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Representatives Vieira and Gobi Introduce Sportsmen’s Caucus
Saturday, May 12th, 2012

by David T. Vieira on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 4:32pm·

Boston, MA – Representatives David T. Vieira (R-East Falmouth) and Anne M. Gobi (D-Spencer) recently held a meeting with their peers establishing the bipartisan Massachusetts House Sportsmen’s Caucus. The meeting established the leadership team for the Caucus, with Vieira and Gobi as co-chairs.
“I look forward to growing the membership in the House Sportsmen’s Caucus and to get our members out of the State House to experience first-hand the valuable resources we have for outdoor recreation and sportsmanship. It is fitting to establish the Caucus this year as it is the centennial anniversary of the Sandwich Fish Hatchery, a true gem of MassWildlife,” said Representative Vieira.
“I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on a variety of issues that affect our natural environment. I am hopeful that this caucus will bring together people who value our resources and help to develop policies that will benefit generations to come,” stated Rep. Gobi.
The House Sportsmen’s Caucus will serve many different purposes. It will work to preserve and promote the traditional rights of Massachusetts citizens to hunt, fish, and pursue outdoor activities. It will ensure that Massachusetts sportsmen and women have reasonable access to public lands to enjoy outdoor pursuits. Additionally, the Caucus will work to protect the investment of sportsmen and women in wildlife and fisheries management by safeguarding the integrity of user fee trust funds and license revenue. It will support efforts to enhance multiple use habitat management for wildlife and fisheries as well as recognize the importance of hunting, fishing, and other activities to our Commonwealth’s economy.
The bipartisan organization is being modeled after the highly successful Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) that is active in the U.S. Congress. Founded in 1989, the CSC is one of the largest and most effective caucuses in the U.S. Congress with nearly 300 members representing almost all of the fifty states. The CSC is the sportsmen’s ally and first line of defense in the nation’s capitol promoting and protecting the rights of hunters, trappers and anglers.

Hunt for Deer Antlers & Discover a Sense of Place – Sunday 3/25
Monday, March 5th, 2012

Shed Hunt – Sunday, March 25, 2012 9 AM – 12 Noon

Each year, male white tailed deer shed their antlers, which you can find as you walk in the countryside. The Upton Open Space Committee and Friends of Upton State Forest are co-hosting a Shed Hunt at the Former Stefans Farm in Upton. Participants will be given maps and shown how to use a compass. We will divide into small groups that will go for an off-trail treasure hunt looking for deer antlers.

There is rough footing in places and it can be wet, so wear appropriate shoes. Protective clothing and eyewear are also recommended (brambles, branches and shrubs can hurt). We recommend insect repellant.

This program is open to all ages and skill levels. Children are welcome with supervision. Liability waiver required. A parent must sign for anyone under 18. Meet in the parking area at the Community Garden on Mechanic Street, Upton (near the power lines). As a courtesy to hikers who may be fearful or allergic, please leave pets at home. There is no charge. Inclement weather cancels.

While not required, participants are encouraged to attend an intro session, on Wednesday, March 21, 7PM at Nipmuc High School on Pleasant Street in Upton. Workshop leader, Gerry Lemire, will show a short video, and explain deer behavior and basic compass use.

Participation is limited and is first come, first serve. Send questions and an RSVP to uptonopenspaceevents@charter.net with the number of persons in your party. You will receive e-mail confirmation by March 19.

Membership Drive
Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Our new secretary, Ed Conolly, is heading up a membership drive forum. Ed can be reached at 774-212-5636 or massarcher@yahoo.com. We have over 300 sportman’s clubs, archery shops, taxidermists and other related vendors. Our goal is to have at least 60 area reps visit 5 -10 clubs, shops or vendors each with our newly printed posters and membership boxes. Each area rep will be responsible for visiting their 5-10 clubs, shops or vendors a couple of times a year to make sure that the poster is in a visable position and the membership box of applications is kept full. If you are interested in becoming an area rep, and helping us with our membership drive, please contact Ed at the above email or phone number or myself at 800-BOWHUNT. We need to increase our membership now more than ever with the Sunday Bowhunting Bill now at the house for a vote and the anti’s fighting us stronger than ever. Membership numbers speak If you will be at our banquet, we will be kicking off the Area Rep program and you can pick up your kits there. Thank for your support. All the best. Boomer