Nenameseck Club meeting minutes for December 6th 2016
The meeting was opened by Dick Silva at 7:15
The minutes were read and passed for the month of November by Chet.
The treasure's report was read and passed for the month of November by Dick Hamilton.
There were 12 new applications for membership voted in this month.
There were no correspondence this month for the club.
Activities for this month
There was no bowling pin shoot held this month.
The Junior rifle team has been shooting for 4 weeks now and is progressing well. The kids are learning how to shoot Olympic style shooting. ( Sitting, Kneeling, and prone positions.)
The 22 rifle league will be starting on the first Wednesday after the new years'. cost is 10 per week. Also starting after the new years' is the indoor 3D on Wednesday night starting at 7pm, and the Friday night spot league.
The Saturday morning kids league will be starting on January 7th. All returning kids that wish to participate please call Morgan Toelken by December 19th to reserve the spot . All other children that wish to participate must call Morgan after the 19th and will be placed on a waiting list . H-413 967 6293 C- 413 668 4774
Friends of the NRA are holding a gun a day raffle Ticket are $25 and can be purchased from Joe Messina
The roof over the outdoor pistol range has been completed. A big thank you goes out to Jim Desabrais II for all the hard work he put in getting this done. Work on the automatic gate opener is progressing well and should be done soon. A new shooting bench will be built across the new outdoor pistol range to accommodate the shooters. An area will be left open for people who wish to practice full draw from their holsters or combat style shooting.
Range rules
A mailing had gone out about the range rules. There were a few people who had questions about them and came to the board of directors meeting to get confirmation about them. One question pertained to the age requirement and caliber of children shooting long guns (rifles and shot guns). Currently the minimum age is 10 and the caliber is limited to 22 long rifle and 410 shot gun. It was discussed at the directors meeting and again at the club meeting. It was decided that with proper adult supervision the age for shooting long guns will be lowered to age 8 and the long gun restriction is lifted.
The club is looking to upgrade our website. We will be looking into either changing our current one or getting a new one. We would like to be able to post scores from the different events that are held each month, up load pictures of the people attending the events, and also pictures of game that was taken during the year from hunters and fishermen. The club is also looking into getting a new computer to handle the new software that will run the boards for the new gate opener and all the doors to the club.
Bob Shea suggested that the club buy a floor scrubber to scrub the indoor pistol range floor. This scrubber will help hold down the amount of dust accumulating inside the range. This matter will be taken under advisement and discussed at the next board meeting.
Dick Silva closed the meeting at 8:20

Nenameseck Club meeting April 4th 2017
The meeting was opened by Jim Desabrais at 7:15
The minutes were read and passed for the month of March by Chet.
The treasure's report was read and passed for the month of March by Dick Hamilton.
There were 29 new applications for membership voted in this month.
There were no correspondence this month for the club.
Activities for this month
22 Rifle finished their shoots for the year and held their banquet
Junior rifle finished their shoots and held their banquet on March 26th. The kids received their awards and everyone had a good time
Indoor 3D ended on March 22nd The banquet was held in conjunction with the Friday night spot league shooters
Friday night spot leagued ended on Friday March 24th
The outdoor 3D shoot scheduled for March 26th was canceled due to snow on the ground
Saturday morning kids league ended on March 11th and the banquet was held on March 18th The kids had a great time most kids improved their scores from the beginning of the year . If there is enough interest next year, a third line may be held
Bowling pin shoot 4 people shot the bowling pins due to the cold weather Bowling pins shoots will be held the first Sunday of the month
Volunteers The club is looking for members to help out with all activities 3D archery could use help setting out targets on the Saturday before the event for approx 1-1½ hours and again on Sunday to pick up[ the targets approx 1 hour. Junior rifle is looking for a coach the help the kids
Old business The gate Eric Collins is building a box to hold the key card reader The pin number to access the club house has been removed all thats needed is to swipe your card
Range Safety Officer course for club RSO's An NRA safety course will be given to the clubs Range Safety instructors
New Business The boy scout troop from ware graduated 5 eagle scouts this past year. The first ones from the town in over 27 years. The club will donate $100. toward this program

Good of the Club Sign-ups for anyone wanting to chair any of the committee's will be posted if interested contact Jim Desabrais. Marc Courchesne would like permission to seek an artist to paint murals on the outside of the building. Pictures of Deer, Moose, Elk, and the clubs emblem would be painted around the outside of the club. Samples of the artist work was requested to see their quality of work Marc will see about getting samples before a vote would be taken.

Meeting was closed by Jim Desabrais at 7:55




Nenameseck Club meeting March 8th  2017
The meeting was opened by Dick Silva at 7:04 pm
The minutes were read and passed for the month of February by Chet.  
The treasure's report was read and passed for the month of February by Dick Hamilton.
There were 12 new applications for membership  voted in this month for the club. The club has 633 memberships at this time.
Elections were held this month for the positions of President and board of directors. Jim Desabrais ll won the election for president and will take office in April. All other officers were renominated and were revoted into their office.  The new board of directors will consist of Jim Desabrais Sr, Jim Goodreau, Dick Silva, and Marc Courchesne. Congratulations and good luck to all the new officers.
Lisa  Desabrais will be in charge of the kitchen committee and Eric Collins will be in charge of the outdoor pistol and rifle ranges.
Activities for this month:
Bowling pin shoots:
will begin on the first Sunday in April and will be outside on the rifle range
The junior rifle team:
The kids won the rematch with October mountain from Lenox Mass. The Nenameseck team won 7 awards for the individual shooters. The team banquet will be held on March 26th at the club.
Pistol Team:
The Nenameseck pistol team came in 2nd place in the league. Ludlow came in first with a record of 21-0 followed by Nenameseck at 18-3 , and Hamilton, from Sturbridge came in 3rd.
Pistol course :
The pistol course will be held on the 3rd Saturday of the month starting on March 17th. Dick Silva will be instructing this course.
Turkey shoots:
Turkey shoots will be starting up again at the club. Eric Collins will be hosting the shoots . Times and dates to follow.
Saturday morning kids archery league:
Saturday March 11th if the final shoot of the year for the kids. The banquet will be held the following Saturday March 18th. Congratulations to all the kids and how well they shot.

Indoor 3D:
There are only 2 more weeks to go before we start shooting outdoors.  The league will end on March22nd and the banquet will be held on March 31st. Thank you all for coming out to shoot with us this year.
Outdoor 3D:
 Nenameseck will be hosting a outdoor 3D shoot on March 26th. Registration is from 7am till noon.  You can shoot life size targets from unknown distances on our course. It is one of the most challenging courses in the state so come on out and see for yourself
Friday night spot league:
There are only 2 more weeks to go. The banquet will be held on March 31st. Thank you all for coming out to shoot with us this year.
If anyone wants anything put on the website you can email it to the club president , Jim Desabrais,  at
22 Rifle league:
There are 2 more weeks left for the 22 league. Jim Desabrais will be offering another 22 league this summer either June or July and run for 6 weeks.

Old business:
There was a request for new signs to be placed on the rifle range showing hours of operation as well as other safety issues to be concerned with. Please be aware of these when the new signs go up. There is a meeting on Wednesday the 8th of March at 11:30 am,  dealing with the new gate for the rifle range.   It is to finalize the contract, go over the final installation, and programming .  The air handling system design for the exhaust has been received and approved. The same company that will install the supply side will also do the exhaust.  The exhaust side will consist of 8 diffusers  15-20 down range from the shooters as well as another 8 diffusers at the backstop to remove the air from the club.  The kitchen is still ongoing. A new hood, Ansell fire suppression system, and controller will be installed after the Saturday morning kids archery league has finished.  The hood has been ordered. At this point the kitchen will be placed on hold until after the air handling system has been completed in the pistol range.
For the good of the Club:
 There will be 2 bow hunter education courses held at the club this year.  These courses are put on by the state of Mass Division of Fish and Wildlife.  These courses are good throughout North America. If anyone has plans to go out west or to Canada to archery hunt you will need this course. The course is a one day course (8am-4pm). The dates for either of these courses is April 15th or April 29th.

Meeting adjourned by Dick Silva


Nenameseck Club meeting minutes for Feburary  7th  2017
The meeting was opened by Bob Shea in lieu of  Dick Silva at 7:04
The minutes were read and passed for the month of January by Chet. 
The treasure's report was read and passed for the month of January by Dick Hamilton.
There were no new applications for membership voted in this month.
There were no correspondence this month for the club.
Activities for this month
There was no bowling pin shoot held this month.
The Junior rifle team has been shooting for 12th week now and are progressing well.  The kids shoot Olympic style shooting. (Sitting, Kneeling, and prone positions.)  Nenameseck  hosted  an inter club shoot with October Mountain from Lennox Mass. this past month.  Our kids shot very well with 5 kids shooting better than their personnel best. Kids who did received awards for doing so.  Nenameseck won the inter club shoot, along with 3 or 4 class awards .   This month Nenameseck will travel to October mountain in Lennox for another inter club shoot.
The Saturday morning kids league is doing well. We have 39 kids shooting this year  Their ages range from 8 - 17 years old .  There is a waiting list for next year.
Pistol team is doing well. The team record is 17-2 so far for this month. We are in second place  with only 3 more matches to go.  Due to an Illness to Dick Silva he will be temporarily suspending the pistol course until a replacement can be found. Get well dick
MFAA/NFAA   No information at this time
Indoor 3D    The Wednesday night 3D league is on going. we have been averaging 8- 10 shooter per night Wednesday the 8th we held a coon shoot.  We shot at paper targets of raccoons with reflective eyes. All lights were shut off and the archers could only use a 2D cell flash light to illuminate their pins and the eyes of the target. Fun was had by all as a few shooters had never shot this type of an event.
Outdoor 3D  Dates have been pulled for the outdoor league. Nenameseck has 4 dates scheduled. March 26th, June 4th, July 2nd, and August 6th. Come out and support the club by shooting these dates Please.
Website    The new website is up and running   If you would like to have something posted you can Email Jim Desabrais II at
Old business  The new kitchen appliances have arrived and been installed. We have a new stove, Refrigerator, and new Freezer.  We are awaiting the installation of a new range hood, Ansell system, exhaust fan, and control unit for the complete system.
Work has started on the  air handling system in the indoor pistol range. A new boiler in the furnace room is being piped as well as the air exchanger in the target room . Will keep you update as to the progress.
Nothing new to report on the automate gate to the rifle range . With all the new snow access is difficult.
New Business  No new business
Good of the club    A discussion was held pertaining to club dues, initiation fees, and guest memberships.
All will remain the same for this up coming year.
Nominations for club officers   Jim Desabrais II was nominated for president. There were no other nominations for any other office. All remaining officers have been re nominated for their positions. Elections will be held in March with elected officials taking office in April.
Meeting Adjourned by Bob Shea


Archery Activities

An Act Relative to Outdoor Heritage S.437
Section1. The current ATV laws under Chapter 90B of the general laws require that any gun be unloaded and enclosed in a case. Many hunters who utilize recreational vehicles are not aware of this law. There is also no exemption for lawful citizens who ride these vehicles and carry firearms for defense reasons. This language does away with the need for a cased gun as that part of the law serves no purpose. It also provides rightful exemptions for carrying defense arms.

Sections 2. Would allow the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to establish Sunday as a lawful hunting day as it sees fit.

Section 3. GOAL has received many stories about a new increase in hunter harassment. These include property damage, threats of violence and posting of land that was not so authorized by the owner. This update to the hunter harassment law addressed these new issues and provides for stiff penalties for property damage and injuries caused by vandalism.

Section 4. Since the infamous passage of Question 1 in 1996 certain wildlife populations have increased dramatically. One of those species is the black bear. This is caused in part because the species adapts very well to our suburban settings. It is also caused in part because the use of bait and dogs was banned under Question 1. As this species encroaches on more urban areas it will become crucial to manage the population through safe and proven methods. One such method that will be vital is baiting. Hunting over bait in more heavily human populated areas will allow the hunter to put the animal in exactly the place need for a safe and successful harvest. This language would strike the statutory prohibition on such baiting.

Sections 5 & 6. Part of the language necessary to remove the prohibition on crossbow hunting.

Section 7 & 8. This language strikes the confusing current law dealing with hunting ammunition restrictions and replaces it with simplified language that allows the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to regulate as needed. This also prevents the need for constant law changes as ammunition technology advances.

Section 9. Would allow the use of artificial lights for the hunting of coyote at night.

Section 10. Part of the language necessary to remove the prohibition on crossbow hunting.

Section 11. Under current law there is a prohibition for the use of dogs during the modern gun season for deer. There is one exemption for waterfowl hunter in the coastal zone only. This language would remove the statutory prohibitions and allow the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to regulate the use of dogs for upland and waterfowl hunting should the seasons overlap.

Section 12. Would remove the statutory prohibition on moose hunting.

Section 13. Would remove the requirement that guns must be enclosed on a public way. This is a very troublesome law for hunters that are not aware of the requirement as they traverse through hunting areas. Furthermore, there is no safety issues that justify this particular legal requirement. GOAL also argues that the only reasoning behind it is to force us to hide who we are. No other sector of society would ever have to face such a requirement.


The outside range gate project is getting closer to completion. We are now working on getting the card swipe system installed.


Gun Activities

Nenameseck Sportsmen's Club
150 Bacon Road Palmer, MA