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, as well as associated activities (primarily in firearms sporting). The only requirements for membership are membership in the DOC and a desire to learn about hunting, fishing, and their associated knowledge bases – including, to name a few things, plant and animal identification, familiarity with habitat (particularly New England habitats), proper treatment and dressing of game, safe firearm and rod handling, firearm and rod skills, bait and artificial-fly selection and creation (with an emphasis on fly tying and proper fly selection), and New England hunting and fishing regulations. We welcome all students to join the Club, and ask only that you participate in our events. One of the most important parts of these skills is the communal knowledge: if you have something to share from your own experience, please share it, and if you have no experience at all, come eager and willing to learn. Know that both hunting and fishing take time and patience, but the experience can be incredibly rewarding.

Club Equipment:

The Bait and Bullet Club has most of the equipment necessary for any hunting or fishing outing. We own a fairly broad selection of firearms and fishing rods (both spin and fly rods). There are some Club materials available for general use (such as various ammunitions, fishing reels and lines, and some fly tying materials) but there is no guarantee that we will have them in stock. As a general guideline, ammunition, flies, and lines (specifically tippet materials for fly lines) should be provided by the members using them, unless their use is as a part of a paid Bait and Bullet trip, in which case all supplies and materials will be provided.

Using Club Equipment:

The Bait and Bullet Club strongly encourages all members to get out and enjoy the out of doors and provides most of the equipment to assist in this endeavor. There is a simple process of checking out equipment when members leave on a trip, and checking it back in when members return from a trip, but the process is different for hunting and fishing equipment (namely rods and firearms).

Fishing Equipment

Fishing equipment is available for checkout to any member of the Club without any need for special training. All state fishing regulations must be observed at all times! Remember you are representing your Club and your college when you are out there. Fishing equipment is stored at DOR and can be checked out by fishing leaders from there. Ensure other fishing leaders know you are running a trip so that there are no conflicts.


The Club maintains a stock of firearms for member use. These firearms include .12, .20 and .410 gauge shotguns, several .22 caliber rifles, and a .306 rifle, to name a few. All of our firearms are kept in the Safety and Security Office on Rope Ferry Road. They have their own policies for how guns are checked out of their gun room, but no one may check out a Bait and Bullet firearm unless they are on our approved gun list. To get on this list, a member must first become a leader in the Club and complete a firearm competency checkout with a Club chair (blitz the Bait and Bullet account about getting checked out and a trip will be arranged), or with a Club advisor. See the section on Leader Requirements for more information on how to become a leader.

Shooting Equipment

Shooting equipment such as targets, clays, ear and eye protection, and ammunition can only be use when an approved leader is taking out a Bait and Bullet approved trip (see below for what is considered a club trip). When checking out Bait and Bullet guns, individuals should be aware of which trips are going out on that day so they do not use guns that are required by the Bait and Bullet sponsored trip. To check on this the individual could do a courtesy check and blitz into the club blitz mail or can attend the feeds/check in with the club to see what trips are occurring that week.

Leadership Requirements

Leadership in the club is open to any member who has the desire to share his or her knowledge, skill, and experience with other members of the club by leading trips, both with primary intent being instructional, and trips whose primary purpose is to actively participate in the sports of hunting and fishing. To become a leader in the Club, contact the club chairs.


Should a fishing leader desire to take students out in canoes or the clubs jon boats, they must be cleared to do so. All crafts must adhere to proper regulations - PDFs must be present at all times and when water temperatures are below 50 degrees F, all participants shall wear PDFs and wetsuits at all times.

Club Facilities

The Bait and Bullet Club has access to several facilities. With all Club facilities, we ask members to respect the hard work of many Club members in maintaining these facilities and ask that when opportunities for maintenance and improvements arise that Club members participate. Only through Club participation can our facilities endure for future generations of the Club.

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. An exception is made for Biathlon club practice, because it is interspersed with skiing, during the winter months. They may reserve the range for up to 2.5 hours.
  • 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.

  • 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.


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 a 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 there are incidences with gear. 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.

Shooting Trip Procedure

In order to bring out a shooting or fishing trip though Bait and Bullet the leader can inform the chairs (via the blitz list) that they would like to lead a trip the following week. The chairs may also contact the leaders and arrange trips for the following week. Once the trip time and date have been decided on by the leaders and chairs, the trips could be presented at Bait and Bullet feeds. Feeds are Bait and Bullet meetings that take place in a more social environment with a cooked meal (the meal is paid for through a DOC credit card and everyone who attends signs a dash sheet to help pay for the food). At the Feeds, individuals may sign up for the trip of their choice the following week. If the number of people that are signed up are over the maximum allowed for the trip, the last people on the sign up list will be put on a wait list. We give those who attend feeds first choice of trips to try to encourage attendance at feeds. Feeds build up our club's presence on campus, build a sense of community, allow for members to meet each other, give individuals a chance to ask questions directly to the leaders and chairs, and gives us an opportunity to meet and discuss important aspects about the club in person on a weekly basis. Since not all people can make it to the feeds, we also blitz out the trips to the Bait and Bullet blitz list. There are usually still spots open on some of the trips and we blitz these out to the blitz list. If there are still spots left after this we will blitz out to campus. The campus blitzes help to gain more membership and visibility. All trips REQUIRED sign ups through Bait and Bullet. Leaders may not make their own lists. This is to ensure that the trips meet the safety and size requirements and also fit with in the budget.

The chairs are liable for the safety of trips that go out through the Bait and Bullet club and it is essential that the chairs set up the trips that go out and are informed of all individuals that are on the trip. The individual's names will be transcribed onto a trip list in the address section under the bait and bullet account so that there is always a record on hand. These lists are set up from the names on the feed sign ups and the blitzes received on the club blitz. Once the trips are full, chairs will blitzes the lists to the leaders. Once the leaders have the lists, they will inform the individuals of anything they will need on the trip and of the club's cancellation policy. The individual must cancel the day before the trip goes out, otherwise the individual will still be charged for going on the trip. The finalized list (including cancellations, additions, and waitlist adds) will then be brought to the OPO office AFTER it the finalized list has been approved by a chair (if there have been changes- for example if there is a cancellation, there could be a waitlist of people who had just blitzed into the account, or if there were a minimal number of people we could fill these spots). If the chairs do not respond in a timely fashion the list may simply be taken to OPO. Bait and Bullet will charge $6 per trip and double that amount if the individual is not a DOC member. At this time the leader also has to make sure that they have a college approved vehicle of the appropriate size reserved for the trip, or a college certified personal vehicle. Vehicle reservation and handing in trip sheets to OPO must be done the day before the trip goes out. Once the trip is finalized trip participants can be informed of where the trip meets etc. On the day of the trip all trips will meet behind Robo where the leader will have the vehicle on hand. The leaders will then check out the appropriate gear from S&S and go to the shooting range. Shooting time at the range should be one hour or less in consideration for houses in the area.

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

  • Before every trip there will be a safety talk and safe practices with be observed and scrutinized- this is the number one priority for leaders.
  • For beginner and mixed trips, only one shooter can be on the firing line per leader, to a maximum of two. There is no maximum number of participants, but they must all remain well 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, you may have two shooters on the firing line with only one leader, but this is only if every participant has shown themselves to be at a highly competent level of gun handling. Before signing up for an advance trip there needs to be proof that the shooter is at the advanced level. This can be done either through confirmation from one of the chairs, leaders, or advisors. If there is no known information about the shooter, the individual may write up a detailing of their experience and during the trip they would be the first to shoot with the leader to make sure they are at the appropriate level. If there are too many participants with unknown skill levels the trip could be considered a mixed trip. Mixed trips have participants at all levels.
  • All shooting safety steps and regulations must be observed by all those on the trip and must be enforced by leaders. These rules and regulations can be observed in the hunters safety course taken by the leaders and should be voiced to the participants at the beginning of the trip. The rules for the range are also written in the previous section and on the sign at the range.
Fishing Trip Procedure

Fishing trips have the same signing up procedure as shooting trips (as noted in previous section) and have the same procedure with checking out school vehicles for trips. If the trip uses a college vehicle, then the cost will depend on the distance driven, although the cost will be minimal (A 5-person trip driving 10 miles would be $1, for instance). Additionally, we will charge a small fee to cover the loss of flies or lures. Individual trip prices will be determined by the leader of the trip and approved by a Chair or Advisor before the trip leaves. When leading a fishing trip all levels may be mixed unless otherwise specified. 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.

Fishing Safety

Cold water can be very dangerous. Cold water is water below 50 degrees. Please refer to for more on ice safety and how to treat hypothermic or potentially hypothermic victims. In fast moving water or anytime anyone is in a boat, always wear personal flotation devices, and when wading, always wear a flotation belt.

Shooting Range To Do List:

Environmental Practices
  • Grant funding may be available to improve the backstop to contain spent ammunition and attenuate noise levels.
  • Berm can be made to funnel lead into a containment area from which it can be removed.
  • Fill could be added if necessary.
Safety Improvements
  • A range hot flag and it's use should be implemented.
  • An established firing line should be established (rope, logs, chalk, spray paint, etc).
  • Additional table space or racks should be created to store guns while not in use.

Gun Safety Guidelines

The 12 Golden rules for Safe Gun Handling
  • Always treat the gun as loaded.
  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
  • Never point the gun at anything you don't intend to destroy.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  • Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
  • Always use proper Ammunition.
  • Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
  • If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.
  • Don't rely on the gun's safety to keep it from firing.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don't trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.
Range Safety
  • Follow the 12 golden 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 keep the gun on safe until you intend to shoot.
  • Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
  • Never shoot at water or hard surfaces.