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Fall Turkey Shoots

The Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association will be holding its Fall Turkey Shoots starting Sunday, October 3rd. They will run every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 pm though Sunday, November 7th. 
 
These are fun shoots for shooters of all skills, beginner to expert. Events include .22 rifle at mechanical targets, shotgun clays, bench-rest and off-hand hunting rifle, and the popular mostly-luck shotgun card shoot, whereby contestants line up and shoot at index cards from 50 feet, with the pellet closest to the center of the card being the winner.  Entry fee for the individual events is $2, and prizes include a variety of frozen turkeys, hams, chickens, roasts and the like. The snack shack will also be open, with coffee, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks available at nominal prices. Come on up and join the fun!
 
PLEASE tap a quick response to this email simply saying "YES" if you have any interest in attending one or more of the shoots. We are trying to gauge the membership's interest in the Turkey Shoots so we can plan accordingly.  Many thanks.
 
ALSO:  BRF&GA Treasurer Keith Royal will be conducting a Range Orientation at the club this coming Sunday, September 19th, at 8:00 a.m. for any member who has not already attended one and who wants to use the club firing ranges. The orientation will last about about 30 minutes. All members who wish to use the ranges must attend an orientation before they are permitted to do so.
 
The Officers and Directors
Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association, Inc.

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From: Keith Royal

I will again be running the IR50-50 (.22 only) matches at our club, with the next one being May 27 at 6 pm. The shoots will continue into early October and will be listed on the club calendar.

IR50-50 is a US (mainly East Coast) sanctioned rimfire bench rest shooting organization. There are several types of matches, but I have chosen the Unlimited Class due to some restrictions in other classes. I want all those interested to be able to shoot.

We will be shooting at 50 yards off the bench, on either the 50-yard or 100-yard range depending on the number of shooters. In the Unlimited Class shooters will have 20 minutes to complete the 25-shot targets. There are three targets per match. There are also sighter bulls on the target so that shooters can get dialed in, or practice.

Unlimited is just that. Any weight .22 rifle, any power scoped (recommended) rifle and any type of bench rest such as blocks, sand bags, mechanical, etc. The match fee is $10 per shooters for the three targets. Half goes to the IR50-50, and half to our club.

At these matches you will see some custom rifles and equipment at times, but I do not want that to discourage anyone from participating. Bring your Grampa’s old .22 and get the most out of it you can. Try and improve each time, and consider possibly taking it to a higher level. You will get out of it what you put into it, trust me.

If you have any questions please contact me at royalk87@yahoo.com or at (207) 350-6282. The link to the IR50-50 web site is www.ir5050.com.

Hope to see you there!

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Match Dates/Times and Range Closures

The Matches will be held on the following dates and times. The 50-yard and 100-yard ranges will be closed to accommodate the sanctioned  shoots, but the pistol range will be open. Matches starting at 5:00 or 6:00 pm will close the 50- and 100-yard ranges until the next morning. Start times are as followed:

 

May 27   6 pm, June 10   6 pmJune 24   6 pmJuly 8   6 pmJuly 22   6 pm,  August 5   6 pm

August 19   6 pm,  August 28   9 am until 3 pm,  August 29   9 am until 3 pm

September 9   5 pm,  September 22   5 pm,  October 7   5 pm

 

The Officers & Directors

Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association, Inc.

 

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SHOOTING RANGE HOURS ARE 8am TO SUNSET EXCEPT FEBRUARY AND APRIL.

All Ranges are Closed in February. April Hours Are 10am TO 5pm

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To Our Members:

New Members: The BOD, by consensus, temporarily waived the requirement that a new member must be voted in by members attending a monthly general meeting. For the time being, the BOD will meet with new members to establish membership (or not). New members will be listed in the BOD meeting summaries emailed out to all members. In the event that a current member has an issue with the acceptance of any new member, that current member should immediately contact the club president. 
 
Renewals:  Dave Rumney has volunteered to take over the membership duties from Ken Anderson. Renewals can be made by seeing Dave at TDR Auto Supply in Boothbay Harbor (across from the Post Office) or applications can be sent by snail-mail directly to the club at P.O. Box 408, Boothbay, ME  04537. New application forms will be available on the web site and emailed to members shortly. 

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CLUB MAINTENANCE PROJECTS
 
A request was made at the July meeting of the Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association for a list of projects that need to be done at the club. All members are invited to come up and take on any of the following:
 
--Cut back the brush on the pathway to the club house, cut back brush around club house, cook house, out by the dock, around the pistol range, and behind the 50-yard shoot house
--Paint the shed
--Put a new roof on the shed.
--Install T-111 on back of cook house and paint cook house.
--Trim out 50-yard shoot house and finish fastening the roof.
--Build 50-yard target frames.
--Repair club house ceiling in kitchen and over hot water tank.
--Replace shingles on club house.
--Remove trash around club house.
--Build up low spots on the driveway.
--Cut and split firewood by the pistol range and take to club house.
--Clean club house and remove old books.
--Replace approx. 10 planks on casting pier.
 
The club will reimburse for any materials purchased for these projects, just provide the receipts. Or, see one of the officers for assistance in purchasing materials via club accounts.
 
Remember, it's not "the club," it's "your club."
 
The Officers & Directors
Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association, Inc.
 
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IMPORTANT NOTICE  - FIRING RANGES 

 
A few important items:
 
 
CLUB FIRING RANGES: There have been a lot of questions about the use of our firing ranges. The guidance we have been given is that firing ranges can remain open open in the state of Maine, as long as social distancing and group sizes are maintained and enforced.
 
We will allow club ranges to remain open (pending further state restriction) with the following provisions:
 
1. No more than 5 persons may use, or be on, the 50-yard and 100-year ranges (combined) at any given time.
2. No more than 2 persons may use, or be on, the pistol range at any one time.
3. Social distancing (6 feet between persons) must be maintained at all times. This needs to be  enforced in order for the club to remain compliant with the state mandate for ranges.  All club members have the authority to enforce the social distancing and maximum person usages.
4. Members must disinfect the chairs, benches, door handles, etc. that they have used before leaving. Many commercially available spray disinfectants will be adequate. It is also recommended that members disinfect the chair/bench they intend to use BEFORE they shoot.
5. ALSO, a reminder that all club firing ranges are open 8am until sunset but closed the entire month of February (kids only ice fishing) and from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 a.m.every day for the entire month of April. This is a long-standing daily closure we have maintained for years to accommodate fishermen out in the pond in the mornings and evenings.
 
Hopefully this will work. If there are observations or reports of violations, the Board of Directors will have no choice but to shut down the ranges completely for the duration in the interest of the health and safety of our members and to comply with state mandates. Be advised that the Lincoln County Rifle Club in Damariscotta has chosen to close all its ranges indefinitely.
 
RANGE ORIENTATIONS: Range Orientations have been suspended. We will notify the membership via email just as soon as we can conduct them again. No member is permitted to use any of the firing ranges without first attending a Range Orientation. This will be enforced. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
FISHING: Fishing is an allowed outdoor activity by the state at this time. The fishing pier will remain open, but social distancing must be maintained and enforced. No more than 3 persons are permitted to use the pier at any one time.
 
We are hoping that we can keep the club facilities open during this difficult time, but to do so we need all members' cooperation and understanding.  Many thanks.
 
The Officers & Directors
Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association, Inc.

 
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RANGE ORIENTATION

As a reminder, all BRF&GA members, current and new,  who intend to use the firing ranges must complete a one-time Range Orientation before they are authorized to do so.
 
The next range orientation will be scheduled soon at the club.
It will last about 30 minutes and be held outside
 
The Officers & Directors
Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association, Inc.
 
 
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RANGE HOURS & ORIENTATION
 
ALL CLUB FIRING RANGES are closed between sunset and 8:00 a.m. (except in February & April when different times apply). This needs to be strictly adhered to out of consideration for our club property neighbors.  This sunset to 8:00 a.m. closure has been made clear at the Range Orientations. Violations will result in termination of membership. As a further reminder, ALL members must participate in a 30-minute Range Orientation before being allowed to use the club ranges. If you haven't done one, let us know and we will try and accommodate you.
 
HANDICAP PARKING: The club now has a designated handicap parking area (with signs) next to the footbridge. Please be advised that wheelchair-accessible vans (which are usually marked as such) need at least six feet of clear space on either side of the vehicle so the individual can get in and out. Thanks for your cooperation on this.
 
 
The Officers & Directors
Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association

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NEW GATE LOCK

 

We are trying out a new style of combination padlock on the club gate. The advantage is that the numbers are much easier to see and operate than on the brass padlocks.
 
The four-number combination needs to be set at the BOTTOM of the lock, where there are two small, square cast "nubs" on either side of the number.
 
The bail has to be pushed in before you pull it out. It should come right out when you set the correct opening combination.
 
To re-lock the lock, the CORRECT COMBINATION needs to be in place, or else the bail will not fully go back into the lock body.
 
Once the bail is fully re-inserted into the lock body, simply rotate one or more of the thumb-wheels and the lock is re-set for the next person.
 
Any probs, let us know.
 
The Officers & Directors
Boothbay Region Fish & Game Assoc.

 

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BRFG TARGET STAND
 
This stand is portable and similar to the wooden stands the club often uses. The height can be increased to match your preferred shooting distance, range, and best berm impact. The base can be made from plywood or other available wood and comes apart for flat transportation. Works best with a cardboard backer.
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A ONE-TIME RANGE ORIENTATION IS NOW REQUIRED FOR ALL BRF&GA     
MEMBERS WHO INTEND TO USE THE CLUB FIRING RANGES
 
 
The Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association has made the decision to require all members who intend to use the ranges, both new members and existing members, go through a short, one-time Range Use & Safety Orientation. 
 
New Members will need to take the orientation before they will be issued badges and ID cards. Existing members will need to take the orientation before, or when  they renew for 2020 in order to use the ranges. 
 
Renewals for 2019 can be made anytime from now into 2020.  Members will be asked to sign a copy of our Range Rules to indicate they have completed the orientation and understand the rules. 
 
More orientations, conducted by Keith or other club officers, will be held in the future.
 
Members who do not plan to use the ranges at all do not have to participate in the orientation. However, these members will be prohibited from using the ranges at any time and will be removed from the club if they do.
 
The whole idea of the orientations is to be sure every member using the ranges understands how the ranges operate, what is required for safe shooting, and the range rules. Successfully completing the orientation and signing the Rules Sheet will indicate to the club that the member understands the rules and protocols of our firing ranges.
 
We thank everyone for their cooperation.
 
The Officers & Directors
Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association, Inc.
 
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 Thanks to Keith!
 
Another big thank-you goes out to Keith Royal for all his efforts in keeping our driveway and parking areas plowed out for meetings and for access to the ranges and buildings. And many thanks to Dennis and Ken for snowblowing the bridge and path. Great job everyone!
 
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 President Dennis Blackman, right, presents Curt West of Boothbay a special plaque commemorating Curt's 67th year as a member of the club. Curt joined in June of 1949 and has been a faithful member ever since.
 

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Do NOT place targets on the upright posts with the post in the center of the target. Your shots will destroy the posts and create a mess on the range requiring unnecessary maintenance.  Always fasten the targets between the posts using a backer board if necessary. 

 

                                 WRONG WAY                                                                                                                                          CORRECT PLACEMENT

                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Refreshing the Clayton Dodge memorial at the club with Hosta at spring work day.

 


Hot Range Flag. 

       The "hot range" flag pole has been installed at the gate and red flag ordered. After the flag has arrived, members entering the club driveway to shoot should raise the flag to let others know the range is hot and the last to leave should take it down and store it in the box at the bottom of the pole. 

Range safety is primary, please do your part. Thanks.


 

 When fishing Wiley Pond from a watercraft life jackets are required by law. Children under 12 should wer them on the fish pier. There is a 2 trout limit and only artificial lures and flies may be used.

 


 

 

Jefferson Man Donates Wood Duck Nesting Box to Club

Accomplished outdoorsman Larry Grimard of Jefferson builds a few wood duck nesting boxes in his spare time each winter, and generously donated one to the club in March. The boxes have to be built according to specifications, with an entrance that will allow a female wood duck to get in and out of the box, and to be deep enough to safely keep the eggs out of reach of marauding mammals or birds of prey.

Not only did Larry donate the box, but he drove down on March 10th with his ice sled and all the equipment needed to install it on the west side of Wiley Pond. He and club secretary Barry Gibson carefully crossed the pond on the ice (which was getting pretty thin), and found a suitable tree directly across from the club dock. They cleared some brush and branches out of the way, and attached the box with two lag bolts some five feet above the ground. Once installed, Larry placed several handfuls of cedar shavings in the bottom of the box and screwed the side panel shut. Project completed!

The female wood duck will normally lay a clutch of between 9 to 14 eggs from late March through April. The eggs will incubate for 25 to 35 days, and on the morning after the eggs hatch the female will leave the box and call for the ducklings, which will scratch their way up the inside of the box to the entrance (Larry puts horizontal grooves in the wood inside to make this easier.) Then the ducklings will jump out of the box into the water (or the ground and make their way to the water), where the mother duck will tend them for 5 to 6 weeks. They will be able to fly in 8 to 9 weeks.

Wood duck populations declined sharply in the late 19th century due to loss of habitat and market hunting, but protections were implemented in the 1920s, boosted by the use of nesting boxes starting in the 1930s. Populations of this very pretty duck continue to increase today due to ongoing nesting box programs and better protection of their pond and marsh habitats.

Club members can view the box with binoculars from the fishing dock, or take a closer look from a canoe or kayak, although it’s best to stay far enough away not to disturb the mother duck.

The club extends its sincere appreciation to Larry for his gift, and we have given him a one-year membership as a thank-you for his efforts.

Larry Grimard about to head across Wiley Pond to find a suitable tree for the wood duck nesting box he built. Larry attaches the box to a tree with lag bolts and a socket wrench.

Larry Grimard about to head across Wiley Pond to find a suitable tree for the wood duck nesting box he built.

Larry attaches the box to a tree with lag bolts and a socket wrench.

Cedar shavings are placed at the bottom of the box to cushion the eggs. The female duck will also line it with feathers Larry with finished Project
Cedar shavings are placed at the bottom of the box to cushion the eggs. The female duck will also line it with feathers Larry with finished Project

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