Monday, December 24, 2012



The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has saddened this country. Since the time of this terrible crime there has been constant media coverage. The federation has not taken a public position, instead carefully considering information as it became available. The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs is an organization of clubs with memberships of parents and grandparents. We take gun safety very seriously, which is why the federation invests so much time in the training of shooters/hunters, development of ranges, training programs, and enactment of pertinent laws and regulations. What has become clear thus far is that there are several factors that play a critical role in a complex problem. That said, it is the experience of the federation that those who commit violent criminal acts do not obey laws. Hence, the federation has long held that laws which restrict the ownership of firearms by peaceful citizens do not deter crime and only serve to give advantage to the perpetrators of violent crime.
The federation does not engage in the legislative or regulatory process in a hasty manner. We believe that laws created in haste in the emotional aftermath immediately following a traumatic event usually lack the sound public policy that society has a right to demand in its laws.  We believe in a deliberate legal process. Therefore, the federation will continue it long standing practice of being willing to offer our knowledge and decades of experience to our state in legislative discussions that may follow the tragedy in Connecticut.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Barre F&G Club provided funding for successful challenge to barring public access to Berlin Pond"

"Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Barre F&G Club provided

funding for successful challenge to barring public access to Berlin Pond"
The media reported the issue of the public access to the Berlin Pond
was the subject of a non-binding ballot referendum, in which the
Berlin voters overwhelming supported the select born allowing town
land to be used for public access.
The media also credited this ballot issue as generating a large voter
turnout at the polls on Tuesday, November 6th.
In an article in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, the 790-440 vote
was reported as"being hailed as a victory by outdoor enthusiasts,..."
Funding provided by the federation and Barre club helped in a
successful legal challenge that resulted in the ballot issue.
The select board will have to make a decision about access to the
pond across the land the town owns and the offer of Vermont Fish
& Wildlife to construct a modest access for non-motorized vessels
to use to gain access to Berlin Pond.
After the Vermont Supreme Court ruled the Berlin Pond is an open
body of water and the City Montpelier did not have the authority to
sue people legally gaining access to the pond to kayak or canoe.
Prior to the lawsuits, the City of Montpelier had been criminally
charging citizens who were on the pond in kayaks or canoes.
But, when the Washington County State's Attorney Office refused
to prosecute Rick Sanborn of R&L Archery and another person
for being on the pond, the city sued them for being on the pond.
It was at this point the federation and Barre club provided funding
aiding in the legal representation of the two citizens sued for using
the pond.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

UVM Fundraiser 22 Steel Match

The UVM 22 Rimfire match is GO! For Sunday Sept 30th!!

There will NOT be a rifle category. I am sorry, it just took too long and I apologize. Sorry we are a victim of success. :)

Where: Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club
Morrisville, VT

Sign up begins at 0830H
Rounds Down range at 0930H

$25 entry fee


-Open: The use of optical sights is allowed.

-Limited: The use of iron, fixed or adjustable, or a fiber optic front sight is allowed.

-Revolver: Iron sights only

Pray for good weather!

Am I forgetting anything??? Questions??? Let me know!

pre-register by email

Monday, July 9, 2012

Berlin Pond Meeting---Need all sportsmen there.

There is a meeting on July 16 2012 at 7:00PM at the Berlin Elementary School Library.
This will be a joint meeting between the Montpelier City Council and the Berlin Selectboard to "discuss various options" regarding the Berlin Pond.
We need the sportsmen there to support having an access to the pond.
This is a vital issue to let both boards know that access is needed.  We don't want to be shut off for accessing the Berlin Pond.
This may not be in the area that you live, but with all that is happening around the state, we may be loosing access to various other ponds.  We need to stand together in every part of the state.
Thank you in advance to showing your support and being there to voice your support. 
I Hope to see you there. 
Clint Gray,
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For CMP, High Power Rifle and Bull's eye Pistol Fans:
This weekend is the VT Pistol and Rifle Championships being held at the Ethan Allen Firing Range/Training Center.

Go to the VT State Rifle and Pistol Assoc. website for more info:

Like them on Facebook:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Youth Hunter Education Challenge, May 19

For Immediate Release:  April 18, 2012
Media Contact:  Chris Saunders, 802-241-3722

Youth Hunter Education Challenge, May 19

Youths can keep their hunting skills sharp at the upcoming Youth Hunter Education Challenge on May 19th.

The wait between your orange card and your next trip to the woods is a perfect time to hone your hunting skills. The Friends of the National Rifle Association, Vermont Bearhound Association, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department are offering the perfect venue to do that: the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

The NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge is a free, day-long event for youth to practice their skills in firearms, archery and land navigation.  Open to all youth under 19 years of age who have completed hunter education, participants will receive expert instruction while working their way through stations to improve their hunting skills and knowledge.

The Challenge will be held 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th at the Edward Kehoe Conservation Camp, Point of Pines Road, in Castleton.  Lunch, t-shirts and door prizes will be provided.  A hunter education card or a valid hunting license is required to participate.  All equipment will be provided.   Mentors, parents and guardians are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Pre-registration is required by May 11, 2012.  To register, call or email Clint or Mary Gray at (802) 467-8445 or


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Vermont Sportsmans Caucus


Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

April 17th 4:30PM - 7:00PM

Modeled after the highly successful Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and formed to provide a voice for sportsmen in the halls of state government, 38 state sportsmen’s caucuses exist in state legislatures throughout the country.
State legislators gathered at the Vermont State House in Montpelier in February of 2006 to form the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, becoming the 27th in the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) network.

Providing a communications network and interaction among state legislators, sportsmen's groups, industry and media, NASC and state sportsmen's caucuses are the core of the legislative front protecting and promoting hunting, fishing and wildlife management in state legislatures.

"Our number one priority is to protect our sporting constituents. However, it's also important to recognize that all Vermonters benefit from the hundreds of millions of dollars that outdoor sports generate annually in the state. Preserving our outdoor heritage just makes sense." Rep. Gail Fallar,
founding Caucus Co-Chair.

Bring: Your friends and family!

Your presence is requested!

Please Join Chairman Pat Brennan to discuss the issues facing Vermont’s sporting community and ways to help promote and protect our rural traditions and way of life.

Admission: Free

When: April 17th 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Where: Montpelier, Vermont State House Cafeteria

Provided: Food, Cash Bar, Raffles, Door Prizes, Special Guests and More!

Information: Contact Rep. Pat Brennan at             (802) 863-3773       or

Thursday, April 5, 2012

NRA Grants administered by the VTFSC

If you are interested in hosting a WOT or NRA Day, and would like a grant for it, please follow the following link.:
NRA GRANTS admin'd by the VTFSC

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Legislative Mixer April 3rd.

VT Federation's Legislative at State House, Tuesday, April 3rd, 5-8 PM

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will hold its annual
Legislative Mixer in the cafeteria of the Vermont State House on
Tuesday, April 3rd.  The mixer will run from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M..
This is an excellent opportunity for the folks of Vermont's
outdoors/shooting community to hear from and speak with
their elected officials and the leadership of the Vermont
Fish & Wildlife Department.
The federation will provide snacks and beverages.  In
addition, there will be a cash bar. 
Please take notice, this is a different location from the mixers
of previous years.  This event is the cafeteria, on the second
story of the Vermont State House.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

VTFSC Event Calender!!

Please email us your events and we will post them on our calender! The more details on the event, the better.
When, Where, Who to contact for details!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Meeting March 11th Reminder

Our monthly Meeting reminder:
  • When: Sunday March 11th 10:00am
  • Where: Vermont Technical College, Conant Hall
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Inc.
MARCH  11, 2012

1.      Call to Order


3.      The Fund Meeting-Roy Marble
4.      Reopen Federation Meeting

5.      Secretary’s Report

6.      Treasurer’s Report
A.                     Round Up for Wildlife – update
B.                     Gun Show Talleys
C.                     Operation Game Thief

7.      Legislation Reports
a.      Tim Meehan
b.      Evan Hughes (including Mixer)
c.       Clint Gray
d.      NRA State Association Report-Evan Hughes

e.      Operation Game Thief-Dick Lyford

8.      VFSC 2012 Banquet date
a.      Mark McCarthy, Dick Lyford

9.      Other Business:
b.      Correspondence

10.  Finance/Budget Committee
Clint, Mark, Marcia, Roy, Evan, Dick

11.  Grant committee report -Clint, Mark, Marcia, Roy, Evan, Dick

12.  VFSC Web Site – Chris, Mike, Evan, Mary

13.  Adjourn


Friday, March 2, 2012

Gun Stolen in Eden

Please contact the Morrisville Police Dept or VT State Police if you see this gun. The gun was stolen in Eden on 2/27/12