The FRGC has been a part of this community for a long time, in fact, longer than Fernie's incorporation as a city. Established in 1899 as the Fernie District Gun Club, it was essentially that, a target shooting club with a rifle range in the middle of town. Once, maybe considered a “gentleman's club” comprised of the City “elite” (though women too were involved, one of the founding members was a woman), it wasn't long before all facets of the community would be found among the membership.

The Club evolved quickly from strictly a target shooting club to an organization focused on fish and wildlife concerns. Influenced by the US conservation movement of the early 1900's. With names like Roosevelt, Rungius, Phillips & Hornaday inspiring it's members to protect and conserve fish and wildlife stocks, and in turn, foster a healthy sporting life of hunters and anglers. BC's conservation movement started right here in Fernie. The Fernie Rod and Gun Club is BC's oldest organization of its kind and continues to have a proud membership of men, women and their families representing a broad cross section of the community.

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