Winter gives way to sports show season
The winter season has gotten off to a tremendous start, due to a series of serious storms which whitewashed the region during the recent Holiday season. Unfortunately, if current weather forecasts prove accurate, the white stuff may soon melt into the ground, which has not yet frozen.
Despite the appearance of ice fishermen on several regional lakes, the quality and quantity of local lake ice is very questionable. Personally, I have not been out on the ice, and I have no intentions of attempting to go anytime soon. Although reports indicate there is about 2-3 inches of solid ice, there are also over 18 inches of snow insulating the hard cap.
With the deep snow cover, the lakes are not making any ice and the deep snow and slush makes travel tough and uncomfortable.
While I never like to miss out on an opportunity to fish, I have no interest in imitating an olive in a martini. The fish will have to wait, and so will I.
If you do plan to get out, be sure to bring along a hank of rope, a PFD seat cushion, ice spikes and a long pole or hockey stick.
There have been several reports of anglers breaking through the ice, and I know of at least one new snowmobile that has already performed submarine duty.
Sportsman Show Season
In recent years, an interesting recreational trend has been occurring during the late winter, early spring season. As climate change saps the punch out of our most enduring of seasons, many local sportsmen and women have retreated indoors to enjoy all sorts of their favorite outdoor sports.
Safe from the ravages of the North Country weather, this diverse group of like minded sportsmen, sportswomen and even children have discovered that many of the region’s wildest experiences can be found at a local Sportsmans Show.
Fortunately, many events remain on this year’s calendar, but sadly one, the Altona Sportsmans Show will be missing. The event consistently drew large crowds to that tiny Northern Tier community and the decision was not based on a lack of support
The event’s founders decided to pull up stakes after last year’s successful event, and Suzie and Jeff Thaller have moved to Cranberry Lake, where they will bring their enthusiast for the outdoor life to the old, Stone Manor Motel and Diner, with a promise to be “Open 363 days a year.”
The fourth-annual Sacandaga Sportsmen’s Day, which will be hosted in Broadalbin this weekend, will feature a diverse lineup of seminars featuring local outdoor experts. Participants will enjoy a dinner of locally raised game as well as a keynote address presented by Paige Patterson, a renowned Big Game hunter.
The event organized by the Sacandaga Bible Conference, will open for registration at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Ray Mills Youth Center on Lakeview Road in Brodalbin.
The $20 admission includes all seminars, dozens of vendors, a sportsmen’s buffet, a silent auction and drawings for a huge supply of outdoor gear.
Guests will be able to attend a host of seminars, ranging from Woodcarving, to Bow hunting, and from Whitetail Hunting in the Adirondacks, to Brook Trout Fishing. The list continues with topics such as Ice Fishing, Small Game Hunting, Birds of Prey, and Making Useful Outdoor Tools.
Seminar presenters include Retired NYS Forest Ranger, Gary Hodgson, outdoorman and author, Dan Ladd, Guide and Coast Guard Captain Steve George, and many more.
The event concludes with a Sportsmen’s Buffet, featuring Wild boar chili, D’Artagnan duck, buffalo chorizo, spicy elk and venison summer sausage. All of the game meat is raised locally, including the buffalo, and elk.
This weekend’s event in Broadalbin was developed on a concept that’s been perfected by the fine folks who host the annual Adirondack Sportsmans Dinner in Schroon Lake.
The Schroon Lake event which is organized by representatives from the local community, churches and businesses strives to provide Adirondack outdoorsmen, and women an opportunity “to enjoy a day of fellowship centered on good food, practical seminars and a featured speaker who present the wonders of nature from a Christian prospective.”
In addition to a wide selection of seminars, the Adirondack Sportsmans Dinner incorporates a fine collection of exhibitors at the Sportsman’s Expo, which always includes the Salerno Brothers, Wall of Racks.
Tickets for the annual event typically sell out within minutes of going for sale. Information is available online at www.sportsmensdinner.com
Adirondack Outdoorsman Show
The 8th Annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show which has been hosted annually at the Johnstown Moose Club since 2006, is likely the most traditional of all the North Country sportsmans events.
This year’s event will run from Saturday, February16 through Sunday February 17 from 10am to 5pm. The program follows a traditional sportsman show template, which leans heavily towards hunting, fishing and outdoor travel.
Exhibitors will be displaying a wide range of modern and traditional outdoor gear and camping supplies, as well as archery equipment, trapping supplies, boats and canoes, camping and hiking gear, guides and charter services, taxidermy art, collectable knives, antique outdoor gear, wildlife art and rustic furniture.
Among the many featured guests, and authors in attendance will be Adirondack Historian and Author Don Williams, who will be signing copies of his newest book; “Adirondack People and Places”. The second featured guest will be the Northern Sasquatch Research Society and Brian Gosselin. Gosselin is the Whitehall NY Police Officer who had a 1976 encounter with a “Sasquatch-Like creature”. Visit www.adkshow.com for further information on the event, or contact Mike Hauser at 518-725-5565; firstname.lastname@example.org .
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at email@example.com.