Just a quick reminder that ATSA Annual Dues are due now. 2020 lock combinations will be active on Saturday February 1st!
Please be reminded that we will hold our October Monthly Meeting followed by our Annual Meeting on Sunday October 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm. All members are encouraged to attend as we will be electing our new Executive Committee slate for 2020.
Shooting will commence at 10:00 am as usual. At noon we will have a Potluck luncheon.
Arnold Trail Sportsman’s Association
What is happening at your club! At the monthly club meeting on Sunday, August 18th several decisions were made.
The club championship that was tentatively scheduled for August 25th has been cancelled for this year. The Turkey Shoot tentatively scheduled for October 20th was move to September 8th which is also the date of the Richmond Field Day so it is now rescheduled for Sunday, October 6th. The Lobster Feed and Fun Shoot is still planned for September 22nd. This is one of our major fund raisers and great gathering of the membership with spouses and family welcome. Jim will be raffling off 7 flats of 12 or 20 gauge shells and for each fun shoot event you enter you will get an additional ticket for the over $300 worth of door prizes to be given away. The meal tickets this year will be $25 for the lobster feed and $15 for the BBQ chicken dinner. I hope you will mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend.
In the past we have tried to hold our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers in January. The last few years we have run into stormy weather and postponed it till February. To avoid this it was decided to hold this year’s Annual Meeting in conjunction with our monthly October meeting on Oct. 20th. More info about the meeting will be coming later. However, one of the biggest decisions that will be made at the Annual Meeting will be to elect a new slate of officers. President Bill Kirby will be stepping down for health reasons and he now has other commitments that keep him from participating in club matters. Everyone agrees that Bill has done an outstanding job directing the club for the past 15 years and his leadership will be greatly missed. Bill does plan to remain a member and do what he can to help the club. Secretary Jim McMullen also feels he should step down because he plans to spend 4 to 5 months of the winter in Florida. With annual memberships coming due during his absents someone needs to take over that responsibility. Like Bill, Jim when in Maine will continue to help guide the club, but during his absence in the winter months, he too will be missed.
The nominating committee, with Dick Perkins as chairman, will also be looking to replace 2 of the Directors who are also stepping down. Replacements in these key positions of the administration of Arnold Trail are major decisions. I want to remind you that we would not have this great shooting facility at Arnold Trail if it wasn’t for the outstanding leadership we have had over the past 15 years. Yes, there is more to maintaining Arnold Trail than simple showing up on Sunday, shooting your 2-4 rounds and going home. Arnold Trail needs members willing to step up and guide the club into the future. If you would be willing to take on one of these responsible positions please contact Dick Perkins – 458-8446.
Another decision that was made at the monthly meeting was about a major purchase. The club needs a tractor. One that will handle a snow blower to clear the fields in the winter and a brush hog to maintain the open shot fall area in the summer. This tractor should also have a bucket on the front to move gravel around for repairs to the driveway and shooting fields. Secretary McMullen was instructed to talk with our good neighbor Dale Tilton at Farmer’s Choice to get a price on a used tractor that will do what needs to be done. If anyone has such a tractor that they are thinking about selling give Jim a call – 465-3458.
See you at the range, Jim
Arnold Trail Sportsman’s Association
Just wanted to keep all informed about what is going on at your gun club.
At our weekly Sunday shooting the Pyramid on field 1 is now open. Dennis Klipp, Steve and Molly Duren have agreed to run it. Last Sunday, they opened it and about a dozen shooters wandered away from the skeet field to give it a try. The targets are moderately close so it can be shot with skeet or IC chokes or even some of the smaller gauges. We hope everyone will give it a try or at least go over and see what it is all about. Thank you Dennis, Steve and Molly!
Last week we received our annual shipment of targets and reloading supplies. I didn’t know when the truck was coming so I couldn’t round up a crew to put targets in the houses. We put them all in the new garage. Dale has offered to come down again to move the pallets to the houses where we want them………so we need a work session to load the houses. For you club reloaders, we have a good supply of shot (7 ½ , 8 & 9) wads, powder and primers at better prices than you will find anywhere’s.
We originally tentatively had scheduled a combination Tower & FITASC shoot for June 22nd , that has been cancelled. However, on July 13th we will be hosting the Maine State FITASC Championship. What is FITASC, you ask, it stands for “Federation Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives de Chasse”!!!! Yes it is a French form of Sporting Clays. This is the one game that more truly simulates hunting. The rules state “FITASC is a shooting discipline reproducing hunting situations and practiced with hunting weapons and artificial targets”. It has a gun mount rule – one must keep the butt of the shotgun 10 inches below the top of the shoulder and you can’t move until you see the target after you call pull. Dave Bernier and I have shot it several times out of state and it truly is fun and challenging. No other club in Maine is doing it so I thought we can do it and bring in a lot of money for the effort. We held a registered trap shoot (got 29 one hundred target entries) on May 11th and made about $475 above expenses for the club. This one day FITASC shoot (with 48 entries) should show a profit of 1500 to 2000 dollars after expenses. Why do we need more money? As those of you who shot last winter know snow removal on the fields is a monumental task and the people who do it aren’t getting any younger. We have one walk-behind snow blower which does a good job but it is slow and a handful to operate. We need a tractor mounted blower. A new or used tractor that can be used for mowing in the summer and blowing snow in the winter is expensive, but if we are going to remain open from the end of November till the end of March we need to make an investment in such equipment.
Having said all that – we need volunteer club members to put on the FITASC shoot on Saturday, July 13th. We need 6 or 7 members willing to learn how to referee the shoot. We need 2-4 members willing to keep the traps full. Dennis Klipp has agreed to take preregistrations but he will need some help signing shooters up and collecting money the day of the shoot. Bill has agreed to put on the lunch for the shooters but he can use some help before and after the meal. Buzz Mendoza, Richie Frisella and I will be setting the targets on Thursday and Friday before the shoot. Richie (the guru of FITASC courses) came up from RI last week to look over the grounds to be sure we have enough room to do this and assured us we do and he helped layout the 4 parcourses. We’ll need to bush hog paths to the 4 different parcourses and the holding area which will all be out in the shot containment area beyond the skeet fields. The day of the shoot, we’ll need someone to control parking in our limited parking areas. I have made arrangements with Jerry Cloutier from Connecticut to bring up more traps and equipment we don’t have. This is just a one day event, BUT IT WILL BE BILLED AS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP and we need to do it up right! As shoot chairmen I’m taking on the responsibility to pull this all together so if you are available and would like to help in some way, I need to hear from you.