March 2015 Newsletter


MARCH 2015

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

PHONE 387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

         Next Club Meeting: Friday April 10th. (BOD mtg starts at 6:30 followed by regular meeting a 8:00)

         Bow Hunter Safety Course March 28th at the clubhouse. Contact Gary Crawford

         MRC Annual Awards Banquet April 11th.

         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: Peter Pelton sponsor Robert Shelmidine

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: John Mutter sponsor Kelvin Perkins, Jacob Halsey sponsor Lou McNett, Kyle Hill sponsor Larry Yerdon, Alex Pastuf sponsor Charles Dailey.



Perry Fowler is undergoing treatment for cancer

Lou McNett is still sick with respiratory issues

Sherry Ruoffs mother is recovering from hip surgery


CONGRATULATIONS TO CHUCK PARKER on being inducted into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame:


NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame banquet will be at the Rusty Rail, Canastota, NY April 25 at 4:30pm. For reservations and tickets phone 363-3896 or 829-3588.

Local inductees are Chuck Parker, Bill Wilbur, Bill Lansley and Dave Simmons.



UP FOR MRC ELECTION IN APRIL ( Note Nominations are closed at the March Mtg.)


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

3 Year Director Position Mike Lane, Gary Daniels, Gary Crawford, and Jeff Mosier


ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET: This years annual awards banquet will be held at the Mad River Club. It will be held the night of, Saturday, April 11th. The banquet will start at 6:00 pm with cocktails, with dinner to follow. This year it will be a prime rib dinner courtesy of the MRC. Ken Burd is chairing this event but the club is looking for volunteers to help host this event. Ken and his wife cannot handle the whole thing so please help if you can. Contact Ken Burd or Dave Dano if you can help.



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.



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. Lou Mcnett and another board member had separate conversations with the owners and they both said that this is a very serious matter.




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 Lou McNett. 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:


From the March MRC meeting: the Federation is waiting for ATV/UTV legislation that would allow UTV registration and open up new areas for 4 wheelers. The 2015-2016 New York State Governor’s Budget will be coming out soon.  There are many topics in this budget such as ATV use, funding and staffing for DEC, habitat access, and a young forest initiative that will be of concern and benefit to sportsmen.  To prevent many of these topics from being removed from the budget will require the sportsmen of this state to speak up.  Speaking up will be contacting the legislators in Albany.  Through the MRC website we will issue an alert on issues as they are requested by the NYSCC and others.


Chuck Parker  


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




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.


NO VECHICLES: As snowmobile season comes to an end and May 1st approaches, I know people will want to get their ATV’s going. Per the landowners, we will need to wait for their permission to ride on the property. They will inspect the roads and trails to make sure we wont make a mess. Please be patient with this process.


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.


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.

Doug Runion’s has his camp up for sale on Little John Drive. It’s a 5 acre plot with 200 ft of road frontage by 1156 foot deep, with a mobile home on the site. There is electrical service but no well or septic. There is a gravel driveway with a yellow gate across the driveway. He said to call for pricing. His phone number is 315-598-3464.



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

Club Officers: President Lou McNett 387-5339; 1st V.P. Dave Dano 625-7331 (Chairman of the Board) ; 2nd V.P. Dick Palmer 882-3295; Treasurer Sherry Ruoff 778-6113; 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, Kent Taber 387-3871

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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