Union County Gun Club, Blairsville, Georgia

Union County Gun Club, Blairsville, Georgia

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Update on Union County Target Range development activities as of December 30, 2020

After three years of wishing and fishing, it seems to many, that have contacted us, that our Target Range time-line is turning into a moving target (no pun intended). But I assure you that things are not standing still---we are making progress. We just completed our third, and hopefully final, Professional Sound Study. This latest Sound Study was extremely detailed and quantified by multiple digital recordings.  

Incidentally, we are very appreciative of our local Blairsville Gun and Drug company for donating the necessary “secured” ammunition used in this sound study.

The resulting report recommended a little more sound-baffling at the purposed firing line shelter.   The Architect firm’s engineer (hired by the county) is developing an adjustment to his still-developing site-plan to accommodate these new recommendations. Please keep in mind, that there is a steering committee that is responsible for overseeing these recommendations and all final decisions.  The steering committee is made up of; our Union County Commissioner and three of his staff-members, The US Forest Service, The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Atlanta-based Architect’s engineer.   At this point in the game, the Union County Gun Club is having to wait on the side-line till the steering committee approves the new changes and ultimately the final site-plan (which is a requirement mandated by the US Forest Service for acquiring and utilizing their supervised land off Highway 180 for our Target Range). Once the final site-plan has been approved by the steering committee, then our County Commissioner will advertise for bids to finally do the work.   The projected cost for our proposed Target Range is expected to be in the neighborhood of 2 million dollars and most of these dollars will come through the DNR from the Pittman-Robertson Act funding.

The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (“Pittman-Robertson”) authorizes the United States Secretary of Interior to work with the states, Through their respective State fish and game departments (or their equivalents), on a variety of projects related to wildlife.  Among these projects are the construction, operation and maintenance of public target ranges.

While our Target Range acquisition project has taken us 3 years to get to this point, we are still years ahead of other counties’ attempts to accomplish similar goals. Don’t give up hope---we, the Union County Gun Club Board members, feel confident that we are going to have a Union County Target Range that will be the envy of every other Target Range in Georgia. Hope this update helps to explain the seemingly ongoing-moving-target timeline.
  Paul Clark (President of Union County Gun Club) and board members

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Up date as of December 9, 2020

Latest Info about our Target Range We had a third sound test the first of October requested by Georgia DNR.  We were told that the initial results looked good and a final report would be ready in 4 to 6 weeks.  It’s now December and we haven’t gotten the final report.  DNR will not let us go ahead until the report is final.  As soon as we get the report the county will start issuing bid requests for construction.   We’re still hopeful that we will break ground early next year.

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Here is a recap of on-going developments with our goal to have a Union County Gun Range:

  • The US Forest Service (USFS) has agreed to lease the proposed Highway 180 Gun Range-site property to the Union County Government for the use as a gun range---with caveats (that is, proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations).
      • The most important of these provisos is that the USFS is requiring that a site-plan be drawn up that they can endorse and approve of.
      • The Union County Government hired an Engineering Firm out of Atlanta to complete this task.  This Engineering firm has many successful Georgia Gun Range Site-Plans under their belt and their plans have been approved by the USFS and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the past---so, it should be a good choice.
  • About a month ago, the Engineering Firm out of Atlanta was about 50% complete with their site-plan mandate.  At that time, the DNR was approached in a 10+page letter by an individual living on top of Jonas mountain.
    • Keep in mind that Jonas mountain is a mile away from our proposed Gun Range site.
    • This individual presented allegation that the sound-study performed by Nutter and Associates about a year ago was done improperly and therefore invalid.
    • He threatened to go to court if the sound-study was not retested by an independent Sound Study team.
  • Lawyers for DNR suggested that the Site-Plan task be suspended until this sound-issue could be addressed and resolved.  Keep in mind, that the Site-Plan engineers are working “time and expense”---meaning that the government purse-string holders did not want to continue spending money on this site-plan development if something was going to change the outcome. 
  • DNR has hired (at their expense) an independent Sound professional group out of Gainesville, Florida to assess Nutter and Associates’ original findings and create a new sound-test with sound recording instruments.  We are hoping that this will be completed by the end of September.
  • The Union County Gun Club board members are keenly-focused on monitoring this situation as it unfolds.  Our hopes are…that after a positive sound test results…we will be back on track and moving forward.  We will keep you apprised of the situations as they arise.
    Thanks for your patience.
    Paul Clark (President of Union County Gun Club)

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For questions about your dues, contact Membership

Over 200 members at the March 10, 2020 Annual Meeting
2020 Annual Meeting

December 18, 2019 North Georgia News front page.

Forest Service Letter

>> If you are a Charter Member, your dues for 2020 are $35.00. <<
Mail to: Union County Gun Club
P.O. Box 442
Blairsville, GA 30514

ARTICLE IV – DUES - Annual dues will be determined by the Board. They will be due on Jan. 1st of each year and considered past due on March 31 st of that year. Dues will not be pro-rated for partial year membership. Members with past due dues may not participate in club meetings or use the facilities of the club. Charter members who fail to pay their dues by March 31 st shall lose their Charter Membership status even if they catch up with past due payments.

To read details about dues, read the Club By-Laws.

The location for our proposed range is on GA Hwy.180, 5 miles from US Hwy.129, between the mile markers 18 and 19, across from Forest Service Rd.292.

We are an NRA & GSSA Club Affiliate

If you are wanting to be a member, knowing that at this time we are a club without a range, but we are getting closer to our goal, see details below.
Dues for membership at this time are $70.00, plus a one time $100.00 application fee.
To become a member of the Union County Gun Club, print out the application and mail it to
Union County Gun Club
P.O. Box 442
Blairsville, GA 30514

If you have a question about your dues, contact Membership

Club Caps and Visors are available for a donation of $20.00
If you would like one, contact Caroline at cupi303@gmail.com

How did we get where we are now, read the articles published in the North Georgia News.

US Forestry News about the proposed Target Range Project

Sound Test Results

Area map and target range layout          Project Timeline

CLUB DETAILS

Club Mission Statement         Club By-Laws          Club Officers

Standard Operating Procedures

If you have questions, other than membership, email us at membership@unioncountygunclub.com

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