Tony Gonello 1943-2023

Longtime ECFSC Boardmember Anthony “Tony Guns” Gonello passed away October 1st 2023.  Tony was a passionate outdoorsman and conservationist.  He was a longtime member of many organizations including the National Wild Turkey Federation,  Depew Rod & Gun, Elma Conservation Club, Erie County Trappers and West Falls Conservation Club.   Tony joins his late wife Val – the namesake of  the Federation’s award for Sportswomen of the Year.  Tony loved the fact that Val loved to fish and shoot trap.  He reveled in that she outshot many others, including him.   Tony was recognized by the NYS Assembly for his many contributions.    Rest in peace Tony.    Say hi to Val for us.


Rememberance Service

A reflection of Tony’s contributions will be hosted by Elma Conservation Club on Monday October 16th from 1 to 4 PM.

All are invited to share their stories, pictures and memories of Tony.

Keeping you updated with the latest conservation news.

Erie County Federation Community Programs

Teach-Me-To-Fish applies the knowledge and experience of seasoned anglers and volunteers to an audience of youth up to 15 years old.

License awards FREE lifetime hunting and fishing licenses to youths residing in Erie County and under the age of 16.

Erie County Federation of Sportamen’s Clubs awards up to five $200 college scholarships yearly.

This event allows attendees to participate in a variety of events including fishing, trap, small bore rifle shooting, air guns and archery.

Active in our Community

The best way to teach children how to conserve is to start young.  Education and empowerment are the gifts we must give our children and the tools they will use to make the world a better place for generations to come. The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen‛s Clubs sponsors youth programs designed to teach conservation and how to respect and preserve our natural resources.

Past Events

Conservation education for future generations.

New York State Conservation Council

The Council’s members are a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and resources to advocate for their fellow sportsmen and women, tracking bills affecting the sporting community, and following issues like land use throughout New York State. As new concerns arise, the NYSCC is a consistent voice for conservation and wise land use in the hearing rooms of the NYS Legislature. 

Fish & Wildlife Management Board

The State FWMB meets biannually to consider issues submitted by Regional Boards, advisory members and others that pertain to fish and wildlife management in the state. Over the years, the role of the State FWMB has become that of a citizen forum for examination of such issues, with a particular slant toward the viewpoint of the private landowner. The power of the Board consists solely of the advocacy of its resolutions.

ECFSC Involvement

We support many conservation groups – from Fishing with Heroes helping disabled vets gain access to sport fishing, to West Falls youth archery camp where camp attendees get hands-on training and earn a NYS Bowhunter Certification. Youth trappers are trained by experienced mentors.  We sponsor NYS High School Clay Target League teams in Erie County. 


President – Jeff Jondle

1st Vice President – Frank Miskey Sr.

2nd Vice President – Cheryl Schenne

Treasurer – David Rosner

Recording Secretary – Rich Davenport

Corresponding Sec. – Roxann Ferazzoli

Membership – Frank Miskey Jr.

Sergeant-At-Arms – Tom Fischer



Archery & Bowhunting – Tom Fischer

Awards – Frank Miskey Sr.

Banquet – Frank Miskey Jr.

Big Game – Rich Davenport

Budget & Finance – David Rosner

Bylaws – Schenne/Rosner/Miskey

Council Resolutions – Rich Davenport

Crossbow – Tom Fischer

Education – Cheryl Schenne / Amy Plecas

Environment – Chuck Godfrey

Exhibits / Shows – Frank Miskey Jr.

Facebook – Rich Davenport

Fish – Joe Fischer / Tom Fischer / Larry Jones

Fund Raising – Frank Miskey Jr.

FWMB – Chuck Godfrey

Hunter Education – Frank Miskey Sr.

Internal Controls – Tom Fischer / Bob Avery

Law Enforcement – Carl Leas

Legislation – Carl Leas

Membership Outreach -Frank Miskey Jr.


NHFD – Frank Miskey Jr / Rich Davenport

Nominations – Frank Miskey Jr.

NYSCC – Dan Tone

Small Game – Dan Tone

TMTF –  Bob Avery &  Tom Fischer co-Chairs

Trapping – Patti & Rick Wattengel

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Website – Joe McAdams

WNY Environ. Fed. – Dan Tone / Joe Fischer

Youth Lifetime License – Joe Fischer