Waterbury Center, VT
Hats off to the volunteers who run the clay target program.
Not too many years back you knew it was a club that had skeet, but never gave it a second thought when thinking of a place to shoot clay targets, as just some good old boys getting together.
Two highly successful shoots this year that I'm aware.
After years of being in court, a lost trap field, and a relocated 5-stand it seemed all the clubs problems were in the rear view mirror.
A new eight machine 5-stand, two story building, built from scratch recently opened. Heated shooting positions on the first floor.
Club de Tir de Valleyfield
I thought the club was finished with improvements, but on my last visit I see a new elevated stand built on the 5-stand field and told the field was going wireless via the purchase of a wireless release system.
Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays Club
The first year that no hand traps were used on the course at the state shoot. Good job!
The club is well know for its sporting clays course but also offers skeet, trap (wobble trap) and 5-stand.
An organization that has matured in approximately the last ten years. Major dissenters no longer (thank goodness). Those who don’t contribute, but an arm chair quarterback, can be detrimental to any organization and not needed.
Sportsman's Club of Franklin County
St. Albans Bay, VT
A new fence constructed between skeet field #2 and #3 and a new rack fabricated for the voice release trap stands. No, not done by magic in the middle of the night.
Not gone unnoticed is the work being done in the bathrooms.
A nice touch is the option to purchase a membership via the website using PayPal. 2016 memberships available.
Also, on the down side a noticeable lack of old fashioned fun shoots. More then a few clubs have dropped off the map in regard to fun shoots. Derby Fish and Game Club has been maintaining the number of fun trap shoots it offers each year, but if it's sporting clays in Vermont, they are NSCA oriented and NSCA target presentations our not everyone's cup of tea. Can't remember when I last attended a fun skeet shoot, just skeet and no other disciplines. Their has been no sporting clays shoots in Quebec in the past few years.