Committee Chair:Dan Krasnecky | email
Hamilton Rod & Gun Club offers both indoor and outdoor archery ranges. The indoor range is located in the Pavilion and used only during the winter months. Currently there are over 75 archers taking part in the shoots. Archers range in age from eight years old to senior members. The matches are well organized and held every Sunday morning from 9:00 am till noon. Usually, there is plenty of food which is provided by the members at more than reasonable prices. Season ending banquets top off the year with awards to the top archers. Check the Club Calendar to make sure of the dates, then come and visit a shoot. Meet the archers and see how easy you can soon join in on all the fun. We are always looking for young, interested kids to learn bowmanship from our experienced archers!
Committee Chairs:Jay and Joyce Schmidt | email
Please print this application, fill it out, and mail it with payment to:
c/o Hamilton Rod & Gun Club, Inc.
24 Hamilton Road, PO Box 954
Sturbridge, MA 01566-0954
Or, you can call the Club at 508-347-3389. Please have application in 4 weeks prior to your requested camping date. The Campground Chairman will confirm your reservation and provide you with a site number(s). All RV�s must be registered. Sites must be rented by a Club Member. Non-members may be guests. Non-members may fish by "day pass" only and are restricted to catch and release only.
Hamilton's camping area overlooks 3rd pond. If you want a site for the camping season, you need to get your application in early. The Boy Scouts take advantage of this area pre-season and enjoy practicing their outdoor skills here. There are cooking sites near the center of the clearing and fishing is only a few steps away. If you own a canoe, 3rd pond is a nice place to paddle around to improve the boating skills of the younger people.
Remember the camping area is part of your club, so try to leave it cleaner than you found it!
Committee Chair:Craig Lusignan| email
At Hamilton there are three very accessible ponds of varying sizes where you and the kids may fish to your hearts content. Pond One, closest to the Pavilion is a catch and release only pond using only barbless hooks. If a fishing derby is in progress you may keep what you catch. This is the pond where our fly fishermen present their skills and there is absolutely no bait casting up until Fathers' Day. The other ponds may be fished as soon as the ice is out. Catch and release and barbed hooks may be used. We also do a lot of ice fishing for you cold weather folks. Check the Calendar for fishing events during the entire year.
Committee Chair:Ryan Gragen | email
When the ice goes out the fish go in and the fly fishermen have Pond One all to themselves until Fathers' Day. Ryan Gragen and his crew stock the pond with some pretty big trout and all those bobbers hitting the water tend to scare the fish. Remember, no bait casting until after Fathers' Day. Remember we use only barbless hooks in Pond One and it's strictly catch and release.
There is plenty of room for more fly fishermen, so get in touch with Ryan to find out about how to get in on some great fishing! You must pay a fee to fly fish. Stocking the pond isn't cheap!
The Fly Fishing Rules apply to the First Pond only. You must be a member of the Fly Fishing Club to fish the First Pond during the Fly Fishing Season, from ice-out until Fathers' Day. You must have a current Fly Fishing Club Membership Card with you when fishing during the Fly Fishing Season. You do not need to be a member of Hamilton Rod & Gun Club to join the Fly Fishing Club. If you are not a member of Hamilton Rod & Gun you are not allowed to fish any other pond or fish outside of the Fly Fishing Season.
Committee Chair:Steve Tamburri | email | (860) 202-0665 (mobile)
Here at Hamilton the pistol range is located directly off the main parking lot. The pistol house has two rooms. One for shooting and a quiet room with tables and chairs for cleaning your weapons or talking with fellow shooters. There are also wood stoves in both rooms so shooting in the winter months is comfortable. The shooting area has ten firing windows to accommodate the many entrants in shooting matches. Pistols and revolvers can be used on the range as well as some pistol-caliber carbines/rifles. Please see the range rules for specific caliber restrictions. Shotguns are not allowed on the pistol range except for sanctioned club events.
Acting Committee Chair and Match Director:Dick LaFranchise | email
Assistant Match Director:Bob Berthiaume | email
Note that the club is actively seeking a permanent Rifle Committee Chairperson, and has an active committee able and willing to support a new Chair in various shooting activities. Dick LaFranchise is heading up the search committee.
The range is divided by meters, not yards, and consists of the following distances backed up by berms: 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200 and 228 meters respectively. 228 meters equals 250 yards. There are many shooters who shoot for accuracy, checking their impacts with the latest spotting scopes.
Committee Co-Chair:Bob Berthiaume | email
Committee Co-Chair:Joe Gubitose | email
Hamilton's trap range is busy every Sunday from 9:30am until 12:30pm unless it is raining. Our new voice activated throwers work well and keep the squads moving right along. At the present time, one round of trap costs $3.50. The trap range is open to the public on Sunday. The number of shotgunners is increasing with women getting back into the mix.
Monday Trap Shoot will only be held if there is enough interest. If you would like to shoot please call Bert at 1-508-612-8327. Sunday Morning Trap is still running!
Committee Co-Chair:Lorrie Jeskey | email
Committee Co-Chair:Linda Cote | email
Youth Activities provides entertainment geared for the children of Hamilton Rod & Gun Club families. The entertainment will include the Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Party, Hay Rides, etc. and to provide equipment to help kids enjoy their day while their parents enjoy other activities. As time goes by more activities will be offered. Any members interested in helping out or joining this committee contact either of the co-chairs above.
Upland Bird Club/Game
Committee Chair:Robb Yahn | email
Game Committee Chair:Charlie Comeau | email
Hamilton Rod & Gun Club is an approved State Licensed Class B Commercial Shooting Preserve. As such we are allowed to raise and stock our own birds on HRG property and other approved properties from September 15th through March 31st.
You must be a current member of HRG in good standing to join the UBC. In addition to HRG membership dues there is a yearly UBC membership fee to help pay for the feeding of the birds. For complete details on becoming a member of the Upland Bird Club please contact Robb Yahn at 508-208-0635. Please also view the UBC Rules.
Any Waterfowl hunting done on HRG club grounds must conform to both State and Federal regulations.
All HRG grounds are closed to the general public (non-HRG members) for all Hunting.
Committee Chair:Judy Tryba | email
The Hamilton Rod & Gun Club can accommodate your yearly company function. Many corporations hold their annual picnics, banquets, clambakes and barbecues here. Our Pavilion overlooks a large grassy field and beautiful pond where wildlife is abundant, the view is serene and the air is fresh. The Pavilion, as well as the Club House, is perfect for weddings, reunions, wedding and baby showers, anniversaries and company meetings. We provide you with the perfect environment and full bar in both facilities.
To schedule a tour of the facilities, please contact the Facilities Rental Chair.
Check the Calendar to see if the date you want is available and then call the Club at 508-347-3389 or send an email to the address above. The Club is not available for rentals on holiday weekends. The Pavilion is seasonal, and is open from April 1st to October 1st.
Club House Fee: $300.00 plus tax
Pavilion Fee: $400.00 plus tax
Member rates are available to members in good standing, after one year of membership and renewal. There is a refundable $150.00 cleaning/damage deposit for rental of either facility if you setup and cleanup your own party. Rental fees do not include gratuities to the TIPS-certified bartenders which are provided by the Club.
Before a date and facility can be reserved you must sign a rental contract, pay the rental fee and provide the cleaning/damage deposit.
Club House & Bar
Committee Chair:John Oakes | email
Our Club House and Bar is a great place to spend a little down time on a Friday evening. The Club House is a great place for parties or that special occasion. See Facilities Rentals for all the information on prices, times and dates. Your children are welcome to come in with you to have their favorite soft drink and they can even bring the dog (on a leash of course). The restrooms have just been renovated and are handicapped accessible. Members may bring a guest, but the guest must leave with the member. Bar will close early if no customers are coming in.
Committee Chair:Ron Komar | 508-347-8238
The goal of this committee is to provide new members with information and assist them in becoming active members of the Club.
We schedule a number of Open Club days and invite all new and even old members to participate in show casing the many features of Hamilton Rod & Gun Club.
The informal sessions are scheduled for the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 am until approximately 1:00 pm. Questions... answers... donuts... and a good dose of camaraderie.
We are also looking for input from the new members. If you have a special interest or skill or desire to explore the possibility of some new event please let us know! Football... baseball... softball... NASCAR event... fishing trip... bon fire night... anything is possible... just let us know.
We're here to help make this Club your Club!!!
Committee Chair:Dick LaFranchise | email
In the ongoing effort to properly manage the environmental resources at Hamilton Rod & Gun Club, Inc. Trap, Rifle, Pistol and Sporting Clay ranges, the Board of Directors has developed this Environmental Stewardship Plan. The goal of the Environmental Stewardship Plan, along with the actions necessary to meet the goals, is detailed here.
- Identify issues of potential environmental concern that may exist or develop at Hamilton Rod & Gun Club, Inc. trap, rifle, pistol and sporting clay ranges.
- Identify, evaluate and prioritize appropriate actions to manage these issues.
- Generate a list of short and long-term action items and the steps necessary to implement each item.
- Develop a schedule for implementation of these action items.
- Identify ways the success of any site modifications or changes in site management techniques will be measured.
- Annually evaluate the progress toward the environmental stewardship goals, and identify goals, actions and any appropriate revisions to the ESP for subsequent years.
3. Environmental Goals
- Prevent migration of lead particle/shot off site through ground water and surface water runoff.
- Discourage ingestion of lead by wildlife.
- Encourage wildlife utilization outside of the shot fall zones.
- Maintain soil pH in the range of 6.5 - 8.5 in the shot fall area.