January 2016 Newsletter


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January 2016

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

PHONE 387-5788


                                  CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

        Next Club Meeting: Friday February 12th. (BOD mtg starts at 6:30 followed by regular meeting a 8:00)

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

                              ANNUAL DUES REQUIRED BY JAN 1st

                              March Meeting will be the Annual Venison Dinner

                              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: The meeting was called to order by Dave Dano at 8:10pm.


ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: Robert Seeley sponsor Joe Iauco, George Muller sponsor Joe Iauco, Matthew Cooper sponsor Mel Reid, and Eric Jones sponsor Ken Burd, Joey Arton sponsor Kevin Arton, Joe Wasliweski sponsor Rachel Pitkin, and Timothy Beutel sponsor Paul Shelmindine.            

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting 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. 




Stan Holland’s wife, Ida fell and broke her neck

Bob Shelmindine had knee surgery and is home recovering.

Walter Butler had a stroke and is currently at Seneca Hill.

Ernie Ritter is battling cancer: See details about a benefit dinner for Ernie below


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


Benefit Dinner :  There will be a benefit dinner held at the American Legion Post in Williamstown on Saturday, February 6th for Ernie Ritter. The spaghetti dinner will be held between 4-8 pm with music and raffles and other events to help raise money for Ernie. For further details please call 518-848-5997.


Annual Club Dues: The dues notices are going out. Please be aware the dues are required by January 1st and will be considered late after January 31st. If you have a hardship please submit your request to the MRC Board by January 31st for review. If you have any questions please contact any board member.


ICE FISHING DERBY: This derby will be held on Saturday, February 6th. Registration starts at 6:00 am Saturday morning. The event will be held at the Sandy Pond Sportsman’s Association Clubhouse at Sandy Pond. Every kid that registers and has a fish will receive a prize. Breakfast and lunch will be available.


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.


Disciplinary Action Taken: Two members of the club were voted out of the club based on ATV infractions that occurred last summer. They were asked to come to a board meeting on two separate occasions but did not attend. The board presented the general meeting with the problem and the members were voted out.


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.


 Boy Scouts: The Boy Scouts will be having a weekend stay at the club on February 12th. A club member asked and received permission to bring a Rochester Boy Scout Troop to the club for a weekend sleep over. They will be helping the dog sled competition, which is being held at Winona State Forest that same weekend.


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.


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.


New Assistant Treasurer: William Milton has stepped up to be the new Assistant Treasurer.


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.


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 purchase cialis online. 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.


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 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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