Welcome to The Genesee Conservation League website


The GCL is a family oriented MEMBERSHIP club founded by a group of Rochester conservationists in 1925. Originally known as the "Rochester Chapter of the Izaak Walton League", the name was changed to "GCL" and officially incorporated in September 1934. Based in Scottsville the GCL grew until 1948 when the present 32 acres were acquired. The clubhouse was erected in 1949 with all material and labor donated by members and friends. In 1975, the Myopia Pistol Club merged with GCL, playing a key role by dedicating the indoor pistol range, and enhancing our growth. The League has expanded now to over 2,000 members. Interests served range from casual shooting to bench rest and pistol competitions. We even host the Empire State Games. Socially, we have our clubhouse which hosts dinners, parties, and other events. The Clubhouse has a bar, lounge, and kitchen for special events. The Hall is also available for rent. Our Pavilion has plenty of seating, its own cooking area, and a children's play area is adjacent. Three major areas which members enjoy are Archery, Pistol shooting, and Rifle shooting.We offer instruction in basic Firearms Safety, Bow hunter and Gun hunter Certification by NRA certified instructors.


Remember, the GCL is a FAMILY oriented club.

Safety is our most important priority!

GCL Range Hours

Outdoor ranges

Monday – Saturday 9 am – sunset

Sunday 10 am – 12 noon 22 rim fire only; 12 noon - sunset any caliber

Indoor ranges

Monday – Saturday 9 am – 11 pm

Sunday 10 am – 11 pm 

Note: please see GCL newsletter or the GCL calendar for range events 

A Message from Senator Funke

Senator Funke has a message for anyone interested in Repeal the Safe Act.

Click here to open a pdf with the message.

Hunter/Bow Education Classes

Genesee Conservation League will be hosting hunter safety classes again this year. 


The last class of the year at GCL:

Hunter Education : October 20 - 21, 5 - 10 pm

Sign up will start on September 29 , 2016 at 12:01 am.

This class is now full. There is no cancellation list.

The DEC website shows the class as open. This is not correct.


Dues Notices and new Link to Pay Member dues

The pay dues notices have been sent out on 4/15/16. You should receive them soon. If you do not, please notify the club.

New link to the member dues payment page!

Click here and a new page will open in your browser. Follow the directions on the page. When you are done, make sure and close out of the payment windows for your security!

Talk is great, but are you actively involved?


As sportsmen and firearms owners we must focus on protecting our 2nd amendment rights. It starts with voting Republican. Why the Republican Party, as opposed to the Conservative or Libertarian parties?  While all three parties have several values in common, the Republican Party is the strongest and most mainstream party at local, state and national levels. If you have not already done so, register to vote! If you’re not registered you are not able to vote, and therefore unable to support those who support and defend us and our ideals. If you’ve had difficulty making it to the polls on election day, then request an absentee ballot several weeks in advance. At this pivotal time in history, whatever you do, just make sure you vote. Registering with the Republican Party allows you the opportunity to become directly involved. The elected official you admire - or dislike - started someplace local. The decision to start showing up at local political committee meetings, with a hope of elected office one day, might have been all it took for him or her to launch their political career. The Republican Party has local committees that YOU can join! YOU can attend these meetings and participate in support of local officials, that represent our interests AND in the process of selecting new leaders of tomorrow!

Think about this again …  Local Republican Committee members participate directly in choosing our new leaders. People just like you and I start the ball rolling for an elected official’s future. What if you and a few of our like-minded friends made the decision to get involved at the local Republican committee level? Would an alternative candidate, with a slightly different perspective, been selected and move forward? Would that alternative candidate have been the difference between laws and proposed legislation that we sportsmen and firearms owners keep hearing about? As a Republican committee member you can be part of the solution BEFORE a problem begins!

Think about this as well…. Talking about your rights as an American is fine, but it’s meaningless unless you first demonstrate your duties and responsibilities as citizens of our great country. Vote and become actively involved with those you vote for locally.

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.”  - Pericles

Facilities like GCL operate in local communities and states that are governed by elected officials. As sportsmen and firearms owners, we need to stay involved in who we select and elect to represent and serve us all. If we choose to sit by we may very well lose our 2nd amendment rights.

As a GCL Director and member of the Penfield Republican Committee, I very willing to answer any questions you may have or put you in touch with your local town Republican Committee representative.

Submitted by Andris Silins

Pistol Matches Sign up

Sign up for the Wednesday night weekly match will open  9 am on Sunday morning and close at 11:30 pm Tuesday on the PractiScore site:

Sign up for the USPSA monthly match will open  9 am on Sunday morning and close Thursday the week before the match: You now sign up here: PractiScore sitehttps://clubs.practiscore.com/

Sign up for the IDPA monthly match on Monday through Thursday the week of the match: You now sigh up here:  PractiScore site: https://clubs.practiscore.com/




I think it is safe to say that most law abiding gun owners are surprised and upset that the new gun laws have been passed. 

I would urge that you let the NRA/NYSRPA take the lead in any legal action in appealing the laws recently passed.  I would also urge that you refrain from any third party action without consultation.  It is important that this be handled properly, it takes time so please be patient.

Your voice is necessary in these proceedings.  If you are not already a member, please consider membership in either the NRA, the NYSRPA, or both.  The future of our gun rights depend on it.

I echo these words as a result of reading documentation from the NRA and NYSRPA.

Please follow these new laws, enjoy your ranges and be safe.


Wayne Cichetti


NYSRPA Notice of Claim Against SAFE Act




Monroe County is trying to take a proactive approach for NYS pistol permit holders to request to keep their information private under the new gun law (NY SAFE Act). It is important to note that, according to the NY SAFE Act, Pistol Permit holders will have 60 days after the forms are made available by the State Police to submit completed forms to the Clerks’ Office. The form should be made available by February 15th.

Please visit the Monroe County webpage
http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-opt-out-form that has been setup to provide more information to opt-out.


Erie County, NY Sheriff PBA:
‘We Will Not Support New NY Gun Law”

Source: By Mort Amsel (Reporter) www.beforeitsnews.com

To: The citizens of Erie County
From: The Erie County Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association.

The Erie County Sheriff’s PBA is the organization that represents the men and women of the Erie County Sheriff’s Police Services Division. All are sworn Deputy Sheriff’s and certified New York State police officers engaged in criminal law enforcement throughout Erie County. All have taken an oath... to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Our membership, like many citizens of New York are outraged at Governor Cuomo’s unprecedented attack on our second amendment rights. Since 1977 three Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies have been murdered and three wounded by gunfire in the line of duty. In addition two deputies have been forced to use deadly force to defend themselves from lethal attack by criminals. There is a widespread misconception that law enforcement officers favor additional restrictions on firearms ownership by law abiding citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rank and file police officers see every day the aftermath of violent criminal attacks on defenseless victims. The uniformed police officers paraded out as window dressing during the signing of these laws are simply lap dogs seeking to further their own political ambitions. The right of self-defense is an inherent right bestowed upon us by our creator. It is not granted to us by elitist politicians like Andrew Cuomo and Sheldon Silver to be denied when they see fit. Do not be misled; the second amendment is not about hunting or target shooting. It is about the right of law abiding citizens to defend themselves and is the last line of defense against an over reaching and tyrannical government. The NYS Safe Act was rammed through the legislature by Cuomo ignoring the usual three day requirement for elected representatives to be able to review the legislation and receive feedback from their constituents. It is nothing more than a tool used by Cuomo to further his personal political ambitions. This law will do nothing to reduce violent crime, as it is painfully clear that those intent on victimizing others will ignore its provisions. It will simply create more victims. It is time for all New Yorkers to wake up. We must confront the societal breakdowns which cause the type of horrific mass shootings incidents we have recently seen, many of which are directly caused by the very policies that politicians like Cuomo seek to advance. On January 24, 2013 the Erie County Sheriff’s PBA unanimously passed a resolution of non-support for the NYS Safe Act. We will work tirelessly to see this law overturned. We commend and will support those elected officials with the courage to oppose this misguided law and condemn those that did not. We are citizens first and police officers second. We do not pick and choose which amendments of the United States Constitutions we will uphold. Politicians who swear an oath to uphold the constitution should do the same.



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