Mark Your Calendars – Santa is Coming!

Children’s Christmas Party
Saturday, December 9, 2017 11 AM-2 PM
11AM-12 PM: Social Hour
12 PM-1 PM: Lunch
1-2 PM: Christmas treats and visit with Santa
This year the party is open to members & spouses with children or grandchildren 10 years of age and under will receive gifts from Santa. Tickets will be required and are available now. The deadline to pick them up will be December 6, 2017.  Anyone planning on attending, please call TINA at 381-0070 on Wednesdays 4-10 PM. or Saturdays and Sundays 11 AM-4 PM. Additional tickets for the parents of the member’s grandchildren and their siblings may be purchased for $3.00 each and need to be picked up in advance of the event.  No alcoholic beverage will be served until 2:30 PM.  Donations would be appreciated and gratefully accepted.

2018 Junior Archery Program And Junior Archery League

The Junior Archery Programs here at GCL are now taking sign-ups for the Junior Program and The Junior League. The Junior program is designed for new shooters in mind, whether they have their own equipment, or have it supplied by the club. We have what you need to get started in the sport of archery. The junior program is a 6-week course on Sunday mornings starting at 9 am and ending at 10:30. These classes take place in our heated indoor range. Open to members and non-members. Ages 6 yrs. old to 100.

Class dates for session 1 will be – 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, and 2/11

Class dates for session 2 will be – 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, and 3/28

The fee for this class is 35.00 dollars per 6-week session.


The Junior Archery League is a standard 60 arrow Blue Face target. It is a ten-week league with 2 make up weeks at the end. Also Wednesday nights can be used as a make-up night, or a practice night for our league shooters. In this competition there is 2 divisions, 10 yards and 20 yards by your age group,  11 and under shoot 10 yards , 12 and up shoot 20 yards.  The scores are for handicap and scratch score. Trophies and pizza party at the end of session.

The League runs the same dates as the Junior Program. The league starts at 10:45 am and ends around 12:30. It is HIGHLY recommended that the league shooters have their own equipment.

The fee for the league is 50.00 dollars.

Contact Joe Rau at 585-746-3715 or email at for more information or any questions.

Website Redesign begins!

As most of you know from the survey sent out a few weeks back, we are currently working on refreshing our website. We have taken your feedback into consideration and are currently working on constructing a new webpage to better our members’ experience. These changes will not be noticed until we “roll over” to the new and improved site, but be assured we will send an email once the site is completed and approved by the board of directors. If you have any further feedback that may not have been expressed, you can contact the webmaster at

GCL’s NYS Sporterifle League Begins Wednesday, September 13th

Genesee Conservation League

1570 Old Penfield Road.


Wednesday’s 6-8pm


NYS Sporterifle is a family oriented indoor postal league competition using 22 cal. rimfire rifles. The shooting position is off-hand standing with the target at 50 feet. The sport is designed to be both economical and fun. It is possible to be competitive with equipment you may already own. Individuals shoot their weekly matches here on Genesee Conservation League’s indoor precision range. The team captain compiles the scores and emails them to the newsletter editor who compares them with the scores of the team with whom you are paired that week to determine winners.


Juniors can start shooting at age 12 and retain their junior status until age 19 (Juniors turning 19 after September 1 compete for the rest of that season as a junior).


Matches are held weekly throughout the season. A match consists of 3 completed targets with 10 shots per target. Shooters are given 10 minutes to complete each target. The target used is the NRA Official 50 ft. Light Rifle Target A-32. The maximum score per target is 100. A perfect match score is 300 (it does happen!).


The sporterifle season runs from about mid-September to about late-February with weeks off for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. The end of the season shoot-off is held in early March. There are two regional banquets held in late March/early April where awards are presented and league business is discussed. Participation in the shoot-offs and banquet is desirable but not a requirement.


NYS Sporterifle is very inexpensive. There is an annual $5.00 ‘materials fund’ fee which is payable at the competitor’s first match. Weekly matches are only $5.00 per adult competitor per match. Adult competitors that want the postal mailed bulletin pay $6.00 per week. A Junior member’s (ages 12-19) match fee is only $2.00 per match.

After Action Report: 2017 National Matches

by: Charlie Crotser

Your GCL Civilian Marksmanship Team is back from the National Matches and they brought home a truck load of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals!

It was a typical month of July at Camp Perry on the south shore of Lake Erie in Port Clinton, Ohio… HOT and HUMID with the occasional DOWN POUR!

The GCL CMP shooting team participated in individual and two man team events with “as issued” service rifles from the WWI, WWII/Korea, Vietnam and modern military era competing against some of the best civilian and active duty military competitors in the country. When the dust settled and dehydrated bodies were nourished, the GCL team walked away with 32 medals. Way to go TEAM GCL!

The GCL CMP team would like to thank Wayne and the Board for your continued support of our program. Without the support, we would have trouble holding the “10-ring”. For anyone interested in the CMP, we have vintage and modern service rifles to loan for your first experience. Just make contact with the CMP program directors Tom or Charlie and we will welcome you to participate.

Hunter Safety Course Information

All registrations for the Hunter and Bow safety classes held at GCL are now handled thru the on-line registration system of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation web site ( Search the DEC website for the key words “Sportsman Education” or “Hunter Education” and follow the links.

PLEASE NOTE: All Sportsman Education Courses require the completion of homework PRIOR to attending the course. Proof of the completed homework must be brought to the course led by an instructor. The homework may take several hours to complete. There are NO ‘online-only’ courses. Homework and the in-person instruction portion of the course is required for all New York courses.

Copies of the manuals and homework “work sheets” may be obtained on-line thru the DEC website or picked up in person at GCL on Saturday or Sunday from Noon to 3 pm. The homework “work sheet” is found in the middle of the New York edition of Today’s Hunter” safety manual.

Sportsman Education classes held at GCL are typically on Thursday and Friday nights; you must attend both classes and be on time! Again, to be admitted to the class the first night, you need to have completed the homework and submit proof of completion (from the on-line course) a copy of it to the instructors.


NYS Dep. of Environmental Conservation – Sportsman Education

GCL Has a New Webmaster!

As seen in a previous newsletter, the Genesee Conservation League was in search of a new webmaster. Since that newsletter, I have volunteered to take on that responsibility. I plan on bringing many great changes to the GCL’s online presence.

In order to give our members the best experience possible, you should all expect to receive an email with a short poll within the next couple of weeks. This poll will enable you to give us feedback on what changes you would like to see both on our website, and around the social media.

Thank You All,
Michael Gerhart
Webmaster, Genesee Conservation League



Michael Gerhart is a Western New York native with a passion for both technology and the outdoors. He attended SUNY Brockport and obtained a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. He currently enjoys spending time outdoors with his Fiancé and dog. If you would like to contact Michael, please send all inquiries to


I think it is safe to say that most law abiding gun owners are surprised and upset that the new gun laws have been passed.

I would urge that you let the NRA/NYSRPA take the lead in any legal action in appealing the laws recently passed. I would also urge that you refrain from any third party action without consultation. It is important that this is handled properly, it takes time so please be patient.

Your voice is necessary for these proceedings. If you are not already a member, please consider membership in either the NRA, the NYSRPA, or both. The future of our gun rights depend on it.

I echo these words as a result of reading documentation from the NRA and NYSRPA.

Please follow these new laws, enjoy your ranges and be safe.

Wayne Cichetti

NYSRPA Notice of Claim Against SAFE Act


Monroe County is trying to take a proactive approach for NYS pistol permit holders to request to keep their information private under the new gun law (NY SAFE Act). It is important to note that, according to the NY SAFE Act, Pistol Permit holders will have 60 days after the forms are made available by the State Police to submit completed forms to the Clerks’ Office.

Please visit the Monroe County webpage that has been setup to provide more information to opt-out.