Durham County Wildlife Club

The Durham County Wildlife Club is located off Hopson Road in the heart of the Research Triangle Park, within minutes of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and convenient to the Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill areas of central North Carolina.

Primarily a shotgun oriented facility offering trap, skeet, and sporting clays, the club does include a pistol range, with target positions out to 100 meters.  On the pistol/rifle range...Only rimfire rifles of .22 and .17 caliber are permitted.  Pistols firing "classical pistol cartridges" (straight walled) may be used (i.e. 22, 380, 32, 9mm, 38, 45, etc) . Not allowed are pistols firing high-intensity bottle-neck type rifle cartridges or ANY center fire rifle. Black powder pistols are allowed, but not BP rifles.)

More than just "a place to shoot," the club has 96 acres of land, which includes an eleven acre lake complete with picnic tables and a large clubhouse. These are in addition to the well manicured shooting facilities. Forty acres of the property remain wooded, offering a serene respite from the pressures of life in the Triangle.

The club grounds and clubhouse are available for use to community minded civic and sports-person's organizations, and are currently used by groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, The Durham J-C's, The Triangle Fly-Fishermen and others.

No hunting is allowed on any of the club's grounds.

Additional Information

From its beginning in 1946, the Club has been organized as a private, non-profit organization with its facilities open to members and their guests. The Club is affiliated with the N.C. Wildlife Federation, the N.C. Rifle & Pistol Assn., the National Rifle Assn.(NRA), the Amateur Trapshooting Assn. (ATA), the National Skeet Shooting Assn (NSSA), and the National Sporting Clays Assn (NSCA).


One membership in the Durham County Wildlife Club covers the entire family -- husband, wife, and dependent children. Senior Citizen memberships are also available. Annual dues are $175 (or $100 for senior citizens), and there is a one- time initiation fee of $325. For new members who join the DCWC during the year, the annual dues are pro-rated by quarter. Membership is open to anyone, without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin.

Club Hours

The lake and grounds of the club are open to members and their guests throughout the week.  For guests, the shooting facilities are typically open on Saturdays from 11:00 to 3:00 PM, and on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Call 919.361.1839 ( the closure hotline ) to find out ahead of time if the club is open or closed on a future weekend. Also, by volunteering to serve on a club committee, members may obtain off-hours shooting privileges. Off hours, no shooting is allowed after 10:00 PM, nor before 7:00 AM. (Note that during holiday weekends, the club is officially "closed," however members may bring guests following the "off-hours" rules.)

Visitors (club guests) to the club, during open hours, are welcome to bring their shotguns and enjoy our trap and skeet.

Shooting Fees

  • $2.50 For Club members
  • $5.00 For escorted guests
  • $8.00 For visitors (club guests)

Free Pistol and Archery for member's children age 17 and under

Non committee members shooting shotgun during off hours may shoot only as a guest and must pay 2 tokens per round.

Pistol Range

Unlike the other facilities of the Club, the pistol range is not available to guests or visitors. Except for organized competitions, only club members who have completed the club's safety course are authorized to shoot on this range, and only those members who have off-hours privileges (volunteers) are allowed to bring guests to this range (during "open" hours only). To fund future range improvement, there is a daily use fee for the Pistol Range, equal to one shotgun round. (See above for sliding fee scale.)


The Club is run and maintained entirely by volunteers. Without these volunteers, the club simply would not exist. There are 15+ separate volunteer committees within the club, and while working on a committee is not required as a condition of membership, volunteering to work on a committee is strongly encouraged. Volunteers are expected to work the equivalent of a minimum of one day (4 hours) per calendar quarter. Volunteer details are included in the application package.

Volunteers on any club committee enjoy reduced rates for trap skeet, & sporting clays. Volunteers who attend additional safety training enjoy off-hours shooting privileges as well.