Saturday, December 21, 2013

Season's Greetings

2013 has been a very productive year for our club as we celebrated our 65th year of being an integral part of both the sportsmen's community and Putnam County.  Several projects were completed thanks to the efforts of many members, some who went above and beyond to always lend a helping hand when needed.  The same goes for those who make every effort to come out and support club events.  Participation is what keeps the Kent Rod and Gun Club moving forward and I thank everyone involved for their support.
Our first General Membership Meeting of 2014 will be on Friday, January 3rd at 8 p.m.; as usual, Jim Chenevey will be at the club early to update photos for member ID's and Red Mastrobuono will be scoring racks from all registered members for our Big Buck will be announced, prizes awarded at our February meeting.
Please take a look at our 2014 Calendar of Events here on the club's website; there have been a few updates and copies will be available at our meetings. 
As another year draws to a close, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish the members, families and friends of the Kent Rod and Gun Club, a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Kevin McGuinness, President

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Club Update

Gun hunting season is in full swing and prospects look good for those competing in our Annual Big Buck Contest!  Bring your best rack to our next General Membership Meeting on Friday, December 6th...Red Mastrobuono will be up at the club early to score all the entries!  We wish all our hunters good luck and stay safe!

We continue to update photos for all member ID's at each monthly meeting; Jim Chenevey is also at the club before each meeting to get the job done!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Project ChildSafe

A few simple words of great importance regarding gun responsibility.....

                               Own it?  Respect it. Secure it. 

The Kent Rod & Gun Club has partnered with the NSSF's Project ChildSafe in order to spread the word that our organization, made up of proud gun owners,  feels it is our responsibility in helping to prevent accidents by keeping our firearms out of the hands of children and at-risk individuals.

Here in our community, the Kent Police Department, a PCS partner, have firearm safety kits which include a cable-style gun lock; these are provided as a community service at no charge.

There are simple precautions every gun owner can take to prevent accidents,
like safe handling and safe storage practices. 

Go to Project ChildSafe and take the pledge...
commit, as we have, to practicing gun safety today.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

NRA Pistol Safety Course-Sunday, November 3, 2013

Pistol Safety Course - Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 8 a.m.  

This is an intensive, 8 hour course of instruction for first-time pistol license applicants as well as for those needing to do an upgrade to an existing license

The course fee is $95.00.  

Our club offers refreshments and lunch items for sale during these courses. 

 Pass this along to anyone who might be interested...seating fills up fast!  Contact John Sparano here

Annual Turkey Shoot - Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013
All Members and Guests Welcome!
Admission:  $20.00
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Admission includes:
1 Raffle Ticket for a $150.00 Cash Prize
Light Breakfast, Lunch and 1 free round of shooting
Additional Rounds:  $3.00
Additional Raffles:  $5.00
Slug Guns (bring your own Sabots if you wish) and Muzzleloaders.
Please...NO Rim fire!!
The day will start with a light breakfast followed by the start of shooting at 11 a.m.  Everyone will stop to enjoy a hearty lunch with a few game dishes on the menu.  After the shoot is over, there will be some fun pistol shooting so feel free to bring along your favorite firearm. 
Please respond no later than Monday, September 30th if planning to attend to event Chairman, John Sparano at:

A Day for the Ladies!

It has been a special year for the Kent Rod & Gun Club as we celebrate 65 years of being part of the Putnam County community.  In addition to our regularly scheduled club events, we were proud to feature, for the first-time,  a Ladies Day at the Range on Sunday, September 15th, prouder still that it was a huge success!

Thanks to the teamwork from club members, all who attended enjoyed a great day of sporting activities and...a fabulous luncheon.    Support, in the way of brochures, catalogs and more, from Kimber, Glock, Ruger, Springfield Armory, Smith & Wesson and  Designer Concealed Carry Handbags helped to send each lady home with a gift bag full of goodies.  

The ladies excelled in each phase of the day's activities which included target shooting, skeet and some impressive archery thanks to Flying Arrow Sports who generously provided Bows for the event.

Taking some time out from their hectic schedules to join us were Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Kent Town Supervisor Kathy Doherty, Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (who is running again), Kent Town Council Candidate Janis Bolbrock and Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith.

It was a very good day and we look forward to doing it again, next year!

The clubhouse was all decked-out for the event!

The Back Range Shooters

Think I'll shoot this one!

Sorry, Ladies Only today!

Club President, Kevin McGuinness, speaks to the ladies

Rob Firriolo gave an overview on his NRA Personal Protection Courses

and then...Rob demonstrated a Designer Concealed Carry Handbag!                                    

Nan Nayworth was another welcome guest!

Sheriff Don Smith shares a few words

Archery was a popular event of the day!

The target shooters kept Jim Chenevey busy!

At the end of the day, a lucky lady went home with the door prize!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Training Course

NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Training Course



Sunday, October 20, 2013 -  8:00 a.m.


Kent Rod & Gun Club

223 Richardsville Road, Kent Cliffs, NY


Robert P. Firriolo

NRA Certified Instructor and Attorney at Law


In this full-day course, students will learn basic defensive shooting
skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent
confrontation; laws concerning firearms and self-defense; dealing with
the aftermath of a self-defense shooting; and how to choose a
handgun for self-defense.

Using a firearm responsibly and ethically; developing the proper mindset;
understanding your state of mental awareness; mental preparation and physical
training for personal protection and facing a life-threatening encounter.

Live-fire exercises including fundamentals of defensive marksmanship; understanding
defensive accuracy; cover and concealment; sighted, flash-sight and point shooting;
standing and kneeling positions; time-distance exercise.

Understanding laws and regulations concerning purchase, transfer and possession ofhandguns; the law pertaining to the use of deadly force; potential criminal and civil legal  actions following a defensive encounter.

Strategies and methods to protect your personal safety at home and in public, and for responding to a potentially life-threatening encounter; mentally preparing for the aftermath of a violent confrontation; methods for safely storing a personal protection pistol.


$165 ($15 NRA Member Discount) – $30 Deposit due by Oct. 11

Valid NYS pistol license & prior shooting experience* are required to take this course. * One of the following is required: NRA Basic Pistol certificate; NRA FIRST Steps (pistol) certificate; NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card; NRA pistol instructor credentials; military DD-214 with pistol qualification; or passing the Pre-Course Assessment
For Registration:

Contact Rob Firriolo by e-mail: or by phone at:  516.526.8595

                                 Seating is limited; register ASAP.

Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Big Buck Contest!

Kent Rod & Gun Club….2013 Big Buck Contest

·       This contest is for Members (in good standing) ONLY!

·       Deer MUST be taken in New York State

·       Deer MUST be tagged correctly and only with YOUR tag!  No family/friend’s tags will be accepted.

·       Members MUST present their own rack, not someone else’s/Members MUST be present when final winners are announced at the February 2014 meeting.

·       Pre-registration is required, starting September 6th, 2013 and no later than December 6th, 2013.  *Junior members will automatically be included on their parent’s registration.

·       The club Board of Directors will immediately review any discrepancies, in tagging or with any information regarding Deer taken illegally.

·       Antler score will determine winners in each category for a $150.00 Cash Prize.  One winner for Bow, one winner for Gun


·       Winner’s names will be added to the KR&G Wall Plaque



Red Mastrobuono:

Monday, August 26, 2013

Club Update!

  • General Membership Meeting - Friday, September 6th at 8 p.m.

  • Annual Family Camp-out (WEATHER PERMITTING!) - Saturday, September 7th.
Tent set-up will be late Saturday afternoon.  Everyone is asked to bring along something for the food and dessert table.  The club grill will be lit for Burgers, Hot Dogs and any other tasty item that you would like to bring along. 
Please note that, with other events on the club's schedule, if the weather turns extremely sour for this event, it will be cancelled..period.  Rain won't be an issue, for everyone can take shelter under our Pavilion,  but should a major storm hit with potential wind damage, we don't want to put anyone in harm's way.  Everyone will be kept advised, so please watch your e-mails!

  • Ladies Day at the Range - Sunday, September 15th
Please note that club ranges will be CLOSED on this date as we feature this community outreach sporting event designed just for the ladies.  Registration closed several weeks back and reminders will be sent out to all the girls who signed-up for this fun day at the KR&G.

  • Bow Hunter Safety Course - Saturday, September 28th
Time is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The KR&G kitchen will be selling refreshments and lunch items.  To register, contact Course Instructor, Jerry Meenan by or...Cell: 914-552-0323

  • Gun Hunter Course (TWO DATES-MUST ATTEND BOTH!)-Thursday, October 10th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, October 12th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register, please contact course instructor, Jerry Meenan by e-mail at: or Cell:  914-552-0323. Refreshments, Snacks and Lunch will be sold at the KR&G during both of these courses!

  •'s not too early to think TURKEY!  Our Annual Turkey Shoot is scheduled for Sunday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m.  Always a well-attended event at our club as shooters compete for a frozen turkey and a healthy cash prize of $150.00...and, most important...Bragging Rights!   Members and Guests are welcome. Admission will be $20.00 which includes 1 Raffle Ticket, 1 Free Round of Shooting, a light Breakfast and hearty Lunch!  Please check back for further Event Chairman, John Sparano more information.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hunter Safety Course Dates

Upcoming Hunter Safety Courses at the Kent Rod & Gun Club:

Pre-registration is required - Contact Course Instructor Jerry Meenan at 914-552-0323

  • Bow Hunter:
Saturday, September 28th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, October 10th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 12th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All that's needed to bring along is a pen....Coffee, Refreshments, Snacks and Lunch items will be available for purchases on these dates.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Clean-up Thanks and Club Update!

The heat wave finally ended in time for our Summer Clean-up on Sunday.  My thanks to the following members who gave their time and effort, several for the second week in a row, at our club:

Rich Armbruster
Steve Astraikis
Jim Chenevey
Yolanda Fitzgerald
Fernando Goncalves
Bob Hall
Norm Hill
Don Hopko
Tom Ill
Erik Lawton
Kevin McGuinness
Pete Mastrobuono & son Mark
Red Mastrobuono
Fred Milanese
Mike Mount
John Pecora
Andy Polito
Nat Russo
Jim Sorbella
John Sparano
Patty Sparano

Mike Thomas
Kevin Whittaker

Upcoming Club Events:
Family BBQ - August 3rd at 1 p.m.  Reservations are now closed but any member needing to get their work hours in and can help out with cooking and clean-up...please contact Red

Pistol Safety Course - Sunday, August 18th at 8 a.m.  Course fee is $95.00.  This is an intensive, 8 hour course of instruction for first-time pistol license applicants as well as for those needing to do an upgrade to an existing licenseOur club offers refreshments and lunch items for sale during these courses.  Pass this along to anyone who might be interested...seating fills up fast!  Contact John Sparano here

Family Camp-out, Saturday, September 7th (Weather Permitting)- Tent set-up on club grounds, late afternoon.  Year after year, we don't know who has more fun at this event, the kids or the adults!   Bring along something for the food table, our grill will be lit and, of course, there will be a roaring bonfire.  

Ladies Day at the Range - Sunday, September 15th at 10:00 a.m.  This will be the first KR&G event of this type, planned for just the girls!   Both the Upper and Lower shooting ranges will be closed on that date...please keep this in mind!

**There will be Hunter Safety Courses coming up but, as yet, we do not have definite dates from Jerry Meenan.  Once we hear, those dates and all necessary registration information will be sent out and posted on our website.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Clean-up Reminder & Special Thanks!

Our Summer Clean-up is scheduled for this coming Sunday, July 21st at 9 a.m.  A reminder to all members who signed-up to work at this event as well as those members needing to get their work hours in.  We will be doing a lot of prep work for our upcoming Family BBQ in August as well as inside work for our Ladies Day event in September.  Please bring along whatever tools can be used for cleaning and fixing-up our club.
Coffee and a light breakfast will be ready at 9 a.m. and everyone will take a break for lunch mid-day.

  • Red Mastrobuono has extended the Family BBQ reservation cut-off to July 21st so, if you haven't yet given your head count and payment, this Sunday will be the perfect time to do it; head up to the club and see Red!

One hell of a job  was done yesterday at our Security System Work Detail.  Wiring, for off-the-building cameras as well as for the installation of the future gate card swipe was completed.  All in all, the work done was representative of some outstanding teamwork.

Special thanks to:

John Blazquez
Wayne Bogart
Tom Cascio
Jim Chenevey
Russ Hughes
Kevin McGuinness
Fred Milanese
Greg Moon
Dave Moscato
Bill Mulcahy
Darwin Richmond
Rob Semp
John Sparano
Patty Sparano
Mike Thomas
Kevin Whittaker
Bob Woodstead