Bristol Fish & Game Association, Inc.
Rules and Regulations
On the following pages are listed the Rules and Regulations pertaining to the many activities of our Club. Read them, Study them and Abide by them. They are for your benefit, enjoyment and safety.
It is the responsibility of each and every member to ask anyone who they come in contact with on Club grounds for their membership card identifying them as a member. Be polite; show them your card first. If a violation of the Rules and Regulations is observed, try the same approach, but if this is not feasible, get a description of the person, their automobile and/or vehicle license number and report them to any officer, director or chairman. REMEMBER that any violation of these Rules and Regulations could mean loss of your Membership.
1. Guests are permitted on Club grounds Only while being accompanied by a Club member. It is that member’s responsibility for their conduct and behavior.
2. Guest fees may be collected at any time at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
3. New in 2008: In order to bring a guest to the club to use the ranges, members must apply for a “one day guest pass” from any Officer or Director in advance of that person’s visit. One guest pass per calendar year for that person. Immediate family of members such as husband, wife, children under 16 years of age and Grandchildren do not need passes. Passes are not given during the peak times after the start of the upland game season which begins the third Saturday in October thru the second week of January each year when shooting rifle, pistol and archery may only be done on Sundays. This may change as State hunting regulations change. These passes are only good for the day specified and can not be used at the pond where this remains for “members only” and their immediate family. The guest must also sign an assumption of risk agreement and release before they can participate.
4. Members have preference over guests in all Club functions.
5. Members are responsible for the actions of their guests.
6. Respect our neighbor’s property and boundaries – Always show them respect and courtesy.
MEMBERS USING CLUB PROPERTY OR GROUNDS MUST CARRY THEIR MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR IDENTIFICATION
ARCHERY RULES & REGULATIONS
1. No drinking of alcoholic beverages on Archery Ranges.
2. No firearms of any kind will be discharged within the Archery Ranges except during Upland Game Hunting Season but under no circumstances can any type of firearm be shot at any target in the Archery Ranges. As a safety precaution, ALL Archery Ranges shall be closed during the Upland Game Season, except on Sundays.
3. No broad head arrows can be shot on the Archery Ranges except in the designated area. Look for a sign showing this area. It is located to the left of the parking lot next to the Archery Pavilion.
1. No Crossbows allowed on any range at Bristol Fish & Game Assn.
2. No Broad heads are to be shot at any target except at the broad head range located to the left of the parking lot next to the Archery Pavilion.
3. Never shoot an arrow straight up.
4. Never shoot an arrow free flight.
5. Never shoot an arrow when you cannot see where it will land.
6. When looking for a lost arrow at any range, place the orange flag provided in front of the target to let other shooters know of your presence.
7. Never attempt to demonstrate your skill by using a person as a target or by permitting another person to hold the object at which you shoot.
1. Limited to 6 arrows per end when there is more than 1 shooter on a lane
2. If sighting in a bow for the first time, start at close range to see that the arrow will hit the back stop.
3. Shoot and use courtesy at all times.
1. The 3D course is broken down into two halves. The first half starts behind the gravel parking lot. The second half starts up the path in back of the big parking lot, toward the rifle range.
2. When shooting the 3D course, stay on the trails and follow the trail markers.
3. Never shoot the 3D course backwards or tum around and walk backwards on the course.
4. No broad heads allowed on the 3D course.
5. When looking for a lost arrow. place the orange flag in front of the target to let others know you are behind the target. Flags are hanging up by the targets. When finished, please put the flag back where it goes.
SAFETY CODE RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING SAFETY PRACTICES:
1. When shooting at targets within the Ranges, always call “Clear” before shooting as a warning to other shooters who may not have cleared the shooting line or target area.
2. Always leave one member of your party standing in front of the target while you are looking for lost arrows as a warning to others following on the course. If you are shooting alone, place the orange flag (located at each target butt) in front of the target.
3. Never release an arrow when you cannot see where it will land – never flight shoot an arrow in the woods – never shoot straight up.
4. Never shoot a broker arrow – Inspect each arrow carefully as you retrieve it.
5. Remember at all times that a bow and arrow is a deadly weapon and can be as dangerous as a gun in the hands of an irresponsible person.
6. Never brace another person’s bow without their permission and never draw it under any circumstances.
7. Pick up broken arrows and trash. Place them in the proper receptacle.
REGULATED DOG TRAINING AREA
This area is located off Beecher Road on the left side and is plainly marked with Dog Training Signs. Watch for the signs.
1. This area is authorized under the regulations of the Department of Environmental. Protection, State of Connecticut, Hunting and Shooting Statutes.
2. All birds, before they are liberated in the area where birds may be har vested in connection with dog training, shall be tagged with a tag obtained at the Clubhouse.
3. All tags must remain on birds while in the Dog Training Area.
4. All birds liberated shall be full-winged and capable of maintaining normal flight and shall be in a condition suitable to maintain themselves in the wild.
5. No training of dogs is allowed beyond markers so designated.
6. No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed while dog training is being conducted.
7. Shotguns with legal birdshot only may be used in this area.
8. All gunners in the Dog Training Area must possess a valid Connecticut Hunting License.
9. Please be courteous to our neighbors in this area. Shoot away from Beecher Road.
GOVERNING FISHING IN THE CLUB POND
1. Fishing will be for paid-up members and their immediate family, which includes: Husband, Wife, Children or Grandchildren under 16 years of age. This is it. No other members of your family will be allowed to fish. Children or Grandchildren of members, 16 years of age or older, must be a Junior Member to have the privilege of fishing.
2. No guest will be permitted to fish.
3. Members fishing must carry their Membership Card and a valid Connecticut Fishing License.
4. Use of minnows, either dead or alive, is strictly forbidden.
5. Daily limit of four fish per Membership Card.
6. Fishing hours will be 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
7. Opening Day of Fishing may differ from the State of Connecticut. The pond is closed during Upland Game Season, except on Sundays only, and until first ice is on the pond. It is then closed until spring or at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
8. No minors will be permitted to fish unless accompanied by their parent or grandparent member who must remain with the minor at all times.
9. ALL fish caught must be registered at the boxes provided (usually located adjacent to the entrance of the clubhouse). We must have the following information to get the most out of our Pond for the money we spend for stocking: Kind of fish, Length of fish, Your name must be signed at the registration area
10. FISHING WILL BE ALLOWED FROM SHORE ONLY. No boats, rafts, canoes or other floating devices may be used.
11. No one is permitted to stock ANY kind of fish in the Club pond without the proper authority of the Pond Committee and the Board of Directors.
12. Only one rod or hand line and two baited hooks per person will be permit ted at one time. Only one stringer per person will be permitted.
13. No spear fishing is allowed.
14. For the safety of all members, SWIMMING in the Club pond is PROHIBITED.
15. The shooting or taking of frogs from the Club pond is PROHIBITED un less authorized by the Pond Committee and the Board of Directors.
16. Carefully release Bullheads until told otherwise. No releasing of Trout.
17. No chumming to attract fish is allowed.
18. No dogs are allowed near the shore or in the pond from opening day until June 15th.
1. The Hunting Laws and Regulations of the Department of Environmental Protection of the State of Connecticut shall regulate all hunting on land owned or under the supervision of the Bristol Fish & Game Association except in the case of special hunting hours/days on club land. On the following days, hunting begins at 8 AM: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
2. All land owned by the Bristol Fish and Game Association is regulated by Club rules along with state regulation. We also participate in a Pheasant program with the State of CT DEP, along with the cooperation of the Bristol Water Department. On that property, both members and non-members may hunt and must get a Permit. Stop by the office or check the newsletter to see the current agents issuing them.
3. New in 2008: In order to hunt Pheasants, members must purchase a Pheasant pin for $20.00. The colors of the pins change each year. There is one color for Saturday mornings and one for Saturday afternoons. Either color can be use all other days except Sundays during the Up land Game Season for that particular year. Hunting begins on Saturdays at 7AM or IPM depending out the color of your pin. This means you are NOT allowed in the woods and must remain in the parking lots before 7AM or between the hours of llAM-lPM. During the week, hunting will begin at 7 AM. PLEASE stay in the parking lot until you see the stocking crew come out of the woods! They will let you know when it is clear to go in.
4. Although state of Connecticut Pheasant tags are not needed on BF&G property, it is the responsibility of each person to affix their own personal tag on each bird harvested. The tag shall be affixed immediately upon harvesting. The tag shall have printed on it the clubs name, date of taking, and the hunters current license number.
5. Respect the land you are hunting upon – Do not litter, deface signs or commit any other offensive nuisance. Please pick up empty shotgun casings and trash.
6. Always park in the designated parking areas.
7. Respect your fellow Sportsmen’s position in the field. Do not cut in front of them. Respect his dog “On Point” as well as their dog “Making Game”.
8. Remember that much of our hunting land has heavy cover so be sure that you see your game clearly before you shoot.
9. Also. remember that if you use a highway to walk back to your car, on any public road, including the road to our clubhouse, make sure your gun is UNLOADED and actions OPEN.
10. Hunting is a Sport – Please conduct yourself as a Sportsman at all times.
11. GUNS AND ALCOHOL DO NOT MIX – If you enjoy alcohol, we strongly remind every member of our Club that if you choose to drink when out for a days sport of hunting, you do it when you are finished hunting. This is for your safety as well as the safety of your fellow hunter/club member.
12. Remember, any violation of these Rules and Regulations as well as unsportsmanlike conduct could mean the loss of your membership.
13. The taking of waterfowl on Club property is PROHIBITED.
RIFLE AND PISTOL RANGE
1. All uncased guns shall be unloaded with actions open at all times when not on the firing line.
2. No guns shall be loaded or handled while there is anyone down range.
3. There will be NO SHOOTING of any guns except on the ranges provided.
4. No shooting of cans or bottles – all refuse shall be placed in trash cans.
5. Shotguns shall be used with SLUGS ONLY on the rifle range.
6. There will be no “horse play” on the ranges.
7. Use of incendiary / tracer ammunition or explosive targets is PROHIBITED. No Armor piercing ammunition. New for 2008 Use of Full Auto or .50 cal firearms is prohibited.
8. Ranges will be closed to all shooters during the Upland Game Hunting Season and during work details (Generally Wednesdays, 9AM) except on Sundays.
9. Ranges will be open at 9:00 a.m. and will close at sunset. There will be NO SHOOTING on the ranges at night under lights unless approved by the Board of Directors. New for 2008: .22 cal Long Rifle ammo may be used at the ranges beginning at 7:30 AM-9AM Mondays-Saturdays unless during the Upland Game Season. At 9AM, all other allowed calibers may be fired.
10. There will be NO SHOOTING cross range.
11. Ranges are restricted to Club members only.
12. Non-Members will not be allowed range use unless they are an entrant in a Club sanctioned match.
13. Members will be held responsible for the conduct of their guests.
14. All vehicles will be parked in the parking areas – there will be no vehicles allowed on the range proper.
15. The proper targets on both ranges shall be paper or balloons hung in the proper place on the backer boards.
16. Remove your targets when you finish shooting.
17. The number of shots to be loaded and fired at one time is as follows: • Rifle Range – 10 shots maximum • Pistol Range – 10 shots maximum
18. The consumption of alcoholic beverages on both ranges is PROHIBITED.
19. No member shall us the ranges or the Club for monetary or other gains i.e.: charging guest for instruction in any area.
20. Hearing and eye protection is recommended.
21. Dogs are not allowed near the rifle/pistol ranges when in operation.
RULES AND REGULATIONS OF SILHOUETTE SHOOTING
1. Silhouette targets to be made out of 5116″ minimum steel plate.
2. Size of silhouette target should be life size; chickens, pigs, chucks, turkeys and sheep.
3. Silhouette targets should be placed in front of sand backstops: at 25 yards, 50 yards and 100 yards; not on frames or stands.
4. Members should remove silhouette targets after shooting. Littering of silhouette targets is not allowed.
5. Rifles – 22 cal. Pistols – 22 cal. to 44 mag. Black powder rifles and pistols .36 cal. to .58 cal. will be allowed to shoot steel life size target~ on the rifle range.
6. No center fire rifles will be allowed to shoot at silhouette steel targets.
SKEET RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. No drinking of alcoholic beverages on the Skeet range.
2. Eye protection must be worn at all times.
3. Ear protection is recommended at all times.
4. All guns shall be UNLOADED and ACTIONS OPEN at all times when not on the firing line.
5. No size shot larger than No.7 112 is to be used – target loads only. No high velocity shells shall be used – we suggest No. 9’s.
6. Only one (I) novice shooter per squad and novice must have instructor.
7. A maximum of two (2) rounds may be loaded at anyone time.
8. Every shooter must be a member or guest accompanied by a member.
9. Additional fees will be collected for non-members.
10. Members have preference over non-members when shooting.
11. Non-participants must keep in back of the fence during shooting.
12. Friday Skeet shooting hours vary. See the Chairman, Newsletter, Bar tender or come to the Membership Meetings for details.
13. The Skeet range will be open at 9 AM on Sundays. During the Winter Trap League, Skeet opens at 11 AM.
14. No picking up of empty shells from Skeet stations while shooting
TRAP RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. NO drinking of alcoholic beverages on the Trap ranges.
2. No picking up of empty shells from Trap stands while shooting.
3. Thursday evening Trap shooting will begin 1/2 hour after sunset during Upland Game Hunting Season.
4. Trap ranges will open at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
5. Thursday evening Trap shooting will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Other times may become available if deemed appropriate. Please see the Trap bulletin board in the Clubhouse.
6. Additional fees will be collected for non-members.
7. Instructors are available upon request.
8. Shooters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is an approved shooter.
9. No children are allowed on the Trap fields.
10. Non-participants must keep in back of the fence during shooting.
11. Hand traps can be used on Field One and Two but are PROHIBITED during any Club Trap or Skeet shoot.
12. Hand Trap shooting shall be PROHIBITED weekdays during the Upland Game Hunting Season.
13. All guns shall be UNLOADED and ACTIONS OPEN at all times when not on the firing line.
14. No more than two (2) shells are to be loaded in the gun when shooting Trap or hand Trap.
15. Eye and ear protection is recommended.
SPORTING CLAYS “THINK GUN SAFETY FIRST AND ALWAYS”
1. NO alcoholic beverages allowed on the Sporting Clays course.
2. Eye protection must be worn by all shooters, spectators and trappers.
3. Ear protection must be worn by all shooters.
4. Gun ACTION MUST REMAIN OPEN and EMPTY except when shooters are in the shooting stand.
5. No shot larger than No.7 1/2 can be used.
6. All shooters, trappers and spectators must stay on the designated paths and walkways.
7. A maximum of two (2) rounds may be loaded at anyone time.
8. Place all empty shells in trash containers. KEEP THE COURSE CLEAN!
9. Members will be responsible for their guests.
10. Shooting will be on Saturday’s except during the Upland Game Hunting Season when it will be switched to Sunday’s weather permitting.
11. Shooting shall not begin before 9:00 a.m.
12. Non-member fees shall be collected by the Chairman with the consent of the Board of Directors.
13. Shooting days, times and fees may be changed by the Sporting Clays Chair man with the consent of the Board of Directors.
SHOTGUN PATTERNING AREA
Members will be allowed to pattern their shotguns in the plainly marked, designated area. NOTE: This area is CLOSED, except on Sundays, during the Upland Game Hunting Season. Look for the sign showing the area which is to the left of Trap Field Number One (I) with the following conditions: Use of this area is PROHIBITED any time Trap and Skeet is in operation and during the Upland Game Hunting Season. Rifle and pistol shooting is PROHIBITED in this area. Archery shooting is PROHIBITED. The use of rifle slugs or buckshot is PROHIBITED. Sighting in shotguns for slugs MUST be done on the rifle range. Only one (1) shell is to be loaded in your firearm at any time.
GENERAL HOUSE RULES
1. Fair play and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP shall prevail at all times.
2. Respect your Club property at all times – it is yours you know.
3. The following is ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED: Dice games of any kind. Banker-Broker games. Obscene, indecent or lewd entertainment of any kind. Using your membership privileges for personal monetary gain or other compensation.
1. The use of Motorized Vehicles such as snowmobiles, trail bikes, mini bikes, quads, etc. is PROHIBITED on Club property. “Mountain” type bikes are PROHIBITED. This ruling is made for the protection of our Club property and our Member’s safety.
2. It shall be the duty and privilege of all members to see that NOTHING is done to damage the natural surroundings of our Club property.
3. Trees and fruit bearing shrubs are periodically planted to provide ground cover and food for the wildlife. These should not be disturbed.
4. Barrels are provided for trash – Please use them – Littering will not be tolerated.
5. Respect your Club property and report any damage or violations of Club Rules.
Let’s be Conservation minded and abide by the Conservation Pledge:
“I GIVE MY PLEDGE AS AN AMERICAN TO SAVE AND TO FAITHFULLY DEFEND FROM WASTE THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF MY COUNTRY – ITS SOIL AND MINERALS, ITS FORESTS, WATERS AND WILDLIFE”
DON’T BE A LITTERBUG. USE YOUR ASH TRAY. HELP KEEP CONNECTICUT GREEN.
ALL NEW APPLICANTS MUST ATTEND AN INSTRUCTION CLASS BEFORE THEIR APPLICATION CAN BE VOTED ON.
(See Article 111 of the Club By-Laws)
ALL NEW APPLICANTS SHALL BE NOTIFIED AS TO THE TIME AND DATE OF THESE MONTHLY INSTRUCTION CLASSES.
Revised as of November, 2008