewal Notification !!

The annual RCWA membership renewal deadline, June 30, is fast approaching. Two reminders: 1) follow the renewal instructions you have received or your renewal payment will be returned; 2) renewal must be post marked no later than June 30. RCWA range gate access will be removed on July 1 for all that have not renewed their membership. Delinquent memberships can still be renewed by August 1 with a $50 penalty fee. After August 1, any remaining unpaid membership renewals are removed from the RCWA membership list.


25 May 2021

The RCWA range lead remediation work has been completed !

All range facilities should be fully operational again. Thanks for your cooperation. The shotgun fields have been strawed but we intend to wait until early fall to reseed them. We will look at doing this again in 5 to 7 years based on feedback from the firm doing the work.


18 May 2021

RCWA Members Meetings Are Resumming - 25th May !!

The RCWA member meetings will resume on 25 May at 7:00pm in the big barn building.   There will be no food nor official program for this meeting - a chance to catch up on range activities. Might want to throw in a bag chair in case needed.


18 May 2021

RCWA Annual Membership Renewals Reminder !!

The annual RCWA range membership is well under way.  All renewal notices have been sent out and should be in the hands of the members.  Your payment must be postmarked on or prior to 30 June to avoid a late fee.  Please follow the renewal instructions.  New members badges are already in the mail for those early bird renewals.  Start using your new RCWA member badges as soon as you get them !


6 May 2021 - updated 18 May 2021

RCWA Range Lead Remediation Activities

Work began in earnest on the shotgun fields today ( 18 May 2021 ).  Shotgun fields will continue to be open during most of the lead remediation work - just certain houses not being used as they work across the fields.


RCWA periodically brings in a company that removes much of the lead that has accumulated in both the rifle/pistol bays and the shotgun fields.  RECOIL LLC arrived at the RCWA range today (Thursday, May 6th ) with their lead remediation equipment.  They will be at RCWA through the end of May and as a result some range facilities will be out of service while RECOIL LLC is remediating those facilities.  They will start on Friday May 7th working their way through bays 2 through 10 in that order.   They will tentatively start on the shotgun facilities on Thursday May 13th which will take the longest to complete.   So check with shotgun folks on what is operational during this time.  Your patience is appreciated during this process.



29 April 2021

RCWA Annual Membership Renewals !!

The RCWA range membership renewal notices are going in the mail this week.  They are going out in batches as they are prepared.   They should all be in the mail after May 1 weekend.   Keep an eye open for them and if you have not seen your renewal notice by the middle of May, please email the range at   Remember, the payment must be post marked by 30 June or you will incur penalties !



April 2021

RCWA Range Member Workday - 30 October 2021 Saturday

An opportunity to give back to your club and gun range facilities.  Spend the day or whatever time you can spare to help improve the RCWA facilities.  Dress for the weather and bring your own work items - gloves, rakes, shovels and other tools of your choice.  If you have a particular venue you use and would like to work on then let us know.



23 March 2021

It is with much sadness that we have to announce that one of the RCWA iconic members, Joe Earley, passed away on 17 March, 2021. Joe has been associated with the operation of the RCWA shotgun operations for many years as well as being an RCWA Board member for many years He enjoyed being outdoors and sharing/teaching his love of shotgunning sports. The following are the arrangement details:


June 2020

Range COVID-19 Status

The range is open to members under the following conditions:

Social distancing will be required per the CDC guidelines.

Members and guests are allowed within the guidelines of the range rules which states: “Members may bring two guests to the range who are over the age of 19.  In addition, members may also bring their children and/or grandchildren who are under the age of 19 to the range”. 

Areas of the range have not been sanitized.  Members and guests use the range at their own risk. 

Match directors will be allowed to conduct matches as long as CDC guidelines are followed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The shotgun fields will be open under normal schedule.



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