2016 SAFS announced

    Announcing the 2016 SAFS
    If you have an interest, in high power competition, then this course will serve you well. Upon completion, you will be able to safely enter and compete in any high power match, nationwide. This will be the 27th year we are providing this course. You will receive “hands on” instruction, from volunteer competitor coaches, throughout the weekend. This program is approved by the CMP and you will receive a certificate, from them, upon completion. All lead instructors are either current or past members on the NYS Service Rifle Team and are CMP Distinguished Riflemen.
    Many of you are aware that, for 2016, the CMP has reclassified the “Service Rifle,” to now include M-4 configurations, in addition to A-4 configurations. The CMP has, also, included the use of scopes, in competitions, up to 4½ power. This particular course will still be conducted, only on the AR-15 A-2 platform, with as-issued, iron sights. The reason for this is that it is a fundamental course and we want everyone on the same platform, for uniformity in instruction. Our host, The Peconic River Sportsman’s Club, has AR-15 A-2s, for loan. The high power league, which I run, is NRA approved. As the CMP has changed their rules, for 2016, you are invited to participate in our regular league matches, after completing the course, with scoped rifles, if you so choose. If you do so, you are not eligible for an NRA high power classification, as the NRA still requires the use of iron sights, in competition.
    The course is open to the first 66 entries received. It usually sells out early; so, register, ASAP. The attached PDF is the registration application.


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Forge Pond Fishing Access Site Officially open for Bass Season Opening Day

The approximately $462,000 improvement project at the Forge Pond (Peconic Lake) Fishing Access Site on the Peconic River in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, is now complete, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.  Upgrades at the site include parking and safety improvements, as well as the installation of a concrete ramp for launching trailered boats and an accessible dock for launching canoes and kayaks. Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) stewardship money funded the project.

“This is yet another example of Governor Cuomo’s ongoing effort to get people connected to the many exceptional recreational outdoor experiences New York State has to offer,” Commissioner Martens said. “The new ramp and parking spots will allow individuals with mobility impairments to get out and enjoy this natural area.” 

Forge Pond, also known as Peconic Lake, is Suffolk County’s third largest lake at 120 acres. It has a robust community of warmwater gamefish and panfish and is part of the Peconic Estuary system, one of 29 nationally recognized estuaries in the United States.

The opening of the site coincides with the start of Suffolk County’s largemouth bass season, which runs from the first Saturday in June (June 6) through November 30. There is a five fish daily limit with a 12” minimum size. A catch and release season for largemouth bass runs from December 1 through April 30. The largemouth bass season is closed from May 1 to a day before the regular season opener (June 5). The lake is also home to an abundance of chain pickerel, black crappie, sunfish and brown bullhead, which anglers can catch.

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