October 2015 Newsletter


October 2015

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

PHONE 387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

         Next Club Meeting: Friday December 11th. (This meeting will be the annual Christmas Party see details below)

                               NO November Meeting due to hunting season

                               MRC Board Meeting will be Dec. 4th at 6:30 pm due to Christmas Party on the 11th

                               Workday Book will be picked up November 1st.

                               ICE Fishing Derby will be February 6th (one day event)

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

ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: Curtis Conklin sponsor Eric Guenther, Shawn Fleury sponsor Doug Carr, Brandon Mutter sponsor John Mutter, James English sponsor Kevin Irwin, Anthony Augustino sponsor Cliff Keil, and Robert Genant sponsor Bill Killam, Wendell Rowell sponsor Bill Rowell.

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Jason Jenkins sponsor Mike Rodenbaugh, Tim Kettenburg sponsor Mike Rodenbaugh, Brad Rombough sponsor Paul Zemotel, Bill Palmer sponsor Pat Meneo, Michael Anderson sponsor Bruce Mitchell, and John Polawski sponsor Bruce Mitchell.




John Keach had sinus operation

Jack Keach had a kidney operation

Scott Barnaskey wife is recovering from her illness

James Horth had stomach surgery and is at Loretto Nursing Home and is not doing well

Harold Zents had gallbladder surgery

Larry Yerdon had gallbladder surgery

Donald Getman’s wife Valerie had an infection in her legs and is home from the hospital


As a member learns of someone who is sick or someone has passed, please contact the following:

Brian Dano at 315-243-1994

Or: Leave message at 625-7331 with Charlene

Or: E-mail

Or: E-mail


Gun Raffle: Mark Bishop reported the gun raffle was a big success and handed out awards to those who sold the most tickets. Mark and his wife did a great job with this event. A big thanks to Mark and Janine.


BYLAWS CHANGES: The following bylaws changes were approved by the membership at the October 2015 meeting


The club has added two new positions. These positions will be paid dues positions.


1st:     Assistant Treasurer

The Assistant Treasurer shall perform all duties of the Club Treasurer when called upon by the Club Treasurer, the Club President or the Board of Directors. They will maintain a close working relationship with the Treasurer so as to maintain continuity in the Club Financial affairs in the event of the absence of the Treasurer.


2nd :   Assistant Financial Secretary


The Assistant Financial Secretary shall have the powers of the Financial Secretary and shall be under the direction of the Club Financial Secretary. They shall perform duties of the office when called upon by the Club Financial Secretary, the Club President or the Board of Directors.


Rules and Regulation changes: The rules and regulations were changed to reflect the increases in both yearly dues and campsite dues changes. The membership was presented with the changes of a $25.00 a year dues changes and an increases in camping dues to $100.00 per year campsite and $200.00 per year for hard sided campsite. The membership accepted these changes per votes.


ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Annual MRC Christmas Party will be Friday, December 11th. Please call Kent and Linda Taber at 387-3871 to make reservations! We would like to have the reservations in by December 1st at the latest. The theme of the party will be a Rockin Country Christmas Party and we will start Happy Hour with scrumptious appetizers at 5:30. The meal will be a delicious homemade pasta meal, complete with salad, greens, freshly baked Italian bread, drinks (Kent said he plans to have some wine but you can bring your own as well), and homemade desserts starting at 6:30. Each table will have a door prize and chocolates to take home as well as a gift for each child you bring to the party. We will need to know how many in your party, the children’s first names and the ages so that we get the right gift for each girl and boy. We consider “children” to be up to age 16- as Santa has informed us. Please feel free to let us know now so we have time to shop. Please leave a message if we are not here. What a great way to celebrate the season of Love.


MRC WEBPAGE: A reminder to club members to subscribe to the webpage. There are no subscription fees. As a subscriber to the website you will automatically be sent an update message so you can be made aware of any club news updates. As I get information from the board between meetings I post it to the webpage.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dick Palmer, workday chairman, said he will picking up the workday book on November 1st. So if you haven’t gotten your workday in yet, then please contact a committee chairman and schedule a workday. Remember, hunting season starts in late October so the workdays will be scarce. ALSO Dick Palmer is stepping down as workday chairman. So the club is looking for a volunteer to take over this spot.


Tuseda Lot: Gutchess Lumber informed the club they would be logging the Tuseda lot. They hope to be done before hunting season but will still be picking up the log piles. A Gutchess Lumber lock was placed on the gate. Per Gary Crawford (MRC Board Member) I put our combo lock on the chain and let the logger know about it. I removed the old MRC combo lock from the chain as well. The logger stated he should be done cutting in a week or 2. He will still be removing the stockpiles after that. He’s only cutting the pines- no hardwood.


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


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


A member at the last meeting told of how he stopped a member at the gate who had 15 wheelers with them. We are continuing to see violations of our club rules regarding ATV usage. People are handing out the combos, going around the gates and so on. We will lose our ATV privileges if we don’t stop this behavior. Please, as a club member feel free to challenge one another for membership card.





The west gate off of Old State Road will be closed due to logging. The owners hope to have this completed by hunting season but not sure. The road when open will only be open to ATV traffic and no trucks or cars due to road repairs that were completed. As more information becomes available, I will post it on the website .


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:

It was reported that there are three new hunter safety instructors in the county. This will help with keeping the hunter safety courses going:


Suggested emails you can sign up for:

NYS DEC Field Notes

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The New York State Register
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Questions or need more information contact Chuck Parker at or 963-8413







Landowner Request: the landowners are asking for our help in keeping the culverts open on the Worth Property. It was put out that the River Buck club will keep the first culvert open and the Mad River Club has agreed to keep the second culvert open. If you are on club property and see a culvert starting to clog up please take a rake or whatever tool you have and keep the culvert open.


DEER TAKE: As the cost of our leases continue to rise, the club is going to have to make some hard decisions on which properties to keep and which ones to let go next year. The Deer Take report will help us make decisions based on property worth a far as hunting success is concerned. The club is not interested in the location of your stand but what property you were on when you got the deer. Please either fill out a deer take report located at the clubhouse or let someone on the board know so we can get a good count. Thanks.


ATV Course : One of our members is looking into a proposed ATV course for the kids to happen at the club next summer. He is checking into availability of people to do this course and if it will count as a NY State certification for young riders. I will keep the membership informed as I learn more about this course.


Flickenstein Property: Note from Gary Crawford, I spoke with Larry Fleckenstein yesterday, He asked I pass along that his property may be logged by Gutches this fall – he wasn’t sure if it would be completed by hunting season. He asked that we be careful if the process is happening when members are hunting. Also to take note of the fences he has up and to leave the gates as you find them, IE if open leave open and if closed ensure you close them after you pass through. He will give me notice if the logger contacts him with a date.


Ice Fishing Chairman: Jacob Halsey has stepped forward to be the Ice Fishing Derby Chairman. This will be a one-day event on February 6th at the Sandy Pond Sportsman Club. Please contact Jacob Halsey or Dave Dano if interested in helping


Workdays: It was put out that we have many chances of getting in a workday:


Kevin Irwin (bldg and grnds chair) needs help with painting and general up keep

Bob Shelmindine has several hundred posted signs that need to go up.

Mike Lane and/or John Malinowski (security chairs) said to call them for security details.

Steve Casselbury ( camping chair)

Lawn Mowing: Call Ralph Gregory if you would like to help mow the clubs lawn.

Tim Howell (roads and trails chair) Tim has many projects for our roads and trails following this winter

Bill Killam (archery chairman) asked for help selling ads starting in January.


The phone numbers for the chairmen listed above can be found at the bottom of the newsletter.

As I get word of a workday I will post it in the newsletter and on the website.

Bill Killam (archery chairman) asked for help selling ads starting in January.


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.


Camp for Kids: The new chairman for Camp for kids is Darien Brock. He has asked that people interested in sending a kid to camp to please call him at 315-778-2680. The youth camp age limit is now 11 to 13 years old and Teen Ecology Camp is 14 to 17 years old. If interested please call Darien and get on the waiting list for next year. Darien said he is looking for 2 more kids to go, but he needs the names by January.


Trap house: The trap house has been rebuilt and looks great. The club will be looking into purchasing a commercial grade trap thrower next year. The club will be looking for volunteers to be a trap master and help run a trap league. Other clubs are hoping we will start up a trapshooting club. Please congratulate Kevin Irwin on having the trap house dedicated to him. He regularly puts in over 400 hours a year for workdays. Kevin and two other members did all the work to get the trap house done.

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 $19,000.00.

Polaris Sportsman 550 for sale: Fran Taplin is selling a 2012 Polaris Sportsman 550 4 wheeler. It has power steering, winch, trailer hitch, 2 up seat and less than 200 miles. It has never been in the woods. They are asking $7900.00 or best offer. You can call 298-4138 or 409-6270. Picture of wheeler will be posted on the club website.

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 575-9285; Secretary Mark Bishop 288-4248; Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin 783-5455

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 John Malinowski 315-657-7780 or Mike Lane 315-558-0888, Entertainment Committee Lou McNett 387-5339

Archery Committee: Bill Killam 387-3350

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