Wednesday, December 23, 2009


6:00 PM

Bring a dish to pass.

Kids are welcome.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Game Dinner a Smashing Success- Fall Raffle Winners Announced

The Kuneytown Game Dinner was a huge success thanks to the generosity of all of the many friends of Kuneytown, and the hard work of the members. Thanks and congratulation s all around! By all accounts, the food was spectacular,and the raffles were a big hit.

The winners of the raffles were:

$500 Bass Pro Shops Gift Certificate- Eric Schumacher
Buck Knife- Bob Fiscus
Gun case-Carl Poorman
Headlamp- Matt Schumacher
Hand Warmers- Rob Bevier

Many thanks to all involved, and we hope to see you at the club.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Duck Season that Wasn't

Duck Season was non existent this year. Too warm I guess. No birds in the area. Nick and I ended the season today with 1 mallard. Check out this odd colored hen I shot earlier this week. Maybe a cross with a Gadwall?
See You at the Club Eric


Just a quick deer season update. So far the buck pool has some great entries tough pool this year. I believe Dennis is still leading. A few pics of the deer Dave and I were lucky enough to get. Lets see some pics from all of you that entered bucks.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Deer and Bear Regs for 2009


Allegany Regular Bear Season Also Starting Soon

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced that the 2009 regular deer hunting season opens at sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 21, in New York’s Southern Zone. Regular bear hunting season in the southeastern portion of the Southern Bear Range also begins on Nov. 21, while regular bear season in the central-western portion of the Southern Bear Range begins Nov. 28.

These big game hunting seasons close at sunset on Sunday, Dec. 13. See the 2009-10 New York Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or for a map illustrating the specific boundaries and season dates for the Southern Bear Range.

“New York’s deer and bear populations are great resources for the state, and hunting is an important part of New York's outdoor heritage,” said Commissioner Grannis. “This fall marks the second year of the Junior Hunter Mentoring Program, and I encourage all adult hunters to participate by sharing their experience, outdoor skills and passion for wildlife with a young hunter.”

Late Archery and Muzzleloading seasons for deer and bear in the Southern Zone open at sunrise on Dec. 14 and close at sunset on Dec. 22. Hunters taking part in these special seasons must possess either bowhunting or muzzleloading privileges. During the late special seasons, hunters may use either of their bowhunting and muzzleloading tags, and may also take a deer with an unused regular season deer tag. Unused Deer Management Permits (DMPs) may also be used in the late seasons for antlerless deer in the unit for which they were issued.

In the Northern Zone, the regular deer and bear hunting season opened Oct. 24 and will close Dec. 6. This zone generally includes the Adirondacks, the Tug Hill Plateau, the Eastern Lake Ontario Plain and the Champlain and St. Lawrence Valleys. A late muzzleloading season for deer will be open in portions of the Northern Zone from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13.

Hunters should be aware of several important programs and recent changes as they prepare for the 2009 regular hunting season.
• Some Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) boundaries have changed. It is important that hunters review the new WMU boundaries since Deer Management Permits (DMPs, or doe tags) are only valid in the unit for which they were issued. The boundary changes also affect some season dates and bag limits and open areas for other game species. Check for boundary descriptions and revisions.

• DMPs can be transferred from one hunter to another, but a recently adopted regulation prohibits the buying and selling of DMPs between hunters. See

• Junior Hunters (14 and 15 years old) can hunt deer and bear with a firearm when appropriately accompanied by an adult. See for program requirements and to download the Mentored Youth Hunter and Trapper Permission Form.

• New areas in central and western New York were opened for black bear hunting in 2008. The expansion was a continuation of efforts to manage bear population growth and range expansion. See for a map of the areas opening to bear hunting.

• Reporting harvested deer or bear is mandatory. Successful hunters may report via our online reporting system ( or call the toll-free automated reporting system at 1-866-GAME-RPT (1-866-426-3778).

• Rifles may be used for big game hunting in Madison County, and new for this year, rifles may also be used in Schuyler County.

• Successful bear hunters are asked to submit a tooth of their bear to assist DEC with monitoring the bear population. See for instructions.

• Mandatory testing of all deer taken in the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment Area will occur again this fall, as well as random testing in other counties throughout New York State. Additionally, there are restrictions on hunters bringing deer, elk or moose carcasses into New York from some other states and Canadian provinces. Specific guidelines regarding CWD can be found in the 2009-10 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or on the DEC website at Since discovery of CWD in two free ranging deer in Oneida County in 2005, no additional cases have been detected despite testing over 6,500 deer in the CWD Containment Area and almost 27,000 samples statewide.

Hunters are encouraged to pay careful attention to basic firearm safety rules that can prevent hunting related shooting incidents:

- Point your gun in a safe direction.
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
- Be sure of your target and beyond.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- Remember to wear Hunter Orange.

Although safety-conscious hunters have significantly reduced the number of firearms-related injuries, studies show that individuals wearing hunter orange clothing are seven times less likely to be injured than hunters who do not wear the bright fluorescent color. During big game hunting season, people who wear hunter orange are 16 times less likely to be the victim of a visibility-related mishap, and 23 times less likely to be killed in such an incident. For more hunting tips, visit the DEC webpage "Hunting Safety” at

To subscribe to New York Big Game, DEC’s email outlet for information on black bear and white-tailed deer in the state, visit .
Subscribers to this email list will periodically receive information from DEC about bear and deer biology, management, research, regulations and hunting.

For specific descriptions of regulations and open areas, hunters should refer to the 2009-10 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide. The guide is published annually and is available free of charge from all DEC regional wildlife offices, all license issuing agents and on the DEC website. Hunters are urged to review all regulations and safety tips contained in the guide.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Whispering Pines Supports K-towns Kids Hunting Efforts

Charlie helped us have a great hunt to celebrate Veteran's Day again this year at Whispering Pines Hideaway Shooting Preserve. The pictures tell the story.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Turkey Shoot

The turkey shoot was this past weekend. We had a great time despite the low attendance. Where was everybody? The running deer target was a huge success. It worked great and was a lot of fun to shoot. If you missed it, I highly recommend trying it next year. The kids shoot was fun, too. Everyone shot well and won some nice prizes: 1st place Eric Stuck$25 Bass Proshops gift card; 2nd Danielle Riegel turkey; 3rd Teddy Stuck $15 Bass Proshops gift card; and lots of .22 cal shells were won by most shooters. Sorry no photos-- forgot the camera.

Hope to see you at the next shoot.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Kuneytowns first annual youth pheasant hunt was a huge success. A big thanks to John Presnar for pulling it together,whispering pines and Pete Carol for donating the birds and Keith Tidball for allowing us to hold it at the Canoga Creek Conservancy. The kids had a great time, everyone got in some shooting and shot well. The dogs worked great and flushed all but two birds and the kids were succesful in taking some birds. Thanks to all the kids and parents for participating hope to see you next year.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bounties of Autumn- a Time to be Thankful

Preparations have begun for the Thanksgiving feast to be enjoyed in only a few more weeks. Between now and then, much will be harvested. But, we at the Tidball ranch have much to be thankful for already.

We especially want to thank our friends at Kuneytown who have generously helped us through Moira's injury. Your generous gifts have been such an inspiration and blessing to us. Many thanks.

In the spirit of gratitude, I enjoyed a fall weekend excursion hunting squirrels with my daughters. The mast production this year is producing some fat squirrels!

We also got lucky and scored a delicious wild mushroom (shelf fungus actually) called a Chicken of the Woods.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


We have two big events coming up the 20 Week Club Dinner 10/4 and the Turkey Shoot 10/25. Mark them on your calander. Start spreading the word about the turkey shoot we need to make this a big event for the club.

See You at the Club Eric


Saturday 9\25 we re-positioned the targets and added a dirt back stop,the range looks great.We also added rock back stops to every target to minimize shooting through,and added parking by the shooting shack.Great job thanks to all the members that participated and also a big thanks to Deloss and Seneca Pipe for the equipment and Seneca Stone for the materials and Joe being able to bring his loader over. Come on out and check it out. Also we have hay bales set up for bows and 3-d targets in the shed for those members getting ready for the archery season coming up.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Going South? NOPE, Going to Dinner!

These geese we got 25 Sep 09. All together in four days (22 - 25 Sep) we got 32 birds. We did pretty well for the last week of early goose season. Hope everyone did just as well. If not, there will be more waterfowl days ahead.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pig Roast Aug 22-- Don't Miss It!!

festivities start at 12pm

food served from 2pm on

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

DEC Camp - Thank you from Jake Stuck

July 17, 2009

Kuneytown Sportsman’s Club
Hoster Road
Fayette, NY 13065

Dear Kuneytown Sportsman’s Club Officers and Members,

Thank you for sponsoring me to go to DEC camp this summer. I went to Camp Rushford that is located in western New York, a little south of Letchworth State Park, on the 4,500-acre Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area.

This was an awesome experience. I learned a lot about how different environments work together. We walked on the Bog, and it was like walking on a huge waterbed. The camp counselor taught us about the different plants that make up the Bog. One flower on the Bog, the lilly, is protected and is $1,000 fine if you pick it. We learned how to make a fire. Even though I thought I already knew how to make one, the counselor taught us better and faster ways. We also learned how to make a shelter out of sticks.

The counselor was really good. He is a professional lumberjack, and has been on TV in competitions. He’s been in fire making competitions where he made a fire in 4 seconds.

Our whole cabin (5 kids and the counselor) did the Polar Swim at 7:00 in the morning every morning in the pond. It was cold!

There was a big owl around the cabins that I got to sit next to me on a log. He actually let me touch him before he flew away.

Thank you again for giving the opportunity to go to this camp. It was an experience I won’t soon forget. I would tell any kid who likes the outdoors to go.


Jake Stuck

My cabin

The Bog where we walked. It's all water underneath (which is hard to see in the picture) and if you step in the wrong place you can fall down through it.

Protected lillies on the Bog

The Bog
The Bog

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Support Cayuga Lake watershed protection efforts

“Sunset on Cayuga”

Saturday, September 26

5:00 to 9:00 pm

The Lakewatch Inn

1636 Lake Shore Drive, Ithaca NY

Sunset on Cayuga is an annual

fundraising dinner of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network.

There will be two live

bands (Back Talk and The Bottom

Feeders) playing both inside and

outside, full dinner, silent auction

and raffle! We will also be presenting

the annual Lake Friendly Farm

award, and the David Morehouse

Memorial award. In all, this event

promises to be a night of fun,

friends, good food and best of all,

watching the Sunset on Cayuga!

Cost: $45.00 per person, or $80.00

for a couple, and each ticket includes

two free drinks. We have special

BIG FISH DONOR rates for parties of

8 or more. Please call our office at

(315) 364 2992 for details; you can pay

online at

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A point for Budweiser

Despite the fact that there is no competition between Miller High Life and any Bud product, ya gotta hand it to the Anheuser people for this one...

Sunday, June 21, 2009


The Family has been on a vacation... we have almost completed our odyssey- circumnavigating all 5 of the Great Lakes. We have canoed, we have fished, we have star gazed, we have roasted marshmallows. We have had our Miller Time. See ya'll soon.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Clink on this link to watch a hunter's gun blow up while shooting at game. the barrel splits like a bannana!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May Madness

They are not the $5,000 dollar trout I was looking for but they will eat just fine. Biggest one was 24" and 4.5 lbs. I'm planning to grill these fish June 3, during the youth trap shoot. So, all can enjoy!

Just a little turkey! It had a 4" beard and weighed 15 lbs.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009


Sunday afternoon it was time to eat those perch and there was no Sally Salad Eaters allowed. Hot oil fresh caught perch and HIGH LIFE.


I heard the perch were biting so this weekend I grabbed some minnows and Gary and I hit the dock with the kids. We had a great time the kids were catching fish so fast Gary and I hardly got to fish between taking fish off and baiting hooks they kept us busy.We caught over 40 fish in about an hour and kept 32 nice perch we caught several lunkers really nice fish. If any of you K-Town members want to get into the perch grab some minnows and come on down to the dock.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Memory For A Lifetime
Alex Karlsen, who is 13 years old, became a man on 26 April 2009. He and I (John Presnar) went turkey hunting during the youth weekend. On the first day we hunted very hard and came up empty handed. Well not completely empty, we did take in a few learning experiences: gun safety, how to use a call, and enjoy Mother Nature. Alex's persistence and dedication inspired him to awake at O' dark thirty again on Sunday. We were in the woods and heard our first gobble at 5:40 AM. Shortly after a nice tom flew down off of his roost at 5:50 AM and came right to us. He stopped about 60 yards out. He started to strut and gobble; giving us a wonderful display that made our hearts pound. Just then two more turkeys flew down and he went right for them, leaving us with despair. We decided to sit and wait a while for another opportunity. At 6:15 AM, I decided to give a nice soft yelp with my box call. Instantly after the last note, a turkey sounded off with a gobble that you felt the vibration run down through your body. I told Alex to get ready this tom is coming in. Just then we see two big toms coming right for us. They were in full strut spitting and hissing. After the one ran off the other he turned and came right into us. With nice soft purrs from my call put the big tom at ease. When he got thirty yards away and I told Alex to shoot. He shot and rolled the turkey. As we started to celebrate the turkey got up and started to walk off. I told Alex to shoot again and he did; hitting the bird with a lethal shot. Then the real celebration began with a few high fives and man to man hand shake. Alex got his first turkey!
The turkey stats were: 10" Beard, 1 1/2" Spurs, and weighed 27 pounds.

Diets & Wives

Monday, April 20, 2009

Time to get that boat going and go fishing!

Please email Keith so you can post your own highlights of your fishing exploits on this blog. We want members of Kuneytown to post!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Starting Friday April 3rd Kuneytowns Famous fish dinners serving Haddock and Catfish.

See you at the club bring your appetite


Saturday April 11th come on out and feast on some great seafood.Crab legs,Scallops,Clams Casino, shrimp and more. Dont miss out on this great spread .
$25 per person sign up at the club

Friday, March 20, 2009


Coyote season is still open until the end of March.I caught this big male crossing a field the other day on the Tidball farm. Luckily I had the .223 in the truck. He was about 200 yds, but that was no problem for the 55 gr full metal jacket bullet- 1 in the boiler room. He didn't go far.