The Reef Rod and Gun Club came to life and was incorporated as a 501 (C) 7 Non Profit corporation in February of 1997. With four original members, and the desire to have something a little different than most on property clubs, the Rod & Gun Club is now approaching a 500 membership plateau.
Since its inception, the Rod & Gun Club has been committed to a conservation program involving both the fishery and the habitat. The flats markers in front of Ocean Reef, as well as on numerous other flats in the area, were installed by the Rod & Gun Club and are maintained on a yearly basis.
Member benefits include: discounts at MarineMax & Orvis, invitations to fishing and "how-to" seminars, special guest lectures at the ORC Cultural Center, fishing and shooting trips, ability to join Card Sound Clay Targets, dinners, cocktail parties and fundraisers throughout the entire season.
The Rod & Gun Club maintains a clay target facility located on Card Sound Road approximately 11 miles from the Ocean Reef front gate. RGC members are eligible to become members of Card Sound Clay Targets.
Only through membership and participation in RGC events have we been able to donate to the following organizations and causes over the past few years:
Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, for continuing bonefish and tarpon research with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Science.
Ocean Reef Conservation Association, scholarship program which assist high school seniors on their way through college when they major in Marine Sciences.
Marine Mammal Conservancy, for their continuing efforts to save stranded, as well as injured marine mammals, i.e., manatees and whales.
Florida Keys Turtle Hospital, to help return turtles to sea who have had the misfortune to either ingest fishing line or who had propeller damage to their shell.
Mote Marine Laboratory, for a project to return sea urchins to the Keys reefs. Sea urchins help keep coral clean and healthy by eating the algae on the coral.
South Florida National Parks Trust, for a project to replace, as well as install more flats and channel markers in Florida bay and Everglades National Park.
International Game Fish Association, for their marine education fund and a circle hook research study.
The Guides Trust Foundation, which is geared to help Florida Keys fishing guides who need short term financial assistance.
The Billfish Foundation, in a conservation partnership arrangement to support worldwide research, education and advocasy for responsible fishery management.
Islamorada Fishing and Conservation Trust which helps support youth fishing in the Upper Key, as well as the rest of Monroe County.
National Parks Conservation Association, Restoring America's National Parks
Wildlife Foundation of Florida, ensuring the preservation of Floridas fish and wildlife resources by identifying crucial projects and funding these efforts.
Coral Restoration Foundation, developing off-shore coral nurseries and reef restoration
programs for critically endangered coral reefs at local, national, and international levels.
Reef Environmental Education Foundation, (REEF) to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists.
Island Dolphin Care, a non-profit organization that provides dolphin assisted therapy to children with critical illnesses, disabilities and special needs from all over the world
Florida Key Wild Bird Center, helping to rescue, rehabilitate, and release native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or displaced, to provide or locate a humane shelter for those birds that cannot be released, and to educate the public toward the importance of coexistence with all wild bird species.
Sanctuary Friends of the Florida Keys, supports the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in the preservation, restoration, and sustainable use of our coral reef and marine ecosystems
John Pennekamp State Park, educating our community about The Reef, Reef Animals, Snorkeling, Diving, and much, much more.
Audubon of South Florida, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity..