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Sunday, December 10th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

May 30, 2023

Leo Maloney receives Pass It On Award from New York State Outdoor Writers Association

Long-time outdoor writer Leo Maloney, of Sherrill, is this year’s recipient of the 2023 New York State Outdoor Writers Association’s “Pass It On” Award.
Each year, NYSOWA selects a member who is recognized as someone who should be acknowledged for their dedication to “Pass It On.” This annual award honors the person who has done the most to “pass on” our outdoor heritage.

George Gedney, promoter of New York’s youth hunting and shooting sports, presented with M. Paul Keesler Award

In 2017, the New York State High School Clay Target league was looking to expand beyond its start-up efforts in the central New York and the 1000 Islands regions. That year, the league found willing participants in schools in the northeastern part of the state and the expansion since that time has been nothing short of exceptional.
While there’s been a lot of hands in the fire to make it all happen, there is one person that many agree has led the charge a little harder, helping to make the NYSHSCL the success it currently is. That person is Queensbury (Warren County) resident George Gedney, who was recently honored by the New York State Outdoor Writers Association at the group’s spring conference, held in Corning (Steuben County). Gedney is the 2023 recipient of NYSOWA’s M. Paul Keesler New York Outdoor Citizen Award.

Vermont bans paramilitary training camps

Vermont has made it a crime to own or operate paramilitary training camps in the state after Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed legislation introduced in response to a firearms training facility built without permits that neighbors called a menace.
Violators face up to five years in prison or a fine up to $50,000 or both, according to the law. It prohibits a person from teaching, training, or demonstrating to anyone else the use, application, or making of a firearm, explosive, or incendiary device capable of causing injury or death that will be used in or in furtherance of a civil disorder. It also bans a person from assembling with others for such training, instruction or practice.

Young New York artists shine in annual fish art contest

Once again, young artists from New York have earned high honors in the Wildlife Forever and Bass Pro Shops annual Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest. Wildlife Forever recently announced the national winners of the 25th anniversary of the event.
Judging took place on Friday, April 28, with a panel of esteemed judges from around the country. Winners were chosen from over 4,500 entries from around the world.

Kings, browns, lakers, ’eyes light up spring Lake Ontario Counties Derby in New York

Mark Scott, of Beckley, W.Va., reeled in a 24-pound, 10-ounce king salmon while fishing with Capt. Matt Yablonsky, of Wet Net Charters out of Wilson in Niagara County, to win the $15,000 grand prize (plus $500 big fish for the day) as the Spring Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) derby ended on May 14. The derby was held May 5-14.

Paul Smith’s College, New York DEC partner on Adirondack Watershed Institute invasives plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced a $13.24-million, five-year partnership with the Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) of Paul Smith’s College to administer the Adirondack Park Watercraft Inspection Steward Program (WISP).

The announcement, made during Adirondack Day at the New York State Capitol, will protect the Adirondack Park’s resources from the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) that damage ecosystems.

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