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 Work Day, May 9, 2015

Work List, MCL Work Day, May 9, 2015
9AM till...
Lunch will be provided

Please contact me (Bob) if you can attend.

This a proposed list of tasks for the Mendon Conservation League Work Day on May 9. Some of the larger tasks were suggested by club members and will require considerable expertise and equipment

  1. Gather & cut firewood
  2. Clean out the storeroom in the Southwest Corner of the clubhouse. Since the work will largely involve deciding what to toss, it should be done by club officer(s) and/or board members.
  3. Dig a drainage ditch around the back of the clubhouse or dig a French ditch to keep water (and mold) out of the storeroom. (That is what was suggested, but I'd always thought that fixing that drainage problem would involve replacing the wooden portion of the West wall of that room with concrete.)
  4. Sand and put a coat of spar varnish on the bleachers near the cooking area. Mike Gerber volunteered to do this if the necessary tools and supplies are available.
  5. Repair the South portion of the fence attached to the Skeet Low House, between Trap 2 field and the Skeet field.
  6. Extend the above fence Northward (length to be determined) to protect people entering the Trap 2 house from being shot by skeet shooters at Station 1. This will require adding posts, meaning a post hole digger or auger will be required.
  7. Add barriers (downed trees and logs??) to prevent cars from driving around the new gate.
  8. Sweep off the top of the clubhouse.
  9. Spray clubhouse and shed roofs and sides with "Spray and Forget".
  10. Prepare the riding and push lawnmowers for the mowing season: (1) Install batteries, (2) sharpen blades, (3) Change oil and filter.
  11. Mow the lawns for the first time.
  12. Remove the rear wheels on the John Deere riding mower and take them to Lewis General Tires for tire replacement. I may be able to do this before the workday, but the mower is wedged in the rear corner of the shed.
  13. "Summerize" the snow blower and move it to the rear of the shed.

The club will be closed to shooters that day.

See you there!

Bob Howland
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Submitted April 26 2015

Work List, MCL Work Day, May 9, 2015

2015 NRA rifle and shotgun instructor course


The application form for this spring's NRA rifle and shotgun instructor courses is linked below.

DATES: April 28th and 30th, 2015 – Basic Instructor Course (required for all participants who are not currently certified NRA instructors OR current instructors who have not participated in the BIT course in the past two years.)

May 2nd, 2015 – Shotgun specific instructor session

May 7th and 9th, 2015 – Rifle specific instructor sessions

Please see the application form for specifics. If you know of anyone interested in participating, please pass along the flier.


ATF Ammunition Ban

Please read this article which identifies another attempt by the Obama administration to restrict our rights.  Many people who shoot the 223 caliber use the ammunition that is proposed to be banned.  Many shoot it in their bolt action 223's for target practice because it is less expensive. Banning this ammunition will create a shortage of this type of ammunition for individual Americans and increase the price significantly.  This is a back door gun control act.
Take the time to write a comment in opposition to this BATF "gun control" because the bullets for your caliber might be the next target!



Contact ATF:
Oppose 5.56 M855 Ball Ammunition Ban  


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced it is seeking to ban commonplace 5.56 M855 ball ammunition as "armor piercing ammunition." ATF is seeking public comment on the proposal, so all industry employees, target shooters and gun owners should contact ATF to oppose this unnecessary ban, which is truly a solution in search of a problem and that raises serious questions about executive agency attitude and overreach. Stopped cold on Capitol Hill, this action appears to be the Obama administration's attempt to pursue gun control by other means.

Commonly available steel-core, "green tip" M855 and SS109 rifle ammunition that is primarily intended and regularly used for "sporting purposes," like target shooting, has been exempt from federal law banning armor piercing ammunition for decades. There is no question that the 5.56 ball ammo has been in wide use by law abiding American citizens for sporting purposes.

It is with the increasing prevalence of handgun versions of rifle platforms, that ATF now apparently sees an opening to now ban the widely used M855 and SS109 ammunition.

It would be legally permissible to continue to possess and use so-defined "armor piercing" ammunition currently possessed. However, rescinding the decades-old exemption will have a major impact. It will become illegal to manufacture, import, distribute or sell at retail this very popular rifle target ammunition.

ATF's proposed "framework" for applying the "sporting purpose" exemption test rewrites the law passed by Congress to disregard the manufacturer's intention that a projectile or cartridge is "primarily intended for a supporting purpose." ATF inappropriately places the focus on how criminals might misuse sporting ammunition in a handgun.

Just as disturbing, language used by ATF in its long white paper refers to criminals as a "consumer group." The implication that the industry purposely sells firearms and ammunition to criminals is misleading and echoes the shopworn charges of the gun control lobby.  

Manufacturers will face serious limitations in their ability to develop and market alternative ammunition in other popular hunting rounds, such as .308 rifle hunting ammunition, if ATF's so-called "framework" is adopted. This will have a detrimental effect on hunting nationwide, especially in California where a total ban on traditional ammunition for hunting is being phased in now.  

ATF is soliciting comments on how it can best implement withdrawal of this exemption while "minimizing disruption to the ammunition and firearm industry and maximizing officer safety". Under the proposed framework, 30-06 M2AP cartridges would continue to be exempt because there are no multi-shot handguns generally available that accept such ammunition.

The proposal is useless since standard lead-only 5.56 ammunition is "armor piercing" simply due to the round's velocity. Rifles in this caliber, or any caliber for that matter, are rarely used in crimes.  

ATF will accept comments on this proposal until March 16, 2015. Email or write ATF today and tell them you oppose this unnecessary, misguided and damaging ban on commonly used ammunition for America's most popular sporting rifles.  


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Fax: (202) 648-9741.

Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.

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Gate Lock Update

The MCL gate lock has malfunctioned and we are now just chaining the gate closed.

Thank you,


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.


Jay Steiger



Standing Up for Our Second Amendment Rights


“The Right to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed”

Dear Friend,

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
55thSenate District

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
Tim Mylos
Lynne Rosenzweig
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
d. Approval/Revocation
26) Once submitted, the recertification application will be checked against the following data bases:
a. NCIC’s
b. MHL/946
c. Orders of probation
d. DMV
e. Parole
f. 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.

Hunting Reminders

Reminder we ask all members to stay on MCL property. We do not need irritated neighbors because we are not obeying property laws.

Please remember to sign in and out on the sheet on the soda machine inside the clubhouse.

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.