Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association

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Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on August 11, 2022 at 11:55 AM

Good Day Everyone, 

This coming week will be a Maintenance and upgrade week for us.
From 7AM Monday August 15 to Friday August 19 at 4pm we will be doing maintenance on all our ranges, grounds and buildings. We will have equipment down range ditching and doing repairs with rock removal, banking of slopes, etc., so the ranges will be shut down during any equipment operating times and with our students on the property which will most likely be in line with that of the operator. 
We will have students on site each day starting at 8 Am until about 4.30PM. They will assist with painting of our building and other tasks associated with their employment with us until the allowable hours are reached. We have been in discussions with the Town of Deer Lake with whom we share a Summer Student Employment program.  This is an annual thing with us and the Town.

Our Steel Challenge team will have an event starting at 6 PM on Monday August 15. This will not be affected by our activity.
Our Trap team will have a trap shooting event on Thursday starting at 6.30 PM. This will not be affected by our activity. 
Anyone interested in these sport shooting activities are encouraged to contact us to have your name and contact information forwarded to the team of interest for events and notices pertaining to these activities. Yes, we do have lady shooters as well. 

We will begin our SIGHT IN DAYS which will be open to our membership and the general public hunting community on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings sometime after 4PM (That time will be determined from our equipment operator and will be posted in a later memo.) 

We will proceed with our SIGHT IN activity on each scheduled day as daylight hours allow. AUGUST 16, 17, 19, 22, and 23.

Our sight in Days activity will not be operating on Thursday in order to accommodate our regular trap shooting activity commencing at 6:30 PM. 
Sight in Days for Friday will be at the same time as Tuesday and Wednesday, which will most likely start at 4.30 or 5PM.
Sight in Days will continue on Monday August 22 from 1pm until 4:30PM before the Steel Challenge Event gets under way. This time may vary slightly due to set up times required for the Steel Challenge event that follows.
We will conclude our Sight in Days on Tuesday August 23 with an afternoon or evening schedule.
Even though we do not wish to have the entire range operating time tied up, this is a service to our membership and gives the entire hunting community guests an opportunity to check out their firearms equipment and marksmanship abilities in a safe environment prior to going hunting and allows them a chance to address any issue with firearms, ammunition or other equipment in time to have it corrected before the hunting season.
More to follow in our next email and Posts with the times and schedules.

Maintenance on our buildings will include but may not be limited to;
Caulking around windows, doors, seams, prior to painting
Nailing in any loose siding boards.
Replace damaged or rotted boards around the east side door.
Replace damaged or rotted boards elsewhere
Repair Doors and replace hinges on the main door to the building.
Painting of the main building will be done by our students. Of course they will be assisting in                              other tasks as well should that be completed in a timely manner. We may need to assist them in higher than reachable areas where safety concerns for them would not permit.
Grounds work. Picnic tables and benches repaired and painted if required.
                        Shooting platforms to be assembled
                        Steps to the trap house to be replaced
                        Trap gun racks to be painted/ stained
                        Other tasks as time and people allow
Please contact us to let us know your available time for SIGHT IN DAYS so we can schedule you in.
Please Let us know when you are available to assist us with maintenance during this downtime. Even if you do not get a chance to contact us, grab any tools that you feel you may be needing and come along to join in the activities in making our facilities a more eye pleasing, enjoyable and safe place to come for a day of range activity and enjoyment.  You can contact us here through this email, or by the numbers provided below.
Wendell Smith.    709 686 5228
Sam Butt             709 636 6749
John Randell       709 635 5415
Brian Manuel       709 636 0298
John Anstey.        709 636 2595
Chris Brake          709 571 0334
We will need to know as soon as possible.
We will update the calendar with this event as information and feedback comes in. 

We are planning a QUAD and ATV ride in the near future depending on the amount of interest shown. This is to be a fundraiser with a poker run and a 50/50 draw. Let us know if you, your family and friends are interested in joining us. Where we will be headed on our ride is to be being discussed.

We will also be having a BBQ STEAK DINNER and DANCE in late October. Keep a watchful eye out for available tickets over the next month.

Thanks for all your Wonderful Help everyone! 

It is because of volunteers like you, that groups and organizations such as ours can provide an opportunity to have an enjoyable recreation facility and feel safe and comfortable while spending time with us. We appreciate every effort.

Have a Great Day Everyone. Stay Safe !

Wendell Smith
Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association
Deer Lake, NL
A8A 3H9


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on August 7, 2022 at 8:20 AM

Good Morning Everyone, 

Please note the date changes for IPSC Events. Also note the event dates we had so far this year. Thanks everyone ! Should you be interested in this or Steel Challenge events, contact us so we can have you added to those lists.



May 14 & 15


June 18 & 19


July 23 & 24


Aug 20 & 21


Sept 11 one day only


Oct 08 & 09


Nov. 05 & 06


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on August 7, 2022 at 12:30 AM

Steel Challenge

shoot will be held this coming Monday August 8th. Everyone is welcome to come participate and try out this sport. Fee is $5 for members and $15 for non members. Acceptable equipment would be any pistol or rifle chambered in 22LR or any normal pistol caliber (no magnums please).  It is preferable to have five magazines as that will provide a smoother and more efficient to series of strings while at the line. 

Planning to start at 6:00pm. Please arrive early if you plan on shooting and to help set up to get started on time so we can take advantage of all remaining daylight. Spectators are always welcome. Eye and ear protection is mandatory for all shooters and spectators. 

Also, for those who shoot IPSC or are interested in the sport. Our dates for August and September are changed, we will be having a Match on Saturday August 20, and a practice day on Sunday August 21. For September, our practice day will be a single day on Sunday September 11. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Chris Brake


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on July 30, 2022 at 4:45 AM

Good Morning Everyone, 

Youth Skills Event is on schedule for today !

Please note that rain is in the forecast for this morning but should clear later on today.

Bring along rain gear and rubber boots. Food and drink for the day will be provided. 

Registration is 10.00 per youth

For our guests and youth, See you at the range for pre registration at 9 am.

Volunteers are asked to be there a bit earlier to assist with preparations. I will be there by 8 AM 

Cheers, We are looking forward to a Wonderful Day ! 

Wendell Smith


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on July 27, 2022 at 9:10 AM

Good Morning everyone. 

We still have a few limited spaces left for our youth event this coming Saturday July 30, 2022
Should you have Family or Friends who are interested in getting their youth involved, please have them contact us soon so we can fill our spaces.
Pre-registration is required.
More information can be found under Youth Skills Event on this web page below from a previous post.

CONTACT Information:

Wendell or Wanda Smith 709 686 5228



Liam Parfitt 709 634 4062


* Name of Participant / s

* Age

* Parent or Guardian who will be attending with them for the day

* Address

* Contact and alternate phone numbers

* Special Note (Allergy, Medical Condition etc.)

Schedule of Events: July 30 / 2022 

9:00: Registration

9:30: General Welcome and Introductions

9:40: Firearms / Range Safety

10:00 - 12:00: Concurrent Sessions

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch / Wildlife Contest

1:00 -- 3:00: Concurrent Sessions

3:00 -- 4:00: Closing Remarks, Prizes, Group Photo



Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on July 27, 2022 at 8:25 AM

Good Morning Fellow Members and Guests

We are happy to announce that we will be having a BBQ STEAK Dinner and Dance at our facilities on Goose Arm Road in Deer Lake on August 06.

Since Covid hit us, this is our first opportunity to offer an invitation to join us for a fundraiser and an evening of great food and entertainment. It has been noted that many of our regular attendants and supporters to our suppers have moved away or are now with limited abilities due to our aging population.

We also realize that this is a COME HOME YEAR and many of you have family coming from away and have commitments at this very time. 

We also reached out to other music providers and found them unavailable at this time.

We are reaching out to you, our membership and friends to support us with our efforts to provide you with a FUN and ENJOYMENT evening while helping us raise funds to promote our activities, to enhance our facilities and services, for all of you and our guests to benefit and enjoy during your visits with us. 
Bar services will be available. Tickets are 60.00 Double. 

If this evening is of interest to you and your friends, then we ask that you get back to us as soon as possible so that we can place our steak order tomorrow for the event. 

Please share with your Family and friends and to our members who may not be on our membership contact list yet. 

Thanks Everyone and Have a Great Day


John Anstey.          709 636 2595
Sam Butt                709 636 6749
Wendell Smith.       709 686 5228


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on July 14, 2022 at 10:20 AM
The IPSC EVENT for July 16 and 17th has been switched to July 23 and 24th.

Steel Challenge Events at the UHRGA

Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on July 13, 2022 at 9:55 AM

Good day everyone, 

I am happy to announce that we will be bringing Steel Challenge to the Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association!  This could not have happened without some great support and help from our board and some others who have helped with equipment and range material!  

We are planning to hold our first shoot this coming Monday, July 18, 2022 and hoping to start at 6:30pm with a short briefing followed by a fun evening of shooting.  Cost to participate in this will be $5 for UHRGA members and $15 for non members. 

This a fun sport and is very inclusive and accessible for more shooters compared to other sports such as IPSC, although after getting your feet wet in action shooting with our Steel Challenge shoots, I have a feeling that many of you will be interested in other disciplines such as IPSC as well!  Is can be shot with 22lr so this can be a very cost effective way to have some fun as well!

All that is needed is a rifle or handgun chambered in 22lr or any normal pistol calibers (No magnums please).  It is also recommended that you have 5 magazines or speed loaders as this will help with the smooth flow of event.  If you don’t have 5, please don’t let that discourage you.  We can try to find a way to work around it or allow you to still participated in a bit of a limited capacity.  

Holster use is not required and there is no prerequisite to have Black Badge certification for this sport, although anyone who chooses to use a holster must have Black Badge certification for safety reasons. 

Although this sport does have official rules, we must reserve the right to make minor allowances or changes to these in the interest of allowing everyone to participate safely in this event.  There are also set stages contained in the rules, however we are treating these as fun shoots and will ba able to make changes to some of these stages for our purposes.

This event will have a safety area for casing and uncasing of firearms.  I would ask that when everyone arrives, they keep their firearms cased until we are able to brief the use of these areas and the safe handling and movement of firearms on an active range.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in this or would like to know more to come on out and join us on Monday evening!  Eye and ear protection is mandatory for all participants and observers.  Spectators are always welcome!  For those interested in shooting, please see the link below for the official rules.  There are also many videos and websites that will give you a good idea for what to expect.  Keep in mind that although some will show high levels of competitiveness, the main goal here is for everyone to have fun!


Sorry for bring so long winded here, but finally I would like to express that I am looking forward to kicking this off here at the club and can’t wait to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones along the way!!!

If anyone has any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me on Facebook or at brakec@yahoo.com

Take care and looking forward to seeing you all at the range!

Chris Brake


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on July 8, 2022 at 9:20 AM

The Wildlife Division of the Department of Fisheries, Forestry, and Agriculture - will be partnering with us again this summer for a full-day youth event on

SATURDAY, JULY 30 / 2022 at the Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association at 177 Goose Arm Road in Deer Lake. Details are being finalized. Please stay tuned. 


We will have limited seating capacity for our youth which will depend on our number of available confirmed volunteers for this event. 

Any one wishing to volunteer with us during this event are asked to contact me asap so that we can establish our required numbers. 709 686 5228 or respond to this email.

We are hoping that we have "Many Volunteers" who will be assisting us with our event. It does us all good to be able to come together for a common cause of promoting the great outdoor activities for our youth. With safety being the priority concern for everyone involved with any shooting or outdoor activity, practices for safe hunting and the shooting sports for our youth are given the utmost attention. Strict rules which have been applied in the past are relaxed with regards to Covid Safety as well. Hand sanitizers, and wipes are available and masks may be worn at the discretion of the individual persons. 

The event will provide an opportunity for our youth aged 12-17 to participate in shotgun, rifle, and archery in a safe environment under the direct supervision and guidance of qualified instructors and volunteers.



There will be a nominal registration fee of $10.00 per youth to participate in this event. The fee will be collected upon registration the morning of the event. 


All firearms, archery and other equipment along with related safety gear will be provided for the day by the Wildlife Division. No other equipment will be permitted. 

Participants will learn about wildlife, outdoor safety, wilderness survival skills, and responsible hunting practices. Our Deer Lake SAR team members will be giving a discussion on outdoor wilderness safety and responsibilities.

There will be opportunities for youth to win prizes, and those participants between 12 to 17 years old will have their name entered in our Province's Youth Hunting and Fishing Program draw for a chance to participate in a hunting or fishing activity.

During lunch time, a competition to identify animals, ducks and other game birds, the judging of distances to animal and bird silhouettes, and other interesting material will be held. As part of the competition, Youth will be given some instruction on using compasses. There will also be a session on taking or reading compass bearings and giving distances between markers which will be a part of the competition.

Participants are required to pre-register for the event. Registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis until all our spaces are filled.

 After that we will take names for stand by positions should someone not be able to attend and seating becomes available.

All youth in attendance must be accompanied by a parent and / or guardian for the entire day.

The Youth will be divided into 4 groups with each group rotating through all of the programs in a timely manner.

The event will go ahead, rain or shine so dress according to weather conditions. Bring along rain gear and remember also to bring along sunblock and a hat. We are all aware of our ever changing Newfoundland weather conditions.

Thank you for your interest in our partnered program for the Youth of Newfoundland and Labrador. By developing those necessary skills we are instilling upon these youth a heartfelt interest in our outdoor sports through hunting, fishing, and conservation minded activities. The many skills and lessons learned by our youth on this day will be an introduction for many to a lifetime of safely enjoying the great outdoors and wilderness activities which we all share.

In attendance for the day will be Archery Instructors. Members of the Deer Lake Search and Rescue team will be doing outdoor wilderness awareness and survival training. Media members will be invited. Members of the Wildlife Division and others from the Dept. of Fisheries, Forestry, and Agriculture will be in attendance as well as members from Delta Waterfowl and Firearms Instructors and our Volunteers. We could also have invited distinguished guests.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED / PLEASE ADVISE if you can assist during the day.

Volunteers are very important to the success of our activities and programs. Should you have some time to assist us during this event, please make us aware of your interest... In the past we have had good numbers of volunteers. This has helped us to a very successful process with smooth transitioning throughout the entire program. Without dedicated and treasured persons as yourself who come forward giving of your time and sharing your skills, programs such as this would not be possible. Your dedication and time with us is greatly appreciated by everyone !

Please visit the photo gallery for past years Youth Skills events


Should you need directions to our facilities, you can go to "Directions" on our website... by entering the destination as : The Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association, Deer Lake, NL and enter where you are starting from, the Google map feature will give you specific driving directions which you can print, if needed.

***Contact information for pre-registration is listed below. Should there be any medical conditions, allergy or other concerns, please advise upon pre-registration. We will be contacting everyone pre-registered the evening prior to the event confirming you are coming. That way we hope no seat will be left unattended.

CONTACT Information:

Wendell or Wanda Smith 709 686 5228



Liam Parfitt 709 634 4062


* Name of Participant / s

* Age

* Parent or Guardian who will be attending with them for the day

* Address

* Contact and alternate phone numbers

* Special Note (Allergy, Medical Condition etc.)

Schedule of Events: July 30 / 2022 

9:00: Registration

9:30: General Welcome and Introductions

9:40: Firearms / Range Safety

10:00 - 12:00: Concurrent Sessions

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch / Wildlife Contest

1:00 -- 3:00: Concurrent Sessions

3:00 -- 4:00: Closing Remarks, Prizes, Group Photo



Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on December 14, 2021 at 3:30 AM

Welcome to our website.


This year our applications for membership will not be mailed out as per past years. We are in a era of new and modern digital communications. The Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association has decided to take advantage of these technologies. We are hopeful they will help with processing applications and will surely reduce our associated mailing costs and time with processing. This type of processing is now the normal way for most clubs and group memberships.


2022 Membership applications can now be found online on our website under Membership. They are available for Renewal, New Memberships, Youth, and Students of post secondary education.






We have made our applications much user friendly with the removal of the Jpeg white washed image of our crest and replaced it with a small crest. This will eliminate the issue of unusable applications which were apparent with some browsers and computer systems. Printing the applications will now be much clearer.


Funds can be electronically transferred to our email address at




Please be sure to make a notation of who the funds are for, especially if the funds are coming from someone else on your behalf.



For those wishing to do so, applications, cheques, or money orders can still be sent via regular mail to our address as noted on the application. Applications and copies of your PAL can be photo copied, scanned or jpeg pictures taken and forwarded to our email address uhrgassoc@gmail.com for processing. When submitting your application, check that the application is complete with your copies of both sides of your PAL and the funds are submitted in order for us to process your applications without delay.


We are currently waiting for our NFA insurance cards and hope to have them very soon from Edmonton.


We wish that this membership process will expedite your membership and make it easier to access the application files.



For those in or visiting Corner Brook, Barnes Sporting Goods on Humber Road can assist you with your membership applications. We pick them up from there on a regular basis.


Anyone wishing a mailed copy of the membership applications can do so by contacting us by email at




or by phone at 709 686 5228 or contacting any of our Board members. We will be happy to forward a copy to you.


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Thank you all for your past membership with us. We look forward to seeing you again at and enjoying our facilities in 2022 and beyond.



All the best,



Wendell Smith


Pres., UHRGA


Deer Lake, NL


A8A 3H9