The Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs of Sullivan County held their March monthly meeting at the Conservation Club. Seventeen club delegates were in attendance. Carl Lindsley reported that DEC summer …
The Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs of Sullivan County held their March monthly meeting at the Conservation Club. Seventeen club delegates were in attendance. Carl Lindsley reported that DEC summer camp at DeBruce may be closed again this year. If they are open, the children who missed out last year will have preference to go, if they are eligible and want to go. Carl also said “Becoming an Outdoor Women Event” is being worked on and hopefully it will be a successful program. Carl stated that male bears are now coming out of their winter den and are hungry and active.
President John VanEtten read a flyer from the Middletown Pistol & Rifle Club saying they are sponsoring a “Big Buck Property Seminar” on Saturday, April 17. Cost to attend is $30 per person. For more information call 914-443-9480.
Secretary Linda Loughrey reported that the Neversink Agriculture Society is scheduled to open the Grahamsville Fairgrounds by August 13.
NYS Council delegate, Gary Muthig, reported that the council is in favor of allowing youth 12 years of age and up to hunt big game, and the council is in favor of expanding the use of crossbows in the entire archery seasons.
Bow Hunting chairman Ray Otto said he would like to have a 3-D archery shoot, he has a location in mind and hopefully it will work out.
NRA chairman, John VanEtten,, reported that the NRA has pulled out of New York State and has moved their headquarters to Texas. John also said the Sullivan County Friends of the NRA will not be doing anything this spring.
Hank Samyn reported that sweepstakes raffle sheets should be available for the Federation's April meeting. The first place prize this year will be a John Deere Gator 560E Side by Side ATV.
Federation's Annual Dinner Banquet is set for Saturday October 2, 2021.
President VanEtten said the coyote committee will meet shortly to discuss plans to have the contest.
The next Federation meeting will take place on April 14 at the Conservation Club.
PA is Trapping Turkeys!
Pennsylvania Game Commission wild turkey biologist, Mary Jo Casalena, with two biologist aides and other helpers are out baiting turkeys to come under the huge net that they will drop to trap them.
Wild turkey populations have declined in 15 of the state's 23 wildlife management units. The commission is making a major effort to update its current data by collecting harvest rate survival data from each of the 23 units. The goal is to capture and tag at least 460 male turkeys.
The commission hopes to use mark-and-recapture turkey trapping data to maximize both turkey populations and hunter opportunity. This massive effort will only be successful if hunters report turkeys bearing numbered tags. The commission urges hunter cooperation.
Jack Danchak is a longtime sportsmen and spent 30 years as the President of the Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs of Sullivan County, Inc.
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