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There's Always More for You to Do at Our Club.

We're Vermont's largest outdoor shooting range and woodland sporting club.

 

The range is open every day of the year for members and closes at dusk. No shooting is allowed after dark.

 

Range activities include

  • Target Shooting

  • Skeet

  • 3D Archery

  • Women's Shooting Activities

  • Competitions

  • Cowboy Action Shooting

  • Woods Walk Shoots

  • Black Powder Muzzleloading

  • Knife and Axe Throws

  • Primitive Biathlon

  • Special Events

  • The clubhouse and grounds are also available for private functions and gatherings.

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And be sure to keep scrolling to see what's new.

Bullet Points

Club News & Events

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, February 29

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Drop in at the VFW Post in Hyde Park for our monthly meeting on Thursday, February 29. See what's happening at the range and bring your ideas too.

 

All members are welcome. Dinner will be available at 6:00pm followed by the meeting at 6:30 sharp. 

 

...And watch out for those rotor blades in the parking lot!

 

Gun Show March 16 & 17

72-Hour Waiting Law Will Not Apply

2024 Gun Show Flyer

Looking for guns and outdoor gear? Make plans to visit the Gun & Outdoor Sportsman Show March 16 & 17 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. With over 200 exhibitors, there'll be something for every firearms and outdoor sporting enthusiast.

And most notably, you can take your new guns with you immediately. Vermont's 72-hour waiting period for firearm purchases will not apply to this show

 

For more information, contact Larry Hamel at 802-917-2886 or lwhamel@aol.com

President's Day 2024

Presidents Day 2024

President's Day is a time to reflect on the importance of keeping true to the Constitution as George Washington himself advised.

 

Note how our first President spoke of setting aside his own predilections—his personal biases—and rigorously used the Constitution as his guide instead.

 

And now the Vermont Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs works diligently to remind and to push our present day legislators to do exactly the same.

 

Read more of what the Federation is doing and consider what you can do too. It’s just as important now as it was for George Washington.

 

2024 7th Annual Primitive Biathlon, Largest Yet, First Place Finishers Announced

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Black powder shooting enthusiasts showcased their muzzleloading skills at our 7th Annual Primitive Biathlon on the weekend of January 27th and 28th. The weather was perfect with temps in the 30s and good snow coverage. It was our biggest biathlon event yet with 71 entries from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Canada.

 

Participants on snowshoes traversed a two-mile biathlon trail targeting four shooting stations running through varied woodland terrain. A rustic campfire canteen halfway along the trail served breakfast, lunch and refreshments. In keeping with the spirit of the primitive event, most participants wore traditional garb as well.

 

There was something for everyone in categories including Men, Women, Senior (70+), Junior (16 and under), Modern (inline), Woods Walkers (not timed), Pistol and Smoothbore firearms. Everyone had a great time thanks to the 30 volunteers committed to making the 2024 Primitive Biathlon a huge success. 

 

Congratulations to the medalists! Plaques will be awarded to the following first place finishers in each category:

 

Men, Rollo MacWilliams

Women, Danielle Rougeau

Senior (70+), Eric Piccioni

Junior (16 and under), Owen MacWilliams

Pistol, Brian Rowell

Smoothbore, Brian Rowell

Woods Walker, Eric Piccioni

Modern (Inline), no entrants

 

Click here to see all scoring data.

 

And be sure to join us again in 2025 for our next Primitive Biathlon event!

Protecting Freedom For All

Some Important Updates From the President of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs

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Chris Bradley, President of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, has some very important news on our legislator's continued attack on our sporting and gun rights.

 

He also has an update on the Federation's federal lawsuit to restore Second Amendment freedoms that have already been demolished by unconstitutional actions in the State House.

 

Mentioned too are upcoming events including the annual Legislative Mixer and of course everyone's favorite, the Sportsmen's Banquet and Gun Raffle. 

 

Be in the know, read more...

Lamoille Women's Shooting Group

Women Teaching Women the Skills to Shoot Safely and Confidently

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Ladies, are you looking to learn about firearms?

Maybe brushing up on your skills?

Thinking about self-defense?

Wondering where to start?

 

Then take a look at the Lamoille Women's Shooting Group. 

 

We offer a welcoming and non-intimidating place to learn about a wide variety of topics related to the safe and responsible use of firearms. 

 

Our group meets monthly here at the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club April through November and at other nearby indoor locations January through March for non-shooting self defense topics.

 

Meetings are open to women of all skill levels including beginners. There’s always something for everyone.  

 

Contact us for more information.

VT Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Sues State of VT in Federal Court to Restore Gun Rights, You Too Can Help

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Liberty. It's up to all of us.​

On December 15, 2023, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs filed a lawsuit in Federal Court challenging two unconstitutional Vermont gun laws. 

 

One law forces Vermonters to wait 72 hours before buying a firearm. The other law bans Vermonters from buying standard capacity firearm magazines just like those already in common use here and across our nation.

 

Also, the Vermont Federation has filed an injunction in Federal Court to stop the state from enforcing these unconstitutional laws.

 

Support for the Federation's work has been provided by donations from everyday sportsmen and sportswomen plus firearm dealers and sporting organizations throughout Vermont. 

 

And our own Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club has proudly contributed significantly as well.

 

The Federation asks you too to join in their mission. Donations can be made directly using this link to the Vermont Federation. Mail-in contributions may be addressed to VTFSC Defense Fund, 14 Stafford Ave., Morrisville, VT 05661-8514.

 

For questions concerning this filing, contact Federation President Chris Bradley at vtfsc.president@gmail.com

New Winter Skeet Program Meets Rapidly Growing Interest

Public Welcome Sundays & Tuesdays, Noon – 4 pm

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A brand new Winter Skeet Shotgun Program is now open to the public at the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club. The program was developed in direct response to growing interest in this exciting shotgun sport. 

 

This year a wide variety of shotgun clinics, youth events and individual coaching activities—plus regular old fashioned word of mouth—have brought many new shooters to our range. And we're enjoying the return of many old friends as well.

 

Winter skeet shooting sessions will be held every Sunday and Tuesday from noon to 4:00pm. Club membership is not required. Each round of skeet is only $5; ammo is available for purchase on site. Loaner shotguns and safety gear can be provided as well.

 

Special thanks go out to our dedicated volunteers including Keith Ulrich, Mike Mayo, Wyatt Tallman and Doug Ryder for bringing this new program to life. Their continuing work in coaching, maintaining the range, building a heated warming area and planning for snow grooming will make for a really fun winter skeet season.

 

So, if you haven't yet experienced the thrill of shooting and breaking some clay pigeons, maybe this is your time to give it a shot!

 

For more information, please contact Keith Ulrich at 802-730-9340.

Chip Chaffee, Top Skeet Shooter

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Congratulations to Chip Chaffee as Top Skeet Shooter of the 2023 season at the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club. 

 

To win his title, Chip shot three perfect rounds breaking all 25 clays as well as numerous additional rounds where he hit 24 of 25. 

 

And now there's the range's New Winter Skeet Program for Chip to continue honing his skills. We have no doubt that he's going to be doing exactly that.

 

Great shooting Chip and best of luck in the new season!

 

Important Safety Reminder

No Shooting After Dark

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During this time of year when days are short and night falls early, it’s important to remember a vital safety fact.

 

Shooting after dark is hazardous. And shooting after dark has always been strictly prohibited at the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club. 

 

So we ask all our members to be sure to plan their range visits for daylight hours only. We're counting on you to be safe and to set a good example for the shooting community.

Thank you.

Sign Up for Hunter Education & Additional Outdoors Programs

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There's a lifetime of adventure to be found in the woods of Vermont and The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department offers a variety of free programs for the public to learn about the great outdoors. 

 

Hunter Education Classes prepare you for your first hunting license. Look on the Department's website to find a certified class near you.

Additional outdoors programs including fishing, bowhunting, trapping, wildlife seminars and more are available too. See them here.

And we'll see you outdoors.

 

Youth Skeet Program Concludes with Youths vs. Parents Match

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The Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club's popular Youth Shotgun Program finished its 2023 season with a fun skeet match pitting youths against their parents. The contest ended in a draw; a tie breaking shoot-off then gave the parents a plus one advantage to take the win.

 

Everyone had a great time learning the skill of shotgun shooting and the club is looking forward to holding another youth skeet program in May 2024.

 

As always, we welcome your feedback and ideas for future events. Contact Chief Trainer Keith Ulrich at 802-730-9340 with your comments. Thanks and we'll look forward to seeing you at the range!

Summer of 2023 was Unusually Wet...

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...and moisture and guns can make for a really nasty, rusty surprise. So, don't forget to check your firearms for corrosion now that the humid summer weather is behind us.

 

If you do find some light rust, typically a bit of elbow grease along with some #0000 steel wool or a brass brush and some gun solvent will usually do the trick. Follow that up with a good cleaning and a coat of gun oil and you'll be all set.

 

Then it's always a good practice to check your firearms every few months. Give them a wipe down with fresh oil even if they haven't been used to help keep the rust at bay.

 

After all, who wouldn't want to have a sharp-looking gun when they go to the range, right?

2023 Vermont Muzzleloading

Championships

Final Scores Posted

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It was a fun and busy weekend for black powder enthusiasts. Muzzleloader shooters of all levels gathered to test their shooting skills on a wide variety of guns including percussion, flintlock, smoothbore, inline, pistol and cartridge firearms. 

 

Take a look at the top scores.

 

There was lots to eat as well with two huge cowboy cookout lunches and a big potluck supper on Saturday night. 

 

And in the evenings, knife and hawk throwers sharpened their skills on a 19-station throwing course with four moving targets.

 

So be sure to join us again next year on Labor Day weekend for the 2024 Vermont State Muzzleloading Championships.

 

Trouble With the Gate?
Don't Try This

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Please note that the security gate at the range entrance always locks in the down position. Attempting to lift it manually will only break it off.

 

The surveillance video frame pictured above shows exactly how this can happen.

 

So if you do experience a problem with the gate, always call 802-371-7280 for assistance. Thank you.

VT Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Legislative Resources

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One of the primary missions of the Vermont Federation of Sportsman's Clubs is working  with the State Legislature to protect our rights to hunt, fish, trap and own firearms.

 

The Federation's website has a wealth of information including fact sheets for gun owners as well as a listing of new legislation being monitored.

 

And if you see something that makes you think you'd like to make a statement, the Federation has a convenient online tool for you to take action and make your views known in the State House.

2023 Sixth Annual Primitive Biathlon

Recap, Photos and Top Scores

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On the snowy weekend of January 28-29, black powder enthusiasts gathered at our club to test their muzzleloading shooting skills at our sixth annual Primitive Biathlon.

 

See the recap to learn more about this traditional event.

2022 Annual Report Points Up Club's Accomplishments

2022 was a great year for the Lamoille Valley Fish & Game Club. Thanks to our members working together to support the range, we were able to host a number of exciting programs and events.

Read the report and see what we've done.

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