Thursday, June 26, 2008

HELD: The Second Amendment


1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a
firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for
traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

What else can I say! I'm so fricken elated after 30 plus years of arguing we have a decission!

Wm. J. Brookover
Ontario,NY. 14519

SCOPE Director @ Large
NY Muzzleloaders Assn. 2nd vice President
NRA Endowment

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Kuyahoora Valley Rangers next shoot

Kuyahoora Valley Rangers next Shoot:

Work Party - July 18, 2008 General repair and upkeep of the range and grounds.

Shoot Dates: July 19 & 20, 2008

Bring a dish to pass for dinner July 19th. Dan will be smoking Jim Fick's turkey. If anyone has other meat that they want to add to the smoker please bring it with you.

I am still working on the web pages. Please email me any news etc.

The club house is located just north of Cold Brook , NY

Website Address


Vickie's email:

Thanks Vickie

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Wegmans & the Missing magazines

Over the past week or so I've received calls and emails about firearm themed magazines being missing from the shelves of Wegmans stores. I checked a couple of stores myself and indeed all firearm themed mags were gone from the shelves.

I called Wegmans Consumer Service office today and talked to Consumer Service Specialist Barb who told me that the magazines had been removed for a sales analysis and the top eight sellers would be returning to the shelves within a couple of weeks. The top eight sellers that will be returning are:Handloader Shotgun News Guns and Ammo Shooting Times Guns and Ammo $7.99 edition Guns and Weapons Guns American Handgunner
Barb indicated to me that if they get enough calls on other titles they will return them to the shelves on a case by case basis.

Barb was concerned that we not see this as a censorship attempt but just a sales issue and that they have been doing the same sales analysis in many categories throughout the store.
I'm convinced that Wegmans intended no censorship and that they will return these mags to the shelves soon.

Ken Mathison, President
===================== In the Races


In the Races

Democratic NYC Councilman Michael McMahon, candidate for the 13th Congressional District, received a number of endorsements this past week including the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, as well as local Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic members of the city’s congressional delegation are also behind McMahan. Brooklyn attorney Stephen Harrison will challenge McMahon in a Democratic primary.

On the Republican side, Frank Powers and Dr. Jamshad Wyne will face-off for the GOP line. The 13th Congressional District includes all of Staten Island and part of Brooklyn.
Clayton Town Councilman Bobby Cantwell has entered the race for the 118th Assembly District as the lone Republican.

The list of Democratic contenders includes Macomb Town Council member Laureen O’Toole and Jefferson County Legislator Addie Jenne Russell. Massena businessman Don Lucas is running as an Independent.

The 118th Assembly District covers St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, and has been vacant since Darrel Aubertine was elected to the Senate in a special-election this past winter.
SCOPE Leadership Virtual Forum: SCOPE's web site:

Regards,Wm. J. Brookover
SCOPE Director @ Large

NY Muzzleloaders Assn. 2nd vice President

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A 11033 Passed Assembly

Subject: A 11033 Passed Assembly


Great news so far!

Bill #A 11033 went to the full body of the Assembly today and PASSED with a vote of 92-14.

A 11033 passed the Assembly EnCon Committee on May 20th. It was sent to the Codes Committee and passed on June 17th. On June 18th it passed the Ways and Means Committee. Also on June 18th it passed the Rules Committee.

S 8228 passed the Senate EnCon Committee on May 28th and was sent to the Rules Committee. The Senate was waiting to see what happens in the Assembly before moving it to the floor for a vote. I was informed that it will be on the agenda for June 20th.

Yours in conservation,

Harold L. Palmer
New York State Conservation Council, Inc.

South Carolina Gov. Vetos gun bill

This is agreat idea, maybe we here in NY can get some tax relif for firearms purchases like the other retail stores do.
REgards, BPB

South Carolina Governor Vetoes Tax Holiday for Firearms!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Please Contact Your State Representative Today!
On Wednesday June 10, Governor Mark Sanford (R) vetoed S 1143, a bill that among other things would have allowed for a “tax holiday” from the sales for any firearm sold during a predetermined 48 hour window. S 1143 simply grants the same basic rights for firearms that many other commercial products all ready enjoy, while providing a needed commercial boost to legal gun dealers all across South Carolina. This bill will be heard in the House of Representatives sometime next week in an attempt to overturn the Governor’s veto.
Please contact your State Representative and urge him or her to vote for this important piece of legislation. You can find contact information for your State Representative by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Montana FWP quota 75 wolves

From the NRA
Montana FWP Commission agrees on wolf quota
Hunters can shoot up to 75 wolves this fall under a tentative quota unanimously approved Thursday by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.
Read About It: Independent Record
Posted: 6/13/2008 10:02:33 AM

Oh bet the antis come out of the wood work on this one!

Safari Club law suit challenged by 8 anti groups

June 16, 2008

Environmental Groups to Defend Polar Bear Protections From Legal Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Greenpeace today filed court papers seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Endangered Species Act listing for the polar bear.
The lawsuit, filed last month by the Safari Club, a trophy hunting advocacy group, seeks to challenge protections granted to the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act listing decision that was issued on May 15, 2008.
In a separate filing, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Humane Society of the United States, and Defenders of Wildlife also sought participation in the lawsuit.

In 2005, The Center for Biological Diversity, NRDC, and Greenpeace petitioned to have the polar bear listed under the Endangered Species Act due to factors such as global warming and prevailed in a separate lawsuit in California that forced the Bush administration to issue the listing decision. In that case, which is ongoing, the groups are challenging the administration's attempt to reduce protections for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act through a special exemption that effectively waives consideration of the effect of greenhouse gases on the demise of polar bears.

So the Battle continues and will continue unless sportsmen step up and challenge every thing the antis come out with. Sportsmen need to start making the news on a national level themselves, not after the antis mention us in their news.
Regards, BPB

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Cattle VS Sage Grouse

Yet another comment period born from the loins of the antis. This one is between the ranchers and antis over critical habitat for the sage grouse. See cattle graze on BLM land, the same land grouse live on. Antis claim the cattle disrupt the grouse's habitat.
Imagine that another animal violating the ESA , can they do that? What restriction can we place on a cow, do we take their bells away & segregate them so they can't herd up or would that be animal cruelty?

This was mentioned by the National Trappers Association this past winter as being an important issue because it could eventually affect trapping in the listed areas.
I figured since it was considered important it should be posted where folks can see petition information. Please follow the link for the full report.

OK here is a short version and info for the comment period.

[Federal Register: April 29, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 83)][Proposed Rules] [Page 23170-23172]From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [] [DOCID:fr29ap08-24]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service
50 CFR Part 17 [FWS-R1-ES-2008-0050; 1111 FY07 MO-B2]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants;

90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Western Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus phaios) as Threatened or Endangered AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of 90-day petition finding and initiation of status review.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the western sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus phaios) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the western sage-grouse may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review to determine if listing the species is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding this species. We will initiate a determination on critical habitat for this species if and when we initiate a listing action.

DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we request that information be submitted on or before June 27, 2008.
ADDRESSES: You may submit information by one of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments. U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R1-ES-2008-0050; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.
We will not accept e-mail or faxes.
We will post all information received at This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Information Solicited section below for more details). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Project Manager, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, by mail (see ADDRESSES), telephone (503-231-6179), or facsimile (503-231-6195). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

Reguards, BPB

Canada Lynx USFW to issue new report in July

The battle rages between trappers and the antis over who is responsible to obtain a ITP= incidental take permit. This ITP will allow trappers to use their tools in normal manners while allowing the state DNR's and Feds to set aside critical habitat.
So far I've yet to discover a ITP or conservation plan listed on the USFW web site.

Anyway, you look at it sportsmen are behind the wheel pretending to drive the actions and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars waiting to get screwed like Maine did.
Maine got such a great deal that in less than 3 months the antis came back and claimed trappers took 6 or 8 lynx, all released unharmed so we were told.
But the antis are not satisfied with the deal they agreed to last fall 2007.

Here is a short version of the new process. Please notice it is dated May 2, 2008

Shawn Sartorius 406-449-5225 ext 208
Diane Katzenberger 303-236-4578
EA 08- 44
Service to Provide Additional Opportunity to Comment on Proposal to Revise Critical Habitat for the Canada Lynx in July 2008
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expects to release by July 2008 a draft economic analysis that will estimate the potential costs for conservation actions associated with the proposal to revise the amount of critical habitat designated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the federally threatened Canada lynx. At that time, the Service will also reopen the public comment period on the proposed revised critical habitat rule. The new 30-day comment period will give interested parties an opportunity to comment on the draft economic analysis as well as provide information pertinent to the critical habitat proposal.
Public hearings requested during the initial public comment period will be conducted during the reopened public comment period. The dates, times, and places of those hearings will be announced in the Federal Register and local newspapers at least 15 days before the first hearing.

In total, the Service is proposing to designate approximately 42,753 square miles of habitat in portions of northern Maine, northeastern Minnesota, the Northern Rocky Mountains (northwestern Montana and northeastern Idaho), the Northern Cascades (north-central Washington), and the Greater Yellowstone Area (southwestern Montana and northwestern Wyoming).
Last updated: May 2, 2008


Saturday, June 14, 2008 In the Races

To: SCOPEnyBod

In the Races

Republican John Degnan received the backing of Democratic Party leaders in the northern Westchester town of Somers. The Putnam County Democratic committee also recently endorsed Degnan to unseat Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball, who is backed by the Westchester Republicans. Ball and Degnan split the support of the Pawling Republicans in Dutchess County. The 99th Assembly District includes parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

Terry O’Neill was supported by Albany Republicans to challenge Democratic Assemblyman Jack McEneny in the 104th Assembly District, which includes parts of the City of Albany and several surrounding towns. McEneny has served in the Assembly since 1992. Attorney Terry O’Neill has lived in the City of Albany for 30 years and has worked for the Legislature and the State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Community crime prevention will be the central to O’Neill campaign message.

City of Elmira Mayor John Tonella (D) announced that he will challenge Republican state Senator George Winner for the 53rd Senate seat. Winner was elected to the Senate in 2004 after serving 13 terms in the Assembly. The district includes Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler and Yates counties and parts of Tompkins County including the city and town of Ithaca.

The Working Families Party has endorsed North Country Senator Darrel J. Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent) and Assemblywoman Dierdre K. Scozzafava (R-Gouverneur). Senator Aubertine will face Republican David Renzi, who serves as the attorney for the Jefferson-Lewis Board of REALTORS. Assemblywoman Scozzafava is currently unopposed.
Regards BPB
SCOPE director @ large

Fish & WildLife Service comment periods

Just in from the NRA alerts [Well actually it was an Email I had from May 31, 2008]

GEORGIA: The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will prepare a management plan for the Savannah Coastal Refuges' Complex. The 56,000 acre Complex is comprised of a chain of refuges that together span a 100-mile coastline. Deer hunting is allowed on a number of the refuges that make up the Complex. The Service is asking for suggestions and information on the scope of the issues to consider in the planning process.

Comments must be submitted by July 3.

An open house will be held during the scoping phase. Questions and comments should be directed to Jane Griess, Project Leader, at 912-652-4415, or at If you hunt on any of the refuges within the Complex, it is important for you to participate in the planning proBPBcess to secure hunting opportunities for the future.

LoosEanna the state:

Also, the Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will prepare a management plan for the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Ouachita Parish, LA.
The 4,500-acre Refuge is three miles north of Monroe. Resident game and migratory game bird hunting occur on the refuge. The Service is asking for suggestions and information on the scope of the issues to consider in the planning process.

Comments must be submitted by June 23.

An open house will be held during the scoping phase. Questions and comments should be directed to Tina Chouinard, Natural Resource Planner, at 318-305-0643, or at If you hunt this Refuge, it is important for you to participate in the planning process to secure hunting opportunities for the future.


BLM to Close Land to Recreational Shooting Outside Helena:
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on its proposal to close land within the 4,700-acre North Hills Recreation Area located northeast of Helena. BLM proposes to close the entirety of Section 34, Township 12 North, Range 3 West.
This would close several user-created shooting areas that are located adjacent to the main access road to the Recreation Area. The area would not be closed to hunting during the big game season. All BLM lands outside of the closed area would remain open yearlong to recreational shooting.
The deadline for comments is June 15th.

Comments should be submitted to BLM Butte Field Office, 106 North Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701, or electronically to For additional information you may call 406-533-7638. It is critical that gun owners and sportsmen take an active role in this process!

Regards, BPB

Fighting Stupidity in the South West

2008-06-12 20:34:06
WolfCrossing.ORG fighting Stupidity in the South West

Here is a link to Wolf Crossing.ORG they are battling stupidity, government and animal rights fanatics who believe their property is more valuable. is fighting what is wrong in our world today, they are-fighting people who have nothing to loose but the money that they bilk out of thousands of unknowing donors.

Read the comments here

Regards , BlackPowderBill

We the People

So I'll start by telling my fellow Americans that "you are the government". Yea I know it's hard to fathom but I recall it was written something like this. "We the people,for the people by the people".
So do me and the rest of America a favor and stop you friggen whining about when the government is going to do something for us. You keep feeding that monster and it can only grow till it consumes most of what we earn and then she'll return nothing but crap.

You'll notice right off I'm no writer and don't worry about my punctuation either cause I sure don't.

I found this tid bit Friday while snooping in the governments vast public files . Thought some of you may want to make comment. You'll notice right off the smart ass comment. It is directed at a group of individuals that promised to watch out for these things and let us know.
So far they have missed or showed up late to the prom on almost every announcement that directly affects their operations.

Lets see how long it takes em to post this one..Team Letter Perfect is watching refuge’s

now. Agency: FWS Document Type: PROPOSED RULES Comments Due: Jul 11, 2008
Docket ID: FWS-R9-WSR-2008-0017 Document ID: FWS-R9-WSR-2008-0017-0001 ==[Federal Register: June 11, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 113)][Proposed Rules]
[Page 33201-33210]From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [][DOCID:fr11jn08-24]
[[Page 33201]] - Part III Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service ----
50 CFR Part 32 2008-2009 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations (Additions); Proposed Rule [[Page 33202]] ---------------------

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 32 [FWS-R9-WSR-2008-0017; 93270-1265-0000-4A]RIN 1018-AV20 2008-2009 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations (Additions) AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule. ------- SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to add one refuge to the list of areas open for hunting and/or sport fishing programs and increase the activities available at six other refuges for the 2008-2009 season.

DATES: Your comments must be postmarked on or before July 11, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: [cir] Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments. [cir] U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: RIN 1018-AV20; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

We will not accept e-mail or faxes. We will post all comments on This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information). For information on specific refuges' public use programs and the conditions that apply to them or for copies of compatibility determinations for any refuge(s), contact individual programs at the addresses/phone numbers given in ``Available Information for Specific Refuges'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

So People make your comments if you want to hunt on this chunk of land your taxes support. The antis stopped the USFW last year from proposing seasons on refuges. Actually the Animal Rights groups stopped a lot of things we enjoy. They did have some help from some of the lack luster Sportsmen.

Regards BPB