New York – Bill Hilts Jr

On the water with the coach

Life is funny sometimes. Julie O’Neill, a friend from Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, asked me for a favor. Would I consider being part of a Christmas present to her new boss, University of Buffalo head football coach Jeff Quinn? That’s never happened before – me as a present. O’Neill had stumbled across that Quinn was a fishing nut and…

Mad dash to Memorial weekend

Memorial Day weekend is a time to kick back, relax and enjoy some camping with family and friends. Our church, the Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, offers us some great fellowship opportunities and we have gravitated to several families that enjoy the great outdoors. Nearly every major holiday, we pick a spot someplace in the state to share an outdoor…

Women important to the future

Score another one for the ladies. Christa Saunderson of Ransomville showed up the guys during the spring edition of the 2011 Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby when she kicked butt on a 27-pound, 14-ounce lake trout while fishing on the Niagara Bar with her boyfriend, Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown and Wet Net Charters. Sure, she may have…

Getting there not always easy

The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers held its Spring Cast and Blast in the Lake Barkley Region in Western Kentucky April 19-21. My original plan was to drive the 12-hour trip, affording me the opportunity to take the necessary hunting and fishing gear. As luck would have it, an important last-minute meeting with DEC forced me to make alternate…

Spring arrives, Niagara style, with a boom!

The sun was out but there was a distinct chill in the air. On the Niagara frontier, things can change overnight quite literally thanks to a manmade anomaly known as the ice boom. This controversial piece of equipment serves a few functions, one of which is becoming a flexible barrier to hold back Lake Erie ice – unless the winds…

Remembering Rick Martin

I grew up watching Buffalo Sabres hockey legend Rick Martin – on television and in Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo. He was amazing. It was the 1970s and hockey was growing by leaps and bounds in Western New York. I was playing for the Niagara Falls Mang’s Sharks in the New York-Penn Junior Hockey league when I first met the sharpshooter,…

Showing off

Yes, it’s sport show season. As I write this, I have just completed my third day working the 26th Annual Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show at the Monroeville Convention Center just outside Pittsburgh. Two days left, but they will be long ones. Saturday is 12 hours; Sunday will be longer as I check out and head back home at…

What’s the big deal about crossbows?

Back in 1990, I was invited to participate in an outdoor writer media event in Ohio to sample the much-maligned crossbow – the Devil’s tool. Or so I thought. After a couple shots at a target, I turned to my father, Bill Hilts, Sr., and said, “These things are fun to shoot. I think our misconceptions of these things aren’t…

Getting ’em started

As we struggle to conjure up resolutions for this new year – at least ones that we will adhere to and not let fall by the wayside – one good suggestion for veteran sportsmen and women is to expose the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts to our great natural resources. Give them a taste of what’s available. A recent reminder…

Canadian king stockings to continue

I have to say that I’m excited about this blog thing  – an outlet that will give me free rein to pass along pertinent outdoor information, share some of my feelings and thoughts about the outdoor issues and share a little bit about who I am and what I do. It should be both fun and rewarding.Having just returned from a combination…