JANUARY DEER SEASON TO OPEN IN SUFFOLK COUNTY

   
                                                            DEC Managed Land Entries due December 4th

    January 7, 2018 marks opening day for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC's) special January shotgun season, for deer hunting, in Suffolk County.
    Over the past several years changes have been made to existing laws and regulations expanding opportunity for hunters.  These changes have been implemented to help increase recreational deer harvest to better manage increasing deer populations in Suffolk County. Overpopulations of deer have the ability to negatively impact natural habitats along with agricultural, public and private properties, and public health in the forms of automobile/deer collisions and tick-borne diseases. Hunting is DEC’s most effective and efficient known tool to maintain wildlife populations at levels that are compatible with communities and natural resources.
    The regular (bowhunting) season for deer in Suffolk County now runs through January 31. The 2018 firearms deer season in Suffolk County will begin Sunday, January 7 and continue until January 31, including weekends. Town permits are now only required in the Towns of Southampton, Islip and Smithtown.
    DEC regulations require that lands eligible for firearms deer hunting must be at least 10 acres in size, and hunters must possess a valid big game hunting license, a signed landowners endorsement, and a town permit where required. Deer may be taken only by:
        Shotgun, using a single ball or slug;
        Muzzleloading rifle or pistol, shooting a single projectile having a minimum bore of 0.44 inches.
        Shotgun barrels may be rifled, and telescopic sights may be used. Crossbows are not a legal hunting instrument in Suffolk County. Hunters should check with local towns and villages to determine any local restrictions or discharge ordinances.
    Hunters who wish to hunt on state-managed lands in Suffolk County will be able to take advantage of the expanded special firearms deer season as well the extended archery season. The following state managed properties will be open for shotgun deer hunting from January 7 - 31:
    1) Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area;
    2) Westhampton Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve;
    3) Henrys Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest;
    4) Barcelona Neck Cooperative Hunting Area;
    5) David Sarnoff Cooperative Hunting Area and
    6) Otis Pike Preserve.

    The East Hampton Cooperative Area and Noyac (part of the Southampton Cooperative Areas) will be open for firearms deer hunting from January 8 – 31; weekdays only.
    To hunt for deer on DEC managed lands, during the firearms season, hunters must enter a drawing. Entries must be received at NYSDEC-Deer Drawing, PO Box 659, Ridge NY 11961-0659, by 4:45 p.m., Monday, December 4th, 2017. Entries can also be hand delivered to the Ridge Hunter Check Station by the above date. There are no applications for this drawing. To enter, hunters must send a No. 10 (4⅛" x 9½") envelope. This envelope must contain a self-addressed, stamped, No. 10 or No. 9 return envelope. The hunter must write his/her back tag number on the back of the return envelope. Entries submitted in other than No. 10 envelopes, or including other than No. 10 or No. 9 return envelopes will be rejected.
    You may only send one entry. Individual who send more than one entry will have all of his or her entries removed from the drawing. Each member of a two-hunter party may send one entry.

    Drawing entrants will receive a notice telling them when to appear at the Ridge Hunter Check Station to make a reservation to hunt on DEC-managed lands. Reservations will be made December 18-21, 2017.
    Hunters looking to archery hunt on state-managed lands during the extended season can hunt at Brookhaven State Park Cooperative Hunting Area, Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest, Carmen’s River Pine Barrens State Forest, East Bartlett Conservation Area, Ridge Conservation Area, Wildwood State Park Cooperative Hunting Area and DEC tidal wetlands that are currently open to archery hunting. All hunters are required to have a DEC-Managed Lands Access Permit to hunt on these properties.

Females and Firearms Educational Event

Folks:

SASI will be conducting it's first, annual Females and Firearms Educational Event (FAFEE), on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, at Old Bethpage R&P Club, 70 Kean Street, in West Babylon.


If you would like to learn:
how to safely handle a firearm,
about safe storage options, for your home,
about modern or historic firearms,
in a female-only class,
in a safe, friendly environment and/or
about competitive shooting and/or hunting basics,

then this Females and Firearms Educational Event is perfect for you!

    In the morning, from approximately 9am, until noon, you will be in the classroom, gaining a basic understanding of firearms fundamentals. After that, we will provide you with a free lunch, consisting of pizza and soft drinks. After lunch, you will proceed to our indoor range, in small groups, for one-on-one shooting instruction, with experienced instructors, to shoot .22 caliber rifles. We will be providing all the required equipment, including rifles, ammunition, ear protection, eye protection and targets. You will keep your targets and ear plugs, as mementos.

    Preregistration is required. Registration forms are attached, in PDF format. The registration form must be printed, completed, then mailed, to  Please mail all completed forms to:

Insurance/Contract Review Unit, Recreational and Special Programs Underwriting Dept., Protective Insurance, 101 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, NY 11757-400101.

. There are TWO, DIFFERENT registration forms: one each, for adults and minors. All valid registrations will be confirmed, by telephone. Only preregistered students will be able to attend. Sign-in time, that morning, is 8:45.

Gary

Hold harmless agreement, adults, for FAF.pdf (293.1KB)Parental permission and hold harmless, for FAF.pdf (295.9KB)

TWO new, federal lawsuits, which may kill NY's unSAFE Act

Folks:
    There are TWO California federal law suits, which have the potential to knock the socks off NY’s unSAFE Act, via SCOTUS. They are:

Duncan et al. v. Becerra, No. 17-1017 (Southern District of California brief, filed June 5th, 2017); and Wiese et al. v. Becerra, No. 17-cv-00903 (Eastern District of California brief, filed June 23rd, 2017).

Both are challenging California’s similar statute and are NOT expected to be collapsed, for fear of going forward, as was the NY suit. NRA and other organizations are strongly behind each of these actions.

PDFs of each complaint are attached, for your review.
Gary

Duncan-v.-Becerra_Filed-5-17-17_Complaint.pdf (534.9KB)Wiese v Becerra, amended complaint.pdf (1MB)

Annual Youth Shoot, 2017

The FREE event is open to all boys and girls, ages 12~17, at the time of the event.
    The date is Saturday, April 22nd. The location is Old Bethpage Rifle & Pistol Club, at 70 Kean St., West Babylon. The time for the youngsters to arrive, is by 8:45am.
    The youngsters will be in the upstairs classroom, from 9am~noon, during which time they will participate in a youth-friendly version of the basic NRA Rifle Safety Course, for which they will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
    After the class, there will be a lunch break. We will be catering lunch, which will consist of pizza and soft drinks, for all of the youngsters, plus staff, all no cost to you. Coffee will be available, at lunch.
    After lunch, the youngsters will move downstairs, in groups of 10~13 at a time, to the range, where they will shoot, for qualification, with qualified Instructors, in a one-on-one scenario. Those who are not shooting will remain in the classroom, until their turn to shoot. Those who have completed shooting, will return to the classroom, while the others shoot. If your group finishes, before all others have completed the cycle, you are free to leave, if you wish.
    The youngsters will be allowed to keep their targets, as souvenirs, after they are scored and certified.
    If the youngster is a Boy Scout and wishes to qualify for the Rifle Merit Badge, he will have to provide his BSA Blue Card, which we will mail back to his Scout Master.
    We will have right-handed and left-handed rifles, for the youngsters.All required equipment and ammunition will be provided, at no cost.
    If you are coming from the East or the West, take the Southern State Parkway, to the Straight Path exit, then go North, on Straight Path (approx ½ mile), to Edison Ave. Make a left, onto Edison, then go to Kean St. (just a few blocks). Make a right, onto Kean, then go to #70. It’s on the left, just past the fence company and the face of the building is a yellow-orange brick. It was built to look like just another factory, in this industrial area.
    Old Bethpage's parking lot can accommodate about 25 vehicles and street parking is legal.

    Registration forms are here:

Parental permission and hold harmless, for Youth Shoot.pdf (312.4KB)

Hold harmless agreement, for adults, for Youth Shoot.pdf (287KB)

Gary