Niagara County Federation Meeting Minutes  


NCFCC Meeting Dates and location:
March 22nd Small meeting room
April 26th Small meeting room 
May 24th Large meeting room
June 28th Large meeting room 
July 26th Location to be announced (Picnic)
August 23rd Large meeting room
September 27th Large meeting room
October 25th Large meeting room
November 22nd Large meeting room
December 15th, Large meeting room (Holiday Party).  


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Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs May 2004 Meeting field on the 24th 7:00pm. Called to order by President Greg Tessman at 4-H Bldg., Lockport.
Posted June 15 2004

Pledge to the flag

Guest Speakers: No Speaker

Secretary Report: Motion to accept secretary's report by Dale Dunkelburger, 2nd by Tom Miles carried.

Treasurers Report: Motion to accept the financial report presented by Gordon Botting Sr. was made by John Chilcott, 2nd by Gerry Bennett, carried.

Gordon Butting SR provided the membership with a list of dues payments for our organization. If your club is not on the list please check with Gordy. Dues can be mailed to Gordon Botting Sr, 5583 Ridge Road, Lockport, NY 14094.

DUES YEAR: 2004

1    NORTHTOWNS BLACK BEAR CHAPTER N.AMERICIAN 10/27/2003 
2    NIAGARA COUNTY TRAPERS ASSOCIATION 11/6/2003 
3    TWIN CITY SHOOTING CLUB OF N. TON. INC. 11/24/2003 
4    U.A.W. LOCAL 686 PISTOL CLUB 12/15/2003 
5    NIAGARA COUNTY SPORTSMEN CLUB 12/22/2003 
6    LaSALLE SPORTSMENS CLUB INC. 1/20/2004 
7    WILSON CONSERVATION CLUB INC. 1/21/2004 
8    TONAWANDA'S SPORTSMENS CLUB 1/29/2004 
9    HARTLAND CONSERVATION CLUB 1/29/2004 
10   NIAGARA COUNTY GOBBLERS N.W.T.F. 1/29/2004 
11   PHEASANT FOREVER OF W.N.Y. #29 1129/2004 
12   WHEATFIELD FIREARMS ED. COMMETTEE 2/03/2004 
13   N.Y.S. CROSSBOW HUNTERS ASSOCIATION 2/05/2004 
14   PIONEER SPORTSMENS CLUB 2/05/2004 
15   LOCKPORT CONSERVATION CLUB INC. 2/16/2004 
16   RAPIDS ROD&GUN CLUB 2/24/2004 
17   WOLCOTTSVILLE SPORTSMENS CLUB 2/24/2004 
18   IROQUOIS ARMS COLLECTORS ASS. 2/26/2004 
19   NORTH FOREST ROD&GUN CLUB 3/11/2004 
20   NIAGARA RIVER ANGLERS ASSOC. 3/22/2004 
21   WILSON CONSERVATION CLUB AUX. 3/22/2004 
22   THREE-F CONSERVATION SOCIETY, INC. 3/22/2004 
23   NIAGARA ORLEANS FRIENDS OF N.R.A. 4/07/2004 
24   7 CLAN BOWMAN CLUB CLUBS 4/07/2004 
25   NIAGARA MUSKY ACCOCIATION 5/10/2004

Minutes:

Sick Call: Dick Lange

Correspondence: Pres. Greg Tessman reported he received an e-mail from Mark Daul from outdoorsniagara.com encouraging NCFCC to list his web site address in our monthly minutes.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Budget and Fund Raising:

Inaugural Niagara County Clay Championship: Shoot would be held, Saturday June 12, 2004. Chris Schotz reported that the 0/u is at the Cabin Range. We have only received modest corporate support for door prizes. Asking for promotional support from all. Still need to wrap up insurance. Minimum age to shoot is 12 years old. Pres. Gregg Tessman will send a letter to club presidents asking for their support for these event.

Sport Fishing: No Report

Small Game: Chris Schotz reported that lots of turkeys are visible

4H Pheasant Program: Need volunteers to mentor kids for this program, those interested should contact Bob Glidden at 716-795-3305. Birds will be available Wednesday, June 2, 2004. Local 686 U.A.W. made a donation to the pheasant program of $125.00.

Water Fowl: There was question regarding a waterfowl petition circulated by John Daniels. Don Bronson was unaware of the petition. Pres. Greg Tessmann confirmed that Don Bronson is NCFCC contact person for waterfowl, and that any waterfowl petitions should first go to Don Bronson for review. Motion by Don Bronson to have NCFCC waterfowl representative review all waterfowl petitions, then petitions must be submitted to NCFCC delegates for approval, 2nd by Mark Richardson carried.

Big Game: No Report

Hunter Safety: The resolution Don Bronson proposed regarding IHEA standards is put on hold. Dale Dunkelburger reported vouchers system is still a live issue, and Hunter Education Instructors are opposed to it.

Habitat: Gerry Bennett reported that no money has been accessed from the stamp fund yet. Mandatory habitat stamp for non-residents is advocated. Resolution distributed to delegates take back to club need club vote for August NCFCC vote.

Niagara County Fair: Keith Shultz will chair Niagara County Fair. Fair will run from August 4th. through 8th. Any club that would like to have a booth or table in the tent should contact Keith. Keith reported that he secured a tent for the fair at a price of $ 675.00. Dale Dunkelburger requested that all clubs donate $ 10.00 each for the tent to help defer the cost. Need to get a list of volunteers for fair, so we can distribute passes. 

C.F.A.B.: 

-    John Long and Bill Hilts SR attended John Daily Memorial Dinner in Albany. 
-    Niagara County and Region 9 DEC will close Walleye season during spawning. 
-    Youth Hunt, There is a lot of opposition from other areas of the state. If you want to see this passed, you need to contact DEC and voice your opinion. 
-    Proposals for DEC to examine out -of -states licenses revocations and apply them here. 
-    Proposed Legislation, The canned hunt bill was re-introduced to committee. 
-    The mandatory wearing of blaze orange is in committee. 
-    1000 foot no shooting for schools. 
-    Dog insurance requirement for all dogs with rate determined by breed. 
-    Allowing the use of a rifle in the counties bordering PA. 
-    The lawsuit against New York State siting discrimination of the handicapped not being allowed to use a crossbow is moving forward. A number of states have capitulated and have allowed crossbow use. 
-    $21 million spent on the ballistic fingerprinting - to date no crime has yet to be solved!

Region 9 Fish and Wild Life Board: No Report

NYS State Conservation Council: Dale Dunkelburger reported that there is opposition to early season DEC Youth Hunt for big game most of it appears to come from down state.

Firearm Legislation: William Mudge reported that SCOPE is suing state over the ballistic fingerprinting program.

Awards Banquet: No Report

Patches: Pam Leaderhouse reported 2004 blue pike patches are now available price $ 3.00 each. Only 25-patches are left.

Rosters: No Report.

Youth Education: Motion to donate $275.00 to Environmental Field Days for Niagara County 5th and 6th graders educational program by Dale Dunkelburger, 2nd by Chris Schotz, carried. 

OLD BUSINESS
None

NEW BUSINESS

Picnic Pres. Greg Tessman to contact Dale Shank to see if 3F club will host annual picnic.

Chris Schotz reported that he would contact John Long to schedule a meeting with him and NCFCC officers. Need to make sure we have coverage for Clay shoot, and Pig Roast, also would like to discuss Directors and Officers Insurance.

CLUB REPORTS

North Forest: "Shoot" till you drop! Day, June 5, 9am-4pm 9

LaSalle Sportsmen Club: Cow Chip Bingo Saturday, August 28, 2004 (See Insert)

Hartland Conservation Club: Trap league, Starting June 14, 2004, at 5 PM Training available for new shooters

Wilson Conservation Club: Kids Fishing Day, Saturday June 19,2004 

NWTF: Women in the Outdoors August 14, North Forest Gun Club 

Motion to adjourn, Gordon Botting SR. ....... 2nd Dale Dunkelburger, carried.

Respectfully submitted, Mark Richardson Acting Secretary, NCFCC

For information about the NCFCC including minutes, and upcoming events check us out at www.outdoorsniagara. com

 

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April 2004 Minutes ~ Posted May 18 2004

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs April 2004 Meeting held on the 26th at 7:04pm. Called to order by President Greg Tessman at 4-H Bldg., Lockport.

Pledge to the flag

Guest Speakers: No Speaker

Minutes: Correction to March minutes by Pam Leaderhouse, NWTF calling contest at the Niagara County Fair, should have read NWTF will hold a "Jake's" Turkey calling contest at Niagara County Fair. Motion to accept February minutes with correction by Torn Miles 2nd by Mark Richardson, carried.

Treasurers Report: Motion to accept the financial report presented by Gordon Botting Sr. was made by Gerry Bennett, 2nd by Tom Miles, carried.

Sick Call: No Report

Correspondence: Pres. Greg Tessman received a letter from the Conservation Council, they want to create a communications grid between County Federations, and the N.Y.S.R.P.A. Motion for NCFCC to participate, and send our information in by Gordon Botting SR. 2nd by Tom Miles, carried.

Greg received a Thank You card from Legislator William Ross, for the award he received at the NCFCC Awards Dinner.

Greg also sent a letter to the Niagara County Legislator Ross, listing the federation delegates that will serve on the board of the Farm Bureau, and also submitted a list of names to be considered as Landowner Reps.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Budget and Fund Raising: Inaugural Niaeara County Clay Championship.- Chris Schotz reported that the shoot would be held, Saturday June 12. Need to contact John Long and Tonawanda's Sportsmen's Club and go over Insurance. NCFCC delegates need to take message back to their clubs and move SOfflC tickets. Also door prizes for Chinese Auction from clubs would be appreciated.  Go here for complete information

Pig Roast and Cash Drawing: Gregg Tessman reported that the Pig Roast would be held, Sunday August 15, 2004. Will need to purchase a rider to our Insurance policy for this event. Tickets are available; Mark Richardson has created a flyer.  Go here for complete information

Pres. Gregg Tessman will send a letter to club presidents asking for their support for these two events.

Sport Fishing: Paul Jackson, Niagara River Anglers will be hosting the Smelt Festival, Friday May 7th, 2004 7:00 PM Lewiston, New York.

Joe Wilczewski, informed the delegates that the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery in Pennsylvania, is experiencing a serious shortfall of monies, that could seriously impact the Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie Sport-fishery. Encouraged delegates to send a letter in support of the hatchery to their representatives, asking them to restore funding. (See Insert)

Small Game: First ever youth Turkey hunt held last weekend for youths 12-14 years of age.

4H Pheasant Program: Need volunteers to mentor kids for this program, those interested should contact Bob Glidden at 716-795-3305. Dave Lavery, Keith Schultz, and Greg Tessmann to help mentor. 2000 birds have been reserved with the DEC, 52 kids participating, with a total of 37 sites.

Co Operative extension to pay $1316.49, NCFCC to pay $1210.75

Motion for NCFCC to pay their bill of 1210.75 by Dale Dunkelburger, 2nd by Gordon Botting SR, carried.

Water Fowl: Don Bronson, reported on the DEC proposals for the 2004 fall waterfowl season: - Will hold early nuisance season in September - Regular season will be a split season fall/winter 3 per day - Duck season will be a split falll/winter season, with reduced days for pintail, and canvas back - Season length will be the same but dates may be modified to allow for extra weekend hunting - Will hold youth hunt in October

Note all proposals subject to approval by Federal Fish and Wildlife

John Daniels spoke on NCFCC proposal to the NY State Conservation Council, would like to resubmit the proposal with the following changes:

-Omit Blue Wing Teal Season from proposal
- Omit 3 way split 
-Omit Zones and boundary modifications

Motion to resubmit proposal by Dale Shank, 2nd by Bill I-hits SR, carried.

Big Game: Dale Dunkelburger reported there is a youth deer hunt season in the discussion St aces.

Chris Schotz reported that the DEC is not interested in looking at a Saturday deer season, this could be a proposed resolution by the NCFCC next year.

Hunter Safety: Gary Lowe reported that refresher course for Hunter Education Instructors is scheduled for Tuesday May 11, 2004 at 7:00 PM till 10:00 PM, North Forest Rod & Gun Club.

Motion for to reimburse North Forest for refreshment expenses by Gary Lowe, 2nd by Tom Miles, carried.

Dale Dunkelburger reported that the voucher debate is back, would like to submit emergency resolution that Hunter Education Instructors are opposed to charging for this service. Dale also reported that IHEA standards are proposed for New York State next year, Most instructors are against the proposal, New York standards are already higher than the THEA.

Don Bronson reported that New York has the lowest incident of Hunter Accidents in the United States. Adopting IHEA standards would be a step backward for New York State Hunter Education; we are the leading edge in Hunter Education.

Motion that the NCFCC to draft resolution against New York State adopting THEA Standards, by Don Bronson, 2nd by Dale Dunkelburger, carried. Also recommend we circulate a petition amongst NY Hunter Education Instructors, supporting the resolution.

Habitat: Gerry Bennett reported there is currently $76,000 in the habitat account. Also there is a proposal that it be mandatory that all non-residents purchase a habitat stamp when buying a NY State Hunting Licensee.

Bill Tobin reported that NCFCC needs a new delegate for the Oakwanna Wildlife Board.

Niagara County Fair: Keith Shultz will chair Niagara County Fair. Fair will run from August 4th through 8th~ Any club that would like to have a booth or table in the tent should contact Keith. Keith reported that he did not rent a tent for the fair yet because the prices of tents has increased significantly, he will research further to see if he can find a tent in our price range.

John Butcher recommend Keith contact fair committee, and see if we can get the NWTF Jake's turkey calling contest listed on the Niagara County Fair Poster.

Joe Wilczewski submitted proposals for the paint ball gun shooting range. The proposal is too high to consider this year, Pres., Greg Tessman recommended we consider trying to fund it through a NRA grant.

C.F.A.B.: Bill Hilts SR reported: - John Long has changed positions and will move from president, to Vice President. - Fred Langdon will be the new region 9 delegate. - Conservation fund is down by $1.5 million from last year. - Total for fish and wildlife budget is 92 million. - NYS has 25 vacancies in the EGO position - P.A. is now a crossbow state

Region 9 Fish and Wild Life Board: No Report

NYS State Conservation Council. Gerry Bennett, Circulated raffles tickets, for the conservation council.

Firearm Legislation: William Mudge reported that we still need to keep an eye on the proposed pistol permit fee increase, keep the heat on your local representatives, and let them know you are in opposition.

Awards Banquet: Pres. Greg Tessmann thanked Joe Wilczewski for his work as committee chairmen and, Bill Hilts JR for doing a great job as MC at awards banquet on Saturday, April 3, 2004 at the Days Inn. He also called for a standing ovation for Bill Hilts SR in recognition of his lifetime achievement award.

Patches: Pam Leaderhouse reported 2004 blue pike patches are now available price $ 3.00 each Raffle: No report

Rosters: John Butcher circulated a list of clubs that has turned in rooster, and asked delegates review so he could verify if his records were accurate.

Youth Education: Pres. Greg Tessman, and Mark Richardson received certification by 4H Shooting Sports.

OLD BUSINESS

Members still need to locate all past files, seal, records, and displays. Anyone with any info should contact Pres. Gregg Tessman.

Niagara County Federation Delegates reported back and voted on the CWM toxic landfill. CWM would like to accept PCB's, Arsenic and other materials at its Niagara County Landfill.

Under the proposed NYS DEC "Siting Plan," do we want an estimated 20,000 trucks per year coming into Niagara County with these chemicals. YES__NO X

If NO Do we as a Federation want to take a stance on this issue? YES X or NO

Motion to have Pres. Greg Tessman draft a letter in opposition to the landfill on behalf of the federation by Tom Miles, 2nd by Gordon Botting SR, carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Bill Mudge, reported he has NRA Grant Applications

CLUB REPORTS

North Forest: "Shoot" till you drop! Day, June 5, 9am-4pm 9 (See Insert)

Hartland Conservation Club: Holding a silhouette shoot for the kids that took their Hunter Education Course.

Wilson Conservation Club: Kids Fishing Day, Saturday June 19,2004 (See Inset)

Wilson Conservation Club Auxiliary: Chinese Auction May 15.

3F Club: Youth Program is doing bird banding May 16, 2004 t-5PM

NWTF: Women in the Outdoors August 14, North Forest Gun Club (See Insert)

Motion to adjourn, Pam Leaderhouse, 2nd Mark Richardson, carried.

Respectfully submitted, 
John Butcher 
Secretary, NCFCC

 

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March 2004 Minutes ~ Posted April 10 '04

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs March 2004 Meeting held on the 29th at 7:00pm. Called to order by President Greg Tessmann at 4-H Bldg., Lockport.

Pledge to the flag

Guest Speakers: No Speaker

Minutes: Motion to accept February minutes by Tom Miles 2nd by Gordon Botting SR, carried.

Treasures Report: Motion to accept the financial report presented by Gordon Botting Sr. was made by Time Miles 2nd by Keith Hetrick, carried.

Sick Call: No Report

Correspondence: Pres. Greg Tessmann reported he has sent a letter to Paul Westfall requesting the same location we had in previous years for placement of the Federation tent at the Niagara County Fair.

Greg also reported that he sent a Thank You letter to the Tonawanda Sportsmen Club for the $ 500.00 donation.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

County Legislator Bill Ross has notified the Federation he will attend the Banquet on April 3`d.

Budget and Fund Raising: Pres. Greg Tessmann reported the budget fund raising committee would like to proceed with the $100.00 Raffle and Pig Roast. Motion to hold event by Mark Richardson, 2nd by Gordon Botting SR, carried. Details and tickets will be available for April meeting.

Still need to sell ads for newsletter.

Clay Shoot is scheduled for Saturday, June 12

John Butcher reported Gordon Botting SR has purchased the knives from Johnson's Country Store they are at Customer Laser and are in the process of being laser engraved 

Chris Schotz has finished designing a brochure on the NCFCC that we can use for promotional services; it is at the printers and will be available for distribution to delegates at the April meeting.

Pres. Greg Tessmann reported that he would like to raise enough money this year to raise 1/2 the cost of a salary for a full-time employee that would be split between the Federation and another county agency.

Sport Fishing: Bruce Gammock is in the process of finishing a paper on the Blue Pike initiative. Will submit first draft to federation when completed. Will address the following issues: Why we should search for Blue Pike in Canadian Waters, and why they should be restocked in Lake Ontario.

Paul Jackson reported that there will be a Lake Ontario "State of the Lake" meeting on Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Topics: Forage, Salmon stocking- survival and performance, Trends in the fishery, contributions and of wild Chinook, Cormorants & the warm water fishery.

Paul requested the Federation draft a letter in support of ending Walleye season on December 31S`

May get opposition from charter captains and bait shops, Paul feels fishermen are pulling to many breeding fish from the lower river. Paul to hi-lite issues of concerns, Greg Tessmann to draft letter.

Pen project, Need to send volunteers to Polaski for pen project, will fin clip or nose tag fish, want to determine if fish in the lower river, are local or coming from Polaski.

Small Game: No Report

4H Pheasant Program: Need volunteers to mentor kids for this year program, those interested should contact Bob Glidden at 716-795-3305. Dave Lavery, Keith Schultz, and Greg Tessmann to help mentor. 2000 birds have been reserved with the DEC. Will match mentors with kids from their own communities to cut down on travel time.

Water Fowl: Don Bronson has received 8 responses to waterfowl survey. Anyone interested in participating contact Don at [email protected]

Big Game: No Report

Hunter Safety: Hunter Education Poster for Gun and Bow Course were distributed.

Refresher course for Niagara County Instructors is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2004, 7:00pm till 10.00pm at North Forest Gun Club

Habitat: Pres. Greg Tessmann reported that he submitted a grant for Habitat Enhancements, Food plots and Mowing for Niagara County.

Gerry Bennett reported we need to encourage people to purchase Habitat Stamps, and that he will attend state meeting next month.

Niagara County Fair: Keith Shultz will chair Niagara County Fair. Fair will run from August 4`h through 8`h. Any club that would like to have a booth or table in the tent should contact Keith. Pam Leaderhouse said that the NWTF is willing to hold another Turkey calling contest. Paul Jackson and Joe Wilczewski to research paint ball gun shooting range. Motion to rent 60x40 tent for fair by Gordon Booting SR, 2nd by Mark Richardson, carried.

C.F.A.B.: No Report

Region 9 Fish and Wild Life Board: Joe Wilczewski is looking for a grant to fund a study the upper river, catch and release, tagging. Office supplies only.

Paul Jackson, looking for funds for Niagara Rivers Anglers pen rearing Project.

NYS State Conservation Council. Gerry Bennett and Dale Dunkelburger to attend state meeting next month, Gerry reported that there are over 50 bills proposed.

Firearm Legislation: William Mudge reported that there is currently between 103 to 106 proposed bills in the state Assembly and Senate. SCOPE has produced a newsletter outlining proposals. It also has State representatives listed. Anyone that would like to send a letter can go to www.NRAILA.org they have letters written that you can use.

Awards Banquet: Joe Wilczewski reported that the awards banquet would be held Saturday, April 3, 2004 at the Days Inn. Please bring prizes or donations. Extra parking is available at the Casino; you can take a shuttle.

Motion for federation to pay for dinner tickets for non-federation award winners attending the banquet by Gordon Botting SR, 2"d by John Butcher, carried.

Patches: Pam Leaderhouse reported 2004 blue pike patches are now available price $ 3.00 each

Raffle: No report

Rosters: Niagara County Gobblers, 3F Club, Pioneer Conservation Club, Wilson Conservation Club Auxiliary, turned in rosters for 2004.

Youth Education: Youth Camp is $225.00 per kid, ages 12-14. NCFCC will pay for two kids to attend. Applications can be down loaded from the DEC web-site. Paul Jackson and Dale Shank will recruit kids.

OLD BUSINESS

Members still need to locate all past files, seal, history, and displays. Anyone with any info should contact Pres. Gregg Tessmann.

NEW BUSINESS

Niagara County Federation Delegates are to go back to clubs and take a vote on the CWM toxic landfill. CWM would like to accept PCB's, Arsenic and other materials at its Niagara County Landfill.

Under the proposed NYS DEC "Siting Plan," do we want an estimated 20,000 trucks per year coming into Niagara County with these chemicals.    YES_________ NO _______       

If NO, do we as a Federation want to take a stance on this issue? YES ______or NO _____

CLUB REPORTS

LaSalle: April 20th Gun Raffle

Hartland Conservation Club: Gun Show April 3 & 4, 2004 Tables $ 4.00 3F Club: Hunter Safety April 13 &17, 2004

NWTF: Women in the Outdoors August 14, North Forest Gun Club

Motion to adjourn, Tom Miles, 2nd Gordon Botting Sr., carried

Respectfully submitted, John Butcher Secretary, NCFCC

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 February 2004 Posted March 9

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs February 2004 Meeting held on the 24th at 7:05pm. Called to order by President Greg Tessman at 4-H Bldg., Lockport.

Pledge to the flag

NCFCC Meeting Dates and location: March 22nd Small meeting room, April 26th Small meeting room, May 24th Large meeting room, June 28th Large meeting room, July 26th Location to be announced (Picnic), August 23rd Large meeting room, September 27th Large meeting room, October 25th Large meeting room, November 22nd Large meeting room, December 15th, Large meeting room (Holiday Party).

Guest Speakers: No Speaker

Minutes: Corrections to December Minutes:

1) Web page for Mark Daul is www.outdoorsniagara.com

2) Don Bronsoní s email is [email protected]

Motion to accept January minutes with corrections by Gordon Botting SR, 2nd by Tom Miles, carried.

Treasurers Report: Motion to accept the financial report presented by Gordon Botting Sr. was made by Chris Schotz 2nd by Tom Miles, carried.

Sick Call: Bill Hilts SR. slipped on Ice he is sore but OK

Correspondence: No Report

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Budget and Fund Raising: Pres. Greg Tessman reported the budget fund raising committee is planning a combination Pig Roast and Raffle.

John Butcher reported that Johnsonís Country Store has 100-Year Anniversary Buck Knifes that they would sell us for $25.00 each. ~ laser engraving.

Motion to buy 10 knives and have them engraved by Paul Jackson. 2nd by~ Gordon Botting Sr., carried

Chris Schotz is in the process of designing a brochure on the NCFCC that we can use for promotional services.

Sport Fishing: Bruce Gammock is in the process of finishing a paper on the Blue Pike initiative.

Small Game: No Report

4H Pheasant Program: Need volunteers to mentor kids for this year program those interested should contact Bob Glidden at 716-795-3305

Water Fowl: Don Bronson, water fowl task force will meet in April. Don will put a notification in the paper that he is conducting a water fowl survey and mail surveys to any interested water fowl hunter that would like to participate. For further information contact Don at [email protected]

Big Game: No Report

Hunter Safety: Dave Lavery Encouraged Hunter Education Instructors to turn in 2004 class schedules. Dave needs info to preparing schedules by March 1, 2004 Send info to Dave Lavery 9854 Mountain Rd, Middleport, NY 14105. Phone 716-735-3343 or email Dave at davelave @hotmail .com

Instructors encouraged to hold extra hunter education classes this fall; last year fall classes were overcrowded. Also any instructors that would like to work, as a volunteer to assist other instructors or clubs should let Dave know. Dave also needs a club to host this yearís Instructors Refresher Course.

Habitat:  Pres. Greg Tessman is in the process of writing a grant for seed and other materials
needed for the seed drill. Money is made available through the habitat stamp program.
Anyone interested in using the drill should contact Mark Sider at Niagara County Soil & Water

Niagara County Fair: Keith Shultz will chair Niagara County Fair. Fair will run from August 4th through 8th.

C.F.A.B.: 2003 License Sales down by 96,000. DEC 389 out of 406 positions filled.

Youth Turkey Hunt (Ages 12-15) will be the Saturday and Sunday preceding the spring opener.

Youth deer hunt under consideration.

No Saturday shotgun opener for deer season this year.

A group in Long Island is trying to establish a saltwater fishing license.

Empire Outdoors TV show should air this fall.

An initiative is on the ballot in Maine to ban Bear hunting over bait. Residents of Alaska will
vote this fall on weather they will allow hunting bears over bait. Ontarioís Spring Bear season
will not be reinstated. 
PA deer, elk, and bear seasons to allow the use of Cross Bows this season.

Region 9 Fish and Wild Life Board: Meeting March 4, 2004

NYS State Conservation Council: Meeting is scheduled for March 14, 15, 16, 2004 in Albany.
Gerry Bennett, and Dale Dunkelburger to attend.

Firearm Legislation: William Mudge, Proposed legislation to raise pistol permit fee to $ 100.00
is in the current Pataki Budget, must renew every 5 years. Please contact your representatives,
and let them know you are against this. State Senator George Maziarz and Assemblywoman
Francine Delmonte are against proposal.

Motion to have Pres. Greg Tessman draft a letter on behalf of the Federation by Bill Tobin, 2nd by Pam Leaderhouse, carried.

Awards Banquet: Joe Wilezewski reported that the awards banquet will be held Saturday, April 3, 2004 at the Days Inn Niagara Falls New York. RSVP by March 15th to [email protected] or call 716-867-6561 (evenings). 

Bill Hilts JR, Submitted nomination form for 2004, encouraged delegates to inform clubs and
submit nominations. 

Patches:  Pam Leaderhouse reported 2004 blue pike patches are now available price $ 3.00 each

Raffle:   No report

Rosters: No Report

Youth Education: Twin City Youth Shoot scheduled for March 20, 2004
Dale Shank, 3F Club has formed a youth Club, Open to non-members, ages 12-14 boys and girls. Next meeting, Sunday, February 29th, 1-5p.m.

OLD BUSINESS

Chris Shotz is monitoring the information on outdoorsniagara.com web page. Chris wants
to make sure any information listed about the NCFCC is accurate.

NEW BUSINESS

4H Shooting Sports, spring 2004 Instructor Workshop, scheduled April 16. 17. 18, 2004.
Wyomoco 4-H Camp. Buffalo Road, Varsburg, NY

CLUB REPORTS

LaSalle: Wild Game Dinner sold out

Wilson Conservation Club: Gun Raffle March 27, 2004

NYS Cross Bow Hunters: Have 5 Crossbows for Niagara County Fair

SCOPE: Have produced a Special Edition Newsletter on about proposed firearms legislation.

Iroquois Arms Collectors: Ran two successful gun shows

Friends of the NRA: 2004 Banquet date will be on Saturday, March 27, 2004. 

Hartland Conservation Club: Gun Show April 3 & 4, 2004 Tables $ 4.00

Pheasants Forever WNY29: Membership Banquet, Friday, March 19,2004

Niagara River Anglers: Steelhead Contest, February 21, 2004 was big success approximately
120 participants, average catches ran about 6 to 7 fish. Mostly Rainbows, some Walleyes, Brown
Trout and Muskies. Also raised enough money from trout pond to send 12 kids to camp.

North American Bear Foundation: Successful Banquet held February 21, 2004

Twin City Shooting Club: Youth Shoot, March 20, 2004

Wheatfield Firearms Association: Will participate in the Wheatfield field days, any one that would like to help out please contact Don Bronson.

  Pioneer Conservation Club: Have elected a new president, will send two kids to camp.

Lockport Conservation Club: Working on creating a youth shooting program.

Tonawanda Sportsmen Club: Donated $ 500.00 to NCFCC

Motion to adjourn, Pam Leaderhouse, 2nd Tom Miles, carried

Respectfully submitted,
John Butcher
Secretary, NCFCC

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JANUARY 2004 Minutes ~  Posted February 10 2004

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs January 2004 Meeting held on the 20th at 7:05pm. Called to order by President Greg Tessman 
at 4-H Bldg., Lockport
.

Pledge to the flag

Guest:  Keith Schultz, Niagara County Soil Water

Guest Speakers: Mark Daul, OutdoorsNiagara.com

Mark is a member of Niagara River Anglers; his goal is to network all Niagara and Erie Clubs through his web page. For a fee of $50.00 he will create a simple single web page about any sportsmenís organization and add it to his web page as a link. Mark encouraged NCFCC to send him the monthly minutes, awards nominations, and other relative information about the Federation for posting on NiagaraOudoors.com

You can also access the Web by going to google.com and typing in Niagara County Federation. President Greg Tessman thanked Mark for his work on behalf of the Federation. Delegates encourage taking the idea back to heir clubs and promote their events.

Minutes: Motion to accept December minutes by Dale Dunkelburger, 2nd by Don Bronson, carried.

Treasures Report: Motion to accept the financial report presented by Gordon Botting Sr. was made by Dale Dunkelburger 2nd by Tom Miles, carried. (Note the report does not reflect the $5884.00 we will receive from the Niagara County Legislature, will report as income when the check has been received and deposited.)

Sick Call: Harry Merrill is recovering from a stroke, Bob Kerns is still under the weather but doing better

Correspondence: Niagara County Legislator William Ross sent a card stating he was happy the legislature approved funding for the NCFCC.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Budget and Fund Raising: Pres. Greg Tessman reported that he has confirmed a date for the NCFCC Fundraising Shoot. The shoot will be held Saturday, June 12, 2004 at the Tonawanda Sportsmen Club. Shoots will include 100 Birds, 50 Clays, 25 Skeet, and 25 Trap. Encouraged all to get involved will need a lot help to pull this event off. Chris Schotz noted that this will be a fun shoot, and we will also have prizes, and lunch. Please pass the word. Delegates should ask their clubs to donate door prizes.

Committee Volunteer: Gordon Botting SR, John Butcher, Chris Schotz, Pam Leaderhouse, Greg Tessman, Shannon McDermott.

2004 Club Dues, payment received from, Northtowns Black Bear, Niagara County Trappers, Twin City Shooting Club, UAW Local 686 Pistol Club, Niagara County Sportsmen, LaSalle Sportsmen, Wilson Conservation Club, Hartland Conservation Club, Niagara County Gobblers- NWTF, Tonawanda Sportsmen Club, Pheasants Forever of WNY #29.

Sport Fishing: Paul Jackson, Niagara River Anglers is hosting a Steelhead Tournament, February 21, 2004 Sign up at the Lewiston Sand Docks at dawn. For further information go to niagarariveranglers.com

LOC Derby has been sold to Empire State Lake Ontario Promotions. Spring and Fall Derbies will take place as scheduled. Spring - April 23- May, 2004, Fall August 20- September 6, 2004

Those that want to serve on the Blue Pike Committee with Bruce Gammock please submit names too Greg Tessman.

Small Game: Dave Whitt~, Forms are available for Soft Release Birds from the DEC, Cut of date is March 15, 2004 for details contact Russ Biss at the Allegany Office, 182 East Union St, Allegany, NY 14706 Phone 716-372-0605

4H Pheasant Program: Chris Schotz, 2004 Pheasants rearing program is underway, first meeting is scheduled for February, Bob Gliddon will oversea, this year s program we are expected to have about 50 kids participating, should raise close to 2000 birds

Water Fowl: Don Bronson, Would like to conduct a survey of waterfowl hunters, he is concerned about the lack of birds. Any one interested in participating email Don at jarhead 1657 @wizard.com

Big Game: Dale Dunkleberger DEC has not released deer take figures, should be available in mid February, preliminary numbers indicate take is down by 20 to 30 percent.

222 samples taken at deer check stations for CWD all tests negative.

2003 Bear Harvest, Alleghany County 95, Region 9 54

DEC may consider opening Bear Hunting in Allegany State Park. If you have any questions or comments contact Russ Biss at the Allegany Office 182 East Union St, Allegany, NY 14706 Phone 716-372-0645

Niagara County Task Force for Deer Management Unit 9A is now forming if interested in serving on this committee contact Jim Snider at the Buffalo DEC Office 270 Michigan Aye, Buffalo, NY 14203 Phone 716-851-7010

Hunter Safety: Dave Lavery, Encouraged Hunter Education Instructors to turn in 2004 class schedules. Dave needs info to preparing schedules by March 1, 2004 Send info to Dave Lavery 9854 Mountain Rd, Middleport, NY 14105. Phone 716-735-3343 or email Dave at davclave @ hotmail.com

Instructors were encouraged to hold extra hunter education classes this fall; last year fall classes were over crowded. Also any instructors that would like to work, as a volunteer to assist other instructors or clubs should let Dave know.

Dale Dunkelburger, International Hunter Education Standards and Manuals will be implemented in 2005. New titles for Instructors, Senior Instructor, Instructor, Volunteer Instructor

Habitat: Dave Whit, Pheasants Forever of WNY #29 has Habitat Application Information Sheets. (See Insert)

Pheasants Forever will do habitat project at the John White Game Farm, also my have enough switch grass for Joseph Davis State Park.

Chris Schotz, Plans are underway for the use of the seed drill.

Joseph Davis State Park working on plans to move ahead with proposal for elevated walkway. Chris wondered were the logic is because there are no trees to view from the walkway.

Niagara County Fair: Pres. Greg Tessman asked for a volunteer to run the sportsmen tent at the Niagara County Fair. We need to have a visual presence in the community and show the legislature we are educating the community and deserve the funds we received from them. Fair will run from August 4th through 8th

C.F.A.B.: No Report

Region 9 Fish and Wild Life Board: No Report

Nominations requested for Region 9 Fish and Wild Life Board Representatives.

1.  Greg Tessmann
2.  Bill Heschke (Alternate)

Motion to accept nominations by Chris Schotz, 2nd by Dale Dunkelburger, carried

NYS State Conservation Council: NYSCC took a site survey of the Niagara River Anglers Pen Rearing Project.

Brown trout stocking will reduced by 100,000 fish statewide this year.

Sale of lead fishing sinkers smaller than 1/2 oz & under will be outlawed for sales in stores starting May 7111 this year.

2003 had the lowest incident rate for hunting accidents. (See Insert)

State has a hiring freeze; they have not filled opening at the fish hatchery

Assemblymen Dick Smith trying to organize a caucus that will push for conservation bills.

DEC 2004 priorities: Crossbow Bill, Reduction of the Big Game Hunting Age (allow 14 & 15 year olds to hunt with firearm).

Tentative youth turkey hunt slated for April 24, 2004, 1 Bird limits, and adults can not carry firearm.

No Saturday opener for big game in 2004

No news on proposed use of Rifles in those counties bordering PA

Proposal to switch to visible fishing licenses; delegates need to inform club members of proposal and survey club. NCFCC delegates will vote at the February meeting.

Chris Schotz, canned hunt bill maybe not be dead, looks like a second push from antiís to bring it back.

John Daniels submitted a resolution that he would like NCFCC to submit to the New York State Conservation Council;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New York State Conservation Council request the DEC to conduct a study to determine that the Waterfowl (Duck) Season is to the best interest of the resource, the hunter, and should report back to the NYSCC prior to making any recommendations.

Motion to propose resolution to NYSCC by Dale Dunkelburger, 2nd by Dave Lavery, Carried

Secretary needs to mail to resolution to conservation Council on or before February 1, 2004.

Gerry Bennett, NCFCC Annual Membership dues to NYSCC need to pay.

Motion to pay by Dale Dunkelburger, 2nd by Paul Jackson, Carried.

NYSCC request members fill out an ATV survey. (See insert)

Firearm Legislation: William Mug, Proposed legislation to raise pistol permit fee to $ 100.00 is in the current Pataki Budget, must renew every 5 years. Please contact your representatives, and let them no you are against this.

Awards Banquet: Joe Wilczewski, Submitted two proposals for the upcoming awards banquet. Proposal #1, $1700.00, and Proposal #2 $ 2354.00.

Motion to accept proposal # 2 Dale Shank, 2nd Gerry Bennett, Carried

Will still need to confirm date, conflicts with dates with other events: March13 Safari Club Dinner, April 10 Easter weekend, April 24th NYS Conservation Council Meeting. April 3rd looks like best date if we can find a hall that can fit us in on short notice. Committee Chairmen Joe Wilczewski and Pres. Greg Tessman to explore alternative dates and locations, book event and report in February.

Tony Gonnello, Suggested Brian Bachman of the North American Bear Foundation as a possible guest speaker for the 2004 banquet.

Bill Hilts Jr. Submitted nomination form for 2004, encouraged delegates to inform clubs and submit nominations. (See insert)

Patches:  Pam Leaderhouse reported she has a proof for the 2004 patch

Raffle: No report

Rosters: John Butcher reported that many clubs would be holding Annual Elections in January please turn updated club roster in ASAP so we can update the mailing list.

Youth Education: Dave Whitt, Pheasants Forever, Youth Day scheduled, September 1 8th (See insert)

Dale Shank, 3F Club has formed a youth Club, Open to non-members, ages 12-14 boys and girls. Next meeting is Sunday, February 29th, 1-5p.m.

OLD BUSINESS

Pres. Greg Tessman reported that the restrictions being reported on pistol permits are just rumors. Permits are being issued as applied for, target, hunting and carry. Applicants must be careful when filling out applications to apply for what the actually want.

NEW BUSINESS

Pres. Greg Tessman informed delegates that our meeting room is booked by another organization in February, thus the February meeting will be held in the Main Building, old meeting room, please use side door.

Chris Schotz, This will be the last year for New York State Water Fowl Stamps, Each year they make a set of prints, Chris would like to purchase prints for Federation to use in future Fundraising events.

Motion to purchase prints by Chris Schotz, 2nd by Dale Dunkelburger, Carried.

CLUB REPORTS 

Iroquois Arms Collectors: Gun Show February 14 & 15, 2004 South Lockport Fire Company 
(See Insert) 

Friends of the NRA: 2004 Banquet date will be on Saturday, March 27, 2004. (See Insert) 

Hartland Conservation Club: Gun Show April 3 & 4, 2004 Tables $ 4.00 

Pheasants Forever WNY29: Membership Banquet, Friday, March 19,2004 (See Insert) 

Middleport Rod & Gun Club: Black Powder Shoot, February 14 & 15, 2004 (Must have Iron Sites). 

North American Bear Foundation: Banquet, February 21, 2004. Location St Johnsberg Fire Hall, Ward Road, Wheatfield, NY. Contact Tony Gonnello at 625-4778 for information 

Niagara River Anglers: Steelhead Contest, February 21, 2004 for further information check out their web page at niagarariveranglers.com 

North Forest Rod & Gun Club: Annual Stag, February 7, 2004 

Twin City Shooting Club: Youth Shoot, March 20, 2004 (See Insert) 

Motion to adjourn, Pam Leaderhouse, 2nd Tom Miles, carried 

Respectfully submitted, 
John Butcher Secretary, NCFCC

 

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  DECEMBER 2003 Minutes

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs December 2003 Meeting held on the 17th at 7:05pm. Called to order by President Greg Tessman at 4-H Bldg., Lockport.

Pledge to the flag

Guest Speakers: No Speaker

Minutes:

Motion to accept the November minutes was made by Tom Miles, 2nd by Pam Leaderhouse, carried.

Motion to accept the financial report presented by Gordon Botting Sr. was made by Dale Dunkelburger 2nd by Gerry Bennett, carried. (Received 25% grants money $500.00 check for drill grant).

Sick Call: Harry Merrill had a second stroke and is not doing well, Bob Kerns is under the weather.

Correspondence: State Senator George Maziarz office is researching laws stating that

NCFCC is an arm of the legislature. This will support our MOI position.

Nominations:

President, Greg Tessmann

Vice President, Chris Schotz

Treasurer, Gordon Botting Sr.

Secretary, John Butcher

NYSCC Delagate, Dale Dunkelburger

NYSCC Alternate, Jerry Bennett

WNY Waterfowl Task Force, Don Bronson

There were no other motions from the floor.

Motion by for acting secretary to cast one vote for all nominations by Dale Dunkelburger, 2nd Tom Miles, carried

  Budget and Fund Raising:

1.  Niagara County Legislature held its budget meeting last night, Legislature Bill Davignon introduced resolution B38 to restore our funding of approximately $5900.00. Resolution passed 17-2. Chris Schotz informed the federation we need to give a special thanks to Legislator Bill Davignon for his support of the NCFCC.

2.  Pres. Greg Tessman took the initiative to write letters asking legislature for their support and to ask for our funds back. A round of applause for Gregís efforts. Don Bronson and Chris Schotz spoke at Legislature about NCFCC, who we are and what we do in the community.

3.  Dale Dunkelburger suggested NCFCC push to get a memorandum of understanding that we be the conservation arms of the legislature.

4.  Pres. Greg Tessmann reported that he has been in contact with Tonawanda Sportsmen Club and is planning a summer shoot as a major fundraiser. Will get confirmation from Tonawanda Sportsmen Club on exact date by next meeting. Encouraged all to get involved will need a lot help to pull this event off.

Sport Fishing: NYS Power Authority Relicensing Committee is reforming, one of their first topics will be sport fishing.

Small Game: Chris Schotz reported snow is on the ground and there is an abundance of rabbits, encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the season.

4H Pheasant Program: No Report

Water Fowl: No Report

Big Game: Dale Dunkelburger reported that he visited local taxidermy and deer- processing agents that deer take seems to be down from last year. Will give an update report after NYS Conservation Council meeting.

Hunter Safety: Dale Dunkelburger reported that there would be a Hunter Education Workshop in Balsom Spa in January and a 4H Shooting Coordinator Workshop in Silver Lake in February.

Habitat: Gerry Bennett reminded delegates that grant applications for Habitat Stamp Money are due by March, any one interested should contact Greg Tessman.

Niagara County Fair: No Report

C.F.A.B.:  No Report

Region 9 Fish and Wild Life Board: No Report

 NYS State Conservation Council: Tabled to January meeting

Firearm Legislation: No Report

Awards Banquet: No Report

Patches: Pam Leaderhouse reported she is working on patches for 2004, working on mock up for manufacturer.

Raffle: No report

Rosters: John Butcher reported that many clubs will be holding Annual Elections in December please turn updated club roster in ASAP so we can update the mailing list.

Youth Education: Don Bronson reported that we need a pool of hunter education instructors that are willing to travel and teach as needed. Many classes are over booked and need additional man power.

OLD BUSINESS

The NCFCC was hoping to have County Clerk Wayne Jagow as a quest speaker, but nobody set it up at our end. Pres. Greg Tessman reported that the restrictions being reported on pistol permits are just rumors. Permits are being issued as applied for, target, hunting and carry. Applicants must be careful when filling out applications to apply for what the actually want.

NEW BUSINESS

Mark Daul has a new web site and is willing to promote NCFCC on it. We can put our minutes on it and other relevant information on it. Outdoorsniagara.com

Mike Zigata (ex. DEC Commissioner) is forming a new statewide sportsmen organization.

CLUB REPORTS

Friends of the N.R.A.: John Butcher reported that the N.R.A. state grant meeting was held November 8th and Niagara and Orleans Counties got over 15,000 in grant money. All local grants were at least partially funded, those grants related to youth programs, education, and range improvements did best. 2004 banquet date will be on Saturday, March 27, 2004.

Motion to adjourn, Pam Leaderhouse, 2nd Tom Miles, carried

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Schotz

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