Wednesday, July 29, 2009 Moose River Rendezvous

Come visit us for the New York State Muzzle Loaders Association 18th annual Primitive Rendezvous at the Moose River plains WMU just outside Inlet ,NY. October 9th till 16th.

Visitors day is Sunday, October 11th~time 10:00am till 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Change pistol permit policy

Letter: Change pistol permit policy
By Chris Lane, Jack Taylor, Bob Hoskins, Dave Kaufman, John Sackett
Published: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 10:07 AM EDT


Genesee County rarely issues unrestricted concealed carry pistol permits to its residents, effectively barring the right to carry a firearm for personal protection. This is in stark contrast to the policies of the majority of counties surrounding Genesee.

For example, Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Livingston, and Wyoming counties routinely issue pistol permits for personal protection, with Erie County being the sole exception.Genesee County issues permits that restrict firearm use to sporting activities such as hunting, target shooting, or collecting, unless the applicant can show proper justification, such as employment, or a predisposition to targeted criminal activity.Strikingly, individuals who hold an unrestricted permit issued by another county are not restricted when they visit or immigrate to Genesee County, and retain their right to carry a concealed handgun.

These persons enjoy a level of protection that is denied for typical Genesee County pistol permit holders.The result is a stratification of rights; rewarding one class of citizen, while unfairly discriminating against another, based on either a supposed predisposition to victim-hood, or solely on their county of issue.

The current policy is essentially arbitrary and clearly violates the spirit of equal protection under the law.Although crime rates in Genesee County are relatively low, a compliment to the outstanding performance of our local and state law enforcement agencies, it must be recognized that police officer resources are limited. No organization can provide simultaneous protection to all citizens in all areas within our county, and law enforcement is under no legal obligation to provide protection to any particular citizen.Random crime does not target any particular individual, and as such, all residents of the county share an equal chance of being a victim of opportunistic criminals.

Therefore, our citizens deserve the right to defend their person, their family, and their private property using the most efficient means available, a concealed handgun.Concerns about increased violence among citizens due to concealed carry laws have been unwarranted and rigorous studies show that crime rates actually decrease in counties when right to carry concealed laws are adopted.

These studies also confirm that allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms deters violent crime with no increase in accidental deaths.Finally, citizens who are granted conceal carry permits are so thoroughly vetted that they are five times less likely to commit a crime than the average non-permit holder and their rate of criminality is three-fold lower than that of law enforcement officers themselves.

The citizens of Genesee County are no different than our neighbors living in nearby counties, and we deserve the same civil liberties that they enjoy. It is time that the Genesee County pistol permit application process is amended to recognize protection of life and property as proper cause to carry a registered concealed handgun within the county, and such an amended policy should be retroactively applied to current county pistol permit holders upon their appeal.

For more information, or to support this issue, please see our Web site:
Chris Lane
Jack Taylor
Bob Hoskins
Dave Kaufman
John Sackett

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Senator Nozzolio

The message I sent yesterday regarding my opposition to Governor Paterson's new State Assessment Fee on utilities has already generated hundreds of responses from constituents who are also fed up with yet another unnecessary, burdensome tax.
It is now my pleasure to inform you that I have created a separate link to my online petition against this outrageous tax increase.

If you are as frustrated as I am with the new utility tax, I encourage you to click on and call upon Governor Paterson and Senate President Malcolm Smith to repeal this onerous tax. The petition will also remain accessible through my Facebook page or by visiting my website.

With Best Wishes,
Mike Nozzolio Senator
54th District

NEPR @ Newark Valley ,NY

Last week took me down to the NEPR for a few days. The friendship lodge was set up and Chris & Joey Smith again allowed me to stay in their tent. We had great weather and a pretty good turn out. The NYSMLA affiliate has done fantastic job of working with the local historical society.
I finally meet Booshway Jeff Hunt , we've been on cyber airwaves for a spell and spoke by phone several times.

Jeff twisted my arm to drink a few ice cold Coors~ LOL

This pre-1840 event will offer black powder shoots, knife throwing and primitive archery, as well as numerous demonstration in and around the grounds of the primitive farmstead. After the public weekend, the rest of the week will be left for workshops on horn making, woodworking, black powder shooting, blacksmithing, churning butter, weaving and more.

You can find out more about muzzle loading and vous by visiting. Come visit us @

Hey enjoy the articles.
President NYSMLA

Here are 2 links to the event one contains a video~

Ithaca Journal article

Historical encampment

You'll note the opening shot features Joey Smith in front of the friendship lodge.

By WBNG News
Story Created: Jul 12, 2009 at 10:48 PM EDT
Story Updated: Jul 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT
Newark Valley has been overcome with hundreds of campers who are living in the past.
Watch The Video
The historical society is holding a primitive celebration showcasing the lifestyle of the 1800's.
Action News reporter Rachael Hidalgo takes us to the camp.

These people in Newark Valley are traveling back in time.

More than 400 people have set up their tents and banned all modern technology.
They're living as people did between 1640 and 1840.
"We think it's important to show people the skills and the knowledge that our fore-fathers had. And a lot of things are just plain interesting," says Organizer Jerry Rhodes.
Like the daily menu.
Take a look at what's on the dinner table tonight.... fresh roasted pig.
"You just never cease to learn something here every time you come here. You just never cease. If you have a talent you share that with people. For me, it's cooking," says chef Leslie Page.
Although these tents may seem primitive, everyone here says this is pretty much a vacation for them from the hectic, modern world.
"It's a lot more fun than people think, you know you really, people rely, especially today a lot on electronics, and everyone's like oh computer, IM, Facebook, you don't miss it at all," says camper Elizabeth "Wizza" Miller.
While going back in time may not be appeal to everyone, for the families here, it's a way to bond . . . and live the history that shaped our country.
In Newark Valley, Rachael Hidalgo, WBNG-TV Action News.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Genesee County Federation of Sportsman Clubs Inc

I wish you a Happy Fourth of July.
A great time to remember our Second Amendment.
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Sincerely, Glen Adams Secretary Genesee County Federation of Sportsman Clubs Inc.

Genesee County Federation of Sportsman Clubs Inc.
Minutes of
June 30, 2009
Present: Sportsmen’s Coon Hunters Association Inc, Genesee County Fish and Game Protective Association, Oatka Fish and Game Club Inc. Genesee Conservation Foundation Inc, Batavia Rod and Gun Club Inc, Bergen Rod and Gun Club Inc, Western NY Federation of Hunting Dogs,
Guests: SCOPE and NY Bowhunters Inc.
Excused President Larry Allen and Treasurer Angelo Steffenella

Meeting called to order 7:32PM by Vice President Roger Rada

· Motion is made by Bergen Rod and Gun Club Inc (Gil McBroom) and second by Genesee County Fish and Game Protective Association (Paul Wood) to accept the May minutes as distributed. Motion carried.

· Roger requested a vote on the applications for membership of SCOPE and NY Bowhunters to join Genesee County Federation of Sportsman Clubs Inc. The vote was unanimous and Roger Rada extended a welcome to our new members.

Treasurers Report submitted by Angelo Steffenella and read by Roger Rada.

No Further Transactions during the month.
Respectfully Submitted for Audit by Angelo Steffenella Treasurer.

NYSCC resolutions passed out to all along with a vote sheet that is to be turned in by the August meeting so that Ken Alfes and I (Glen Adams) can vote at the fall meeting according to the Federations wishes. Some discussion occurred about the many anti second amendment bills that are tied up in the Senate due to the ongoing power struggle. Some of the good legislation also being tied up is the bill allowing rifle use in Wyoming and other counties.

The Governor has refused to sign any that have passed as not legal. Discussion occurred about how St Lawrence County is having some of the same problems as Genesee County is in that the permits are being allowed only for target and hunting. Self Defense is being denied as a reason of possession by Judges such as Republican Judge Noonan of Genesee County. Discussion came up about his term and how to mount an opposition to depose of him at the next election. As his pistol permit decisions have been anti second amendment.

New Business:
SCOPE President Chris Lane and the new delegate to our Federation Christopher Lamb thanked the Genesee County Federation for allowing them to join our body. They stated that Pistol permits are not given fairly in Genesee County and therefore SCOPE is turning its attention to Genesee County. The ultimate goal is get a law to remove the self defense restriction from Genesee county permits, and pistol permits in general. SCOPE is passing a petition to get 1000 signatures to start their efforts to obtain a law taking it out of the arbitrary discretion of judges such as Noonan.

SCOPE has had feedback that their efforts are beginning to be felt by Noonan and other politician with in Genesee County. SCOPE made their presences known as a recent Republican Fund Raiser. They are trying to get a list of every club that is a member within the Federation and that is supplied to every participating organization within the Federation. SCOPE feels we have 3000 active pistol permit owners within Genesee County and many more that side with those permit holders.

SCOPE feels that the rules as applied within Genesee County are arbitrary and unfair in Genesee County. They will try to get information posted within The Batavia Daily News. Genesee County chapter of SCOPE had gone from 83 to 125 members currently. SCOPE needs as much backing as possible. A suggestion of free initial membership to increase its membership was given. Chris answered that although they would like to do that, the finances of the membership is such that they need the dues to carry out their activities on behalf of Firearm owners. The Genesee county chapter has a core of fifteen members that chair committees and carry out youth activities. Genesee County is trying to build up its membership and an active coalition of workers within the Chapter.

Discussion came up about some of the resolutions passed out. One of them being the UTV and it currently cannot be registered for highway use, but can with a slow moving vehicle sign be used along the road. In some of the Northern counties and the Adirondacks ATV’s can be used if registered and insured on roads marked for ATV’s.

A poll among the Delegates of Genesee County Federation is that the majority do not want Antler restrictions in New York State and Genesee County especially. The only dissenting voice was from Western NY Federation of Hunting Dogs representative Joe Wolak. It was stated that within the area we are note harvesting the amount of does that we need to.

The Habitat Grant awarded to the Western NY Federation of Hunting Dogs for the 25 acre project at Darien Lake State parks. Joe Wolak stated as the project has been trying to go forward a lot of negatives have occurred. After some committed to start plowing for the project they have backed out upon seeing the site or other things.

One of the groups involves pheasants Forever ran into the same situation. The group is working towards a mid August planting for fall. One of the groups that Western NY Federation of Hunting Dogs is working with is Jeffries farms and they have given a proposal and had expected to receive a written response of commitment back by now. As the situation has continued the cost of switch grass seed has risen from $1,200 to $3,500. The group is still trying to accomplish the project. The Jeffries offered a complete package of plowing and planting for $2,200 and the Western NY Federation of Hunting Dogs is awaiting written confirmation. Currently the fall planting would be advisable.

The lot has a lot of golden rod, it was suggested that brush hogging, then spraying may be advisable. The group had decided on Switch grass as two organizations within the coalition of the project require it. The planting should be good for three to five years. Rye which was suggested at this meeting would not have enough stamina for weather conditions. It was mentioned that there other grasses would be within the mix being planted. Western NY Federation of Hunting Dogs requested that the $2500 grant be held for it until such time as they request it. All Genesee County Federation delegates agreed.

NY Bowhunters Inc representative Jody Ferrara expressed his thanks for welcoming the Bowhunters to our federation. He also mentioned that the NY-Bowhunters held a Region 8 camp that was paid for by the bowhunters and is for youth 12 to 16yrs at camp cuttler and will be held again on the last week of June 1010. Jody Ferrara also mentioned some up and coming Hunter ED/bow classes coming up a Munford Rod and Gun Club.

Glen mentioned the class listed below at Oatka and the others were also mentioned.

Genesee08/19/2009• Wed 08/22/2009• Sat 08/24/2009• Mon
Hunter Ed6:00pm-10:00pm 8:00am-12:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Oatka Fish and Game Club, Wilcox Rd., Leroy. You must Pre-register in person at the Leroy Town Clerks office, 48 Main St., Leroy. For more information email You must attend all sessions

Genesee10/01/2009• Thu 10/03/2009• Sat 10/05/2009• Mon
Hunter Ed6:00pm-9:00pm 8:00am-12:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Batavia Rod and Gun Club, 10509 West Bethany Rd., Batavia. You must Pre-register in person at Batavia Marine and Sporting Goods, 411 West Main St., Batavia. For more information email You must attend all sessions

Genesee0 8/05/2009• Wed0 8/07/2009• Fri08/08/2009• Sat
Bowhunter Ed6:00pm-9:00pm6:00pm-9:00pm1:00pm-5:00pm
Leroy High School cafeteria, South Street, Leroy. You must Pre-register in person at the Leroy Town Clerks office at 48 Main St., Leroy. For more information email You must attend all sessions

Ken Alfes mentioned the Genesee County Fish and Game Protective Association at Godfrey’s pond celebrated its 100th anniversary, he stated thank you to all that participated. Stephen Hawley presented a proclamation from the Assembly congratulating the Genesee County Fish and Game Protective Association on 100 years of Conservation.

Representatives of Senator Rathenhoffer office were at the celebration presenting a similar proclamation from the senate. Membership application fee is $150 for the first year and $125 annually for following years, subject to change. These are for Family memberships and quite a few were picked up during the celebrations. The club has rifle ranges of 25, 50 and 100 yards.

Motion to adjourn made by Batavia Rod and Gun Club Inc. (Lou Lang) and Second by the Bergen Rod and Gun Club Inc. (Gil McBroom). Motion carried.

Next meetings:
July 28th 7:30 PM at Alabama Hunt Club Inc. Lewiston Rd, Alabama NY
August 25th 7:30 PM at Sportsman Coon Hunters Association, Hopkins Rd, Batavia, NY
September 29th 7:30 PM Bergen Rod and Gun Club, Route 19, Bergen NY
October 27th 7:30 PM at Oatka Fish and Game Club Inc. Wilcox Rd, LeRoy, NY
November 24th 7:30 PM at Genesee County Fish & Game Protective Association at Godfrey’s Pond Stafford, NY.
December NO meeting.