LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pushing back against the Livingston County Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs, who issued a damning letter accusing the DEC of ‘abandoning New York sportsmen and sportswomen’ by ‘terminating’ National Hunting Day at their office in Avon.
The Sportsman’s Federation condemned the DEC for slowly backing off their financial support for National Hunting Day, and for no longer issuing the temporary revocable permit that is required to hold National Hunting and Fishing Day at the DEC’s headquarters.
“As you start to read this letter, please remember, the present DEC commissioners and very high level positions are political appointments by the liberal, anti-gun, anti-2nd amendment, anti-hunting Governor Cuomo,” said the Federation’s letter. “Thus, the cards are on the table on how decisions and policies are formulated.”
The DEC issued a statement that to suggest that they do not support NYS sportsmen and women is egregious, and that the Federation will still be holding the event at the Mumford Sportsmen’s Club instead of the DEC Region 8 office.
“DEC continues to support the millions of sportsmen and women who hunt, fish and recreate outdoors in New York, and to suggest otherwise is egregious,” said a DEC statement released by Thomas Mailey. “DEC Region 8 determined the event need to be held at a safer and more suitable location, away from the busy, major State route, with better accessibility, adequate parking and accustomed to holding events like this one. […] It is our understanding, from the federation’s web site, that a new location has been selected and this year’s event will go on.”
The Federation said that the DEC’s local leadership is anti-hunting and anti-National Hunting and Fishing Day.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. Paul D’Amato has little understanding in what his resources actually did, as compared to the vast majority of work and set up that was completed by the Livingston County personnel,” said the County Sportsman’s Federation’s letter. “He, and the rest on his anti-NHFD peers have had no trouble spending millions of dollars on land purchases, gate installations, and miscellaneous studies that provide minimal benefit to the majority of the New York State’s hunting and fishing community, but can’t afford the minimal expenses to support National Hunting and Fishing Day.”
The DEC said that the Federation was adequately informed of their decision to not issue the permit, and that they continue to support the event in other ways.
“The region first informed the Livingston County Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs that it would need to find a better suited location prior to the 2014 event,” said the DEC, “to provide adequate time to find a new location and reiterated it earlier this year.”
DEC also said that to continue their support of the event, staff in the bureaus of Fisheries and Wildlife, as well as foresters from the Division of Lands and Forests, will participate in this year’s celebration.
The 44th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day will be held at Mumford Sportsmen’s Club, 8667 Gulf Rd, Mumford, N.Y. 14511, on Sept. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Federation says that the new location offers us a new opportunity to involve a wider variety of vendors, displays, activities and speakers.