The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) recognizes the need for modern, safe and publicly accessible target and shooting ranges and therefore embarked on a project to meet these goals.
Since 2001, MassWildlife, through the Hunter Education Program, has assisted shooting clubs in range development and improvement activities in order to provide public access to range facilities for hunter education and shooting sports purposes. MassWildlife requested that eligible and qualified organizations provide a proposal for the enhancement and/or maintenance of an existing range facility which in turn would could be made available for Hunter Education and Public access.
Each fiscal year, $50,000 in grant monies has been available. MassWildlife has funded several proposals and has reimbursed up to 75% of those project costs approved by the grants awarded. MassWildlife plans to continue this program based on funding availability. Clubs interested in learning more about the program can contact the Hunter Education Office at (508) 389-7820.
Massachusetts Shooting Clubs With Public Access
Great Trails Council
Chesterfield Boy Scout Council
22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield 01341
The Council's shotgun, rifle and archery ranges shall be open to the public on Saturdays from September through October from 10 A.M. until Noon. Skeet and Trap ranges are open to the public on Sundays from 1 P.M. until dusk.
Conway Sportsman's Club
245 Elmer Road, Conway
PO Box 202, Conway 01341
The club's 100-yard rifle range is open to the public May through September; Tuesday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and October through April; Tuesday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. The club's 3-D archery course is open to the public during all scheduled and non-scheduled shooting events. The club's sporting clays course is open to the public during all scheduled and non-scheduled shooting events.
Easthampton Fish & Game Association, Inc.
92 College Highway Southampton
P.O. Box 438 Southampton 01073-0438
The club's trap and skeet fields shall be open to the public Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. (or later), Wednesdays 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. (or later), and Thursdays 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. (or later).
Leominster Sportsmen's Association
1455 Elm Street, Leominster
P.O. Box 484, Leominster 01453
The club's 100-yard rifle/pistol range is open to the public from 9 A.M. to Noon on Sundays. Archery range is open to the public daily from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. All organized 3-D archery shoots are open to the public. Shoots are scheduled twice a month on Saturdays from 8 A.M. to Noon. Black Powder range is open to the public on Sundays from 10 A.M. to Noon. All club organized competitive black powder shoots are open to the public. Skeet and Trap ranges are open to the public on Sunday and Tuesday mornings from 9 A.M. to Noon and seasonally on Tuesday and Friday evenings from dusk to 9 P.M.
Holbrook Sportsmen's Club
150 Quincy Street
P.O. Box 275, Holbrook, MA 02343
The club's Skeet and Trap ranges shall be open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 6 P.M. and on Sundays 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. The Big Bore Range for Black Powder Practice shall be open to the public on Wednesdays at 2:30 to 6 P.M. The Big Bore Range for Civilian Marksmanship shall be open to the public last Sunday of the month 9:30 A.M. - 6 P.M. The Big Bore Range shall be open to the public accomanied by a club member of Range master on the premises Sunday through Friday 9 A.M. - 6 P.M. and Saturday 12:30 - 6 P.M.
Ipswich Fish & Game Association
122 Paradise Road (P.O. Box 55), Ipswich MA 01938
The clubs Trap Field shall be open to the public on Thursday evenings from 6 P.M. – 8 P.M. and Sundays from 12 Noon to 4 P.M.
Hanson Rod & Gun Club
Davis Road, Hanson
P.O. Box 101, Hanson, MA 02341
The clubs Indoor range is open to the public on Monday evenings for competitive handgun shooting from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. Wednesday evenings for the junior rifle program from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. (September through May) and every 3rd Sunday of the month for Blacklight shoots starting at 10 A.M. The club's 3-D Archery course is open to the public throughout the calendar year. The club's Trap shooting range is open to the public on Sundays at 1 P.M. and Wednesdays at 6:30 P.M. The club's Civilian Marksmanship Program is offered twice a month and is open to the public.
Monument Beach Sportsmens Club, Inc.
199 MacArthur Blvd. (P.O. Box 321), Buzzards Bay, MA 02553
The club's Outdoor Trap Range shall be open to the public year round, during scheduled instruction on Mondays at 9 A.M., Thursdays at 3 P.M., Saturdays at 9 A.M. and Sundays at 10 A.M. The Indoor Archery Range shall be open to the public on Tuesdays from 7 P.M. until close. The Outdoor 3-D Archery range shall be open to the public during 4 scheduled evening events throughout the year. The Indoor Pistol Range shall be open to the public during scheduled target pistol events, 40 weeks each year on Mondays starting at 7 P.M. and during scheduled Youth Rifle Instruction on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday evenings of the month.
Scituate Rod & Gun Club, Inc.
Off Chief Justice Cushing Highway, P.O. Box 321, North Scituate, MA 02060
(781) 545-1510 Best times to call: Weekdays 4:30 P.M. - 6 P.M. or weekends in the afternoon.
The club's skeet field is open to the public on Wednesdays from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. and Sundays from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. The club's 3-D Archery Course is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, 50 weeks out of the year. Cowboy (pistol) matches and rifle matches are open to the public. The club's Junior Marksmanship program for school age children and teens is open from September through June on Sunday mornings from 10 A.M. to Noon.