Bait and Bullet

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Bait and Bullet is the subclub for shooting and fishing activities.

For information on how to become a leader, see Leader requirements and procedures.

Club Overview:

The Bait and Bullet Club is a member club of the Dartmouth Outing Club whose purpose is to allow students to participate in hunting and fishing activities. Our Club encourages members to get outdoors and enjoy the sports of hunting and fishing, and shooting. Know that both hunting and fishing take time and patience, but the experience can be incredibly rewarding.

Club Equipment:

Bait and Bullet has most of the equipment necessary for any hunting or fishing outing. We own a fairly broad selection of shotguns, rifles, bows, fly rods, and spin rods. As a general guideline, all supplies and materials will be provided by the club during sponsored trips. Approved club members will be allowed to use non-consumable club gear such as waders, rods, firearms, boats, ice augers, and decoys for personal trips, however, the individual member will be responsible for all consumable items such as ammunition, lures, flies, tippet, line, bait, etc.


Firearms

The Club maintains a stock of firearms for member use. In order to check out a club firearm, one must become a leader in Bait and Bullet, have completed a hunter safety course, and have approval from current club leadership or the club advisor. If being checked out for a personal trip, the individual must inform club leadership to ensure there are no other trips planned that will conflict with the usage of the club firearm.

Boats

Should a fishing leader desire to take students out in the clubs jon boats, they must be cleared to do so by club leadership. Fishing with club gear is not permitted in canoes. All crafts must adhere to proper regulations - PFDs must be present at all times and when water temperatures are below 50 degrees F, all participants shall wear PFDs at all times

Trailer

Students must pass the trailer test with the Bait and Bullet trailer in order to tow it, no substitutions will be permitted

Leadership Requirements

Leadership in the club is reserved for anyone who has knowledge, skill, and experience with hunting, fishing, and shooting and a desire to share what they know with other members of the club by leading trips. Trips are primarily to be instructional, with the intent to introduce students to hunting, fishing, and shooting. To become a leader in the Club, email bait.and.bullet@dartmouth.edu

Trips

All trips must be lead by a Bait and Bullet leader- fishing trips by a fishing leader and shooting trips by a shooting leader. It is important to Bait and Bullet that trips are lead by someone who is competent with the equipment and knowledge about the sport in order to insure their trip participants learn safe habits, correct handling, and get the full shooting and fishing experience. This is why it is of the utmost importance to maintain a group of well-trained trip leaders, maintain our facilities, and have proper boundaries set for the trips.

Trip Types

There are two basic types of trips: shooting and fishing. Both of these trips are based off campus and require the use of college-approved vehicles and the procedure below to be taken out. Fishing trips go to a variety of locations around the area and participants will not be charged unless the gear is damaged due to negligence or improper use. On these trips typically fly and spin rods will be taken out to encourage trying new gear and people of all levels are encouraged to participate unless the leader specifies a specialized trip they would like to lead.

General Trip Procedue

  • 1.) Inform club leadership that you are taking a trip out
  • 2.) Fill out the trip template located in the Bait and Bullet leader google drive
  • 3.) Request a vehicle from the DOC in 119 Robinson Hall (603-646-2834)
  • 4.) Fill out starting mileage in the paperwork located in the metal clipboard, which can typically be found on the dash of the vehicle
  • 5.) At the completion of the trip, finish filling out the mileage paperwork in the vehicle, clean all gear and inspect for damage. Inform leadership of any damages or incidents occurring on the trip
Shooting Trip Procedure

In order to bring out a shooting trip though Bait and Bullet, the trip leader must inform the clubs leadership that they would like to lead a trip at least 24 hours in advance and visit Safety and Security to book the Dartmouth Range unless shooting off campus.

There are three types of shooting trips: beginner, advanced, and mixed.

  • Before conducting any live fire event, the trip leader will read all 5 weapon safety rules out loud to all participating members, then have every member recite them back to the trip leader verbatim. No member will be allowed to shoot until they can successfully repeat back all 5 firearm safety rules. Upon completion of this, the trip leader will explain the left and lateral limits of the range, as well as discuss emergency procedures.
  • For beginner and mixed trips, only one shooter can be on the firing line per leader, to a maximum of two. The leader is expected to stay within one arms distance of the shooters at all times when on the firing line. There is no maximum number of participants, but they must all remain behind the firing line, and be focused on what is happening at the firing line. Leaders should limit group size to what is reasonable to manage.
  • For advanced trips, only advanced shooters may attend. You may have two shooters on the firing line with only one leader. Before signing up for an advance trip, the shooter's competency level needs to be verified by club leadership. If there is no known information about the shooter, the individual may inform the leadership of their experience and will be expected to demonstrate their competency prior to the beginning of the range. Failure to demonstrate competence will exclude the shooter from being on the firing line at any time and they will not be granted a refund.
  • All shooting safety rules and regulations will be observed by and enforced by all those on the trip. All participants are expected to hold each other accountable for weapon safety.
Fishing Trip Procedure

To lead a fishing trip, the leader must inform club leadership at least 24 hours in advance to ensure gear is available. If the students are new to fishing, they will be prohibited from using anything other than weedless rigged soft plastics while spin fishing. If the students are experienced, all club lures will be allowed. On the trips, the leaders must have with them the group license that enables all students who don't have licenses to fish while enrolled in an educational program or have a state fishing license. One day licenses are available for purchase at locations like Hanover Outdoors.

Gun Safety Rules

  • 1.) Treat every weapon as if it were loaded
  • 2.) Never point at a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot
  • 3.) Keep your weapon on safe until you are ready to fire
  • 4.) Keep your finger off the trigger until you intend to fire
  • 5.) Know your target and what lies beyond it

The Shooting Range

The College owns and operates a shooting range just off of Route 10 North of Campus across from the Organic Farm. This range is available for the use of any Dartmouth Student who has previously registered with Bait and Bullet. It is maintained and operated by the Club. In addition to the previously mentioned request that all members participate in any range improvement and maintenance trips, there are a few rules that we ask everyone who uses the range to observe.

  • Please report any unauthorized or inappropriate range activity to Dartmouth Safety & Security (603 646 4000).
Hours of Operation
  • The range is open from 9AM-6PM ONLY Monday-Saturday. Sunday and holidays it shall be open only from noon until 4 PM (only one session).
  • No shooting session may last longer than 90 minutes.
  • There shall be only two sessions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon (except on Sunday and Holidays), except for archery.


Users
  • Use of the Dartmouth College shooting range is a privilege available only to current Dartmouth students. The only exception is for official club trips sponsored by Bait and Bullet.
  • These users may bring dependent children or spouses, but not parents.


Planning Your Trip
  • All users must contact Safety and Security (5 Rope Ferry Rd.), in person to sign up for access and confirm a time for each shooting session.
  • If the range is already reserved, you will need to adjust your plans.
  • Use by Bait and Bullet Club has priority and leaders may sign up for range times by phone. Bait and Bullet may not bump existing reservations that are less than 48 hours out from time of call.
At the Range
  • For sponsored trips, the ratio is one instructor to 2 students on the firing line.
  • Undergraduates may only use guns registered and stored at Safety and Security, per College policy.
  • No alcohol
  • Pack it in, pack it out. Trash and brass must all be removed from the range. Glass and other breakable items may not be used as targets.
  • Use Biodegradable clays only.
  • NO AUTOMATIC weapons are permitted.
  • Semi-automatic rifles larger than .22 caliber must have clips smaller than 5 rounds.
  • NO HANDGUNS are permitted.
  • Please respect community events at the adjacent soccer fields and the Organic Farm. If an event is going on, refrain from shooting and reschedule your session.
  • Always use the range in a safe manner. Observe the shooting line and shooter safety, always fire in the direction of the target stands, and never fire a firearm when anyone is over the shooting line. This includes shooting from a place beyond the firing line. Shooting may ONLY happen from BEHIND the firing line.
  • Proper protective equipment shall be used including ear protection and eye protection when appropriate.
  • When the range is in use, there shall be one person designated as "Range Master." That person shall declare, verbally and clearly, that the range is "hot" and "cold."
  • If practicing archery, users may establish their own firing line in front of the normal firing line.
  • Archery and firearm sessions shall not be concurrent.


Bait and Bullet Leaders

The following people are current BnB Leaders.

They are the only people who should have access to the club's guns.

They are the only people who can book range time by phone instead of in person.

The list can be viewed here.

Management Principles
  • The range will be supervised by a combination of the clubs leaders and its advisors in the Outdoor Programs Office, Dartmouth Office of Safety & Security. All unauthorized activity should be reported to Safety and Security.
  • Rules violations will result in revocation of privileges.
  • Bait and Bullet will, in consultation with their advisors, work to educate the student body about safe and courteous use of the shooting range.
  • Any maintenance will be performed by Bait and Bullet. If they are unable to perform the maintenance, they may request assistance from OPO staff. If OPO is unable to perform the maintenance, the range may be closed until such a time as maintenance can be performed.


Range Safety
  • Follow the 5 weapon safety rules
  • Know and follow all the rules of the Shooting Range.
  • Listen and do what the Range Master tells you to do.
  • Uncase and case your gun at the shooting bench, never behind the safety line.
  • Always keep the barrel pointed down range.
  • Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.