July 2016 Newsletter


JULY 2016

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

PHONE 387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

       Next Club Meeting: Friday August 12th. (BOD mtg starts at 6:30 and general mtg starts at 8:00)

                             Trap shoot will be held at 4:00 pm August 12th before meeting

                             Archery Shoot Fish Dinner: will be held Friday, July 29th from 5-7 pm.

                             MRC 3D Archery Shoot will be the weekend of July 30th. See newsletter for details

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

                             Archery Shoot (one day event) scheduled for August 28th.

MEETING: The meeting was called to order by Kent Taber at 8:00.

ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: Andrew Green sponsor Verne Green, Jacob Rombough sponsor Brad Rombough, Lawrence Hudson sponsor Charlie Knauf and Ricky Carr sponsor Daniel Splane.

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Lawrence Macner sponsor Patrick Reboer, Michael Miller sponsor Geoffrey Lee, Kimbelee Pieters sponsor Ron McNitt and Matt McDonnell sponsor Mike Lewellyn





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.


Kids Trout Fishing Derby: They had 15 kids participate in the derby this year. The biggest fish award went to Morgan Lamica and the total overall length award went to Owen Herholtz. All the kids received a prize and food and beverages were provided. Joe Iauco extended a thank you to John Abare for donating an Old Timer Knife and sheath, Gary Crawford for a $50.00 donation and Charlie Knauf for a box of home made flies he tied.


ANNUAL 4 WHEELER WEEKEND: This event will be held the weekend of August 20th. This event is an opportunity for everyone to come together, ride ATVs and enjoy the club. Steve Corsette is running this event and will be serving a chicken BBQ at 5:00pm on Camp Road 1. The chicken dinner will cost $5.00 apiece this year and Steve is asking everyone to make reservations before August 10th. Steve is asking everyone to bring a dish to pass and you must supply your own beverage. For reservations please call Steve at 623-9429


IMPORTANT NOTICE : A vote to drop or keep the Tseuda Property in the southern tier will be done at the August meeting. The lease comes due in September. The lease for this land doubled last year and we have had mixed reports on this land as far as hunting is concerned. If anyone has ideas for southern tier property please let the board know.


YOUR ATV privileges ARE IN jeopardy


Recent issues with atvs on the club:

A member recently had 11 4 wheelers on the club with them. As a member you are only allowed 5 machines with you. This is clearly in the rules.


People have torn down the red fencing around the gravel pits and taken down the sign. The gravel pits are off limits for riding per the landowner.


People have given attitude when challenged to provide proof of membership. This should not even be an issue. We all need to show proof and use this as a chance to meet other members.


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.




Annual Gun Raffle: Please return all unsold tickets by August

1st so we can redistribute to members that can sell them. We currently only have

30 tickets left and to please return money and ticket stubs ASAP


CONTACT Mark Bishop at 288-4248 or for tickets if you can’t make the July meeting.


Federation Report: The Oswego County Fair will be held from August 10th through the 14th. This is a good chance to get in a workday. Please contact Chuck Parker at (315) 963-8413 if you can help.

Air Rifle for big game hunting will not happen this year.

Air Bow, there is no way, presently, to qualify it use at this time so it is only usable for the 7 species which do not have a defined method for harvesting.

A Fisher Plan will again be coming out for review

Blue Ribbon Panel Plan- If it happens, it would make up to 60 million available to NYS DEC. Source of revenue would be from land oil production. It would require 25% matching by the state. (this is a Federal Program)


Annual 3D MRC Archery Shoot: This shoot is a 40-target Modified IBO shoot. The dates are Saturday and Sunday July 30th and 31st. There is a Friday night fish fry on July 29th that starts at 5pm and goes to 7pm. The shoot is open to the public and entry fees range from $20.00 for teens and adults, to $5.00 for cubs. Registration for both days goes from 8 am to 10 am. There will be food, raffles and drawings each day. Also, vendors will be setting up on site. For further information you can contact Bill Killam at (315) 387-3350


AWARD: Kevin Irwin, our building and grounds chairman, was awarded a plaque that will dedicate the new trap house to him. Kevin has put in many hours, (numbering in the hundreds of hours) over his tenure as the B&G chairman and our clubhouse shows it. Kevin and his small group built the new trap house and picked up the new trap thrower and mounted it and now it is up and running. Please congratulate and thank Kevin for a job well done. Please note, that Kevin is moving to New Mexico and he will be greatly missed.


A CALL TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE MAD RIVER CLUB: We have several board positions that will be vacated next year. Along with this, several of our annual event chairmen are stepping down such as the annual awards banquet, Christmas dinner, gun raffle and archery shoot. The people doing these jobs now have been doing these jobs for many years and want to take a much-needed break. I have noted over the last several years there have been little or no challenges to board positions or committee chairman during the annual elections. We no longer have an annual MRC picnic because we cannot get anyone to chair it. It is a constant struggle by the board to fill positions on the board to keep this club moving. I know people really enjoy the club and all it has to offer, but the reason it has so much to offer is due to the tireless work of a relatively few people. The club needs its members to step to the plate and help out. Make no mistake; we can lose this club to apathy and a lack of participation. I challenge anyone to find a club that offers so much for so little club dues. So, please take a moment to see where you can help out.


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. IF POSSIBLE PLEASE START REFERING TO THE WEBPAGE FOR NEWSLETTERS AND INFORMATION. PEOPLE CONTINUE TO ASK FOR NEWSLETTERS SENT TO THEM. I WOULD LIKE FOR EVERYONE TO AT LEAST TRY THE WEBPAGE. IF WE COULD GET EVERYONE TO USE THE WEBPAGE AND GET RID OF MAILING THE NEWSLETTER WE COULD SAVE THE CLUB ABOUT $1000.00 A YEAR.


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


Archery Fund Raiser: The ads are out for the support of the Annual Archery shoot. Please use the advertised businesses if possible to help promote continued ad usage. Bill Killam had the raffle prizes on display at the last meeting. They included a new Matthews bow (main raffle) and other prizes such as a custom built fishing rod, outdoor prints, pressure washer, tree stands. Bill Killam needs all the help he can get to make this event successful. This event has become a major moneymaker for the club and is well attended so please let Bill know if you can help. His number is at the bottom of the newsletter.


MRC Trap Club The club had a trap shoot before the last meeting to introduce members to the new trap house and thrower. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it. Kevin Irwin is running another shoot before the next meeting on July 8th. He will start the shoot at 4:00pm and you can learn how to run the trap machine. The club is asking that you contact a range master to run the machine for you if you have not been trained on the machine. The list of range masters is on our webpage under the title “The Trap house”. The club has spent a lot of money getting this machine and Kevin Irwin has done an outstanding job getting this up and running so please come and enjoy the trap range.




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.


SECURTIY: The security chairman discussed the continued problem of trespassers on our club. They are going around our gates and using our land. We need to wear our badges when on the property and to challenge each other on our membership status. Please do this respectfully and use it as a chance to meet new members. Also, do not get into a confrontation with people even if they are trespassing. Just get a name if possible or record the license plate number and give it to security.


MRC Gates: All the gates are open with the exception of the West gate located off the Old State Road. This gate is staying closed due to logging.


Campsite Tree Cutting: If you need a tree cut down around your campsite please contact Dave Dano. Standing trees cannot be cut down by the members. Dave will contact the individual that is allowed to cut trees for the club to get your tree cut down.


Club usage log: I have the dates for when the clubhouse is being used. I am posting this information on the website under the club usage log. Please see this list when making arrangements for club use. You can call Kevin Irwin at 315- 921-9500 to reserve the clubhouse or pavilion.




July 13th call Bill Killam (387-3350) to help with cutting shooting lanes for the bow shoot

Call Gary Crawford (315-575-7851) to help post the Flickenstein property






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) is looking for people the first week of July to clear trails for the archery shoot

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:


Ethan Blanchard and Trevor Pretory, two youngsters that attended the DEC camp, gave a thank you speech to the club for sponsoring them on their trip to DEC camp. They told the members of their experiences and how much they enjoyed the camp.


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.


Old MRC membership buttons: Ken Burd is asking for the following buttons: 2009guest, 2014 guest,2015 member and guest, 2016 member and guest, 1980 guest, 1981 guest, 1982 guest , 1999 member, 1960 member and any 1950’s and older. Contact Ken at (315) 652-7095

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.

Ron McNitt has several guns for sale:

Marlin 336 30-30 JM stamped barrel, mfg 1979, Leupold scope base, very good condition, $500.00

Winchester Model 88 in .308 cal. , extra clip Leupold scope base, mfg 1969, very good condition, $500.00

Remington 700 sps left hand .270, very good condition, not used much $450.00

Ruger mini 14, .223 cal. Stainless/syn. , sling, scope rings, 10 extra 10 round factory ruger mags. Trigger job was done at Impact Guns Ogden, Utah (Terry G) for those who know about accurizing the mini, Terry is one of the best. This rifle is very accurate! Excellent condition $900.00.

All prices are firm and Ron can text pictures upon request.   Call (315) 486-0525

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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