Elkins Fish & Game Club
The Elkins Fish and Game Club is located in the beautiful Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire. The club was established in 1894 and has been in continuous operation ever since. "The objective of this club shall be: to support the preservation of fish and game; to support the conservation of our forests and streams in the interests of fish and game; to support and promote the sports of archery, fishing, hunting, shooting, and all related activities; and to disseminate information relating thereto."
Activities, programs, and events
Our club reaches out to the public with many programs during the course of the year. We are deeply dedicated to promoting the interests of fishing, hunting, archery and target shooting, and the preservation of the great outdoors.
Our archery course, with 15 3-D target stations, is used for traditional and modern archery, and is used by the New London Recreation Department for their Junior Summer Adventure Camp, introducing youngsters to the fun and proper techniques of archery.
Each year we conduct an Introduction to Firearms event to introduce people, both young and old, to the shooting sports. We own and operate a small range, which we use for this event, and for casual shooting and sighting in by our members.
Since the early '90s, we have sent over 120 local area children to the Barry Conservation Camp, with a focus on fishing, hunting, and shooting. The camp is for youth who love the outdoors, prefer participating in a small camp, and enjoy hands-on learning about the outdoors, conservation, and the environment. In 2011, the club made a commitment to sponsor and maintain the Coyote Cabin at the camp.
Our club works closely with the New London Conservation Commission to maintain and improve the Esther Currier Wildlife Management Area at Low Plain. During the warm weather months we cut grass, trim low branches, and paint trail signs. In the winter we perform maintenance on the wood duck boxes on Beaver Pond.
Each year, we send an area woman to the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program. BOW is a workshop focused on learning outdoor skills, usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits. The program has summer and winter sessions.
Barry Conservation Camp is supported by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, as is BOW, which is also supported by the NH Wildlife Federation. These organizations offer educational opportunities in line with our mission.