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Thunder Mountain Trap & Skeet


Facilities
Skeet: yes | Trap: yes | 5 Stand: no | Sporting: no | FITASC: no | Other: yes | Birds: no
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Directions:
From CT, NY, & Westchester: N.Y Thruway to Exit 15A (Suffern) Route 17 North to Ringwood West Milford Sign. Go 5 miles to Morris Rd., left 1 mile, left, bear right to Club. From NJ and NY City: G.W.B. to Route 4 to 17 N to RingwoodñWest Milford Sign and proceed as above.


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Club Type: Public
Location: 1 Morris Road  Ringwood, NJ 07456
Phone: (973) 962-6377
Website: http://www.thundermt.com
Club Hours:
Wednesday and Thursday 1pm - 10pm Friday 1pm -5pm Saturday and Sunday 9am - 6pm

 

207 Reviews

  1. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    We had a great time, lots of fun in the out doors. Robert and Lisa were very helpful, Robert took time out to clean my shotgun.Thanks.

  2. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Thunder Mountain is a great place for both first-time shooters and seasoned regulars. They have an extremely safe environment with friendly and helpful staff. The trap and skeet stations are great – and so are the prices. I was even able to buy a shotgun through them at a nicely discounted price. I look forward to many years of shooting at Thunder Mountain and am thankful they’re so close to NYC.

  3. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    We have been to Thunder Mountain three times over the last month and every time we have a fun experience. We are novice shooters, and shoot like novices, but the staff is patient and helpful. They give practical advice but are not pushy or overbearing in any way. Hope to be back there this weekend.

  4. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I went to Thunder Mountain with my family and I have never gone shooting before and I was extremely nervous. The employee who was ‘handling’ my family was EXCEPTIONALLY nice and patient and made the whole trip that much more enjoyable. He also gave really easy tips on how to shoot and I can now keep up with the rest of my family.
    This trip was amazing, due to their amazing customer service

  5. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    My son and I were really pleasantly surprised when we went to shoot skeet at Thunder Mountain last week. We shoot regularly at a seasonal private club on Long Island and used to shoot at Dover Furnace in Dover Plains, NY, until it closed last year. We thought we’d try Thunder Mountain to increase our shooting options. Rob and Lisa Landberg could not have been more pleasant and welcoming. The skeet field was terrific and the machines functioned without any problems. Our puller Chris did a great job. We look forward to going back very soon and highly recommend it to anyone seriously interested in clay target shooting.

  6. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    A wonderful experience!! Our family was very pleased with what a great day we had. A shout out to “Stephen” our instructor who took the time and care to teach myself and my teenage children all we needed to know. He was very patient and knowledgeable. Thank you Stephen! Thank you Thunder Mountain. We will be back 🙂

  7. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Great experience! Highly recommend to everyone. Well kept facilities, affordable, with extremely courteous and welcoming staff.

  8. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Great way to spend the day with your family. Staff was extremely polite and were also very patient with new shooters in the group.

  9. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Coach Lorrie taught me very well and because of her I shot 9 disks in a row on my first try.

  10. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I wanted to take few minutes and chime in on what a great experience I have had with Thunder Mountain. After a long hiatus from shooting sports they have made it real pleasure to get back after it. I even shot skeet for the first time ever today and Craig was very patient and informative and now I am addicted. I will be back for sure with friends.

    Best,
    John Lahey

  11. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    On a couple of rare occasions when there are not planned activities on the home front, we took a spur of the moment ride to exercise our hand/eye coordination. The owners of Thunder Mountain have made us feel welcome and the staff are very safety conscious. Most of all, they make it a very fun experience.

  12. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Visited Thunder Mountain in September 2015. We met up with family for an afternoon of shooting. We were very impressed by the knowledge of the instructor (one of our party was new to shooting trap), the friendliness of the staff, and the merchandise available for sale.

    We would recommend Thunder Mountain for the beginner and seasoned shooter!

  13. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    The recent price increases over the last year are unjustified. Although the price increased, there is no upgrading of the facility. Same old gun racks and same old shell piles all over the place. Garbage cans are seldom emptied. At fourteen dollars a round, up from nine dollars just a year ago, you would think that there would be some major improvements to the aging facility. I have been shooting in a Ducks Unlimited trap and skeet league at Thunder Mountain for five years and have not seen any improvements, not even new coats of paint. The new price has caused me to go else where to shoot. Sorry Thunder Mountain you just lost a good customer.

  14. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I went to thunder mountain. had not been there in years. I was not there to shoot. just there for a transfer. nics check took for ever. not fault of the staff……while I was there I spoke with several employees and they were all very nice. I think I need to dust off my skeet gun (which was bought at thunder mountain from rob’s mom)and get back into this game. thanks

  15. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    My son and I are new to shooting. We found Thunder Mountain and it has been a great experience. Rob, Lisa, their entire family and staff make you feel like home. They are very knowledgeable and always looking to help. Plus, the got a great deal on my new gun.

  16. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    My son and I are new to trap and skeet shooting. We have found Thunder Mountain to be a great place to go. First, they are able to order any gun at a great price. The entire staff has a lot of knowledge about the equipment and how to shoot. But more importantly, Rob and Lisa, their entire family and staff are great and make you feel right at home.

  17. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have been shooting at Thunder Mt. For over 15 years and have always supported them. However with the most recent price increase for 2016 up from $9.00 per round to $10.75 per round / a 19.44% increase. You would think the owners would put some money back into upgrading the facility and trap houses. In short I will not be coming back or endorsing the club.

  18. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    This was my first time visiting Thunder Mountain and frankly my first time shooting shotguns. I was a bit intimidated going into it but that proved to be a silly feeling.

    The staff at Thunder Mountain were, to a person, incredibly friendly! From the nice woman at the counter to the instructors who taught us to shoot skeet and then trap shooting, everyone was patient and friendly. Not once did I feel stupid for missing (got 18 out of 25 on the skeet! any shots.

    The instructors (Jeremy) were great! He gave us pointers beforehand regarding safety and technique and gave us tips while we were shooting which actually improved our scores.

    The price shocked me – it was much lower than I expected. For $47,50, you get a shotgun and 25 shells (we chose 12 gauge). I walked in expecting to spend a lot more. We had so much fun that we paid for an extra 25 shells!

    You start with skeet shooting which launches the orange disks up and straight ahead to get the feel of the gun. Once you shoot 25 times there, you move to the trap shooting which is more difficult. There are five stations and you shoot 5 times at each one. The orange disks shoot straight or left or right which makes it harder and thus more fun!

    My friend and I drove from NYC so it was a quick drive and easy to find. We had a really fun time and recommend this place to anyone who like us wanted to shoot for the first time.

    You’ll have a blast at Thunder Mountain!

  19. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Dear Robert and Lisa:

    I’m writing to inform you of the excellent experience my Scout Troop had at Thunder Mountain. We come to the range to shoot annually and this year’s experience was as good as any other time. The staff is always very friendly to both the scouts and the adults. Lorrie has constantly shown great patience in giving instruction and helping the young scouts do their best at the practice range. They usually arrive nervous and leave with smiles, pride and self-confidence. We will not hesitate to bring the Scouts again next year.

    Sincerely,

    Phil

    Scoutmaster
    Troop 12
    Livingston, NJ

  20. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Thunder Mountain is great. Everyone who works here is educated on gun safety, training, and extremely friendly. Will be back many times!

  21. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I’m new to skeet shooting and had a great time. There were four in our group and we were treated very well. I’m planning to return within the next week to do it again.

  22. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    My son and I started shooting at Thunder Mt. A few months ago.
    The facility is atop a mountain near Sterling Lake, NJ.
    I found the owners and instructors very knowledgable and friendly.
    I plan on getting my permit and continue skeet through the winter with my son.
    I’ve seen young and old, guys and gals shooting and having fun.
    We love shooting and owe so much to our first instructor, Jason.
    An excellent teacher and asset to the facility.

  23. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I recently had a terrible experience at thunder mountain. I have been frequenting the range for a couple of years now. On my last visit I was treated so rudely by the owner that I turned around and left without even shooting. I basically was insulted by the owner for having brought my own shells (and shotgun) and then asking to borrow a shell bag. I was told to go ask the store where I bought my shells to borrow a bag! I didn’t understand his unnecessary rudeness as Thunder Mountain typically lends bags to anyone who needs one. At $9 per round, it would seem that the owner shouldn’t be so desperate to sell overpriced shells and ammo bags to everyone who walks in there. I mean, raise the price of the rounds, or make it a policy that you have to buy shells there, and it would be fine. But to be petty and insult customers for doing the norm is unacceptable to me.

    The range itself is in a very picturesque setting, and the equipment works as it should. All of the instructors are extremely helpful and friendly. Just watch out for the owner. All he sees is the money in your pocket and couldn’t care less about your shooting experience. Next time I’ll bring my own bag for sure. If I had other ranges nearby to visit, I’d never go back to Thunder Mountain on principal. I’ve never been so insulted in my life.

  24. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Went to try out a new gun and found everyone to be professional, friendly and not in the least condescending or patronizing (as an older lady shooter, I found that refreshing). Fabulous place for beginners and every skill level!

  25. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Super nice people. Very helpful! Thank you

  26. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Wonderful Range. Friendly helpful staff, good prices, great location close to NYC. Good place for first timers or seasoned shooters alike.

  27. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Many thanks to guys at Thunder Mountain! Brought about 6 guys up there yesterday for my buddy’s bachelor party and had a blast (no pun intended)! Everyone was extremely friendly, and unlike many ranges I’ve been to, no one was judgemental or made us feel inferior for being either first-timers or people who hadn’t shot in many years. The owner’s son Mike was an awesome guy and we actually had a great conversation with him while we waited for our instructor. The instructor himself, a funny dude named Jake, was equally as awesome, he gave us pointers, helped us with our technique, didn’t make us feel rushed, was extremely patient (even when we went back for 2 more rounds last minute) and was an all around great guy! You can’t beat the pricing at this place, and you definitely can’t beat the people who work there. I had so much fun that I’m moving MY bachelor party in April there instead of my previous plans! Thanks again guys!

  28. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I’ve been going to Thunder Mountain for many years, and strongly recommend it to everyone.

    It’s where I honed my skeet skills and where my kids learned theirs. I’ve taken non-shooting family members and co-workers there to introduce them to the shotgun sports …. they all loved it, and were breaking clay targets in no time at the “practice trap.”

    Great atmosphere and great people.

  29. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I’ve been shooting there for over 25 years. more then 10 times, how about 100’s of times. Anyone reading this review must get in your car and go. If you do not have a great time then you are comatose or just don’t like a challenge. Either you shoot against your friends or yourself you will have a blast.

  30. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Great place to go spend with friends and family. I have gone more than 10 times and will continue to go. My 10 year old son has gone twice and he loves it. The instructors are great. I get better and better every time I go. Can’t wait to go back.

  31. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    We came with the whole family (20+) and had a blast. Very professional and accommodating. Cant wait to come back

  32. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    This place is just great. I took my two boys here today for their first time on the practice range. The instruction was excellent and both my son’s had a great time. Can’t wait to come back and do it again. Highly recommended!

  33. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Just would like to say its a great place to take friends ,very clean and well run.

    Also bought a nice side by side 20 Ga Browning there ,vintage 1977 it was in excellent shape for a fair price.

    Excellent facility ….

  34. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I went once with my son and we had a great time and really liked the place. Rob and the family do a great job here and he is a super person. By my fourth trip I had purchased a Beretta shotgun from him and we couldn’t be happier. Casey, Jeremy and the other guides we have had have been terrific. The people we have met while shooting have also been some of the nicest you will find anywhere, giving us tips, stories, support and even offering to let us try their guns. Overall a fantastic experience. We will be back.

  35. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I brought my 2 sons (ages 22 and 19) to shoot trap the day after Thanksgiving and we had a great time. We were all relatively new to the sport and found the instructors to be quite helpful. It is also a scenic spot. Due to my confusion with the process I inadvertently paid for 4 rounds, while only shooting 3 and only discovered this when I returned home. I spoke with the owner, Rob Landberg, and he quickly agreed to credit me for the additional round on our next visit. A friendly, proficient and honest operation.

  36. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    This place was fantastic. My dad and I went shooting for the day and we had a ball. Trap, skeet, modern skeet they got it. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone. And if you’re hesitant to bring your young son/daughter they have little pea shooters is what I like to call them that shoot .410 or 28 guage. I had a blast at thunder mountain!

  37. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I took my son’s for some post Thanksgiving bonding and fun. We had a great time and the staff at the desk and on the range were terrific! They accomodated us on a very busy day to get us out – thank you so much!!

  38. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I live for the DAYs like the one I had at Thunder Mountain, last Sunday.

    I enjoy skeet/trap shooting, but when I get the opportunity to shoot with great people, like those that are frequent visitors of Thunder Mountain…

    The best way to improve your skills is not how often you shoot, it’s with whom you shoot. I can honestly say that my skills have improved greatly because of Thunder Mountain patrons like “HARRY”, well I call him “DIRTY HARRY”, this guy does not MISS, and is always happy to answer questions, and give suggestions if you are smart enough to listen. He has got some real SKILLS/Talent, and does it without SKEET-GEAR, fancy jackets/guns or elitist/snobby attitude.

    The reason I love Thunder Mountain is because of the Caliber of Patrons/Visitors, because “Harry” is not the only PRO that can be found there on any given day.

    Something needs to be said for the Management/Employees, they know how to create a safe, professional, and relaxed atmosphere… and this may sound “CHEESY/CHEERS’Y” but this is the “Kind of Place, where people always know your name”, yes even a name like Yuriy.

  39. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Oh Man! Oh Man!

    I LOVE this place! There is nothing quite like a lazy day outside in the sun, with a shotgun. Thunder Mountain offers practice/trap/skeet and they are all extremely fun. The owners are very friendly and the staff are all relaxed and helpful. I come as often as I can and bring friends including a newcomer or two each time. EVERYONE, and I truly mean EVERYONE loves it and raves about it. I always get asked when we are coming back. Shooting is fun and safe for all ages, as I have seen children and adults of all ages participating. There is a lot of professionalism in play too as they strictly enforce all gun safety rules.

    Everyone should be coming by once as it is a very short drive from Manhattan and the prices are very fair, so why not?!?!

    Oh and be sure to tip your puller! 😀

  40. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    This place was super easy for us to get to from NYC. Great Saturday outing for those looking to do something different and fun. We were looking to get out of the City for the afternoon, and this couldn’t have been a more perfect option. The staff was super nice. Place was packed with good energy and excitement, but very little wait time at all. Well priced.

  41. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Fun for Everyone!
    Well managed facilities, friendly, helpful staff. Beautiful setting in Ringwood, NJ. Thunder Mountain has one of our favorite weekend spots for recreation and relaxation.

  42. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I’m writing by this review after leaving this place after my 3rd time shooting here. This place is great, easy on the eye, and well run. First time I came here I didn’t have a gun, the following two times I brought my own. Borrowing a gun was easy and they gave the proper safety and use tutorials. Bringing my own gun is not an issue, as well as using my own qualifying ammo. Everyone is nice, and the price is super fair. I drive from new york, about an hour drive, which to me isn’t long at all, but we’ll worth it regardless.

  43. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Good Afternoon,

    I brought a group of 25 people up to Thunder Mountain this morning to shoot some skeet. A large percentage of my group had never shot skeet before. All the instructors did a great job helping my attendees learn how to shoot a gun and hit a clay bird. One instructor, who was teaching the people in my particular group (of 6 of us), did a really outstanding job. His name was Jeremy. He took the time and made each and every person feel at ease with the shotgun, learning how to handle it, and shoot it. He also followed through after the person shot and helped correct their mistakes. Only one of my group didn’t hit a bird! Many of these people never held a gun before and were breaking birds…..some even powdered a few birds! Jeremy did an excellent job and went way beyond what was expected of him in his job. We all thanked him and I told what a great job he had done but I wanted the management to know also. I’ve been shooting skeet for over 30 years but Jeremy didn’t know that…. I listened (incognito) to him explain and teach my fellow group members. He really is an asset to Thunder Mountain. Hopefully when I bring my group back up to TM next year to shoot, Jeremy will be there again.

  44. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I rarely write reviews for places I visit but I had to make an exception for Thunder Mountain. Went here with a group of 11 people from work. We had a mix of men and women and we were all basically beginners. We had a fantastic time. The staff is super-friendly, accommodating and professional. The instructors were awesome and helped out a lot and gave great tips, feedback and encouragement. Everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously. I would definitely recommend Thunder Mountain range for a day out, without a doubt.

  45. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    First time was on Father’s Day with son & daughter and second time yesterday for son’s 13th birthday. This time we brought along 2 cousins (11 & 13 – 1st time for those boys & they loved it!). If you’re used to pistols/rifles & stationary paper targets, like we are, this is very different and more challenging… and far more fun.
    There was a good amount of cars, but no waiting- so we got right out to our station with our range official. Everyone there is very courteous, professional & patient. It’s easy to find on GPS, no fee to get in the park if your going to the range. Love the fact it’s open year round! Next time, Mom says she’s going along too!

  46. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    We went yesterday for the first time. My husband and two sons took lessons and by the end of the lesson each one was hitting the targets! (16, 15 and 5). Our youngest son (10) was getting very frustrated because he was missing them, but the instructor encourage him and guide him until he hit 5. We had a great time and we are going back soon!

  47. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Came here on Sunday with my boyfriend and his parents. We had a blast! It was mine and his moms first time shooting clay targets, Lori was our instructor and she helped us feel comfortable. Great place, they supply the guns, all you do is purchase targets and amo. Great for the entire family, theres even a lake with a beach down the street so if your not a shooter you can relax and read a book while the others in your family have a good time shooting. Cant wait to go back!

  48. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I went here last week for the first time. A few of us shot guns before but we are not experts by any means. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They even ordered us a pizza while we were waiting. Price is very reasonable. Everyone in our group hit the clay targets which made it fun but they weren’t gimme’s at all. The scenery was beautiful and it was nice to get out of the city without having to travel multiple hours away. Ask for Laura she was great.

  49. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I was very pleasantly surprised when I came here to shoot as a cautious, excited, and maybe even somewhat reluctant first-timer with some friends. The first thing I noticed was how friendly and helpful everyone on staff was. It really changed my perception of shooting and I ended up having a great time. I’ve even gone back on my own, and brought additional friends.

    The facility is great and they really want you to have a good, safe time. I can’t recommend it enough.

  50. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I was very pleased with the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. The facility was also very pretty, with limited frills and well run (I do not have significant experience so don’t have too much to compare to, but was pleased with everything). I really enjoyed my experience here for a few hours with a group of friends.

  51. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Visited Thunder Mountain about a month ago for my birthday and I had a blast. It was much more fun than I expected and prices are great. The workers are all very friendly which makes the environment feel comfortable. They are also very good with showing first timers how to properly hold the gun and shoot it. I recommend the whole family going and having a great time shooting some trap or skeet. I can’t wait until I go back!

  52. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    These guys are amazingly friendly, knowledgeable and courteous…..If you never held a gun before they will teach you on spot and you will surely hit a few targets, and lot more on your 2nd visit, since am sure you will return…..like I did….ask for Rob in the office….

  53. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    My husband and I went again to shoot trap and as always, had a great time. Today we were assisted by Ryan, a nice and knowledgeable young man. The grounds are always well maintained and the staff friendly and professional, as well as other visitors and members.

    If you enjoy this wonderful sport, please plan on visiting Thunder Mountain.

  54. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    My friend and I’s experience yesterday at TMTS was wonderful. Although getting lost on our way up, the woman who we called on the phone twice was sweet and helpful for us to find our way. The process and instructions to help us shoot were simple and direct. Our instructor Jack was very helpful to us and very insightful on the skeet and trap industry. Awesome Time and I will definitely be going back when the weather warms up. Thank You!

  55. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    The Thunder Mountain staff and our trainer could not have been more helpful and professional. It was my first time shooting and the training and help provided was much appreciated and made for a great, fun activity for me and my family. Really well done and thanks!

  56. Relationship to facility: Manager
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

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  57. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I am new to shotgun shooting and was taken to Thunder Mountain by a shooting friend. He identified Laurie as a veteran of the facility and asked her to be my puller. Laurie was wonderful. She is patient and kind and gave me many tips on shooting and accurately critiqued my shooting. Although frustrated at first, Laurie would not let me feel bad about my performance. She encouraged me through each miss and celebrated each hit. I plan to go back next week to spend more time under her excellent instruction.

  58. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Today was my second time shooting and second time at Thunder Mountain. Jeremy was fantastic! He had great advice, was more than willing to help me out, and very friendly. As someone new to shooting, he also was excellent at reminding me about safe handling and procedures — and in the nicest way. The other people in the group were regular visitors, they too spoke highly of Jeremy and appreciated his suggestions.

  59. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Today was my 4th visit, as well as 4th time shooting. My husband has been going for approx. 40 years as he was taught to shoot by his father. We shoot trap, and today were assisted by Dan. He was great and gave me excellent pointers/advice. I hit more trap today because of his help than ever before! Lisa, Rob and the entire staff are truly awesome. The facility is always clean and comfortable. Thank you staff, see you again soon.

  60. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    The first time I shot at thunder Mountain was in 1992. I went up there with my cousin and shot all day. We had a real good time. At the time I had a MEC reloader and asked the owner if I could pick up my shells (brand new AA’s) she (owner Ruth K) said this one time she would allow it but next time the answer would be no. Then she immediately informed us that gratuities were accepted by the pullers. I jokingly said this is not a restaurant it’s a clay shooting facility, she got serious (rude) and said gratuities are purely voluntary. I refused to tip the puller and soon after we left.

    So what’s my opinion of Thunder Mountain? For beginners and first-time shooters Thunder Mountain serves a very important role in getting people started in clay shooting sports. However, unless you are a very wealthy individual you will not be able to take your game to the next level. if you’re looking to become a competitive shooter which usually involves long sessions of focused practice this is not the place for you.

  61. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Tried Thunder Mountain today and had a great time. Shot 2 rounds on the practice range. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will be back for more

  62. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Went today with my family and had a fantastic time. The office staff was friendly and very helpful. We had Tyler as an instructor and he was amazing – he was encouraging and gave great instructions! thanks for a fun day!

  63. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    On the spur of the moment, we decided to come skeet shooting at Thunder Mountain. It was the best afternoon!! my teenage son and daughter, and my husband and I, had a wonderful time. The instructor was fun and knowledgeable, the cabin was welcoming: beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, clean sitting area with fireplace, and best of all, neat and clean bathrooms 🙂 The couple running the place was very pleasant.

    We will definitely come back often, and bring more friends. Thank you!!

  64. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    This place is perfect. Have been bringing my 12 year old son and getting back into shooting again. Could not ask for a more convenient and safe place to shoot regardless of your ability.

  65. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I came to thunder mountain for my first time shooting. The people are kind and instructive and Within the third shot I was hitting the targets. The stations are cleaned regularly and well maintained making the day all the more enjoyable. My Dad and I come about once or twice a week and always have a great time. Skeet shooting is a great activity for the whole family no matter what age or amount of experience the shooter has. On a 1-10 scale Thunder mountain definitely deserves a 10.

  66. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    Great place to have some fun with my son. The office staff are very helpful and the instructors couldn’t be nicer or more competent. Can’t wait to visit again!

  67. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    What an awesome place!! My buddy and I wanted to start shooting clays so we visited Thunder Mountain one weekend. We had no idea what we doing but everyone working there was more then helpful; every puller/instructor helped us to become better shooters. We learned the basics on the practice field and quickly moved our way up to the trap field. I have had so much fun at Thunder Mountain, I am there nearly every Saturday now. From the owner to the youngest employee, everyone there is nice and very helpful. I can’t recommend this place enough. Great for beginners up to professionals. A+++

  68. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    This is a great place to have a fun time and bring some friends. Even if you have no experience they will help you with what you need.

  69. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Went with my family on Friday and went back again on Sunday. We had such a great time. The instructors were very helpful and the rest of the staff super friendly. Never felt like the beginner or novice that I was. This is a great place to go whether beginner or expert.

  70. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Went twice this weekend. Had so much fun. We are going to start going every week. The instructors were very helpful. It is an inexpensive way to have some fun.

  71. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I went here with a friend of mine for my first time shooting ever. It was a phenominal experience. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful (I feel like a jerk in hindsight for not giving them a tip, I did not realize it was customary to do). For a first time shooter, I cannot imagine a better place to go. The grounds are beautiful, especially when snow-covered. They supply you with everything you could need to have a great day of shooting. I will continue going there whenever I can. If you like trap/skeet shooting, give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

  72. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    This was our second time going there we had a great time i took my two sons and a neighbors kid. we had a great time the rates are very reasonable and the manager and staff are knowledgeable. we hope to go there much more this year. thanks jv

  73. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Me and my friends went up to Thunder Mountain Tonight to try out target shooting and the staff up there was great. It was all our first time shooting so the guy, Dan, was a great help on giving us pointers before and during our shoot. The facility is lit up well at night so you can go any time of day and they have 3 different types of shooting. I had a blast up there and i am definitely going up again soon.

  74. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Safety 1st– I have observed all pullers inforce any infraction with shooters/ its not personal if a shooter has to be told the rules while handling a loaded shot gun by the puller. ## grounds are cleaned regularly of spent shells & maintained very well under the supervision of “bob”. I like shooting there & seeing how nice the well kept grounds are=neat/clean. Skeet is a somewhat a social activity where sometimes the score is not that important as meeting other shooters trying their best & having fun doing it. Many get good hits. Once there, you are made to feel welcome whether you hit or miss the clays. Mike:)

  75. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Awesome time, amazing staff, excellent employees. Gentleman by the name of mike helped me out, so educated about everything…going back soon to improve on my score!

  76. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I have never fired a gun in my life before today. And it was a nifty experience! I felt a little awkward going there because I don’t know anything about guns but they saw I was a novice (and so were A LOT of people there) and they told me to relax and that I was going to enjoy it and that were going to give me an instructor and I was going to have a lot of fun. And she was right! I waited about 20 min and I was in a group with 4 other people- 3 of them also had never fired a weapon before either. The instructor was really friendly and very patient. We each got individual instruction when it was our turn. The people I was with very friendly and it was a nice day out for only $18.50. I mean you can’t beat that! And they lend you the gun. I called a few other places, but you have to bring your own gun. I found no other place like this! Well, I hit 20 out of 25 clay targets my first time out and it was a lot of fun. I’ll definitely be back to thunder mountsin soon and I will definitely be buying my own 12 gauge soon, and most likely from them! I couldn’t have been happier with them.

  77. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I had a good time when i came here. The instructors were very nice and helpful, they had good quality guns, but the only bad thing is its expensive and waiting time. It cost $9 for 25 shells and $9 for 25 clay birds and the instructors also expect a $3 tip, so it ends up being $21 for 1 round i went three rounds and gave the instructor a $10 tip since it was just me at the end it cost $72. The wait times are about 10min between rounds because they have to set up the clays and get the guns also you are usualy in a group of five so you take turns other than that a real fun place had a great 3 hours there.

  78. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Went the first time in late August w/ 2 friends to check it out and we shot the 20ga. Came back the next day with my 11 year old son Mike, an avid air-soft gun enthusiast and used the .410s. Mike immediately moved up to the 20ga. for round 2. Came back with the family and then had his 12th birthday there on 9/15 with 6 of his friends,and some Dads shot as well. Everyone had a great time. Gotta get back there to see the foliage and hit some more before all the leaves fall. Thanks Bob & Lisa! 🙂

  79. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I recently visited Thunder Mountain my skull cap, which I wear for religious purposes got lost on the the way, the management was really helpful and procured for me a replacement pronto. I do have to add that regardless of my personal experience it is an amazing place.

    Sincerely,

    Dudi Parnes

  80. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Thunder Mt is a great place to enjoy shooting there. I’ve been there only two times and it was really great! Everybody there is really friendly and kind. I highly recommend going to Thunder Mt. my highest score on skeet was 21-25. And it was my first time! And i’m only 15 years old!

  81. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Best place to go shooting! Awesome time! Came with the whole family and everyine loved it

  82. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    My brother was in town and I have wanted to get to T.M. for a while now. We did the skeet shooting. I’ve shot before, and it was his first time, but we might as well both be beginners. Monica who was operating our range was very helpful and gave lots of great tips and suggestions. We had a great time! Everyone working there is very helpful, friendly, and encouraging. We look forward to coming back again very soon! Highly recommended for anyone that wants to get their target shooting on! Thanks to everyone at T.M. for a great Sunday morning.

  83. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    My wife and I brought my 12 year old son and 8 of his friends for a birthday day out. None of them had shot a gun before. The park was beautiful. We were greeted warmly by owners Robert and Lisa. Within minutes we were geared up and on the range. Our instructors were knowledgable and extremely patient, taking time explaining how to aim and shoot the targets. All the boys walked away having had success. They all can’t wait to go back and do it again. It is a great place for a birthday party for young teens. The owners and staff make it a memorable experience for all.

  84. Relationship to facility: Member
    Number of visits: More than 10

    If you want to experience fun of shooting in the family oriented setting – this is a place for you. I started off as a visitor and now I am there all the time. Rob and his staff are extremely friendly and helpful, whether you are seasoned shooter or a beginner. They make you feel like the part of their family. The prices are very reasonable and the gun shop is as professional as any gun shop you would ever go to.
    No one rushes you despite of how busy they may be. Safety is of utmost importance and the instructions are provided. This is the best place in Northern Jersey to shoot skeet, trap, wobble or just come and practice shooting. If only one member of the family is shooting the park with all that it has to offer is a great place to spend a weekend with picnicking, boating, fishing and so on. Just great!!!

  85. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Amazing Place! Will treat you like family! All employees are very professional and really help you a lot. It’s just simply a great place to shoot no matter what level your at. Love going there and getting my dad out it is overall an awesome experience! Love Thunder Mountain!

  86. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    hello everyone, me and my girlfriend been talking about going to try to go skeet shooting. been trying and wanting to go for a while now but doesn’t have time. her uncle and cousins went and been coming back, i guess that motivated her to finally find time and go. we finally made it last night. we got there at 730pm went straight to the office, we told the 2 guys in the counter that it was our first time there and we would like to try and shoot skeet. guys were nice let us know how things work, box of ammo 12 gauge $9 and 25 skeet target for $9. a person guides you to the area where you will shoot. tells you how it works a and show you how to aim and showed us first that the target will fly and you aim and shoot. shot gun by the way is not rented they just let you use it for free. Pete is our guide instructor, gives us tips, nice and friendly. lets me shoot 1 shot, then gave pointers, then shoot 4, then my girlfriends turn, shoot 1, then 4, then my turn to shoot 10 and her turn to shoot 10 and so on. me and my girlfriend had a great experience, we will definitely be back. (if you guys go bring cash or check.) i love it and my girlfriend loved it, we stayed a little bit to watch and my girlfriend said before we even leave “when are we coming back” and i said you liked it huh hehehe! hope you guys try it if you have not shoot skeet yet very nice experience.

  87. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    Thunder Mountain is a family oriented facility. I used to shoot there very frequently in the 70’s. I got away from trap shooting for a long time and recently decided to pick it up again since my 2 nieces expressed interest in shooting. Returning to Thunder Mountain was like coming home. The ranges are just as I remembered, clean and well maintained. There are lawn chairs and picnic tables for a anyone to enjoy. The clubhouse/gun shop is very comfortable and relaxing.
    The owners, Bob & Lisa make you feel like family and take an active interest in helping a new shooter. My nieces were very impressed with the care and patience shown to them in their initial instruction to gun handling and shooting. We have now made Thunder Mountain a weekly outing for the 3 of us.

  88. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    As beginners, my wife and I visited Thunder Mountain for the first time this Labor Day morning (as a birthday present for my wife who — out of the blue — expressed an interest recently in shooting trap/skeet). We had a wonderful time! Rob and his staff did a great job getting us set up with shotguns, rounds and earplugs and then with no wait we were on the practice range. After shooting a box (25 rounds), we quickly moved to the trap range. Working with Pete, who was quite helpful, we shot two rounds. My wife hit 8 of 25 the second round — very solid for a beginner. We look forward to heading back with some of our kids this fall.

  89. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    We have been here three times already. Last time with some friends. Its great fun. Great opportunity to try out our newly purchased 12 guage and to sample some 20 shotguns in their arsenal.

    Will be visiting this place at least once a month to improve our aim.

  90. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Had a great time shooting trap at ThunderMt. Nice facility and grounds surrounded by a lovely park. Wish there were more places like this to shoot in NJ. Only con is the long drive to get there!

  91. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    A great shooting experience! The hosts, Bob and Ruth were friendly and helpful. The line staff were also friendly, and provided helpful guidance with regard to our shooting.

    For anyone looking to spend a fun afternoon shooting clay birds, Thunder Mountain is the place for you!

  92. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    This is a great place to learn and shoot! Super friendly staff is very helpful, taking the time needed to make all shooters feel comfortable and confident in their shooting. It’s an awesome place to introduce young kids to sport shooting. The instructors are kid friendly, and are willing to give that extra attention to ensure that the kids learn how to shoot, and have a great time too. It’s definitely worth the drive, and is a great family outing.

  93. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Upon my arrival at thunder mountain, I was greeted by rob at the counter. He was very pleasant. I had a skeet shooting lesson with Lori. She was an excellent instructor. She worked with me until I got the technique correct. Once I got to skeet shooting with other people, the man ( Dave) did an excellent job overseeing the event. I felt very comfortable here. I will return often to do skeet shooting. This facility is at the top of my list.

  94. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    After an uneventful afternoon in the NJ Botanical Gardens, I kept hearing what I recognized as gunfire echoing in the distance. I convinced my girlfriend to check it out, and it turned out to be Thunder Mountain. After watching for a few minutes, it looked amazingly fun, and then I saw the main office. I thought I would inquire about rates and if I needed my own shotgun. The front desk was very helpful and advised they take first timers all the way up the chain!

    My girlfriend and I waited about 20 minutes before our names were called and we had a female instructor (Sorry I forgot her name!) and she was fantastic. Having never shot a shotgun before, she taught both of us fundamentals and the basics, as well as gun safety.

    The whole group had a blast (no pun intended) that we got to enjoy trap shooting. We will definitely be returning this week!

  95. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have been coming to here for three years and I’ve never had the same service anywhere else. They always manage to make time for us and will stay late to make sure we can shoot which is awesome. I love this place. It’s my favorite past-time. Also, I’ve gotten really good at it because the instructors are so good. I literally love this place.

  96. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    We brought a group of 110 people from the UK, we had such an amazing time, all the group loved it. The staff were all so helpful and friendly. We cant wait to come back again next year! Thank you!!

  97. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Somewhere in the mountains of NJ there is a wonderful place to go skeet shooting. The employees at the park were real professionals and made sure we handles the shotguns safely. Not so into the bruised shoulder situation but it was a great chill. Thanks a lot!!!

  98. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Went with a large group. Great instructors, very accommodating and beyond nice. Can’t wait to return.

  99. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Great place for beginners. After many years of being away from Trap Shooting me and my buddies had a great day out. Staff was wonderful.

  100. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    First time we tried this sport…we arrived at Thunder Mountain and found the facility was nice, open and clean – and everyone was friendly. Owners and staff were friendly and helpful – getting us started in just a few minutes. For first timers – you don’t need any prior experience or equipment…just show up – they will supply you with everything you need: a gun, box of ammo, ear plugs, clay targets, and someone to help get you started and guide you as you shoot. We shot 25 rounds each – hitting 17/25 and 19/25 our first time out. I would recommend Thunder Mountain to anyone looking for a fun and different activity to try out – I hope to go back again before the end of the summer.

  101. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    PROs: If you don’t have your own gun, then this place is for you. I went up there a lot when a friend didn’t have his own gun, but once he got his NJ firearm ID, we never have gone back. They are open late which is nice.

    CONs: Prices are high, including the optional tip (which is generally expected). They get crowded and wait times can be horrendous at times. Lady at desk doesn’t like it when you use credit card (especially if you decided to add another round later in the day). You get first or second timers which slows down the rhythm of the squad.

  102. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    The people here are great. They are really personable and honest. I have never been to a shooting range, not even held a gun before. And I was scared!! I’ve dislocated my right shoulder twice and was really concerned that the recoil would hurt my arm. I asked a ton of questions, and they didn’t pressure me to shoot with the group if I was too scared of the pain I might get. In the end I went shooting and I am so happy that I did I had a great time! They had given me a smaller gun with smaller shells and smaller recoil, also a vest with some padding on the shoulder area. I folded the vest in two and wore it in half to give myself some more padding. It worked great. I never thought I would say this but.. I will defiantly be back!

  103. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I had my first shooting experience here, it was absolutely amazing. I walked in scared (because I am or was rather so terrified of guns, but it was on my bucket list so I had to do it,) I was instantly put to ease by the confidence and over morale of the establishment. Right from the time you walk in to the time you walk out you feel happy you are there. I can’t wait to go back!!

  104. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Awesome place to go shoot trap. Affordable, great staff, great range, great time. Its my new spot hands down.

  105. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Just a quick note to praise my experience at Thunder Mountain. I took my two grandsons ages 9 and 11 for their first time clay bird shooting. Chris, our guide was a wonderful “teacher” and advisor. Sincere thanks; we will be back !!!

  106. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    i’m a pro gun man. i love skeet and target shooting, after serching for a while for the best place, with the MOST friendliest service, i am confident to say that Thunder Mountain Trap & Skeet is the place to go!! they have an amazing field with the most Professional staff..
    if you are looking for a fun place to shoot then look no more Thunder Mountain Trap & Skeet is the place to go!!

  107. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Such a great place staffed and owned by knowledgeable and supportive people. A beautiful spot to spend time learning and perfecting a fun sport. Maybe just maybe you will get some tips from a former top ranked shooter. Yes its the cute older lady behind the desk!! The tri state area is so lucky to have Thunder Mountain. Keep it alive knowing you are supporting a club that gives its shooters atmosphere, reliability, and a super deal!

  108. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    When I started writing this review, I was prompted to check a box for how many times I’ve visited this club. Instead of choosing ‘once’, I chose the ‘2-5’ visits box because that’s how many times I plan to go per month from here on out. This place is the real deal. I shoot a lot at my home club W&W Sporting Clays in Jax, FL when I’m visiting my parents and this place stacks up very well. The the people that run the place are as friendly as it gets and the whole experience is just great. Never shot any other clubs in the tri state area and not planning to explore any others, it couldn’t be better than Thunder Mountain.

  109. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    This is a wonderful facility… Ruth’s a doll, and the guys out at the range offer very helpful advice. Once summer comes I should be here at least once a week. But be aware that they have CLOSED their 5-stand, which is a shame. But there are so many trap/skeet positions that they does offer some variety. Cash only, but there is an ATM onsite (and if the ATM doesn’t work, as happened to me, they will take a credit card- but they tend to keep that a secret, they prefer the cash).

  110. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I brought a troop of Boy Scouts to Thunder Mountain this past weekend. I expected a good experience based on the very positive phone conversations I had made, but what we received was even better than expected. Ruth gave the boys a warm welcome and an excellent safety talk. Out in the field the hands helped every boy shoot and hit a number of pigeons. The boys had a great time, the price was right, and Thunder Mountain will definitely see Troop 330 again soon.

    Thanks Thunder Mountain

  111. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Today will be my third visit in one week, yeah, I’m addicted to skeet.
    Awesome staff very easy going a lot of pure fun.

  112. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    i took my girl friend up for a day of fun for the first time 3/18/12 and loved it she had never shot a shot gun b4 but it wasn’t an issue the instructor helped her and she wound up keeping up with me on the range. needles to say she fell in love with it and she wants to go back again and again

  113. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    “The Bachelor Party” fully approves. Thank you to Chris & Jarrod for excellent instruction. Thank you to the other recently engaged guy for grilling us more burgers than we could eat…and thank you to Ruth & co. You guys kicked off the party! Happy St. Patty’s Day.

  114. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    When planning an epic bachelor party, plans are constantly circulating. Some are better than others but they’re all ideas nonetheless. Finally deciding on skeet shooting and choosing Thunder Mountain was a decision that everyone loved. We arrived and immediately felt welcome by the staff as we stuffed our faces with hamburgers and hot dogs. Without a doubt, this experience was made that much more memorable by this incredible staff that brought 8 good friends together. Thunder Mountain is the best place to go in New Jersey for skeet shooting. One word of advice, bring GPS ;your welcome.

  115. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Visited this range for first time two weeks ago. Took a bunch of young kids and met Ruth and Rob for first time. BEST TIME!! The range is close to NY, prices were reasonable and best of all the ENTIRE STAFF WAS GREAT. Very welcoming & warm enviorment set by staff and surroundings. Definitley will be visiting often. A big thank you to all at THUNDER MOUNTAIN.

  116. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    This was my 2nd visit to Thunder Mountain. Brought family and friends, every one of us had a great time. Half of our party had never shot a firearm before, it did not hinder their experience at all. Matt, an employee of Thunder Mountain was patient and informative. Can’t wait to go back.

  117. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    This is a great place to shoot for many reasons, however, Ruth is not one of those reasons. It’s only 5 minutes from NYC and the skeet fields are decent. The kids who work there are terrific; they are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Rob is a decent guy too, but his mother Ruth is just plain rude. She is condescending to her customers and treats her staff like crap. If you can manage to ignore Ruth and not let her nasty personality bother you, it’s a fun day.

  118. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    There aren’t a lot of skeet clubs left around and after a time off of shooting, there’s still no better way to learn (re-learn) clay target shooting then time on a skeet field. So, it’s great that Thunder Mountain still exists. Having said that, Ruth and Rob don’t make it easy to be a customer there. These people must have either been screwed by customers repeatedly through the years or are just obsessed with making sure they get every cent of theirs. Through the course of a 3 hour visit to shoot, I must have been asked about payment 4 times today. Then, when we were done, and time to pay, I was informed that they no longer accept credit card. In this day and age, not accepting credit cards is a bit ridiculous. Having said all that, it was great to see the clientele including a non-trivial proportion of under 40 year olds. And that’s good.

  119. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Went to thunder mt for the 1st time yesterday and it was a very nice friendly atmosphere. My only complaint was the trap field was a little small and shooters stood a little to close to each other.

  120. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have been shooting at TM since the 60’s when it was a Winchester franchise..after a long absence I started shooting again and met Ruth and Rob. These are two knowledgeable and gracious people who are always eager to help. Any advice either of them gave me, including making a gun change when I was struggling, was excellent and right on target (no pun intended). I bought a few guns from them and found that their prices were competitive and as far as ammo goes you are buying on site and after all they are in business to make a living, so if it costs a dollar or two more than the big box stores so be it. If you are a high volume shooter consider reloading. I have brought several first time shooters up there and they were treated wonderfully and Laurie or one of the other trappers was very patient with them on the practice trap. I give them 5 stars..

  121. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I took two people from work today. One that’s never shot a gun and another that’s only shot trap once. It was my first time to Thunder Mtn but I’ve shot my whole live. So there was a lot of newness in our group. The staff at Thunder Mtn couldn’t have been better! They helped the new shooters and made there experience wonderful. Net result, two more people hooked on our sport! Thanks! Tony

  122. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    My wife and I had not shot a shotgun in over 35 years. So for her birthday I took her to Thunder Mountain. The staff was great in the
    office, we told them we were first timers. They told us they love first timers. They put us in a group of 7. Our instructor was Randy a young guy, but knew his stuff. He was a bit quiet at first but than opened up and we all got a long fine. If you go there for as a first timer, ask for Randy. I’ll be going back and hope he’ll be there. I hit 20 out of 25 clays. Not bad for not shooting in many years. I was top shot for our group of 7. You can’t beat the price and how easy it is to get there. A great way to spend some time with family and friends.

  123. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I went to Thunder Mountain this Sunday afternoon to get the rust out ahead of hunting season with a few rounds of trap. I go there about once or twice a year to get in some practice.

    Staff was friendly and helpful to me and others who are not regulars. They made it easy.

  124. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Great place, friendly owner. Walked right in and I barely even said anything and the owner set me right up, really nice. An hour wait but as expected on a Saturday arriving at around 1pm. A little confusing if you’ve never been there. I got lost getting there from Flushing. The range was nice, in the middle of the woods. At first walking to the main desk there were a lot of people on both sides and it was awkward because I felt new, but let me assure you, these were also beginners as well as I found out later. I think if you go with a group of 6 people you could get your own range and instructor. It was just me and gf so we went with two other groups of two as well. I don’t really know our instructors name, but he was very helpful. Without some of his useful tips I wouldn’t have been able to shoot ten in a row like I did. Got lost, but once you know your way there it should be easy to get there. Prices are very good I think. $18.50 a person for 25 shots and 25 targets with ear plugs. If it’s your first time then be sure to know that you cannot reuse the clay targets as they break on impact with the ground. So it’s basically if you miss you move on to the next shot until you have no more ammo left. Next time I’m going to do 50 targets :D.

    DIRECTIONAL HELP: Instead of getting directions to Morris RD, get directions to the end of MANSION RD right by Shepard Pond. This is the real location of the skeet range. Good Luck.

  125. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have been going for several years as an enthusiast of trap. I only get to go a few times each year and the folks always make it enjoyable. I often come with friends and family and picnic in the park. I have brought many first time shooters and each and every one of them wants to go back again and again. The staff are always friendly and helpful and make sure that even the worst shooters have a good time. This is a great place to truly enjoy a great family activity.

  126. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I am a complete shooting novice. I brought my 72 yr. old father-in-law, and 9 yr. old son. We all had a blast. My son could not shoot, but they made him feel great. The service behind the desk was personable and professional. The shooting instructors were pleasant and provided great guidance and tips. Overall, we had a very fun time and we will be going back soon.

  127. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I have hunted for years now with shotguns and rifles and shot some clays out of a hand thrown clay devices.
    I never shot sporting clays at a regular clay range before.
    I just retired and wanted to start shooting on a regular basis.
    I belong to a range in upstate NY but never use the shotguns there on clays, just to fire slugs and buckshot and my big bore rifles.
    I was talking to a friend of mine and he said why don’t you try shooting clays at Thunder Mountain in Ringwood NJ.
    I said I never heard of it, he told me go on their web sight and check it out.
    I and the wife went up in June and was really impressed with the place and the staff. Went back again in July. Went back in August again with a neighbor. Will keep on going back very nice place, very helpful and nice people that own and work at Thunder Mountain.
    I see quite a few young people there and it makes me happy that people are getting into sports with firearms.
    There are too many anti-gun people out there that just do not know how you can have fun and be safe with firearms.
    Thunder Mountain is a great place for beginners and for people that love to shoot sporting clays.
    Great place try it.
    Fred

  128. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    We’ve enjoyed shooting trap at Thunder Mountain for over 10 years. For the first time shooters we often bring, the instruction is thorough and patient. We value having this facility near us, and appreciate that they always offer such a warm welcome to new enthusiasts as well as experienced shooters. We really value that this facility is available to us – to be able to introduce someone to this great sport for the price of a box of shells and the clays (without having to invest in a shotgun) is so appreciated. We also appreciate the ‘no nonsense’ safety practiced in the entire facility.

  129. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Let me start by saying that I am relatively new to clay shooting – just started about 4-5 months ago. I have been going to TM almost every week since I started. 25+ times so far and counting. So far the entire staff has been great. Overall, I have found everyone to be very knowledgeable and I have received great tips and advice when it comes to shooting. Randy, Marco, Mike, etc. My scores have improved dramatically from when I first started. I also have received a lot of great info with regards to choosing to the right gun. The owner Rob is a very nice guy and so is his wife. Rob has let me try out different guns on more than one occasion. What better way to see if a gun is good for you than to try it. He also has some of the best prices around on new guns. Not too much to say about the clubhouse. It is about what you’d expect. It’s clean, comfortable and relaxing – although I usually don’t spend too much time in there. Occasionally there may be a wait to shoot but it has never been too long. I usually go in the mornings on the weekends or on Friday afternoons and it is not crowded at all. Prices to shoot seem fair to me, but TM is really the only place I go so I do not have much to compare them too. I buy round cards and it winds up being much cheaper – about 6 bucks or so per round. I definitely recommend going this route.

    I have read a couple negative reviews about Ruth and also about how Thunder Mountain is “all about the money”. I guess everyone has their own experiences, so I can’t really comment on them. I’d like to share one of mine though. About a month ago, I went up to TM to shoot some trap. When it came time to pay, I went into my wallet to get my round card and I could not find it anywhere. Round cards are like cash or a gift card and if you lose it, it’s like losing cash. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed. Anyway, once I realized, I could not find the card, I pulled out some cash to pay with. Ruth told me not to worry about it and to go home and see if I could find my card; and if not, I could pay next time. I don’t know of too many places that would do that…Do you? Especially places that are “all about the money”. Fast forward one week. I am back at TM to shoot some more trap. This time Rob and his wife are at the front counter. I explain what happened a week earlier and I remind them that I still owe them money. Rob says no problem…he asks me how much I had left on my card before I lost it and he gives me a new card. How many places do you know that would do this??? I have been going there for a while now, so they know me a bit and I suppose there is some level of trust there, but still…It was my own fault that I lost my card, not theirs. Try walking into Wal-Mart and telling them you lost a gift card and see what they say. Talk about being cool. It’s the little things like this (although this was not that little) that will keep me coming back to Thunder Mountain for years to come. I give Thunder Mountain 5 stars. Thanks.

  130. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have been shooting here since the 60’s. It has always been a convenient location for me and some years I would go as often as twice a week. The owners are knowledgeable but they don’t suffer fools gladly. The trap pullers are all friendly and knowledgeable.

  131. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I took my 14 year old son there yesterday. Reviews are 100% accurate – they are very friendly and are great working with first timers. My son had a great time and we’ll definitely be going back.

  132. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Have been going to Thunder Mountain about once a week (on average) for the past year or so. Overall a decent place to shoot. Most of the pullers are very friendly and pretty knowledgeable. I have to say that many of the other reviews are very accurate about the older woman (Ruth). She can be (and many times is) very rude and condescending to people (both customers and employees). It’s strange, because it is almost never warranted. She just really comes off as shrewd and nasty (don’t let the fake smile fool you). Again, I have been going to Thunder Mountain consistently for over a year now; so my opinion is based on a large sample size, not just one or two isolated incidents. She really does make you not want to go there at all. I still go mainly because it is convenient (and I don’t want to bite my nose to spite my face). I just try to have as little interaction with Ruth as possible. You’d be wise to do the same. It’s a shame, because most of the rest of the staff is very friendly. The guy Rob (owner) is a nice guy, but a bit full of “it” when it comes to trying to sell you stuff. His prices are pretty good though if you can get him down. Again, a nice enough guy, but do your own research on products before you buy from him.

    Another tip…It can be expensive to buy ammo from them. I recommend buying ammo by the case (or from somewhere else) as they are very expensive if you buy from them by the box.

  133. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Great place, friendly staff – except for the lady behind the counter. She’s awful, as mentioned in previous posts. Once you get out of the cabin, you’re good to go. The place was a mess when I went, but it was after a holiday weekend and they said the garbage hadn’t been collected. All in all a fun day with a large group of experience and inexperienced shooters. I wont be heading back anytime soon though, the prices are high and the lady at the desk really pissed me off.

  134. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Well what more can I say that has not been said in the tremendous reviews of Thunder Mtn – Oh yes not only are the staff and pullers wonderful towards beginners and experts alike – but the shooters and guests are terrific, warm, friendly, and inviting. So come and watch or even better come and experience some of the friendliest shooters in the nation – from novice to expert everyone is welcome and accepted into this most excellent shooting community. Ladies don’t be bashful as women of all ages are the fastest growing segment in shooting sports, and Thunder Mtn provides a wonderful environment for Ladies and children to learn safe firearms handling while enjoying the clay target sports offered. So Ladies, Gentlemen, and entire families alike come to enjoy the various sports offered. Safety first is the credo Thunder Mtn lives by. So staff and shooters all share in assuring everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.
    And after your shoot relax in the comfortable clubhouse with a cool or hot beverage or take a short drive down to Shepard Lake to picnic, swim, paddle a boat or enjoy the relaxing NJ Botanical Gardens and take in the serenity of the gardens. I promise there is something for everyone to enjoy – but let the enjoyment begin with the exhilaration of clay target shooting at Thunder Mtn. – where you are always welcome.

  135. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    Gun safety noticed thruout my visits/ 1st time shooters are sent to practice area with qualified instructor that supervises the 1st timer as to how to safely load/ aim/ & discharge the shotgun being used. On the actual skeet range, any fraction of unsafe handling of gun is immediately dealth with by fellow shooters. They do not want even the slightest chance for someone to get “accidentally” hurt thru someones carelessness. I feel safe when I am there enjoying the freedom of the right to bear arms & enjoy my sport to the fullest. Owners care & watch what goes on with the many people that come to shoot. I am not the only there enjoying what is offered.

  136. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    My son was very worried because the first time he shot he did not do well and it hurt his shoulder. This time the person from Thunder Mnt helped him to feel more confident. He did well and not can’t wait to go back. Thank you!

  137. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    My wife and I visited TM for the first time last week. We had a great time. All the personnel were extremely helpful and you couldn’t ask for a more relaxed friendly atmosphere. I didn’t get the name of the gentleman at the practice range but none the less he was great. Marco helped us on the skeet range and again, was outstanding. We will be back very soon. I’ve got visits planned both with co-workers at the job and a family trip. TM is a must visit. You’ll be hooked in no time. Thanks to all.

  138. Relationship to facility: Member
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I highly recommend Thunder Mountain. The facilities are great, the owners and staff are extremely friendly and there is a great atmosphere of conviviality, tradition and sportsmanship about the place. You can visit it once in a while, or stick around and learn the ways of clay shooting, and in either case you will love the place, and the people. I have been coming to Thunder Mountain for almost nine years now, and Ruth, and Bob, Jason, Marco, Damien, Randy, Laurie, Nolan and others have really helped me improve my shooting skills. Its a welcome retreat from the monotony and the rat-race of the everyday homogenized world, where guns are used safely for a fun purpose, and friendships are made with interesting characters.

  139. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Old lady behind the desk is REAL B**CHY to the point that you don’t want to come back. She makes you feel like a 5 year old the way she talks down to you.

  140. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Took my sons, ages 11 and 8, with me on my 50th birthday. I had never done skeet shooting before but I wanted to do something exciting with my boys. I didn’t know what to bring or expect, so I gave a call prior to leaving. I was told that I needed nothing to bring, that they had everything. They were right, right down to the ear plugs that I forgot! The staff couldn’t have been nicer. What a great time we had! Under close supervision by one of Thunder Mountain’s trained instructors we all hit at least 1 target, even my 8 year old, and I hit 23 of 25. Not bad for a beginner (beginners luck I’m sure). Most importantly, we all got home safe to talk about the great time we had. I’m so very happy that I decided to do this instead of taking a 20 minute helicopter ride around NYC. I’m hooked and it won’t be 50 years before I try this again. In fact we’ve decided to go twice a month. Thanks, Thunder Mountain Staff, for a “BLAST” of a 50th birthday!!!

  141. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    This is a very nice facility. I found Rob, Ruth, and all of the staff to be very friendly. I’ve brought my (adult) daughters there and they’ve received basic instruction from the staff that was very helpful.
    One day I brought a wheelchair-bound buddy up there, and, again they went out of their way to make sure he could comfortably shoot and have a fun experience. I can highly recommend them, especially if you’re new to the game.

  142. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I haven’t shot trap in over 10 years, I was a little skeptical to go at first, because my son had never shot at a range. And I remember going other places where the cranky old guys would yell at you if you made a mistake. But my fears were un-founded at Thunder Mountain. You couldn’t wish for nicer people. Even the seasoned vets let my son take his time. Great day all around, we will be back…

  143. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Years ago before I moved to Ringwood, a good friend of mine and I would drive up from Bergen County to shoot at Thunder Mountain. It was a half day event for us (including breakfast out), and I always had a great time and honed my skills under the terrific direction of the focused staff. Fast forward 15 years and now I live close enough to hear the faint sound of the shotguns on rare days when the winds and humidity are just right. As it turns out, I have “re-discovered” the treasure that is Thunder Mountain now that my son has gained an interest in the sport. What an luxury to now live only minutes away from what is quickly becoming a weekend ritual for us both. Best part of this story is that when I walked into the shop after a nearly two decade absence, virtually all was exactly the same! From the expert staff and their dedication to safety to the comfortable setting and promotion of the sport as a family experience, Thunder Mountain is truly a gold mine in the Highlands. Our thanks to all who make this possible.

  144. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I am a boy scout who has shot shotgun before and went to thunder mountain for the first time with a friend for his birthday. I had lots of fun. Our trapper (Ryan) was absolutely amazing. He was very helpful and friendly. He lets us move up the ranks from trap to basic skeet. I will surly be back here often. I recommend this place for anyone looking for a fun day of shooting.

  145. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    First time there I was hooked,great place to learn, even the guys who were experienced shooters are patient and help you out. staff is very helpful, I went out the next week got firearms ID , bought my gun, got a shooters card, and go as often as I can- Bring some friends with you you will have a great time.

  146. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Thunder Mountain has created an addiction of skeet shooting in me. Me and my dad go up there every week and shoot about 6 to 10 rounds. The staff are very personable and great for giving tips. They all have patience are willing to help out the most in-experienced shooter. I’m only 16 and this will guaranteed be a life time sport of enjoyment. thanks to Rob, Ruth, Casey, Randy, Marco, Mike, Monica… and all the staff members. ( too many good people for me to type) Thank you all for making our times at T.M a blast. Looking forward to next week, and the week after and so on. Great place and professionally ran. I recommend T.M to any new skeet shooter or any avid skeet shooter. =]]]

  147. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    A great place. I love it.

  148. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    My first trip was just to watch and observe how safe the shooters were. And if gun safety is your priority. It is!! You are a very safe place to shoot. My second trip was skeet and 2 rounds of trap. You have beyond excellent service, your trapper was more than helpful. He helped us with our new shooters and was very patient with them and us. I’m looking forward to our next trip for trap. Thank you for a great day of shooting.

  149. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Although I am a beginner/novice shooter, the staff at Thunder Mtn. is always warm, helpful and patient with me and the kids. I brought my son and daughter with me on several occasions and the staff (and shooters) were very family oriented!

    Keep up the good work.

  150. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    First time shooter and I’m a terrible shot, but the staff was friendly and not condescending to me. The guy who was pulling for me gave me tips on how to improve without nagging or being rude. It was fun and I’d go back again.

  151. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I try to go at least once a week to shoot skeet. About 3 years ago I read an article in The Record about Thunder Mtn. Skeet Club. Having been away from the sport for many years, the idea of being able to try it out appealed to me. Since then I have purchased one of my guns from them and am a regular shooter.
    I find all the staff very friendly and helpful. The owners, Ruth and Rob, are very generous in their advice and are genuinely interested in my shooting experience and enjoyment.
    Working with the staff, including Laurie and Jason, makes my shooting very enjoyable. I continue to shoot weekly and am glad to be able to go there on a very regular basis.

  152. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I started to go to T.M. in April 09 but before that I went there just before my son was born, 15 years ago!
    My son asked me if we could go skeet shooting and I said “ok lets go”! Thunder Mountain came to mind right away. I was wondering if the place was still in business. On to the internet and found it was still going strong.
    I have found that the staff are young, but are also very knowledgeable about shooting skeet. If you ask, they will give you some very good tips on how to shoot better.
    The facilities are in great shape and there is a comfortable atmosphere on the ranges.
    I have mostly dealt with Rob, and have found him to be very friendly and courteous with other customers as well as with me and my son. I was looking to buy an O/U shotgun and Rob gave me on to use for a few rounds! I really liked the gun but couldn’t afford it:(. When I came back 2 weeks later with a NEW O/U that was in my price range, Rob said “good for you, now go and have some fun”
    Laurie is great with first timers, as I took my wife to show her what my son and I love to do so much. My wife had a great time and will bring her friends in the future.
    Marco and Jason have been the greatest help to my shooting. Their tips help alot for both me and my son.
    As long as I can afford to go to Thunder Mountain I will! My son and I have our own competition and the kid keeps beating me!

  153. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I visited this site and shot trap for the very first time here. I just wanted to let everyone know who may be thinking about trying out Trapp shooting that this would be a very good place to start. The people behind the counter ( mother and son ) were very helpful, friendly and patient. I will be coming back to shoot here many more times. Thanks again for making feel welcome and comfortable.

  154. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    As a first time shooter, and aspiring hunter, I found this facility to be more than adequate to the needs of a beginner. The staff were all friendly enough, previous posts stated that management were rude to other staff members. I did notice that a majority of the staff were very young, 16-20 something years old. They were slacking/wasting time (smoking, horsing around, etc.) when I witnessed a manager yelling at them, so to be fair, it was not undue. All members of the facility were courteous and friendly to all customers they encountered. Another previous post(s) mentioned that the staff were knowledgeable yet lacked certain wisdom in regards to shooting. While this may be true in some aspects, it has nothing to do with experience, perhaps just a lack of refinement or passion. All members of the staff were very helpful and encouraging to this first timer, giving correcting advice and constructive criticism along the way( which really helped!). I purchased my own target load ammo at Ramsey Outdoor for $6.50 after reading here that the facility charges $9 per box of 25. To shoot 50 rounds of trap (or maybe it was skeet… the clay just kept moving away from me) was $16, sans ammo or gun rental (I brought all my own). (You could shoot one round of 25 for $8). I tipped the young man a few bucks for being so helpful, and look forward to going back when my shoulder heals sometime next month! Overall, I feel it was almost cheaper than shooting pool in some places in NJ. I got more of an adrenaline rush and feeling of confidence that I wouldn’t get after a few rounds of pool and the cocktails that so often coincide!

  155. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I went to Thunder Mountain today with my family. We are total beginners, and came about an hour before they closed. Everything was awesome. The lady that sold us the ammo, and Marco (I think that was his name) the guy who was our helper (or whatever the official term is) were fantastic. I’ve never shot a shotgun in my entire life and I got 18/25 skeets. My other family members did horribly, but it was their own faults.

    100% fantastic
    A++++++ will do business again

  156. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Thunder Mountain in a great place to shoot for beginners. If you are a experienced shooter this is not the place for you. If you are experienced (shooting more than a year) join a private club or a traveling club. Many private clubs in Long Island, Ct, Westchester, Orange Counties.
    Pros: instruction is always offered,
    Cons: expensive (bring your own ammo…they charge 9 per box…you can go to walmart and get ammo for about 20 for a case of 4 boxes), many private clubs in area let you shoot for 3 a round, also they expect tips for trappers
    The owners always want to sell you something you don’t need. Especially Ruth. I have seen her act rude to employees but never to customers.
    I have been going regularly for the past 2 years. If you want attention go on the off hours….if you go when its crowded they really lack customer service. They are just motivated by making money.
    The staff is quite friendly although they may not always be “experts.”

    Overall…go if you are a beginner. If you are experienced or want to become experienced you will have a MUCH better time in a club.

  157. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Overall, this is the best place I’ve found to shoot skeet that is within driving distance of Westchester County although it’s not without its faults. PROS: Great facility, friendly and reliable attendants, they sell reloading supplies. CONS: Expensive, the owner is sometimes very rude to her employees, if its busy you can easily get packed onto one range with 6 or 7 other shooters, also I’ve been there literally dozens of times and I still feel like they don’t remember me when I come in. If you’re an experienced shooter, I recommend trying to go on “off hours” as to avoid getting jammed with a very large group shooting on a single range. If you are a new shooter, I definitely recommend Thunder Mountain as a starting point.

  158. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    What a nice experience. Very friendly staff,and nice place. I will definitely come back as often as possible.

  159. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    My first time ever, shooting. I was very apprehensive about it, but as soon as me and my wife walked in we relaxed. The nicest most easy going people ever, from the owner to the support staff very helpful non judgmental about your ability’s. My wife liked it so much she wants to go back with the kids.

  160. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    This place is great, extremely helpful staff. The first time a shot skeet and trap was at thunder and i have been hooked ever since. Now its a weekly trip on Wednesdays to shoot a couple rounds and relax a little. The staff has always been helpful to give me tips on gun position and how to follow the clays better, plus there are always regulars out there that are willing to share tips.

  161. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have been going to Thunder Mountain just shy of 10 years & give it a BIG 2 THUMBS UP!! I went straight in skeet there for my 1st time & got my pin from them to prove it. I actually recommend people visit on a regular basis. I have brought both first timers & seasoned shooters to the facility. Ruth, Rob & the staff have never let me down. Personally, their THUNDER CLAYS humbles me on a regular basis & their sport shop has some great items. So, get your Thunder Card & head for the mountain ASAP.

  162. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    First time I just picked this place as being the nearest from the place I use to stay in US while having vacations. But my first impression made me go there again.
    Nice staff, reasonable price, wide choice of shotguns.
    But maybe the most surprise was to meet there a staff member speaking excellent Russian.
    Hopefully I’ll visit again.

  163. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    This place is awesome, Rob is great and got me a good price on a nice Beretta 391. I love to shoot there, they are very helpful and the staff is really good.
    Like any sport you need to be prepared to spend some money, but trap/skeet shooting is so much fun…
    I highly recommend this place, and its such a cool location.

  164. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    I’ve got mixed feelings about Thunder Mountain. I started shooting there and it is a great facility to learn at. They are open to new shooters, the pullers are generous with instruction and if you don’t own a gun it is one of the few options in the area. However, the more I went there, the more I noticed I was treated like a dollar sign and not like a valued customer. The last time I shot skeet, I was given a trap gun and belittled when I asked for a skeet gun. I’ve witness the same cavalier attitude towards other customers as well. It’s a great facility to shoot at, just thicken your skin when dealing with the owners.

  165. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Great place to shoot in a relaxed environment. There is something for everyone from novice to those who think they are experts. Plan on bringing my 11 year old son there to shoot with me. Only set back is he’ll probably love it and that means I’ll have to buy him a gun. Just wish the sport wasn’t so expensive. Try it out – you’ll love it. Plan on trying night shooting.

  166. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Thunder Mountain is a great place to shoot! I am new at it and the staff and other shooters are very friendly and helpful (everyone always asks if you want help before jumping in). The facilities are clean and well maintained, prices are fair. I always look forward to my next trip to Thunder Mountain.

  167. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I have to say this place stinks to high heaven. The only one I haven’t found to be a rude know it all is the owners son. The owner is the rudest snob I have ever met. She tried verbally abusing me and downgrading me in front of other customers. She tried giving me a lecture like she thought she was my mother just because the ammo I had with me I didn’t buy from them. Ive seen and heard her be equally as nasty to her employees as well. The staff is comprised of a bunch of kids who think that they are professional trap shooters just because they work at a trap range and they will sit there and even though not asked put in their two cents.The facilities are ok but the people there ruin the whole thing.

  168. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    My Son (19)and I(53) were first timers at this facility Saturday 8/9/08 we were instantly treated as old friends, ALL of the staff were very helpful to the last detail. It was our extreme pleasure to have Damian as our assister/teacher and coach, He was just fantastic to the last detail. I would encourage everyone who has an interest in shooting or learning to shoot to visit this facility they are ALL pros in every way. THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES

  169. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I really enjoyed it. I never shot a gun before but I have shot a bb gun. they gave me a .410 and I hit 15 the first time and 18 the next time. That’s pretty good for a 11 year old. They let me shoot there at the age of 11. I give it a ten.

  170. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    This place is great, I have never been skeet shooting let alone thought about shooting any type of gun. As soon as we checked in everyone was very friendly and helpful! Now I am hooked!!! We had Lori as our instructor she was fantastic, she made me feel at ease right away!! I plan on going back in mid July with more people.

  171. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    This place was fantastic. This is the second time in my life I’ve ever gone to a range and fired a gun so needless to say…I’m a novice, but the staff and the facilities were great. I went with a buddy and my sister and we all had a blast. I couldn’t believe how much fun we had and it’s a relatively cheap day!!! We each spent about $60 and that was plenty for us. The guns they lent us were fine…although I guess we wouldn’t know the difference anyway. Overall I give this place a 9. I’d give them a 10 if they had sporting clays…but hey…you can’t have it all I suppose. Great place, I’ll definitely be heading back very soon.

  172. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Thunder Mountain is a very nice facility in Ringwood. My son and I have been visitors there for years. We have always found Rob and Ruth to be good hosts and informative. Shooting later in day is great fun on top of this mountain. We hope to continue our visits over the years.

  173. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Went for the first time with our scout troop, can’t say enough how helpful the staff here was. Many boys had never even shot before and were a little nervous. Staff was patient, encouraging and extremely helpful. put us at ease, though never careless, and we had a great time. even those of us who had shot before (like me though i can’t say i could hit much) learned how to shoot better. we’ll be back. only “downside” now my son wants a new shotgun!

  174. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I have now been to this location twice, and plan on going back. I have found the staff very nice and easy to deal with. Having been a bird hunter for the last 20 years, I am just getting into true skeet and have been humbled greatly, but I have found the staff very intuitive and easy to deal with. They have no problem walking someone through the process and if asked giving advice and training. Good overall club. One of the nicest clubs I have come across here in the northeast.

  175. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I went last year. 1st timer. I enjoyed it.
    I am a police officer and have been for 12 years. I appreciated
    how they led me thru explaining as we went.
    Excellent people.

    I also do websites and I was thinking of making one for them for free, just because I appeciated the place.

  176. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    The four of us went on a balmy day in January 2008 and the two of us (first time with a gun in our hands) “out-shot” our husbands!
    We had a great time and our instructor was extremely patient and helpful. We’re going back soon as “The Annie Oakley Club” 🙂

  177. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    We have taken Boy Scouts to this facility twice and both times we have received excellent service. The boys had a good time and received solid instruction from the staff. The adults, beginners and experienced, also enjoyed themselves. It is a clean, safe environment with a friendly and helpful staff. I recommend it for youth groups and first timers. It makes a great day out with the family also. It is on the grounds of Skylands Manor and the NJ Botanical Gardens and is close to Ringwood Manor so Thunder Mountain can be part of entire day of fun. Enjoy!

  178. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have been shooting at Thunder Mountain since the late 80’s. When I wanted to introduce my fiancee to shooting, I brought her here. The club atmosphere and friendly instructors gave me a shooting partner for life. Our Daughter also learned to shoot here. Great staff and good facilities.

  179. Relationship to facility: Member
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have shot there many times, it was the first place i ever shot. They were very helpful in teaching me the fundamentals of the games. They rented me a gun appropriate for my size and they were very courteous to me. They have great staff that help you whenever you need it weather its for a gun problem or shooting stances they are very helpful. It is the best facility that I have ever shot at. I have shot there for fun and have shot in leagues that they have held. They are both fun and a great experience to participate in. I am now a regular customer there. I go there 3-4 times a week and am greeted every time I walk into the doors. This shooting facility is simply a great place to shoot whether you are new to shooting or a veteran shooter.

  180. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    This is the worst place I have ever shot. The people were rude and the owners were verbally abusive to the kids that worked there. As a new shooter, I asked the owner’s son to help me with my new Beretta semi automatic. He tried to get me to buy a used gun from him a month or so prior. When I asked for his help in putting it together he was so rude and said, why should I help you, you didn’t buy the gun from me. I thought he was kidding, but he wasn’t. We were shocked. This was my third visit and the two visits prior had seen similar rudeness. The owner left me waiting at the desk and just ignored me every time. The 3rd time was the last straw and I would never spend my money at such a terrible place again. I’ve heard other stories similar and find it interesting that no one has posted one here. I now shoot three days a week, but would never ever go there again.

  181. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I visited Thunder Mountain for the first time this past Saturday and was very satisfied with the facilities, staff and layout. It had been awhile since I last went to a shooting range/area but I quickly got back into the swing of things. This is a good and safe place to learn and practice how to shoot a shotgun. Bring a bag lunch and make a day of it!

  182. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Whenever I visit family in NY , I try to shoot at Thunder Mountain. with my cousin Ken. The facility and staff are excellent.

  183. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Thunder Mountain is a great place to shoot. Their prices are reasonable and you can buy your ammo there or bring your own (as long as it’s an appropriate target load). If you buy your shells there you can use one of their guns at no extra charge. The owners are very knowledgeable and friendly and the pullers are excellent. Many of the pullers are experienced shooters who can provide advice on the proper form and techniques. It’s a very homey feeling place and the scenery is beautiful. We’re fortunate to have such a great club so nearby. Do all your shooting at Thunder Mountain so they stay in business for a long long time

  184. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Thunder Mountain is perfectly located; surrounded by the beautiful Shepard Pond and the trails that travel behind it. It shows off a part of New Jersey that some people may not know exists. The skeet & trap site is always clean and the staff is beyond helpful. My first time shooting they made me feel very comfortable and took the time I needed to explain proper techniques and safety.

  185. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Ive lived in Ringwood for 8 years, and never knew this was open to the public. I’m very pleased with the services and the personal. They are very helpful and knowledgeable,and also very pleasant. I’m real pleased knowing that there is a great sport for us right in our own back yard. Thanks for the fun! I’ll be there often.

  186. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    I love this place, the staff is extra nice, getting there is not a problem what so ever. Great place I visit this place pretty often, I always bring new people with me and they seem to never be disappointed.

    I RECOMMEND IT!!!!

  187. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    This is a very nice facility run by a very friendly group and courteous staff. I went there last weekend with 3 friends that had never shot before and were taken to the practice trap which greatly increases the shooting experience.
    If you don’t have a gun and are willing to buy ammo from them, they will lend you a shotgun with the gauge of your choice.
    Be aware of shooting skeet of the #1 field, it has the five stand gates laying between you and the flight path, creating a distraction on your shots.

  188. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    Thunder mountain is a great skeet shooting facility. I love to go there. My dad took me and the first time I did it I used a 410 ga. and I got 25 clay targets in a row. They have a great staff and the pullers are very nice. I went the first time with my dad, and sister.

  189. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I visited Thunder Mountain on one occasion, and from my first time up there I knew I would be going back. It was my first time firing a gun and it was an experience that I will not forget anytime soon. I’m definitely going to return with a larger group of friends.

  190. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    If your looking for something different to do with your time, then by all means check this out. We had good clean fun! Definitely will be back. For all you women who think this a man’s sport, you would be surprised. I was not the only woman there. Great place to meet some new people.

  191. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I hosted my brother’s bachelor party here a while back and we had a blast. The staff is great, they keep things running smoothly while keeping it low key. We had several first time shooters with us (who were a bit nervous) but they made everyone feel right at home. Anytime someone new comes to visit me, I bring them here. In fact, I am bringing a rookie out on Saturday! It can get crowded but I have never had a bad experience while waiting. If you’re looking for something new to do, or want to show someone a good time (male or female), give Thunder Mountain a try. You won’t regret it.

  192. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Much like the other reviews posted, I too had a wonderful experience at Thunder Mountain. I purchased my first shotgun earlier today and then spent the afternoon in the practice trap range shooting clays.

    Since I arrived before opening time I had the opportunity to strike up conversation with a few of the regulars. These gentlemen were highly experienced shooters and were happy to offer some me some shooting advice and suggestions for equipment (recoil pad). Once the facilities opened, Ruth and her staff made me feel right at home(Thank you Laurie and Tyler). What else can I say, a great location and a pleasant, experienced staff. I’m hooked on shooting and cannot wait to get back up there.

  193. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I brought my harleys owners group there. About 30 of us. They made us feel very welcomed. It was a blast, pardon the pun. We want to make it a regular trip. Rob even showed us a great place to have lunch

  194. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I personally am by no means a good shooter! But, for my job, I was assigned to report on a story about Trap and Skeet Shooting at Thunder Mountain. I went and truly had an absolute blast!!! It was fantastic and I recommend the experience to anyone!

    Here is a link to the story if you would like to check out my experience! Like I said, I’m not a natural! ha ha…

    http://www.vidocity.com/player.asp?ID=125

  195. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Great facility! The owners are pleasant and they assist in determining a shooter’s ability level. The pullers are as helpful as I have ever seen – they are patient with new shooters and provide guidance to all shooters as to where they’re shooting. The facilities are always kept clean, and the clubhouse couldn’t be more inviting when it’s cold outside! All in all, a great time whether one is a novice to the sport or a seasoned shooter.

  196. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    I took my grandson to Thunder Mountain today for the first time and he was hooked. The facility is well run, and all the staff friendly. We will be seeing a lot of the place in the coming years.

  197. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Went to this range for the first time and had a great time. I’m a longtime hunter, first time Trap shooter. The staff is friendly and happy to have first timers. Price is right and best of all you’ll have a great time.

  198. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Great spot. Wonderful staff. Beautiful location.

  199. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    Each and every visit to Thunder mountain results in A)a great time, B)alot of missed clays!
    The traps are pretty well laid out, but the selling point of this place is the friendly service. The trap boys are eager to help you hit more, and the shop staff could not be more friendly.
    If you visit one club in NJ, Thunder Mountain should be on the short list.

  200. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I just took a trip to this place today and I was amazed. Unfortunately because of the weather, foggy and overcast, it was hard to pick out the targets. But the staff understanding it was my first time there, and my friends first time even shooting a gun, were extremely helpful in providing tips and tricks of the trade. It is very well priced and had a good variety of targets. This is my top choice for skeet, trap, and five-stand.

  201. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Although a hunter for a number of years, I never shot trap/skeet until I recently went to Thunder Mountain with my wife and a friend (both novice shooters). We all had a great time and plan on having numerous more trips mostly due to the great atmosphere at this facitliy. The staff were very friendly, helpful, and want you to have a good time.

  202. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    So far only been twice, it’s a long drive for me but well worth it, friendly people, good layout, great advice, love it

  203. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    Staff is extraordinarily friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Mountaintop setting is beautiful any time of year. They are open late on weekdays which is wonderful for an after-work trap session.

  204. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Great Facility, very clean and very nice people! The skeet and trap are exceptional and the Thunder Clays Five Stand in humbling.

    Get there early though the place gets packed FAST!

  205. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have been to Thunder Mountain close to a 100 times and it is a well run business. Always treated well and the night shooting lighting isn’t so bad, though you do need to allow your eyes to adapt.

  206. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    great place to shoot friendly people clean facility excellent company

  207. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    The first time I ever shot any gun was here. Everyone was friendly and knowledgable. I have been there when the place is empty and when people are waiting to shoot, and either way, it was a great time. The fact that it is in the middle of the woods is great too. The lights for night shooting aren’t so good, I prefer daylight hours. Granted I live 8 minutes from Thunder Mountain, but even if I didn’t, I would take the time to venture there several times per year. It’s cheap and fun.


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