Stockbridge Sportsmen's Club


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In the early 1900s, when many wildlife species were disappearing or declining, the firearms and ammunition industry asked Congress to impose an excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition to help fund wildlife conservation in the United States. The resulting Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Act, passed in 1937, is now known as Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration. Revenues generated from these excise taxes are apportioned to state wildlife agencies for their conservation efforts, hunter education programs, and operation of archery and shooting ranges.  In the years since its inception, over $ 20.2 billion have been collected from manufacturers and has been made available to states. In addition, recipient wildlife agencies nationwide have matched these funds with approximately $ 6.7 Billion, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues. That's a total of $ 26.9 Billion! For the calendar year 2017, Massachusetts received $ 11,505,547.00 in funding to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects. Many people are surprised to find out that this partnership of hunters and sport shooters with the firearms and ammunition industry is by far America's largest contributor to wildlife conservation and public access to our natural resources.

In this same spirit the Stockbridge Sportsmen's Club was established as a venue to safely and ethically pursue the outdoor sports. We offer several well-established youth activities including archery, rifle marksmanship, hunting and fishing, as well as offering firearm safety training, clay target shooting, indoor and outdoor archery, etc. Our Buckhorn Archers have raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes such as juvenile diabetes research, breast cancer research and scholarships. Our main hall is well known for its hospitality and charm, and hosts many corporate, municipal and private events and meetings annually, including Scouts, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and wedding receptions. Since our founders broke ground at our current location, we have endeavored to be a "good neighbor" to our surrounding communities. Membership is open to all, subject to our bylaws. We have recently purchased an additional 95 acres that extends into West Stockbridge, and have plans to create improved habitat for several species of wildlife. We have become part of the fabric of the Berkshires.