Hunting season is almost here, and the Firearms Permit Review Board of Wheatfield will hold its annual muzzleloader course from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Community Center located behind the Wheatfield Town Hall.
The course instructor again this year will be Don MacSwan, a well-known firearms expert with 30-plus years experience in the field of muzzleloading. A certificate will be issued to those taking this course as a requirement for a muzzleloader discharge permit. There is no coarse fee and refreshments will be available for the evening.
This course is open to anyone 14 years and older (14-17 with parent/adult) interested in muzzleloading, with young adults and women especially welcome. It can be an educational family affair, according to Augie Tolli, FPRB chairman.
Applicants should fill out a registration form available at the town clerk's office or send the name, age, address, and a phone number of each person planning to attend to: Muzzleloader Course, Wheatfield Town Hall, 2800 Church Road, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Visit www.wheatfield.ny.us, then go to Main menu/Groups & Committees/Firearms for information.
With its prime focus on firearm safety, Wheatfield has firearms Law 1-1975, amended July 15, 2002, which prohibits all rifle discharge within town limits except by permit. At present, muzzleloader rifle discharge permits are only issued to Wheatfield residents or those who have a vested interest in Wheatfield (e.g. business, family, etc.) There are three designated firearms discharge areas in Wheatfield: Areas A, B, and C. All firearms discharge of any nature is prohibited in area C. A fine of up to $500 can be levied for illegal firearms discharge and/or for illegal firearms and ammo afield. There are no prohibitions against the use of archery in Wheatfield.
Copies of the firearms law with area maps are available at the town clerk's office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All inquiries concerning this course or Wheatfield's firearm law can be directed to Tolli at 716-694-0292.