APRIL 2015

P.O BOX 171 PULASKI, NEW YORK 13142-0171

PHONE 387-5788


                                  CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

         Next Club Meeting: Friday May 8th. (BOD mtg starts at 6:30 followed by regular meeting a 8:00)

         MRC Family Picnic will be June 14th.

         Kids Trout Fishing Derby June 27th

         MRC Annual Bow Shoot  July 25th, and 26th.

         4 Wheeler Weekend and Chicken BBQ will be August 15th.

         One Day Bow Shoot at the MRC Clubhouse August 30th.


MEETING: The meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm by Dave Dano


ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: John Murphy sponsor Harry Crowell, Neil Copenhaver sponsor Mark Haynes, Brian Walton sponsor Bill Demass, John Stoker sponsor Chris Conway and Joseph Rether sponsor Bill Demass

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Peter Pelton sponsor Robert Shelmidine




Sherry Ruoff’s mother passed away following hip replacement surgery

Frank Ives wife passed away

Ray Solberg a Gold Member of the club passed away recently


May your thoughts and prayers be with these families in their time of loss.





President                          Dave Dano

1st VP                                Kent Taber                                 News Letter Editor     Shawn Allen

2nd VP                               Dick Palmer                               Assist. News Editor     Todd Brown

Financial Secretary         Rachael Pitkin

Treasurer                         Brendan Hind

Secretary                          Mark Bishop


The above positions and people ran unopposed and a motion to accept these people was made, seconded and approved by the club members to accept these people in their positions as listed.


The vote for 3 year director was as follows:


Gary Crawford 27 votes

Gary Daniels    31 votes

Jeff Moshier     27 votes

Mike Lane        20 votes

As a result of the April voting for 3 year board members, Gary Crawford, Jeff Moshier, and Gary Daniels are the elected 3 year board members.






Ken and Gerry Burd Environmental Studies Scholarship


The extended family of Ken and Gerry Burd has instituted a scholarship fund, in their name, in the amount of $500.00 to be awarded yearly.  This year we would like to invite any member, member’s child or grandchild contemplating an Environmental degree, to apply.


The recipient must be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled college student, pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Law Enforcement, Agricultural Engineering or other closely related Environmental field.


The Selection Committee will award the scholarship based on academic performance, school and community activities/involvement, 2 letters of recommendation and

 a short essay regarding their choice of profession.


Applications are available by contacting Ken or Gerry at 315-652-7095,,  or at the address below.


All requested information must be postmarked no later than April 1st of the current year.


Please complete and return the application to:


Ken & Gerry Burd

8149 Morgan Rd.

Clay, NY  13041




This years NRA banquet will be held Friday, May 8th. The banquet will start at 5:30 pm. The location is at the Traditions @the Links, 5995 North Burdick Drive, East Syracuse, NY, If you would like tickets please contact James Middleton by sending a letter to 58 County Line Road, Phoenix, NY 13135 or phone (315) 695-3981 or email



MRC WEBPAGE: A reminder to club members to subscribe to the webpage. You can subscribe right from the webpage, and this will ensure you get all the latest updates. Also, I am looking for any ideas for enhancements to the webpage. For example, is there information you want but don’t find it on the webpage? I am making an attempt to upgrade the page so any help would be appreciated.


Pictures: I encourage people to send me pictures of various club events so I can get them posted on the webpage.


ANNUAL GUN RAFFLE: Per Mark Bishop, the gun raffle will take place in September of this year. He has already contacted Sharpshooters for the guns. Mark said he would have tickets available at the June MRC meeting. If anyone thinks they are going to need extra tickets please contact Mark Bishop at 288-4248.


CLUB PROPERTY ACCESS: When I get word from Dave Dano or Kent Taber that the owners have agreed to let people on the property, I will post an UPDATE on the webpage. Until then please stay off the property. Remember, no more keys to locks. The locks are combinations with the combination written on your membership cards.


YOUR ATV privileges ARE IN jeopardy


The landowners have expressed a concern that we are abusing our ATV privileges on club property. Apparently people have been using excessive speed, (cutting “rooster” tails on the roads), cutting new trails though the woods, or around large mud holes. People are cutting trails to their tree stands. There are still people driving through the rivers and streams where there is no limestone laid down. Please do not underestimate the landowner’s displeasure with the club.

So our Club Rules as well as the landowner’s rules are as follows:


25mph is the speed limit on the club. DO NOT cut up the road by doing “doughnuts” or making “rooster tails”


No trails to tree stands. Also, loosen tree stand straps at the end of the season or take the stands down.


NO NOT ride through any streams or rivers unless there is limestone laid down for the crossing.


If you can’t ride through a mud hole then turn around and go back. DO NOT GO AROUND THEM.


Bobs trail is closed


I cannot stress enough the importance of using good land stewardship while riding on the MRC lease lands. Riding ATVs on lease lands is a privilege not a right. New signs are going up to help ensure we conform to the landowner’s wishes.


READ AND HEED all new signs. Yours and the clubs ATV privileges are at stake





1.) NOTICE: DO NOT cut any standing timber on club property. Even if the tree is dead. You can cut wood that has fallen to the ground but no standing timber. We have had a couple of incidents that have caused the new owners to raise concerns. Please, lets respect the landowners wishes.


2.) From the landowners: DO NOT ride in any gravel pits, or cross streams that do not have either a bridge or the crushed limestone.

 3.) Please do not contact the new landowners directly. If you have questions or concerns about our lease lands, please bring them to the club meeting or contact Dave Dano. He will forward the questions to the landowners if he cannot answer them.


4.) Make sure you have ID on you when on club property. Please show your ID when asked and ask for ID. This is our club.


Sportsman’s Federation Report: 

Per Chuck Parker, the ATV/UTV Bills did not get passed. WE need to start writing our representatives to let them know they need to represent us.

Suggested emails you can sign up for:

                                                                 NYS DEC Field Notes

Is an Email Subscription you sign up for that is “Noteworthy News from the NYS DEC Division of Fish, Wildlife, and  Marine Resources”

The New York State Register
Sign up for this service and receive email notifications and receive notifications of proposed and actual rule changes in New York.  It is broke down by subject matter so it is easy to follow activity pertaining Environmental Conservation
Click Here

Questions or need more information contact Chuck Parker at or 963-8413




Workdays: As the weather improves and the roads become passable I am sure work days will be needed. As I get word of workdays I will post them in the newsletter and on the webpage


Change of Address: If you have a change of address, phone number, or email please let the club know. You can contact the newsletter editor Shawn Allen or the Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin. We have been having problems with being able to contact people.


Oswego County Fair: If you need to plan for a workday, Chuck Parker is looking for volunteers to man the Federation Booth at the fair. You can contact Chuck Parker at 963-8413 or email at:


Camp for Kids: If you know some children that would like to attend the DEC camp in the Adirondacks please contact Dick Brock to get them signed up. The names need go be in by January. Applications are on the DEC website. The MRC Club is looking to send 7 kids next year.


HUNTER SAFETY INSTRUCTORS : Dave Dano asked for volunteers to become hunter safety instructors during the upcoming year. There is a real need for new instructors as the hunter safety courses are filling fast and there are not enough instructors.


Hunter Safety Courses: The DEC website has the hunter safety courses listed.


Lease Lands: All land leases have been signed and accepted.


Looking for input: It was suggested that we as a club look into the feasibility of putting in camping sites at the club house property. It was suggested that we have between 3-4 sites with electric and water hookup with a possible dump station located nearby. I am looking for input from club members to see if this is something the members would use and enjoy before we invest any money into this project. Please email me (Shawn Allen, newsletter editor) (email below) with your thoughts. I can use the email as a way to show interest to the board.


Classifieds: The new website will allow me to post pictures of your items for sale. So if you want to post something, if possible send me a digital picture and I will post it on the website. (Shawn Allen email:

Kent Taber has a 2000 Magnatrac Hydro 5000C Bulldozer with 6 way blade and backhoe for sale. It’s perfect for clearing campsites, building roads/driveways, digging and moving earth. Great condition-asking $9,000.00 or B.O. Call 387-3871 for more details.

Shawn Allen has a 2011 Outback Trailer for sale. It is a 31 foot bunkhouse with outdoor kitchen and plenty of room for 6 to 8 people. I have posted a picture on the webpage under classifieds. Call 315-343-2546 for further information. Price is $19,300.00.

Newsletter Editor: Shawn Allen 343-2546 (591-3005) email, Assistant Newsletter Editor Todd Brown 480-5193

  Club Officers: President  Dave Dano 625-7331; 1st VP Kent Taber 387-3871,  2nd V.P. Dick Palmer 882-3295; Treasurer Brendan Hind; Secretary Mark Bishop 288-4248; Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin 232-2290

Board Members: Jeffery Mosier 846-5612, Chris Conway 783-1888, Frank Hilliker 298-3004, Larry Yerdon 387-5140, Brian Dano 625-7331 cell 243-1994, Gary Daniels 488-5575, Bob Shelmidine 846-5054, Ralph Gregory 298-5171, Gary Crawford 677-5332

Committee Chairman: Building and Grounds Kevin Irwin 921-9500, Camping Steve Casselbury 315-481-1496, Trails Tim Howell 963-7330 Work Day Dick Palmer 882-3295, Security Kent Taber 387-3871, Entertainment Committee Lou McNett 387-5339

Archery Committee: Bill Killam 387-3350

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