Welcome to the Mendon Conservation League!
Our club was formed by a group of local men looking for a place to shoot together. Founded in 1956 and formally incorporated in 1961, membership rose to 40. A modest club house was built around 1957 and expanded in 1986 with the addition of a large front porch. Formal shooting forms have been added to the skeet and trap fields. Today with a membership well over 250 and "espirit de corps" second to none, the Mendon Conservation League will continue to be one of the best clubs in the area.
MCL Spring Cleanup
The club will be doing annual spring cleaning and maintenance on Saturday May 14.
All members are encouraged to help out.
We will start at 9am and work through lunch (Pizza provided).
Contact Bob Howland if you have a suggested task or questions.
Trap 2 is temporarily closed. Use Trap 1
We have closed trap 2 both due to a broken part on the machine and because we want to correct the drainage problem. So trap 2 will remain closed for a couple of months until the issues are resolved. We want to resolve the machine problem while the machine is still under warranty.
Anyone wishing to shoot trap should use trap 1.
Hunter Safety Course
Disk Gatto is accepting participants for the MCL Hunter Safety Course in May.
The dates are May 19th (5-9), May 20th (5-9) and May 21st (8-11). Students will have to pick up a book and a homework assignment before the course.
Students should email him the following information.
- Full Name
- Full Address
- Email address
Please note that the class will be using the skeet field on Saturday 5/21 until noon so it will be restricted to their use.
2016 Sportsmans' Raffle
MCL is running the annual raffle and will be selling tickets at the Hemlock Gun Show on June 4 and 5.
The intention is to benefit the club and recruit new members.
Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.
The Raffle drawing is June 11th.
Ron would appreciate volunteers to help sell tickets at the gun shows. To volunteer or receive tickets contact: Ron Stappenbeck
MCL 2016 Officers and Directors
also available as a pdf: 2016_MCL_Officers__Directors_Listing.pdf
NRA Membership Drive
Now that MCL is an NRA Associated Club, you can join or renew via the link below and the club will receive credit. Both the image and the text link take you to the NRA.
The fee structure is NRA Membership Fees 2016
You will get a discount on NRA membership cost and MCL will get a commission if you renew your NRA membership through the MCL website or through our Treasurer. The table with the discounts is shown below. This table represents the new NRA prices that generally went into effect March 1, 2016, but do not go into affect for clubs until May 1, 2016.
There is an Icon with an eagle and Join NRA on it. The current Icon only gives a discount for one year membership applications. The Icon that will activate on May 1, 2016 will also give a discount on multi-year renewals. You can save $5.00 for a one year renewal if you renew before May 1, 2016 using the current Icon.
3-D Archery Shoot Mendon Conservation League September 19, 2015
Pictures from September 19, 2015
NSSF report on injury statistics
This is the latest report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation on injury statistics.They site their references and provide a more honest representation than the anti gun groups that seem to get media attention.
Gate Lock Update
The MCL gate lock has malfunctioned and we are now just chaining the gate closed.
Funke's petition related to repealing the SAFE Act
Hello MCL Members! This is Jay Steiger the MCL webmaster. I'm passing along a link to sign Rich Funke's petition to repeal the SAFE act as well as his message you will find there. I hope you will join me in signing it.
Standing Up for Our Second Amendment Rights
“The Right to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed”
These words, penned by our founding fathers so many years ago, are not hard to understand… and they should never be up for debate. For over 40 years, I made a career in our community under the protections guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and I believe our Second Amendment rights are just as important. That’s why one of my first official acts as your State Senator was to sign-on to S.1193, a bill to fully repeal the SAFE Act.
Passed in the dead of night without proper debate or any opportunity for public input, the SAFE Act is not only a bad law, it is a testament to Albany dysfunction. As is often the case, bad politics produced a terrible policy that tramples on the rights of law-abiding New Yorkers who responsibly own and use their firearms. I made a promise to you that I would do everything in my power to repeal the SAFE Act and I am proud to have now taken the first step to do just that.
To get this done, I need your help. So please take a moment to sign my petition below and help me repeal the SAFE act. Together, we will fight to fully restore our Second Amendment rights, once and for all.
Senator Rich Funke
Pistol Permit Recertification - NYS Police presentation on the SAFE Act Enforcement
FROM: Mike Jankowski, Wayne County Clerk
DATE: December 2, 2014
RE: NYS Police presentation on the SAFE Act Enforcement
On Tuesday November 18, 2014 at the Winter Meeting of the New York State Association of County Clerks the State Police conducted a presentation on the recertification process required under the New York State Safe Act.
Representing the State Police were:
Lt. James Sherman
Points of Interest:
1) A pilot of the recertification process will begin in January of 2015.
2) The Pilot Counties will be Albany, Schenectady and Fulton.
3) 500 invitations to recertify will be sent out to each of the pilot counties.
4) The invitations will direct the permit holders to a state police web site or where they can download the recertification form.
5) There will be no county seal or any other county identifier on the letters to be sent out.
6) The invitation will be to recertify immediately although recertification is not required prior to January 31, 2018.
7) Recertification letters will be sent out state wide to selected groups between March-June 2015.
8) The Goal of the State police is to have as many people recertify electronically as possible.
9) Paper forms will be available for download or from the state police website or at all trooper barracks.
10) Once approved the State police will issue a plastic recertification card that will need to be carried with the permit at all times.
11) The recertification web site will only available to individuals who have already received an invitation to recertify with a user id and password.
12) The paper forms can be filed by anyone at any time.
13) The applicants home address will be checked against DMV records.
14) Out of State addresses will be sent to the licensing officer.
15) Any permit holder that does not have a valid NYS driver’s license or ID will be required to get one. This includes out of state residents that are permit holders.
16) Electronically there will be a save function so the recertification can be complete during more than one session.
17) Re-certification is a state police function. The County Clerks do not have a role.
18) Counties will be notified when recertification is approved.
19) Recertification discrepancies must be corrected by amendment to license at the county level. Applicants will be instructed to do so.
20) When a permit holder recertifies online they will be able to print out a receipt with a tracking number. That tracing number can then be used to check where the application is in the process.
21) If the applicant recertifies by mail they will receive a return receipt with a tracking number.
22) Lt. Sherman did not encourage the use of certified mail but it would be a proof of mailing an application and proof it was received.
23) The recertification application is just like a pistol permit application without the references. The applicant is required to list all arrests, drug or alcohol treatment, mental illness or family court petition or charge.
24) The applicant lists all hand guns registered to him and this information may need to be reconciled with the state data base.
25) There are four steps to the recertification process:
a. Submission of application
b. Acceptance of the application
c. Review/ Return for correction
26) Once submitted, the recertification application will be checked against the following data bases:
c. Orders of probation
g. NYS wanted and missing
27) If the applicant is negative on the above checks the application is approved and the recertification cards will be issued.
28) Positives will be referred to the licensing officer for revocation or clarification
29) If the NYS Police determine that it cannot re certify the permit, the recertification is sent to the licensing officer. (Lt. Sherman indicated that a permit holder will have his entire application reviewed by the state police and the application may be referred to a licensing officer for further review even if the information disclosed on the recertification application is the same as the information provided in the initial pistol permit application. This is not limited to Federal prohibitors.
30) The Licensing officer does not have the legal authority to do anything other than revoke if there is a federal prohibitor.
31) The licensing officer would be responsible for getting a certificate of relief from disabilities for past problems that are not covered by the federal prohibitor list
32) There are three letters that are possibly sent to a permit holder seeking to recertify the pistol permit
a. Letter calling for re certification
b. Letter stating permit problem to be resolved
c. Letter granting recertification
33) After January 31, 2018 the law states that the failure to recertify is an automatic revocation. Likely it will fall to the licensing officer to actually revoke the permit.
34) There will be a check box on the recertification for a co-registered weapon.
35) Applicant has the option to have the information on the recertification application exempted from public disclosure.
36) According to lt. Sherman the object of the recertification process is to create a “Pristine” data base that any law enforcement official would be able to access at any time with real time information.
37) Lt Sherman stated that the pistol permit data would be linked to the DMV data base and an officer would know a pulled over vehicle was owned by a pistol permit holder.
38) Indicating a pistol permit on the face of a driver’s license is not a decision that has been made yet.
39) Their goal is to send out the first recertification letters state wide by early spring.
40) There was a power point for the presentation but Sherman said it would not be released to the clerk’s.
Wednesday Lunch Shoots
We generally have between 14 and 24 people, but not every one stays for lunch. We also don't know whats on the menu untill that very day. We encourage anyone interested in the club and our activities to visit then.
Example from 2/22/2012:
Today we had a nice fish lunch, provided by Winston Smith. This being Ash Wednesday he deemed it appropriate and just $2.00. Brownies for desert, you just can't beat it-eh. 18 shooters enjoyed the morning sunshine, but the targets proved elusive with the deep shadows on the field.