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JUL/AUG 2012 VOL. 33 NO. 7

New England’s most active outdoor people


A Girl and Her Rifle by Kevin Winters

I have been coaching juniors for many years but I have a young lady I get the pleasure of working with that really has defined her work ethic. Alexa Aguiar started shooting in 2011 at the Mansfield Fish and Game Association and has grown from there. In September of 2011 Mansfield’s program was closing until spring, but Alexa wanted to move on with her new found interest of rifle shooting. I was contacted by Rick Sitte and her father about her attending the Taunton juniors. There is a certain way a shooter looks and acts when I first meet them. When I was a boy my coach told me he had a sense that could tell a shooter. I was a teen at the time, so naturally I thought he was crazy. But there is something that shines about a champion-to-be. I think my coach

said something to the effect of “she smells like gun powder”. I don’t have the same sense of smell as Coach Dave but I can say that the first day Alexa shot on my range I had the sense. I didn’t smell gunpowder but there was a quality there that stood out. It was a quality I have seen before and something that made me know what I had before me was a champion. It is quite common to have new shooters spend more time putting lead downrange than preparing to shoot quality, but this little lady was different. From day 1 it took almost a half hour to put a shell in the gun to fire. There was a sense of feel she wanted to get before she shot. To this day the level of attention to detail is in the area I only see in champion shooters. In two short months our advanced team was planning our January matches at Camp Perry OH and Palmyra PA. Even though Alexa had never fired some of the positions before, we were including her in the travel discussions because I knew she would be ready. Two short months later the first of the major travel matches came and Alexa was nervous but prepared to go to the Camp Perry open. It is one of the biggest winter matches we attend and it is a 12 hour ride if it does not snow… it was snowing… We arrived at 6:30 am at Port Clinton OH after a 14 ½ hour drive from Taunton, MA. The instructions were “sleep fast” because we have a match at 2:30 pm. Alexa awoke before 10:30 am and joined the crew for breakfast. Shortly after we packed for travel to the range. Upon arrival at Camp

Perry there was a special look that Alexa had. It’s hard to describe but it was like a look of a young child with their favorite toy. There were several newcomers to the Camp Perry range but Alexa was definitely in an area she wanted to be. She entered all the matches with an attitude that she was there to perform her best that day and she did. Her level was not quite high enough to put her on the podium but that day was coming. In March of 2012 our Alexa at Camp Perry Open with National team member team entered the CMP 3 Jamie Gray (above left). Alexa and Olympic gold position junior Olympics medalist and USA shooting President Gary Anderson qualification match in (below right). Reading MA. Alexa was gearing up for this challenge and who was I to slow her down? She had shot several matches there before and this one was a special challenge because it was like the one she had done at the Camp Perry Open. It did not surprise me at all that Alexa was #3 in the match because she has been doing what a champion would do to win that match. I think the only reason she was not #1 was her competition was also putting in the effort and had more experience. One of the most impressive displays of talent was when we had a super final at one of our training sessions. For those of you who don’t know what a super final is I can say it is the pressure cooker of matches. We have shooters line up and shoot one shot at a time and the lowest shot sits down. While you are shooting, the range usually runs disturbing music, spectators are encouraged to make last shooter standing! Keep an eye in the disturbing comments as is the range news because this girl and her rifle will be officer over the PA system. Alexa was the in it soon. ★

conservation land. The idea was raised at a selectmen’s meeting in June. A current town bylaw prohibits hunting and the discharge of firearms at Tack Factory Pond and areas east of Route 3A, except for the glades at Minot and the North River Marshes. Residents are claiming concerns for safety, stating that other people on that land may not be aware that hunters could be in the area. Town resident Karen Connolly was quoted on complaining that there were no signs on town land, indicating that hunting could take place there. She suggested that signage be erected and the public be notified through the media and the town website that town-owned land in the West End is used for hunting, “so people can take adequate precautions before hiking

and walking in those areas.” But that is not her ultimate goal, as she went on to say, “Then, the bylaw should be changed to prohibit hunting and shooting on all town-owned land so that all people in town can safely enjoy the land we own.” Apparently the “we” in Ms Connolly’s statement does not include the sportsmen -- who in fact are the main sources of funding for conservation in Massachusetts and across the country. To this point, the selectmen voted to have the Bylaw Review Committee go over the bylaw governing hunting and shooting on town-owned conservation land. The selectmen also voted to have the Conservation Commission look into their rules and regulations about hunting and shooting on town-owned conservation land. In early June, a poll being conducted on asked if

Scituate Sportsmen Beware! by Michelle Y. Siudut, Editor

Sportsmen in Scituate are facing some serious challenges. In 2009, surrounding neighbors of the Scituate Rod & Gun Club brought a lawsuit against the club, under allegations that stray bullets from the club were found on their property. This past April, Supreme Court Judge Charles J. Healy permanently barred any person from firing a rifle or pistol on Scituate Rod & Gun Club property, until certain safety modifications were made. In the meantime, archery, skeet shooting and other activities are still allowed. Damages ranging to the thousands of dollars were awarded to several neighbors. Although the plaintiffs initially claimed to have no issues with hunters, the success of this case seems to have spurred on attempts to initiate a shooting and hunting ban on all town-owned

readers thought the town’s bylaws needed to be changed. At last check, with 77 total votes, 37% said yes, 48% said no, 5% said some language should be changed, 6% said they needed more information and 2% didn’t care. If the poll is still up, cast at vote your < pstories/x181342598/Scituate-huntingbylaw-to-be-reviewed#axzz1x3rlChJw>. With the Conservation Commission and the Bylaw Review Committee already looking into the matter of hunting on town land, sportsmen and women must speak now. Write to Selectmen, members of the Conservation Commission and members of the Bylaw Review Committee to express your opposition to denying access to town-owned land to any residents who wish to partake in legal activities. We will keep you updated on this threat to hunting and freedom. ★

TMU Travels to Fort Benning by Sid Martin

The Taunton Marksmanship Unit (TMU) traveled to Fort Benning, Georgia in June. The trip started in Boston at Logan airport with the team meeting at roughly 5 am. This meant an early start to the day at around 1:30 am for some of the shooters. The goal was to arrive at the Army Marksmanship Unit a little after noon. Unfortunately, those plans didn’t quite work out as it took much longer to maneuver the large number of shooting bags - some weighing in excess of 50 pounds - to the car rental agency. We arrives well before the planned end of training only to be thwarted by the USA Shooting statement “schedule can be modified at any time”. That morning the match director changed the training to end at 2:30 pm and we arrived just after 2:00 pm. We decided to register and make our way to the campground and prepare for shooting the prone match the following morning, without the benefit of pre event training. The TMU travel team consisted of Zack Connell, Sarah MacLagan, Sonya May, MacKenzie Martin and Brendan Whitaker. Brendan was making his first trip to Fort Benning. Sonya, Zack and MacKenzie had been there twice and Sarah had shot at the AMU twice before and was the senior member of the squad for her third visit. Sid Martin traveled with them to provide coaching support and Todd May accompanied the group as instructor and chief photographer. Luckily, Jim Walczak, Mackenzie’s uncle was willing to make the trip and as a retired Navy Chief he was able to get us a

Chalet at the Uchee Creek Campground just off the Ft. Benning property. You can’t say enough about a guy who will go watch matches for 10 days straight with a smile on his face. We would have liked to have traveled to the match the day before. The problem was that three of our five shooters were still in school and had to do school work and prepare for final exams upon their arrival home. So not only did these shooters need to do well at the range they needed to prepare for exams. The TMU had been preparing for this match, shooting outside in place of indoor training. Some of the Taunton Rifle and Pistol Club members remarked that it was good to see the kids getting some training outside as shooting inside is much easier. I think as you read further you’ll see that these kids do know how to shoot inside and outside. The first match was men and women’s prone. The men shot first each day. The women followed. The men had close to ideal conditions for the match. The women had high winds, thunderstorms and rain to deal with. The rain was torrential, forcing some competitors to actually sit up out of prone and wait for the calm. Consistent heavy rain fell and some of the more experienced shooters shot during this rain as they considered it the best conditions of the day during the women’s match. When the two day match was over Mackenzie finished sixth overall in the open category, shooting an 1174/1200 in the Junior Championship, winning the Bronze medal. Amanda

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Furrer was Match Champion, shooting an 1187/1200. Sonya May finished third A/B/C and took home a beautiful medallion. The men shot a three day match as this is an Olympic event for men. Zack Connell won the third B medallion shooting 1741/1800. Brendan Whitaker shot a personal best in this event and learned a tremendous amount. The 3 Position match for women followed and the Olympic Trials for the women’s Olympic Team member were held. Concurrently the men shot air rifle. In the smallbore event MacKenzie shot a 1722/1800 to finish the open event in 12th place. Amanda Furrer was the match Champion shooting a Sonya May 1757/1800. Brendan Whitaker kneeling. Photo by Todd May finished in the top 20 with a 1679/1800. There was a shoot off for the washout with the majority of electronic Junior Championship in this event. targets damaged by lightning and wind. MacKenzie was in the third position down The match was reduced to 10 shooters by 4 points. In an exciting battle for who had a chance at the Olympic berth second place MacKenzie made up 3.6 and the other shooters were forced to sit points and missed tying for Silver by 0.4 on the sidelines. We all felt Zack was points. MacKenzie shot the High Final poised for a great shoot and were with a 98.2, winning the Bronze Medal. disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to While the women were shooting perform. Zack won the A competition and smallbore the men were competing in Air took home a medallion. Rifle. Brendan and Zack competed and The women finished up in Air Rifle. did their best. Though they did not finish Sonya May shot very well to make the at the top in this competition, they final with a 771/800. She shot well in the certainly enjoyed shooting with the top match and finished in 8th place for the shooters in the country. Brendan met Matt juniors. MacKenzie and Sarah shot well. Emmons up close, but not until later did Sarah struggled on day one with a leaking he realize who he was casually talking to. air cylinder, but shot much better the next After this match the men shot day when the cylinder was replaced. smallbore 3x40. This was an exciting Each of the shooters experienced a match during day 1 and day 2 of personal best during the matches. As competition. Zack shot a personal best of coaches and parents we can’t ask for a 1152. It was an awesome performance for better performance than exceeding a a junior shooter in tough shooting personal best. We were at Fort Benning conditions. He put up a string of 100 in for 10 shooting days and a trip taking 12 kneeling and nailed shut any approach of days. The shooters want to thank the other juniors on that day, sitting in the 9th adults who gave up their personal time position overall at the end of that day’s away from work and family to give them match. Unfortunately, day 3 was a total this opportunity to shoot. ★

This is where the tough get going! by Sonya May Eight days of competition. 1,920 record shots. 640 record pellets fired. Weather varying from 90º with high humidity to 65º with torrential rain and thunderstorms. This is the makeup of the USA Shooting Nationals and Olympic Team Trials for the summer of 2012 held at Fort Benning, Georgia. From June 3 to June 11, 2012, Columbus, GA saw the faces of seven Massachusetts native junior shooters; Zachary Connell, Sarah MacLagan, MacKenzie Martin, Sonya May, Alexis Nardone, Olivia Nardone and Brendan Whitaker. Throughout the match, the women shot two 60-shot days of prone, three 60-shot days of 3-position smallbore, and two 40-shot days of air rifle, men shot three 60-shot days of prone, two 120-shot days of 3-position smallbore, and two days of 60-shot air rifle. This major match was what we had all been preparing for the last two months after the Junior Olympics at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs. I mean it was a combination of Nationals and the Olympic Trials! You can’t get much bigger than that. We all knew that we had no chance of making the actual Olympic Team for this summer’s Olympics, but we all had a very good shot

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at placing high enough so that we could earn a spot on the National Junior Development Team, which some of us were pretty close to accomplishing. This kind of match requires more than just normal preparation and regular shooting. USA Nationals is where we shooters let our passion and dedication show. All of our hard work is shown off at national matches like this one. During Nationals all we can do is pray that our mental game, physical readiness and technique will come together so that we may execute the perfect shot over and over again for eight days straight. There are many factors that add to the pressure of such large matches. College coaches are on the prowl for new recruits. You’re shooting next to some of the world’s top shooters. You face the possibilities of target malfunctions. The weather can be unpredictable. You could be running on only a couple of hours of sleep. Despite all of these possible pressures, the junior shooters from Massachusetts fared pretty well down South this summer. In the end seven junior shooters from Massachusetts brought back Five Medals to the Bay State and there were a great deal of lessons learned. 2016 Trials are in their sights! ★ July/August 2012

It’s All About The Kids by Mike Yacino

In the gun cause we all have views about how best to utilize our resources and in what venue we carry on the fight. For me, it’s with the kids. It has always been about teaching young people - or at the very least, providing the opportunity for juniors to learn. For 30 years I spearheaded the advancement of the organization known as GOAL. Some of its early leaders have long since passed away, many others have simply grown tired of the constant level of energy needed to move forward but a few are still very active. And I’m one of them. However it’s no

longer in the area of legislation, lobbying or some other direct political action. Like I said, it’s about the young athletes, who all too quickly will begin to reach adulthood. It does seem they grow awful fast. My grand daughter will soon turn 12. The summer she was born I had just returned from Camp Perry, Ohio with the first Massachusetts Junior Smallbore Team in a long time. Since 2004 I have volunteered for The GOAL Foundation, the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp and in a small way The Outdoor Message. It takes thousands of miles each year in my own

vehicle for no pay, speaking wherever I can to raise money for junior shooters. Times are very tough but most gun owners care about the future of shooting and are willing to give what they can to promote it through junior programs. The Foundation and the Camp must go on. They are both tax exempt corporations and although their missions are similar, the program approaches are distinctly different. They cannot, BY LAW, be actively involved in politics and quite frankly don’t need to be. There are others designed to do that. For juniors across the Commonwealth

The Foundation will continue the effort to open up more chances to shoot, help clubs develop programs and build more facilities to handle the growing interest in our sport. With hard work and a little luck, those young people will carry on for many generations what we started in 1974. You won’t win any medals or trophies when you donate but you will sleep better at night knowing you have done your part. Let’s work honestly, openly and ethically and keep the focus on a clear positive objective. Listening, learning and succeeding. Just like the juniors…one perfectly placed shot at a time. ★

by Bob Preston The weekend of June 8, 9 and 10 was the timeframe of this year’s Massachusetts State Trapshooting Championship. As in previous years, this annual match, now celebrating its 101st year, was held at the Minuteman Sportsmen’s Club of Burlington, Massachusetts. This annual event draws clay pigeon shooters of all skill levels from all across the northeast as well as Canada. This year was no exception as shotgun enthusiasts in near record numbers descended on the Minuteman facility to hunt down their share of elusive clay pigeon targets. At the high point of this event there were over 70 five-man squads participating in three separate contests. These contests consisted of the 16-yard singles event. This is also known as regular trap where one target is presented and is to be taken with one shot. Next is the doubles match where two targets are presented and are to be taken with two shots. Finally shooters participate in the 100 round handicap competition. This format is very similar to the 16-yard singles program. The difference is participants are placed at different yardage distances from the target area based on known ability. This is to increase the degree of difficulty. Shooters are welcome to participate in one, some or all of the different programs as numerous champions are determined by the various shooting formats that are offered. The weather for this weekend was fantastic for trapshooting. In the recent past participants have shot this event in blistering 98º heat, stifling humidity as well as in drenching downpours. To have sunny skies with cool and dry conditions was very much welcomed by all of this year’s participants. On Friday morning the contest began with three, 100 round preliminary programs (singles, doubles and handicap shooting) which would serve as a warm up for the main event that would begin at 8 AM on Saturday. Champions on this “warm-up” day were Phil Wright, who broke 100 out of 100 targets in the Preliminary 16-Yard Singles Event; Alan Harrington, who scored a 98 out of 100 targets in the Handicap Match; and finally, Holbrook native Bob Nihtila Jr., who broke an impressive 98 out of 100 targets in the Doubles Competition. Saturday morning’s shooting began at exactly 8 AM with the 200 round, 16yard, Singles Competition. Awards were

presented to Champion, Runner-Up as well as classes (based on known ability) ranging from AA to D Class. There are also awards for Champion Lady, Junior, Sub Junior Veteran and Senior Veteran Categories. Top prize for this year’s Massachusetts State Singles Champion, went to Michael Budnick who broke a 199 out of 200 possible targets. The Runner-Up Champion award went to Bob Nihtila Jr. who broke a 197 out of 200 targets. As for the AA Class Champion, the award went to Paul Donovan who also broke a 197 out of 200 targets. The Class A trophy went to Mark Giglio who broke one less bird and scored a 196. The Class B Champion title was awarded to Feras Awad who scored a 195. The C Class Champion title went to Cape Cod’s Andrew Smith who broke a 191 out of 200 targets. The Class D award went to Wayne Laferrier. Other trophy winners in this event were Michelle Archambeault who won the Ladies Champion Award. Junior and Sub Junior Trophy winners were Kenneth Martin and Russell Pearson, respectively. In the Veterans category Peter Mastrogiovanni won the top honors with a score of 197 while the Senior Veteran Champion Title was awarded to Carl Davenport who shot a score of 193. On Sunday morning shooters participated in the 100 round Doubles contest. Shooters competed for prizes by shooting at 50 pairs of targets. The shooting began at 9 AM and continued until noon. This year’s Massachusetts State Doubles Champion was Dave Jewell who broke 97 out of 100 possible targets. Runner-Up went once again to Bob Nihtila Jr. who broke one less for a total of 96. The AA Class Champion was once again Paul Donovan who broke a total of 93 targets while David Wright took Class A with a score of 94. Richard Nihtila’s 94 won the B Class title while C Class went to Stanley Nemec with a total of 91. The D Class trophy was awarded to Andrew Smith who broke 89 out of 100 targets. The Ladies Trophy was awarded to Michelle Archambeault who broke a total of 92. The Junior and Sub Junior Champion Trophies went to Raynham’s own Adam Preston and Russell Pearson respectively, each with a score of 88. Cape Cod resident Ray Ertel won the Veteran Trophy with a score of 91 and Frank

Iadarola won the Senior Veteran Award with an 86 out of 100 possible targets. On Sunday Afternoon the shooters commenced with the last leg of this grueling three-day competition. This final event was the Handicap Competition. This 100 round contest posed all shooters at different yardage lengths based on each shooters known proficiency. As a shooter gains success by breaking higher scores they are moved further away from the 16yard firing line. A trap shooters objective is to be rated as a 27-yard shooter. In trapshooting clubs this is referred to as “making it to the back fence.” At the close of this match on Sunday there were a number of shoot offs to be held as there were a series of tied scores. The most notable was the one to determine who would be the Massachusetts State Handicap Champion. There was a three-way tie for this top title. The contenders were Alan Harrington, George Varelas and 17 year old Adam Preston, all with scores of 95 out of 100 targets and all with similar yardage ratings. After the gun smoke cleared Alan Harrington had won the Champion Title and Adam Preston opted for the Junior Championship Title. George Varelas was awarded the Champion Runner-Up

Trophy. Each received an additional yard added to their score cards for the next shoot. Third place went to Richard Nihtila with a score of 94. Fourth Place went to David Aziz. Fifth and sixth place went to David Jewell and Randall Gleason, respectively. The Ladies Division was won by Michelle Archambeault and the Sub Junior Trophy went to Hanson resident Kyle Grant with a score of 93. It should be noted here that this shoot was Kyle’s first ATA shoot ever as he started shooting trap only 12 months ago! The Veterans Trophy was won by Dick Hamlett with a 94 and the Senior Veteran Trophy went to Cape Cod resident Bill Scheck who shot a 91. Last but not least the Massachusetts High Overall Championship Trophy went to Bob Nihtila Jr. Over these three days of competition Bob broke an astounding 676 out of 700 possible clay targets. Recognition should be given to the Minuteman Sportsmen’s Club as well as the overall shoot management. This shoot was very timely and very well run. A great job as well as a great deal of effort was done by Phil Wright and his committee. Congratulations to all of the Massachusetts trap shooting award winners. They are all champions!! ★

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101st Massachusetts State Trap Shooting Championship ................Page 3 2012 Summer Olympic Games..........Page 5 21st Annual Fly Rod Catch & Release Results ...........................................Page 5 Bay State Games Schedule ................Page 5 First Annual Shooters Award Banquet...........................................Page 3 Flag Etiquette.....................................Page 7 Habitat Work Underway To Conserve Rare New England Cottontails .......Page 8 House Leadership Forms Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Caucus ......................Page 9 It’s All About The Kids......................Page 3

Let the Record Show .........................Page 7 Lucky Day For 2012 New Hampshire Moose Hunt Permit Winners .........Page 8 Mass Junior Conservation Camp .......Page 5 Massachusetts Legislation Update.....Page 9 News from Civilian Marksmanship Program .........................................Page 9 Notes from Vermont Fish & Wildlife....Page 8 NSSF Applauds Passage of Marksmanship Training Support Act .....................Page 9 This is where the tough get going! ....Page 2 TMU Travels to Fort Benning ...........Page 2 Welcome Home, Rep. Naughton!......Page 9

FEATUR E AR TI CLES Classifieds ..........................................Page 21 Gun Owners’ Buyers Guide...............Page 12 Hap’s Corner ......................................Page 6 Hipshots & Hangfires ........................Page 4 Hunting Around New England ..........Page 10 In Pop’s Pantry...................................Page 6 The

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Ayer Gun & Sportsmen's Club . . . . .Page 15 Barre Sportsmen’s Club . . . . . . . . . .Page 18 Cape Cod Fish & Game Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 14 Fin, Fur & Feather Club of Wellesley and Natick . . . . . . . . . .Page 17 Fitchburg Sportsmen’s Club . . . . . . .Page 25 Hanson Rod & Gun Club . . . . . . . . .Page 28 Holyoke Revolver Club . . . . . . . . . .Page 19 Independent Sportsmen’s Club . . . . .Page 20 Rhode Island State Rifle & Revolver Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 16

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Just an Opinion ..................................Page 4 News from MassWildlife ...................Page 10 Notes from the Little Cabin...............Page 6 Reasons to Celebrate..........................Page 7 The Sportsman’s Calendar.................Page 22 FOR:

South Fitchburg Hunting & Fishing Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 22 Standish Sportsman’s Association . .Page 23 The GOAL Foundation . . . . . . . . . . .Page 12 Uxbridge Rod & Gun Club . . . . . . . .Page 21 Woodville Rod & Gun Club . . . . . . .Page 11 Wrentham Sportsmen’s Association .Page 27 and Georgetown Fish & Game Association Maspenock Rod & Gun Club Southborough Rod & Gun Club

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Just An Opinion: Look to the Good Things by Paul J. Kress

In many ways Massachusetts, even if it is a small urban state, can be a place of opportunity for the outdoor person. It has thousands of acres of public land open to hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing. Want to know more about the outdoors and improve your skills? • Are you a teen-ager? The

Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp will give you an introduction to a wide variety of outdoor activities. A lady with a curiosity about the outdoors? • Becoming-an-Outdoorswoman is there for you. • Practicing teachers who want to do a better job presenting environmental

issues have Project Wild. No matter your interest or level of skill with guns, either GOAL or The GOAL Foundation has something for you. Then there is Hunter Education that has evolved from just a course you had to pass to get your first hunting license to a fine educational program. An opinion piece usually focuses on a p r o b l e m . Something is

broken - and there is a call for action. For at least one time, “Just An Opinion” is going in a different direction. Summer is upon us. Let us get out and enjoy all the great things we have in the outdoors. Take a kid fishing. Have a Sunday breakfast at the club. Shoot a couple boxes of ammo at those elusive clay pigeons. Walk deep in one of those wildlife management lands, sit and watch the wild critters doing their wild critter things. Have a great time! ★

Give thanks to whomever you want but for the 25th straight month the NICS checks are on the rise. More guns, less crime….and more guns means (I hope) more new shooters, more use by existing shooters, and more votes to protect our rights. Folks at The Foundation believe you win that elections by getting more juniors into the shooting game because they will soon rule the country. For now we turn to the parents, who need to be convinced to go to the polls. DON’T ALWAYS PREACH TO THE CHOIR ALONE or there won’t be anyone singing in the future. + + + Just in case you missed this one... if your club doesn’t have its range listed in, then get on the ball. It’s free and may help you get new members. You can also see what is in the various states where you may be traveling. Stopping to shoot may be just a click away. If you happen to be in Florida, try Indian River County Shooting Range in Sabastian, FL. Tell the manager Holden Kriss, I sent you. + + + PLEASE don’t forget to watch the Olympics this summer over in Great Britain. Our athletes are poised to win a ton of gold, so wish them well! One day you will see the name MacKenzie Martin in the mix and don’t be surprised if it happens in other venues sooner than you think. I would never suggest that you take

what little money the government allows you to keep and send it anywhere but to The Foundation, but IF you have a few extra bucks send it along to USA Shooting to help cover the costs of our shooters. Our government doesn’t help out with expenses for that sport. + + + How about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg saying, “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I would look at South Africa or Canada or the European Convention.” All in favor of deporting her to one of those countries, signify by saying yes!! Enemy’s within, remember, are the worst kind. + + + A friend of mine from the Cape says he wonders why I haven’t been visited by the hit squad in the government for my reality check on our society in these columns. There are those who seem destined to ignore the truth but even the worst amongst us can’t deny it. + + + A reminder to teachers that just in time for the fall, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has free DVDs to give you regarding Conservation and Firearms Safety Education. If you go to their website or the NSSF Blog, the DVDs can be ordered there. + + + In Louisiana this November there will be a ballot question that may end up the strongest state constitutional amendment regarding gun rights. A bill that was filed passed both branches of the legislature and its sponsor Sen. Neil Riser said it was time to stop making just statements and waiting for the courts to decide. Bringing it to the people is the best way to end the debate. + + + It is indeed the 236th year of our independence and I hope you will celebrate by going to the range and taking someone who may never have shot a 50 caliber Barrett before!! Some other types of fireworks are also acceptable and be sure to raise Old Glory as high as you can. Tell people you meet Americans are free

because farmers took up private arms and refused to be subjects of anyone. (Perhaps that is why the British government doesn’t trust its citizens with guns.) American gun owners are the largest army in the world! That is what the evil doers in our own government fear the most. + + + In the interest of space there are so many birthdays this month… Ron Knoll, Bob McGinnis, Jack Buckley, Dorothy Kress, Beckett Coppola, Laurie Yacino, Michael David Yacino, ME, John DaRosa, Ed Denton, Michelle Siudut, Sarah Siudut, Dick Dyer and coming in at one year strong Oliver England. Brent and Sarah have pledged to be sure he has all the guns he wants…well maybe just Brent has said that. Dick seems to be the senior in the group and is by far one of the greatest coaches I ever had the pleasure of learning from. And because we are a combined issue this summer, let’s not forget the August babies…Sen. Richard T. Moore, Peter Beaulieu, Brady Kerr, Kerry McKenzie, Michael Dumblauskas, Lones Wigger, Dave Daniels and Abigail Bishop. Looks like Wig is the senior in that crowd. By the way, Lones will be joining us on October 13th at Emerald Hall in Braintree for The Foundation’s first annual shooting awards banquet. So if you want to meet and greet a real American Icon get your ticket early. + + + America has had a rough ride these past few years. She is constantly fighting for independence within and without. The Obama gang wants to have we freedom lovers give up our sovereignty to a new world order over seen by the UN. I say we kick the lot of them out of our country and stop pussyfooting around about it. There are an abundance of government higher ups like Eric Holder and that Supreme Court phony who don’t belong here. If they want to be dictatorial, other places on earth would welcome them with open arms. Time to fish or cut bait. Don’t let your kids grow up thinking there are no alternatives. We are in debt over our heads because there are no leaders…the laughing stock of the world because there are no leaders…we are broke with high unemployment, people here who didn’t earn the right, an infrastructure falling apart from years of mismanagement…what more do you need to inspire action? Trust in God…and pass the ammunition. And our part of the world will be a better place. ★

Hipshots & Hangfires by Mike Yacino

“The only people mad at you for speaking the truth are those living a lie.” Boy does that speak to a bunch of people these days and they aren’t all in the enemy’s camp. Did you see the results of the election recall in Wisconsin? I’m sure you did but what a victory for the good guys. Obama’s lynch mob tactics fails again!! I hope the trend can hold on for four more months. It isn’t easy being on the side of what is fair, equitable and honest. Nowadays being someone who “misleads”, isn’t “transparent” and doesn’t fully “disclose” everything isn’t really any different than it used to be but there are those who are confused as to who is and who isn’t! And therein lays the rub. Cowards walk away. They don’t want all the players to participate - especially those who know the truth and will make them look bad. Politics? Not necessarily. + + + Bar codes do serve a useful purpose. If the number 690-692 appears then the product is made in China and you should resist the urge to buy it. Those with 00-09 are US and Canada made, France has 3037, Germany uses 40-44, Taiwan is 471, Japan is 49 and the UK comes in at 50. Of course, it’s helpful. + + + I noticed in the latest news from NSSF that Vito Genco has passed away. I was honored to have worked with him back when I was on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Shooting Ranges and working with industry people. Vito had a great sense of where the world was heading when it came to private gun ownership and what accommodations were needed to stave off what some believed was inevitable. He was a great world leader in our cause and the cause will certainly miss his wisdom. + + +

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Mass Junior Conservation Camp by Michelle Kirouac, Administrator

Bay State Games Schedule Of the 26 sports holding competitions, there is sure to be one you would enjoy watching. Attend one of the finals and cheer on some of Massachusetts’ finest atheletes. A full schedule can be found at <>. Here are some that may be of particular interest to our readers: Air Pistol Shooting - Jul 1 at Woburn Sportsman’s Club in Woburn Prone Smallbore Rifle Shooting - Jul

These are pictures of campers from the 2011 Mass Junior Conservation Camp session enjoying outdoor activities! We are looking forward to another successful camp session this year! I have had a chance to talk to a lot of parents of campers who will be attending and the feedback I am getting is that the kids are really excited and very much looking forward to camp! Any parents who have not turned in all of their camper’s paperwork should do so as soon as possible as this helps opening day at the camp go smoothly! Remember campers…if you would like to share photos or stories of your camp experience this year or even send a thank you note to a sponsoring club, please forward them to Mass Jr. Conservation Camp, PO Box 306 Northborough, MA 01532. We always enjoy hearing about camp experiences and will do our best to get them all printed in The Outdoor Message. If you have any questions regarding camp, please feel free to contact Michelle at 508-4505120. This summer issue of The Outdoor Message will be the last to arrive before camp starts so I hope you all have a safe and happy summer and we will see you on August 5th! ★

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2012 Summer Olympic Games by Michelle Y. Siudut

The 2012 Olympic Flame began its trek to London on May 10, 2012 at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, home of the Ancient Olympic Games. The torch relay travelled around Greece, and arrived at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens on 17 May for the handover ceremony. At that point it began its journey around the United Kingdom. The torch relay will last 70 days, with 66 evening celebrations and six island visits. About 8,000 people will carry the torch a total distance of about 8,000 miles. It will arrive at Olympic Stadium on July 27 for Opening Ceremonies. There will be 32 sports represented, with a variety of competitions within each. The Games will conclude on August 12. A complete schedule and times can be found at <>. For the interest of our readers, we have listed the dates of the Archery and Shooting events. Archery: Men’s and Women’s Ranking Round on July 27. On July 28th, Men’s Team events take place. ON the 29th, Women’s Team events take place. Men’s and Women’s individual competitions take place On July 30th through August 1. Women’s Individual quarterfinals and semifinals on August 2. Men’s Individual quarterfinals and semifinals on August 3. Shooting July 28th- Womens 10M Air Rifle and July/August 2012

Men’s 10M Air Pistol July 29th - Women’s 10M Air Pistol, Women’s Skeet July 30th - Men’s 10M Air Rifle and qualifier in Me’s Skeet July 31 - Men’s Skeet Qual and Final Aug 1 - Women’s 25M Pistol Aug 2 - Men’s Double Trap, Men’s 25M Rapid Fire Pistol Qual Aug 3 - Men’s 50M Rifle Prone and men’s 25M Rapid Fire Pistol Aug 4 - Women’s 50M Rifle 3P, Women’s Trap Aug 5 - Men’s 50M Pistol and Men’s rap Qual Aug 6 - Men’s 50M Rifle 3P and Men’s Trap. A little bit of trivia about the medals in those two sports. All-Time Archery Medals Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total KOR 16 9 5 30 USA 14 8 6 28 FRA 6 10 7 23 BEL 10 6 3 19 GBR 2 2 5 9

21st Annual Fly Rod Catch & Release Results by Bob DeLisle

A total of 129 fishermen, from the East Coast, registered for the 21st Annual Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club Fly Rod Striped Bass Catch & Release Tournament that was held the weekend of June 9th and 10th. Contestants began signing in on Saturday noon and fished from 7 pm until 1 am Sunday morning to vie for all the prizes to be had at the award breakfast at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Cafeteria on Sunday morning. The results received from the Catch & Release Reports were as follows. Fishermen caught and released a total of 123 striped bass, which was more than last year’s total of 58 stripers. The following contestants won the annual trophy honors their names will be placed along with past winners on the respective plaques at the Rod & Gun. The official catch report total was 123 striped bass. About ten teams caught the majority of those fish. Standings are based on the number of fish divided by the

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number of fishermen. The results follow: Roberto Germani Prize (for the most stripers caught and released by a team): u Magnificent Seven (Ned Casey, Nelson Sigelman, Jason Zimmer, John Zimmer, Peter Duggan, Brian O'Neil, Chris Newhall), 38 fish; v Old School/New School (Janet Messineo, Wilson Kerr), 8 fish; w Team Italia (Mike Gagliardi, Steve Baccelli), 6 fish; w Slickos (John Piekos, Peter Sliwkowski, Greg Bobbit) 9 fish; x Dutch Deal (Ton Kalkman, Rene Sehr), 5 fish. Arnold Spofford Prize (for the most fish using one fly): u Team NortonBerkov (Ralph Norton, Ken Berkov), 4 fish; v Team Last Cast (Ed Tatro, Scott MacCaferri, Jeff Stevens) 2 fish; w Shore Liners (Tom Currier, Don Taft, Joe Panetta) 1 fish. Sonny and Joey Beaulieu Prize (for the largest fish caught and released): Rene Sehr aka "the Dutch guy" (43-inch length, 16-inch girth). ★

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Notes from the Little Cabin: The Orchard by Paul Kress

Every farm in our community had an orchard. Nothing big. Perhaps three or four apple trees tucked away near the farm house in some piece of land too small to plant corn or pasture cattle. We were too far from the market to sell fresh fruit. Besides during the time of the Great Depression of the 1930s, fresh fruit was a luxury few city dwellers could afford. The little orchards just gave the family something special to enjoy, if only for a brief time of the year. Our orchard was the exception. It filled the space between the barnyard and the woodlot. A couple dozen apple and peach trees. The hillside that stretched out below the house and barn was planted in pear trees that produced big fruit that turned soft yellow when ripe. Two cherry trees, several of the big pear trees, an Italian plum and a grape arbor (two varieties) filled the house yard. I don’t know why my father planted so much with such variety. He did buy the

farm during a prosperous time around World War I. Perhaps he thought the good times would last forever and he was making an investment in the future. Maybe it was all just a mistake. Didn’t matter. Growing up I thought that orchard made us one of the richest families in Brown County. There was no question but what my mother, the Queen of The Country Cooks, considered the orchard a part of her kingdom. One of my earliest memories is of trotting along behind her into the orchard to pick a basket of ripe peaches. I knew that at breakfast the next morning we would have sliced peaches with heavy cram, peach pie for dinner and either peach pie or peach cobbler for supper both if you wanted. I never could decide which I liked best, her peach or cherry pie. Mother was at her best with apples. She

knew which kind made the best pies, the ones that held their shape when baked, the best for jelly and above all the variety that made the rich apple butter. My father and I did our share. We were the cider makers. Had our own press. A strange looking contraption but it worked. Pour a bushel of apples in the hopper at the top, turn a big crank (my job), gears moved crushing the fruit that fell into another container where it was pressed (another crank to turn) and we had juice. It wasn’t really apple cider. Father had his own formula. One bushel of assorted apples blus a bushel of those juice pears. Apple-pear cider.

We weren’t in business to make just a few jugs of sweet cider. There were wooden kegs in the cellar to be filled. That took bushels and bushels and bushels of apples and pears and a lot of crank turning. Fortunately we had a huge supply of both. Once the kegs were filled, nature took over. In a few weeks, just in time for our Thanksgiving bash, hard cider. One of mother’s city relatives called it “country champagne”. The orchard gave us more food than drink. Every spring it erupted in a mountain of white, pink and red blossoms. The horse and buggies and the model T Fords that traveled the township road that bordered our farm would slow down - some would even stop for a longer look. For a brief period each year of the Great Depression, the orchard was a beacon of light on a cold dark night. Who could ask for more? ★

“evaluative instrument” to research and report on to our peers. Oh, how I love the pomposity of educational jargon. I drew the grand daddy of all intelligence tests, the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales which ushered in the modern field of intelligence testing. Little did I know when I started just how much I would come to treasure the assignment. By way of background the StanfordBinet test was created in 1899 by French psychologist Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon at the behest of the French Government, so that it might better classify the students in its massive centrally controlled public school system. The fruit of their labor was known as the Binet-Simon Tests. Stanford University psychologist Lewis Terman revised the test in 1916 and published it as the Stanford Revision of the Binet-Simon Scale. It quickly became known as the Stanford-Binet, perhaps one of the few occasions on record where the educational and psychological establishment didn’t use either an ostentatious title or an indecipherable alphabetic acronym. The end result was that poor Theodore Simon was tossed upon the midden heap of psychology where he was soon forgotten. I came to grow quite fond of the test because of one question which had been part of the protocol, another great pretentious educational term, when the United States was a more rural and agrarian nation. The assessor was to read to the subject the following: “You know, do you not, what it means when they say a gun ‘carries 100 yards’? It means that the bullet goes that far before it drops to amount to anything.” The directions then told the test administrator that, “All boys and most girls more than a dozen years

old understand this readily. If the subject does not understand, we explain again what it means for a gun ‘to carry’ a given distance. When this part is clear, we proceed as follows: “Now, suppose a man is shooting at a mark about the size of a quart can. His rifle carries perfectly more than 100 yards. With such a gun is it any harder to hit the mark at 100 yards than it is at 50 yards?” After the response is given, we were to ask the subject to explain his answer using the following rubric - another bloviating educational term. “Simply to say that it would be easier at 50 yards is not sufficient, nor can we pass the response which merely states that it is “easier to aim” at 50 yards. The correct principle must be given, one which shows the subject has appreciated the fact that a small deviation from the “bull’s-eye” at 50 yards, due to incorrect aim, becomes a larger deviation at 100 yards. However, the subject is not required to know that the deviation at 100 yards is exactly twice as great as at 50 yards. A certain amount of questioning is often necessary before we can decide whether the subject has the correct principle in mind.”

This was a question into which I could sink my teeth. I could even give the student extra credit if he told me that, to make the school solution viable, you also had to come up six minutes from 50 yard sight setting to get an elevation zero at 100 yards with a 22 caliber rifle. How sad I became when I later found that this most important question had been dropped from the test, most likely because the culture had become less familiar with firearms in general or perhaps because the “Chattering Classes” who run the educational-psychological complex deemed it offensive to their delicate sensibilities. I eventually earned my degree and spent over 30 years in the classroom, but not in special education. Rather I taught students science in what we used to call the “below average” track. For me special education had lost its allure and real value when it became so regulation riddled as to interfere with teaching, so taken with itself that it had to develop its own selfimportant jargon, and-most importantly, abandoned the shooting question in the Stanford–Binet. ★

Hap’s Corner: It Was An Intelligent Thing To Do… by Hap Rocketto

The dust-covered box had lain in a corner of my basement as untouched as the inner most burial chamber of an Egyptian pharaoh’s pyramid for what seemed like the same span of time. Millennia have passed since I last read any of the notes carefully inscribed in the many spiral bound notebook that filled the cardboard sarcophagi of my formal education. As a graduate student I studied for a degree in special education. There were courses on behavior, psychology, reading, management, curriculum and testing. Of the subjects covered testing was the most intensive, probably 20% of all the class and practical work focused on evaluation. I soon learned that testing and evaluation is an ongoing, if not Sisyphean, process for children in special education programs. It is the quantitative base line for planning a child’s Individual Educational Plan. I soon became adept at administering and evaluating a myriad of what were called “assessment tools.” Educators do love big words. They were standardized tests that measured large group and individual achievement, functional behavior, cognition, manual dexterity and intelligence. My classmates and I spent long hours administering the tests to each other for practice. The evaluations we wrote from the data collected were meticulously checked by our professors. The results were interesting. We found out, to our amazement, just how educationally disabled a group of seemingly bright college graduates we were. I am not sure, but it may have been at this point in my education that a seed of doubt, which quickly grew into a full sized tree, was planted. But I digress. Each of us was assigned a particular

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July/August 2012

Flag Etiquette by Michelle Y. Siudut, Editor

With this month’s celebration of Independence Day, I thought it a good time to remind readers about a few hows and whens of flying the American flag and a few dos and don’ts as well. Rules for handling and displaying the U.S. flag are outlined in Public Law 94344, known as the Federal Flag Code although it does not contain penalties for misusing the flag. Back in 1989, Congress enacted the Flag Protection Act in response to a Supreme Court decision which held that a state law prohibiting flag burning was unconstitutional. The Act provides that anyone who knowingly desecrates the flag may be fined and/or imprisoned for up to one year. However, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision that the Flag Protection Act violates the First Amendment free speech protections. Although the Flag Protection Act is still part of the Code, it is unlikely to be enforced. That would likely take a Flag Protection amendment added to the Constitution. Act or no act, two particular sections of Code should be noted. "No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America." (Section 8). "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing." (Section 8j)

When to Fly the Flag The federal flag code says the U.S. flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired the flag may be displayed 24hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The U.S. flag should not be displayed when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed. How to Display the Flag If the U.S. flag is flown on the same staff as other flags, the U.S. Flag should always be at the peak, above any other flag. When flown in a group of flags, the U.S. flag goes to its own right. Flags of other nations are flown at same height. When carried while marching, the U.S. flag should be to the marchers right (observer's left). When displayed on a speaker's platform, the U.S. flag must be above and behind the speaker. If mounted on a staff it is on the speaker's right. The U.S. flag should never be used for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red. When flags are flown over a street, the Union (stars) face north or east depending on the direction of the street.

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Disposing of an Old Flag There may come a time, when the flag has become worn or tattered, and it is time to replace it. Local VFWs often have flag burning ceremonies. However, if you’d like to dispose of a retired U.S. flag yourself, the rules are as follows: 1. The flag should be folded in its customary manner. 2. It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag. 3. Place the flag on the fire. 4. The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection. 5. After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried. 6. Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances. ★

The GOAL Foundation came into existence to fill the need for an organization that would promote and train both young and old in the safe use and handling of firearms and advance the shooting sports. There was also a need to resurrect the junior shooting programs and teams that used to attend the national Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio and expand the opportunities for juniors statewide to train for such events. It started in 1990 and for most of its existence both of those objectives were reached because The Foundation and GOAL worked as a team. GOAL chose to sever the ties by vacating The Foundation building that had housed their operation, take The Foundation sponsored trainings overseen by one of their staff, and remove

the database they, The Foundation and the Outdoor Message jointly used to administer their programs. Taking this database cost The Foundation all the names and addresses of those it had raised money from over its history. That means the rebuilding of such a file will take time and add costs to what we need to do to continue delivering our services. The new GOAL regime reported to its members that they had invited The Foundation board to meet with them and that The Foundation had refused. GOAL’s report omitted the fact that The Foundation President, when told of the invitation, was also told the meeting could only take place if Mike Yacino wasn’t present. Because Mike has been the Secretary/Treasurer since The

Foundation’s establishment and in view of his distinguished career on behalf of the gun owners here in Massachusetts and as Foundation manager, The Foundation board voted unanimously to reject such a condition. We do not have access to GOAL’s members and therefore cannot provide this explanation but it is our hope that some will read it and become more aware. We fully intend to rebuild our instructor base and trainings to meet the diverse fraternity of outdoor people we come in contact with. Our Board of Directors is more strongly committed than ever to meet the mission and goals we set over 20 years ago. Regrettably it appears that must take place without the support of GOAL, and the only winners resulting from this division are those who would

deprive all of us of our rights as gun owners. Make no mistake about any of this…The Foundation has objectives which are not the same as those of political organizations. We do not work for candidates, do not file legislation, do not contribute to campaigns and do not lobby. Our efforts are to build a base of shooters and safety minded individuals who need and want training to use guns and desire the opportunity to compete, hunt or just plink with the tools of our hobby. We will fill that need even as we build anew. We invite anyone who wishes to contribute time, expertise or money to email us at or call 508-393-5133. Join us as we move forward, one new shooter at a time. ★

by Michelle Y. Siudut, Editor Sometimes we just need a reason to celebrate. In truth, perhaps we shouldn’t need a reason - but keep reading and you will see there always is one! Month long celebrations in July seem to be all about food - it is Hot Dog month, National Blueberry month and National Ice cream month. July boasts Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day (1st), BBQ day (4th), Fried chicken day (6th), chocolate day and national strawberry sundae day (both on the 7th), sugar cookie day (9th), pina colada day (10th), pecan pie day (12th). The 13th is busy as ice cream day, french fries day and beans & franks day. Lollipop day (20th), coffee day (24th), hamburger day and milk chocolate day (28th),

lasagna day (29th) round out the month. July is also National AntiBoredom month, but who could be bored with days like International Joke Day and Build a Scarecrow Day (1st), international juggling day (16th), hot diggity dog day and teddy bear picnic day (10th) or hula hoop day (27th). July is a fitting month for family celebrations with cousin’s day (24th), aunt & uncle day (26th) and national parent’s day (22nd). My family will be celebrating the birthdays of my father, my brother, my daughter and myself. Of course the most important birthday

this month, is the one celebrating our nation’s independence. On July 4th, in between the cook outs, the parades and fireworks, reflect and be grateful of the freedoms we have in this country and be grateful to those who have lived and died to protect them. The 4th also represents country music day. If you’ve you forgotten to send someone a Christmas or Birthday Card you can make up for it on I Forgot Day on July 2! On the 11 visit a shut-in for cheer up the lonely day; stop and smell the flowers on chrysanthemum day (18th) and pat a furry critter on mutt’s day (31st).

The food celebrations continue in August, which is national picnic month. Make the most of National raspberry cream pie day (1st), national ice cream sandwich day (2nd), national watermelon day (3rd), sneak some zucchini onto you neighbor’s porch day (8th)! Don’t forget to celebrate friendship day (5th); US Coast guard day (4th); sister’s day and friendship day (5th), National Lighthouse day (7th), Senior Citizens Day (8th) and book lover’s day (9th). Treat yourself on Relaxation day (15th) and laugh a little louder on national tell a joke day (16th). ★

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Notes from Vermont Fish and Wildlife Vermont Moose Hunting Application Deadline is July 5 and Moose Permit Auction is Now Open Vermont’s moose hunting permit lottery application deadline is July 5, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging hunters who plan on entering to do so now online. The application is quick and easy to fill out on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website <>.. Click on Hunting and Trapping, then Lottery Applications and Winners, and then Online Moose Permit Application. Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Winners of the permit lottery must purchase resident hunting permits for $100 and nonresident hunting permits for $350. Five moose hunting permits also are offered in an auction with a bidding

deadline of August 21. Bids must be submitted on the department’s moose permit bid form available from Fish & Wildlife at 802-241-3695. Money received from the winning bids is used in the department’s conservation education programs. A person may apply in the lottery and bid in the auction but can receive only one moose hunting permit. If a successful bidder receives a permit in the general lottery drawing, the person is no longer eligible in the auction. The Fish and Wildlife Department is issuing 385 moose hunting permits by lottery for the regular October 20-25 moose season and 50 permits for an archery moose season October 1-7. The 2011 Vermont Moose Harvest Report with details on last year’s hunt, including the towns where moose were taken, is on Fish and Wildlife’s website. Look under “Hunting and Trapping” and

Muzzleloader Antlerless Deer Permit Applications Available Vermont’s muzzleloader antlerless deer hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website <>. A quick-link to the information and application is provided on the home page. Online entry is quick and easy and ensures you are immediately entered into the lottery. The Fish and Wildlife Board approved 12,425 December muzzleloader permits for 15 of the state’s 24 Wildlife Management Units. Antlerless hunting during the archery season in all WMUs except WMU-E will be allowed. And any deer can be taken during youth deer hunting weekend. “The proposal represents a

CONCORD, N.H. -- The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 275 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October. They are the lucky winners in the state's annual moose hunt permit lottery drawing, held with great fanfare at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's headquarters in Concord, N.H. Governor John Lynch kicked off the festivities by pushing the button to start the computerized random selection of this year's winners. The names of the 2012 winners and alternates are posted on Fish and Game’s website at < Hunting/Moose_hunt/2012_Moose_Winn ers.html>. Winners were selected from a pool of more than 13,400 applicants. That's in addition to more than 1,200 people who submitted an application for a point only, but are not included in the lottery; the bonus point system improves your chance of winning for each consecutive year you

enter and are not selected. Winners will be offered permits to hunt moose in a specific Wildlife Management Unit during the October 20-28, 2012, season. Each winner is allowed to enlist a guide and one friend or relative to help on the hunt as a “subpermittee.” In addition to many New Hampshire residents, winners hailed from Connecticut, Maine, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Oregon, New Jersey, South Carolina, Illinois, North Dakota, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Alaska. More than a hundred people showed up at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord to watch the drawing, swap hunting stories and listen in hopes of hearing their name come up on the list of winners. It turned out to be an exciting day for three in the room who were selected for 2012 moose hunt permits. Carl Rackliff of Manchester was all smiles when his 32year-old son, Jesse Rackliff was selected. Carl is counting on being the subpermittee

on the hunt this fall. Also present was Steven R. White of Concord, who chairs the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. He was picked once before back in 1998 and is excited about going again this year with a friend from the North Country. "I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to be fun!" said White. Alice Jenness of New Hampton had to catch her breath after hearing her name called. "I'm ecstatic!" said Jenness, who has entered the lottery every year since it opened in 1988. She grew up hunting deer with her dad, who passed away some years ago, and will be using his .308 hunting rifle. "It's very emotional for me," said Jenness. "It would make Dad so proud!" Thanks to the recovery of moose populations, New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988. That year, 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The availability of 275 hunting permits this year, with some issued for every area

of the state during the nine-day season, has been made possible by careful management of moose populations. The resulting sustainable annual harvest of moose helps to regulate moose numbers and provides a unique recreational opportunity. Each permit winner is assigned to one of 22 wildlife management units (WMUs) in which he or she can legally hunt. In 2011, New Hampshire hunters took 290 moose, for a statewide success rate of 71%. Regional success rates for moose hunters last year ranged from 82% in the Connecticut Lakes Region to 25% in the southeastern part of the state. Hunters whose names were selected will be notified by mail. Lists of successful applicants and alternates are available at < Hunting/Moose_hunt/2012_Moose_Winn ers.html>; at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; and at the Department’s regional offices in Durham, Keene, Lancaster and New Hampton. ★

CONCORD, N.H. -- For the New England cottontail, mild winter conditions were a stroke of luck – a lack of snow made it easier for them to hide and find food. For the biologists who are surveying cottontails, the same conditions made it maddeningly difficult to find evidence of their presence. The challenges have not slowed the efforts of biologists from New Hampshire Fish and Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, along with partners across the Northeast, to ensure the survival of this stateendangered native rabbit. Over the past few years, Fish and Game has worked with University of New Hampshire researchers, who developed protocols for detecting New England cottontails and creating population

estimates from survey results. Fish and Game staff helped collect data and are continuing to look for any rabbits that may not have been identified during the previous years' work and to confirm the persistence of individual rabbits at the occupied patches. To find out how many New England cottontails are left and just where they are found, biologists usually look for evidence of the rabbits' presence in the snow. Needless to say, last winter there wasn't much snow in which to track rabbits in New Hampshire! Monitoring for New England cottontails provides information about the location of remaining individuals, but the road to recovery for the species lies in the management efforts that are being done to

increase the amount of available habitat on the landscape and number of rabbits that occupy these patches. Many habitat management tools are used to create the “thickets” that New England cottontails need for survival -the same type of brambly patch that saved Br'er Rabbit many a time. Timber harvesting, invasive species removal, and planting of native shrubs and forbs for cover and food are three techniques that Fish and Game has been using to turn historic cottontail habitat to its shrubby, scrubby ideal. These management actions are based on a scientific species recovery plan that will benefit New England cottontails as well as dozens of other species, such as chestnut-sided warbler, smooth green snake and American woodcock, which require healthy young forests and shrublands. To date, more than 300 acres of new habitat have been created on both public and private lands since 2009. An additional 1,700 acres is needed to meet the goal for available habitat in New Hampshire by 2030. After we build it, New England cottontails will come; we need to be patient, however, because it may take up to 5 years of growth for the new thicket to be suitable for rabbits to live in. In the meantime, working with partners at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, biologists have established a pilot program for captive-breeding the cottontails. The goal is to breed New

England cottontails in a controlled setting, using best practices to ensure genetic diversity and health in the animals, and then release the rabbits into the wild. This pilot program may be expanded to include other facilities across the Northeast – to augment declining populations across the region and reintroduce rabbits to their historic range. While the warm, dry winter made things difficult for biologists, the weather was quite advantageous for the cottontails.The lack of snow provided better concealment for the rabbits, whose fur remains brown in the winter. It also improved conditions for the rabbits to forage on twigs, bark and buds of woody shrubs that can be difficult to access in soft, deep snow. In addition, the early spring brought green-up during the first part of the breeding season, providing high-quality nutrition for new litters of the year. New Hampshire Fish and Game is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and other conservation partners across six states in the Northeast to recover the New England cottontail. Once common in our state, the population of this rabbit has dwindled over the last 50 years, so that today this unique native mammal faces possible extinction. Learn more at ★

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conservative approach to antlerless deer hunting this fall,” said Scott. “We’ve been able to reduce deer numbers in parts of the state and meet our management objectives in recent years. The number of muzzleloader season antlerless permits for this year will allow for slow growth in the deer herd in most regions of the state.” Biologists expect hunters who receive the permits will take about 2,246 antlerless deer in the muzzleloader season and an estimated additional 3,070 antlerless deer in youth and archery seasons. “Winter weather in 2011-2012 was the mildest recorded in recent decades,” said Scott. “We need to manage the herd carefully to ensure the numbers of deer remains appropriate for the available habitat in each of Vermont’s 24 Wildlife Management Units.” ★

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Massachusetts Legislation Update by Michelle Y. Siudut, Editor

With the end of the legislative approaching, we decided not to take an entire page to print proposals that are unlikely to see any action before the end of the session. The complete listing of bills we have been watching can be found at <>. I have listed here the few changes since last month. l H.1552 “An Act Relative to the Licensing Fees of Firearms” was sponsored by Rep. Jay Barrows. The Bill was reported favorably by the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and has been referred to House Ways and Means.

In current statue, the application fee is $25 for “For law enforcement officials, or local, state, or federal government entities ..”. This bill would add “including state or county corrections officers or any Massachusetts resident serving in the United States military or the Massachusetts National Guard.” l H.2396 “An Act Further Regulating the issuance of firearms identification” sponsored by Rep. Anne Gobi. This bill adds an exemption to the requirements for needing an FID card for those age 12-17 who are participating in a special youth hunt authorized by the Div of F&W, provided that youth is under immediate

supervision of a person who holds a FID or LTC. The Bill was reported favorably by the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and has been referred to House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading. H.2402 “An Act Relative to the lawful use of shotguns” sponsored by Rep Kate Hogan. The Bill was reported favorably by the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and has been referred to House Ways and Means. This bill would modify existing law to state that a person cannot have slugs or buckshot ammunition for a shotgun,

where birds or mammals can be found, unless it is during deer or bear season. l H.667 “An Act Relative to the Possession of Weapons” was sponsored by Timothy Toomey, Jr. The bill would add county law enforcement personnel to the current statute which allows “federal, state, or municipal” law enforcement personnel to possess electrical weapons. The bill was reported favorably by the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and has been referred to House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling. That Committee reported the matter be placed for a second reading. ★

sportsmen and women have reasonable access to public lands to enjoy outdoor pursuits; 3) To protect the investment of sportsmen and women in wildlife and fisheries management by safeguarding the integrity of user fee trust funds and license revenue; 4) To support efforts to enhance multiple use habitat management for wildlife and fisheries; and 5) To recognize the importance of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities to our Commonwealth's

economy and support the maintenance and growth of outdoor related industries and activities. Rep. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) of the 5th Worcester District will co-chair the Caucus with Rep. David Vieira (RFalmouth) of the 3rd Barnstable District. An organizational meeting was held earlier this year and the following House members have joined the caucus: Denise Andrews (D-Orange), Matthew Beaton (R-Shrewsbury), Kimberly Ferguson (RHolden), Todd Smola (R-Three Rivers), Rich Bastien (R-Gardner), James

Cantwell (D-Marshfield), Geoff Diehl (RWhitman), Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge), George Peterson (R-Grafton), Angelo D'Emilia (R-Bridgewater), Colleen Garry (D-Dracut), Brad Jones (R-North Reading), Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), Steve Levy (R-Marlborough), Peter Durant (R-Spencer), Paul Adams (RAndover). The Outdoor Message applauds these Representatives, for creating this caucus and taking steps to ensure issues of importance to Massachusetts’ sportsmen and women will be well represented. ★

reach of what is being hailed as the first truly digital and social Olympic Games on a large scale. Download the app today and meet your 2012 Olympians and Paralympians.

Olympic App Available! With less than 57 days to go, Team USA hits the digital airwaves in a new way through the first official USOC app. 2012 Team USA Road to London is a free app that iOS and

Android users can download from iTunes and Google Play App Market. The app tracks athletes who have qualified to be nominated to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Teams, while entertaining fans with video, photos, breaking news and a chance to communicate directly with the athletes. The "Cheer" function allows fans to chat directly with athletes through their Facebook and Twitter accounts, and opens up a new platform for engaging fans with members of Team USA. The 2012 Team USA Road to London app extends the

expert coaching in the fundamental principles and techniques of conventional and international pistol shooting. All smallbore rifle camp students will receive expert coaching in the fundamental principles and techniques of 3-position and 4-position smallbore rifle shooting. Students will be provided a safe, enjoyable learning experience that will significantly contribute to improving their shooting skills. For more information, visit < education/training/coaching/jr_shooting_ camps.asp>. ★

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation hailed passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (H.R. 3065), which will ensure that shooters and hunters have high-quality public facilities at which to participate in recreational shooting sports and to learn about firearms safety. The bill was included as Title XII of

the Conservation and Economic Growth Act (H.R. 2578), which the House passed on June 19th by a broad bipartisan margin. Sponsored by Rep. Heath Schuler (DN.C.), the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act amends the Pittman-Robertson Act to provide state game and fish agencies with more flexibility and discretion to be able to utilize Pittman-Robertson (Wildlife

Restoration Trust Fund) funds for the creation, enhancement and maintenance of public shooting ranges. The bill is badly needed to respond to a significant decline in recent years of opportunities for recreational and competitive shooting on public lands. "This is an important victory for all sportsmen, target shooters and firearms

Rep. Harold Naughton Jr., a United States Army Reserve Captain, has returned from an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan, where he worked with others to establish a judicial and law enforcement system in Kandahar. He served with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division of Ft. Carson, Colorado. He served a 7 month tour in Kuwait and Baghdad Iraq from the fall 2005 to spring 2006. Rep. Naughton represents the towns of Northborough, Clinton, Boylstons, parts of Sterling and parts of Lancaster, making up the 12th Worcester District. In the Massachusetts State Legislature, Rep. Naughton currently serves as the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on

Public Safety and Homeland Security. Naughton resides in Clinton with his wife, Ellen, and their four children. In a statement made upon his return, Naughton said, "I am thrilled to be home with my wife and children. While I am honored I had the opportunity to serve my country, I am overjoyed to once again be with my family and friends. Words cannot express how much their support meant to me while I was gone." The Outdoor Message extends our sincere thanks and appreciation to Rep. Naughton and all those who support our country through military service. ★

House Leadership Forms Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Caucus by Michelle Y. Siudut, Editor

Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives have taken the initiative to establish the bipartisan Massachusetts House Sportsmen’s Caucus. The Massachusetts's House Sportsmen's Caucus is modeled after the highly successful Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus that is active in the U.S. Congress. The purpose is: 1)To preserve and promote the traditional rights of Massachusetts citizens to hunt, fish, and pursue outdoor activities; 2) To ensure that Massachusetts

News from Civilian Marksmanship Program Registration Open for 2012 CMP National Matches & CMP Games Events...Competitors may now register for the 2012 CMP National Matches and CMP Games Events. Please visit <> for more detailed information. Official Match programs will be posted soon.

Junior Pistol & Smallbore Camps at Camp Perry... The NRA is pleased to announce that its annual NRA Junior Pistol Camp will be held July 10-15, 2012, and its annual NRA Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp will be held on July 21-26, 2012, at Camp Perry, Ohio. All pistol camp students will receive

NSSF Applauds Passage of Marksmanship Training Support Act

owners, as well as for future generations of participants who will need public facilities to enjoy the shooting sports," said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of NSSF, the trade association of the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. ★

Welcome Home, Rep. Naughton!

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Citizen Science: Help DFW Count Turkey Families Got turkey families in the neighborhood? Sportsmen and -women, birders, landowners and other wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to assist the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) in counting turkey groups containing hens and their young poults (broods) this summer. DFW conducts an annual wild turkey brood survey from June through August. "The brood survey serves as a long term index on reproduction," explains Dave Scarpitti, Turkey Project Leader. "It helps us determine productivity and allows us to compare long-term reproductive success." Scarpitti also points out that citizen involvement in this survey is a costeffective means of gathering useful data, and he encourages all interested people to participate. A turkey brood survey form has been posted on the website at < s/birds/turkey/turkey_brood_survey.htm> . Information needed includes date, town, number of hens seen, and number of poults and the poults' relative size compared to the hens. Multiple sightings of the same brood should also be noted. The survey period runs until August 31. Completed forms should to be mailed to: Brood Survey, DFW Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd, Westborough, MA 01581.

Apply for Antlerless Deer Permit by July 16

Deer hunters are reminded that July 16, 2012 is the deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit; there are no exceptions. An application is required in order to participate in the instant award phase to try to win an antlerless deer

Where to find MassWildlife Mail: 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough MA 01581 Phone: 508-389-6300 Email: Website: permit in 2012. MassWildlife reminds that with the new applicants MassFishHunt electronic system there will no longer be a public permit drawing based on the last digit of the hunting/sporting license number and MassWildlife will no longer mail postal notifications or remittance postcards to deer hunters. New this year: There are two steps that must be completed by all hunters wishing to try to obtain an antlerless deer permit in 2012. 1) Apply for an antlerless deer permit by July 16. If you are not sure if your antlerless deer permit application has been submitted, you can either check your hunting license in the Item Purchased section where you will see a line item that “Antlerless Deer Permit reads: Application- zone xx” if you have already applied OR you can log on to the MassFishHunt website at <> and check your customer inventory. If you have not yet applied, you can submit your application for an antlerless deer permit either through your home computer or at a local license vendor. There is no fee to apply for an antlerless deer permit. Applying from a home computer or from your local library -- Go to the MassFishHunt website at <> and enter your Customer ID number. A page with your personal information will appear. Click on the blue “Enter Sales” button at the bottom right of your screen. Click on “Hunting Permits and Stamps” in the menu at the left side of your screen. Click on “Antlerless Deer permit application” and then select a zone. Click the blue “check out” button on this screen and then click check out again on the next screen. Even though the application has no cost associated with it YOU MUST PROCEED ALL THE WAY THROUGH CHECKOUT for the application to be submitted. Note that if you have already applied for an antlerless deer permit you will not see that option listed. Applying at a license vendor or







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Phone: 508-389-6300 No closed season on ENGLISH SPARROW, STARLING, CHIPMUNK, FLYING SQUIRREL, RED SQUIRREL, WEASEL, PORCUPINE, SKUNK, SNAPPING TURTLE, WOODCHUCK BULLFROG, GREEN BULLFROG: Jul 16 - Sep 30 CROW: Jul 2 - Apr 10, 2013 Phone: 207-287-8000 No closed season on COYOTE, WOODCHUCK, PORCUPINE, RED SQUIRREL BEAR with Bait: Aug 27 - Sep 22 COYOTE Night Hunting: Closes Aug 31 CROW: Aug 1 - Sep 22 Phone: 860-424-3011 depNav=| COYOTE: Closes 29 WOODCHUCK: Closes 29 Phone: 603-271-3211 No closed season on COYOTE, WOODCHUCK Phone: 401-222-6800 No closed season on COYOTE (private land only) Phone: 802-241-3700 ange=future No closed season on COYOTE ★

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MassWildlife Office -- Tell the clerk that you need to apply for an antlerless deer permit. They will need either your customer identification number or your birth date to look up your information. Be sure to tell them the zone that you wish to apply for and double check that it is correct. No changes to the application can be made after the July 16th deadline. 2. Return to MassFishHunt to participate in the new Instant Award process. Beginning August 1, 2012 and continuing through the end of the calendar year, antlerless deer permit applicants must return to the MassFishHunt website from a home computer, any authorized license agent location, or any MassWildlife Office to try to win their antlerless deer permit in the zone for which they previously applied. Enter your last name and Customer ID number. A page with your personal information will appear. Click on the blue “Enter Sales” button at the bottom right of your screen. Click on “Hunting Permits and Stamps” in the menu at the left side of your screen. Click on “Antlerless Deer permit” and you will see the zone for which you originally applied. Click on the “add” button next to your zone and you will instantly receive a message that informs you if you have won your permit or not. Winning permits will be placed in your shopping cart where you can pay the $5.00 permit fee immediately and print the permit, or leave the winning permit in the shopping cart where it will remain until payment is made or until the permit expires. All permits expire on December 31st of the year issued.

Reporting Summer Fish Kills

Now that warm weather is finally here, lakes and ponds will be warming up and summer fish kills may be discovered in some bodies of water. The sight of dead and dying fish along the shores of a favorite lake, pond or river can be distressing and can trigger concerns about pollution. Fish do act as the "canary in the coal mine," so it's natural to think a fish kill is an indicator of a problem with human caused pollution. However, the vast majority of summer fish kills reported are natural events.

Natural fish kills are generally the result of low oxygen levels, fish diseases, or spawning stress. Depletion of dissolved oxygen is one of the most common causes of natural fish kills. As pond temperature increases, water holds less oxygen. During hot summer weather, oxygen levels in shallow, weedy ponds can further decline as plants consume oxygen at night. This results in low, early morning oxygen levels that can become critical if levels fall below the requirement of fish survival. In addition to reduced oxygen levels, late spring and early summer is when many warmwater fish such as sunfish, bluegill, pumpkinseed and largemouth bass begin to spawn. At this time, large numbers of these species crowd into the shallow waters along the shore vying for the best spawning sites. These densely crowded areas become susceptible to disease outbreaks, especially as water temperatures increase.

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The result is an unavoidable natural fish kill, usually consisting of one or two species of fish. When a caller reports a fish kill, a DFW fisheries biologist determines if the kill is due to pollution or is a natural event. Generally, pollution impacts all kinds of aquatic life, therefore the most important piece of evidence for the biologists is knowing the number of fish species associated with the fish kill. Fish kills in which only one or two species are involved are almost always a natural event. When it is likely a fish kill is due to pollution, DFW notifies the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP takes the lead on a formal investigation which includes analysis of water and fish samples to determine the source of pollution. DFW provides DEP with technical assistance by identifying the kinds and numbers of fish involved. To report a fish kill Monday - Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, contact Richard Hartley at 508-389-6330. After normal business hours or on holidays and weekends, call the Fish Kill Pager at 508722-9811 or contact the Environmental Police Radio Room at 1-800-632-8075. More information about fish kills can be at: found < h_kills.htm>.

Getting The Lead Out For Habitat Restoration

With assistance from the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) has placed lead recycling buckets in DFW District Offices, Hatcheries and the Westborough Field Headquarters < es/contact_us.htm> for the purpose of collecting banned lead sinkers and jigs from Massachusetts anglers. Any proceeds from the sale of the collected lead will be applied to the Foundation’s habitat restoration efforts in the Commonwealth. This effort was mounted in response to numerous inquiries from anglers wishing to safely dispose of certain lead tackle that is banned for freshwater fishing in Massachusetts. “The Outdoor Heritage Foundation’s purpose in providing these recycling buckets is twofold: we want to give anglers an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of their unwanted lead and we also want to use the proceeds from selling the lead for habitat restoration here in Massachusetts,” said Bob Durand, the Foundation’s president. “In this way, the benefits of removing lead from the environment will be doubled through the restoration of important wildlife habitat.” Anglers may bring their unwanted lead tackle to the above-mentioned DFW offices during normal business hours. Anyone wishing to apply for a tax deduction based on their donation must first weigh the lead to be recycled (there are no suitable scales at DFW facilities), provide the weight and their name and address to Division personnel at the time of the drop-off, and then contact the Foundation directly at 413-230-4549 or to receive an acknowledgement of the donation. Anglers can also contact the Foundation <> with any other questions. For information about the lead jig and sinker ban, go to: < shing/lead_sinkers_loons.htm>. ★ July/August 2012


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Meetings Members’ Meetings held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month, at 8:00 pm. New Membership interviews held on the 2nd Thursday of the Month, at 7:00 pm.

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Calendar of Events 2012 Trap shooting is every Sunday at 1:30 pm. 8/4/2012 Seafood Day Club Cleanup 8/25/2012 9/9/2012 Chicken Day 10/13/2012 Porketta Feed 10/27/2012 Adult Halloween Party 10/31/2012 Kids Halloween Party 11/3/2012 Comedian Event 11/22/2012 Thanksgiving 12/8/2012 Adult Christmas Kids Christmas 12/9/2012


Our deepest sympathy to the families James and Buster Nugent. Your are in our thoughts and prayers

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notify Karen Remillard Please ( if you are interested in obtaining The Outdoor Message via email. This will save the club money. If you have already responded to my original email then you are all set. The printed, mailed version of The Outdoor Message will still be available to those who do not have internet access or who simply prefer having a paper in hand.


Do you have any pictures you’d like to have put in The Outdoor Message or on our website? Please send them over to anyone on the Website Committee, Gary Schultz, Karen Remillard, Heidi Schwarz hschwarz@netexposure. net or Kim Clark; you can send them with captions or without. Or send them to The Outdoor Message committee, Cherryl Barrett, Phil Goodwin, Tom Marcone or Karen Remillard


• If anyone knows of a member who is sick or hospitalized, please let us know. You can leave a message at 508-4354148. • Please remember to lock the gate behind you if you are the last or only person on the range on any given day. Please be considerate of others and pick up after yourself.

Trap Shooting

Come on down and bring a friend, weather permitting. Trap starts at 1:30 pm on Sundays. The public is welcome. Trap Shooting on member meeting nights from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, if enough interest to open the range.


The club offers a $500 scholarship each year. Call the club, email David Laquidara

at or go to our website for more info. Many local students have benefitted from our scholarship over the years.


If you’re interested in club clothing see Cherryl Barrett, or send an e-mail: There is also a signup sheet at the clubhouse. There will be a nominal deposit for clothing being ordered.

Hall Rentals

The hall is available for rentals, please contact, Kim Clark at or leave a message at 508-435-4148. ★



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New Members

Welcome Bruce McDonald and Sven Lohse.

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1st place winner Warren Plante, 2nd place Paul Ambers, 3rd place Gary Hassett and Frank Rafferty won the case of shells. Thank you to the following for their assistance or a donation: Greg Leal & Rachel Leal – Dynasty Gift Certificate Gary Hassett – Knife Set Karl Dakai – Dunkin Donuts Gift Certificate Fran Sowa – Scratch Tickets Joe Nealon – Chophouse 111 or Sole Proprietor or Via Italian Table Gift Certificate Phil Goodwin – Carbone’s Gift Certificate George Robinson – Lumber Street Auto – Oil, Lube and Filter gift certificate Greg Leal and the entire trap crew, Frank Wylie and Cris Riley and their crew for cooking and David Laquidara for making signs and advertising. Thank you to the entire club for donating the hall, birds and shells to this event.

New Flag in Hall

Thank you to Jim Berini for the donated USA flag and stand for the hall. The flag looks awesome up on our stage.

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Promoting the safe and lawful use of firearms through public education

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The GOAL Foundation is a non-profit tax-exempt corporation that supports education and training programs for the responsible use and ownership of firearms. Funds are also used to help defer costs for our Junior Shooters to compete in national competitions. If you would like to help The GOAL Foundation, please indicate the anount of your tax-deductible donation: _____$25





Name: _____________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________ City: _______________________________________ State: _______________ Zip: ______________ The GOAL Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you would like to make a donation to The GOAL Foundation, please complete this form and mail with check or money order to The GOAL Foundation, 37 Pierce Street, Northborough, MA 01532. You can also make credit card donations to The GOAL Foundation through Simply cilck “Send Money” and enter email address


The GOAL Foundation would like to thank the following individuals for their generous donations: A. Hocking, B. Studley, D. Valdina, M. Yacino, S. Story and Braintree Rifle & Pistol Club.

Gun Owners’ Buyers Guide ✮ ✮

Are you in need of a product or special service? Wouldn’t you like to know that you are giving your money to a business who believes in the same things you do? Following is a list of businesses who are owned or run by gun owners. They have agreed to give a donation to The GOAL Foundation for every reader who shops at their store or uses their services. So when you shop at these businesses, tell them you saw their listing in the Gun Owners Buyers Guide in The Outdoor Message! Participation is voluntary - the people listed have asked to be a part of this Guide. Help support fellow gun owners. Take advantage of the Gun Owners’ Buyers Guide.

Accounting/Tax Services L.A. Jones Tax & Accounting Services (L.A. Jones) Milford MA 508-634-2711

Acupuncture Acupuncture Center of Canton (Jeffrey S. Wernick, Lic. Ac., LICSW) Canton MA 781-8286636 Archery Supplies Eryleen Archery Pro-Shop (Emery Loiselle) Burlington MA 781-272-0244

Attorney Attorneys & Counsellors at Law (Josef J.D. Gazzola) 781-235-4989 Botanical Skincare Arbonne International (Michelle Siudut) 508341-4796

Building/Remodeling Roche Home Improvement (Gregory Roche) Sagamore MA 774-696-2470 Phillips Fine Carpentry & General Contracting (Phillip DeFreitas) Groton MA 781-718-7123 Curtis K. Abbott Co Inc (Curtis Abbott) Charlton MA 508-248-4416 Mr Fix It (Eddy Provost) Worcester County MA 508-798-8216 Computer Consulting S&H Associates (Steven Sotsky) Framingham MA 508-656-0613 Computer Software Services Information Server Company (Pascal Cleve) Sudbury MA 978-443-1435

Concrete, Granite & Asphalt Cutting & Coring Concrete Cut & Core (Curtis Abbott) Charlton MA 508-248-7778 Constable/Notary Raymond Harris Constable Service, Dedham MA 781-326-7597 Northern Process Servers (Ronald Bertheim) Greater Lawrence MA 978-685-0093 Segal Constable Services (Len Segal) Sharon MA 781-784-5924

Consultant on Liquor Liability Issues Truth or Dare (Brad Greenfield) Wellesley MA 781-789-0675

Deep Sea Fishing Trips Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters (Gary Cannell) Rockport MA 978-407-1351 Dentist Dental Care North (John Kozlauska, DMD) Lynnfield MA 781-334-2520

Electrical Contractor Morse Electric (Richard A. Morse) Rowley MA 978-948-2727 EJ Kennedy Master Electrician (Eric Kennedy) North Attleboro MA 508-TUGWIRE Firearms Instruction Joe Nava, Fairbanks AK 907-479-2340

Flooring Touchdown Carpet & Flooring (Doug Gibbs) Marlboro MA 508-480-8552 Argopoxy Floor Coatings (Eric Gustafson) Southampton MA 413-203-5143

Graphic Design On Point Graphics (Steve Moore) Norton MA 508-942-8125 Gun Sales Mike’s Gun Shop (Jon Green) Northboro MA 508-369-9234 Gunsmithing LaRocca Gun Works (Mike LaRocca) Worcester MA 508-754-2887

Masonry & Hardscape Supply TLC Supply, Inc. (Donald Ross) Quincy MA 617-773-0055

Promotional Imprinting Gumption, Inc. (Joe Cassia) Malden MA 781322-6400 Sky Line Screenprinting (Tom Bashista) Southampton MA 413-527-6299 MCA Promo (Michael Amburgey) Lunenburg MA 978-582-3662 Real Estate Scharpenter Realty (Jack Scharpenter) Lakeville MA 508-946-5602 Amaral Resendes Realty (Kevin Landry) New Bedford MA 508-542-4973 Peter Neslusan at the Mercure Group 508277-7503

Scaffolding Cape Cod Staging (Kevin Kelleher) New Bedford MA 508-992-2411, Cranston RI 401-941-6660

Security EJ Kennedy Security/Life Safety Systems Contractor (Eric Kennedy) North Attleboro MA 508-TUG-WIRE

Septic Inspection Lane Septic Inspection (Brian Lane) Walpole MA 508-212-2916

Signs, Truck Lettering, Graphics (Leonard Mort) Millbury MA 508-865-2382

Stained Glass Custom Stained Glass (Jack Hurley) South Merchant Services/Credit Card Processing Easton MA 508-238-0386 Strategic Payment Systems (Michael Roux) Canton MA Steel Buildings 978- Metal Building Concepts (Brian Robbins) Raynham MA 508-828-1368 337-7126 Mortgage/Real Estate Loans Bank of America (Lex Towle) Peabody MA 978-869-2424 Diamond Funding (Brian Hazard) Milford MA 508-395-1559 Optometrist Dr. Arthur Breen, Peabody MA 978-532-0097 Charlton Optical (David Snowdon) Charlton MA 508-248-1188

Outdoor Wood Furnace Crystal Rock Farm (Eliot Starbard) Oakham MA 508-882-0178

For more information about the Gun Owners’ Buyers Guide call 508-393-5133.

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Plumbing & Heating Russo Plumbing and Heating (Steven Russo) Boston MA 617-201-8042


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Surveying & Engineering Landmark Engineering of New England (Brian Lane) Norfolk MA 508-384-3064

TV & Satellite Pierce TV & Satellite (Richard “Ben” Pierce, Jr.) East Falmouth MA 508-548-4519

Vacation Resort Liberty Haven Ranch (C.D. or Jeanne Tavares) Wickenburg AZ 623-640-7880 Website Development Gumption, Inc. (Joe Cassia) Malden MA 781322-6400

July/August 2012

Training Opportunities Being Scheduled

GOAL Leaves Foundation Facility After more than 20 years, GOAL vacated the offices it occupied in the Foundation owned facility. Among the items left behind were 7 desks, 8 file cabinets (some with material still in the drawers) in various sizes, shredders, safes (including one that is concrete lined), numerous tables and chairs, a display case and a room full of items from back drops to posters which were generally used at shows. The biggest item was a huge, two piece, glass topped executive Muscatine desk purchased in 2005. All of this must now be removed at the Foundation’s expense. Animal urine and feces stains on the carpeting which were supposed to be cleaned two years earlier are still there, along with holes in the walls and other marks where pictures or posters were hung. We hate to think about taking money from our juniors or public outreach programs to properly clean the facility, but no further use can be contemplated until we do. The Foundation Board of Directors has not yet determined how it will utilize the 3000 square feet of space GOAL occupied. New rentals, a larger training area to accommodate a more divergent program, and even the construction of an indoor range are all options being discussed, once the cleaning is done. Our building has a new roof, new and enlarged parking area, and an all new more modern air conditioning and heating system. Much of the downstairs has already been renovated - as office space for our part time staff person, storage, meeting rooms, and one rental. The Board has indicated it wants to

The GOAL Foundation’s all-volunteer Board of Directors and our part-time administrative assistant are presently working to put together a new team of instructors, dedicated to bringing a wide spectrum of learning opportunities to the public. We are pleased to announce two upcoming events. *** We are proud to announce The Elusive Whitetail Hunter Education and Instructional Program will be promoting and demonstrating Tree Stand Safety on Sunday, August 26th, 2012 from 9 am till 1 pm at The Foundation Headquarters in Northborough, MA. An Understanding of the Whitetail Deer along with Safety uses of the different types of Tree Stands and Ground Blinds will be our Main Topics. Although anyone is welcome to attend, the inspiration to offer this comes from the interest sparked in graduates of the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp. After two weeks of learning outdoor skills, we want to enable them to continue their quest to be responsible, safe and ethical sportspeople. Our hope is to attract our youth so they may carry on a life long tradition, so MSJCC campers can attend this seminar at no cost. Others interested in attending can do so for $50. Organizations, Clubs and individuals who wish to support the aims of the Foundation are Instructor Rick Gagnier demonstrates the safe encouraged to make a Tax Deductible donation to sponsor use of the Lone Wolf Sit & Climb Tree Stand. establish a training schedule which is mostly directed towards juniors in all aspects of our shooting and outdoor sports. Hunting as well as archery classes and specific clinics aimed at junior air pistol, air rifle and smallbore rifle will be offered. More on that as dates, instructors and coaches confirm their availability. It will take a little time to re-establish what used to be offered jointly when GOAL worked with us as part of the team. Please be patient as we rebuild. Working with clubs and individuals who care about advancing the shooting sports won’t happen overnight but our all-volunteer group will answer the call as quickly as we can. If you are interested in joining our trainers or have a particular program you would like to see established, drop us a note at The GOAL Foundation, 37 Pierce Street, Northborough, MA 01532. ★

a student. All donations will enable us to offer successful programs in the future. *** A Precision Shooting Clinic has been schedule for September 19th and 20th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Class time will take at The GOAL Foundation headquarters, with range time at a nearby range. This two-day clinic will cover the fundamentals and advanced techniques needed to improve your shooting abilities for international and bull's-eye type shooting. Each student will be analyzed using personal observation videotaping and computerized shooting on a scatt system. We will work on the mechanics needed to fire great shots. This will include stance, breathing, grip, site alignment, focus and trigger control. Some time will also be spent on mental training. We will discuss different types of handguns, air pistols and equipment and how to build an air range in your home. Class will be conducted by USAS/NRA assistant national pistol coach Russ Doucette. Cost is $125, with a maximum of 12 students. *** Call 508-393-5133 to request a registration form be mailed to your or download a printable form from < Registration.pdf>. If you are interested in becoming a member of The Foundation training team, please contact Michelle at 508-393-5133 or email Our facility has a well-equipped classroom and plenty of free parking. ★

Jo in The GO AL Foun dation for our

Saturday, October 13, 2012

at Emerald Hall - 120 Bay State Drive - Braintree MA

2 012 C M P 3P Air Rifle Na with Oly tional C mpic an hampio d World Champio n Sarah MacLa gan n Lones Wigger

Doors will open at 5 pm - dinner will be served at 6 pm

Buffet dinner of salad, rolls, coffee/tea, baked ziti, meatballs, sausages, chicken and broccoli prepared by Mastrangelo Family Catering

We’ll recognize shooters, instructors, coaches and the clubs they shoot at. We will have several guests including smallbore Olympian Lones Wigger!

Clubs should consider buying a table for their juniors and family members! If you have any questions, please call 508-393-5133.

First Annual Shooters Award Banquet Ticket Order Form I would like to order ___ tickets for the banquet at $23 each.

I would like to reserve a table for 8 at a reduced rate of $180. Please list the reserved table under ____________________________.

I would like to make a contribution in the amount of $_____ to The GOAL Foundation to promote education and training programs for the responsible use and ownership of firearms. (The GOAL Foundation is a non‐profit 501(c) 3 corporation. Donations are tax‐deductible to the full extent allowed by law.) Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________

City: _______________________________________ State: _______ Zip: ______________ Phone: ______________________

Please return this form with check or money order to: The GOAL Foundation, 37 Pierce Street, PO Box 306, Northborough, MA 01532 July/August 2012


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Depot Street, North Harwich MA 02645 - Club Lodge 508-432-4457 Mailing Address: PO Box 119 Harwichport MA 02646

President Jim Gillespie 1st Vice President George Baggitt Treasurer Ricardo Vasconcellos

August Meetings

The next club Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, August 14th, 2012. Dinner will be served at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 8 PM. At this time the menu has yet to be determined, but members are urged to arrive early for a good seat. The August Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

2nd Vice President Dan Welch Secretary Bob Preston

reigns and heading up this department for 2012. Sean wishes to remind everyone they are still shooting on the club’s indoor archery range each Wednesday Evening at 7:30 PM. Anyone with a compound bow, reverse curve or long bow is welcome. To all who have crossbows, feel free to bring them along as well.

Hanson Claybusters to Shoot Against Fame’s Favored Few

Dan Welch All club trap shooters as well as our trap “associates” are reminded to put the date of September 29th, 2012 on their respective calendars. This will be the now ninth rematch with the Hanson Shooters. Team Captain Dan Grant and his Hanson Claybusters will be our guests as Cape Cod Fish & Game will host Mel Peck Peter Donovan this competition. It is time we take Congratulations to Cape Cod Technical The next scheduled NRA this trophy back as our Hanson Rod High School students Travis Wright of Home Firearms Safety & Gun Club counterparts have been South Dennis and Stephen Barcsansky of Course will be held the Ray Ertel (left) and Andy Smith did well in the Massachusetts holding on to it for too long! This Centerville who both were awarded Tuesday Evenings of July State Trap Shooting Championship held in June. will be a trophy shoot and the top scholarships from our organization. 17th and August 21st at 7 Congratulations to all of our trap champions. Missing from Travis, who will receive $500, will be PM. Anyone interested in the camera's eye are other trophy winners Bill Scheck, Bob five shooters on each team will receive their respective trophy. attending Bridgewater State University in ascertaining his or her Fratus, Clayton Dill and Sue Gullotta. Interested participants are the fall and intends to pursue a career in firearms identification card encouraged to sign up on the criminal justice and law enforcement. (FID) or license to carry (LTC) is “High All Around Championship” award Stephen, who will receive $200, will use encouraged to attend this invaluable for his class. Ray will pick up his trophy registration sheet in the trap range shed. upon his return to the New York State ATA the money to purchase additional tools for course. Homegrounds this September when a his landscaping business and plans to In April our club hosted 7 students. In number of our club shooters will attend classes to obtain a CDL license. Robbie Briggs May we hosted 13 students. We do tend to participate in the Northeastern Grand Congratulations to both Travis and No date has been officially set as yet keep a very busy classroom! Space is American Trap Championship. Stephen. however coming this fall is our Fund limited and reservations are strongly Congratulations go out to Bob Fratus Auction. This event held here on Raising recommended. Please contact Peter who won his class trophy in the the club grounds is always a popular one. Donovan or George Baggitt at any club preliminary singles event at the 101st Attendees can once again expect great meeting. George Baggitt Massachusetts State Shoot. Also bringing food, great raffles and excellent auction At our May Meeting we introduced and home the gold was new member Andy Hell it is only money and all the items. thereby inducted the following list of ten Smith who won his class in the 16-Yard proceeds go to furthering our club’s new members: Ken Nickerson. Darren C. Singes Competition with a 191X200. offerings to our members. Watch this Felli, George Bisgouais, Kimberly Andy went on to win his class in the space for further details. Members Johnson, Eric Maker, Peter Watts, Ronald George Baggitt Doubles Competition with a score of All members are reminded that a current 89X100. Congratulations go out once wishing to make contributions are urged Daniele, William Eldridge, Steve Kilroy, Keith Van Buren and Neal Terrio. member must sponsor new applicants. All again to Ray Ertel as he continues to pick to contact Robbie Briggs at any club meeting. Welcome to the club folks! You will applicants and sponsors must be up the trophies this year. Ray went on to certainly get more out of the organization interviewed for membership. After win the Veterans Class award at the by participating. We strongly urge you to submitting an application, all perspective Massachusetts State Shoot for his score of new members will be contacted to a 91X100 in the Doubles Competition. meet you fellow members by attending an Bob Preston schedule the interview. Anyone with a event or joining a committee. This year’s annual slug shoot will be held membership question is urged to contact on Sunday afternoon November 25th, George Baggitt at any club meeting. 2012 at 1 PM. Shooters can compete for Please be advised that all new Bob Preston trophy prizes in either the iron site or Not really wanting to be redundant members who come into our organization scoped categories. The entrance fee is during the 2012 - 2013 membership however here is the same old boilerplate. $5.00 for a round of five shots and $4.00 Roger Bassett All members are reminded that Trap is Please be advised that this year’s Youth period are responsible to fulfill your for retries. Shooters will need their shooting Saturday Mornings at 10 AM, Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, obligatory commitment of four work favorite slug gun and ammo. Matt Yarnell Sunday Mornings at 9 AM as well as August 25th, 2012 here at the club pond. hours. Failure to do so will result in a $50 was last year’s champion, Second place Wednesday and Friday afternoons at assessment for the following year's dues. This event is most popular with the local was Mike London. For details please noon. The cost to shoot is a mere $3.00 contact Bob Preston at any club meeting. kids and usually draws a full house. per round of 25 clay targets. Non Registration begins at 7 AM and members will pay just a dollar more! Our additional help is always needed to help trap range is open to all whether you are a with bait, weighing fish, cooking lunch, novice, a rookie, an expert or an ATA Bob Preston etc. Members wishing to assist are urged superstar. Everyone is welcome so come In an effort to keep up with the times as to contact Roger Bassett at any club on down and join us for some shooting well as existing technology, Cape Cod Dan Welch meeting. Last year our club hosted over fun! For details please call Dan Welch at Fish and Game now has created a Congratulations are in order for a number 65 kids of all ages. 508.274.8262. of our club trap shooters who earned high Facebook page. Please go to our page and check out the contents. Please click honors for their recent clay bird shooting efforts. At this year’s New York Empire “Like” for ongoing updates. Grand Competition held in Cicero NY, The direct link from your browser is: Sean Baggitt It was announced at the May Board of club member Ray Ertel left the shoot <’s Meeting that Al Savage would thinking he had shot well but not well Cod-Fish-Game/390986234265161>. be stepping down as Archery Department enough to take any prizes. You can image A direct link to this page is also Chairman. At this time it was announced his surprise when he was contacted a Bob Bates available from our club website that Sean Baggitt would be taking the week later to hear he had earned the All scatter-gunners are reminded that the <>. Trap Committee has scheduled a “Money Shoot” for 9 AM, Sunday, October 14th, 2012. Shooters will be competing for a First Place Prize of $200! This is not a Jim Gillespie *** Knowledgeable Service With Personal Attention *** winner take all program. Other cash prizes Sorry folks! All members need to be as well as trophies will be awarded to reminded that the gate is to be closed and NEW l USED l BUY l ESTATES PURCHASED l TRADE-INS winning participants. The format will be locked each time any member enters or BLACK POWDER GUNS and ACCESSORIES l RELOADING SUPPLIES 75 rounds of 16-yard singles plus 25 exits the club facilities. The only State NRA Certified Pistol Safety Courses rounds of 23-yard handicap targets. In the exception to this rule is when the club is event of a tie, the winner will be open to a public event such as trap determined by a “sudden death” style shooting, scheduled 3D Archery Events, shoot-off from 16-yards. The entrance fee turkey shoots, slug shoots and etc. Until next month…Bob P. ★ will be $25. The snack bar will be open 194 East Grove Street (Rt 28) Middleboro MA 02346 for lunch. HOURS: MON/TUES/FRI/SAT 9 - 5; THURS 9 - 7

Club Scholarships

NRA Training

Club Auction

Welcome New Members

Membership & Workhours

Shotgun Slug Shoot

Same Old Boilerplate

Annual Youth Fishing Derby

Trap Shooters Take Numerous Titles at State & Regional Competitions


Club Has Facebook Page

Annual “Show Me The Money” Trap Shoot Competition


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Next Meeting Our next club meeting will be on July 5th at 7:30 PM.

New Members

Welcome Gary Zimmerman and Robert Sokolowski.


CLAM BAKE August 18TH SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST Every Sunday from 7AM – 10 AM From Sept 9th through Mother’ Day CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY October 28th THANKSGIVING MEAT RAFFLE November 16th CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY December 16th

Fishing Derbies

Prior to the 3 charity fishing derbies in May, the ponds received two batches of trout. Then another batch was purchased by the club plus there were an additional 300 fish that were donated by Mass Wildlife for our events. The derbies were all a success. The Veteran Derby had good attendance with many returning folks from the Bedford VA and other facilities, plus we’re now in contact Veterans, Inc. from Worcester so in future years we can anticipate an even larger turnout. For the kids derby we lucked out with some great weather. The 50 free fishing poles were gone by 8:01 am and in total we had about 80 kids in attendance. They caught a good number of fish and no kids were impaled by hooks, so overall-- it was a success!

255 Snake Hill Road - Ayer, MA 01432 978-772-9748 Email: Website: The ARC derby was a complete rain event, but all of the folks who showed up were troopers! We ended up with a little over half of the 110 registered people running around in soggy shoes, yellow ponchos and poles in the pouring rain. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves! The generous support of the local business sponsors and the state wildlife offices really helped us make these events happen. But most importantly it’s all of the club members who contributed their time that made the events great. Scott received so, so many appreciative thanks; your efforts really made a difference for these guys and he too wanted to say thank you!


Barry is working with Amanda to set up another Junior Archery event like they did last year. This was a fantastic event and the kids are clamoring for another this year. More info to follow.


On June 24 we will have a Trap shoot. We obtained a new switch for the trap machine. Barry gave everyone a big hand for all the work that they do at the breakfasts. Many times all the work is quietly done but the breakfast crew goes unnoticed. We really appreciate all of your hard work.

Sick Committee


President - Ernie Johnson DirectorsVice President - Buddy Shorey Don Anderson- Chair Treasurer - CJ Moore Brent Routhier, Gary Secretary - Darlene Johnson Coke, Roger McPadden, Sergeant of Arms - Walter Peeler Norman Reynolds, Justin Field Captain - Barry Schwarzel Harvey, Miles Donell

The Clam Bake is coming up on August 18th, the rain date is the 19th. The Committee will meet June 28th at 7 PM to begin planning .

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As members of the club you receive a copy of The Outdoor Message Paper. It is now offered digitally so that you can receive it via email instead of the hard copy you now receive. This would be a savings of approximately 40¢ per person per month. Please let Darlene know by either leaving a message with your email address at the club or emailing Darlene at AY E R G S C @ letting her know if you would rather receive this via email. This could amount to a good savings for us.

To view the meeting minutes look on the back bulletin board at the club or check your email. ★

Our prayers and thoughts are with Elaine and Dick Clements while Elaine undergoes back surgery and Dick endures radiation. We are all sending all of the positive energy that we can your way!

Chairman of Fish & Ponds, Scott Russell (above) and a proud catch at the May 19th children’s derby. Pictures at right are from the ARD derby held on June 2nd.

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President: Charles Hawkins, Sr.

PO Box 10177 - Cranston RI 02910 - 401-573-0260 Executive Officer: Joseph Graf

Treasurer: Stephen P. Hogan

Daria Bruno ~ A Woman of Many Calibers

By Gail A. Hogan & Stephen P. Hogan You might remember the name, Daria Bruno. Before she left Rhode Island, she was a morning anchor for B101, then an Oldies Station. A lot has changed! She has been back on the radio for almost two years. She now has her own show about something she has great passion for - guns and the Second Amendment. It started some years ago when she and Matt, her husband at the time, had an opportunity to own and run four radio stations in West Monroe, Louisiana. It was a door opening that they couldn’t resist. The whole family moved to Louisiana. Well, opportunity doesn’t always knock twice but, for this family it did. Daria and Matt found themselves out of the radio business and into the furniture liquidation business. They had several stores. “This is when I became acquainted with the wonderful world of firearms,”

Daria said. She hired an older employee named Chuck, to come to work at the store. He happens to notice that while one side of the store was in an affluent neighborhood the rear of the store bordered a very questionable area. Chuck asked Daria how she was going to protect herself and her children, who were at the store after their school day ended. She said it never occurred to her that she had to worry about protecting anyone. One day Chuck gave her a Ruger GP100 357 Magnum with a four inch barrel and said, “Here put this in your desk drawer.” She had no clue how to operate this firearm. So, she placed it in her drawer. One day she asked Chuck if he could help her learn how to shoot this gun she had stored away. He felt that she needed instruction so as to protect herself and her family. He took her under his wing and off they went. Upon firing the Ruger, “Wow, I felt like this was the coolest thing,” exclaimed Daria. She was hooked! The next day she purchased a

Gunston, Scarlet and Daisy Here are some of our four legged friends that join us occasionally during our Narragansett Bay Area FNRA meeting. They help me keep everyone in line! Don’t they look ferocious?

Pistol Shoot Benefits Newport Rifle Club’s Junior Program By Gail A. Hogan

Recently the Newport Rifle Club held its first Dr. Paul Houston Memorial Shoot. This event raised money to help defray the cost of sending eight junior team members to the National Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifle Championships in Annaston, AL in June. There were 23 shooters who participated in the May 12, pistol match. The idea for the fundraiser came from Newport Rifle Club member Dominic Calarco, who is also the owner of Island Gun Shop located in the Town of Portsmouth. Mr. Calarco donated $500 in prize money, as well as gift certificates and provided refreshments, too. Dr. Houston, who passed away in 2011, was a former member of the Newport Rifle Club. Mr. Calarco credits Dr. Houston with saving his life and had wanted to organize an event to memorialize the late doctor. The Club’s Junior Team is coached by Michele Makucevich and Dan Nagelhout who are former competitive shooters and NRA Certified Coaches.

This year’s squad ranges in age from 12 to 20. The team has long dominated state competition and for the past four years has been nationally ranked, with several juniors competing in the National Junior Olympics, the National Championships and US Team Selection Matches. Current and former junior team members are national record holders and two have made the National Team. The top five shooters at this match were: Bob King-192, Kevin Mathis-188, Steve Sabella-181, Dan Makucevich-179 and Keith Muzzoli-165, the highest scoring junior. Lori Silva had the highest score for a female, 167. Newport Rifle Club will make the Dr. Paul Houston an annual event. This summer let’s try to introduce a young person to the shooting sports! If your club has an event you would like to announce please let us know and we will include it on this page and in The Sportsman’s Calendar! ★

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Assistant Executive Officer: Elizabeth Clupny

Secretary: Gail A. Hogan

Smith & Wesson Model 642, now her carry gun, and another Smith & Wesson, a Model 22A. In amazement she was able to leave the store with both firearms in her possession, because Louisiana is a very gun friendly state. She tells me, “From there it was non-stop.” While in Louisiana she started to hunt. Her first species was deer from a deer stand. Upon returning to Rhode Island, she joined the Smithfield Sportsmen’s Club. As she had to travel back and forth to Louisiana on business she became more intrigued with firearms, purchasing many along the way. She has hunted many other species, such as wild boar, pheasant, bear, and in many other states. Just to name a few of the states she has hunted in Texas, Arizona, Vermont, Canada, and finally she hunted in her home state of Rhode Island. Last year she harvested two deer here! For one year she competed with the Ocean State Pistol League through the team at Smithfield. She was so non-stop that she wanted to devour everything relating to firearms, their manufacturers, ammo and instruction, etc. She sought her Curios and Relic License because she was fast becoming a collector. That wasn’t enough! She wanted to teach others the empowerment and exhilaration she felt when firing a gun. From there she fulfilled the requirements to obtain her NRA Certified Pistol Instructor credentials, which lead to Home Firearms Safety Instructor and Personal Protection Inside & Outside the Home Instructor as well as becoming a Range Safety Officer. Does she eat, sleep and dream firearms? Just about! She loves to teach, especially other women. She has started a women’s night at Fall River Rod & Gun Club in Westport, MA on the third Tuesday every month. The fee is $10. You do not need to bring anything. She provides it all! Daria’s former husband came up with the idea of her hosting a gun talk show of her own. His idea was for her to sell a pilot. Then she thought, “I’ll do live radio

locally.” She called a sales associate whom she knew in her previous years in radio, who is at WHJJ. They had a half hour spot which presently has grown into an hour show with the potential of growing even more. Her listeners are from as far away as Iraq, with an e-mail received from the Ukraine, asking for some souvenir key chains she had produced. With today’s technology you are only keystrokes away if you miss her broadcast. You just go to <> and listen in. This woman is very fortunate. She gets to talk and teach a subject that she has great passion for. Daria is very busy these days. Enter Daria Bruno’s DB LIVE FIRE, her newest venture. The statement on her business card reads, “Personal Firearms Training… Protection for a Changing World”. All this while raising two teenage daughters and enjoying major support from her boyfriend Tom Murphy, who is always by her side talking guns, helping with classes or hunting with her, and friend Mike Wojo trusted (Wojciechowski), who is knowledgeable in all things gun related, as well as an excellent gun engraver and manufacturer of her now famous key chains. Lock, Stock & Daria is a sponsor and will broadcast live from the Narragansett Gun Club in Exeter, on July 28, 2012, during the RI Skeet Shooting Association’s State Shoot. If you have any questions you can contact Kari Keightley, who is the Associations’ Treasurer, at 401245-8878 or her cell at 401-580-9578. Daria, along with Mike Wojo, and Tom Murphy can be heard every Saturday, on LOCK, STOCK & DARIA, from 11:00 AM until Noon, on 920 (AM) WHJJ. Did I mention that Daria Bruno is the only woman radio talk show host who discusses guns and related topics in the USA? She has many calibers! We wish her continued success on a topic that is near and dear to all of us! ★

by Digby Hand Joe Graf and Emily Britt are the reigning champions of the combined 2012 Rhode Island State Three Position Championship and NRA Metric Position Regional. They were joined by smallbore competitors from four of the six New England states at the South County Rod and Gun Club in West Greenwich, RI. The day began with the prone match which was shot in bright sunshine and shifting winds, which were difficult to read in the clear, dry air. It was a close fought match with Hap Rocketto, of Quaker Hill Rod and Gun Club, edging out Joe Graf, of the Smithfield Sportsmen’s Club, by a point. Graf lead by three points after the first card but Rocketto held hard on the second 20 shots making up the difference and adding a point to finish with a 388-15X to Graf’s 387-15X. New Hampshire’s Bob Lynn’s 387-11X took the third spot. Britt, a junior representing the Niantic, CT Sportsmen’s Club, elected to shoot the match with a scope. She posted a 369-11X in a standing match marked by buffeting winds to overcome a mediocre prone and leap into the lead. Robert Roland shot a 339-4X for second just an X ahead of third place Ernie Mellor of Quaker Hill. Britt’s commanding lead would require a near perfect score Kneeling from her closest challengers and a total collapse on

her part to deny her the gold medallion. It rained on the second kneeling relay on which Britt was squadded but that did little to slow her up. Joe Graf won the kneeling match with a 374-12X but Britt was second with a 373-9X and that wrapped up her win. Mellor was third with a 367-10X. Britt was the Regional winner with an 1123-32X., Alex Martin, from Swanzey, N.H. who shoots for the Ferrybrook Junior Rifle Team for Cheshire County Fish and Game and will be a freshman rifleman at North Carolina State in the fall, won the silver with a 1106-27X. Mellor took the bronze. Rocketto was high Master, Lynn the top Expert, Tom McGurl, of the Putnam CT Fish and Game Club took Sharpshooter honors, while Newport Rifle Club’s Alex Muzzioli was top Marksman. Graf earned the Rhode Island Open title and the junior champion is Danielle Makucevich of the Newport Rifle Club. Each will have their name engraved upon the Jules Epstein Trophy in recognition of their feat. Nicole Panko handled the statistical office with the assistance of Ken Robichaud. Mark Sloan served as Range Officer while South County’s Dick O’Rourke and Joe Galligan handled the targets. ★

Graf and Britt Dominate Rhode Island Shoot

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More News from RHODE ISLAND STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASSOCIATION Ocean State Junior Rifle League 2011 – 2012

by Nicole Panko Each year junior teams from Rhode Island position of prone, standing and kneeling compete in the Ocean State Junior Rifle on the NRA/USA Shooting targets at 50 League (OSJRL) from November through feet. The juniors compete in a total of 9 March. This past season, the Manville matches, 3 matches at home and 3 away Rod & Gun Club, the Massasoit Gun matches and 3 postal matches during the Club, the Pine Tree Gun Club and the “winter” months. At the end of the season, South County Rod & Gun Club competed the league is completed with the shooting for the title of League Champion. of the Governor’s Cup Match. The course of fire is 20 shots in each 2011 – 2012 League Results League Champion: Paul Falcone from South County with a 538 out of 600 average 2nd Overall: Luke Esser from Pine Tree with a 507 average 3rd Overall: Brandon D’Angelo also from South County with a 502 average Team Champion: South County with a 1898 out of 2000 team average, 9 wins and 0 losses High on Teams: Nick Lusignan from Massasoit with a 488 average Aaron Cerbo from Manville with a 383 average

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On March 17 & 18, 30 juniors from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire converged at the Massasoit Gun Club for the Annual Governor’s Cup. A non-Rhode Island resident is allowed to compete in the match, but they are not allowed to be the recipient of the Governor’s Cup. The Governor’s Cup is a rotating trophy which Match Winner: Governor’s Cup Recipient: 1st Junior: 2nd Junior: 3rd Junior: 1st Intermediate: 2nd Intermediate: 3rd Intermediate: 1st Sub Junior 2nd Sub Junior:

means that the Junior recipient gets to keep the trophy for one year and then has to return it to the OSJRL to be passed on to the next winner. Each winner’s name is engraved on the trophy. The course of fire is 20 shots in each position of prone, standing and kneeling on the NRA/USA Shooting targets at 50 feet.

2012 Governor’s Cup Winners Mackenzie Martin Massachusetts Paul Falcone Rhode Island Zachary Connell Massachusetts Brian Jylkka New Hampshire Sonya May Massachusetts Anthony Cuozzo Connecticut Eric Sloan Connecticut Brendan Whitaker Massachusetts Alex Muzzioli Rhode Island Kevin Murphy Connecticut

Congratulations to all the juniors who competed in the 2011-2012 OSJRL and the 2012 Governor’s Cup…Well Done!!

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Women On Target The GOAL Foundation's Women On Target Shooting Clinic was held here at the Fin, Fur and Feather on Saturday, June 9th after a disappointing washout on the previous Saturday. June 9th turned out to be a fabulous day for all the outside events. This is the sixth year that the club has held this full-day event introducing women to the enjoyment of the shooting sports. 36 guests attended to learn about firearm safety and proper shooting fundamentals in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. Each participant attended a morning firearms safety class taught by Jon Green, Director of Education and Training at Gun Owners' Action League. After a gourmet lunch that included Quail Marsala, the women shot pistol, rifle and shotgun, as well as shooting at a swinging target. Each participant received a Massachusetts Basic Firearm Safety certificate allowing them to apply for a Firearms Identification Card or a License to Carry. You can see pictures of all the action on the club’s website. Thanks to coordinators Nancy Snow and Mary Verner who ran the event, and to the dozens of volunteers for their time, expertise, and enthusiasm.

Pistol and Rifle Report

We have a lot of news to share with regard to the newly renovated Outdoor Pistol Range, including rules, access and mandatory safety meetings. We're putting this on a separate page, accessible on our website. The mandatory safety meetings (15 20 minutes) have been scheduled for weekends in June and July. Attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory for any Club Member who desires to use the Outdoor Range. If you have not attended one of these meetings by July 21st, your Outdoor Range cardkey will no longer afford you access to the range until other arrangements are made by you. The meetings will be held in the Clubhouse at 11 AM on the following July dates: Sunday - July 1 July/August 2012

PO Box 272, 100 Larch Road - Millis, MA 02054-0272 508-376-2977

Note: The next New Member Safety Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, July 15th at 11 am.

Calendar of Events

Attendees at the June 9th Women on Target event. Picture by Greg Nealand

Saturday - July 7 Sunday - July 8 Saturday - July 14 Sunday - July 15 Saturday - July 21 New membership applicants who attend a New Member Safety Meeting in May, June or July are not required to attend one of these special meetings since the safety material is already included in their New Member Safety Meetings.

Skeet and Trap Report

Once again, the Fin Fur and Feather Hotshots Varsity Squad ran away with the Mass. State SCTP tournament. Despite facing heavier competition (including college teams now), The Hotshots Varsity1 Squad raised its game to its highest level so far. The Squad shot 938/1000; that is, it hit 93.8% of targets thrown. Our next closest competitor, the Minuteman team, finished more than 70 targets behind us! The June 9th win makes it 4 straight Mass. State Championships. When you add in the NH State Shoot and the Maine State shoots, FFF Hotshots have won 12 consecutive State Shoots! We took the top three individual medals in the Varsity Division: Ken Martin - Gold Medal (191/200) Matt Reinemann - Silver Medal (190/200) Chris Landfield - Bronze Medal (189/200) The

One of our younger shooters, John Bush, medaled in the Advanced Intermediate Division. Congratulations, John. So many of our new shooters did well, it's very gratifying to see. Many had personal bests, and we shot 6 perfect rounds yesterday. Way to go, team!

New Members

Membership applicants in June: Steven Smith - Sherborn Elliot Weinstock - Sherborn Val Hollingsworth - Dover Amanda McNeilly - Bellingham Daniel McNeilly- Bellingham Wayne Dicky - Norwood Indra Persaud - Norwood Bryan Hopkins - Wayland Mark Donahue - Framingham George Chapman - Holliston Tom Caruso - Medfield

July 9 BOD and Quarterly Mtg 8 PM 12 .22 Cal Pin Shoot 8 PM 15 New Member Safety Mtg 11 AM 19 Practical Shoot 8 PM August 6 Board of Directors 8 PM 9 .22 Cal Pin Shoot 8 PM 12 New Member Safety Mtg 11 AM 16 Practical Shoot 8 PM September 3 Labor Day - Skeet & Trap 12 PM 9 SPAM Shoot 12 PM 10 Board of Directors 8 PM 16 New Member Safety Mtg 11 AM 20 Practical Shoot 8 PM 23 Trap Championship 12 PM 29 Youth Trap Awards 12:30 AM

Club Website

Please visit our club web page at <> for a lot more information about the club and its activities. Many thanks to our webmaster Ken Wellington for much of the information published above.

Address Updates

If you've had an address change, please forward it to Greg Nealand at The Fin, Fur and Feather Club, P.O. Box 272, Millis, MA 02054, or email to <>. ★



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PO Box 111 - 221 Spring Hill Road - Barre, MA 01005 978-355-4643 Email: ~ Website:

Clambake, September 9th, 11 am, questions/tickets call John (Fig) at 978857-8202

In Memoriam

Unfortunately our club lost another member this last month. A moment of silence was observed at the meeting in his memory. Please keep the family of Dale Smith in your thoughts in this difficult time. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.


We are reviewing capacity at the board meeting in June. We have not received renewals from all prior members and the deadline has passed. The waiting list will be reviewed and spaces, and potential new members will be called. If you did not send in your renewal on time, please contact Chris our VP, or send in a new application and the new application fee, as per our bylaws. If you have a FOB or key in your possession and are not renewing, please return them to the club. MEMBERSHIP CARDS have the event dates printed on the back, AND have the new gate code (which was installed on June 3rd at the club meeting). Please be sure to get your card to obtain the code.

Pertinent Reports

Secretary’s, treasurer’s, and bar reports were read and accepted.


Monday evenings at 6 pm – weather permitting. Call John (Fig) with any questions 978-857-8202.


Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. Call Mike Klawitter with questions.

Sporting Clays

Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Call Randy Klockers or George Marshall.


Pistol shoots are typically the 3rd Fridays, however due to scheduling conflicts July

will be the 4th Friday (dates are 7/27, 8/17, 9/21) at 6 pm. Questions, call Bert DuVernay at 413-477-6529.

.22 Shooting

Tuesdays at 6 pm, call Tony Pitisci with any questions.

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Big Turkey Award

Big turkey award went to Rick French’s grandson Jake, who got a 24lb 4oz bird, with a 9-1/2” beard and 1” spurs. Way to go, Jake! Nice bird! Better watch out Rick, it looks like you have some heavy up-and-coming competition as a game bird expert with your grandson. ☺

Club Cleanup

Club cleanup was June 16th – if you missed it mark the calendar for next year. It’s a great time to get the extras cleaned so we all can enjoy the use of the club through the year.

Thank Yous

From the Boy Scouts: May 2012 was a huge success at their campout. (You should have seen the picture of their bonfire… Those boys know how to make a fire!) There were 22 kids there, and they also endeavored to lend some time doing service work by waterproofing the tables under the range pavilion. They sincerely appreciated the use of the club – and as club members we certainly appreciate their service while here and all they do in the community. It’s a win-win! From the MALAFIA group: Thank you to the club for the use of the range for our activities in May/June. It was sincerely appreciated – and to paraphrase and place appropriate commentary in the written word (no swearing ☺), ‘you have an awesome facility, and we appreciated the

use of it. Keep up the great work.’ From the Girl Scouts: June 2012 was a blast for their campout as well. The rain finally let up and they had only small bits here and there Friday night. The facilities are perfect, and so close by, it made it perfect for the kids to be able to participate and enjoy their outing. ‘Thank you to the club for letting them utilize the facilities as well. It is sincerely appreciated.’


JULY 2012 Thursday, 5th – 7:30 pm, Club Meeting Thursday, 12th – 7:30 pm, BOD Meeting Friday, 20th – RESERVATION - Vintage Shoot Saturday, 21st - PRIVATE RENTAL AUGUST 2012 Thursday, 2nd – 7:30 pm, Club Meeting Thursday, 9th – 7:30 pm, BOD

SEPTEMBER 2012 Thursday, 6th – 7:30 pm, Club Meeting. ELECTION OF OFFICERS Sunday, 9th – 11 am, Clambake (POC Fig 978-857-8202) Thursday, 13th – 7:30 pm, BOD Meeting Sunday, 30th - 2 Club shoot (Petersham & Barre) Friday, 21st - Friends of NRA Banquet at Four Points Sheraton in Leominster. Limited seating!

OCTOBER 2012 Thursday, 4th – 7:30 pm, Club Meeting Saturday, 6th – FALL HUNTER’S KICKOFF (POC Rob 978-7717013/Meridith 978-434-7932) Thursday, 11th – 7:30 pm, BOD Meeting Saturday, 20th - PRIVATE RENTAL NOVEMBER 2012 Thursday, 1st – 7:30 pm, Club Meeting Saturday, 3rd – 9 am, Youth Pheasant Hunt (POC Chris Duggan 978-9285878) Sunday, 4th – 10 am, Turkey Shoot (POC Rob D. 978-771-7013) Thursday, 8th – 7:30 pm, BOD Meeting DECEMBER 2012 Thursday, 6th – 7:30 pm, Club Meeting Thursday, 13th – 7:30 pm, BOD Meeting

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE – Fall Hunter’s Kickoff

Tickets are on sale – please get some to sell. Please know that ALL tickets are due back by September 9th at the Clambake. If you do not return your tickets by then, you own them and MUST pay for them. (We want to be sure we have all tickets in and back so we can SELL OUT.) NOTE: TICKETS ARE GOING FAST. IF YOU WANT SOME, BE SURE TO GET SOME SOON. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EVENT TO REMEMBER!

2nd Annual Fall Sportsmen’s Classic

October 6, 2011 at Barre Sportsmen’s Club, 6 pm Only 1000 Raffle Tickets - $20/ticket Purchase of a raffle ticket gets you dinner and entry to the event. Tables of sporting and outdoors items will also be raffled off, in ‘bulk’ or ‘meat raffle’ style at the event, besides the drawing for the ‘big’ raffle. PRIZES! 1-Binelli Super Nova Pump 12 Gauge shotgun waterfowl edition, 3”1/2 inch, 28” barrel, max-4 camo finish; 2-Binelli Super Nova Pump 12 Gauge Shotgun, rifled slug 3”1/2 inch, 28” barrel real-tree camo finish; 3-Stoeger Condor Competition Plus 12 Gauge over/under Shotgun, 28” ported barrels adjustable comb, palm swell, blued/gloss wood finish; 4-CZ Bob White 20 Gauge side by side Shotgun 26” barrel, straight English style grip, blued/walnut finish; 5-Browning Silver Hunter 12 Gauge Shotgun 3”, 28” barrel, aluminum alloy receiver, vent ribbed barrel, satin walnut stock, semi-auto; 6-Lanber 12 Gauge Shotgun, 3”, 28” barrel stainless steel engraved receiver, wood stock, semi-auto; 7-Remington 870 Super Mag 12 Gauge pump shotgun combo, field/slug barrels, 3”1/2, 26” barrel black/wood finish; 8-Mossberg 500 model 12 Gauge Pump Shotgun combo field/slug barrels, 28” barrel, wood/blued finish; 9-Binelli R1 30-06 Rifle 22” barrel, base for scope, AA grade satin walnut finish, blued barrel, semi-auto; 10-Thompson Center .308 Venture Predator Bolt Action Rifle 22” barrel, fluted scope, 3 round detachable mag, Real Tree Max-1 camo finish; 11-Remington 770 7mm Rem/Mag rifle, 22” barrel, 3x9 scope, stainless steel/Real Tree camo finish, bolt action; 12-Thompson Center Hot Shot Youth model .22 long Rifle, single shot, youth sized peep site for easy training, rifled barrel, auto safety, real tree apg camo finish, break open; 13-Thompson Center Triumph Bone Collector .50 caliber muzzle loader, 28” barrel, rifled sites, reversible hammer extension, speed breech, power rod, flex tech stock, Real Tree AP finish; 14-Diamond Outlaw Compound Bow package; 15-PSE Crossfire cross bow with scope package. Special thanks to: GRR Gear, Buck Rub Sporting Goods, Neri Painting & Mark Belliveau and Smith & Wesson. ★

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please cut out, fill out and mail this coupon. Include a check for $20 per ticket desired to purchase, written to Barre Sportsmen’s Club or BSC. Name:_____________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________ City:__________________________ State:_____ Zip:_______ Phone:_____________________________________________ ___ CHECK HERE IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT.

Mail check and this coupon to John Neri, PO Box 607, Barre, MA 01005.

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P.O. Box 543 - Holyoke, MA 01041 - 413-539-9345 -

President - Normand Desilets Secretary - Richard Asselin Directors - George Apgar, Jr. Vice-president - Joseph Knapik, Jr. Membership Secretary - William Burgess Joseph Kingsley Treasurer - Richard Moreau Governor - Daniel Jones James King

July Meeting

Because the first Wednesday of July falls on July 4, the July meeting will be held on July 11.

Automatic Target Carriers

The target carriers on two lanes of the indoor range have been fitted with electric target return motors to facilitate their use by handicapped shooters. The club has remodeled one bathroom for handicapped access, and built a wheelchair ramp and reserved handicapped parking spaces.


The club is again holding cookouts before the monthly meetings. Burgers, dogs, chips and dessert are available. Cash contributions are welcome. Cooking begins at 5:30.

Outdoor Message

For years the club has benefitted from using The Outdoor Message to deliver its news and notices, and HRC members have enjoyed keeping up with news and with old friends at other clubs around New England. The Gun Owners Action League paid for the subscriptions of club members who were also members of GOAL, and the club paid for the others. This year the board of directors of GOAL voted to end this benefit for its members. The club now pays for all subscriptions, which are available in both the traditional paper format or as an electronic newspaper, which costs the club one-third as much. Anyone who would like to receive the online publication should contact Membership Secretary Bill Burgess to make the change, or to alert him if a household is receiving more than one copy of The Outdoor Message.

Plate Racks

The steel pistol target plates and the rubber bumpers on the outdoor racks have been replaced recently. The plates on the left are rated for .22 caliber, and will fall when hit with a .22. The plates on the right are for normal centerfire pistol rounds, and will fall when struck with a .38 or 9 mm, but not a .22. Neither set of plates should be shot with any rifle or shotgun rounds.

Appreciation Dinner

The club has scheduled an Appreciation Dinner for October 5 at the Summitview Restaurant on Route 5 in Holyoke. HRC members who have volunteered their time will be guests of the club. Spouses, friends and other club members are welcome to attend at a fixed price of $25. Details will be announced.


Painting Party

HRC Hats and Patches

The next major improvement project at the club is painting the exterior of the clubhouse, and work is underway. A work party will be held on a date to be announced. Volunteers are needed. Norm Desilets and Al LeFebvre are in charge.

Hats and jacket patches embroidered with the club’s logo are now available for sale from Membership Secretary Bill Burgess.


Downed wood from last fall’s storm is being cut up and stacked along the road between the clubhouse and the rifle range. Members are welcome to take the wood home for their own use.

HRC joins NSSF

The board of directors recently voted to join the National Shooting Sports Federation. The NSSF is a trade association of the firearms industry whose mission statement is “To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.” The NSSF sponsors programs for clubs to improve their facilities and protect the environment.


Following a recent discussion by the board of directors, the membership voted to purchase plastic ID carriers so that HRC members can display their membership cards while on the club ranges. The badges are now required on all club ranges. Members are also required to sign in at the clubhouse door prior to using indoor or outdoor ranges.

Junior Rifle

The club’s junior rifle program will resume on September 13. The junior program is open to 12 – 20 year-olds with parents’ permission. Several Scout organizations have received Merit Badge training, as the club instructors are now certified as merit badge counselors. Interested parties should call the club phone at 413-539-9345. Jim Torrey is in charge. Adult volunteers are needed.

Fun Shoots

Dave Sparko conducts fun shoots on Tuesday evenings at the club. Competitors shoot .22 pistols at steel plates and a “Dueling Tree” of spinning targets, trying to move all of the discs to the opponent’s side of the tree. Match schedules will be posted on the club’s website and calendar.

Practical Matches

The club holds practical matches on the fourth Saturday of the month. New shooters should arrive at 9 am for safety instruction. Participants should bring a centerfire pistol or revolver and 100 rounds of ammunition, extra magazines and speedloaders, a holster, which is not a shoulder or crossdraw model, a baseball cap and eye and ear protection. Chris Fila is in charge. Volunteers are needed to set

New Members

Joining the club at the June meeting were John and Crystal Seidel of Chicopee, Denise Moreau of Southampton, Edward Stombosky of Longmeadow, Christopher Rawson and Alan Munro of West Springfield, Joan Tuber of Monson, Kristen Knurek of Three Rivers, Shawn Bradley of Springfield, and Susan Raymond-Fic of Granby.

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up the stages, and should arrive at 8 am. The Saturday .22 benchrest matches have resumed. Setup is at 9 am and shooting starts promptly at 10 am. HRC members should check the calendar on the club website. Any rimfire rifle with iron or telescopic sights may be used. Ron Mehlhorn is in charge.

100-Yard .22 Rifle

The club holds monthly matches at the newly-improved 100-yard range. Anyone interested in signing up for the matches should speak with club president Norm Desilets. Matches are held on the second Saturday from 9 until noon.

Pistol Course

Holyoke Revolver Club conducts an NRA Basic Pistol course every month. Successful participants receive both the NRA certificate and the Massachusetts state certificate required for firearms licenses. Information is available at the club website or by leaving a message on the club phone at 413-539-9345. The club is now listed on the NRA website and will appear on a zip code search for NRA instruction. The club has more than a dozen NRA-certified pistol instructors and a similar number of certified Range Safety Officers. More volunteer coaches are needed, especially during the summer courses. Marshall Johnson is chief instructor.

50/50 Raffle

New member Chris Rawson won $32.00 in the June drawing. Dennis Douglas’s name was picked to win the members’ drawing, but he was not present, so the money will be in the July drawing. ★

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Ann Robinson and Robin Torrey are planning a Women On Target session to be held at the club at a date to be announced. Anyone interested in participating in the NRA-sponsored event should contact Ann or Robin.

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The club encourages its members to join the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners’ Action League, the state rifle and pistol association. Ed Pelland is the club recruiter for both organizations, and handles membership applications and renewals for both. Club members can save $10 per year by paying for their NRA memberships through Ed for $25, rather than the standard $35. Ed receives NRA points for each renewal or new membership, which he applies to NRA memberships for the junior members of the club.

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Club Location: Mirimichi Road - Foxboro, MA 02035 Club Phone: 508-543-9887 Mailing Address: PO Box 902 - North Attleboro MA 02761

Web address: Email address:

Web Site

Open to members. Limited guest visits.

Look under “Latest News & Calendars” for the latest news, section announcements, schedule changes and any announcements of range unavailability.

Range Times

Skeet, Trap: Wednesday, 5:00 to 8:00. Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00. Open to the public. 5-Stand: Wednesday night’s, 5:00 to 8:00; Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00. Open to the public. Sporting Clays: Saturday & Sunday, promptly at 1:00, weather permitting. Open to the public. Pistol & Rifle Ranges: Monday thru Saturday from 9:00 AM to sunset. Sunday and Holidays from 12:00 PM to sunset. The

Meeting Times

Board Meeting: 3rd Tuesday, monthly at 7:30 PM. Membership Meeting: 1st Tuesday of March, June, September, and December at 7:30 PM.


New member orientation is held at 9:00 am on the 4th Sunday of each month. All new members must attend a session in order to get a gate key. If you plan to attend, please call Vinny Tuzzo at 508543-7029.

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Summer Skeet League Starting

A 12 week summer league has started, but it’s not too late to join in the fun. 50 birds per week. Dinner get together at the end. We usually have novice shooters to very good shooters participating. We have a lot of fun and it gives us an excuse to go shooting regularly for a few weeks. Come and join us. There is a signup sheet in the warm up house.

Pistol & Rifle News

Please do not tack targets to the wooden crossbars on the pistol target frames. There are usually a number of fairly large IPSC cardboard silhouettes in the rifle pavilion that can be attached to the wooden crossbars. Place your targets on the cardboard. Shooters are destroying the crossbars but more importantly, the missed shots are bordering on being too high on the range. Safety first! Scheduled Shoots are open to the public. During scheduled shoots, these ranges are CLOSED, until approximately 1:00 PM. Pistol & Rifle Shoot Reminders: • 7:30 am Setup; 8:30 am Signup; 8:50 am Shooters Meeting; 9:05 am Start Time • NEW shooters are ALWAYS welcome! If a new shooter shows up at 8:00 am, we would be happy to give them some personal instruction before the shoot begins. • Ear protection, and eye protection with side protection, is required. For shoot information contact Paul Remick III, 508-384-4150.

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3D Archery News

Mike Remillard 508-883-5947 Our collection of Rinehart targets is well on its way. As other targets get shot up, we will replace them with Rinehart. Shooting lanes have been changed by our 3D Archer and bow hunter, Joe Brown, along with our experienced crew of archers, hunters and workers. Twelve of our targets are downhill, tree stand type shots. A novelty shoot is planned. Bob, Sue, Rosie and Rob are planning the menu. Shoot dates: July 22, August 12. Please join us for these fun shoots & good food.

Sportsmen’s Yard Sale

Mike Remillard 508-883-5947 I’m going to need lots of sporting equipment & man town items for special shotgun shoots and all 3D Archery Shoots. The club could use the money generated from these donations. Customers get great pleasure looking through these second hand items and their faces light up when they make a purchase. Please donate.

Membership News

Welcome new members: Ryan Wendell from Foxboro Francis McLaughlin from Norton Lee McCarthy from Norton James Fratalia from Foxboro James Cannata from Foxboro Jason Reardon from Attleboro Peter Cmaylo from Foxboro Christopher Johns from Foxboro Jeffrey Johnson from Franklin

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Mike Remillard I’ll be off again in June, fishing in Maine. The trout and salmon will be deep, so I’ll have to go down after them. On bad weather days, when they come up, I’ll fish the surface. On sunny days, I’ll switch to Small Mouth Bass fishing. They jump a lot and put up a good fight. I’ll also go into Pickerel territory. They love my Yellow Perch, Yo-Zuri lure. I will also do a lot of swimming & snorkeling. I have found two steamboat wrecks and been hunting down a third. The new owner of the general store knows where that one is. I’m going to have her pinpoint it on my map. There may still be buried treasure on board. I’ve been thinking about my secret beaches and how much sun tan lotion I am going to need. Maybe I won’t come back. ★ July/August 2012

UXBRIDGE ROD & GUN CLUB West Street - PO Box 412 - Uxbridge MA 01569 JUNE 4, 2012 Pres. Berube called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM. Bob Brooks lead the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Secretary’s Report

Chris Britt read the Secretary’s report. Gordon DeJong made a motion to accept; Scott Caper seconded.

Treasurer’s Report

Jerome Jussaume read the Treasurer’s report. Bob Brooks made a motion to accept; Ray Moloney, Sr. seconded.

Committee Report

There were no reports from Audit, BMP, Board of Advisors, Club House, Forestry, Land and Pond, Membership, Officers, WCL, and Website.


Jack Briggs thanked the people that have helped out on the range.


Pres. Berube reported the pond was stocked on May 5th, at 10 AM and closed for a week and reopened on May 12th with a Children’s Members Fishing Derby. The Derby was a great success with over 40 Jr. Club members signing up and competing for some great prizes. The first place winner in the 4-7 year old age group was Lydia Snay with a 13 ½” Rainbow, 2nd place went to Morgan Snay with a 13 ½” Rainbow, and 3rd place went to Alex Foley with at 13 ½” Rainbow. In the 8-12 year old age group 1st place went to Erin Kossuth who caught a very impressive 20” Tiger trout, 2nd place went to Vicki Rondeau with a 19” Rainbow, and 3rd place went to Kelsey Burnham with an 18 ¼” Rainbow. In the 13-18 years old group 1st place went to John Kossuth with a 17” Rainbow, 2nd place went to Robert Lancaster with a 17” Rainbow, and 3rd place went to Joe Marcello with a 14” Brookie. Trophies were also given out for the first fish and smallest fish caught and they went to Ross Carboni and Jacob Chaplin. A great time was had by all and there have been some pretty impressive fish taken since the derby!! Many thanks also go out to Will Huber and his staff in the kitchen for putting on an awesome breakfast and to my vice chairs and the members who helped with logging in and measuring the fish as they were caught, without them

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Jon Quinn reported that they have an agreement with the bird suppliers for this fall. The BBQ is on the 16th. He had contacted the probationary members to help out for the BBQ. He received a very good response from the probationary members.


Bob Miller reported that they had a good turnout at the last shoot. He thanked Ed Pokornicki for getting them some bowling pins.


Dario DePasquale thanked the Club for purchasing the new trap machine. Shoots are held on Thursday night at 6 PM and Sundays at 10 AM, weather permitting.



Mark Kuras reported that Dick Baker gave him some old photos and he was going to scan them.


Chris Britt read the correspondence from West Hill Dam regarding their annual Family Fishing Derby.

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New Business Bob Brooks made a motion to appropriate up to $50.00 to sponsor the West Hill Dam Annual Family Fishing Derby; Ed Pokornicki seconded. Unanimous. Dick Baker asked the Club permission to reserve the Club on September 16th for K of C BBQ. Bob Brooks made a motion to allow Dick Baker to reserve the Club on September 16th for the K of C to hold their BBQ; Gordon DeJong seconded.


Ray Moloney, Sr. reported that the Enfield Shoot is on June 9th.

Ground and Maintenance

Ken Marcotte reported that they have been having issues cutting the grass with the John Deere. Anyone interested in weed whacking, please let him know or just come up to the Club if you have your own weed whacker to do it and let him know what you did.


Ray DeMore reported for Willie that they had a great turnout during the Children’s Fishing Derby. He thanked everyone who helped out. Anyone who wants to help out for the chicken BBQ, they’re looking for help on the 15th and 16th.

Work Hours

Durk Lawson reported that 3 probationary members have met their hours. Several have not completed any hours yet. A reminder to members that have sponsored someone, make sure you tell them to get their hours and meetings in.

Jerome Jussaume reported that the Youth Pheasant Program will be held on September 22nd this year. Dick Baker made a motion that the Club discontinue naming any property after members; Ralph True seconded. This will be voted on at the next Club meeting in July. Jon Quinn reported that they will be holding a raffle for a bird hunt at Lady Woods. The tickets are $10.00 a piece. If you don’t have a dog, one will be provided. Bob Brooks made a motion to adjourn at 7:44 pm; Lenny Audette seconded. Respectfully submitted, Chris Britt, Secretary

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Meetings Board Meetings - July 5th and August 2nd, 2012 at 6:30 PM Membership Meetings - July 7th and August 4th, 2012 at 3:00 PM

New Members

The club would like to welcome 1 new member into the club this month, Alexander Pagan (Worcester).

Past Functions

The only event to report on was the Meat and Seafood raffle that was held on May 20th. We had a very small crowd for this raffle. Let’s hope that the next one will be a lot better.

Upcoming Events

As mentioned in last month’s report those interested in shooting prior to the monthly meetings, they started at the April meeting. This will take place up to the August meeting so why not plan on showing up and trying out your skills against some of your members? Start time is at 1:00 pm. There is also another Meat and Seafood raffle scheduled for August 26th Same time 1:00 – 4:00 pm Lots of BBQ meats and seafood. Then it is that time of year when we hold our annual kid’s only fishing derby. This derby is FREE to kids up to the age of 14. All the donations that we have taken in over the past year will go towards

prizes, trout and a few other things to help make this derby the success that it has been over the many years we have held it. The derby is scheduled for Sunday, September 16th and will run from 9:00 – 1:00 pm. Scheduled for September 22nd beginning at 7:00 am and running until September 23rd until 1:00 pm the club will be holding a 30 HOUR FISHING DERBY. Tickets are $20.00 in advance (up to September 1st) and $25.00 after that date. Fee includes the following: 2 nights of camping, pancake breakfast (1 morning), Door prizes. The will be 3 cash prizes paid on the total length caught over the 30 hour period! Tickets will be available online on the club’s website or may be picked up at any club function/meeting. * Tickets can now be purchased on the club’s website.

New Business

This is to inform all members that when the club is holding a work party both the range and pond will be closed until the work that has been scheduled for the day has been completed. They will be opened directly after. There has been a “sign up” sheet posted in the clubhouse- no set dates for any scheduled work parties as of yet. Here’s how it works: Put your name and phone number down when we get enough to help out with projects that need to be done during the summer (when we are not busy running functions) we will give you a call to see if you are available. Those

helping will be served lunch. This club belongs to ALL MEMBERS so we should all care about its upkeep and try to lend a helping hand when called upon. Donating just a couple of hours makes a big difference – Enough where it is noticed. So stop by and add your name to the list. And stop asking yourself what you can do to help; it could be as easy as ripping tickets for our raffles?

Good and Welfare

Serving some kind of “lunch” prior to the membership meetings has been working out quite well for the club. Maybe there is something “quick” that you would like to see served, why not mention it and I will

see what I can do? Members are reminded that your daily fish catch is now 3 and juniors are at 2, until further notice. Present to win the attendance drawing was Ken Saucier. The consolation prize was won by Donnie Dion. The 50/50 raffle was won by Bill Gerow it was worth $35.00. There were five $20.00 Winners in the 100 – Club: #57-Bob Dion (Bob) #49Bob Dion (Bob) # 91- Bob Souther (Bob) #45-Pearl Wiley (Bob) #26-Bill Gerow (Bill G). With no further Business the meeting adjourned at 3:42. Respectfully submitted, Brenda Saucier ★

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Sunday, july 1st ..................Meat & Seafood Raffle, 1 - 4 pm Sunday, August 26th ...........Meat & Seafood Raffle, 1 - 4 pm Sunday, September 16th.....Kid’s Only Derby, 9 am - 1 pm Saturday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 23rd Fishing Derby, starting Saturday at 7 am ending Sunday at 1 pm Sunday, October 7th............Fishing Derby, 7 am - 1 pm Sunday, November 4th........Fishing Derby, 7 am - 1 pm Sunday, November 18th......Slug Shoot, 10 am Sunday, November 18th......Turkey Raffle, 1 - 4 pm Sunday, December 7 am

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Jul 1: Tri-County 3D Archery Shoot Standish Sportsman's Assoc. 1 Burr Lane East Bridgewater, MA George Andrews 508 328-7327 Aug 24-25: Archery Charity Shoot Wednesdays: 3D Fun Shoots Woburn Sportsmen’s Association 155 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA Jonathan Wednesdays 6 pm: Indoor Paper League Manville Sportsmen's Rod & Gun Club 250 High Street Manville, RI


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Wednesday evenings, Saturdays 9 am - 12: Black Powder Cowboy Shooting Woburn Sportsmen’s Association 155 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA Monthly: Cowboy Fast Draw practice and matches Groveland, MA 617-921-7942


Aug 25: Youth Fishing Derby Cape Cod Fish & Game Depot Street N Harwich, MA Roger 508.896.3593

Sep 9: 22 Pistol and .22 Centerfire Chicopee Sportsmen’s Club off Batchelor Street Granby, MA Walt 413-536-5695 1st Sunday Cape Ann Sportsmen’s Club 57 Cherry Street Gloucester, MA 978-283-0304 1st Sunday Springfield Sportsman’s Club 215 Wood Hill Road Monson, MA 413-267-9652 3rd Sunday, 1 pm Georgetown Fish & Game Club Lake Avenue Georgetown, MA Craig 508-265-2255 3rd Saturday, 10 am Lawrence Rod & Gun Club Webster Street Lawrence, MA Art 978-687-9504 ext 1

Sundays 10 am - dusk: Black Powder Woburn Sportsmen’s Association HIGHPOWER 155 Middlesex Turnpike Aug 19, Sep 16: CMP Bedford, MA Woburn Sportsmen’s Association 155 Middlesex Turnpike PRACTICAL SHOOTS Bedford, MA CONVENTIONAL Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15: RI Police Robert Pistol Combat League Jul 15, Aug 26, Sep 23: Lead Scituate, RI Benchrest PIN & PLATE SHOOTS George 401-639-8573 Woburn Sportsmen’s Association Jul 22: 22 Pistol and .22 Rifle 155 Middlesex Turnpike Aug 12: 22 Pistol and .22 Shotgun 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 4th Saturdays: Bedford, MA IDPA League Club Matches S&W Shooting Sports Center Springfield, MA 413-846-6400 4th Sunday Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford North Hixville Road North Dartmouth, MA Dave 508-984-9589

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4th Sunday 8:45 am: IDPA Matches Nenameseck Sportsman’s Club Bacon Road Palmer, MA Norm 413-967-3797


Jul 14: Ladies Day (Pistol, Rifle, Air Pistol, Black Powder, Trap, Archery) Woburn Sportsmen’s Association 155 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA Patrick Jul 15, Aug 5: Biathlon practice Jul 21, Aug 18: Biathlon Harvard Sportsmens Club Littleton County Road Harvard, MA Chris Aug 11: Pig Roast Manville Sportsmen's Rod & Gun Club 250 High Street Manville, RI Cris 401-744-4615 or for tickets Aug 18: Clam Bake Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club 255 Snake Hill Road Ayer, MA 978-772-9748 Sep 9: KIDS DAY to include Science Center of NH at Squam Lakes program “Predators and Animals” Fitchburg Sportsmen’s Club 289 Rindge State Road Rte 119 Asburnham, MA Sep 21: Friends of NRA Banquet Four Points Sheraton

Leominster, MA David 508-479-5278 Sep 22-23: Settlers Days Manville Sportsmen's Rod & Gun Club 250 High Street Manville, RI Oct 13: First Annual Shooters Award Banquet sponsored by The GOAL Foundation Emerald Hall 120 Bay State Drive Braintree, MA 508-393-5133


4th Sunday 1 - 4 pm Manville Sportsmen's Rod & Gun Club 250 High Street Manville, RI Bob 401-773-7720


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Wednesdays: Greater Lowell Trap League Woburn Sportsmen’s Association 155 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA ★

July/August 2012


Around the Club

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Thanks go to Dennis Vallee for his recent efforts to keep the club spruced up by weedwacking and cleaning up the club entrance road. Thanks to GOAL’s John Green for his recent presentation at the Standish club on trying to understand Massachusetts gun laws. He gave a great presentation and answered many questions for us. Thanks to Dick McMahon for all his time and effort to bring our membership up to date with the addition of more than 32 new members. Thanks to Bob Phillips for all his time and efforts to get the club web site updated and to get our own club wireless network up and running. The annual Kids Fishing Derby had to be postponed from June 2 to June 23 due to the rainy weekend. Please remember that June 23 is not a free fishing weekend so anyone 15 years of age and older must have a fishing license if they are going to handle fishing equipment.


The membership voted in Andrew Ghelfi, Nicholas Rando and Harry Tavener as new temporary Associate members at the June business meeting. We also voted in Arthur Cabral and Al Fruzzetti as our newest Charter members. The club sends condolences to Lorna Vasapollo and her husband Mike and their family on the recent passing of Lorna’s mother Lola Piers. The club will make a

$50.00 donation in her name to the Junior Conservation Camp Fund.


Preparation work is in progress for our new pavilion in the pine grove and should be completed soon. We expect that the pavilion roof will be up and ready for use for the July 8 BBQ, if the weather holds. Thanks to John Fabroski, Jay Doherty, Andy Brearley, Scott Blood and Bill Ewell for all their work on the pavilion.

Indoor Pistol

A reminder that we do not allow any type of high powered rifle shooting on the pistol ranges, especially indoors. We only allow .22 cal. rimfire or smaller rifles on the pistol ranges. We ask members not to shoot any high powered magnum pistol ammo that will dent or damage the pistol range backstops. We have some evidence that someone is shooting ammo with enough power to damage the backstop. This is a safety infraction that could lead to immediate expulsion from the club. Anyone witnessing someone damaging the backstops with high powered ammo is asked to report this to the board of directors so the situation can be corrected. Thanks go to all the members who have worked to upgrade and repair the indoor pistol range. New doors have been installed, the dividers have been completely repaired and the entire range has been painted! Thanks to Ken Kelley,

3D Archery - Sunday Jul 1 at 7 am Business Meeting - Thursday Jul 5 at 7 pm Gas Can Trap Shoot and BBQ - Sunday Jul 8 at 10 am Board of Directors - Thursday Jul 26 at 7 pm

Greg Tapp, Jerry Snuffer, Joe Dennis Vallee, Al McLaughlin, Rohnstrom, Tim Hill and Jack Walsh. The Monday night .22lr indoor pistol league is still going strong from 6 to 9 pm every Monday night. Come on down and give it a try, it is open for every level of shooter.

Youth Archery

The youth archery group had a visit from the Hanson club youth archers and their parents recently and everyone had a great time. Hopefully meetings like this will continue into the future. The youth archery ends in June with the end of school and will be starting up again in the fall. Thanks to Mike Scanlon, John Brennan, Larry Witnauer, Frank Burke and all the others who work to support the youth archery.

Trap and Skeet and BBQ

The trap and skeet committee will be

hosting its annual “GASCAN” shoot on Sunday, July 8 at 10:00 AM. Everyone is welcome and we always have a great time. In addition the committee will be hosting a BBQ dinner for all those who signed up by the June 1 deadline.

3-D Archery

The next 3-D archery shoot is Sunday, July 1, with setup on Friday, June 29 at 8:30 AM. July 1 is also the date of the bid opening for the 3-D targets the club is selling by sealed bid auction. The targets will be out for inspection on July 1 and bids will be accepted until 10:00 AM. Rules for the auction and minimum bids for each target are posted on the club bulletin board. Ed Souza has obtained a new supply of the screw-in archery target pins that everyone likes so much. They will be available at the club for $1.00 each. Respectfully, Tim Santry ★

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Ayer, MA Dan 978-870-7298 Sep 19-20: Precision Shooting Clinic GOAL Foundation Headquarters NRA Basic Pistol, Mass Basic 37 Pierce Street Firearms Safety Northborough, MA Worcester Pistol & Rifle Club Must pre-register Boylston, MA 508-393-5133 NRA Basic classes, Advance Tactical Daily: NRA and Mass Certified Pistol classes Course and FID Card Course Dynamic Incident Response Distribution Firearms Services Mike 781-258-6577 10 Colonial Road Suite 209-C Salem, MA Mass Basic Firearms Safety, NRA Must pre-register 978-741-0044 Home Firearms Safety, NRA Basic 3rd Saturday: NRA Home Firearms Pistol, NRA Rifle, NRA Shotgun Safety/Mass Basic Firearms Safety Carver, MA Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford John 508-728-5899 North Hixville Road North Dartmouth, MA NRA Basic Pistol, Home Firearm Must pre-register R.J. 508-676-9861 Safety, Tactical Pistol, Concealed Last Thursday and Last Saturday: Carry, Private Accuracy Workshops Basic Firearms Safety & Handling Central Mass Worcester County Jail and House of Correction NRA Basic Pistol, Home Firearm 5 Paul X Tivnan Dr Safety, Personal Protection in the West Boylston, MA Home; Private Shooting Lessons; Pre-register Julie 508-854-1800 x2442 Advanced Tactical and Concealed Weekends/Monthly: MA Certified Carry Courses Pistol Course, Law Enforcement and Central MA Area Civilian Training First Defense Firearms, Inc. Franklin County League 508-278-6844 721 River Road Deerfield, MA FID & LTC Courses Alan 413-863-2964 Cape Ann Sportsmen’s Club Monthly: Massachusetts Firearms 57 Cherry Street Safety Gloucester, MA Bristol County 978-283-0304 Ray 508-336-5724 NRA and Mass State Police Certified Quarterly: 2-day Defensive Handgun Pistol Course, Shotgun Shell reloadIM-SAFE Firearms Training Center ing, Metallic Cartridge Reloading, Simsbury, CT Refuse to be A Victim Dennis 860-651-4911 Hampden and Worcester Counties Conrad 413-739-3015 The following TRAINING offered NRA Basic Pistol, NRA First Steps AS NEEDED: Hanson Rod & Gun Club Mass Basic Firearms Safety Davis Road Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club

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The Sportsman’s Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Education & Training NRA Instructor & RSO Training Greater Lowell area Ken 978-692-6818 NRA Instructor Courses Instructional Shooting Inc. 164 Andover Street Lowell, MA Must pre-register 800-984-4867 NRA Instructor Courses for Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, Personal Protection, Range Safety Officer and Reloading Metallic or Shotgun IM-SAFE Firearms Training Center Simsbury, CT Dennis 860-651-4911


Wednesday Evenings Cape Cod Steven 508-548-5879 Sundays 1 pm Black North Firearms & Training Dracut, MA Tony 978-337-4044 Monthly. Must pre-register Hamilton-Wenham Rod & Gun Mike 978-815-6989 Every 2nd Wednesday Ludlow Fish & Game Sportsmen’s Road Ludlow, MA Les Every 3rd Saturday Holyoke Revolver Club 431 West Cherry Street Holyoke, MA 413-539-9345 3rd Sunday Brockton, MA Charles 508-238-1586 Saturdays & Sundays Instructional Shooting Inc. 164 Andover Street Lowell, MA Must pre-register 800-984-4867 Monthly Starfire Haverhill, MA Lynne & Edward 978-373-4325 Monthly - Must pre-register Eastern Rifle & Revolver Club 315 Walnut Street Lynn, MA Sonny 781-599-9882 Twice Monthly Western Massachusetts Robert 413-232-7700 Monthly Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training Foxboro, MA Rob 508.276.5730 rob@tacticaldynamicsfirearmstrain-

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307 East Street Dan 781-784-5806 The following courses offered AS Shrewsbury, MA NEEDED: Mike 508-330-9430 Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club South Shore/Cape Cod Ayer, MA Steve 781-974-3920 Dan 978-870-7298 South Shore Blackstone Valley Area John 781-963-7785 Blackstone Firearms Training LLC Fred Southboro, MA Braintree, MA Chuck 508-485-1430 John 781-848-0047 Swansea, MA Mike or Richard 401-413-2313 Central Cape Area Tewksbury, MA Harwich, MA Stan 978-658-7308, 978-436-0639 Steven 508-432-8036 Westboro, MA Central Massachusetts Self Reliance Firearm Training 290 Turnpike Road, Ste 6, Box 390 Central Massachusetts Steve 508-963-6073 First Defense Firearms, Inc. Westford, MA 508-278-6844 Stony Brook Fish & Game Assoc. Jim 978-392-7996 Central Massachusetts Richard 508-876-9270 Weymouth, MA Chris 781-812-2541 Central Massachusetts Charlie 508-981-6402 Weymouth, MA Weymouth Sportsmen’s Club Hampden and Worcester Counties Joseph Conrad 413-739-3015 Tiverton, RI Steven 401-624-2649 Hanson, MA Hanson Rod & Gun Club Davis Road NRA BASIC RIFLE The following courses offered AS Harvard, MA NEEDED: Michael 617-803-1307 Greater Lowell area Ken 978-692-6818 Holliston, MA Holliston Sportsmen’s Association South Shore 137 Bullard Lane John 781-963-7785 Ed 508-881-0850 Lenox, MA Swansea, MA Lenox Sportsmen’s Club Richard 508-673-8263 New Lenox Road Lou 413-442-4550 NRA BASIC SHOTGUN Greater Lowell area Ken 978-692-6818 Monthly Ludlow Fish & Game Marlboro, MA Sportsmen’s Road Marlboro Fish & Game Ludlow, MA 1 Muddy Lane Ray 413-596-3288 Mark 508-393-7575 Maynard, MA Maynard Rod & Gun Club NRA HOME FIREARMS 45 Old Mill Road SAFETY Kenyon 508-361-4259 Tuesdays, Thursdays 6 pm Black North Firearms & Training New Bedford, MA Dracut, MA Joe 508-863-0464 Tony 978-337-4044 Revere, MA Weekly Boston Firearms Training Center RKBA Personal Safety Training 796 Broadway 129 No Main Street, Room 302 Tom 781-284-6677 Mansfield, MA Jeff 508-944-3797 Sharon, MA Sharon Fish & Game

1st Tuesday and Thursday monthly Scituate Rod & Gun Club Rte 3A Scituate, MA 781-545-1510 3rd Saturday. Must pre-register Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford North Hixville Road North Dartmouth, MA R.J. Kozik 508-676-9861 3rd Sunday Brockton, MA Charles 508-238-1586 3rd Tuesday Cape Cod Fish and Game Off Depot Street North Harwich, MA Jack 508-394-9466 Evenings & Weekends Metrowest Boston, Eastern Mass Mike 508-734-1156 or

The following courses offered AS NEEDED: Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club Ayer, MA Dan 978-870-7298 Braintree, MA John 781-848-0047 Central Cape Area Harwich, MA Steven 508-432-8036 Central Massachusetts Central Massachusetts First Defense Firearms, Inc. 508-278-6844 Central Massachusetts Richard 508-876-9270 Clinton, MA 978-368-8065 Hampden and Worcester Counties Conrad 413-739-3015 Holliston, MA Holliston Sportsmen’s Association 137 Bullard Lane Ed 508-881-0850 Greater Lowell area Ken 978-692-6818 Marlboro, MA Marlboro Fish & Game 1 Muddy Lane Mark 508-393-7575 Maynard, MA Maynard Rod & Gun Club 45 Old Mill Road Kenyon 508-361-4259 Milford, MA Dave 508-243-1521

New Bedford, MA Joe 508-863-0464 Revere, MA Boston Firearms Training Center 796 Broadway Tom 781-284-6677 Shrewsbury, MA Mike 508-330-9430 South Shore John 781-963-7785 South Shore/Cape Cod Steve 781-974-3920 Southboro, MA Chuck 508-485-1430 Swansea, MA Richard 508-673-8263 Swansea, MA Mike or Richard 401-413-2313 Westboro, MA Self Reliance Firearm Training 290 Turnpike Road, Ste 6, Box 390 Steve 508-963-6073 Westford, MA Stony Brook Fish & Game Assoc. Jim 978-392-7996


Wednesday Evenings Cape Cod Steven 508-548-5879 Monthly Starfire Haverhill, MA Lynne & Edward 978-373-4325

The following courses offered AS NEEDED: Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club Ayer, MA Dan 978-870-7298 Central Cape Area Harwich, MA Steven 508-432-8036 Greater Lowell area - Offering In the Home and Outside the Home courses Ken 978-692-6818 South Shore John 781-963-7785 Swansea, MA Richard 508-673-8263


The following courses offered AS NEEDED: Greater Lowell area Ken 978-692-6818 ★

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Davis Road, off Elm Street Hanson, MA BLACK POWDER Wednesdays: Indoor Archery Bill 781-585-8225 Woburn Sportsmen’s Association Sundays 10 am - dusk Tuesdays: Pistol League 155 Middlesex Turnpike Woburn Sportsmen’s Association Cape Ann Sportsmen’s Club Bedford, MA 155 Middlesex Turnpike 57 Cherry Street Bedford, MA Gloucester, MA Wednesdays 6 pm: Archery blackpowder@woburnsports 978-283-0304 Wrentham Sportsmen’s Association Tuesdays 8-10 pm: .22 NMC League 7 Madison Street Sundays 8 am - 12 pm Mass. Rifle Association Wrentham, MA Leominster Sportsmen’s Assoc. 290R Salem Street Dave 508-883-7959 1455 Elm Street Woburn, MA Wednesdays 7 - 9:30 pm Leominster, MA Steve 781-862-6516 Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford Wednesdays 8 pm: .22 Pistol League North Hixville Road CONVENTIONAL PISTOL Hopkinton Sportsmens Assoc. North Dartmouth, MA 95 Lumber Street Mondays & Wednesdays 6 - 9 pm Paul 508-993-2117 Hopkinton, MA Tiverton Rod & Gun Club Thursdays 7-9 pm Mark 508-529-4207 1529 Fish Road Monument Beach Sportsmen Club 2nd Sunday: Action Pistol Tiverton, RI Dump Road off MacArthur Blvd Fall River Rod & Gun Club John 508-675-2946 Monument Beach, MA Sanford Road 2nd & 4th Monday 7 pm: Big Bore Club 508-759-5653 Westport, MA Pistol Shoot Barre Sportsman’s Club Bob 508-995-7768 3rd Saturday 1 pm: Blacklight Pistol 221 Spring Hill Road 3rd Saturday 9 am Hanson Rod & Gun Club Barre, MA Barre Sportsman’s Club

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Saturdays 9 am - noon Woburn Sportsmen’s Association 155 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA


Sundays 10 am Woburn Sportsmen’s Association 155 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA 1st Saturday 9 am, 3rd Sunday 1 pm: CMP Hanson Rod & Gun Club Davis Road, off Elm Street Hanson, MA 781-293-9872 4th Sunday 1 pm: DCM Shoots

Maspenock Rod & Gun Club McGill Lane, Milford, MA Dave 508-478-6211


Mondays 6 - 9 pm: Junior Rifle Saturdays 7:30 am-12:30 pm: Junior Pistol Woburn Sportsmen’s Assoc. 155 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA Mondays 6 pm: Smallbore Rifle Hopkinton Sportsmens Association Lumber Street Hopkinton, MA Kris 508-254-6221 or 508-881-3868 Mondays 7 - 9 pm: Junior Rifle Reading Rifle & Revolver Haverhill Street Reading, MA Bob 781-246-4860 (continued on page 26)

July/August 2012


289 Rindge State Road (route #119) in Ashburnham, Massachusetts

Dear Fellow Sportsmen, Our monthly meeting was held on Monday, June 4, 2012. Pres. Philip A. Madonia III welcomed all and opened the meeting at 7:33 PM with a moment of silence for deceased members and members of the Armed Forces lost in the Global War on Terrorism followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Pres. Madonia introduced guest speaker, Jon Green, Director of Education and Training for Gun Owners Action League (GOAL). Jon explained Jim Wallace had undergone surgery and was recuperating from an operation. Jim would be happy to speak to our members in the future and sent his best to our members. Jon explained the “National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012. The S. 2188 is the companion bill to H.R. 822 which was approved by the United States House last November by a vote of 272 to 174. Contrary to some reports, this bill will not interfere with State’s rights or create Federal gun owner registration and licensing. Please contact your United States Senators and urge them to support and cosponsor this bill. Please inform Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown to reconsider his opposition to this bill. The “Fast and Furious” operation had Federally Licensed Firearms dealers sell numerous weapons to buyers who had their criminal records from being accessed by the National Crime Information Center and cleared the background checks purchased, one of which turned up in the killing of Agent Brian Terry. The administration is suspected of getting these weapons out to drug cartels to justify plans for new bans on magazines and “Assault weapons”. Attorney General Eric Holder has been accused by members of Congress of “stonewalling” the investigation. Delays in Firearms Owner’s Identification Cards and Licenses to Carry Firearms were discussed. Presently delays can cause the licensee to wait beyond the 90 day grace period after expiration of their license. Jon recommended contacting your licensing authority at least three months ahead of license expiration and getting a receipt from the authority as to the date your renewal was received. A number of Massachusetts pending bills were discussed. Please go online to for specifics of the bills. Some are good and many are bad. A question and answer was held afterwards, and Jon said that current GOAL members are now receiving the GOAL News Print Edition or the E-Mail news. Members partook of the excellent chowder prepared by Ken Rehler.

Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the May meeting were read by the Secretary. An error was found under new business with John Root’s report from the Worcester County League’s meeting. Browning Pond in Spencer will be open to the public. The Boy Scouts were not affected. A motion was made to accept as corrected, seconded and passed.

New Member Applicants

Vice President Randy A. Nichols read the applications of: Steve Beauregard, Brian and Linda Flory, Michael Hall, Gregory Carkin and Paul V. Mosher. A motion was made to accept subject to final approval July/August 2012

by the Board of Directors. Once accepted, you are welcome to participate in our workdays and activities.

Treasurer’s Report

James J. Belleveau reported that bills received were paid. He said that we probably lost around $200.00 for dropped members. He has called some of the delinquent members, resulting in some renewals. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s report, seconded and passed. Jim mentioned that he will not be running for office next year and would like someone with accounting experience to contact him as he would like to transition his replacement with enough time to familiarize the person with all the Dennis Ring (left) and Ken Rehler (right) prepare the serving area near the BBQ pit. aspects of the Treasurer’s duties. The Waste Management Contract was authorized for use on the ranges. A quantity of live and dud rounds have been renewed, $67.00 a month for one pickup. The Outdoor Message will have a found on both the Rifle and Pistol ranges. combined issue due to a vacation, so July, Careless handling and leaving of live and August and September dates for club dud rounds is a violation of club rules. are included. events Dennis Ring reported that a good Someone has a.22LR chambered firearm workday was held on the 28th of May. with a very weak spring, the firing pin is The clubhouse was cleaned and blinds barely striking the cartridge rim. If you were installed partially downstairs. For happen to be a member, seek a gunsmith Ken Rehler said that we have an excellent the workday on June 10th, the focus will as you have a serious problem, one of clubhouse and it is the responsibility of all be to cut lanes for archery. Dennis is still which is leaving dud rounds on the range to keep it clean and in a high state of experiencing problems with the heating for anyone to find. police. President Madonia said that if system and will get it repaired. anyone sees something amiss to report it. Jerry Nichols is back and recuperating from his operation. Vice President Randy A. Nichols reported meeting adjourned at 8:59 PM. The Leo B. Ross reported that $900.00 worth that he is getting five new targets and Respectfully submitted of Rainbow and Brook Trout from the hopes that the lanes will enable archers to Yours in Sportsmanship Great Brook Trout Farm were stocked on enjoy the range. He will see what interest George F, LeBlanc, Secretary May 18th. The derby was held on Sunday, there is and set a day and time for the May 20th with 47 Boys and 28 Girls shoots. registered. Approximately 34 fish were caught. The beautiful sunny day was great REMINDER - There Is No Membership for the kids but bad for catching Trout. Meeting In July. The prizes for both Boys and Girls were The Secretary reported that Kids Day will Monday, July 9 - Range Orientation 6 be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Gift Cards from Dick’s Sporting Goods. PM. Directors meeting 7 PM 2:00 PM in the Clubhouse. The Science First place $35.00, Second place $25.00 Sunday, July 15 - Private Function in Center of New Hampshire at Squam and Third place $15.00. Clubhouse The winners: Girls First place- Hollie Lakes will present two live animal Monday, August 6 - Range Orientation 6 programs: Predators and Animals with Shattuck with a 13 ½” Rainbow, Second PM, Membership meeting at 7:30 PM. place- Olivia Richard with a 12 ¼” Bad Reputations. The 90 minute program Monday, August 13 - Range Orientation 6 Rainbow, Third place- Cassidy Snyder will be followed by free Pizza and soda PM Directors meeting 7 PM. for the kids. The program is free and the with a 11” Brookie. Sunday, August 19 - Workday 8 AM to Boys First place- Ethan Joseph with a public is cordially invited to attend. Noon ALL RANGES CLOSED. 14” Rainbow, Second place- Jon Knight Sunday, September 9 - KIDS DAY 2 PM with a 12 ¼” Brown, Third placePublic Invited. ALL RANGES Brandon MacAloney with a 11 7/8th” CLOSED Rainbow. Monday, September 10 - Range Orientation John Root brought in plenty of copies of 6 PM. Directors meeting 7 PM. the League’s news to read and said that Sunday, September 30 - Workday 8 AM to Page 19 of the May 2012 Issue has an Noon ALL RANGES CLOSED. Ken Rehler reported that the BBQ went excellent article on the Mass Wildlife well. He thanked Dan March, Bill Biologists research on the Peregrine Beginner Trap Shoots Pillsbury, Leo Bergeron, Frank Driscoll Falcons. For more information go to: Sunday, June 24th, 9 AM to Noon and Dennis Ring for helping with the food < Saturday, July 28th, 9 AM to Noon preparation and the BBQ. He said that he es_info/nhfacts/falco_peregrinus.pdf>. Sunday, August 26th, 9 AM to Noon. hoped everyone enjoyed the Chowder PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RIFLE tonight. A round of applause was given to RANGE IS CLOSED DURING THESE the kitchen crew. EVENTS. Contact Tom at 978-804-1676 Attendance: Member #200, John Driscoll for questions or to sign up. This is open to was not present. The prize for the August the public. For additional details visit 6 meeting will be $186.00. The 50/50 was <>. ★ Richard E. Lundberg reported that they won by Brian Flory. shot last Tuesday, but the weather has been bad and shoots were cancelled. He reported that Tom Boucher ran the shoot as Esther was not present. Trap shoots will be held (weather permitting) every Tuesday at 6:00 PM. The Rifle Range is CLOSED every Tuesday at 6:00 PM for Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication Trap shooting and the Beginner Trap Prototype l Production l Engineering l Consulting shoots scheduled this year.


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The Sportsman’s Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shooting Practices Tuesdays 7 - 9 pm: Smallbore Rifle Harvard Sportsmen’s Club 250 Littleton County Road Harvard, MA 978-772-6534 or Tuesdays 7 pm: Sporter Air Rifle Fridays 7 pm: Smallbore Rifle Maspenock Rod & Gun Club McGill Lane Milford, MA Dave 508-243-1521 Wednesdays 6 pm: Smallbore Rifle Hanson Rod & Gun Club Davis Road, off Elm Street Hanson, MA Rick 781-293-6185 Wednesdays: Smallbore Rifle Ames Rifle & Pistol Club 110A Canton Street North Easton, MA Bob 508-238-8563 Wednesdays: Smallbore Rifle Sagamore Rifle Club Sagamore, MA Leon 508-888-2474 Wednesdays 5 - 9 pm: Smallbore Rifle Taunton Rifle & Pistol Club 460 Britannia Street Taunton, MA Sid 774-473-7934 Saturdays: Junior Indoor Archery Manville Sportsmen's Rod & Gun Club 250 High Street Manville, RI Saturdays: Smallbore Rifle Old Colony Sportsmen’s Assoc. Forest Street Pembroke, MA George 781-871-0003 Sundays 5 pm: Smallbore Rifle Lenox Sportsmen’s Club 258 New Lenox Road Lenox, MA Jeff 413-528-1343 Sundays 6 - 9 pm: Smallbore Rifle Nenameseck Sportsman’s Club Bacon Road Palmer, MA Dick 413-283-3920 Junior High Power Rifle Team Reading Rifle and Revolver Club Haverhill Street Reading, MA Duane 978-317-2811 Beginner & Advanced Programs Mass Rifle Association 290R Salem Street Woburn, MA Maureen 781-933-9020


Bob 401-773-7720


Barre Sportsman’s Club 221 Spring Hill Road Barre, MA Tony 978-355-4474


Every Day 9 am - Dusk Peace Dale Shooting Preserve Peace Dale, RI 401-789-3730 Saturdays & Sundays 1 - 4 pm Independent Sportsmen Club Mirimichi Road Foxboro, MA Saturdays 9:30 am - 1 pm Western Mass Bird Dog Club 87 Charles Farnum Road Granville, MA Jim 413-538-8941 Saturdays Noon - 5 pm Fall River Rod & Gun Club Sanford Road Westport, MA 508-673-4535 Sundays 9 am - 12 pm Cape Ann Sportsmen’s Club 57 Cherry Street Gloucester, MA 978-283-0304 Sundays 9:30 am - 2 pm Hopkinton Sportsmen's Assoc. 95 Lumber Street Hopkinton, MA Chalk 508-849-7877 or Sundays 1 - 4 pm Fin, Fur & Feather 35 Crystal Spring Road Mattapoisett, MA 508-758-6790 Sundays 10 am - 2 pm Springfield Sportsmen's Club Woodhill Road Monson, MA Al 413-222-8322 Sundays 10 am, Wednesdays noon dusk Petersham Gun Club 158 Nelson Road Petersham, MA Parker Thursdays 5:30 pm Barre Sportsman’s Club 221 Spring Hill Road Barre, MA Randy 978-632-8708


Trap: Sundays 9 - 11 am Nashoba Sportsman's Club, Inc. 924 Main Street Acton, MA Trap: Tuesdays 6 pm Fitchburg Sportsmen’s Club Route 119 Ashburnham, MA SINGLE ACTION Esther 978-827-3340 SHOOTING Trap Barre Sportsman’s Club 1st Sunday 1 - 4 pm 221 Spring Hill Road Manville Sportsmen's Rod & Gun Club Barre, MA 250 High Street Mike 508-867-8867 Manville, RI

1st & 3rd Monday 7:30 - 10 pm: IDPA Practice Harvard Sportsmen’s Club Littleton County Road Harvard, MA

Trap: Saturdays & Sundays 10 am noon Woburn Sportsmen’s Association 155 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA Bob 781-275-7323 Trap: Sundays 9 am - 1 pm Swift River Sportsman’s Club 79 Moore Road Belchertown, MA Trap & Skeet: Sundays 1 pm; Wednesdays 9 am - Noon Lowell Sportsmen’s Club 50 Swain Road Chelmsford. MA Sundays 10 am - 2 pm Standish Sportsman's Association Off Burr Lane East Bridgewater, MA John 508-378-7696 Trap & Skeet: Sundays 12:30 pm Franklin County League 721 River Road East Deerfield, MA John 413-863-8068 Trap, Skeet, 5 Stand: Saturdays & Sundays 1 - 4 pm; Wednesdays 5 - 8 pm Independent Sportsmen Club Mirimichi Road Foxboro, MA Trap: Sundays 1 - 4 pm Georgetown Fish & Game Club Lake Avenue Georgetown, MA Mike 978-463-9970 Trap: Sundays 9 am - 12 pm Cape Ann Sportsmen’s Club 57 Cherry Street Gloucester, MA 978-283-0304 Trap: Sundays 1 - 4 pm; Tuesdays 6:30 - 9 pm; Wednesdays 6:30 - 9 pm Women Only Trap: 2nd Saturday 1 - 4 pm Hanson Rod & Gun Club Davis Road Hanson, MA 781-293-9872 Trap, Skeet, 5-Stand: Sundays 9:30 am - 2 pm; Tuesdays 6:30 - 9 pm; Thursdays 10 am - 1 pm Hopkinton Sportsmen’s Assoc. 95 Lumber Street Hopkinton, MA Chaulk 508-842-6208 Trap & Skeet: Sundays 1 - 4 pm, Thursdays 6 - 9 pm Southborough Rod & Gun Club 254 Fruit Street Hopkinton, MA Mike 508-879-9625 Skeet: Sundays 9 am - 1 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 7 - 9:30 pm Trap: Sundays 9 am - Noon Riverside Gun Club 16 Wilkins Road Hudson, MA Trap: Sundays 10 am, Wednesdays 5 pm, Fridays 9 am, Saturday Noon Lawrence Rod & Gun Club

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Event Category: ❑ Education & Training ❑ Competitive Events ❑ Informal shooting & practices Date of Event: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Event Description: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Event Location: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ______________________________________ Contact Person, Phone, Email: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ______________________________________ Email: Mail: The Sportsman’s Calendar PO Box 306, Northborough, MA 01532 Fax: 603-642-4327

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Webster Street Lawrence, MA John 978-470-0327 Trap: Tuesdays 9 am - 12 pm Skeet: Thursdays 9 am - 12 pm Trap & Skeet: Sundays 9 am - 1 pm, Thursdays 6 - 10 pm, Saturdays 12 - 4 pm North Leominster Rod & Gun Club Lancaster Avenue Lunenburg, MA 978-840-6322 Trap & Skeet: Sundays 9 am - 12 pm Leominster Sportsmen’s Association 1455 Elm Street Leominster, MA Trap, Skeet, Modern Skeet, Five Stand: Sundays 11:30 am - 4 pm Trap, Skeet, Modern Skeet: Saturdays 11 am - 3 pm Ludlow Fish & Game Club Sportsman Road Ludlow, MA Marshall 413-585-8662 Trap: Sundays 1 - 4 pm Fin Fur & Feather Club 35 Crystal Springs Road Mattapoisett, MA 508-758-6790 Trap: Mondays 5 - 9 pm Methuen Rod & Gun Club 240 Tyler Street Methuen, MA Eli 978-683-3261 Trap: Sundays 10 am; Wednesdays 6 pm Maspenock Rod & Gun Club 1 McGill Lane Milford, MA Joe jhaiken3@yahoo.comt Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 3:30 pm Fin, Fur & Feather Club 100 Larch Road Millis, MA 508-376-2977 Trap & Skeet: Sundays 10 am - 2 pm Skeet: Wednesdays until 1 pm Springfield Sportsmen's Club Woodhill Road Monson, MA Skeet field 413-267-9230 Al 413-222-8322 Trap: Sundays 9 am; Thursdays 3 pm; Saturdays 10 am Monument Beach Sportsmens Club Dump Road off MacArthur Blvd Monument Beach, MA Club 508-759-5653 Trap, Skeet & Wobble Skeet: Saturdays & Sundays 1 pm Angle Tree Stone Rod & Gun Club 57 Kelly Boulevard North Attleboro, MA Joe 508-699-6730 Trap: Wednesdays 7 pm North Brookfield Sportsmens Club 20 Boynton Road North Brookfield, MA 508-867-9216 Trap: Sundays 9:30 am - 1 pm; Fridays 12 - 3 pm Cape Cod Fish & Game Depot Street North Harwich, MA Peter 508-430-1072 Trap & Skeet: Saturdays & Sundays 10 am - 2 pm; Wednesdays 10 am - noon 5-Stand & Sporting Clays: Wednesdays 10 am - noon; Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm Old Colony Sportsmen’s Assoc. 159 Forest Street Pembroke, MA Dick 781-585-1875 Trap: Thursdays 6 - 9 pm Nimrod League of Holden

Terry Goode

Coal Kiln Road Princeton, MA Sundays 10 am Sippican Rod & Gun Club 215 Dexter Lane Rochester, MA Paul 508-763-4226 Skeet: Sundays 11 am; Wednesdays 5 pm Scituate Rod & Gun Club Rte 3A Scituate, MA 781-545-1510 Trap & Skeet: Sundays 1 - 3 pm; Thursdays 6 - 9 pm; Saturdays 1 - 3 pm Easthampton Fish & Game Rt 10, College Highway Southampton, MA 413-527-9340 Skeet: Sundays 9 am - Noon; Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 - 8 pm Stockbridge Sportsmen Club Route 102 Stockbridge, MA Gary 413-298-3623 Paul 413-528-0859 Trap: Sundays 9 am - 1 pm; Wednesdays 6 pm Townsend Rod & Gun Club Emery Road Townsend, MA Jim 978-597-9121 Trap: Thursdays 6 pm - dusk Trap & 5 Stand: Sundays 9 am - 1 pm Skeet & 5 Stand: Tuesdays 6 pm dusk Walpole Sportsmen’s Association Lincoln Road Walpole, MA 508-668-6919 Trap: Sundays 1 - 4 pm Westford Sportsmen’s Club West Street Westford, MA Tom 978-692-4974 Sundays 12 - 4 pm; Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm; Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm Fall River Rod & Gun Club Sanford Road Westport, MA 508-673-4635 Trap: Thursdays 7 pm Wrentham Sportsmen’s Assoc. 7 Madison Street Wrentham, MA Dave 508-883-7959 Trap: Wednesdays 6 - 9 pm Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm Skeet: Saturday & Sunday 12 - 4 pm Tuesday & Thursday 6 - 10 pm Wallum Lake Rod Gun Club 200 Brook Road Harrisville, RI 401-568-7171 or 401-568-5640 Trap: Sundays 9:30 am; Wednesdays 5:30 pm Manville Sportsmen's Rod & Gun Club 250 High Street Manville, RI Trap: Sundays 10 am - 1 pm; Saturdays 12 - 2 pm Smithfield Sportsman's Club Walter Carey Road, Off Route 5 Smithfield, RI Dave 401-949-1525 Trap: Sundays 10 am - 12 noon; Thursdays 4 - 7 pm Tiverton Rod & Gun Club 1529 Fish Road Tiverton, RI Clubhouse 401-624-3959 ★

Tues & Wed 12 to 5 pm Thurs & Fri 10 to 7 pm Sat 9 to 4 pm

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Club Event Schedule

Meetings: Advisory Board: First Monday of the Month, 7 pm; General: Second Monday of the Month, 7 pm

Aug 12..... Kiver Fest Sep 16...... Pig Roast Oct 8 ........ Hunter’s Night Dec 15 ..... Christmas Party All Dates: We could use help during any event listed above. Please contact the club to get appropriate committee contact. New Members be sure to fulfill your work party commitment.


The practice archery range now is lighted and open until 9 pm at night. 3-D shoots for 2012 are August 26 and September 2. As always our 3-D course uses Rinehart Targets. For more information on any of the Tri-county league shoots visit <> For more information or interest about archery or events you may contact Chuck DuPont 508-520-3339.

Fish & Game

The spring/summer tag trout pool continues with 7 tagged fish caught so far. Sign up for the trout pool - you can't win if you don't sign up!!! The schoolie stripers are arriving with some keepers in the mix. New members see the fish & game committee to get your work party hours signed off. Good luck hunting & fishing and be safe. For more information or interest in fish and game you may contact

Gary "Who" Duquette at 508 384 3415 or e-mail at Give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish feed him for a lifetime.


The range is a private range except during shoots. Other than those times, nonmembers are only to use the range as a guest when they are accompanied by a member in good standing. Competition shoots at the club are held on Sundays at 1:00 PM. The entry fee is $20.00. You will shoot 10 targets at 2 distances. The distances normally are 25 and 50 yards for rifle. The distances normally are 15 and 25 feet for pistol. Prizes of steaks or gift certificates are awarded to the highest shooter of each round. Shooters may only win twice, once at the closer distance and once at the further distance. The shoots are open to all. Plan on 50-60 rounds for rifle and pistol shoots, less for black powder and shotgun slug shoots. Any ideas for future shoots would be greatly appreciated; you may contact John directly or email the editor with your comments. Range hours are 7 am to ½ hour after sunset Monday through Saturday, and 9 am to ½ hour after sunset on Sundays. The lighted Pistol Range is open until 9 pm each night. There will be no range use during scheduled archery events. If you are interested in doing reloading, and never knew how to get

started, you can contact John Dennis and he will set something up. For more information or interest about the range or events you may contact John Dennis 508-384-7607. Date Jul 8 Jul 22 Aug 5 Aug 19 Sep 9 Sep 23 Oct 7 Oct 21 Nov 4 Nov 18 Dec 2 Dec 16 Dec 30

Shoot Schedule 2012 Pistol, center Fire with 3” barrel or shorter Pistol, Rim Fire Rifle, Military (No scope) Ultimate shoot The Great Vegetable shoot (Sidelock) Pistol, Rim Fire Rifle, .22 Rim Fire Rifle, Center Fire, Benchrest Military Rifle and Pistol (Sling Allowed) Shotgun, Slug and Gauge Rifle, Black Powder Rifle Pistol, Center Fire 25 and 50 yards Military Rifle, armrest permissible

All Shoots Start Promptly at 1:00 pm


Trap shoots every Thursday at 7 pm and Sunday at 10 am. The cost is $3 per round. There is to be no lead shot fired at the trap field. Wrentham Sportsman is a non-toxic shot only trap field. There will be no trap shooting during scheduled archery events. Newcomers are always welcome.

There is always help for newcomers. The winter league is coming sooner than you think, so get to the trap range on Thursday night and get in some practice for the upcoming league season. Steel shot ammunition is always available at all trap shoots. For more information or interest about the trap range or events you may contact Dave Deschamps 508-883-7959.

Junior Members

Junior membership to the club is for ages 13-18 and is a yearly fee of $5.00.

Notes From the Kitchen

As always we are serving a meal on Meeting Nights. The cost is $5.00. Check at the club for details.

2012 Officers

President - Jim Stella First V.P. - Tom Stella Second V.P. - Dan Sbardella Rec Sec. - Keith Sharron Financial Sec. - Howie Treasurer - Taras Suchy

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Are you fed up with Cancer? Looking for a way to “Shoot” back?

July 28, 2012

Join Us

9AM - 4PM

for the AFS “Pink Out”

American Firearms School (AFS) will be hosting a shooting event to benefit the Pink Heals. We encourage all SURVIVORS and those currently battling cancer to bring their friends / family to get revenge on cancer!

An Army of PINK! The Pink Heals is a 100% non-profit organization, made up of Police Officers and Fire Fighters from all across the country. They spread their mission of “Love, Hope, Awareness, and Rescue” to every woman who is battling or has battled cancer. Their vehicles carry the names of thousands of survivors and those who have lost their battle. • • • • • • • •

Event will include:

Pink Police / Fire vehicles from the RI Pink Heals, carrying thousands of signatures of those affected by cancer A pink RV from the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation Instructors and law enforcement officers on hand to teach handgun safety Indoor range to shoot handguns, rifles, and shotguns...shooting at targets that have “CANCER” written all over them “Pink” merchandise for sale (new firearms, hearing protection, eye protection, mace, handcuffs, apparel, and more) Raffles Food offered by the Masons of Bristol Lodge of N. Attleboro And More… For more information, visit

Open to the public!

THANK YOU to our supporters of this great event! July/August 2012


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President: Vice President: Secretary: Treasurer:

Phone 781-293-9872

August Meetings Please be advised that the August scheduled Business Meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday, August 9th, 2012. The August Board of Directors Meeting will be held at 7 PM on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012. Please visit our website


Ladies’ Night

John Coyman All members are reminded that Ladies’ Night is scheduled for the Tuesday Evenings of July 10th and August 14th, 2012. Participants will learn the fine points of firearm safety as well as an introduction to handgun shooting. The action begins at 6 PM and the cost is $10 for the evening. Reservations are limited to 20 people each night. For details please contact Mitch Soroko at any club meeting.

NRA Basic Pistol Course

Anyone interested in obtaining their Class A license to carry is urged to contact John Coyman. The July course will start on July 10th and the August course will commence on August 18th. The cost is $125 for club members and $150 for non club members.

Annual Youth Fishing Derby

Ernie Watson Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 was the date of one of our most popular events…our Annual Youth Fishing Derby. Each year this event is held at the Hanson Town Pond and just as in other years we do have a tendency to play to a sell out crowd! This year was one for the record books as

Mike Dunn Bob Preston Mitch Soroko Bill Segalla

Executive Board: Dave Gonsalves Greg Williams Rick Zadrozny

over 150 kids from all age groups turned out to fish! Thank yous go out to all our participants as well as to our club members who helped with the festivities.

competitively at national events. This is a great way for a kid to get introduced to the sport of competitive target shooting. Members are urged to bring their kids and/or grandchildren to this event. In return they will have a lot of fun for not a whole lot of bucks!!

Junior Trap

Bob Preston Congratulations to Junior Members Kyle Grant and Adam Preston who won high honors in the recent Massachusetts State Trap Shooting Championship. It should be noted here that Kyle (age 15) has been shooting trap for only about one year and this was his first registered ATA shoot. Kyle won the Sub Junior Championship Title in 16Yard Singles Competition with a score of 183X200 targets and then went on to win the Sub Junior State Handicap Championship with a score of 93X100. Club member Adam Preston won the Junior Doubles Competition with a score of 88X100. In the Massachusetts Handicap Championship Adam tied for the Overall Championship Title with a score of 95X100. After a fifty round shoot off, Adam took second place and the Junior Championship title by dropping just one bird. As a result he was able to go home with the Junior category award for the High All Around trophy encompassing his shooting

Junior Olympic Archery Development

Mike Hurney Please be advised that our club Archery department now features a full Junior Olympic Junior club members Adam Preston (above left) and Kyle Grant Archery Development Program display their "buckle" awards for winning two state championship titles. Both boys did well in this year's state shoot or JOAD. Our Junior Archers held in June. Congratulations to both Adam and Kyle. What's are shooting on Monday Nights next you ask? In July both shooters will compete in the New at 6:00 PM. Members wishing to have their junior archery Hampshire State Championship. Below, club member Jon Soroko (left) and his buddy Justin Wills enthusiasts become more on a recent fishing trip on the Cape. Justin caught a good size efficient with a bow and arrow blue fish while Jon caught a minnow of a striped bass which just are encouraged to bring their happened to be 46" in length. As you could see the day was respective youngsters to this great and the boys had smiles on their faces the entire time. Not weekly event. Please be just a great day, a great trip, with great weather and better than advised that all Robin Hood great fishing!! These are what memories are made of. wannabes will be instructed each week for a mere $3.00 fee. All members are further reminded that after the juniors leave the range at 7:30 PM the members of the newly formed Adult Archery Achievers or AAA then take over the range and shoot until… whenever!

Claybusters Face 9th Competition with Cape Cod Fish & Game

in 16-Yard Singles, Doubles as well as Handicap Shooting formats. His final score 366X400. It should be noted here that over 350 shooters participated in this three-day event. In the youth categories there were over 60 participants from all the local clubs as well as participants from the Scholastic Clay Target Program as well as the Amateur Trapshooting Association’s AIM Program.

Trap League

"Hanson Rod & Gun Club's 2012 youth fishing derby was a big hit with the local kids. On a rain-free Sunday morning the Hanson Town Pond was clearly the place to be. The club would like to thank Ernie Watson and all his helpers who pitched in and made this annual event the great success that it was. Photo by jack Ferry

Dan Grant Currently there are about 15 shooters participating in the Spring & Summer Trap League. All 15 shooters are grouped into four separate divisions based on current averages or known shooting ability. Those groups are Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. This event will run for sixteen weeks. There will be an awards banquet at the end of the program and trophies will be awarded to all shooters who complete at least twelve weeks of this sixteen-week program.

Junior Rifle

Rick Zadrozny Wednesday Nights on the indoor range at 6:30 PM is the timeframe of our Junior Rifle Program. Juniors between the ages of 10 and 18 are urged to try out this program. Over the years our club has produced a number of champions and these kids have gone on to shoot Page 28

Angelo Nuby John Coyman Barbara Dunn


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Dan Grant All club trap shooters as well as our trap “associates” are reminded to put the date of September 29th, 2012 on their respective calendars. This will be the ninth rematch with the Cape Cod Fish & Game shooters. Cape Cod Fish & Game Team Captain Bob Bates and his team of “Favored Few” will be hosting our team as the shoot is to be held on the Cape Cod Fish & Game ranges. We have held onto this trophy through the last three competitions. Hopefully it will continue to stay in our possession! This will be a trophy shoot and the top five shooters on each team will receive their respective trophy. Interested participants are encouraged to sign up on the registration sheet in the trap range shed. An entry fee of $25 will be charged on the day of the shoot. This will include 100 16-yard targets and lunch.

Kitchen AKA “Café Hanson”

All members are reminded that the best take for breakfast in Plymouth County is our own club kitchen on Sunday Mornings from 7 AM to 11 AM. Two eggs, any way you like ‘em, toast, juice, coffee, homefries, a choice of meat sides, even baked beans are available for your culinary pleasure. For those who prefer French toast or pancakes, our club chefs can provide you with the best fix ‘ins around. Come join us any Sunday Morning! Until next month…Mitch S. ★ July/August 2012

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