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San Juan Wildlife Federation

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February 3, 2017



San Juan Wildlife Federation

The San Juan Wildlife Federation, located outside of Farmington and just off of US Highway 64, is one of San Juan County’s lesser known resources. Founded in 1957 the Federation’s original purpose was to bring attention to conservation of natural resources. In the past decades, the purpose has changed to become more of a shooting range and club. With a goal of creating a family environment, the Federation has shooters from 8 to 80. The Federation has an indoor range, shotgun range, 100 yard bench rest range, 900 yard general range and nine different pistol bays.

There are many different disciplines in which members can compete or participate in. The Cowboy Action shooters compete in authentic old west attire, shooting original or replica firearms around props and numerous different stationary and swinging targets. The Tres Rios Bandidos come out to shoot the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. They set up at 9 and start shooting at 10. For those who enjoy shotgun or who are interested in learning, they have five trap ranges. All ranges are lighted. Come out to shoot trap every Saturday starting at 10. For youth who want to try shooting sports, the Wildlife Federation offers a Youth Airgun League with Sporter Air Rifle, Silhouette Air Rifle, Progressive Position Air Pistol and Silhouette Air Pistol. Running from January 9th - March 15 there will be matches every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30. Pistol shooters can participate in the San Juan Defensive Pistol Associations monthly competitions. Some of the organizations that compete and practice at the Wildlife Federation are the San Juan County Sheriff’s sniper team, Bloomfield Police Firearms Qualification, 4-H Air Rifle, .22 Rifle and Shotgun, Aztec High School Clay Target Association, Bench Rest Shooters of America, ARA and the black powder shooters. The 4-H Air Rifle team won their national competition this past year, and one of the defensive shooting competitors is ranked top 5 in the nation and the Aztec New Mexico High School Clay Target Association won their state competition this past year.

Members of the San Juan Wildlife Federation are free to use any of the ranges and targets at their leisure. While there are numerous clubs and groups to shoot with, it is not required. Although the Wildlife Federation is members only, there is public access during all competitions.

Most of the Federation’s funds come from membership dues, while a small portion comes from the two gun shows hosted annually. One of their annual gun and knife shows is coming up February 3, 4 and 5 at McGee Park. A majority of the San Juan Wildlife Federation’s funds are used for range maintenance, the remainder is used to host their Youth Sports Fest and to sponsor and help the organizations that use the ranges. As with many sports, the continuation of it rests in the next generation. The Federation actively recruits young shooters in an all day event designed to expose children to a variety of firearms in a safe and fun environment called the Youth Sports Fest held every year in the fall.

Interested in learning more about the San Juan Wildlife Federation? Find them at their gun and knife show, at the San Juan County Fair or come out the third Tuesday of every month to the meeting.

 

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