Shooting sports have long been a part of Ontario County's recreation, and Sir James Mentieth and his friends once used glass balls filled with feathers as targets. Joe McKenna, a semi-professional baseball player, opened a skeet range opposite Roseland Park only a few years after the sport was inverted in the 1920s. The earliest remembered trap range in the county was located near the Sucker Brook and later on Lake Street in the city of Canandaigua.
In 1914 one hundred and fifty four sportsmens - doctors, lawyers, merchants, and farmers - incorporated this club under the present name for "the protection and propagation of fish and wildlife and the promotion of good sportsmanship." During the hunting season the Webster House was filled with hunters and their dogs, and this was the site of the first club meeting in 1914.
In 1946 the club bought its present location on Emerson Road in Canandaigua and built trap, skeet, pistol and rifle ranges, and a clubhouse.
More recently in the 1980s the club started holding competitive pistol matches and in the early 1990s constructed a sporting clays course.
The new five stand facility was completed in 2004, and in 2007 the sporting clays course was updated with fully automated traps.
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