Welcome to Woodsman Rifle and Pistol Club of Athol, MA. We have a 70 yard outdoor range and an indoor range. We hold shooting competitions and offer firearms safety/certification training. We're always looking for new members interested in learning about or participating in the shooting sports.
We occasionally offer certified Basic Pistol training and sponsor other shooting related events such as Traditional Bullseye and Pin Shooting. See our Events page for details.
Updates as of May 27, 2014:
- We're taking signups for a Utah (31 state) license class. See here for the details!
- Pin shoots will start up again in Fall of 2014.
Map and Directions
Woodsman Rifle and Pistol Club 390 Doe Valley Rd Athol MA 01331
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Direction to the Woodsman Rifle and Pistol Club: Route 2 East or West take exit 17, to route 32 South .9 of a mile to Right onto Woodlawn Road follow Woodlawn Road for .9 of a miles club house is on your Right. From the South take route 122 to 32 North, towards Athol for one mile from the Petersham/Athol town line, take Woodlawn Road on the Left for .9 of a mile club house on the right.
Our club was founded and chartered by the NRA in April of 1947 by a group of Athol shooters under the organization of Mr. Bertram E. Dugan who was elected as the first president. At the time the club was known as the Athol and Orange Pheasant Club. Later in the year the name was changed to the Woodsman Rifle and Pistol Club. During the club's first two years members had to travel to Gardner for all shooting activities. Conditions improved in April of 1949 when members purchased the old State Guard range which is located one mile beyond Clubhouse Pond on Tully Brook Rd. The club first entered a pistol team in the Worcester County League during the winter of 1950-51 and remains competitive today. Woodsman Rifle and Pistol established its current location with the purchase of land on Doe Valley Rd. in 1958. In the early 1960's two outdoor shooting ranges were constructed. The first indoor range was built in the mid-60's but was converted into a chicken coop.Since those early days the club has organized many activities, cowboy shoots, trap and sporting clays among them.