Hamden Fish & Game Protective Association
155 Willow Street
Hamden, CT 06518
Note: Hamden & Game is a members-only facility. Visit their website to obtain a membership application.
The Hamden Fish & Game Protective Association Inc. is a traditional hunting, fishing and shooting sports club. Located on Willow Street in the Mount Carmel section of Hamden, CT, the club sits on over 80 acres of woodlands near Sleeping Giant Mountain.
The grounds consist of a clubhouse; a picnic grove and pavilion; an archery range; Ryan’s Pond which is regularly stocked with pan-size trout; four skeet and trap fields (one of which also contains a sporting clays/5-stand setup); and a multi-point covered 100-yard pistol/rifle range. No full-auto weapons are allowed, and the range rules discourage indiscriminate rapid-fire.
Membership is open to anyone interested in shooting, fishing and the outdoors. Families are encouraged to join and enjoy the club together.
Clubhouse & shotgun fields:
[Follow-up by Crapgame]
GNM and I have been members at Hamden Fish and Game for around two years now. It’s a nice place – a convenient ten minute drive from my house by scenic back roads.
The general membership gravitates towards skeet shooting, but that’s okay, since it means that the rifle/pistol range is usually uncrowded (except just before hunting season, where everybody’s out there sighting in), if not completely empty. The rifle range is a hair under 100 yards, with a small mountain as a backstop.
Shooting goes on year-round, but we are pretty fair-weather shooters, so unless it’s an unseasonably warm day, we usually don’t spend much time there in the winter. I would be happier with the club if there was an indoor range as well, but considering the higher interest in skeet shooting, there’s little chance of that happening.
That being said, the membership cost is pretty reasonable(also requires 12 hours of work-time to help maintain the club), that it easily balances against the hourly cost of shooting elsewhere.
Members are all friendly, with ages tending towards the over-50 crowd, but everyone is welcome. There are a number of events throughout the year, including a ham shoot around Easter, a picnic in June, a turkey shoot just before Thanksgiving. There are a number of activities geared towards kids, including a sleepover when they open the fishing pond for the year.
Other items of interest are occasional hunting safety classes, NRA safety course (required to receive a Connecticut Concealed Weapon permit), IDPA shooting on Thursdays. The club is working towards affiliation with the Civilian Marksmanship Program.