Fishing tournament


The 2nd Annual Flanders' Men’s Club  Weakfish, Bluefish, Fluke Tournament and Striped Bass Calcutta
May 16, 2014 to May 18, 2014
The Flanders' Men’s Club will be hosting their 2nd annual Weakfish, Bluefish Fluke Tournament and Striped Bass Calcutta, beginning Friday May 16 at 5 PM, through Sunday afternoon May 18 at 1 PM. This tournament is a continuation of the very popular Riverhead Sportsman Peconic Bay Tournament, which was an east end institution for over 30 years. Fishing is open to the waters of the East End.
Prizes include Cash Awards and Fishing Poles for adult categories and trophies for the kids, plus bragging rights for the year for what is widely thought to be the first tournament of the east end season. The tournament will kick off Thursday night May 15th with a Captain’s Meeting at the Flanders Mens Club at 7 PM. The fishing action concludes at 1 PM Sunday followed by a fairly famous Flanders Mens Club Chicken Bar-B-Que at 3 PM. There will be over 50 raffles prizes so it will be hard for anyone not to go away a winner.
Entry fees are $25 per adult and $10 for juniors which includes the Chicken BBQ Awards Dinner. BBQ only tickets only are $15 for any landlubbers who want to join in the festivities. There are prizes for first, second and third place for each the weakfish, bluefish and fluke categories with both and adult and junior (12 and under) division. The back by popular demand Striped Bass Calcutta is an additional $20 per participating angler and is winner take all for the largest fish.
Entry Forms are available at Warren’s Bait & Tackle, Aquebogue, Edwards Sports, Riverhead, White Water Outfitters, Hampton Bays, Haskell’s Bait & Tackle, East Quogue, and East End Bait & Tackle, Hampton Bays. The official weigh in station is at the Flanders Men’s Club, 1018 Flanders Road.
For additional information contact the Flanders Men’s Club at 631 727 9746 or Mark Hodun, 631 813 0279 or Bob Glinski, 631 728 5761.


David Willmott Jr

Crosbow crunch time - it's official!!!

It’s Official                                                     April 1, 2014

Late Monday night, the Senate and Assembly both passed the Budget and this morning Governor Cuomo signed it into law.

Thus, crossbows are now officially a legal hunting implement in New York!

I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his support for this as well as the members of the Senate and Assembly that were influential in getting the compromise into the final budget. Senators Pat Gallivan, Dave Valesky and Mark Grisanti and especially in the Assembly, Sean Ryan, Aileen Gunther and Donna Lupardo for their leadership in getting the other members of their chambers to come to the table making New York the 28th state that allows crossbows during at least part of the archery seasons. 

The crossbow will now be turned over to the DEC to work on setting the regulations within the parameters set forth in the budget. The process will include a Public Comment period where all NY’ers will have the ability to voice their opinions on the use and seasons.

I would also like to thank everyone that took the time to make the contacts with their respective legislators and the leadership in the Assembly and Senate. Without your help and perseverance our grassroots effort would not have been achievable.

Another Thank You goes to all of the Organizations that partnered with our coalition including the Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, The NYS Farm Bureau, New York Conservation Council, NYS Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the 4H NY Shooting Sports to name a few as well as many County Federations, Associations and local sporting clubs.

Today, crossbows have been awarded their proper place in the sporting community and everyone of us should be proud of what we have been able to achieve. As we have said from day one, “Together WE will Succeed”, and with hard work and determination we have.

Thank you and Happy Hunting

Rick McDermott
New York Crossbow Coalition

Crossbow crunch time - UPDATE

This just came to me, by E-mail.


I am pleased to report that the 2014-15 NYS Budget – pending final approval by the Legislature - will make crossbows a legal hunting implement once again in New York State.
The budget language will allow crossbow use for all small game and any big game season that includes firearms. We will also have crossbow use in the last 14 days of the Southern Zone and the last 10 days of the Northern Zone early archery seasons. In addition, the archery set back is changed to 150' for archery and 250' for crossbows. Unfortunately, Suffolk and Westchester counties are once again eliminated from the crossbow inclusion.   
More will be forthcoming in an official press release.
Congratulations to all and I thank everyone that made the calls, sent emails and wrote letters to get us to this point.
Best Regards,
Rick McDermott
New York Crossbow Coalition