Mark Your Calendars – Santa is Coming!

Children’s Christmas Party
Saturday, December 14, 2019 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 who will receive gifts from Santa. Tickets will be required and are available now. The deadline to pick them up will be Sunday, December 8, 2019.  Anyone planning on attending, please see/call Gina at Club House / 381-0070 on Wednesdays 5-9 PM. or Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 AM-2:30 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 2:00 PM.  Donations would be appreciated and gratefully accepted.

Indoor Range Closures

A reminder to the general membership. During month of October and November the indoor range will be closed intermittently for maintenance and updates of the facilities infrastructure. Exact dates and times are not available due to the nature of the work and coordinating resources. So please check the GCL Events Calendar before planning your trip. We are doing our best to make sure that disruptions are minimal. Please consider using the outdoor range during these periods. We apologize for the inconvenience. Any questions please contact one of the Executive Officers. Thank you.

Community Support (DAV)

Our extended GCL Family includes many Veterans, past and present. Without their sacrifices to protect our freedoms, organizations like ours would not exist. And because of organizations like the Disabled American Vets (DAV), our veteran family members are afforded services they desperately need but cannot always afford. 

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors. They are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them.

The Monroe County Powers Chapter 15 is one of the oldest DAV chapters in the state of New York established January 6, 1937 by veterans of World war one. They have been advocating for the veterans of Monroe county ever since. Volunteerism is a major contributor to the success of their programs as is donations. Our local DAV chapter is in need of a new van to provide transportation services for our veterans in the Rochester, Canandaigua and Syracuse regions. 

Please consider making a contribution to the Monroe County Powers Chapter 15 (DAV) “Van Fund” via mail to: 

DAV Chapter 15 Van Fund,

PO Box 60536

Rochester, New York 14606

Make Checks Payable To: “DAV Monroe County Powers Chapter 15”

GCL’s NYS Sporterifle League Begins Wednesday, September 11th

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.

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.