In April of 1926 a group of men with a vision of the outdoors banded together to form the Seymour Fish and Game Protective Association. These men were primarily from the Seymour and Oxford area and the word “protective” used in the original title aptly described what would be the driving focus of the club even in the 21st century. The pioneers of the club hoped to promote the enjoyment, protection and even educating today’s youth about the preservation of our environment.
Between 1926 and 1934 the club helpd their meetings as a local hardware store and lumber yard. Target shooting took place on a vacant lot in front of Daddio’s Auto Parts in Seymour. Currently that vacant lot is part of Rt 8. In 1934 the club bought one acre of land on Chestnut Tree Hill Road in Oxford and incorporate as the Seymour Fish and Game Club. Subsequent land acquisitions were made and the current acreage has expanded to just over 19 acres.
Early records show that the members leased farmlands, raised pheasants and stocked the land for hunting. In 1964 the Club entered a matching program with the State to release pheasants on leased land and that tradition continues today. Available land has been decimated due to residential development and the future of this program is in jeopardy. At the height of the program over 600 birds were release on some 3000 acres of land. The club raised and released trout in the area streams such as Little River with as many as 2000 trout yearly. Both the pheasant and trout rearing were done by club members who donated their time and land.
Currently the club purchases adult pheasants for release and although the trout rearing ponds are gone, a yearly fishing rodeo for children is held as a joint effort between the Town of Oxford and the Club. At one time there was a very active Conservation Commitee and participated with the State to plant as many as 64,000 seedlings and food for local bird population.
The club has always reached out to the community sponsoring many activities and donating money for environmental causes. Keep with Club philosophy and goals two Bob Marshall Scholarships are given each year to area high schools for those seniors going on to further their education in the environmental sciences. Other donations include the local Rotary, the Little League, Ducks Unlimited and Oxford Ambulance Association. Each year the Club runs a game dinner that over 450 people attend. The dinner provides funds necessary to provide annual donations.
Currently there are about 300 members. Although much of the original fishing and hunting activities have dissipated members today enjoy trap, skeet and special event clay pigeon shooting. The club is open on Sundays from 9:30 am until 3 pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 9pm. the club is the only clay bird club open for night shooting. Guests are welcome and new members can join twice yearly. Monthly meeting are held on the second Monday of each month.