Vol. III, Issue 20
Join the NRA at our Association
NOTE: a new membership policy was adopted last year. All memberships now run on a one year basis based on payment month. Fiscal year memberships, grace periods and late fees no longer apply. This mailing includes membership renewal information cards for all members who currently hold an existing card that expires June 30, 2019. Please return the completed card along with check for $20.00 (regular). Upon receipt, a new membership card will be mailed with an expiration date next due one year from your payment month. You will be dropped from the roles on July 31, 2019 and need to re-join if payment is not received prior to that date. All members who currently possess a card with an expiration date after July will receive a renewal notification with a later mailing. We encourage everyone to take advantage of paying on-line with a credit card. A $30 fee applies the first time you use a credit card. Thereafter, automatic payment of $20 is set up at the next due date with notice from PayPal. You will need to select a user ID and password. The information card will be mailed separately to Juniors and Regular members under age 18. Please notify us if you change your mailing address.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Nominations for officers for the 2019-2020 term will be accepted at the May regular meeting and voted upon at the June regular meeting. We encourage our members to volunteer for officer and trustee positions. We could use a few younger Board members.
On Saturday, May 11th, rain or shine, Perry will co-sponsor with Len Hartsville Fish & Game a Youth Trout Fishing Rodeo. The rodeo is open to members of both clubs, their children and grandchildren at the lower pond at Lenhartsville. You must have a fishing license and show your membership card to enter. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and fishing at 8:00 a.m. for children 15 years of age and younger. Adults, 16 years of age and over, can fish after 1:00 p.m. up to 5:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. Beverages and food will be for sale at their clubhouse. Bring your kids and fishing tackle for a day filled with fun. There is a three fish limit. Cost is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Anyone wishing to sponsor a fish shall call Ron Bordner at 610-562-3391. Lenhartsville Fish & Game is located at 58 Hein Road, Lenhartsville, Pa. 19534. Take route 143 south from Lenhartsville and turn at the first right unto Hein Road. Stay left at the fork in the road and their club is ahead on the right (look for sign and dirt access road).
Perry finished in sixth place in the 2018-2019 Berks Inter-valley Trapshooting League with the traveling trophy remaining with first place Leesport Gun Club. Perry holds handicap yardage shoots every Monday evening during April to win shot shells. The Monday evening trap league between Len Hartsville and Perry will start May 6th at Perry. This is a great league for the inexperienced and novice shooter to get started or practice improvement skills. Perry also holds 50 target public shoots the first Sunday of each month, April through December inclusive. The 2019 Berks Henry Rifle Order with Perry Logo Perry is offering special Henry rifles embellished with our new logo and distinct serial numbers. These are collectibles. We need ten purchases to order. We can mix calibers for each type. See the enclosed order form for more details.
BERKS FRIENDS OF NRA
The annual Berks Friends of NRA banquet will be held on Friday evening, May 31st. The ticket price is $55 which features an enjoyable evening with other sportspersons and a delicious dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Wyomissing along with live and silent auctions and numerous raffles for valuable merchandise and guns. The deadline to purchase a banquet ticket is May 24th. Contact Bob Sproesser at 610-756-4328 if you would like to attend. No ticket sales at the door. Please support your local shooting programs via the NRA Foundation.
Perry Hunter Safety Education Course
The required pre-registration is limited to 50 students for our Hunter Ed Safety course. Students must pre-register on-line at the Pa. Game Commission web site at www.pgc.state.pa.us Navigate to the Class Calendar and look for our course. Students must be at least 11 years of age and must attend both sessions, August 2nd and 3rd, in order to graduate. Four hours of on-line training should also be completed before attending.
15th Annual Women On Target®
Perry, along with the NRA Women-On-Target® program and NRA Foundation Inc. are again proud to sponsor this year 2 non-competitive, instructional clinics to mentor women in recreational shooting and hunting sports. The clinics will be held on Saturdays, June 15th and September 14th. All ranges and shooting facilities will be closed while these clinics are in session. Click on the event dates under the Event tab on our web site. To pre-register simply pay by credit card on-line or print off the pre-registration form and mail with a $40 check. Please contact Bob Sproesser at 610-756-4328 with any questions. We have again received partial funding from the NRA Foundation and can keep the cost low at $40/student.
Perry is a registered recruiter for the NRA. The Association receives a recruiter fee if you join or renew your current membership with the NRA through our club. Log on to our web site or stop by the club for further details. This is a great time to join or renew given the negative liberal news media reports toward the NRA.
There is a patterning stand for shotguns located between trap-house #2 and #3. Please refrain from firing shotgun shot shells at the pistol /rifle range yardages. Shot shell pellets at such short distances quickly deteriorate the target mats requiring replacements and more frequent maintenance. Limit shotgun use at the range for sighting in slug barrels only.
Big Game Contests
We had no 2018 entries for the biggest bear contest. We awarded $50 to three biggest deer rack contest winners. Harold Readinger Jr. won the archery contest with an 8 point buck with a point total of 30- 1/2. Megan DeAngelo won the Junior Rifle contest with a 7 pointer and a point total of 24. Both were harvested in Berks County. Arner Eichert won the regular rifle contest with a 6 pointer taken in Schuylkill County with a point total of 22 -1/8. There were five other archery entries but amazingly no other rifle entries. The 2018 -2019 longest turkey beard contest ends 6/25/19. Bring your harvests to the club for measurement. The next bear and deer contests end at 8:00p.m. on 1/28/2020 and 2/25/2020 respectively.
Special BFNRA Recognition Raffle
Perry will receive five firearms for our support of the 2019 Berks Friends of the NRA. We are offering those guns along with six other unique guns in a special raffle ticket. Four tickets are enclosed. They cost $5.00 each, $20 total for all four. Sell 10 of the tickets and receive a free ticket for yourself. The drawing will be held at our club Trap shoot on Sunday, August 4th. Ticket holders do NOT have to be present to win. We will add additional gun or cash prizes if ticket sales are brisk. Last year we held a similar raffle and we awarded a total of 20 guns and 14 cash awards due to excellent sales results.
Your Right To Carry and When Can You Shoot
The Berks County Sheriff’s office will present a 45 minute discussion at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, June 25th, at the club touching on basic firearms safety and primarily focused on the laws in Pennsylvania concerning an individual’s right to gun ownership and conceal carry. The Castle Doctrine will also be addressed. U.S. Law Shield will present a two hour presentation on Tuesday evening August 27th at 6:00 p.m. discussing the legal aspects of when you can actually shoot in your defense in the Commonwealth of Pa. This is a very interesting and humorous presentation on your rights. Space is limited to 50 attendees for each; so, complete and return the enclosed form ASAP to reserve your space. If interested attendees exceed capacity we will consider a second presentation date and compile wait lists.