Sacandaga Sportsmen’s Day
The region’s most informative day for local hunters, fishermen and outdoor lovers, which is sponsored by Bohm Construction and Frank’s Gun Shop, begins at 9:45 at Sacandaga Bible Conference, 191 Lakeview Road.
The $20 admission includes the all-you-can-eat sportsmen’s buffet, two seminars, the chance to win door prizes and a session with the guest speaker, Randy Flannery.
Randy Flannery is a Master Maine guide and owner/operator of Wilderness Escape Outfitters, a year-round sporting and wilderness retreat on the shoreline of Upper Hot Brook Lake in Danforth, Maine. His advanced deer hunting strategies, including tracking and stalking techniques, are known around the country and have been featured in Field & Stream, Deer and Deer Hunting, and the Outdoors Magazine.
Doors open at 9:45 am
10:45 am Welcome and Announcements
11:00 am First Seminar
12:15 pm Second Seminar
1:30 pm Game Buffet
2:45 pm Keynote speaker
3:30 pm Prizes awarded
Elk Chop Steak
Bison Chop Steak
Elk and Bison Gravy
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions
Louisiana Gator Mac & Cheese (with alligator)
Wild rice with Pheasant
Wild Boar Sausage
Smoked Turkey Chili
Quacky Soup (with duck meat)
An assortment of Pies
5 EDIBLES IF LOST IN THE WOODS
BILL NAPLE has spent his entire life in the outdoors, hiking and teaching outdoor education courses. He is a licensed Adirondack guide and Project Wild facilitator for the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
ADIRONDACK DEER DRIVES
DAN LADD, an Outdoor writer, presents a colorful narrative on the time-tested method of deer drive hunting. Dan provides a modern day perspective on party hunting – big and small – and discusses technique, woodsman-ship, saftey, gear and most of all, the benefits of group hunting.
JIG FISHING 101
ROY BILBY, a competitive bass fisherman for nearly 30 years with more than 30,000 bass caught and released and whose sponsors include Bass Pro Shops and Noble Ace Hardware, will be discussing using bait casting gear without a backlash and applying fisheries science to help eliminate the “luck” factor.
DIY FISHING LURES, TACKLE CRAFT AND ICE FISHING GEAR
MARK KIBURZ an environmental scientist, grew up fishing the Schoharie Creek and hiking the Cliffs, and he now shares that love with others as a state-licensed hunting and bowhunting educator and as a youth pastor at Calvary Assembly of God in Cobleskill.
BEARS I HAVE KNOWN AND EATEN
BILL KOZEK will tell stories of his experiences with bears from 46 years of wilderness hunting a remote portion of the Adirondacks. He will show slides and explain how to deal with a bear that will provide very good meat and dispel a few fallacious ideas.
RESCUE TEAM 5-1
STAN BANOVIC will discuss the all volunteer search and rescue team’s efforts as they service Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Schenectady, Saratoga and Hamilton counties, as well as others as needed. They work side by side with other search and rescue teams and the DEC.
TURKEY HUNTING & STRATEGIES
STEVE GEORGE is a life-long outdoorsman and has been hunting turkeys since the early 1980’s. He’s a professional Wildlife Biologist, NYSDEC Licensed Guide, USCG Captain and operator of Allwater Guide Service, LLC. Stephen has been a volunteer DEC Hunter Education instructor for over 26 years teaching the hunting, bowhunting, trapping & waterfowl ID courses.
SOME BASICS OF SELF DEFENSE
BILL PITCHER has been a police firearms instructor since 1985 and has taught fundamentals to police and security officers domestically and internationally. As a DEC officer, he taught basic police training, in-service programs and instructor programs. He was instrumental in developing the first state-accepted force-on-force training program. Though he remains active as a police officer – mostly as a trainer- his primary work now is serving as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Amsterdam.