The Durham County Wildlife Club is located off 3616 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.
The club has ninety six acres of land, which includes an eleven acre lake complete with picnic tables and a large clubhouse along with 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 Jaycees, The Triangle Fly-Fishermen and others.
No hunting or open carry is allowed on any of the club's grounds.
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 Association , the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), the National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), and the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA).
One membership in the Durham County Wildlife Club covers the entire family - husband, wife, and dependent children. Senior Citizen memberships are also available. Membership is open to anyone, without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin. See the Join page for more information on fees and process.
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. During 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, but members may bring guests following the off-hours rules.
Visitors are welcome to the club during open hours described above. They are welcome to bring their shotguns and enjoy our trap and skeet. The pistol range is not open to visitors.
Note that 7 ½ is the maximum allowed shot size on the shotgun fields.
Visitors should report to the clubhouse to sign in before shooting.
- $4.00 For Club members
- $8.00 For guests escorted by a club member
- $12.00 For visitors to the club
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.
Unlike the other facilities of the Club, the pistol range is not available to visitors. Except for organized competitions, only club members who have completed the club's pistol test and live fire procedure are authorized to shoot on this range, and only those members who have off-hours privileges are allowed to bring guests to this range during open hours only. There is a daily use fee for the pistol range, equal to one shotgun round.
Specifics on guns and ammunition:
|Rimfire rifles of .22 and .17 caliber||NO centerfire or black powder rifles|
|Pistols firing straight-walled classical
pistol cartridges may be used e.g. .22,
.380, .32, 9mm, .38, .45, etc.
|NO pistols firing high-intensity
bottle-neck type rifle cartridges
|Black powder pistols||NO black powder rifles|
One of the best benefits of the club is the ability to use the club off-hours. But the club is run and maintained by volunteers on committees. To enjoy the off-hours benefit you must volunteer to be a committee member and commit to performing duties 3-4 times per year. And you must complete the appropriate certifications for any activities.
Examples include staffing the shop, running shooting venues during open hours, maintenance activities, etc. You can ask for a given committee, but assignments are made based on openings. More information on committees is available at the initial training class.