Membership Process

Club Administration

The club is run by the Board of Directors, elected by membership, at the annual meeting. Board membership rotates with term-limited seats except for officer positions which help maintain continuity. Officers are selected by the sitting Board. The Board is bound by the club constitution which is approved by the members. The Board meets monthly throughout the year, all meetings are open to membership. Monthly minutes of meetings are distributed to all members.

Professional staff are hired and managed by the Board. We take great pride that there is extremely low turnover for the staff. Concerns and issues when they arise, are handled expeditiously, politely, and effectively.

How to Apply for Membership

Membership is limited to 55, which insures unfettered access to all club facilities. You can call, 518.392.3468, or email,, to see if there is an opening. If membership is full, you can choose to be placed on the waiting list. You must submit the completed application and fee to be placed on the list.

Once your application is accepted you will meet either with the Board of Directors (the Board meets in the evening every month on the second Thursday) or with a select few Board members on a mutually agreed date and time.

There are two categories of membership, Associate and Full. As a new member you are an Associate member with all rights and privileges to hunt and use the club except for voting and deer hunting. After three years of membership, you will become a Full member allowing you to vote and deer hunt. An application is available on the Membership Application page. Please remember to sign and include your application fee of $100.

Membership Fees as of January 2024

  • Dues: $2,950 (Includes 30 birds)

  • One-time Initiation: $3,000
  • Guest Fee: $50 per person (Includes two birds)
  • Additional birds: $25 each
  • Skeet: $5 per round of 25
  • Flurry: $5 per round of 25
  • Wobble Trap: $5 per round of 25

Clubhouse Fees

  • Overnight rental: $75
  • Special event rental: TBD

Bird Cleaning (Paid directly to staff in cash)

  • Whole bird $6 each
  • Breasts only $4 each

Membership Application

Please complete the fillable application, print, and mail along with the application fee (non-refundable) of $100 to:

The Austerlitz Club
Attention: David Ross
634 Dugway Road
Chatham, NY 12037

The initiation and dues are payable upon acceptance to the club. Dues include 30 pheasants; you can purchase additional birds this cost is listed on the Fee page. NRA membership required.