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Deerfield Fish & Game Club Annual Banquet, January 27th 2018, Club Monarch

Club president Charles Ellsworth brought the banquet to order at 6:55pm. We started with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for departed members, first responders and members of the armed forces, followed by Charlie giving the invocation.

Charlie made a motion to suspend the normal order of business for the dinner meeting. The motion was accepted by all in attendance. Missy gave a treasurer’s report and Charlie gave a general report.

The swearing in of officers was next in order. The club president, treasurer and secretary were sworn in by Deerfield town justice Jim Sullivan. The vice president and trustees were not present and will be sworn in at a later date.

The business part of the banquet was adjourned and followed with dinner.

 

Deerfield Fish & Game Club monthly meeting, 2/8/18. Members present – 17.

Club president Charles Ellsworth called the meeting to order at 6:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for departed members, first responders and members of the armed forces.

The Treasurer’s report wasn’t read as Missy was absent from the meeting.

Minutes of the December meeting were read with no objections or corrections. A motion to accept the minutes were made by Brian Lange, 2nd by Tony Gulisano and accepted by all the members present.

Minutes of the January annual banquet held on the 27th at Club Monarch were read with no objections or corrections. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Bob Crill, 2nd by Tony Gulisano and accepted by all the members present.

Club President Charlie Ellsworth asked for a motion to suspend the meeting for our guest speaker. Larry Chrysler made a motion and it was 2nd by Brian Lange. The guest speaker was Lisa Able from Casting for Recovery. She gave a presentation about the organization and what its function is in helping survivors of breast cancer. Charlie Ellsworth thanked Lisa for her presentation and the club meeting continued.

Federation had two meetings which were both held in Vernon, the report was given by Larry Chrysler. The first meeting discussions were on the cleanup of Sauquoit Creek, cancelling the use of doe urine for deer hunting in NYS and the issue of hunter safety. He also announced that Dick Forest would be the guest speaker at the Federation annual banquet.      

The second meeting discussions: NYS hunter education program is now the new name for the program. NYS DEC pheasant chicks will be available, that Oneida County will now have 4 Environmental Conservation Officers in our district and that the trapping report states that prices are better this year than the previous year. A youth hunt will be scheduled this year in Oneida/Madison County for the spring turkey season. The fish stocking program at the fish hatchery in Rome is looking for volunteers. Motion to accept the Federation report was made by Bob Crill, 2nd by Tony Gulisano and accepted by all.

Brian Lange spoke on the archery program. There are 5 scheduled archery events in May thru September. West Winfield Club might give up their shoot if they don't get volunteers, which might send people to our club. Straight Arrow Archery has an event on Sunday March 13th.

Charlie mentioned that the pistol range has been getting some use during the winter. Some members are finding out the hard way when they show up and their cards won't let them into the ranges, that they have to pay their dues.

Charlie would like to start up the workshop programs for new pistol permit holders & gun owners. The class would be on breaking down, cleaning and using their firearms. The start date would possibly be sometime in April.

Bob Crill made a motion to have the club make a $100 donation to Casting for Recovery. Tim Collver 2nd the motion and all the members were in favor.

Brian Lange mentioned that he was taking donations for the Heart Run & Walk.

50/50 raffle amount was $12, won by Tony Gulisano. He decided to donate the $12 to Casting for Recovery.  

Larry Chrysler made a motion to close the meeting, 2nd by Tony Gulisano and accepted by all.

 

The March monthly meeting was cancelled due to weather conditions.

 

Deerfield Fish & Game Club monthly meeting, 4/12/18. Members present – 31

Club president Charles Ellsworth called the meeting to order at 6:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for departed members, first responders and members of the armed forces.

Minutes of the February meeting were read as the March monthly meeting was cancelled due to bad weather conditions.  A motion to accept the minutes were made by Walt Loin, 2nd by Joe Piccione and accepted by all the members present.

The Treasurer’s report was read Missy and a motion to accept it was made by Brian Lange, 2nd by Pat Benzo and accepted by all the members present.

Last month’s Federation meeting was held at Greenway Verona Mills on March 5th. Larry Chrysler reported that the NYS police spent $28 million on the pistol permit recertification. Legislation on crossbow hunting and allowing 12 year old to hunt will be going nowhere during this legislative session. April 21st is celebrated as Earth Day and those wanting to volunteer to assist in the cleanup of Sauquoit Creek can meet Saturday morning at Piggy Pat’s on Kellogg Rd, Washington Mills. This year’s spring youth turkey hunt has 8 youth and 8 women signed up.      

Charlie spoke about the DEC workshop and the Conservation Days at Delta Lake. Charlie also spoke on the issue of gun rights and the importance of joining 2nd Amendment organizations such as SCOPE.  

David Corr mentioned that 33 people were signed up for the hunter safety course being offered here at the club on April 15th. Conservation Council did not meet last month. David acknowledged Charlie Ellsworth for being inducted into the Sportsman’s HOF.

Brian Lange spoke about the archery program at the club, that the schedule books were out and that the first shoot is scheduled for Sunday May 13th. Brian was looking for volunteers for Saturday April 14th to work on the archery range. Trenton F&GC was having an archery shoot on Sunday April 15th.

Peter Potasiewicz spoke on getting some work done this year on the shotgun range. He also spoke about the DEC kids for camp program and that they were already booked for this summer. On the subject of the kids for camp program Charlie mentioned possibly doing a gun raffle this year to raise funds and make the kids for camp program self-sufficient. He also spoke on the subject of the 2nd Amendment rally being held in Albany, the DEC days at Delta Lake and about the Sportsman's Federation and it's function.

Old business, there was nothing to report. New business, Charlie mentioned about possibly getting a dumpster for club use, but still to be determined.

50/50 raffle was $19 won by Laurie and the money was donated to Kids for Camp.

Motion to adjorn the meeting was made by Larry Chrysler, 2nd by everybody.

 

Deerfield Fish & Game Club monthly meeting, 5/10/18. Members present – 27

Club president Charles Ellsworth called the meeting to order at 6:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for departed members, first responders and members of the armed forces.

Minutes of the April meeting were read with one correction. Laurie had won the $19 50/50 raffle and donated the money to Kids for Camp. That was omitted in the original reading of the minutes. Tony made a motion to accept the April minutes, Laurie 2nd the motion and it was accepted by all members.

Missy gave the treasurer’s report, Brian made a motion to accept, Mike 2nd the motion and it was accepted by all the members.

Charlie presented certificates for individual department heads for their hard work and continued success in each department. He spoke about possibly starting a ladies pistol league and a steel plate league. He also told us about the incident of the member getting stuck inside the gate after he had followed someone in, instead of scanning his own card. Later he found out his card wasn’t activated and called Charlie, explained his situation and Charlie was able to activate his card so he could get out.

Larry Chrysler gave the federation report. The 2017 New York State deer take was down 17%. Pistol Permit recertification was extended because the State Police are swamped with paperwork. A big % of people signing up for the hunter safety classes are cancelling out, but the DEC still wants the clubs to continue having them. This spring 14 youth participated in the youth turkey hunt. This years Conservation Days will be held in September at Delta Lake State Park. There's a big deer tick problem this year. The Clinton Arena won the Kraft Hockeyville award of $150,000. Next months meeting will be held at Cassity Hollow.  

Bill Burgdoff spoke about the live rounds being left on the range and the range being left a mess after members are done shooting. Containers with a lock on them will be installed  for live rounds. Charlie spoke about the targets on the pistol & rifle range.

Mary spoke about the grounds, inmates work and finding someone to go along with her to get the wood for the targets. The inmates cleaned up both ranges, painted the steps going down to the archery range, cleaned the shed & garage.

Brian Lange is still looking for help to get the range set up for the Sunday shoot. Brian has 2 classes scheduled for 7/19 and 7/21, then 9/13 and 9/15. The bridge will be going up this Saturday 5/12 at 11am and should be ready for Sunday's shoot.

Unfinished business: Brian Lange brought out the new sign that was made that will be down by Walker Road.

New business: Bill brought up getting new flags, Charlie said it's a work in progress.

Shawn drew the 50/50 and Charlie won $10.

Larry Chrysler made a motion to end the meeting, it was 2nd by Walt Loin, accepted by all the members. The meeting ended at 7:26.  

Deerfield Fish & Game Club monthly meeting, 6/14/18. Members present – 29

Club president Charles Ellsworth called the meeting to order at 6:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for departed members, first responders and members of the armed forces.

Minutes of the May meeting were read without any corrections. Mary made a motion to accept the minutes, Lisa 2nd the motion and there were no objections. Missy was absent from the June meeting and therefore the Treasurer’s report wasn’t read.

Larry gave us the Federation report. He told us about the new DEC state biologist officer for our area that was present at the meeting. She spoke on various topics as invasive species such as the goby invading the Great Lakes and that the state doesn’t really know what to do about them.   She also spoke about the cormorant species and how to control them. The next Federation meeting will be at Point Rock in Taberg in August.

Pat Benzo gave information about the Trappers class being held in September. The class is open to members of the club and to the public, but you must register for the class and complete a homework assignment prior to the class.

David spoke about the hunter education and bow class being offered. You must register in advance on the DEC website. He also spoke on a variety of topics, a civil service exam for the 14 openings at the fish hatchery to the issue with free licenses for disabled vets. Director of parks wants to streamline the regulations for all the parks so that they’re the same. They’re hoping for another law enforcement academy as there are 32 vacancies with another 7 scheduled to retire before the end of the year.

Charlie mentioned that there was a new director at the Watertown DEC office. They’re offering a Hunter Safety instructors class which would be held right here at Deerfield F&GC and they’re looking for volunteers to take the class.

Bill mentioned that if the pistol range is closed, the rifle range can be used for pistol shooting. Signs were put up on the rifle range and locked cans were installed for disposal of live ammo rounds. Members are asked to clean up after shooting and pick up your spent shells to keep the area clean.

Mary is looking for someone to fix a few weedwackers and for a volunteer to install the A/C units.

Charlie spoke about our previous SCOPE meeting and the importance of joining and supporting a 2A group to help fight the constant attack on the 2A and our right to bare arms. Also talked about was getting out to vote for the candidate that supports our beliefs in the 2A.

Bill also brought up the possible class for Range Safety Officers to be held at our club if there was enough interest and encouraged members to sign up and take the class. He also brought up the fact that some clubs are starting to mandate a shooting safety class before being able to join.

Shawn drew the 50/50 which was worth $17 and won by David Corr.

Larry made a motion to end the meeting, 2nd by Walt and all the members agreed. Meeting ended at 7:15.

Deerfield Fish & Game Club monthly meeting, 7/12/18. Members present – 27

Club president Charles Ellsworth called the meeting to order at 6:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for departed members, first responders and members of the armed forces.

Minutes of the June meeting were read without any corrections. Brian made a motion to accept the minutes, Bob Crill 2nd the motion and there were no objections.

Missy read the Treasurer's report, Bill made a motion to accept the minutes, Brian 2nd the motion and the motion was accepted by all the members.

Larry Chrysler reported that there wasn't a Federation meeting last month.

Bill gave an update on the rifle range, new flags were set up on the range and talk about a rifle instructor class. Bill also brought up the idea of starting a youth shooting league, which brought up a variety of ideas and discussions. Bill also talked about what happened to the gong they had set up, what to do with it and how to address the issue.

Mike French spoke on the pistol range, members are using the range, but not picking up the spent shells after they're done shooting. They're also leaving the broken target frames on the range after they're done shooting instead of picking up after themselves. A discussion was also brought up about having a shooting table built for the pistol range. The idea will be looked into.

Brian Lange said the archery shoot on Saturday had 17 participants. We're looking into the International Bowhunters to provide insurance for our 3-D targets. We're still working on the trail system which is an ongoing process. Evidence has shown that people are trespassing onto club property, drinking beer and leaving behind all their garbage. Brian is looking into setting up some trail cameras and try to catch the trespassers. The next archery class is July 19th and 20th.

Pat Benzo had mentioned the next trappers class in September and that you have to register in advance and have the homework done.

Mary Brumbaugh is still looking for assistance in fixing some weedwackers, help in mowing the lawn and looking for a new lawnmower.

There wasn't any comment on the ongoing issue with the person that's seeking monetary restitution for damages to his truck.

New business: There was a discussion about getting rid of the lean-to and getting it off club property.  We're also looking at revitalizing the pond, stock it and put it to use. We're also looking at having some logging done during the winter. Mary is also looking for someone to fix the pipe on the furnace. Mention was also made about replacing the tile floor in the main room of the clubhouse.

Shawn Murphy drew the 50/50 for $36 which was one by Mike Sharpe.

Motion was made by Bill Burgdoff to adjorn the meeting, 2nd by Bob Crill and everyone was in acceptance. Meeting was ended at 7:30pm.