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Mark your calendars and join the fun at the seventh annual Massachusetts Outdoor Expo (MOE) at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club, off New Boston Road, in Sturbridge. This family oriented event is free, thanks to sponsors including MassWildlife, Hamilton Rod and Gun Club, Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society (FAWNS) and The Weatherby Foundation. Doors open at 9 AM and the exhibits, activities and fun will run until 4:00 PM.

The “Big MOE” is the perfect opportunity to introduce youngsters to the wonders of the outdoors. Impressive live birds of prey, snakes and turtles will be on display and two rock climbing walls and archery, too. New this year is kayaking, which is sure to be popular with adventurers of all ages. Also, the Massachusetts Open Goose Calling Championship, Turkey Calling, Build a Bug and Waterfowl Identification will be new events. Try your hand at wildlife drawing, tomahawk throwing, building a bird house or test your marksmanship skills on the airgun, rifle, shotgun or archery target ranges under expert supervision. Junior Olympic team members will also be shooting. A virtual reality shooting simulator will be provided courtesy of MassWildlife’s Hunter Education Program. Fishing programs, hunting dog demonstrations and an authentic pioneer encampment will run throughout the day. Don’t forget to take a break and grab some lunch at the clubhouse and look over the raffle items. There’s something for the whole family. Admission and participation is FREE!

For more information visit the FAWNS website at or contact Gary Zima, 508.792.7270 x114.


Agency and Program Public Information Contacts:

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife topics, contact MassWildlife at  
Division of Law Enforcement topics, contact Andy Petrie at
Division of Marine Fisheries topics, contact Dan McKiernan at
Riverways Program topics, contact Russ Cohen at
DFWELE GIS Program topics, contact Steve McRae at


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