Due to a power outage, names and contact information for the pre licensing pistol safety class has been lost

Please call 518-943-3428 to register for the class on April 3rd at 9AM.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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New Applicants

Richard Whiteman – South Cairo, NY

Stephen A. Czarnecki – Athens, NY

Kevin Shannon – Slingerlands, NY

Kevin Neary – Glenmont, NY

Todd Whitley – Catskill, NY

Herman Peterson – Coxsackie, NY

Leonard and Audrey Zimmer – Catskill, NY

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Call your legislators re: Senate bill S2844 and Assembly bill A930

These bills propose that the task of running NICS checks be done through the New York State Police via a new department to be created and funded by fees charged to FFL dealers. Of course, these fees will be passed on to the buyer.

Why would the state take this task away from the FFL dealer? Because the state wants access to the information contained in the federal form 4473, which it currently does not have. Handguns are required to be registered with the state, but long guns do not. They want to change that by creating another layer of bureaucracy to gather additional data.

Currently, when a prospective purchaser is denied a “proceed” during a NICS check, the dealer stops the transaction. The state wants to know who and why the purchaser was denied. Purchases can be denied for many reasons, many completely innocent. Privacy rights are now being threatened by this legislation. Instead of going after the people who obtain illegal firearms, they once again are trying to punish legal purchasers. In addition, it would be a precursor to creation of a complete firearm database in New York. FOR WHAT PURPOSE?

How many criminals buy guns through an FFL dealer, knowing that they are not a permitted person? Call your legislators and ask them to vote against this punitive and costly additional hurdle for lawful gun owners.

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DEC decides to offer totally online hunter, bowhunter safety courses ‘indefinitely’

DEC decides to offer totally online hunter, bowhunter safety courses ‘indefinitely’

Updated Jan 28, 2021; Posted Jan 27, 2021

2020 Columbus Day Weekend Youth Firearms Hunt
The number of junior licenses sold in 2020 increased 26 percent in 2020, according to DEC. Emma Denkenberger, 15,of Cuyler N.Y., shot this 7-point buck on her birthday during the 2020 Columbus Day Weekend Youth Firearms Big Game Hunt. The deer was taken in Cuyler in Cortland County. She was hunting with her father, Steve Denkenberger.

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation this week confirmed it will continue to offer completely online hunter and bowhunter safety courses.

“Based on 2020′s success, DEC’s online hunter education programs will continue indefinitely.” DEC said.

In addition, DEC is currently putting together a completely online trapper’s education course.

DEC’s decision last year to offer completely online hunter and bowhunter safety courses for the first time was prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In-person classes, which had been the norm, began getting cancelled just prior to the spring turkey hunting season.

The online hunting course was offered to get aspiring turkey hunters their hunter education certifications before the May 1 turkey hunting season opener. By the time regular hunting licenses for the fall seasons went on sale August 10, the online bowhunting safety course was also offered by DEC. Successfully completing a safety courses is requirement for purchasing a hunting license.

The result was that 2020 saw a significant increase in hunter, bowhunter and bowhunting license sales for last year’s hunting seasons.

DEC said a total of 351,274 resident hunting licenses were sold last year. During 2019, there were 315,634 licenses sold. The additional 35,640 licenses sold reflected an increase of more than 11 percent.

Resident bowhunting license jumped by nearly 14 percent, from 151,221 in 2019 to 172,154 in 2020. There was also increase in muzzleloader tags sold – 164,094 to 183,060 – reflecting an increase of more than 11 percent.

The biggest jump came in the sale of resident junior hunting licenses. Those sales jumped from 8,052 in 2019 to 10,203 in 2020. The increase of 2,151 more junior hunters reflected an increase of more than 26 percent.

The end result was that the DEC recorded total of 77,690 more hunting licenses sold this fall compared to last year.

The online courses, made available by Kalkomey, a Texas-based company, will continue to be offered at the same prices: $19.95 for the hunter safety course and $30 for the bowhunter safety course. Those taking the courses have to be at least 11 years old and a New York resident.

According the DEC, more than 50,000 people were certified through DEC’s online hunting safety class this spring. In previous years, that number was about 20,000. More than 21,000 bowhunters finished the online course. In previous years, that number was approximately 10,000.

And what about the in-person classes with instructors? DEC said some were offered beginning in early September last year. Depending on what happens with the pandemic, some may be offered again this spring.

“DEC offered in-person courses from September to November 2020, maintaining strict COVID protocols and procedures including size limits, social distancing, mandatory masks, hand sanitizing, and cleaning of equipment,” DEC said. “We will continue monitoring the pandemic and are in contact with volunteers about potentially planning in-person courses in April to help hunters get certified before turkey season starts in May.”

And what about a trapper safety course, which is required to get a trapping license?

DEC offered a limited home study course for those who did not have immediate access to computers. It was not an online course. It was available for a few months, but with trapping season wrapping up, it is no longer available.

“DEC is currently developing an online trapper education course with more details expected by the end of the summer,” DEC said.

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2020 Hunter Education Statistics

90 in-person courses were completed before the March shutdown

64,276 people completed the online hunter education course

28,423 people completed the online bowhunter education course

107 instructors and 26 volunteers were able to safely offer 67 in-person courses after September 1

262 students completed a home study course so far this Fall

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