Martha's Vineyard Rod & Gun Club
Instructional & Educational Programs

Fly-Tying Classes are one of the most popular activities in the club. Volunteers run the classes for three months during the winter. Every Monday evening, the clubhouse is packed with seasoned and novice fly-tyers from five to over eighty years of age. It's a wonderful evening for parents and their children, an opportunity to tell tall tales of fish caught, or listen to the experts reveal their secrets.

Monday evenings in the winter kindle the interest in fly fishing and develop tomorrow's sportsmen. The island's future generation of fly fishermen is here.

The classes are open to the public.

Fly Fishing
Held throughout the spring and summer at the club, these clinics give novice and experienced fly fishermen the opportunity to learn from the club's professional fly fishing instructors. The clinics are held on the club's two fly casting ranges. A selection of fly rods, tackle and other gear is available. It's a great way to learn how to cast a fly rod and catch striped bass, blues and bonito on flies.

The Saltwater Fly Fishing Clinics are open to the public.

Skeet Instruction
Skeet Insruction
Twelve months a year, the club's National Skeet Shooting Association Certified Instructors offer group and individual private skeet lessons. It's a program that offers proper, safe and correct instruction to sportsmen who want to learn one of the worlds most popular clay target sports.

Skeet Instruction is open to the public.

Skeet Instructors
Bob De Lisle 508-627-3019
Karen Kukolich 508-627-8556
Bob Merry 508-645-2320
John Montes 508-627-8224

Skeet Instruction Hours
Wednesday 3pm-5pm
Friday 3pm-5pm
Saturday 3pm-5pm
You must call an instructor and make an appointment.

Archery Instruction
Archery Instruction
Twelve months a year, the club's active, competitive instructors offer individual and small group lessons.

This program offers special bows for beginners, both children and adults, to teach safety and proper use of the bow and arrow for both target and hunting.

Archery Instruction is open to the public.

Firearm Safety
Designed as a community service for the island's many sportsmen, the Firearm Safety Academy's goal is to promote the safe, responsible use of firearms through the continuing education of all firearm owners.

Courses are offered throughout the year. All of the volunteer instructors are NRA Certified and the courses of firearm instruction are laid out in accordance with NRA training guidelines. The Academy provides NRA and Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved courses of training that will satisfy Local and State Police Department requirements for the general public.

The Firearm Safety Academy offers courses in Home Firearm Safety and Basic Pistol Shooting Safety. Soon the Academy will offer courses in Basic Shotgun Safety and Basic Muzzle loading Safety.

The courses are open to the public.

License to Carry or Firearm ID Training
NRA Certified Instructor    
Bob De Lisle 508-221-0902

Basic Hunter Education Course
Taught annually by experienced club volunteers, this course teaches important firearm safety and hunter conduct issues. It is mandatory in Massachusetts to have first completed a Hunter Education Course in order to obtain a hunting license.

This course is open to the public.

Boating Safety Course
Boating Safety
The course is presented annually at the club by the Massachusetts Environmental Police. The goal is to foster safe attitudes by developing safe boating practices, legal responsibilities and general marine knowledge. Topics addressed include accident prevention, safety equipment, safe boating operation, navigation rules and aids to navigation. This course is required before any person, ages 12-15, may operate a motorboat without adult supervision in Massachusetts. The course also meets the boating course requirements for persons 16 and 17 years of age to obtain their state personal watercraft certification.

The club's Boating Safety Course is open to the public.

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