September 27 is a meaningful date to me on many levels. Not only is it my son Harrisons birthday, but it also is always the opening day of the northern bow season an occasion I relish like a kid at Christmas.
He was born on the bow season opener, I said through a toothy grin to Harrisons mom Mary as I cradled him in my arms, just minutes after his birth.
Thoughts of hunting equipment for Harrisons many birthdays danced in my head.
Thats super Mary replied, seemingly unimpressed with the absolutely huge significance of this twist of fate.
Ignoring the tiny fact that Mary had just endured 18 hours of labor followed by major surgery, I pushed on.
No, no, you dont understand, its the opening day of bow season! I exclaimed excitedly, another toothy, albeit sheepish grin covering my face.
The day NEVER changes!
Would you please bring our son to me, she said in a tired you-have-serious-issues-with-this-hunting-crap tone.
I know. Its a curse.
Interestingly enough, it wasnt long ago that I thought Id be forced to hang my bow up forever - never having the ability to pass this passion on to Harrison.
My left hand remains partially paralyzed from being shot in 1993. I told my physical therapist that my number one goal was to shoot my bow again.
We tried exercises. Adaptive devices on my left arm and hand. Nothing worked. I had the power to draw my bow, but not hold it at full draw. When I released the string it always rode down my arm - causing serious road rash and throwing off my shot.
I finally discovered a product designed to allow physically disabled people to hunt with a bow. Its called a Draw-Loc. It attached to my High Country Archery bow with no drilling and holds the bow at full draw while Im on stand.
A handicapped archery permit from the DECs special licenses unit and BINGO, I was back in business.
The product sells for $139 and can be purchased from a company called Hickory Creek Archery. I highly recommend it to those who are physically incapable of drawing and holding a bow.
It gave me a new lease on bow hunting and gave me the ability to someday share this passion with my son (who, did I mention, was born on opening day?)
Fishing derby a success
The Schroon Lake Kids Fishing Derby, conducted by the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club, was held July 28, 2007.
The group had prizes for various categories. Youngest boy angler was Sean Haggerty. Youngest girl angler was Megan Connor. Youngest angler to catch a fish was Kade Dashnow.
Other prizes included:
Casting, most accurate: Keil Roggie
Longest cast: Keil Teneych; second longest, Casey Wallace; third longest cast: Keil Roggie
Crappie: first place, Val DeCeaser; second place Danny Masonville
Bass: first place, Jennie Pagliuca
Miscellaneous: first place, Shane Vanderwiele
Perch: first place, Joseph Masonville; second place, Lily Senser; third place, Brendon Teneyech
Rock Bass: first place, Samatha Gray; second place, Jenna Vallo; third place, Tyler Burleski
Sun Fish: first place, Kim Olsen; second place Lilo Otto; third place Christine McSweeney.
Largest Fish: Ellen Tamm
Most Fish: Teddy DeMaria
The members of the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club said they would like to thank everyone who helped make this kids derby a success.