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January 2017

Another year has sailed by and as with most years lately it seems that I didn't get as many nights in the woods coon hunting as I would have liked.

This year also marked the passing of my father. This is the first year of hunting without his guidance and companionship and I have to say it has been a little difficult. My Dad was a charter member of the New York Houndsman joining at Grape Country CoonHunter's as they were signing up to become the first club member.

Our 50/50 Raffle was a success raising over $2000.00 for the organization. The winners are:

1st Place - $1250.00 Zachary Morrison Johnstown NY
2nd Place - $500.00 Jim "Lynch" Ryan Williamson NY
3rd Place - $250.00 Jim Heidt Macedon NY
4th Place - $50.00 Rick Robinson Red Creek NY
5th Place - $50.00 Ron Sadler Lake Luzerne NY

Thank you to all who purchased tickets and especially to those who helped sell tickets. If anyone has ideas as to future fund raisers please share with either Tim Cain or myself.

A number of clubs have expressed an interest in hosting the UKC State Championship. Even, if you have given your club name to Tom or I in the past please, send it in again as we will be discussing at the winter meeting. Please include a contact person with phone number.

I am still working with the DEC to come up with acceptable language in our "Dogs at Large" Bill. I have a conference call with the new Director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Anthony Wilkinson, Doug Stang and Kathy Moser's offices next week. Hopefully, we can work something out that the Governor will ultimately sign.

Just as a reminder, again as coyote season is upon us get out there and talk to land owners in advance. We need to work hard at avoiding the avoidable conflicts.

In closing, hope to see you all at the banquet to share hunting stories.

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