New Membership Application Process
Effective 2/17/13, the club has a new procedure for “New Membership” applications, which is described on the new “Become a Member” page of our website. This applies to people who have never been a club member before and to people who have not been a club member for two years or more, who now want to return.
The significant changes are that, starting 2/17/13, all new applicants will be interviewed by members of the Board of Directors before their applications are approved. Also, all new applicants will be required to show that they have completed a Firearms Safety Class or a Hunter Education Class, unless they wish to join for archery only.
(Please note that this new process does not apply to current club members. The renewal process remains the same. Please visit the new “Renew Your Membership” page of the website when it is your time to renew. You will find your membership expiration date on your membership badge).
Monthly Members Meeting
We meet on the third Wednesday of every month, at 7:00PM. ( In Summer months we have a free cookout before the meeting, starting at 5:30pm.) Members, please try to attend the monthly meetings so you can learn what is happening at the Club and contribute your ideas and knowledge to help make the Club even better!
4 Hour Annual Work Commitment
FCSC members are expected to contribute a minimum of 4 hours of time per year to the Club. This commitment can be fulfilled in a number of ways:
- Help at one of the Club Work Bees
- Join a Committee (Membership, Finance, Range and Safety, Field, Publicity).
- Help at one of the Club's Public Events (Stone Age Skills Day, Black Powder Day, Registered Trap, Family Archery Day, Beginning Skeet, Turkey Shoots, etc.)
- Help with Club Maintenance (empty trash into the dumpster, clean bathrooms, clean classroom, pick up brass and trash on ranges, etc.)
- Help with the Mowing
- Help at FCSC's booth at the Franklin County Fair
- Cook at one of the Summer Club Meetings, Registered Trap or one of our Events
- Be a candidate for the Board of Directors.
If you are unable to contribute 4 hours of work time to the Club, you may make a payment of $10 per hour in lieu of the time. Thank you.
It is the time, energy, ideas and talent of Club Members that make our Club a great place to shoot!
Skeet Shooting Hours
Skeet shooting is normally held on Thursday afternoons beginning at 5pm and Sundays at noon, weather permitting.
Instruction is available and BEGINNERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME !
We are hosting a Beginners Skeet Shoot on Friday May 18 at 5pm. As a Club member, we will provide you a shotgun, ammo, a free round of clays and friendly instruction for any member who has not tried this activity.
Non-Member Sign In
In accordance with Club rules to comply with club's insurance provider, all non-members who wish to shoot as a guest of a Club member are required to be accompanied by a Club member and are required to complete a waiver of liability form. This form is available online and at the clubhouse. The host member must insure that these forms are completed properly and left in the lockbox on the wall inside the club meeting room.
We need volunteers to help with the mowing. Please email Ray Samson or call him at 665-3711.
Please shoot at breakable targets on the right side of 100 yd. range. Remember, only authorized targets, clay birds, water jugs, but clean up your mess after.
Please leave the left side of the 100 yd line with the cables for the paper target shooters. Please do not shoot at the cable or poles.
Shooting at less than 100 yds requires that your target be elevated from the ground and not placed n the ground itself. This is a safety issue to eliminate rounds skipping off the ground and bypassing the protective berm at the end of the range.
From time to time the club sends out email from the website to club members who have provided an email address. Sometimes we have faulty email addresses in our database and so some this mail is returned undelivered. If your address is bad and you provided us with a phone number in the contact form we will call to confirm the correct email address. If there is no phone number provided, we will simply delete the email addrfess to prevent further bounces.
Conservation Law Enforcement Program
Since the program's beginning in 1989, more than 500 students have graduated. Many have found employment as law enforcement or conservation officers at state and national parks across the U.S., with the MA. Environmental Police, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S Forest Service, and as wardens with state and fish and game departments.
Our 50 instructors have years of experience in all phases of Natural Resource Law Enforcement. They include current or retired National or State Park Rangers, MA. Environmental Police Officers, State Police Officers, officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Forest Services, and UMASS Amherst faculty.
This nationally recognized program provides 400 hours of professional and specialized instruction and practice, over a six month period for students who want to become resource oriented enforcement officers in a state or federal environmental agency.
For a complete information and application packet, contact:
Continuing and Professional Education
100 Venture Way, Suite 201
Hadley, MA. 01035-9430