Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs on Silvio O. Conte NFWR

   Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs on Silvio O. Conte NFWR
It is the position of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs that the Silvio O. Conte NFWR (National Fish & Wildlife Refuge) should maintain outdoors sporting activities as a "priority public use" as established by the 1997 of the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act.  The Federation further holds that in order to best achieve the mission and policies of said Act, the Silvio O. Conte NFWR should adopt the State of Vermont laws and regulations, governing hunting, fishing and trapping.  The U.S. Forest Service already manages the Green Mountain National Forest by use of Vermont's laws and regulations and it would be sound public policy for the Silvio O. Conte NFWR to do the same, having uniform laws in Vermont.
Citizens wishing to post comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to call for "The Silvio O. Conte NWFR should adopt Vermont's law and regulations governing hunting, fishing and trapping." must use FWS-R5-NWRS-2015-0036 to post your comments by either of the following two methods: 
·         Electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at: In the "Search" box, commenters will enter the docket number (FWS-R5-NWRS-2015-0036) for this project. Comments can be submitted by clicking on "Comment Now!" You can add attachments to your comment. All comments will be posted to and will be available for public viewing. This generally means that any personal information you provide us will be posted with the comment.
·         By mail to:
USFWS Public Comments Processing
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
 Public comment period ends November 16.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Central Vermont Friends of NRA Banquet on Saturday, September 26

The Central Vermont Friends of NRA Banquet will be on Saturday night, September 26, at the Barre Elks Club.
The banquet is all about good friends, good food, and great fun.  As always for 14 years.
Special notes of interest this year are the NRA pistol (see below), the Ted Nugent autographed guitar, the very
popular Table Captain bonus, and the lots of .22 caliber long rifle ammunition that is available. 
A $35.00 banquet ticket buys a great meal and fun Saturday night. 
More detailed information is on the attached flyer.
Preserving the Shooting Sports!

Friday, August 28, 2015

VT F&W Acoustic and Noise Management Workshop for Shooting Range Operators

Press Release
For Immediate Release:  August 25, 2015
Media Contacts: Daneil Pieterse; 802-272-6923
                              Chris Saunders; 802-343-5487
Acoustic and Noise Management Workshop
Available for Shooting Range Operators
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting a special seminar on shooting range acoustics and noise management on Saturday, September 12, at the Agency of Natural Resources Annex, 190 Junction Road, Berlin, Vermont.
The department and several sporting organizations have been working to enhance shooting range opportunities for hunters and shooters throughout Vermont. At the seminar participants will learn practical information on acoustics and how it relates to shooting ranges in particular. The presentation will include background on acoustics materials, measurements and noise mitigation. Discussion will follow on local, county and state noise codes, ordinances and laws.
Leading the seminar is Bill Bergiadis, founder of Troy Acoustics Corporation and designer of a highly rated sound-wall system. A nationally recognized expert on acoustic materials, Bergiadis regularly does presentations at NRA range seminars and for government agencies.
The seminar will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided.  Anyone interested in attending needs to pre-register.
"For current and potential range operators, this is a must-attend workshop," says Daneil Pieterse, Vermont Fish & Wildlife's shooting range technician.  "Clubs and organizations should consider sending members so they can be equipped with the knowledge and tools to bring back to their organizations.  Well-run shooting ranges provide safe and educational resources for beginning hunters and established firearm users. Our department is committed to fostering responsible range management in the state and we look forward to helping clubs and organizations in this effort."
For more information or to register for this event, please see:
John Hall, Outreach Division
[phone]       802-828-1000      [fax]      802-828-1250
My email address will change August 1
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier VT 05620

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Woman On Target at Camp Kehoe

> Clint Gray is conducting a NRA Women On Target event at the Kehoe Camp in Bomoseen, VT on Sunday, August 23.
> Clint will have done six NRA WOT events in 2015, this will be his seventh, bringing his 2015 NRA WOT season to a close.
> The NRA WOT program is an introductory training course for women to receive safe firearm instruction by qualified
> firearm instructors on a safe facility.  Clint conducts this course for the students receiving firearm safety training, range
> safety and instruction on various type of firearms and crossbow.
> The course will start at 8 A.M. and continue into the afternoon.  All of the training materials necessary for the NRA WOT
> will be provided.  Lunch will also be provided.
> To register for the course please contact Clint at:  802-535-7111 or,
> This NRA Women On Target event is funded by a grant from the profits of Vermont's six Friends of NRA banquets.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Vermonters Excel at Camp Perry

> Photo of Vermont riflemen Bruce Baroffio and Chris Bradley at Camp Perry is an attachment.
> Interested in CMP rifle shooting, check out:
> Local Men Compete at Camp Perry
> Since 1907, Camp Perry, located at Port Clinton Ohio, has been the site of the National Matches run by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and the National Rifle Association (NRA).  For this year, well over 1,000 competitors were present for the CMP matches with competitors present from all 50 states, in addition to competitors from Canada, England, Ireland and Australia.
> Life-long shooting buddies Bruce Baroffio and Chris Bradley, both residents of Northfield, attended this year's CMP matches from July 16 th – 23 rd.  The highpoint of their attendance was the CMP Games competitions, which are matches focusing on using "as-issued" US Military Service rifles such as the M1 Garand, the 1903 Springfield, M1 Carbine and Vintage Military Bolt Guns.  
> Based on the scores attained by the respective shooters, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded, in addition to recognition of first, second and third place. 
> In the M1 Garand match, Mr. Baroffio not only earned a Gold medal with his stellar score of 290-3x (out of 300), this score was exceptional enough to earn him 3rd place out of 1,072 total shooters where he tied both first and second place but came in third only based on "x" count (number of center shots); Mr. Bradley earned a Silver medal in that same match
> In the Springfield 1903 match, Mr. Bradley earned a Gold medal with a score of 280-3x with Mr. Baroffio earning a Silver medal.
> In the Vintage Military bolt gun match, Mr. Bradley earned a Bronze medal; unfortunately Mr. Baroffio's Swedish Mauser suffered a malfunction which prevented him from medaling.  Due to a scheduling conflict, neither shooter was able to compete in the M1 Carbine match.
> The above picture is of Mr. Baroffio and Mr. Bradley taken at the 300 yard firing line on the 150-firing point Vialle Range.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Youth Waterfowlers training day!

The Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training is a cooperative effort to instruct young waterfowlers ages 12-15 in a variety of sessions both indoors and outdoors to be more responsible and aware waterfowl hunters.  Some of the sessions include Waterfowl ID, regulations, duck and goose calling, decoy sets, trap and skeet shooting, hunting/boat safety and others.  The day is a full day 8 AM to 5 PM at the Sportsman's Club of Franklin County on Saturday, August 22.  Youth hunters must have an adult mentor accompany them for the day.  Each adult can mentor up to 2 youth. 

The refuge has established 11 youth hunter areas on the refuge that are available to youth hunters for the first 4 weekends of the waterfowl season (this includes Youth waterfowl weekend Sept 26 & 27).  A drawing for the 11 blind sites will be held during the Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training Day.   Please have any interested waterfowlers contact me or 802-868-4781 with questions or more information.  Send me an email or give a call if you need more specific information. Thanks,  Dave 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Support for Darryl Montague

Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs,Inc.

Support for Darryl Montague


On Monday, June 29th, Darryl Montague was shot 3 times at point-blank range.  To date he has undergone several surgeries and has received over 30 units of blood, which completely emptied Vermont's supply and required bringing in additional units of blood from New Hampshire.


At this time we understand that the internal bleeding has been stopped and he has been stabilized, but he remains in critical condition and is being very closely monitored.


In response to this horrendous event, the Federation asks you to PLEASE consider helping, hopefully in two ways:


1.       Make a Donation

2.       Giving Blood


Donation Fund

An online fund has been set up to allow money to be donated to help defray the medical costs not covered by insurance as well as other expenses being incurred by his extended family such as travel, lodging meals and incidentals.  Please give and please give generously.



If you wish to pay over the web:                     


If you prefer to pay by check, please send donations to:

                                                                                Darryl Montague Fund

c/o Jessica Guay
32 Jonathan Drive

Wilmot, NH  03287


Giving Blood

Darryl can accept A+, O+, or O- blood types.  The best location to donate blood is the American Red Cross Donation Center in Burlington which is located at 32 N. Prospect St, and be sure to donate in Darryl's name. Time is extremely precious for Darryl and his family, so please make the time to go to Burlington and donate blood.  The Burlington Donation Center is open 9am - 6pm Monday - Friday and Saturday 9am - 2pm.  If you can't make it to Burlington, then please visit this Red Cross website and type in your zip code to find the nearest donation center, or plan on attending the following donation events:


·         Littleton, NH on July 2, 2015
Elks Lodge; Route 302; Littleton, NH 10:00am to 3:00pm

·         Brattleboro on July 7, 2015
VFW; Black Mountain Road; from 11:30am to 5:00pm


PLEASE:  Beyond being the Secretary of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Darryl is true friend, and avid hunter, and exceptional marksman and extremely dedicated to his family.  We respectfully ask that you consider donating to Darryl's Fund, as well as giving blood in Darryl's name; he would do the same and more for you...