Our membership has grown from a handful of locals to 700 members scattered across New England and Canada. We have a number of retirees many of whom have made their retirement homes in Carrabassett Valley. Many seasonal residents of the area participate; many are wintertime skiers and those who look forward to summertime hiking and other outdoor activities. Every year, we do more with young and old who remain dedicated to stewarding the land and enjoying the great Maine outdoors.
We built and maintain a top-notch shooting range in a first-rate setting. The 30-plus acre range sits off Rte. 27, just 1.7 miles north of the Sugarloaf Access Road. Its backdrop is the majestic Bigelow Mountain Range. This year our weekly trap-shooting program had a record numbers of shooters. The range’s programs and activities were far and away the most successful of any year in its 12 years of operations. In a ceremony at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center last summer, Scouts Matthew Beauregard and Ian Wilson received their Eagle Badges. Both young men had conducted extensive projects required for the Eagle Badge at the CVOA range.
Our range was built on the backs of volunteers. It was developed for safe and organized recreational shooting – something that has not previously existed in our region. The CVOA Range includes an archery, rifle and pistol range. Its newest addition is a state- of-the-art trap-shooting machine we use each week to shoot clays and we offer trap- shooting lessons. We conduct an annual Hunter Safety Course for young and old alike and sponsor a local Boy Scout troop. Junior programs highlight many activities featuring safety and hands-on shooting. Kids learn to use Cricket .22 rifles. CVOA has had authentic black powder muzzle-loading demonstrations and trick clay-shooting events on many occasions. Many times the Maine Inland Fisheries & Game assists CVOA with volunteers to help out at that range. Range Officers volunteer to assist range participants and train on range safety.