Chelsea Rod & Gun Club

2019 Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp Charity Shoot at Multi-Lakes Conservation Association

On August 9, Michigan United Conservation Clubs is hosted its 2019 Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp Charity Shoot at Multi-Lakes Conservation Association.

The funds raised from this event will go towards the Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp in Chelsea, MI. Since 1946, the MOOD Youth Camp has instilled values of conservation and natural resources stewardship in more than 58,000 youth. The funds raised will help to introduce more children to the outdoors, buy needed camp supplies and plant MUCC’s message of uniting citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage in the next generation of conservationists.

Stu Kenewell receives 2018 Special Conservation Award from the MUCC

Stu Kenewell (left) Receiving the MUCC Special Conservation Award for 2018. Presented by Former MUCC President and CRG member Russ Reister (Right)

It was an Honor to attend this year’s MUCC Conservation Awards Banquet on June 23rd 2018, where my father Stuart Kenewell was recognized with a special Conservation award. It was a delightful surprise, but a well-deserved one! Stu Kenewell has served for 34 years as a DNR certified hunter safety instructor. Has also been certified by the NRA as a Range Safety Officer and a Home firearms safety instructor. He has also served in the distinguished line of presidents for the Chelsea Rod and Gun club and was key in the creation of the 3D Archery, and public Trap shooting events enjoyed now for many years by outdoor sporting enthusiasts in the local communities. He has also volunteered as an instructor at MUCC programs such as Outdoorama. And helped out with other affiliated organizations such as Ducks Unlimited.

Yes – I am proud indeed to be his Son and follow his example, but I’ll never be able to fill his shoes I think. He did all this while also working full-time and raising our family. How has he managed to do all of it? Passion and dedication in the education of our youth in hunting and firearm safety! I am grateful that he instilled the same passion and dedication in me. I have been a certified instructor now for 15 years and part of his team.

(Note: during the ceremony I took some photos and videos of the presentation, but unfortunately due to technical issues with my video camera, only Audio was recorded. I will revise this story with a photo if I can obtain one from the MUCC photographer.)

The official transcript of the MUCC Conservation Award presentation:

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) is pleased to recognize Mr. Stuart “Stu” Kenewell for his outstanding service to the Chelsea Rod and Club and his decades long service to Michigan’s hunter safety program.

Through his service to our country as a Marine, Stu views the safe handling of firearms as not only the essential base for developing and mentoring future ethical hunters, but as assurance of our 2nd amendment rights. In his career as a safety instructor, he has instilled this belief in over 3,000 young people whom he has certified [while serving] as an instructor. While it is popular now to talk about hunter Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation [“R3”], Stu and all of our hunter safety instructors have been practicing R3 for decades. Stu has been responsible for the expansion of Chelsea Rod and Gun’s connection with local schools as well as by partnering with the Chelsea Area and the Stockbridge School districts to make hunter safety available to their students and the surrounding communities. He has secured the donation of firearms for use in the hunter’s safety program through a donation from Whitetails Unlimited and is the builder of much of Chelsea’s walk-thru archery course and other range facilities.

Russ Reister, a former MUCC President and longtime member of the Chelsea Rod and Gun club, who presented the award adds:

“Allow me to digress from this formal presentation to make a few personal observations about our club and Stu.

I joined the [Chelsea Rod and Gun] club in 1991 when I retired and moved to Chelsea. They did not allow the left-wing liberals from Ann Arbor to join at that time. At the beginning of each meeting we rise for the Pledge of Allegiance. At the conclusion we will hear a rousing “Hoo-rah!” from our resident Marine. No one takes a knee during our pledge.

In addition to his serious work, Stu is also the presenter of our “OFFO” awards. That is, our “Old Farts Factual [Factional] Observation” [note: “Factional” means one-part Factual and one-part Fictional] award presented at the conclusion of each meeting. I have been the butt of many of these. Stu could put some of our late night comedians to shame.

Stu’s son Phil also reflects his father’s dedication to conservation. He is our club’s webmaster and is a principle instructor in our hunter safety classes.”

In addition to mentoring thousands of youths in their hunter education, Stu has also sheparded in new generations of hunter safety instructors who have learned his same serious, but fun, approach to teaching ethics and the responsibility of being a safe hunter. Somehow in his spare time, Stu has also served as Past President of the Chelsea Rod and Gun club. Our outdoor family is made up of men and women dedicated to the perpetuation of these traditions through a commitment to youth education, and few people embody that more than Stu Kenewell. MUCC is pleased to recognize Stu with a Special Conservation Award for his service to conservation, youth education and the Chelsea Rod and Gun club.

Stu responded with a short speech starting with an example of one of his OFFO reports:

He’s flattered this old Marine far too much, but I have to correct him [Russ], it’s “Old Farts Factional Observations”; that’s “Part Fact, Part Fiction” and one of the most recent is how I learned to get along better with my wife after my retirement recently.  It seems that we were – arguing a little bit and uh, I was in the doghouse a lot. So I got some really good advice from and old friend. He said “you’ll have to do what my Dad taught me. When she starts to get mad at you, take a big gulp of water and swish it around in your mouth for quite awhile, and if she’ still made, take another big gulp of water and swish it around in your mouth for quite some time.” I saw him a couple weeks later and he said “Hey, so how did that work out for you?” and I said “Wow – That really works! I don’t understand what the water is doing, but it really works good!” He says “Ya big dope! It keeps your mouth Shut!” …So That’s an Old Farts Factional Observation.

I – I am humbled by this award. I was recruited into the Chelsea Rod and Gun club many years ago. I was [recruited] by one of the more prominent members and that was George Carter, a very prominent individual from the U of M and it grew from that point; he talked me into doing lots of stuff, and one of them was the hunter safety program.  Fortunately I have had a wonderful cadre of instructors that have been available to me – 12 of them [in] total – that have been available to teach these classes; we teach 4 to 5 a year and it goes very smoothly because we’re never shorthanded. We always have enough people there, and all the help I receive from them make it possible to do what I do. I have come up with some innovative ideas over the years and it’s worked out well for us – and I have to say that the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club hunter education program is one of the finest in the state. I am proud of that and I’m proud of the instructors, and I have to give a lot of credit to my bride of 50 years, as she has put up with this for a long time. It’s an entire weekend at a time; it’s all day Saturday and all day Sunday, and she even takes the time out of her busy schedule to go over to the Rod and Gun club when I am setting up for a class, and helps me setup hairs and tables; getting everything just right. And – She alone knows the order of the paperwork that is at each seat – the way is has to be – so I am grateful to her. I am grateful to the MUCC for this recognition and I have to say – Thank you very much.

  • Story by Phil Kenewell

IBO World Champion Rod Jenkins Shooting Clinic

Reserve Your Spot!
July 7-8, 2018Are you Looking to improve your ACCURACY?
GREAT! Chelsea Rod and Gun Club hopes to see you here on July 7 & 8. Rod Jenkins will be working with you one-on-one and as a group to break down the “7 steps of Excellence,” Blind bale drills, the Bridge program, and much more. Come as you are, any shooting style, any level of archer. Rod has been traveling the World to help archers better understand the shot, and to better understand themselves. This is one opportunity you do not want to miss!

Rod Jenkins is an archer that has always examined and explored the technical aspects of shooting technique.  Through decades of experience and research he has acquired a wealth of knowledge to share on form as well as the mental side of the shot.  Rod is not only a good shooter; he has the unique ability to transfer his knowledge to others and inspire them to work toward their goals.  This is the mark of a great coach, Rod doesn’t try to force his students into a single one size fits all mold and nothing gives him greater pleasure than to see his students improve and excel.

Please note, we must fill 10 spots to hold the clinic. After reserving your spot, it is recommended you do not book any non-refundable transportation or lodging until you receive confirmation from Chelsea Rod Gun Club that the clinic is being held as scheduled. Confirmation will be sent by July 1, 2018.

Times for the clinics will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday (although Rod will be available for questions after 2:00.)

See our map below as a general reference. If you would like to see an exact distance from your place to ours, click here for a link to Google Maps. Lodging is also an extra cost and below the map are suggestions of hotels in the area. Many of them offer free breakfast, room amenities such as microwave and refrigerator, and are near restaurants and shopping.

TO RESERVE YOUR SHOOTING CLINIC SPOT Call, Total cost of the clinic is $250
Call David Drenth at 269-760-0659 7am-9pm EST.
Have a Question for Rod?
Please contact David Drenth (Chelsea Rod & Gun Club) with questions on the clinic, but if you have a question only Rod can answer:

Rod Jenkins
305 Courtney Dr. SW #109
Decatur, AL 35603
[email protected]
Phone 256-353-7336
Cell 256-318-5278

David Drenth|
Cell: 269-760-0659
[email protected]



The Chelsea Rod and Gun Club is pleased to offer an education opportunity to learn about CWD in Michigan. Caitlin Ott-Conn from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be presenting. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12th at the clubhouse located on Lingane Rd in Chelsea. The presentation will be at 8:00. There is no charge and guests are welcome.

Archery Report – May 7, 2017

We had a great day for our 3-D shoot on May 7. We had 52 shooters total; 14 of which were youth. One couple came with a stroller to enjoy the course with their child! That’s love!

Scores are as follows:
Men’s Open:
1) Dale Becker – 229

Men’s Freestyle:
1) Corey Burns – 288
2) Bronson Clayton – 275
3) Chris Bazick 267

Women’s Freestyle:
1) Taylor Weston – 224
2) Lana Clayton – 192
3) Jane Folske – 157

Men’s Recurve:
1) Bruce Folske – 157
2) David Drenth 141

Jr. Freestyle:
1) Luke Ladd – 263
2) Adriana Clayton – 199
3) Bronson Clatyon, Jr – 190

Cub Freestyle:
1) William Hayward – 216
2) Mikayla Becker – 146
3) Trevor Lantis 145

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the program!

Our next shoot is June 4. Sign up is 8a-2p. Rangefinder are permissible, however, will not be eligible to win an award. We do change the course for every shoot to make it a challenge…including setting it up! There is also breakfast and lunch available so it’s ok to come hungry.

There is an IAA shoot scheduled for July 22 & 23. We will need some assistance with this shoot as we anticipate upwards of 250 shooters given reported numbers from other shoots that have already taken place this year. We will be scheduling a work day hopefully in June to clean up some blow downs after the brutal winds and trim the access lanes in the event we need to get emergency vehicles back into the course.

St. Patrick’s Day Scholarship Dinner – March 12th

We invite you to please come out and join us for our annual Chelsea Rod and Gun Club St. Patrick’s Day Scholarship Dinner! Enjoy a traditional meal of Corned Beef & Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, and lots of other dishes. This event annually raises funds so that we can provide at least three $500.00 scholarships to High school Seniors at Chelsea schools (applications are available to Chelsea HS Seniors through the Chelsea Education Foundation). The last few years we have been able to exceed that amount. Last year we were able to give out four $750.00 scholarships! Our goal this year is to do at least as much or more with your support. The dinner starts at 5:00 pm on Saturday at our clubhouse.

Click Here  for directions to our clubhouse.

Thank you and hope to see you there!

August 2015 3D Archery Report / Results

Here is a short note letting you know about the August Archery Shoot

We had 18 participant s this month. We had 12 shooters in the Hunter Class which seems to be the bigger class for us. We have changed the class as far as sights go. If you hunt with a single pin, HHA, Tru-glo, etc than you can shoot in the Hunter class. In the Hunter class the distances will be from 12 yrds. – 32 yrds with most being somewhere in between. Shooting the 3-D course is a great way to learn how to judge distances. Come on out, judge the distance, shoot the target, and than check it with a rangefinder if you choose. Or you can bring your rangefinder and check distances before you shoot if you wish. If you decide to do that, than please don’t turn your score in for the daily competition but turn it in for the prizes we give out from some of our Sponsors. We are changing the course each shoot and trying to make it fun and challenging at the same time. We had three probationary members show up to help which was great to see. Ron Gaw, Mark Belcher and Corey Faupel came and sure made it easier to run the shoot.

We will be having a Hunting swap meet at the next shoot, Sept. 6th. Anyone wanting to sell/swap something hunting related bring it to the shoot (along with your bow) and have it priced along with your name and phone number on it and we will try and sell it for you. We will not negotiate prices. That is why if you aren’t there they can call you if interested. I don’t think pistols should be there so if you have one either take a picture of it and/or have a description of it and we will have a board we will post it on. That also is for bigger items such as a boat, tent, reloading items, anything that is either to big or to much trouble to bring in the building.

Results from the shoot are;

1) Dave Eddings 269
2) Mike Day 243
3) Rob Hendricks 248

1) Joey Brian 275
2) Larry Brian 248
3) Barry Stapelton 228

1) Tim Eisman 121
(It should be noted that Tim only shot the first 15 targets)

We had three gift certificates donated by Scubachs that we gave out in a drawing from everyone who turned their scores in after the shoot. The winners were;

1) Rob Hendricks
2) Larry Brian
3) Barry Stapleton

They will be able to pick up their certificates at the next shoot.

We had three members shoot in August. Tim Eisman, Art Guzowski, and Breck Stringer. Thanks for the support. Lets see some more of the members out for the shoots.

– Len Ellsworth