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.


Transportation to vote!

This year's presidential election is a big one! Remember to get out and vote Tuesday November 8!

One of our members, Tom Mulloney, has volunteered to help transport people who need it to their polling location. I think this is a great idea and encourage other people who can offer the same to their friends and neighbors.

If you, or someone you know, could use a ride to go vote, please contact Tom at 334-0421.

2017 MCL Officer & Director Nominations

Below is the table of nominations presented by the nominating committee at the October 5th member's meeting.
Nominations may be made now and up to just prior to the vote. Please contact Bob Merla if you have questions.
President Ron Stappenbeck Continue
Vice President Bob Merla Continue
Secretary Jeff Charles Continue
Treasurer Lou Page Continue
Office of Fish & Game   Open
Quartermaster Ray Benza Continue
Field Captain   Open
Competitive Shooting Steve Schmidt Continue
Officer of Sportsman Ed. Dick Gatto Continue
Officer of Grounds Bob Howland Continue
Officer of the House Bob DeVisser Continue
Director (3) Homer Cessna Mike Buggie
  Tom Conroy Continue
  Jim McRae Continue
Anyone interested in being nominated for a MCL Officer or a MCL Director (3 Positions available ) can do so, by contacting Bob or anyone on the 2107 Nominations Committee    All we ask is "please be specific in what position, they are interested in" .
Please note that there are MCL Constitutional requirements that must be met - to be a Director.
The Election will be at our November 2016 General Business Meeting on November  2, 2016.
2017 MCL Nomination Committee
Bob Merla - Chair
Tom Wallace-Director
Bob DeVisser- Officer
Jim Kessler-General Member

MCL is hosting an INLAND WATERS SHOOT on November 5th and 6th

MCL is hosting an INLAND WATERS SHOOT on Saturday November 5th, 2016 and Sunday November 6th, 2016.

Both Rifle Ranges will be closed on these dates to prevent interference with the trap shooters. (archery remains open)

We encourage members to help with this weekends event.

We need scorers, kitchen help, and help loading trap machines.

Please consider helping this weekend. Please contact Bob Merla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585-329-4188 if you can help.

Ron Stappenbeck

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.



NRA Membership w/MCL code

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.

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.

2015 Injury Statistics

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.

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.