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:   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. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017







February 16th  4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Vermont State House Cafeteria, Montpelier, VT

Attendance is Free


Your presence is requested!

Please join Co-Chairs Rep. Pat Brennan, Rep. Cynthia Browning, Sen. John Rodgers, and Sen Alice Nitka and members of the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus to celebrate our hunting and angling heritage and to discuss some of the issues the sporting community is facing locally and nationally.


Invited Speakers:

Governor Phil Scott, VT F&W Commissioner Louis Porter, and Brent Miller, the Northeast Director for the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation.


Cocktails: 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm, Speakers: 5:15 pm, followed by great food!


Provided: Wild Game Appetizers, Chef Ray's Famous Venison Chili, Cash Bar,

Raffles, Door Prizes, and More!


Annual Wild Game Chili Contest:  Bring your crockpot of wild game chili to the event and enter it in the contest and take home the blue ribbon! Official Judges, Prizes, and Good Fun. Bring your friends & family!


Sponsorship Opportunities:    GOLD ~ $1,000       SILVER ~ $500        BRONZE ~ $250


For more information:

Contact Rep. Pat Brennan at 802.578.2768 or