DEC Hunter Education classes

held at Genesee Conservation League

By: Pete Moreau

Hunter Education: April 11-12, 2019
Bow Education: September 12-13, 2019
Hunter Education: October 3-4, 2019

TO REGISTER FOR A NYS DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE AT GCL, YOU MUST REGISTER VIA THE DEC WEBSITE. No registrations are taken at GCL. To register for a class, go to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Website at or go directly to:

All Hunter Education Courses require the completion of homework prior to attending the course. Manuals and homework sheets can be obtained thru the DEC website or can be picked up from DEC office in Avon, NY. Proof of completed homework must be brought to a course led by an instructor. The homework will take several hours to complete. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE CLASS UNLESS YOUR HAVE COMPLETED THE HOMEWORK!

Students must be 11 years or older to take this course (Note: In New York State the minimum age to hunt is 12-years old). Students 11 to 16 years old must have a signed permission form (found in the student handbook) from a parent or legal guardian to allow for the handling and shooting of a firearm during this course.
For more information on the NYS DEC Hunter Education program, go to the DEC website. Additional Links:

GCL IDPA Tuesday Defensive Pistol

The event is held every other Tuesday and is based on the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) rule set.  This event is intended to be a welcoming environment to practice using a handgun with a defensive mindset.  While based on the IDPA rules, this event is not solely about the competitive aspect of shooting.  We welcome shooters of all skill levels who want to learn and practice safe gun handling without the pressure of a competetive match environment.  Start times are 5:30 and 7:00 pm.  please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time.  Event registration is handled using Practiscore.  Registration for the Tuesday event begins at 7:00 pm the Saturday before the event. More information can also be found at!forum/roc-idpa  this is the google group we use as a distribution list for the GCL IDPA and GCL ICORE club matches.  For more information please contact Roger Gruschow at

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.

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


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.