News and Accomplishments

Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council

Super Raffle 2018 to be drawn May 06, 2018

Prizes Donor
1st Henry Big Boy, .44cal Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council
2nd Henry Golden Boy, .22cal Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council
3rd TC Impact, .50 cal Barnstable County League
4th $250 Cabela’s Gift Card Berkshire County League
5th TC Compass Rifle, .270cal Bristol County League
6th LL Bean $200 Gift Card Franklin County League
7th Garmin Etrex 10 GPS Norfolk County League
8th $250 Dick’s Gift Card Hampden county League
9th CVA Optima, .50 cal Middlesex County League
10th 10’ Surf Rod MA Beach Buggy Assn
11th Tree Stand MA Bowhunters Assn
12th 1 day Fall 2018 Turkey Hunt MA Chapter NWTF
13th Fur Hat Massachusetts Trappers Assoc
14th TC Impact, .50cal League of Essex County
15th Spotting Scope Mike Moss/Worcester F&G

Donation $5.00 each or 4 for $10.00
To get tickets, contact your league delegate, local sportsman club, at the
sportsman shows or send your request to:

Raffle Committee
PO Box 462
Rockland, MA 02370

Council Accomplishments

  • Initiated, drafted, sponsored and saw enacted the “Wildlands Conservation Stamp” bill, providing up to $2 million annually for land acquisition; land which will forever remain open to hunting, fishing and trapping.
  • Worked to defeat several attempts by the State Government to “raid” dedicated Fish & Wildlife funds for use in the General Fund, thus preventing cutbacks in services and programs provided by DF&W.
  • Initiated, sponsored and saw our “hunter harassment” bills signed into law.
  • Initiated, sponsored and saw our “shooting range protection” bills signed into law.
  • Filed, supported and saw enacted legislation for the use of mechanical releases by archers.
  • Filed, supported and saw enacted legislation allowing the use of crossbows by hunters unable, due to medical problems, to draw conventional bows
  • Became the first sponsor and treasury for the Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to introduce women to many out-of-doors activities
  • Nominated members to the Ware River and Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committees (MDC), one regular and one alternate were appointed. Our appointments were to insure that sportsmen concerns were addressed and hunting and fishing opportunities are protected.
  • Filed & worked for passage of the Rifled Barrel Shotgun Bill
  • Filed (Sen Steve Brewer), and saw enacted legislation to clarify the definition of an unloaded muzzleloader
  • Fought for and won restoration of full shotgun season for deer on Mass Military Reservation (Otis)
  • Developed and got acceptance of a $500 MSC “Reward Program” with the DFW and EPO’s, to anyone reporting a hunter not following the rules. A significant undertaking improving the status of all sportsmen to be Self-Regulated.

Safety Tips for Non-Hunters

Non-hunters and hunters can safely share and enjoy the woods during hunting season.

Hunting is a safe activity and non-hunters should feel comfortable using the woods at any time of year. Hunting accidents among hunters are extremely rare, and accidents involving non-hunters are even more rare. If you plan to enjoy the outdoors during hunting season, review these tips:

  • Be safe, be seen. A brightly colored orange vest or hat will help you stay visible. Avoid wearing any earth-toned or animal-colored clothing. The use of blaze orange has dramatically reduced the number of hunting-related accidents in the field. Watch a short video on the Effectiveness of Blaze Orange. Remember, hunters are often active during the early morning and late afternoon when animals are most active. Be especially aware of your own visibility during these times when light is dim.
  • Keep pets leashed and visible. Place a blaze orange vest or bandana on your pet to keep it visible.
  • Know when and where hunting is allowed. Hunting season dates and regulations are published annually in the Massachusetts Guide to Hunting, Freshwater Fishing, and Trapping. Hunting on Sunday is not permitted in Massachusetts. MassWildlife lands, including Wildlife Management Areas, Wildlife Conservation Easements, and Access Areas are open to hunting. Most state parks and forests are open to hunting, and many towns allow hunting on municipal lands. Learn about lands open to hunting in Massachusetts. Research the property you plan to visit beforehand to learn if hunting is allowed. If being in the woods during hunting season makes you uneasy, find a location where hunting is not allowed or plan your outing for a Sunday or another day outside of hunting season.
  • Make your presence known. Talk loudly or whistle to identify yourself as a person. You may also consider wearing a bell. If you see someone hunting or hear shots, call out to them to identify your location.
  • Be courteous. Once you’ve made your presence known, don’t make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife or hunting. Hunter harassment is against state law. Avoid confrontations with hunters. If you think you’ve witnessed a fish or wildlife violation, report it to the Massachusetts Environmental Police at 1-800-632-8075.


MassWildlife and NWTF partner to improve wildlife habitat

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) recently partnered with the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) on a wildlife habitat improvement project on MassWildlife’s Moose Brook Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Barre, MA. The Massachusetts Chapter of the NWTF financed the habitat management work and MassWildlife provided the technical planning and oversight. The project involved clearing trees and shrubs and removing invasive plants on an overgrown 3-acre parcel at Moose Brook. The open habitat created by this clearing expands the footprint of existing open habitat on the property and benefits a variety of wildlife, including the Wild Turkey for which the NWTF is named. Visitors to Moose Brook WMA will also benefit from a new parking area off of Sheldon Road, providing enhanced access to that portion of the WMA.

Many types of wildlife rely on open habitats like grassland, shrubland, and young forest­–all of which are declining in Massachusetts. The goal of MassWildlife’s Habitat Program is to create, restore, and maintain open habitats on public wildlife lands across the Commonwealth. Fortunately, these goals complement NWTF’s “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt” initiative, which seeks to conserve and enhance critical wildlife habitat.

“We really appreciate this kind of support from conservation partners like the National Wild Turkey Federation. Their contribution makes a difference for wildlife,” said Jack Buckley, MassWildlife Director. “Restoring open habitat is a shared priority between MassWildlife and NWTF, as it benefits game birds like Wild Turkeys and Ruffed Grouse, as well as less common birds such as the Field Sparrow and Eastern Towhee.”

Wild turkeys use open habitats and young forests for nesting, breeding, and courtship activities. These habitats are also home to an abundance of insects, an important food source for brooding hens. Young turkeys also feed on these protein-rich insects in the summer, enabling them grow quickly to maturity.

“Massachusetts NWTF was proud to assist MassWildlife with the recent habitat improvement project at Moose Brook WMA. We recognize the vital importance that projects like this play in providing habitat for a variety of game and non-game species,” said Keith Fritze, NWTF Massachusetts Chapter President. “As our long history of cooperative projects with MassWildlife continues, we plan to identify additional opportunities that will enable us to utilize our members and membership dollars to further our current mission of ‘Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.’ Thank you to MassWildlife for approaching us with this opportunity and to the NWTF members in Massachusetts for providing the funding that allows projects like this to come to fruition.”

Like all Wildlife Management Areas, Moose Brook WMA is open to the public for wildlife-related recreation, including hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife viewing. This 922-acre property is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, with brook trout fishing in Moose Brook, and hunting opportunities for game species like white-tailed deer, black bear, and turkey.


MSC Awards

R L Gribbon Award

1997 Moss, Mike MA Beach Buggy Assn
1998 Kennedy, James Bristol County
1999 Pike, Dr Norman Franklin County
2000 Kellstrand, John Plymouth County
2001 Hayden, Dennis “boomer” MA Bowhunters Assn
2002 Zuber, John Berkshire County
2003 Roy, Larry Middlesex County
2004 Harris, Donald Franklin County
2005 Berube, Thomas Worcester County
2006 Caryofilles, Clem Berkshire County
2007 Darey, George F&W Board Chairman Berkshire County
2008 Julius, Randy Plymouth County
2009 Kress, Paul Middlesex County
2010 White, Clifford MA Beach Buggy Assn
2011 Veloza, Michael Barnstable County
2012 Fabroski, John Plymouth County
2013 Gleason, Ronald MA Chapt NWTF
2014 Jester, Mark Berkshire County
2015 Pray, Duane Hampden County
2016 Santoro, Louis Norfolk County


Sportsman of the Year

1998 Harris, Donald Franklin County
1999 Brown, Kenneth MA Bowhunters Assn
2000 Hamilton Jr, George Berkshire County
2001 Fabroski, John Plymouth County
2002 Jester, Mark Berkshire County
2003 Ferreira, Michael Bristol County
2004 Cairns, George MA Beach Buggy Assn
2005 Moss, Mike MA Beach Buggy Assn
2006 Murray, Peter MA Beach Buggy Assn
2007 Veloza, Michael Barnstable County
2008 Filman, Donald MA Beach Buggy Assn
2009 Santoro, Louis Norfolk County
2010 Williams, Paul Plymouth County
2011 Pray, Duane Hampden County
2012 Graves, Donald Franklin County
2013 Bernard, Peter Bristol County
2014 Morris, Scott MA Beach Buggy Assn
2015 Kellstrand, John MA Bowhunters Assn
22016 Mailhoit, Phillip MA Chapt NWTF


Lillian Gribbons

1997 Gribbons, Lillian Worcester County
1998 Hayes, Irene MA Trappers Assn
1999 Sandstrom, Terry MA Beach Buggy Assn
2000 Moss, Sheila MA Beach Buggy Assn
2001 Binney, Carmen “Dee” Plymouth County
2002 Brennan, Paula League of Essex County
2003 Beckwith, Margaret Berkshire County
2004 Tucker, Marge Barnstable County
2005 Horwitz, Eleanor Middlesex County
2006 Hanson, Terry Worcester County
2007 Woodard, Paula Worcester County
2008 Julius, Mary Plymouth County
2009 Hayden, Mimi MA Bowhunters Assn
2010 White, Clara MA Beach Buggy Assn
2011 Veloza, Sheila Barnstable County
2012 Pray, Laurie Hampden County
2013 Paquette, Wendy MA Beach Buggy Assn
2014 Kruszyna, Karen Berkshire County
2015 Wilkinson, Christine League of Essex County
2016 Huseby, Astrid MA Chapt NWTF


Sportsmen’s Senator

1997 Wetmore, Robert Wor, Hampd, Hamps
1998 Brewer, Stephen Wor, Hampd, Hamps
1999 Durand, Robert Middlesex & Worcester
2000 Glodis, Guy 2nd Worcester
2001 Sprague, JoAnn Norfolk, Bristol & Plymouth
2002 Tarr, Bruce 1st Essex & Middlesex
2003 Glodis, Guy 2nd Worcester
2004 Brewer, Stephen Wor, Hampd, Hamps &
2005 Moore, Richard T Worcester & Norfolk
2006 Brewer, Stephen Wor, Hampd, Hamps &
2007 Brown, Scott Norf, Brist & Plymouth
2008 None
2009 None
2010 None
2011 Brewer, Stephen Wor, Hampd, Hamps &
2012 Rodrigues, Michael 1st Bristol & Plymouth
2013 None
2014 Moore, Michael 2nd Worcester
2015 None
2016 deMacedo, Virato “Vinny” Plymouth & Barnstable


Sportsmen’s Representative

1997 None  
1998 Peterson, George 9th Worcester
1999 Tuttle, David 5th Worcester
2000 Gauch, Ronald 11th Worcester
2001 Frost, Paul 7th Worcester
2002 Rodrigues, Michael 8th Bristol
2003 Peterson, George 9th Worcester
2004 Flynn, David 8th Plymouth
2005 carron, Mark J 6th Worcester
2006 Peterson, George 9th Worcester
2007 Perry, Jeffrey Davis 5th Barnstable
2008 Guyer, Dennis 2nd Berkshire
2009 Gobi, Anne 5th Worcester
2010 Gifford, Susan 2nd Plymouth
2011 Gobi, Anne 5th Worcester
2011 Peterson, George 9th Worcester
2012 Kulik, Stephen 1st Franklin
2013 Vieira, David 3rd Barnstable
2014 Beaton, Matthew 11th Worcester
2015 None
2016 Peake, Sarah 4th Barnstable


Past President

1997 Beaudry, Paul Middlesex County
1997 Berube, Thomas Worcester County
1997 Nowak, Paul League of Essex County
1997 Smith, James League of Essex County
2016 Moss, Mike MBBA, MBA Worcester
2017 Harbison, David League of Essex County


Most Active Organization

1997 Norfolk County League
2000 Plymouth County League
2001 Norfolk County League
2008 MA Beach Buggy Assn
2014 MA Beach Buggy Assn


Lifetime Achievement

1999 O’Brien Jr, Edward Plymouth County
2002 Prescott, Carl Wildlife Management Dep Dir Masswildlife
2003 Thurlow, Chris DFW – Central District
2008 Darey, George F&W Board Chairman
2009 Turner, Richard 60 Years Service Masswildlife
2009 Cardoza, James Masswildlife
2011 Horwitz, Eleanor 34 Years Service Masswildlife
2014 Kellstrand, John MA Bowhunters Assn
2014 Lebel, William Barnstable County
2014 Binienda, Rep John 17th Worcester
2014 Peterson, Rep George 20 Years 9th Worcester
2014 Brewer, Sen Stephen 35 Years Wor, Hampd, Hamps &
2014 Studley, Robert Barnstable County
2015 Diodati, Paul Div Marine Fisheries Dir
2015 MacCallum, Wayne Director Masswildlife
2015 Caruso, Paul Marine Fisheries
2015 Sheppard, John Dir, Fishing & Boating Acc
2016 Creedon, John “Jake” F&W Board SE District


Special Recognition

1999 Darey, George F&W Board Chairman
1999 Phillips, John DFG Commissioner
2000 Darey, George Land Preservation F&W Board Chairman
2000 Jones Phd, Gwilym Natural Heritage F&W Board
2000 MacCallum, Wayne Excellence in Wildlife Dir, Masswildlife
2001 Begin, Nancy F&W Board
2001 Tuttle, David Service to Sportsmen MA House of Represent
2002 Turco, Jeff Legislative Achievement
Aide to Sen Glodis
2002 Durand, Robert Secretary EOEA
2003 Horwitz, Eleanor Wildlife Education Masswildlife
2005 Cookingham, Russ F&W Board
2006 Kennedy, James Bristol County/MSDA
2006 Williams, Russell Franklin County
2006 Gibi, Anne 5th Worcester
2008 Kupfer, Charles Worcester County
2008 MacCallum, Wayne Dir, Masswildlife
2008 Kennedy, James Bristol County
2008 Hayden, Dennis “Boomer” MA Bowhunters Assn
2010 Minor, Bill Wildlands Acquisition Masswildlife
2010 Foster, Ernest F&W Board – 20 Years
2011 Woytek, William Lifesaving MA Environmental Police
2012 Brown, Sen Scott U.S. Senate
2012 Fritze, Sue B.O.W. Effort Masswildlife
2013 Pajak, LT John Years of Service MA Environmental Police
2013 English, Julie Delaney Years of Service Asst to Dir Masswildlife
2015 Griffin, Mary Commissioner DFG
2016 Kehoe, Stacey Barnstable County



2001 Lomax Sr, Gordon Auction Donor Charlton Land Clearing
2012 Briggs, Robbie Fishing Trip Donor Barnstable County
2012 Hayden, Dennis “Boomer” MA Bowhunters Assn
2012 Julius, Randy Art & Trip Donor Plymouth County
2012 Kupfer, Charles Turkey Hunt Donor Worcester County
2012 Snyder, Ed Art Donor Franklin County
2013 Moss, Wayne Art Donor Worcester County
2013 Sousa, Frank Hampden County
2013 Julius, Barry Art Donor Plymouth County
2013 Graves, Donald Youth Hunt Donor Franklin County
2015 DellOrto, Arthur Scholarship Assistance Worcester County
2016 Coughlin, John Show Work Hampden County


President’s Award

2000 Abysahl, Clark MSC Associate
2000 Carey, Robert MSC Associate
2000 Kennedy, James Bristol County/MSDA
2000 Lebel, William MSC Associate
2001 Bailey, Robert Hampden County
2001 Matzko, John Hampden County
2002 Caryofilles, Clem Berkshire County
2002 Gribbons, Leonard MSC Associate
2002 Bazycki, Stanley Barnstable County
2003 Murray, Peter MA Beach Buggy Assn
2003 Veloza, Michael Barnstable County
2004 Lebel, William Barnstable County
2004 Pray, Duane Hampden County
2005 Becker, Thomas Middlesex County
2005 Fabroski, John Plymouth County
2005 Kellstrand, John Plymouth County
2006 Stanhope, Peter MSC Associate
2008 Bernard, Peter Bristol County
2008 Century Sportsman Club Hall Use Worcester County
2008 Lebel, William Barnstable County
2008 Bernard, Peter Bristol County
2009 Pray, Laurie Hampden County
2009 Stearns, Al MSC Associate
2010 Fruzzetti, Al Norfolk County
2011 Gleason, Ronald MA Chapt NWTF
2011 Lebel, William Barnstable County
2012 Armburg, Michael Plymouth County
2012 Harbison, Amber League of Essex County
2012 Pray, Duane Hampden County
2013 Birch, Edward MA Bowhunters Assn
2013 Erwin, Michael Plymouth County
2013 Lewis, Charles Barnstable County
2014 Harbison, David League of Essex County
2016 Central MA Chapter NWTF


CCC Recognition

1997 Frankln County League Won the Vote
1997 Berube, Thomas Worcester County
1997 MA Trappers Assn #1 Fund Raising
1997 Kellstrand, John Treasurer Plymouth County
1997 Into the Outdoors Media Support Berkshire County
1997 Hubbard, Ann Bristol County
1997 Berube, Gay Secretary Worcester County


Hall of Fame

2000 Waskeiwicz, Joseph Worcester County
2000 Abate, Francis Norfolk County
2000 Wilder, Erwin Plymouth County
2000 White, Clifford MA Beach Buggy Assn
2000 Walleston, Fran Worcester County
2000 St John, Everett Worcester County
2000 Ryan, Norman Worcester County
2000 Phillips, Dr John League of Essex County
2000 Parker, Milton “Misty” Worcester County
2000 O’Brien Jr, Edward Plymouth County
2000 Kearns, William Middlesex County
2000 Hayden, Jim “Boomer” MA Bowhunters Assn
2000 Harris, Donald Franklin County
2000 Hamilton Jr, George Berkshire County
2000 Hall, Loring Plymouth County
2000 Gribbons, Raymond Worcester County
2000 Bengyfield, George Barnstable County
2000 Babbit, Lou Worcester County
2000 Beaudry, Paul MSC Past President Middlesex County
2000 Kennedy, James Bristol County/MSDA
2001 Darey, George F&W Board Chairman Berkshire County
2001 Begin, Nancy F&W Board League of Essex County
2001 Smith, James MSC Past President League of Essex County
2001 Roche, John Franklin County
2001 Kukonen, Paul Worcester County
2001 Hilstrom, Rudolph Plymouth County
2001 Bonney, Alerton Plymouth County
2001 Decker, John Berkshire County
2001 Burns, Ken Worcester County
2001 Bonney, Carmen “Dee” Plymouth County
2001 Hayden, Dennis “Boomer” MA Bowhunters Assn
2002 Wilcox, George Bristol County
2002 Zuber, John Berkshire County
2002 Driscoll, Richard League of Essex County
2002 Woodard, Richard Worcester County
2002 Woodard, Paula Worcester County
2002 Pearson, Rudy Worcester County
2002 Nichols, Leander Plymouth County
2002 Dwinell, Richard Worcester County
2002 Bailey, Robert Hampden County
2002 Whitaker, Raymond MA Trappers Assn
2002 Giddings, Ted Berkshire County
2003 Abdow, Joseph Hampden County
2003 Konisky, Tony Worcester County
2003 Matzko, John Hampden County
2003 Swedberg, Jack Worcester County
2004 Gbbs, Stan Barnstable County
2004 Miller, Robert Hampden County
2004 Vallancourt, Roy Plymouth County
2009 Carey, Robert Worcester County
2009 Laucis, Al Worcester County
2009 Durand, Robert Middlesex County
2009 Berberian, “Red” Worcester County
2009 Kress, Paul Middlesex County
2010 Fabroski, John Plymouth County
2010 Foster, Ernest F&W Board – Central Worcester County
2010 Minior, William Chief of Wildlands Worcester County
2010 Sandstrom, Richard Plymouth County/MBBA
2010 Sandstrom, Terry Plymouth County/MBBA
2011 Abysahl, Clark MSC Associate
2011 Graves, Donald Franklin County
2011 Horwitz, Eleanor Middlesex County
2012 Veloza, Michael Barnstable County
2012 Caryofilles, Cleante Berkshire County
2012 Roche, Michael F&W Board Franklin County
2013 Kellstrand, John MA Bowhunters Assn
2013 Sousa, Frank Hampden County
2013 Gleason, Ronald MA Chapt NWTF
2014 Moss, Mike Worcester County/MBBA
2014 Moss, Sheila Worcester County/MBBA
2015 Santoro, Louis Norfok County
2016 Berube, Thomas Worcester County


2015 Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council Annual Banquet Photos

2016 Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council Annual Banquet Photos