Butler City Hunting & Fishing Club Fall 2022 Newsletter



President Fran Bodema 724-285-5189

Vice President Dave Moser 724-482-6015

Recording Secretary Rodney Hepfner 937-545-4586

Assistant Recording Secretary Bryan Swidzinski 724-822-0158

Treasurer Doug Paulsen 724-283-1965

Assistant Treasurer Chris Scott 724-355-2654

Membership Secretary Dean Andres 724-287-1380

Assistant Membership Secretary Harry Boben 724-282-4516


From the President: I want to thank everyone for all their help at the club. A special thanks to the members who take care of the leagues and subunits. We also have some members who on their own come out and clean up and make needed repairs a special thanks to you.


Thank You



Club Address: 200 Grant Ave., East Butler, PA 16002


Mailing Address:  Any suggestions or comments you may have can be mailed to the club at:

Butler City Hunting & Fishing Club Club Web Page: 

P.O. Box 345 Club email:

East Butler, PA.16029 Facebook: bchfcmain


Mailing List: If you are interested in signing up for our email mailing list please send your first and last name to You will get reminders of club events and activities. All information will also be placed on the club website:


Meetings: Membership meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Come and join in the fellowship and snacks.

The Directors meet on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 pm-? These meetings usually last about 1½ hrs. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact one of the officers listed above before the October directors meeting. Election of new officers and directors will be held the second Tuesday in November at the membership meeting. The results of each election will be posted on the website. The term is for one year and begins on January 1st of each year. Anyone running for the board must: 

  1. Be a member in good standing for a minimum of two years. 

  2. Attended a minimum of two membership meetings during the prior year, as well as the annual meeting in November.


Raffle Tickets: Enclosed with this newsletter you will find a raffle ticket. Tickets are $5. The drawing will be held Nov. 8th at the membership meeting (7 pm). Please return the ticket stub and monies along with your membership dues. Dues and ticket monies can be submitted on one check. Additional tickets can be purchased by contacting any club officer or director. If you do not want to participate, return the tickets with your dues or dispose of them. Thanks for your support and good luck!


Junior Rifle: Junior Rifle team had a good year and we are looking forward to another great year. The first shoot this year will be on the last Wednesday of October. We hope to see you all again this year. Anyone age 12 to 21 is welcome to join the fun starting at 7 P.M. in the clubhouse. There will be a minimal fee to cover the cost of targets and ammo. For more information, contact Darrel Filges at 724-285-8181.


Senior Rifle: Every Tuesday except the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Shoots start at 7:30 in the main clubhouse. The first shoot is on September 28th and they continue on until April. The team is always looking for new shooters. If you are interested in shooting small-bore rifles indoors, come check it out. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Dufford at 724-445-7087. 


Trap: The trap team competes in the Butler County Trap League. It is a traveling league that shoots on Wednesday evenings from April through August. Shoots are held at Butler, Evans City, Mars, and Rc Mens Club with sign up from 3:30 till 7:30. Our 2021 season finished with Butler winning the first half and finishing second in the second half. This forced a shoot off at our end of the year banquet. Unfortunately Butler lost to Mars in that shoot off. We will be trying to bring the trophy back home this season. At the time of writing this, the 2022 season is just past half way. The Butler team finished the first half in second place and is currently tied for first in the second half. We always welcome new shooters of any skill level or age. If you don't think you are ready for the league, come to a practice. The trap range is open every Monday evening at 6pm from April through September. Trap practice is open to anyone including non-members, so bring your friends. We shoot standard trap, handicap, and wobble trap, along with the occasional doubles and sporting targets. Eye and ear protection are required for all shooters. Bring some shells and your favorite shotgun and stop out. If you have any questions on trap shooting, please contact Chris Scott at 724-355-2654 or Mel Protzman at 724-287-7253.


Reminder: The upper lake is closed during all trap events, including Monday practice, Wednesday league nights (schedule posted at trap field), and Sunday youth league shoots.


Bullseye Pistol: The pistol team will start practice on Sunday nights, indoors, around 6:00 P.M beginning in October. Please come and join the team in some friendly competition. For more information, contact Rodney Hepfner at937-545-4586.


Just For Fun Pistol: The league is in its 14th year and without the members' help it would not be successful. Plans for next year have not been made as of this newsletter but will be on the club's web page when available. The info will also be posted at the ranges mid to late February. This league is open to club members and for new and experienced shooters. Pistols or revolvers 9mm-45 acp (No magnum calibers permitted). Shooters will need extra speed loaders or magazines. We try to keep the course around 50 rounds but you can shoot more than one course. The league offers individuals a chance to shoot in a league without the pressure normally associated with leagues. It is what the name states JUST FOR FUN. Any questions contact Fran Bodema at 724-285-5189 or come to the monthly club meeting the second Tuesday every month at 7:00 PM.


Youth League: Our 2021/2022 leagues have just ended. We had a great year with 33 archers, 16 air rifle shooters & 17 trap shooters. Our next season will be starting on Sunday, December 4th with indoor archery (2:00-3:30) and air rifle (3:30-5:00). 

We also were the recipient of a Friends of the NRA Grant which has benefited all of our Youth Leagues. 

The winner of our Lotto Scratcher raffle was Denise Foertsch! Congrats! 

Thank you to all who bought tickets for the raffle, came to our 1st Lucky Meat Shoot or supported us in many other ways. 

Find us on Facebook at ‘Butler City Hunting & Fishing Club Youth League’

Any questions can be directed to Michelle Doutt at or 724-822-5242.


Butler Archers: We will start the 2022 indoor season on Mondays and Fridays beginning October 31st, 2022 at 6:00pm. Sunday shooting will start in December. We will have our regular indoor league, which will start January 8th. Come join the fun!  We are looking forward to a very successful indoor season with many participants. Below is a list of the officers & directors for the 2021 season:

President: Beth Hildebrand Vice President: Aaron Hildebrand

2nd Vice President: John Kramer Secretary: Holly Hildebrand

Asst. Secretary: Carolyn Kramer Treasurer: Harry Boben 

League Secretary: Harry Boben 

Directors:Tim Bishop, Dan Hildebrand, Barry Osche, Andy Pawlowicz, Dan Stelfox, Dane Wolford, and

Dave Zirnsack. 


If you have any questions concerning the archery club, please do not hesitate to call Beth Hildebrand at 724-290-6059 orAaron Hildebrand at 724-272-6540.

NO BROADHEADS are permitted on the practice and outdoor archery range unless the shooter provides his/her own target and backstop. When the range was torn down several bolts and broadheads were found inside the old bales – these objects destroy the bales and cause other shooters to ruin their arrows. Archery bags have been placed on the practice range for crossbow use. The archers wish to thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Crossbows are permitted using the bags to the right of the practice range only. NO BROADHEADS


Hunter Education Classes: At our club on Saturday, 24 September from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Schedule for other classes in the area and Register online at PA. Game Commission website.


Club Ranges: Thanks to all the members who enjoy the rifle and pistol ranges, and who followed the range rules. All members should reread the range rules posted on each range and on the web page, and abide by them at all times for the obvious safety reasons. They are on the outside of the rifle and pistol range buildings. 

Please clean up after yourself and remind those who don’t. Put all the used targets and other waste in the trash can. Place all fired, unwanted cases in the yellow container and not in the trash barrels.

Remember, range target frames are not to be used as targets. Make sure there are no target frames in the line of fire behind the one you are shooting at. And do not shoot across lanes. Please place your target on the rubber or snow fence backing only. This way, the frames will last a little longer.

REMEMBER: Whenever anyone is down range absolutely NO guns (loaded or unloaded) are to be handled. This is for obvious safety reasons. Place firearms in the provided gun racks or use a chamber flag until all persons are safely back to the shooting line. Thank you!


The ranges will be closed on the following dates during Rifle Deer Season, Saturday November 26th, Sunday November 27th, Monday November 28th, and both Saturdays, December 3rd and 10th.



  1. Shooting at cans, shotgun empties, etc. placed on the ground is not permitted. Paper targets only! Balloons are not paper targets and are not permitted.

  2. Maximum 10 rounds in magazine and chamber combined.

  3. Raise and lower range flags.

  4. Police the area for your brass and trash.

  5. Place firearms in the provided gun racks or use a chamber flag when anyone is down range. 



The range hours are as follows:

Month Begin End

January 8:00 A.M 5:00 P.M

February 8:00 A.M 5:30 P.M

March 8:00 A.M 6:30 P.M

April 7:00 A.M 7:30 P.M

May 7:00 A.M 8:30 P.M

June 7:00 A.M 8:30 P.M

July 7:00 A.M 8:30 P.M

August 7:00 A.M 8:00 P.M

September 7:00 A.M 7:30 P.M

October 7:30 A.M 6:30 P.M

November 8:00 A.M 4:30 P.M

December 8:00 A.M 4:30 P.M


Please remember your membership card and think safety first. Good shooting and enjoy the ranges. They are there for all club members to enjoy. Last but not least, make sure you don’t forget anything when you leave the ranges.


Dues: Our membership year ends September 30 and dues should be paid in September. You must have a paidmembership card to use the Club facilities as of October 1. Always carry your membership card; failure to show your card, when asked, can be an automatic six-month suspension of club privileges.

New member applications will automatically go on a waiting list. A current member that hasn't renewed membership by January 1 will be considered a new member and will go on the waiting list. 


You must send a self addressed stamped envelope with your application to receive your membership cards. 


Please fill out the application provided and mail your dues (Checks payable to Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club)to our membership secretary:  Dean Andres, 115 Bauer Lane, Butler, PA 16001 

(A $25.00 fee will be charged for any returned checks.)


Work Days: Work days are the last Saturday of the month during spring, summer, and fall. They start at 8:30am. It is important that we all as members keep up the maintenance of the club. All your help is greatly appreciated.