Fill out the application on the Membership page, and mail to the club with a non-refundable check for $100. Once your application is accepted you will meet with the Board of Directors or members of the Board. After that your name will be presented to the membership for approval. We are committed to members who are passionate about the safe pursuit of wing-shooting and keeping the tradition vibrant.
Membership is limited to 55. There is a fillable application on the Membership page. If there are no openings, you can choose to be put on the waiting list. Openings generally occur every year or two. Please check by calling, 518.392.3468, or emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org, the club before you send in your application and fee.
Please see the Membership page for the present year. New members’ initiation fee and dues are payable upon being accepted in the club. Yearly dues are mailed in January and must be paid in full by February 15th.
Generally, no. You may hunt pheasant, quail, chucker, or Huns on our preserve without a license. If you want to take other small or big game (i.e., deer), you will need a New York State hunting license. If you wish to hunt waterfowl or turkey, you will need the appropriate New York State license and Federal Duck Stamps. Ducks/Geese are waterfowl and can only be harvested with non-lead shot. You do not need a license to fish. Deer hunting is allowed and supported, but wing-shooting is emphasized.
Included in the annual dues are 30 pheasants. The first 30 pheasants you release count toward your quota. If you put out eight pheasants and shoot five, your quota is charged for the eight put out. If you put out eight, shoot them, and then shoot a “stray bird” (left in the field from someone else’s hunt), your quota will be charged for nine.
Guest Fee birds do not count against your quota. The Manager keeps sufficient birds in stock to meet all quotas and reserves for additional purchase throughout the season.
Yes. When you make a reservation let the manager know and he will arrange for a guide and dog for you and/or your party. You will be informed of the cost which, along with a tip, is paid directly to the guide.
You can bring guests each time you hunt. However, you can only bring an individual guest three times during the hunting season. A spouse, children, grandchildren can come an unlimited number of times. You must accompany them.
We are a professionally run pheasant farm in addition to being a member hunting preserve. Our bird program has been terrifically successful due to the commitment of our manager and his staff which allows us to sell our raised birds to area clubs, organizations, and stocking programs. Proceeds from the program allow us to keep dues at a reasonable level while keeping fields, physical plant and equipment in excellent repair. It also allows the Board to pursue long-range goals and upgrades to the club.
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