Welcome to our Club!

Welcome to Our Club:


Our next meeting will be  Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7pm.  While you are welcome to come to the club, please consider joining us via Zoom (see your email). 

Coming Up

Dunham’s Bay Fish & Game Club Happy Hour
Friday, Sept. 16, 4:30pm
Adirondack Bar & Grill – Rt. 149/Ridge Road, Queensbury
Free snacks/appetizers (until they’re gone)
Come meet with fellow members, check out new building plans,
and just have some fun among friends.

Fall Range Hours: To allow more “after-work” time for sighting in hunting rifles, our fall range hours will extend until sunset through Dec. 1. After Dec. 1, range closing time will revert back to one half-hour before sunset. Here is DEC’s sunrise/sunset table: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/111994.html

It’s Hunting Season: Click here for a summary of 2022-23 Hunting Seasons

Binary Explosives: Please note, the use of binary explosives such as tannerite is not allowed at the club.

Attn. New Members: We are now offering orientation the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please reach out to Dennis Dempsy to sign up: 220reloader@gmail.com

Don’t forget: If you are on Facebook, check in for periodic updates there:

Indoor Facilities: The club’s indoor facilities, including bathrooms and the archery range are now open to members. Please follow social distancing guidelines while using both indoor and outdoor facilities.

Guest Policy:
Guests are now welcome at the club. Please be safe and follow social distancing guidelines.

Club Hours:
Typically, the range closes at one half hour before sunset each day. However, as fall progresses and sunset occurs sooner each day, the range remains open until sunset through the big game hunting seasons. This gives hunters a little more daylight to sight in their hunting rifles and pattern their shotguns.

Engaging and interesting articles as well as news about club events
are posted regularly to our  Facebook page. 

New Gun Laws in NY

New York has enacted many new gun laws that all gun owners should be aware of. Here are some links:

New York’s new Gun Safety website 
New York’s detailed Concealed Carry Training Info
GOA Lawsuit dismissed in Syracuse Federal Court, Aug. 31
NYODN: Communication Lacking on Gun Laws

The most recent is the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, signed on July 1, 2022. Here is a link to the full text of that legislation, which contains provisions/requirements for all firearms, not just handguns as well as ammunition: https://legislation.nysenate.gov/pdf/bills/2021/S51001

The CCIA was passed after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on June 23, 2022 in the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen case, that New York’s “may issue” scheme for issuing concealed carry permits was unconstitutional. Here is a link to the ruling: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/20-843_7j80.pdf

In May, Gov. Hochul signed a package of gun legislation that include the following:

A10503/S9458: Requires a license to purchase or take possession of a semiautomatic rifle, bans those under the age of 21 from purchasing or possessing a semi-automatic rifle.

A7926/S4116: Requires that semi-automatic pistols sold in this state be verified as a microstamping-enabled pistol.

A10428/S9229: Eliminates the grandfathering of large capacity ammunition feeding devices that were lawfully possessed prior to the enactment of the SAFE Act or manufactured prior to 1994. 

And, for good measure, here is a link to the NY Safe Act, passed in 2013: https://safeact.ny.gov

Summer Picnic – 2022

Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed our Summer Picnic, we hope you had fun and enjoyed the great food.

Up next, on Friday, Sept. 16 please join fellow club members for Happy Hour at the Adirondack Bar & Grill, in Queensbury at 4:30pm. Free hors d’oeuvres (until they run out).

New Steel – Rimfire Only

We have a great new .22 RIMFIRE ONLY section on the steel range. There are dueling trees, lollipop racks,, and gongs at 25, 50, 75, and 100. The ranges are established safety protocols from the manufacturer. All of these .22 rimfire targets are painted bright yellow so that no one can mistake them for anything other than .22 rimfire. There are similar targets for center-fire pistol and high power rifle on other parts of the range.Please enjoy these responsibly and let us know if you see anyone misusing them. Be safe!

See more photos on our Facebook page!

HR-218 Shoot for Retired Law Enforcement – Sept. 23, 2022

Class: HR-218 Shoot
Date:  Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm
(with individual range time)

Cost to Members: $30.00 for two guns
Cost to Non Members: $60.00

Equipment Needed:
  • Firearms; Make sure it’s a firearm that you are very familiar with and have shot before
  • Good eye and ear protection
  • Good holster
  • 50 Rounds for each shoot. (more needed if you’re a bad shot)
  • CLASS NOTE: Do not use a firearm that you are not familiar with or haven’t shoot before.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Thiis Course

Plan Times For Training:

Only five shooters at a time will be on the range, as follows:

  • 5 Shooters at 09:00 am
  • 5 Shooters at 10:00 am
  • 5 Shooters at 11:00 am
  • 5 Shooters at 12:00 Noon
  • 5 Shooters at 01:00 pm
  • 5 Shooters at 02:00 pm
  • 5 Shooters at 03:00 pm
  • 5 Shooters at 04:00 pm

Students will be placed apart and will be wearing masks while on the CPR. Each Groug or the next in line, will wait in their vehicles until I call the next group.

At this time in the phase, no one will enter the clubhouse but, I will need the gate open. Not sure how that will work if I can’t get in.

Please contact Steve Prokrym, to get put on the list or if you have any questions call or mail. Email: steve@keeplock.com. Phone: 518-852-2777

Indoor Smokeless Range Open to Members

Dunham’s Bay Fish & Game Club Smokeless Range Guide

  • Range Reservations:If you would like to reserve the Smokeless Range to plan a time individually or with a group. Make a reservation to prevent a conflict with other Club Members. Please check with a committee member below.

    Member Only, $5.00/ hour…..Group up to five shooters, $20/hour

    Email the requested date & time to Steve Szypulski, steve.szypulski@att.net or text Steve @ 203-952-7827. When Steve confirms the calendar is open, he will reply back that it is reserved. Only then is it confirmed.

    Time slots will be even hours with 15 minutes before and after for set up and clean up of the Range. Example: A 12-1 request will be reserved as, 11:45 to 1:15. It will count as 1 hour.

  • Committee members for support

    Steve Szypulski (Chairman): steve.szypulski@att.net, 203-952-7827
    Bryan Sommers (Co-chair): bsommers68@icloud.com, 518-322-0003
    Dennis Dempsy (Co-chair): 220reloader@gmail.com, 518-623-3187


  • Smokeless Range Software
  • Gaming Computer
  • Projector
  • Screen
  • Infrared CameraAccess:
    Cabinet combination lock 1280 Computer Password 12804

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IMPORTANT: Pistol Range Safety Reminder

  2. All range rules apply on the pistol range.
  3. If anyone is downrange while you are entering the Pistol Range, EVERYTHING that you are carrying must be placed on the shelves on the right, NOT on the tables.
  4. Your gear and firearms can only be placed in the tables after all shooters have returned to the canopy.
  5. DO NOT handle firearms or touch ANYTHING on the tables if anyone is downrange.  Step back from the tables and do not touch anything on the tables until everyone returns to the pavilion.
  6. Touching, loading and unloading of any FIREARM or MAGAZINE can only be done if no one is forward of your position on the range.
  7. NO SHOOTING FROM THE TABLES.  Shoot only in your lane at 3, 7, 10, 15, and 25 yard marked positions.
  8. If more than one shooter is on the range, there MUST be a discussion amongst the individuals or groups PRIOR to moving to an agreed upon firing line.  
  9. When moving from the tables to ANY shooting position, your firearm must be IN YOUR HOLSTER.
  10. When returning from a shooting position, NEVER turn towards the tables or walk towards the tables or the targets with a firearm in your hand!!!  UNLOAD and HOLSTER your firearm WHILE FACING DOWNRANGE.
  11. All rounds MUST impact the berm between the side walls.
  12. DO NOT SHOOT the timber protecting the turning target mechanism.
  13. Full metal jacketed or jacketed ammo is preferred.  Steel, armor piercing, tracer, or paintball ammunition is prohibited.

Membership/Renewal Info

Greetings Members:

Seven members of the Board of Directors and Club Officers worked together on Saturday to get over 450 Welcome Packets together for those members who had renewed through Friday afternoon.  Please be on the lookout for those by the end of the week, as they will mail Monday morning.

NEW: We are now offering the opportunity to join or renew your membership online. To join or renew your membership please click here: https://www.joinit.org/o/dunhams-bay-fish-game-club-inc

Membership/Renewal Update
In a day or two those who have already renewed will receive an email from an online member management system called Join It (above), this system will be inviting those who have renewed to create an account.  We would like you to go online, create a password, then check your name, address, telephone number, and email to determine.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO MAKE A PAYMENT. YOURS IS ALREADY RECEIVED.

A second email will invite those who have not yet renewed or who have had an error,perhaps your hard copy was returned for invalid address, etc.  You will find a link to renew for the regular renewal price of $125 dollars.  You will be pending until the payment is processed.  The system uses Stripe to process payments.  There is currently no additional fee, but the club is charged a 3.5% processing fee.

Is this the system we will use in the future?  We have heard a lot about the positive aspects of Wild Apricot and are still exploring that option for 2023. This is a temporary fix to help us organize our members with the most updated information.  To correct emails, addresses, and telephone numbers that may be incorrect. Finally to manage new members more efficiently.

New members will be able to join online, register for the required orientation, and then will be processed once payment and orientation are completed.  The paperwork will now be electronic.  No computer, no problem, make an appointment for the orientation by calling Scott Rager – 518-798-3143 and we can help you with that during orientation or during office hours John Bowe – boweshushan@gmail.com 518-817-2551.

If you have questions, please call or email one of the following:
John Bowe  (Club President)- boweshushan@gmail.com 518-817-2551
Scott Rage (Vice President) – rager@roadrunner.com 518-798-3143
Mike VanDerwerken( (Treasurer)  mike.vanderwerken@gmail.com
Pat Beland (Board Chair) 518-792-2630 pbeland206@aol.com
Dan Ladd (Website) buck@adkhunter.com

Officers and Board of Directors

NEW – Announcing DEC Summer Camp Scholarship/Sponsorships for Youths

Dunham’s Bay Fish & Game Club to Sponsor DEC Summer Camp Participants

Every year the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) conducts a Summer Camp program for youth 11-17 years old.  The local one-week programs are operated at four sites around the state, including Pack Forest near Warrensburg.  Dunham’s Bay Fish & Game Club is proud to announce that it will sponsor three youth from Club member families by providing a scholarship for the full $350 cost of attending the DEC Summer Camp.

D-BAY – DEC Summer Camp application
D-Bay – DEC Summer Camp Dates and FAQs

Any questions contact Dennis Dempsey at 220reloader@gmail.com

Here is a description of the camp at Pack Forest from DEC:

Adventure, Education, Fun! The DEC Camps Experience

A week at Camp Pack Forest promises fun and adventure in the beautiful Southern Adirondacks. Sometimes campers have opportunities to pick the activities they participate in during “optional” times. At other times, campers will join the rest of camp and everyone participates in camp-wide games or activities. Continue reading

Let’s shoot some steel!

If you’ve visited the rifle range in the past few months, you’ll notice we have steel targets for your shooting pleasure. This comes as the direct request of many members. Here are a few notes about shooting steel.

•Please use the club’s steel as opposed to bringing your own.
•Stay in the shooting/bench area directly in front of the steel targets. Do not shoot at them from off angles
•Shoot only pistol and .22 rimfire rifle at the 25 yard steel targets.
•When you leave, please pull the ropes on the 25-yard targets out of the snow. Just tie them to the benches (see photos, below).
•Have fun and shoot safely.