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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

Change to Annual Awards
Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The Board of Directors has decided to stop offering an annual award due to cost.  However the annual award is still available for those who wish to purchase one.  The cost of the annual award is $20 if the award is picked up at the banquet.  If you would like the annual award mailed to you the cost is $25.  The deadline for submitting a big/small game entry was Jan. 7th.  In the future if you would like an award please send a check made payable to the MBA to:

Mike Billiel, 3 Patten Hill Rd, Colrain, MA 01340 or hopefully pay online in the near future through this website.

Note:  A member who sends in his first entry will receive an annual award at no charge.