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Welcome to the SLV Rod & Gun Club

The Savannah Lakes Village Rod & Gun Club is honored to be the largest sanctioned club in Savannah Lakes. We pride ourselves for offering the activities that our members request. These activities include: Sport target shooting, Skeet shooting, Sporting clays, Fishing charters (striper/bass/crappie/catfish), Fishing seminars, Dinner social programs and MANY more. Check our Upcoming Events section for more info.

Welcome to the SLV Rod & Gun Club

The Rod & Gun Club is committed to 1) Connecting SLV members with common interests in fishing and shooting sports, 2) Providing opportunities for organized outings, guided trips, and sporting events, and 3) Building relationships.

The Club is in the process of setting up various fishing charters as well as seminars. Fishing Charters are set up monthly, when possible. We do allow non-members if they are invited by a member on that charter. The charters will be first come first serve for members and guests.

Pistol Range Winter hours are from 10:00am until 2:00pm (9:00am until 1:00pm, Summer). Skeet shooting is every Tuesday, weather permitting, at Hickory Knob Skeet Range at 10:00am. Old and new Club members are free to join on Tuesday mornings to get an idea of what the shoot is like and speak with the Rangers and shooters. Members are responsible for their own equipment and ammunition. A round of skeet (25 ct) costs Club members $10.

Upcoming Events

Pistol Range Winter hours are from 10:00am until 2:00pm (9:00am until 1:00pm, Summer).

Other Club News

Want to join the Rod & Gun Club in 2024? Please follow the steps below:
1) Print and complete the registration form.
2) Read the Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Print and Sign the last page to acknowledge you have read the SOP.
3) Take all three pages, along with a check made out to the SLV Rod & Gun Club, in person, to the POA Office. The Club membership fee is $25 a year; the Range fee is $20 (optional) for a total of $45 a year, per person.

Those members wishing to renew their Club membership for 2024 should please do so prior to December 15 or after January 2, 2024. The POA office should have 2024 membership cards ready after November 1st. DO NOT mail the Application to the POA Office or give the paperwork to Board Members. Thanks for your cooperation! Watch NeighborLink for events open to non-members.

The SLV Rod & Gun Club will help members create groups to go on charters.  Folks have enjoyed great success with these opportunities in the past. The boat leaves the dock (within one hour of SLV) about 7am and is usually off the water by 10am with 10 fish per person (based on the last several trips). Location changes as fish move around the lake. These trips go rain or shine, only being cancelled if weather or other circumstances make the trip unsafe (i.e. lightning, mechanical failure). Be sure to bring whatever you need to wear, eat, or drink, and a container/ice to transport your catch home.

The LTB - Lake Thurmond Bassmasters is a 10-month long season and is looking for boaters to join our ranks. There are currently more co-anglers than boaters for the upcoming season which starts in October. This is a bass (black bass) fishing club that was formed with two objectives: 1) to have fun and 2) learn. There are fish 10 tournaments yearly, mainly on Lake Thurmond plus a couple of other nearby lakes. The first club meeting of the new season is the first week of September, which is when we encourage new members to join the club. And remember, it is virtually impossible for a person to have too much fishing tackle!

Area News

The The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, will conduct youth waterfowl hunts at the Richard B. Russell Project during the months of December and January for participants 9-16 years old. The dates for the hunts are dependent on the weather and arrival of the waterfowl. Once dates are determined, those who are selected during a random drawing will be notified the week prior to the hunt they are drawn for. To enter the drawing, call Brandon Dickey at 800-944-7207, ext. 3408, at the Russell Project Office, no later than 4p.m., Friday, December. 1, 2023. Read the article.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, Boundary Line Maintenance begins at J. Strom Thurmond Project. Workers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, at J. Strom Thurmond Project have begun work to inspect and re-paint approximately 50 miles of the existing boundary line trees with bright orange paint, normally a 4-inch band around half of each tree. The work will continue through the autumn and winter and wrap up before spring arrives. Read the article.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Upper Savannah River Reservoirs Enter Drought Level 2. The three reservoirs on the upper Savannah River Basin operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, declared the second flow reduction in two months in response to the pool elevation at Lake Thurmond dipping below Drought Trigger Level 2, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023. The current pool elevations for November 1, 2023, are 653.50 feet above mean sea level (ft-msl) for Lake Hartwell, and 323.34 ft-msl for Lake Thurmond. Read the article.

The Parksville Day Use Area has reopened according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, J. Strom Thurmond Project. Construction repairs to the extensive damage caused by a large sink hole in the causeway at Parksville Day Use Area have been completed. The park had been closed since the sinkhole occurred on Feb. 9, 2023. For more information, contact Henry Way, Chief Ranger, or the J. Strom Thurmond Project Office at 800-533-3478, or 864-333-1100.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District declared Drought Trigger Level 1 on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, for the Upper Savannah River Reservoirs in response to the pool elevation at J. Strom Thurmond Lake dipping below 326.0 feet above mean sea level (ft-msl). Entering Drought Trigger Level 1 activates the Corps’ Drought Management Plan of reducing the outflows from Hartwell Dam and Thurmond Dam to conserve water. Read more in the news release.

Fisheries management at J. Strom Thurmond Lake is a vital mission, habitat enhancements at fish attractor sites are completed every winter. Fisheries habitat enhancements of attractors sites are for the obvious reasons of sustaining quality habitat and as well providing key areas for anglers to catch fish. As of last week, four bank fishing areas (Clarks Hill Park 1 & 2, Scott's Ferry Ramp, and West Dam Park), two deep water areas (Bussey Point Savannah River side and Shrivers Creek), and one fishing dock (Petersburg Campground) have been refurbished with 15 bamboo block fish attractors per site. Expect spring and summer time fishing activities at these sites to be excellent for crappie, bream, and bass. Areas can be found here using our Fishing Map Web Application.

Past Events

The SLV Rod & Gun Club held a .22 caliber rifle "Pin Head" competition on Wednesday, November 22nd at 10am at the range. This was for any .22 rifle with iron or red dot sights.  No magnification allowed. The competition consisted of shooting 5 bowling pin heads at 20 yards. The shooter had 7 shots to clear the five pin heads. Shooters using less than the 7 shots scoree points for each unused round. Participants needed to bring enough ammunition to shoot at least 6 times.

The SLV Rod & Gun Club held a Defensive Shooton November 18th at 10am. The shoot consisted of a 6 shot string, a quick reload and then a 2nd six shot string. Those shooters using a semi-auto needed 2 magazines loaded with 6 shots each. Revolver shooters benefited from a speed loader or speed strip. Those using a five shot revolver shot a 5 shot string then a second 5 shot string. The first 5/6 shot string was fired with your strong hand only from the hip, no aiming. Second set of 5/6 rounds will be a two hand aimed string. Magazines can be loaded prior to the shoot but please make sure firearms are unloaded when you arrive at the range.

New Event - Ladies Shoot was held on Tuesday, October 17th. All calibers were welcome along with semi-autos and revolvers. Five pins are set on a table 21 feet from the shooter. The shooter has 7 shots to clear the pins from the table. Shooters using less than seven shots will score points for unused rounds. Shooters using a .22 caliber round will shoot the bowling pins "heads".

The SLV Rod & Gun Club Annual Fun Day and Banquet was held on Monday, October 16, 2023. The day started at the range in the morning with a Pistol Shoot, followed by an early afternoon Skeet Shoot at the Hickory Knob SP skeet range. The day wrapped up with our Annual Banquet, awards dinner, raffles, and the announcement of 2024 Board Members & Officers at the Hickory Knob Red Barn.

South Carolina DNR Notices & Information

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is a South Carolina state agency charged with regulating hunting, fishing, boating, duck stamp orders, and the conservation efforts of the state government. DNR documents are listed below:

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