February 2016 Newsletter


February 2016

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

PHONE 387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

       Next Club Meeting: Friday March 11th. (Dinner starts at 6:00 pm with mtg to follow)

                               Board of Director meeting will be March 4th at 6:30 pm due to venison dinner

                             March Meeting will be the Annual Venison Dinner, see details below.

                             Friends of the NRA dinner coming up in May

                             Trout Fishing Derby will be held the 25th of June

                             4 Wheeler Weekend will be the weekend of 20th of August

                             Archery Shoot scheduled for August 28th.

MEETING: There was no meeting due to bad weather.

ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: No Meeting

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: No Meeting




Harry Perkins, a past MRC president and life member has passed away.


Funeral Services will be on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Camillus. Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Edward J. Ryan and Son Funeral Home, 3180 Bellevue Ave. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northeast Community Hospice of Florida Foundation Department: 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 or to your local hospice.

Condolences may be shared at


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


Also, if any member knows of a deceased member from last year, please let the board know so we can get there names on the plaque in the clubhouse. Thank you


Venison Dinner: The annual venison dinner will be the regular meeting on March 11th. Dinner will start at 6:00 pm with a general meeting to follow. Please contact John Keach at 699-3843 if you can donate venison, or provide help. This is a nice opportunity for a workday.



WORKDAY CHAIRMAN: Dick Palmer has stepped down as workday chairman. Dennis Kammers is our new workday chairman. Dennis can be reached at 315-437-0430




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


MEMBERSHIP BUTTONS-We, Ken Burd and friends, are looking for ex club members and current club members to donate old membership and guest badges. We want to get one of each year as far back as we can. The older ones will be the challenge of course. If you know a deceased members family and could contact them so see if they had any of the older badges that would be a great help. If you would like me to contact the family give me a call at 315-652-7095 or e-mail

I can pick up any donations at club meetings or contact me and I will make arrangements to pick up badges. Once we collect enough of the badges we will display them at the clubhouse in shadow boxes. Thanks you for the help.


Federation Report: Oswego County had the most hunter safety courses held last year in region 7. The NRA Banquet will be held April 29th. The NWTF will be holding an Ice Fishing Derby in February.


Important DEC Hunting Course Information: All the hunting classes will be posted on the DEC website. Also, a new program will be homework for the hunting classes prior to participation. Due to the amount of material covered at the hunter safety classes, the DEC felt it would be helpful to have class participants complete an online homework assignment prior to attending the hunter safety class. This homework will be posted on the DEC website and will be required to be completed prior to attending a class. Gary Crawford, said an instructor could refuse attendance if the homework in not completed.


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.


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


Lease Lands Report: Woodwise informed the club that we will not see any lease payment increases this year. We now have two hard sided camps on the lease land and Woodwise would like to hold off on any more for a short time period. They told the club president they want to see how well the camps are taken care of before they allow more camps to be placed. Apparently Woodwise had a problem with other properties were the previous people just left the camps as is when they stopped leasing the land.


The club is looking at dropping the Tsueda Property in the Cinncinatus area. The lease payment for this property went up 100% last year. Also, the MRC has been offered a 170-acre parcel in the Preble area for lease. The Lease Land Committee will review these proposals and make the necessary motions to the club for vote.


Archery Fund Raiser: Bill Kiliam has expressed a need for help selling ad space in the newspaper. He said he needs this help to help raise money for the archery event this summer. This event is a well attended event and brought in a substantial amount of money for the club. Please call Bill Kiliam (number at the bottom of the newsletter) if you can help.




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.



Bow Ed Class

March 26th MRC Club

Sign up at:

New York Department of Environmental Conservation


News Letter Editor: I am looking to step down as newsletter editor this year. If anyone is interested in this job let me or a board member know.


Damage done to our gates: It was reported that we had locks shot off from the Main Gate and the East gate. Also, somebody rammed the newly rebuilt southern gate and caused damage. This is a reminder of how important it is we carry our badges and challenge people when we are on the land.


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

Kevin Irwin put out that the ADK is coming for its annual meeting. He would like some volunteers to clean up the clubhouse. This is a good chance for an early 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: Here is an up to date update for kids to camp 2016


As of 6:45pm on 1/11/16 I am sitting in great shape for kids to camp 2016.  We have 7 kids all set to go this year.  I want to continue to make a waiting list for 2017.  So please keep the names coming of a child age 11-17 for next year.  Tell them to give me a call anytime 315-778-2680.


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.

Clubhouse Dumpster: This dumpster is for household garbage only. It should only contain garbage we made at the clubhouse. Someone put a bunch of electronics in the dumpster and Kevin Irwin had to remove these items before we could get the dumpster cleaned. Please do not put garbage from outside the clubhouse into this dumpster.

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; Assistant Treasurer William Milton 315-782-9502, Secretary Mark Bishop 288-4248; Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin 783-5455, Assistant Financial Secretary Ron McNitt 315-486-0525

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 315-575-7851

Committee Chairman: Building and Grounds Kevin Irwin 921-9500, Camping Steve Casselbury 315-481-1496, Trails Tim Howell 963-7330 Work Day Dennis Kammers 315-437-0430, 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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