Tuesday, February 7th, 2023
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

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Mixed Bag: NWTF Expands Annual Call-making Contest

Nashville, Tenn. — In honor of its 50-year celebration. the National Wild Turkey Federation is adding additional categories to the annual Grand National Custom Call-making Contest.

Starting this year, the contest will have a new Wildlife Art Division, as well as a new JAKES category. The contest will be held at the NWTF’s 50-year celebration in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 15-19, 2023.

Turkey call making has been woven into the fabric of the NWTF; since the founding of the organization in 1973. Custom-made calls are sought after by collectors and hunters looking for the purest turkey sounds, as custom turkey call making has become one of those rare occurrences where art and sport collide.

The new Wildlife Art Division will consist of three categories, Carved or Carved and Painted, Two-Dimensional Art and Art/General, intentionally vague to include all artistic mediums. The Best of Show Award will provide the winner from one of the three categories with a $1,000 prize.

The new Pinfeathers Category will allow NWTF JAKES members (youth 17 and under) to collaborate with an adult NWTF member of their choice to create any turkey call. The youth can utilize whatever level of assistance is needed from their mentor to complete the entry. The winner of this category will receive a unique trophy with the winner’s and mentor’s names engraved together.

For more information visit: www.customcalls.nwtf.org.

Earlville Conservation Club Announces Youth Deer Hunt Winners

Earlville, N.Y. — The Earlville Conservation Club, in Chenango County, held its first annual youth deer hunting program Oct. 8-10 during New York’s
youth deer hunting weekend. Eight licensed youth hunters brought their
tagged deer for weighins and scoring, with each receiving a hunting vest
and hat. Additionally, the contest winners took home a ground blind.

Lucas Neff won the Big Buck category of the Earlville Conservation Club’s first annual youth deer hunt program. (Photo provided)

The overall winner of the Big Buck category was Lucas Neff, while Jack Bohnert brought in the biggest doe. The Lucky Deer award went to Tucker

Other contestants bringing deer in were Marley Goedel, Taylor Hodge, Zack Curley, Riley
Jones, and Eric Buell. The club wishes to congratulate each of these young hunters and offer special thanks to the licensed mentors who took
the young hunters afield.


Saratoga County Cornell Co-op, Partners, Hold Field-to-Fork Event

Greenwich, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County along with the National Deer Association, Back Country Hunters & Anglers, and Slate
River Farms recently collaborated to present Field to Fork: Butcher
Your Own Local Meat. The firsttime event was designed with new hunters
in mind but provided unique insights into a variety of butchering
techniques to entice long-time hunters.

The educational opportunity was held in traditional pop-up fashion to
ensure optimum freshness of the locally harvested product. The
participants were notified three days prior to the event at Slate River
Farms, in Greenwich, Washington County with 13 attendees. Brian Bird
instructed the event to teach them how to butcher and process their own

For more information on this and other CCE events, visit: www.ccesaratoga.org or call 518-885-8995.

Lake George Region Mourns Loss of Popular Lake Steward

Diamond Point, N.Y. — One of the North Country’s most wellknow lake stewards,
Jeff Killeen, who served as vice-chairman of the Lake George
Association, passed away Dec. 14.

Most recently known for his guidance in a merger of the Lake George Association and FUND for Lake George, Killeen’s mark on conservation may be better known for his work with the Jefferson Project, where he helped IBM, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and others create a real-time data collection system not only
for Lake George, but for use on other fresh-water lakes.

“Tireless of vision, spirit, and commitment, Jeff gave all of himself to the Lake
he loved,” a statement issued by the Lake George Association said. “His
deep passion for Lake George was contagious and inspiring, and united
our community behind the Lake as only Jeff could – with grace, humor,
and a steadfast belief in our shared ability to keep Lake George clear and clean.”

An avid angler, Killeen’s family history on Lake George dates back to 1908. He
first served as chairman of The FUND for Lake George, before
spearheading that group’s aforementioned merger with the Lake George
Association, creating the preeminent Lake George protection organization.

The Lake George region is also mourning the loss of Frank Dittrich, who passed
away suddenly on Dec. 12. Dittrich ran several area resorts and was
active in the community and regional chamber of commerce.

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