The Boerne Shooting club ( SchuetzenVverien ) is affiliated with the Texas Schuetzen Bunde, The National Rifle Association (NRA), and The American Rimfire Association (ARA).
Beginning in 2009 the club began participating in the A.R.A. American Rimfire Association shooting 50 yard benchrest against other ARA members nationwide. The ARA schedule has now been posted on the shooting schedule page.
Club dues are presently $40.00 per member annually. There is also a one time initiation fee of $10.00 per person. Members over 70 years of age pay half-dues. Each time there is a schuetzen shoot, each shooter pays a $8.00 range fee that is used to pay for the general upkeep of the Club. Range fees for the ARA shooting have been set at $5.00 per target which includes the ARA fees.
The Boerne Schuetzen Verein (Shooting Club) was organized in 1864 by German immigrants who settled in the area now called Boerne. (Burn-ee). They worked hard all day to make a living for themselves and their families, and needed something to do for recreation at the end of the week, so they created the club where they could go to show off their shooting prowess and try to beat the other members in a sometimes day long shoot. The men would break out their rifles and shoot against each other, while the wives cooked meals and socialized and the kids played in the fields. For many years, it was thought that the Shooting Club was the place to be. Almost everyone was a member and they spent as much time there as they could. Through the years, the club was moved to two other locations before being settled where it is now in 1914, just north of Boerne on Shooting Club Road. The old German "Schuetzen" style shooting has been preserved, shooting from stair-stepped wooden ramps at a target 100 yards away. In the late 1970's or early 1980's, women were finally allowed to shoot with the men. They showed that they too have the ability to present some really high scores, even in adverse weather conditions. Only .22 caliber target rifles are used at the club, using standard velocity ammunition. Iron sights or scopes are acceptable when shooting, but in the beginning, only iron sights were used.
In shuetzen we shoot in competition against three other clubs. The Vogels Valley, Alamo, and New Braunfels clubs have also kept up the traditional style of shooting and each of the four clubs hosts a "prize" shoot once a year. Prize money is awarded to the top places in each division according to the number of participants. Some of the shooters have been shooting most of their lives and are direct descendants of the original club members. Memberships are open to everyone who can legally buy a rifle and use it safely. Junior shooterrs 12 and over are permited to shoot under the direct supervision of thier parent. For information on membership you can come by the club at one of the shoots shown on the 2nd tab, "Shooting Schedule",
A new class of shooting has been opened in 2013. A new Sporter / Open class using the same targets but making competion more readily available to new shooters using equipment they probably already have. A description of the Sporter / Open class will be posted on a seperate page on the site. Shooting dates and time will coincide with Schuetzen shooting schedule at this time but may change depending on participation.
President - Macky Locklin
Vice-President - Jay Brinkley