Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Federation Mixer at the State House on late afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 24

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Club Annual Mixer will be once again held in the Cafeteria of the Vermont State House,
starting at 5:00 P.M.and running to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, January 24.  Snacks and beverages provided by the VTFSC and
there will be a cash bar.  Arrive at 3:00 PM and Tour Your Vermont State House prior to the Mixer.

This will be your opportunity to speak with your elected officials, government agency representatives and lots of like thinking
folks from all over the state.  Wearing something ORANGE stands out in a very positive way.

You can also ask your legislator to join you and they can wear ORANGE
You can relate to them your opposition to gun control bills, like S.6 and H.6 which attacks our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Attack on Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights (Oppose House Bill H.6)

Anti-hunting-shooting-fishing advocates and their supporters in the Vermont Legislature are quickly moving to use H.6 to dismantle your Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights
To oppose the House of Representatives enacting anti-hunting-fishing legislation, you can call the Sergeant of Arms at 802-828-2228 and leave the polite message 
"No to H.6, respect our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights" for the House Government Operation Committee Chair Maida Townsend (D-South Burlington) and 
Vice-Chair Ronald Hulbert (R-Milton).

H.6 is a bill introduced that would allow the City of Montpelier to ban public use of the Berlin Pond.  No kayaking, no canoeing, no fishing, no trapping, no migratory bird 
hunting on the pond, which the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled is an open body of public water.  Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an 
official ruling that there is no scientific reason to ban the recreational activities above stated.  

The Berlin Pond lies completely within the Town of Berlin and the citizens of Berlin have voted they want the pond to remain open for public use for the previously related 
activities.  If Montpelier succeeds in enacting H.6, municipalities all over Vermont will seek charter changes to circumvent the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights.  
Towns will act to restrict hunting, including trapping, establish their own hunting and fishing seasons or licenses.  Our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights will be useless.
The House Committee on Government Operations members list is found below and can also be contacted at 802-282-2228:

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Vermont Mayor's and Gun Control Campaigns (Voting is important)

                                         Votes are Vermont Resident/Tax Payer Voice and Every Vote is Important 

The mayors of Barre, Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland have long been members of the Bloomberg's gun control group "Mayor's Against Illegal Guns"
which is a subset of another Bloomberg gun control group "Everytown for Gun Safety" which spent $77,567.90 in Vermont in its 2015 gun control campaign.
Everytown for Gun Safety registered itself with the Vermont Secretary of State as having the address: P.O. Box 4184, New York City, New York 10163.

Like or not like a candidate, should the mayors of Vermont's cities endorse a candidate in a partisan state-wide candidate for election?
This mayor's organization has long supported gun control positions and Burlington Mayor Weinberger concedes it uses tax payer dollars from the member cities

Weinberger conceded that the group is financed by small contributions from member cities, but he said those totaled no more than "in the hundreds of dollars."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Firearms Owners and Gun Rights Advocates Respond To VPR Poll

Vermont gun control advocates and the politicians who support them have pushed gun control as a top priority issue
in this election.  But, Vermonters have little interest in the issue because Vermont is consistently such a safe state.
Vermonters are concerned about the economy, a balanced state budget and their tax burden.  Vote, Vote, Vote!
Firearms Owners and Gun Rights Advocates Respond To VPR Poll

Response to Vermont Public Radio polling released October 19, 2016 – why Vermont needs no more new gun laws. On behalf of the organizations listed below:

"Lawful Vermont firearm owners should be encouraged that the poll revealed one major fact about Vermonters sentiments at this crucial moment in the 2016 election cycle. Vermont voters see no need for new gun laws. Vermont voters clearly want politicians of all stripes and at all levels of state government to concentrate on the myriad other issues at the top of their minds like taxes and the economy. Despite being provided an open question as to their priorities this year, barely 1% suggested "guns" as a top issue priority.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Vermont Shooting Sports Association (VSSA) Banquet September 24 in Barre & Big Prize raffle winning tickets

Vermont Shooting Sports Association Banquet 
               Saturday, September 24
  Barre Elks Club, 10 Jefferson Street, Barre
           (behind the Aldrich Library)

          Raffles, Games and Great Prizes
      Fun, Great Food, Friends and Family 

 Banquet Tickets $35 or Buy a Table Captain
 package of 8 tickets for $280 and be eligible
  for a drawing of an additional firearm prize

          Doors open at 5:00 PM

For more information call Frank Malnati at 

5 of the 6 Big Prize raffle ticket drawings have been done (shown below)
and the last winning banquet ticket will be drawn at the VSSA banquet 

The winning tickets that have drawn were numbers 16, 83, 110, 129 and 104.
The winners have picked their choice of the following prizes

* Springfield Armory M1A .308 Win. 

* Kimber 1911 in .45 ACP

* Henry "Big Boy" various calibers

* AR-15 in 5.56

* Ruger M77 GS Scout Rifle


Friday, August 5, 2016

2016 CMP New England Travel Games - Sept 14th thru 18th






As you may have heard, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has selected Camp Ethan Allen Training Site (CEATS) as their site for a trial New England CMP Travel Games event.


As one of the sponsors of these games, the VSRPA has worked very hard to get these games located at CEATS, and if we are successful this year:  Then we have a stake in the ground for years to come that will benefit all Vermont and New England competitive shooters for years to come.


To have this event be held however, the CMP requires that there be at least 100 competitors signed up, and while we are closing in on that number, we need your help to cross that threshold.


As you can see by the attached schedule, this is a soup-to-nuts event.  Popular matches such as the Rimfire Sporter, Garand/Springfield/Vintage and Modern Military Rifles, as-issued 1911 Pistol Match, Military & Police Service Pistol Match and a Pistol Two-Man Team Matches will be fired throughout the Games. Additionally:  An Excellence in Competition (EIC) Pistol Match, EIC .22 Rimfire Pistol Match, and EIC Rifle Match; along with a Carbine Match and Vintage Sniper Match will be sure to challenge competitors of all ages.  For those wanting a more knowledgeable experience, a GSM New Shooter Clinic and Garand Maintenance Clinic will also be available, along with Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) & M16 Match (M16s provided, semi-fire only).


For more information on the 2016 CMP New England Games please check out the Official Match program:

Competitors may register via online registration:

or a printable entry form:


Also note that competitors have first chance at buying rifles such as the M1 Garand at prices you will not find lower anywhere else - a great way to own a piece of history that you can compete with!


If you need a place to stay, barracks space will be available for 10$ a night; we are looking to have the Mess Hall open for meals; and we are also hoping to allow onsite camping (no hookups however).


If you are a VSRPA member and do not own a rifle to compete with, the VSRPA *may* be able to assist with the loan of an AR-15, Garand, Springfield, Vintage Rifle, Carbine or .22 pistol.


Please help make this event a success:  Sign-up for one or more events TODAY!






All match start times listed in this schedule are the time when firing starts. Squadding for each event will begin 1/2 hour prior to the event start time. Competitors may check-in any scheduled day prior to their first event.




6:30 AM - 8:00 AM   Competitor Check-In

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM   SAFS/M16 Match

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM   Competitor Only Sales Event (must check-in prior to attending)

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM   Competitor Check-in





6:30 AM on               Competitor Check-in

8:00 AM                     EIC Rifle Match

9:00 AM                     GSM New Shooter Clinic

12:00 PM                   CMP Rifle Sales

1:00 PM                     Garand / Springfield / Vintage / Modern Military Rifle Match

2:00 PM                     Garand Maintenance Clinic





6:30 AM on               Competitor Check-In

8:00 AM                     Garand / Springfield / Vintage / Modern Military Rifle Match

11:00 AM                   CMP As-Issued 1911 Pistol Match

12:00 PM                   CMP Rifle Sales

12:30 PM                   Military & Police Service Pistol Match (or immediately following 1911 match)

1:00 PM                     M1 Carbine Match

4:00 PM                     Medal Presentations





6:30 AM on               Competitor Check-In

8:00 AM                     Garand / Springfield / Vintage / Modern Military Rifle Match

9:00 AM                     Rimfire Sporter Match

12:00 PM                   CMP .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC Match

12:00 PM                   CMP Rifles Sales

1:00 PM                     Garand / Springfield / Vintage / Modern Military Rifle Match

2:00 PM                     EIC Pistol Match (or immediately following CMP .22 Rimfire Sporter Match

3:30 PM                     Pistol Team Match (or immediately following the EIC Pistol Match)

5:00 PM                     BBQ

5:30 PM                     Medal Presentations





7:30 AM on               Competitor Check-In

9:00 AM                     Vintage Sniper Team Match

11:00 AM                   Medals & Awards Presentations (or 30 minutes after the Vintage Sniper Match)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Learn More About Hunting at Free Seminars


Press Release


For Immediate Release:  August 3, 2016

Media Contacts:  John Pellegrini 802-272-2909


Learn More About Hunting at Free Seminars


MONTPELIER, Vt – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a series of free seminars to teach people more about hunting. 


The seminars will cover a variety of hunting techniques and species and will give participants the opportunity to try a new style of hunting or to learn more about a style of hunting they already enjoy.  The seminars topics include Vermont Black Bears from A-Z; Small Game Hunting; White-tailed Deer Hunting and Processing; Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training; Law Updates for Firearm Range Operators; and Advanced Bowhunting. 


Participants will learn how to field dress a deer, identify ducks, track a bear, or safely shoot a bow from a treestand.  The seminars will be taught by current and former Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department staff, as well as hunter education volunteers.  One highlight of the programs will be former Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry giving a demonstration on bird hunting with dogs. 


"Both experienced and first-time hunters stand to benefit from these seminars," said John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. "We will provide useful information including practical hunting tips, ecology and behavior of these animals, and how to have a fun, safe experience in the woods."


All seminars are free and include lunch.  Sign up at  Space is limited to the first 30 signups and they fill up quickly, so signup as early as possible.  For more information, call John Pellegrini at 802-272-2909.


Vermont Black Bears from A-Z, Saturday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT.  This seminar covers basic bear biology, successfully hunting bears, and processing bear meat.  Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 17.


Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training, Saturday, August 20, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sportsman Club of Franklin County, St. Albans, VT.  The seminar will instruct young waterfowlers aged 12 to 17 in waterfowl identification, hunting regulations, duck and goose calling, decoy sets, and safe shooting techniques.  Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 17.


Small Game Hunting, Saturday, August 27, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Randolph Fish & Game Club, Randolph, VT.  The seminar will feature workshops on hunting rabbits with beagles, hunting ruffed grouse with dogs from former Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry, and squirrel hunting.  The seminar will conclude with a shooting workshop hosted by Randolph Fish and Game.   Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 24.


White-tailed Deer Hunting and Processing, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT.  The seminar will feature Vermont Fish & Wildlife deer biologist Nick Fortin, as well as Whitetail Tracker Brad Lockwood.  Rodney and Theresa Elmer will demonstrate how to field dress, process, and prepare a deer for taxidermy.  Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 14.


Law Updates for Firearm Range Operators, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Annex Building, Montpelier, VT.  The seminar will go over changes to Act 250 and Act 145 that affect firearm range operation.  Staff will cover changes to lead management in environmental stewardship plans and how to improve safety and noise mitigation at ranges, essential information for all range managers.  Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 14.


Advanced Bowhunting, Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Chelsea Fish & Game Club, Chelsea, VT.  This seminar will demonstrate advanced techniques for bowhunting, including equipment, hunting tactics, and treestand safety.  Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 21.


Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request.  Please include a description of the accommodation you will need.  Individuals making such requests must include their contact information.  Please send an e-mail to:  Catherine.Gjessing@Vermont.Gov or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).


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Photo Caption:  The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting a series of free seminars on hunting techniques.  To learn more or sign up, go to





Tom Rogers

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Information and Outreach

Davis 2 Building, 1 National Life Drive

Montpelier, VT  05620

[phone]      802-377-2628


Please note that my email address changed to on August 1, 2015.