BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE As early as 1820, sportsmen came to the Adirondacks to hunt, fish, and camp. Today in the age of GPS, head-to-toe "cammo," and tree stands from Cabela's - they are still coming.
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 22 at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, New York. The museum is planning "A Sportsman's Paradise" - a full day of programs and demonstrations with a little music thrown in - just for outdoor enthusiasts. Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; each is included in the price of general museum admission.
The day will include informal seminars about hunting and fishing, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and share stories. Both seminars will be held in the museum's Mark W. Potter Education Center. At 11 a.m. Patrick Sisti, a licensed NYS Outdoor Guide will offer "Adirondack Pond Fishing 101." Sisti specializes in fly-fishing, fishing trips on the Indian River and Adirondack ponds in Central Hamilton County as well as hiking, camping, canoeing, and nature walks. The seminar will walk participants through steps to locate an Adirondack pond, how to get there and how to fish a pond. Handouts will be provided.
At 1 p.m. Dan Ladd will present "Public Land Deer Hunting." Ladd is an avid hunter, born and raised in the Adirondacks, and although he has never killed a record buck, he is proud of his successes and loves to talk shop with other hunters. When not hunting or working, Ladd writes outdoor articles for The Chronicle in Glens Falls, N.Y., Vermont's Outdoors Magazine, and most recently, New York Outdoor News.
Other activities include Fly Tying for Kids with fish specialist and fly-tying enthusiast Tom Coe, and an Author's Corner with writers and sportsmen who have featured the Adirondacks in publications.
The "hit" of the day will be a 3:30 concert in the Auditorium by Big Trout Radio. Big Trout Radio is an acoustic band featuring Artie Traum, Chris Shaw, and Tim Akstens. Visitors should not miss the exhibits "Woods and Waters: Outdoor Recreation in the Adirondacks," and "The Great Outdoors" - an interactive space that is perfect for family adventures.
The Adirondack Museum is open each day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Oct. 14 and the last two weekends of October. Free admission for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park in October. For more information about exhibits and programs in 2007, call 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org .