A Mountain Bike Group & NYSDEC wants to shut down target shooting

Discussion in 'New York Gun Forum' started by JamesSullivan5, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. JamesSullivan5

    JamesSullivan5 New Member

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    The 3,686-acre Vernooy Kill State Forest is located immediately outside the Catskill Park "Blue Line" boundary which directly abuts the Sundown Wild Forest. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are allowed on the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

    Over many years NYSDEC allowed people to target practice at a big field on Cutler Road in Vernooy Kill State Forest. The Department has completed a draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Sundown Wild Forest and Vernooy Kill State Forest.

    A mountain bike club 433 members went to NYSDEC Region 3 and asked them to end the shooting at Vernooy Kill State Forest and turn Vernooy Kill State Forest into a mountain bike park and this trail will go through the field where firearms owners go to target practice. NYSDEC will allow this mountain bike club members to build the trail and parking lot. This place will become a another Peekamoose Blue Hole. Many gun owners are very upset with NYSDEC for getting rid of the target practice.

    I have created a petition at change.org and many firearm owners have signed it.
    https://www.change.org/p/say-no-to-...ntain-bike-trail-at-vernooy-kill-state-forest

    Once you sign the petition go back to the page and you can add your comment on the bottom of the petition website. Once you click the sign button NYSDEC will get a email that someone signed it.


    Please join me and Protect Vernooy Kill State Forest and protect firearms owners rights.
     

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  2. JamesSullivan5

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    After signing the petition please submit your comments to NYSDEC Draft Management Plan email box and tell them to not build this trail and parking lot and keep the target shooting area

    they will also be accepted on the draft plan until November 13, 2018. Comments can be sent to the following contact:

    [email protected]

    https://newsatomic.com/post/link/027BIk
     

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  3. PaPow

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    What ever became of this (?). Are people not able to use the area for target practice anymore? If not, has the DEC stepped up and give those shooters any other place to shoot? Seems the right thing to do would be to please both parties. Well, then again, we are in NYS, where we gun enthusiasts are losing our rights everyday.
     
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  4. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I’m working on getting an answer.
     
  5. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yep, gunowners are being set up to lose another shooting area.
     
  6. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Good Afternoon MisterMcCool,

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    > Target shooting is currently permitted on Vernooy Kill State Forest.

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    > Please be aware that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) state Forest lands were never intended to be used as a formal target shooting range and as these areas become increasingly popular, they are being shut down due to overuse issues, littering, shooting of trees, and noise/safety complaints.

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    > For your reference below is the specific State Lands regulation that pertains to target shooting under S190.8 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law.

    > (ab) No person shall possess breakable targets, including but not limited to clay pigeons, on State lands and no person shall target shoot at breakable targets, including but not limited to clay pigeons and glass containers, on State lands. Unless legally engaged in the act of hunting, no person shall discharge firearms on State lands posted or designated as closed to target shooting.

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    > Thank you,

    > Evan Masten

    > Forester

    > New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

    > 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

    > P: 845-256-3074 | F: 845-255-1701 |[email protected]