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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.


We're in for an early snow fall/storm, no total amount mentioned yet. Rick, who plows the club, will be out of town all week. If any member has a plow and would be willing to plow the road and lodge parking lot, shoot me a text or call. This would be a one time request. Thank you!

- Joe Kopacz, President


There has been some confusion about the 4-wheeler raffle winners. The winners are:

1st Place - Mike Smith

2nd Place - Scott Gillies

3rd Place - Jimmy Banahan

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all those who purchased tickets.


FYI - All raffle tickets must be turned in on November 26th at the club between 6-8PM.

Also, photos of the archery building can be seen on our Facebook page in the photos here.


WORK DAYS::: There will be two work days on September 28th & 29th. Both days the work party will be from 10:30 am-5:00 pm. This is a good time if your are a new member to work off your eight hours. Work will be done on the upper gun range shooting building.

Upcoming events:

- September 19 - SCOPE meeting in Carlisle - 7PM

- September 20 - DEC qualifying 9:00am-2pm. ALL RANGES CLOSED.

- September 22 - Pistol plate shoot. 11:00am-3:00pm

- September 28 - Trapper safety course 8AM-5PM/ ALL RANGES CLOSED

- September 28 - Work Day - work to be done on upper gun range. 10:30AM-5:00PM

- September 29 - Work Day - work to be done on upper gun range. 10:30AM-5:00PM

- October 1 - Morning Pistol League at 10AM. Runs through March 31st.

- October 6 - Family & Friends - 3:30PM-5:30PM

- October 13 - Pistol Defensive Shoot - 11AM-3PM

For a complete listing of events, please see the 2019 Events Calendar.


Upcoming events:

- August 18th - Silhouette Shoot - 11AM-2PM

- August 25th - Pistol Plate Shoot - 11AM-3PM

- September 1 - Family & Friends - 3:30PM-5:30PM

- September 6 - Hunter Safety Course Part 1 - 5:30PM-9PM

- September 7 - Hunter Safety Course Part 2 - 7:30AM-4PM

- September 8 - Defensive Pistol Shoot - 11AM-3PM

- September 14 - Bow Hunter Safety Course - 7:30AM-4PM

- September 18 - Schoharie County Pistol League Meeting - 7PM

- September 20 - Hunter Safety Course Part 1 - 5:30PM-9PM

- September 21 - Hunter Safety Course Part 2 - 7:30AM-4PM

- September 25 - FWMA Region 4 Meeting - 7PM

- October 7 - SCOPE meeting with Congressman Anthony Delgado - 4:30PM

The Wednesday night pistol leage is still ongoing at 6PM

The Friday night trap shoot is ongoing through the end of September. Round of 25 - 6PM, followed by line shoots.


If you plan on taking the hunter education safety program please read this very carefully. There has been some confusing on signing up online to take the hunter safety programs. First you DO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR ANY NEW YORK STATE HUNTER SAFETY COURSES. If you are on a site that states you must pay for the course you are on the wrong site. Follow these directions to get to the DEC hunter safety courses.

1st- Go to the NYS DEC website. In the search box type hunter education. This will take you to the site where you can sign up for the hunter safety, bow hunter safety, trapper course or waterfowl courses. You will also find in the middle of this page the home work requirements, how to print out the pdf homework files (you must bring the homework with you the first day to be admitted to the course.) It will also give you the site for the online manual which will help you answer the homework questions. Then just below that you will find the course registration info. Pick your course and click on it. It will take you to all the courses that are offered. Look for the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club for the dates you want and you will be taken to the registration page and you can sign up. If you just type in Hunter Safety Course in your browser you will be taken to one of the pay courses. If you see anything that requires you to pay, YOU ARE ON THE WRONG SITE. Go back to the DEC website and start over. THE HUNTER SAFETY COURSES ARE FREE!!!!!!!

For a complete listing of events, please see the 2019 Events Calendar.


Please note - The plate shoot scheduled for Sunday June 23rd has been cancelled.


Card keys can be updated today, 4/20/19, at 2PM in the archery building.


Our outdoor archery range is in need of a good cleaning. The trees need to be cut back, branches trimmed, and lanes need to be raked. If anyone would like to head up this project, please get in touch with me. Here's a great chance to do your hours and a great service to the club.

Joe Kopacz, President


Upcoming events:

- Hunter & Bow safety courses scheduled for April, check the calendar for dates/times!

- Eddie Eagle gun safety program. Saturday May 4th from 9-11AM in the Clubhouse. It's free and geared towards elementary aged children. Ranges will be closed during this time

- Fishing Derby - Saturday May 18th. Registration starts at 9AM, and the Derby runs from 11-1PM. Prizes for the biggest catches!


Reminder that Club dues are due on January 1st of each year. You have until the March meeting to pay. After the March meeting, you will be charged a penalty fee in addition to the regular dues. If you have still not paid after the June meeting, you will be expelled from the Club. The current dues rate is $65 for single and $85 for family.


A Trapper Education course will be help on March 23rd from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club. Register at the DEC websigte. Ranges will be closed during this time.


From the desk of the President of the MRGC:

The Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club is proud to sponsor two youths (Ages 11-17) for the upcoming DEC summer camps. Parents/Guardians must visit the DEC website, call 518-402-8014, visit "NYS DEC Summer Camps" on Facebook, or write to: DEC Camps 3rd Fl, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5256. Register will open Wednesday January 23rd at 10AM. Please contact me if you are going to apply. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

Don't forget to stop by the Albany Gun Show, Saturday January 26th (9-5PM) and Sunday January 27th (9-3PM). Admission is $7 per person, Seniors $5, and children under 12 FREE. Hope to see you there!

- Joe Kopacz, President, Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club


The Archery building of the Middleburgh Rod & Gun Club needs structural repairs, and once more we are asking for the community's support along with members and friends of the Club. If you have enjoyed being a life member of the club for 5 years or longer, I'm asking you for a $100 donation. If you're a life member with less than 5 years, I'm asking for $25. Please note! I am ASKING. Anything is a help. The building is now over 40 years old and although safe and sound for use, I am not going to wait for an issue to present itself where we have to shut the building down. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This will be a $30,000 project and that's why your help is imperative. We all know the programs and community events this building supports for our children and local organziations, so I am humbly asking for your help.

With a great measure of gratitude and thanks - Joe Kopacz President, Middleburgh Rod & Gun Club


Reminder - All gun raffle tickets must be turned in by Thursday, 11/29/18 between 6-8PM


Please note - The rifle range will be closed from Noon until 9PM on Tuesday, October 2nd for DEC qualifications. The previous date was cancelled due to bad weather.



If you have not had your key card updated, you must do it soon. Once we switch to the new system, your card will not work until it is added to the new system. Ted Schreick will be at the Club this weekend. Saturday he will be there helping with the work party - Good time to volunteer and get your eight hours in. He will be there from 9AM until at least Noon. Sunday he will be there from 11AM - 3PM. Ted will be able to update your key card for you then so please make sure to get yours updated.





Any questions or comments regarding the club or the website can be sent to info@middleburghrg.com.