25 August 2013

Harvest Picnic - September 14th

Come and join us for the fun

Moodus Sportsman's Club's annual Summer Harvest Picnic is coming up soon!

Saturday, September 14th, [rain or shine] grounds open at 3 pm and we're serving from 4 pm until we run out of food.

Bring your favorite folding lawn chairs and catch up on visits with friends and neighbors while overlooking the scenic Moodus Reservoir.

There will be music, horse shoe tosses, and plenty of lip-smacking great food.
Pulled pork, venison chili, chowders, smoked turkey, baked bbq-chicken, a variety of fish, fresh made salads, watermelon and more!

The event will be BYOB, so if you want beer or wine bring your own.

Tickets available through any MSC member
or you can also pick them up at the Moodus Package Store
Adults under 65 - $15 || Seniors (65+) - $13 || Children under 12 - $6.

After the feast, festivities include music from our own home grown Bluesberry Jam Band [click here for a YouTube of them doing a cover of an Allman Brothers tune], join us at the horse shoe pits.

We look forward to seeing you there!

August thru December 2013 Calender of Events

Monthly members meetings begin at 7:30 PM

5      Monthly Meeting

No Sunday rentals from Sept. 1st to March 1st

        Skeet League starts Sundays in September
9      Monthly Meeting
13    Set up for Summer Harvest Picnic
14    Summer Harvest Picnic Dinner
        4 pm until 6 pm serving time

        DEEP Hunter Safety Course
4      Friday - 6 pm to 9 pm
5      Saturday - 8 am to 5 pm
6      Sunday - 8 am to 2 pm
7      Monthly Meeting
        DEEP Archery/Bowhunting Course
13    Sunday - 8 am to 4 pm

4      Monthly Meeting
9      Prime Rib & Shrimp Dinner
10    Fall Work Party
        Rain Date Nov 20
24    Game Harvest Day 8 am start

1      Black Powder Rendezvous
        8 am breakfast
        9 am til 12:30 pm
2      Monthly Meeting

Hunter Safety and Bowhunter Education Classes - October 2013

BOOKED SOLID ~ and with a waiting list
        DEEP Hunter Safety Course
4      Friday - 6 pm to 9 pm
5      Saturday - 8 am to 5 pm
6      Sunday - 8 am to 2 pm
        DEEP Archery/Bowhunting Course
13    Sunday - 8 am to 4 pm

You must complete this course and show a certificate of completion before you can get a new hunting license -if-

 • If you have never had a hunting license before - or -
 • if it has been five years since you renewed your resident hunting license - or -
 • if you are looking to obtain a long gun eligibility certificate.

All firearms hunting courses are 16 hours or longer. You must attend all scheduled class times. Check the DEEP website fact-sheet for answers to other questions you may have about hunting licenses and regulations.

You can also take it even if you have a current license and just want to get updated on changes in the DEEP Hunting rules. But you MUST register in advance to take part in the classes.

Technically, the name of this training is the "Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) course". Register for the course by calling the FRANKLIN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA Offices - (391 Route 32, North Franklin) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at (860) 642-7239.

In the sixteen hours of instruction, course topics include:
 •  Responsibility & ethics of hunters          •  Hunting & firearms laws          •  First aid & survival
 •  Safe and skillful use of modern firearms          •  Nomenclature of ammunition
 •  Introduction to safe and skillful use of muzzleloading firearms          •  Wildlife identification
 •  Introduction to trapping          •  Introduction to safe and skillful use of bowhunting equipment
 •  Marksmanship & gun handling          •  Wildlife management          •  Hunting with gundogs        
 •  Care and use of harvested game          •  Wild turkey hunting safety          •  Hunting on water

Students must pass a final examination of 100 questions with 80% correct. They must demonstrate their ability to handle firearms in actual field conditions such as live firing at a range, fence crossing and removal of firearms from vehicles. This course may take more than sixteen hours depending on weather conditions and students abilities.

The Connecticut CE/FS Program receives 75% of its funds from the Pittman-Robertson Program. The remaining 25% state match is derived by using the value of the services provided by the volunteer instructors. The Pittman-Robertson Program is funded by the excise tax paid by sportsmen on rifles, shotgun, ammunition, handguns and archery equipment. Pittman Robertson is only one of several funds and programs paid for by sportsmen to support wildlife preservation.

SOME INFO ABOUT CHANGES IN GUN LAWS and HOW IT IMPACTS HUNTERS How does the new gun law affect my activities as a hunter? The new gun law should not affect your hunting activities in the field but the requirements for purchasing firearms and ammunition, however, have changed significantly and will apply to everyone, including hunters. The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has a FAQ page that outlines some of the new firearms/ammunition restrictions.