Sacandaga Sportsmen’s Day 2014 Seminars and leaders



Seminars and speakers are subject to change

Joe Hackett, instructor

Joe will show off a unique selection of flies, lies, lures and legends for those interested in finding fine back-country brook trout. The program will cover the various means of access and offer information on boats, equipment, tips, timing and tackle.

For more than three decades, Joe has worked as a professional Adirondack guide, providing angling adventures for a loyal following of anglers with an appetite for wild trout that are found only in wild, remote places. An accomplished outdoor writer, Hackett’s stories are featured in numerous national and regional sporting publications, including a syndicated series of outdoor columns that are published in more than two dozen North Country newspapers

A founder and life member of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association, Hackett continues to work and play in the wilderness, often with his wife and two daughters.

Bill Pitcher, instructor

Bill Pitcher has been a police firearms instructor since 1985 and has taught the fundamentals of firearms to police and security officers domestically and internationally. As a New York state Environmental Conservation officer, he taught basic and in-service programs and was instrumental in building the first state-accepted force-on-force training program. Now retired from the state, Bill remains active in law enforcement on a part-time basis, serving with two local agencies. For both agencies, his duties still include firearms training.

Though competent in training with many firearms, he specializes in teaching the foundational skills of handgun shooting. In this seminar, he will discuss laws of possession and defense, as well as caliber and equipment choices. He will also conduct some demonstrations of practical handgun shooting.

Bill serves on the Board of Director at Sacandaga Bible Conference and is not to be confused with the camp’s chef of the same name, his eldest son.

Steve George, instructor

Steve has more than 30 years of turkey hunting experience. He will discuss the the basics of turkey hunting, including calling, setup and strategies to entice gobblers into range.

He is a professional wildlife biologist, a state-licensed guide and Coast Guard captain. He owns and operates North Country Ecological Services, an environmental consulting business, and Allwater Guide Service, a fly and lake fishing charter service.

Dan Ladd, presenter

Dan will present a slide show that talks about the history and heritage of hunting in New York’s northern zone, from the Colonial era through the lumbering days, through early game regulations and the post-World War II era, right up to the present and future.

Dan is an outdoor writer and a multigenerational Adirondacker, newspaper columnist and photographer. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys many outdoor pursuits, but none capture his imagination and desire as much as deer hunting, especially in his beloved Adirondack mountains. Dan and his wife, Adrienne, live in his hometown of West Fort Ann in the southeastern Adirondacks.

The Rev. Rick Klueg and Christian Klueg, presenters

The Rev. Richard Klueg and his son Christian have lived in Northville since coming to The Baptist Church of Northville 26 years ago, and both have loved living in the Adirondacks. This past fall, they fulfilled a long-standing desire to complete a  “through hike” of the 130-mile Northville-Placid Trail together. They will share about the challenges and joys of this accomplishment, show photos of the hike and talk about some of the equipment and techniques they found especially helpful.

Sarah McDaniel, presenter

In addition to Federal Falconry and rehabilitation permits, Sarah also possesses a federal education permit which allows her to keep the nonreleasable birds.  She will show her hawks, owls and falcons.  Learn about their hunting habits, while getting to know each of their specialized skills.

Marty Simon, instructor

Marty Simon is a nationally recognized survival instructor and one of the leading wild plant experts in the country.  He is the owner/director of the Wilderness Learning Center.

The emergency preparedness seminar will help people plan for any kind of disaster, whether it is man-made or natural. This seminar will cover why to prepare, where to start, what to store, what to include in a family disaster plan, relocation, bug-out bags, a two-week plan, foods that keep forever, defense and secrecy.

The wilderness survival workshop will teach primitive fire making, survival psychology, emergency food tips, water purification, signaling, survival kits, lost proofing, wilderness first aid and much more.

Terry Bice, instructor

If you have ever wanted to start bow hunting or if you already hunt but want to know how to find that trophy buck, this seminar is for you. Terry has many years of hunting experience under his belt, as well as great success finding trophy bucks. He will share his experiences and tips to get you on your way to a successful hunt.

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