Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Youth Hunter Education Challenge is May 14

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Press Release


For Immediate Release:  May 2, 2017

Media Contact:  John Pellegrini 802-272-2909


Youth Hunter Education Challenge is May 14


WOODBURY, Vt. – Youth hunters hoping to hone their skills are encouraged to attend the 2017 NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge at Green Mountain Conservation Camp in Woodbury, VT on Sunday, May 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Spaces are still available in this annual event being held at Buck Lake. 

The Youth Hunter Education Challenge provides young hunters additional skills in firearm handling, archery, tree stand safety, hunting bear with hounds, and land navigation in simulated hunting conditions.  The event is free and is open to all youth under 19 years of age who have completed hunter education.  Mentors, parents and guardians are also welcome to attend. 

"Young hunters who participate in programs such as this grow up to be exceptionally skilled, successful and ethical hunters," said Alison Thomas, education coordinator for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  "They also gain an appreciation for the conservation of habitat along with their love for wildlife and the outdoors." 

Preregistration is required by calling Butch Spear at 802-866-5990 by May 7.  This event is co-sponsored by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Friends of the National Rifle Association, and the Vermont Bear Hound Association.  Lunch will be provided. 







Tom Rogers

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Information and Outreach

Davis 2 Building, 1 National Life Drive

Montpelier, VT  05620

[phone]      802-377-2628

[website]   www.vtfishandwildlife.com


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Why National Outdoor Sporting Groups Take Seriously the Berlin Pond (H.6) Attack on Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights

Do you think the Berlin Pond battle (H.6) does not apply to you?   National Outdoor Sporting Groups take (H.6) it serously.

"Keep America  Fishing" takes it seriously:  https://keepamericafishing.org/berlinpond/?v=7516fd43adaa

To oppose H.6 call 802-828-2228 and leave a message for the Representatives Maida Townsend
and Ronald Hubert "No to H.6."  Calls will be answered Monday through Friday starting at 7 A.M.

You can also E-mail your opposition to H.6 to the members of the House Government Operations Committee at:

Maida Townsend (D) of South Burlington is the Chair of the House Government Operations Committee 
and Ronald Hubert (R) of Milton is the Vice-Chair of the  House Government Operations Committee.

The battle for Montpelier  to ban public use of the Berlin Pond, which lies completely in the Town of Berlin.
The City of Montpelier wants to end public current access to the pond.  Even for fishing, migratory bird
hunting, swimming, canoes, and kayaks.  

This is an attack on the Public Trust Doctrine,  Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights, and the Vermont Constitution, (see below)

This battle has been through the Vermont Supreme Court, review by the Agency of Natural Resources 
and a vote in Berlin (2-1 for public access) and the public use of the Berlin Pond has been upheld.   
If Montpelier succeeds in ending public access at Berlin Pond this will happen all over the state. 
If Montpelier succeeds with H.6, other towns will want to ban/strictly regulate hunting/trapping, shooting or fishing..   

Public Trust Doctrine 

The Public Trust Doctrine holds that the natural resources that are not privately owned shall be open to pubic use.

Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights  (24 V.S.A. § 2295)

  • § 2295. Authority of municipal and county governments to regulate firearms, ammunition, hunting, fishing, and trapping
    Except as otherwise provided by law, no town, city, or incorporated village, by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, shall directly regulate hunting, fishing, and trapping or the possession, ownership, transportation, transfer, sale, purchase, carrying, licensing, or registration of traps, firearms, ammunition, or components of firearms or ammunition. This section shall not limit the powers conferred upon a town, city, or incorporated village under subdivision 2291(8) of this title. The provisions of this section shall supersede any inconsistent provisions of a municipal charter. (Added 1987, No. 178 (Adj. Sess.), eff. May 9, 1988.)

Vermont Constitution 
The inhabitants of this State shall have liberty in seasonable times, to hunt and fowl on the lands they hold, and on other lands not inclosed, and in like manner to fish in all boatable and other waters (not private property) under proper regulations, to be made and provided by the General Assembly.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Lamoille Valley Club 4H Shooting Sports

Lamoille 4-H Shooting Sports is looking for enthusiastic youth ages 10 – 18 interested in joining a fun club!

No previous experience in 4-H or shooting sports required!

There will be an informational meeting for parents and youth on April 12th at 5:15pm at Bishop J Marshall School, in Morrisville.

Youth will have the opportunity to learn safe shooting skills from certified instructors.

Available shooting disciplines include rifle, archery, muzzle loader, shotgun, and for ages 14 and up, pistol.

There will be weekly sessions on Thursdays beginning on May 4th from 4 - 5:30 at Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club in Morrisville, breaking for summer vacation, and resuming the first week of September.

Cost is $50.00 per child, payable to Lamoille 4 H Shooting Sports.

Hope to see you at the informational meeting on Wednesday April 12th at 5:15 at Bishop Marshall School in Morrisville.

We are also looking to recruit experienced shooters who can contribute their knowledge and skills to the next generation of shooters- certification will be provided at no cost.

If you have questions, call Keith Ulrich at 802 730 9340.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Gun Control bill H.422 on the House Floor

H.422 is on the floor of the Vermont House of Representatives on Tuesday.
You can read H.422 on the House Action Calendar for Tuesday.  It is on page 383.

To oppose H.422 in the vote on the floor you can contact your legislator by calling
the Sgt-at-Arms Office at 802-828-2228 and ask to leave the polite message
"No to H.422 and all other gun control bills" for your your Representative.  

If you do not know who is your Representative, the person answering the phone will ask 
your  town/city of residence and they can tell you the name of your representative.  If you
encounter a message to call back, stay the course and keep calling.  It is worth the effort.

If you wish to send an E-mail to your Representative, you can use this link:  http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/


When H.422 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on a 7-4 straight party vote,
it did so after after nearly two weeks of hearings proved the bill had  serious problems.  

So much so that during the hearing last Wednesday morning the comment was made
that the more the committee worked on the bill, the more problems they identified.
So, they should stop working on the bill and just vote on it.    

This commentary came from the ranks of committee members who voted to pass the H.422.

That standard of quality probably makes you glad they did not design or build school buses.

Monday, February 27, 2017

And it just keeps coming...

Gun control advocates are pursuing H.422 as the lead weapon in their campaign for gun control laws.  If H.422 were passed into law, during the investigation of domestic violence, police will be
able to seize firearms without a court order, as if the guns were contraband, like illegal drugs.  It has long been a goal of the gun control element to have firearms reduced to the status of contraband.
If H.422 becomes law, Vermonters will be well on their way from having firearms rights, to having mere gun privileges. Say goodbye to Due Process of Law for the property rights of gun owners.

To oppose the gun control bill H.422 you can call the Sergeant-At-Arms at 802-828-2228 and leave the polite message "No to H.422 and any other gun control bills" for Representative
Eileen Dickinson (R) St. Albans, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee.   H.422 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.  

If H.422 passes this year, it will be opening season on gun control and hunting and trapping ban bills for the rest of 2017 and 2018 in the Vermont State House.

House Bills

H.6   This bill would allow Montpelier to block public access on the Berlin Pond, located completely in the Town of Berlin.  It bans paddle craft, fishing trapping & migratory bird hunting.
          It violates the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill Rights and the Public Trust Doctrine.  PTD holds that open public bodies of water are to be open to the public.
H.31  This bill would legalize the use of firearm suppressors for hunting.
H.40  This would ban/restrict the use of internal combustion engines on public water sources.
H.44 This bill would allow the carrying of a handgun and/or a bow after the close of the legal hunting day.  (Retrieval Purposes)
H.58  This bill would allow hunting & fishing licenses at no cost to persons 65 years of age or older.
H.59  This bill relates to technical corrections.

H.60  This bill would create a study on the hunting of coyotes.  It is a first step towards limiting the taking of coyotes to a single 2 week season.
H.61  This bill would create a designation of heritage trout waters, where trout would have to released immediately upon being caught.
H.151  This bill is a worse version of the Senate bill S.6 that would require a Mandatory Reporting Check for the private sale of firearms.

H.188 This bill that would increase the penalties for animal cruelty, but raises concerns for dog owners who hunt with dogs.
H.210 This bill addresses an antlerless deer permit when land is posted as open to hunting and fishing by permission only.
H.211 This bill relates to water resources and water supplies of the Stale.
H.220 This bill ban/severely restricts the sale of ivory or rhinoceros horn.
H.276 This bill would control the power of municipalities  to regulate knives. 
H.277  This bill would allow the use of lights for hunting coyotes at night.
H.422 This bill would allow police to seize dangerous weapons during a domestic violence investigation without a court order.  It would firearms to be treated as contraband.

Senate Bills

S.6  This bill would require a Mandatory Reporting Check for the private sale of firearms.  Checks the honest citizens will have to pay for and the criminals will evade.
S.20  This bill would allow hunting & fishing licenses at no cost to persons 65 years of age or older.

S.75  This bill relates to aquatic nuisance species control.

S.80  This bill relates to allowing correctional officer in the field, such as Probation & Parole Officers, to carry firearm. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Town of Williston Selectboard Hearing (Our Folks Needed in Attendance) Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 PM)

The North Country Sportsmen's Clubs in Williston has its case challenging the authority to severely regulate its operations
presently before the Vermont Supreme Court.  The actions of the Town of Williston have been a serious threat to our 
Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights.

Tomorrow night, the Williston Select Board is holding a public hearing on it Noise Ordinance, as it regulates the NCSC, 
We could use a strong turnout in support of the NCSC and our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights.  The wearing of orange
is strongly encouraged.  The Town of Williston has previously contended there has been strong support by residents for 
severe control of the range and little or no public support for the NCSC range.  

The Seclect Board meeting will start at 7 PM at the Williston Town Hall.  Representative(s) of the NCSC will be present to
relate their NCSC position.

Williston Town Hall
7900 Williston Road
Williston, VT 05495



ON MARCH 18, 2017
The doors will open at 4:30 PM for cocktails, games and visiting with all.
As always, this will be an action packed fun filled evening for all with plenty of opportunities to win many great prizes including firearms, sporting goods, furniture, apparel, collectibles and so much more! 
There will be live & Silent auctions, raffles and games of chance
            The "Early Bird Sponsor's Raffle" is available for those who choose to 'Sponsor' at this year's banquet and send in their $200 donation amount by March 1, 2017. You receive the "SPONSOR'S" package of raffle tickets which includes one ticket into the coveted  "SPONSOR'S RAFFLE" with the chance to win one of several firearms (over 15 were available last year) or a gun safe, as well as a special 'sponsor's gift'.  You will also be entered into the exclusive raffle open only for those sponsors who pre-register by the March 1st deadline!
            To order dinner tickets and become an early bird sponsor, please use the enclosed form.
Send your personal check made out to "VFSC" to Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs,
14 Stafford Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661.
            For ticket or general banquet information, call Roy or Marcia Marble at 802-888-3418 or
email: marblerealty@comcast.net.   Space is limited so sign up early.
            Your attendance supports the Federation's efforts to protect and enhance YOUR sporting
interests and shooting ranges.
Roy and Marcia Marble
Chris Bradley, Keith & Sedney Ulrich, Larry & Lise Hamel & Bill Gaiotti
Banquet Committee

The doors will open at 4:30 PM for cocktails, games and visiting with all.  BUFFET DINNER WILL BE SERVED AT 6:30 PM
Early bird raffle/sponsorships are available until March 1, 2017.   Dinner tickets must be ordered by March 5th as there is seating for 225. 
Additional sponsor packages can be purchased at the door.  Credit cards can be used at the event.