Middleburgh Rod & Gun Club

Middleburgh Rob & Gun Club - Home


News & Recent Events


Family and Friends for April 4th is canceled due to Easter Sunday

April 8th-Schoharie Youth Archery 9-11
May 16-Rifle / pistol shoot 11-3
May 7 - Sept.24 Trap 6-10 (every Friday night)
June 6- Pistol / Rife shoot
June 27 - Pistol / rife shoot


To all the members of the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club - I'd like to wish all, on the behalf of the executive committee and the board of directors, a Happy, Healthy, Blessed, and Prosperous New Year. Needless to say, 2020 has tested our resolve, tenacity, and patience. In this environment of rules and restrictions, may we NOT forget our freedom of choice, independence, and our self evident inalienable rights.

-Joe Kopacz, President


Just a reminder that the Tuesday morning pistol league will be starting on 1/5/21 at 10AM and runs through the end of March.


After a meeting with the supervisors of the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club's youth archery program, the decision was made (with heavy hearts) to postpone the program until further notice due to the uncertainty of State restrictions and regulations. Please note that the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club remains committed to your youth and community.

- Joe Kopacz, President



Thursday Nov. 19th - SCOPE meeting - 7PM

Monday Nov. 30th - Money and unsold tickets for the December gun raffle must be turned in at the club between 6-8 PM.

BLACK POWDER WINTER SHOOTS - All shoots will be on Sundays from 11AM-3PM. Dates are Jan. 3rd, Feb. 7th, Mar. 7th, Apr. 11th

Just a reminder that family and friends meet the first Sunday of each month from 3:30-5:30PM

At this time due to the Covid virus the Youth Archery program will not be held this year. If things change before the end of the year we may reconsider. If this changes we will post on the web and FB pages.

The children's Christmas Party has also been canceled due to the virus.


Please note that on Thursday, November 19th there will be a Schoharie County Conservation Association meeting and a SCOPE meeting at MRGC, both at 7PM. The Schoharie County Conservation Association meeting will be in the clubhouse, and the SCOPE meeting will be in the archery building.



Thursday Sept. 17th - SCOPE meeting in Carlisle - 7PM

Sunday Oct. 11th - Defense pistol shoot - 11AM-3PM

Thursday Oct. 15th - SCOPE Meeting @ MRGC - 7PM

Saturday Oct. 17th - Eddie Eagle 10AM-Noon

Sunday Oct. 25th - Pistol plate shoot - 11AM-3PM

Saturday Dec. 5th - Fields of Grace Auction - 11AM-2PM

Saturday Dec. 12th - Youth Christmas Party - 1-3PM



Saturday Sept. 12th - CPR/AED Refresher course at the clubhouse 9AM-Noon

Sunday Sept. 13th - Defense pistol shoot - 11AM-3PM

Sunday Sept. 27th - Pistol plate shoot - 11AM-3PM



It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that after 40 years of teaching hunter safety we have to announce that we (The Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club) will not longer be teaching Hunter Education. The four instructors listed in the enclosed letter have turned in our teaching certificates and will no longer teach hunter education. Let me explain how we can to this conclusion, which was not a easy one. DEC has decided that their online course works best at this time due to the virus, but it also will be something that they will most likely use in the future. The reason they have chosen this path is they can reach many more people with the online course which they claim generates more license sales. They are not worried about hunter SAFETY, but the bottom line of sales. The online course was well received or so they told us and they are able to put more people through the program. We have a few problems with the program, one there is not way to no if the young future hunters are taking the course or if mom and dad are taking the course for them. There is no hands on experience in gun handling, crossing fences, and actually handling a gun with live ammo and firing the same. Everything is a virtual experience, just like a video game. There is no one on one instruction. The online course is a national program, not specific to New York State. You will not get the info on NY State game laws, info on youth hunts and mentoring programs or info on new game laws including the latest laws on hunting implements and bag limits. We have suggested to DEC they call the program hunter education, because they have take the safety part out of the program. We with good conscious can longer endorse this program as we believe safety has been given out over to the sale of licenses. The course will no longer be free. The online course will be $19.00 for hunter education, and $30.00 for bow hunter education. This is for each person taking the course. If you have any questions on the new program you can go to the DEC webpage and get additional information on how to take the new courses. We would like to thank all of you who we have had the privilege to work with and instruct over the years. It was our pleasure to help you become a SAFE hunter and to learn and hopefully obey the 4 cardinal rules we shared with you. Please be safe out there and happy hunting.


We had some COVID concerns earlier in the week and for everyone's safety decided to cancel events. However, it was a false alarm. We will resume our planned Sunday Plate Shoot and our Wednesday night shooting but you must wear a mask to participate. We practice great care with firearm safety and need to have safe COVID practices too.


The drawing for the ATV raffle will be drawn at the next MRGC meeting on Sept. 3rd. There are still tickets available at Middleburgh Hardware. You still have time to get your ticket before the drawing.


To all the members and friends of the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club - I once again am asking your support. We are now offering 3 different raffles. Because of the lack of sales due to COVID-19, no ONE raffle has been completely sold out. We will not pick winners until every ticket is sold respectively. Tickets for our ATV wheeler (only 300 changes, sold at $50) and our 4 gun raffle at $10 per chance, plus our MONTH LONG December raffle tickets (at $25 each) are available at the Middleburgh Hardware Store, or by calling me (my # is on our website). Thank you for your continued support of this community connected and active club. We are, and should be proud of this great organization.

- Joe Kopacz, President


Attention: The upper rifle and trap ranges will be closed Monday, July 6th due to work being done on the trap field from 8AM - 5PM.


From the President's desk to the members of the Club. It's time to take care of those who take care of us. For years, the businesses of Middleburgh have supported this Club, none so more than the Middleburgh Hardware Store, Our ATV Raffle wheeler sites in the store on display as I write this. We've all received a stimulus check from Uncle Sam. I'm asking all of you to please spend it locally. We've all been convinced by commercials on TV that big box stores are the way to shop, yet they have no ties to our community. N.A.P.A. is another strong supporter of the Club. Let's do right by these businesses!!! That have done right by us!!! Thank you!!! God Bless All and God Bless America.

- Joe Kopacz, President


There is a plate shoot this Sunday (Father's Day), June 21st. There will be 1 stage of cardboard shoot also. Please be at the shoot no later than 10:30AM. Wear a mask, and keep 6 feet apart when possible.


Attention - There is another work party on Saturday, June 20th starting at 9AM to try and finish the wall in the competition pistol range. Please bring saws and portable drill guns with large star bits.

PLEASE NOTE - The competition pistol range and the rifle range will be closed during this time (9AM until completion)


Well it seems that while we were at home listening to all the government was warning us about the coronavirus...and while we were doing all our government asked of us, to fight the spread of it...Our government did not cease working to infringe even further on our second amendment rights. This Bill...H.R.5717 is now in, the courts (so I've been informed.) I encourage all of you to look it up..read it and contact our (your) Congressman(woman) and tell them to fight against this bill. And preserve the constitution of these United States and our second amendment rights.

Thank you - Joseph J Kopacz, President


From the desk of the VP of the MRGC:

Attention all members: There is a large work party scheduled for this Saturday, June 13th at 9AM. Bring rakes, shovels, screw guns, saws, and paint brushes. All prospective new members will be interviewed between 10AM and 2PM on this day, and can stay and help to get a jump on your hours. All probationary members who joined between January and June of 2019 need to present their documented work hours to Vice President Ted Shreieck by the July meeting, or your access cards will be deactivated. Please rememver to bring and wear your face mask.


Attention Please Note - All ranges will be CLOSED this Saturday, June 13th from 8AM until 4PM due to work parties. No Exceptions!


Please note the following - We have a new email address: mrgclubny@gmail.com. We are looking to increase communcations with our membership. If you want to receive communications via email, then send an email to our new email address (mrgclubny@gmail.com) with your name and we'll include you on our list. We will not sell your email or send you spam.


June 13th @ 9AM - We need volunteers for a work day. We have a few projects and need help to complete them. This is a good time to work off your eight work hours for your new membership. We have two projects, one will be working to build the burms higher on the outdoor pistol range. We also need help staining the archery building. One of our members is brining his sprayer to stain the building. We need help on both of these projects. Ted Schreieck will be doing interviews for the new members waiting to get voted into the club. If you need an interview, please show up and Ted can do your interview, and you can also help with the projects and put in some of your mandatory hours to complete your membership requirements. Please remember this is your club, you need to put effort into it to get enjoyment out of it. Hope to see you there.

June 18th - We will host the SCOPE meeting at MRGC. Please come and find out how you can help support to keeping our second amendment gun rights.

REMINDER - We are now shooting trap on Friday night. If you want to shoot 25's please get there so we can shoot them first at 6:00

REMINDER - The Wednesday night pistol league is going on now through September 30th. The league starts at 5PM.


Attention Pistol Shooters - The Wednesday night outdoor centerfire defensive pistol league will be starting Wednesday, Jun 3rd at 5PM and will run until the end of October. Bring your masks!


Club Cancellations - Once again, due to the COVID-19 virus I am annoucing more cancellations. Our fishing derby has been cancelled until further notice. Also, the 22 shoot inventational has been cancelled until further notice. The 22 silhouette shoot on 5/31 is also cancelled, however the silhoutte shoot on 6/28 is still on at this time. Please keep an eye on the web sites for notices as things change. God bless us, and God bless America.

Joe Kopacz, President


As we stated earlier, we will be having our May meeting on May 21st. If you plan to attend, you must wear a mask or entry will be refused. If you have any questions, feel free to call me. My cell number is on the website. God bless you, God bless America.

- Joe Kopacz


Friday Night Trap - If anyone is interested in shooting trap starting May 29th, please contact me at joemoore@midtel.net. We will have to wear masks, and social distancing but at least we can shoot.


Dear Members - Our regular monthly meeting on 5/7 is cancelled. If Governor Cuomo lifts the restrictions on 5/15, we will have our meeting on 5/21. Bring a mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer if you wish. If he extends the restrictions beyond 5/15, we will render a decision on the meeting at that time.


Please note:

- The Eddie Eagle course scheduled for May 2nd has been cancelled due to the virus.

- The Intergenerational Invitational .22 Shoot on Sunday, June 14th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM will be held if the virus ban has been lifted. Pleases check the FB and website for any updates or cancellations.


Hello to all the members of the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club. Although our Club has had less activity due to the coronavirus, we are still moving forward. We've purchased a 10x12ft shed for our archery equipment. We've had a 100 Amp service installed in the archery building. We are installed new LED lights in the archery building also. Our 4-wheeler raffer and 3 gun raffles are in full swing (Tickets can be purchased at the Middleburgh Hardware Store). These will improve our indoor pistol range. We are collecting dues at this time, and as soon as the time is right we will have the December raffle up and running also. Our youth fishing derby is still on schedule (Check this site for updates). I hope this overview is sufficient. I hope to see you at the May meeting.

God's blessings and please support our local businesses with your check. They are our neighbors.

Joe Kopacz, President


FYI - All April pistol shoots have been cancelled. Please check this page, the MRGC Facebook page, or the Middleburgh Pistol Shooters Facebook page for updates.


Please note - A question has arisen. Are the ranges open? Yes, all ranges are open to our members. No public events are planned until further notice. Just take precautions and use common sense when using the ranges. Stay safe and protected yourself.


Dear members: Please if you know a small business owner, let them know that the stimulus plan will reimburse a long list of expenses for their business from February to June, 2020. The website is SBA.gov, or google SBA.gov near me. Also, the federal government is making available 10 billion dollars in low interest loans to small businesses. Let's all do our best to keep our community strong. Thank you for passing this information on. God Bless Schoharie county and God Bless America.

Joe Kopacz, President


Upcoming dates for the Middleburgh Rod & Gun Club Shoots:

- Sunday shoots start at 11am, be at the range by 10:30 please.

- Pistol steel plate shoots: 5/24/20, 6/21/20, 7/26/20

- Defensive pistol shoots: 5/17/20, 6/7/20, 7/12/20

- Rifle silhouette steel plate (.22LR only): 5/31/20, 6/28/20

- Wednesday night defensive pistol shoots start at 5pm. First shoot is on 5/6/20


From the desk of the President of the MRGC:

To the members of the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club - I am asking, no I am pleading with you to support our local businesses by ordering a take-out order when you can. Our club has been supported by our community over the years, now we as a club have the opportunity to return the favor. We will be receiving a check in the mail soon, please think about putting a small amount aside to enjoy a meal that you don't have to cook or clean up after. These actions on our part will help sustain our community and will help keep our towns, as we love them, connected to all of us. We have over 300 memebers. Imagine the positive impact *you* can have by patronizing our locally owned businesses. And may I emphasize that these are as much "our businesses" as the people who own them. Feel free to tell those wokring, you're a member of the club and that we proudly support them in this trying time. My personal wishes to all of our members for health, peace, and God's blessings.

Joe Kopacz, President


-- Please review the following updates related to the current health issues --

To the members of the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club - The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee have decided to cancel the April meeting taking into account the health and wellbeing of all of us who would attend. Please visit this site often for commens and updates. Thank you.

God Bless us. God Bless America. Joe Kopacz, President.

Due to the Coronavirus health issues, we will no longer be taking applications for new members, or doing interviews until the end of May. At that time we will reassess the sitiation and keep you posted. Sorry for the inconvienience this may cause.

Attention to all those who were planning to take our Hunter Education courses in April:

Due to the Coronavirus and under the advice of DEC, all Spring Hunter Education courses have been cancelled. If you have already signed up, you will get a letter from DEC stating the same. They will keep your info for when the courses reopen. Sorry for the inconvieniencebut we have no control over this matter. Take care and be safe out there.

If anyone would like raffle tickets to sell, please contact Mark Mazzella or one of the MRGC Officers. Click below for more info!


The blackpowder shoot for Sunday, April 5th has been cancelled.


Attention - Please note the following updates on cancellations and postponements:

Due to concerns from everyone's health and well being, the Tuesday pistol shoot and banquet has been cancelled. Hope to see you next year. -Ted

Archery shoot - Due to the concern for everyone's health and well being, the Thursday night get together has been cancelled. Thank you to all who participated this year and hope to see you next year. - Bob

At this time I'm checking with DEC on the status of the Hunter safety and Bow hunter safety courses scheduled for April. I contacted DEC this evening and once I get an update on the courses, I will post on Facebook and our website. If you are signed up for a Hunter safety course and it gets cancelled, you will receive an email.

As more updates come in, I will post them here and on Facebook.



The Schoharie Youth Archery for April 15th has been cancelled.

Due to health concerns over the Coronavirus the youth archery banquet has been cancelled, however trophies will be handed out at the Club on March 28th, 2020 at 11AM to 1PM. The Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club would like to thank all those who participated in the program this year.

Fellow SCOPE members - Due to the County advisories and the potential health risk, we are cancelling the County SCOPE meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19th. Please be safe and stay health. We will keep you updated with times and dates for future meetings. Thank you

From the desk of the President of the MRGC:

The Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club is once again raffling off a 2020 Polaris 450cc 4x4 A.T.V. All tickets are available at the Middleburgh Hardware Store. Only 300 tickets will be sold at $50.00 each. Due to the Coronavirus situation, the raffle will take place once all tickets are sold. I would like to thank our community for they're continued support. Together we will get through these trying times. Remember stone soup?

Joe Kopacz, President


On March 12th 2020, tickets go on sale at the Middleburgh Hardware Store for a Polaris 450cc 4x4 ATV to benefit the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club's lodge foundation repairs. A total of 300 tickets will be sold at $50.00 each. The drawing will be held at our July meeting, or when all tickets are sold.


There will be a work party this Saturday, 2/29/2020 from 10AM to 2PM. If you need to get your 8 hours of work in, this may be a good time to get some done. The work will be on the indoor pistol range. You will be doing some painting, installing wiring, and working on installing doors. You will also be able to clean the bullet traps so bring gloves, a mask and sieves to scoop out bullets from the sand if you want work on the traps.


Please note - The indoor pistol range will be closed Friday, January 31st from 10:30AM - 12:00PM and Sunday, February 2nd from 10AM - 12PM.





Any questions or comments regarding the club or the website can be sent to mrgclubny@gmail.com.