Slave Lake and Kinuso gun ranges are open to members only. Upcoming events are cancelled, postponed, or tentative.
Being open to members and their guests only is typical for the ranges.
However, in normal years both host various members-only and public events.
On May 11, the Alberta government released COVID-19 guidelines for gun ranges.
“Not a big change for us,” says Scott Iverson with Slave Lake Rod and Gun Club about these regulations. The range is outside, with lots of space for social distancing. The only major change is the new requirements for keeping things sanitized.
The Slave Lake gun range is only open to members. Members bring their own guns to shoot at the gun range. The same goes for the archery range. It on Marten Hills Road, east of the southern tip of Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park.
Colin Mackie is the president of Kinuso and District Fish and Game Association. It operates a gun range off Highway 2 near Kinuso.
The Kinuso range is only open to members due to COVID-19. The members use the range as a family. It is a small club, with lots of space to social distance.
The Kinuso association cancelled the annual range cleanup, the first week of May, and the 12th annual Erickson Memorial Shoot, the first week in June. The association is waiting to see about the rest of the season.
The Slave Lake club has postponed or cancelled some of its major events. In June, these include its annual Kids Can Catch fishing event, the industry shotgun event, and Victim Services skeet shooting fundraiser. The hope is for the Victim Services shoot to be in late August.
There are a few events that the Slave Lake club is looking into to running within the Alberta Health Service guidelines.
These include a Monday night shoot and bi-weekly 3D shoots, which can be kept under 15 people and physical distancing can be maintained.
There is an event scheduled for June 27 to 28.
“It’s similar to a golf course,” says Iverson. Contestants move through the woods to different stations. The club is looking at every aspect of the event to see if they can run it, within the health protocols. The biggest challenge is making sure people don’t reach the different parts at the same time and ensuring proper sanitation.
In August, there is also a provincial shoot, which is tentative.