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Franklin County Federation of Fish and Game Clubs Minutes


Franklin County Federation of Fish and Game Clubs Minutes

When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Where:  Meeting held @ Packbasket

Address:  781 NY-86, Gabriels, NY 12939


Meeting called to order      7:03 p.m. by President Ray McIntosh

A Pledge of Allegiance was said

Roll Call:

Alexander MacDonald -     0                 

Best Club -                        0                

Chateaugay -                     1                 

Malone -                             2                

Saranac Lake -                  3                 

Tupper Lake -                    2                


Bill Gutersloh made a motion to accept the Secretary’s Report and  Bruce Charland seconded.  

Theresa Trudell presented the Treasurer’s Report as follows:

$6,580.36  is the balance and paid $350 to Chateaugay Fish and Game Club to pay for sending a child to camp.  The Federation received $810 from Franklin County.  Bruce Charland made the motion to accept Treasurer’s Report and Frank Jessie seconded.



Legislative Report:

Instead of Bob Brown and Mark Holt traveling to the NYS Conservation Council Meeting, they all were able to hold a teleconference.  This meeting lasted two hours and seemed more focused and is more economical tan everyone traveling to the normal location.  It was noted that the next NYS Conservation Council Spring Meeting will be held on the 28th of April @ Herkimer Community College. 

Some of representatives representing Franklin County Federation are Ray McIntosh for Archery and Big Game Committee and Bob Brown for the Legislative Committee.  Bob indicated that recently they have not been very successful in a lot passing.  He felt the most important item still hoping to pass in the future is the bill to lower the hunting age in N.Y. state. 

Bob Brown and Ed Grant discussed the attached handout regarding the great salmon river catch and release fishery program.  We originally wanted the 4 year study and plan to continuing leading the way on this topic. We hope to partner with Trout Unlimited (state and/or national) and D.E.C. and other organizations  and Dan Tower will compose a letter for Bob Brown to review and for Ray McIntosh’s signature in regards to the Franklin County Fish and Game Clubs stocking the Salmon River Fisheries as noted below.  Bob Hudak, a member of Tri-Lakes Trout Unlimited and Lance Durfey, Regional Fisheries Manager DEC Region 5 and John Fioro, Biologist from Raybrook are being invited by Ed Grant to our next Franklin County Fed. meeting in March.  Currently, when the stocked fish are released they are mostly released in only a few easily accessible areas.  However, we would like to see that the trout are released throughout the whole catch and release area of the river.  The idea is to get all the clubs involved in assisting in the stocking and distributing of the fish.  Also, Dan Tower mentioned the possibility of inviting local homeschooling groups or other groups who are interested in participating.


Old Business:  Discussed that a motor was not able to be purchased from Sullivan’s Electric as originally planned.  However, a complete unit similar to existing fan unit was approved to be purchased but not to exceed $300.  Theresa Trudell approved the motion and Frank Jessie seconded.  There was nothing to report on the mural for the Federation Building at the fairgrounds.

New Business:  The quiver that Bob Brown donated was discussed as a fundraiser and all the monies raised will benefit the NYS Conservation Council.  Tickets will be made up to sell.  Tentatively the drawing will be held at the Annual Federation Meeting in September.  The quiver will be passed around from club to club as well as a large exposure at the Franklin County Fair. Theresa Trudell will be making up tickets for the drawing ($1 for one and $5 for six).  Dan Tower was the first to take the quiver and will show the Malone Fish and Game Club.    

Where to meet next – Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6 p.m. for dinner followed by the meeting @ 7 p.m. @  Packbasket, 781 NY-86, Gabriel, NY 12939

Motion to Adjourn – Bill Gutersloh and seconded by Frank Jessie.


Minutes submitted by Dan Tower (Federation Secretary)


Information on catch and release included as attachment in Minutes:





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