Welcome to the Preserve!
The Moon Mountain Preserve Season opens September 17th 2018 and runs through March 31st 2019. We hunt mostly Pheasants on 100 acres of the SSC holdings.
Presently the Preserve is open to SSC members in good standing. A new Preserve membership costs $175 per calendar year, includes 5 pheasants and an introduction to the Preserve Hunting Area in a Guided Hunt.
A Preserve Member can hunt as few as two birds at a time, may bring a friend once per season, a family member multiple times and a bird dog with guide is available if they do not have one. A Preserve Member can buy additional birds at Preserve Member rates. Bird costs are set at the beginning of the season and often increase a dollar a month after season starts until the end of the season or we are out of birds. There is a preseason sale of birds to Preserve Members. Pheasants are often $15 each at this time and sold in increments of 5 birds.
Preserve Membership is not required to hunt the Preserve. A SSC Member (or two) with a current Massachusetts hunting license and a shotgun can hunt birds on the Preserve in a Guided Hunt. The Preserve presently has dogs to point the birds for hunters if they don't have one. A Springfield Sportsman's Club Member pays a $175 to hunt 5 pheasants in a "guided hunt”. The SSC Member may add additional birds at $25/ bird. A second SSC member may hunt by adding a minimum of 2 birds at $25/ bird. If after the hunt the hunters should wish to join the Preserve, they may do so at a reduced rate within 30 days of their hunt.
If one is new to bird hunting, it is suggested that you shoot Sporting Clays as a precursor to bird hunting. The skills practiced there are similar to hunting. You will likely have a more successful hunt if you do. The SSC Sporting Clays presently uses part of the Preserve hunting area for their course. Besides excellent bird hunting practices and a good time, you can familiarize yourself with some of the hunting area. Other good practice is Skeet, 5 Stand and Trap. The Pheasant is a pretty big bird and usually not that hard to hit.
Bird hunting is most often a dog thing. It appears to be at the Moon Mountain Preserve. You are in the woods with friend or two at least one of which is an excited dog. And it can be social as it is often a shared experience with family and friends. The SSC Preserve is an excellent place to hone ones skills and launch a new era in ones gunning experiences. If you do not have a hunting partner you may find one here. We have had people group up at Sporting Clays and plan hunts from there. Make memories, start a new tradition or continuing established ones.
We at the Preserve can assist the initial preparation of the birds harvested.
If you would like to Bird Hunt, view the Preserve hunting area and/or ask a question or two about bird hunting here, the director's email is email@example.com (Moon Mountain Preserve at gmail.com). Or you can book a hunt with a text to the Director, Ron at 413-575-2304.