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Southern Tier Outdoor Show seminars offer a variety of topics for sportsmen

Sportsmen love to attend the Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show to pick up information on a variety of outdoor topics. Several free seminars will be offered on October 14-15 at the show’s new location at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath.

New to the show is Sheri Baity, a renowned coyote hunter known as “Crow Woman” for her game call prowess. Her company, Crow’s Nest Calls, makes true to nature wood calls. She will present a session on coyote behavior, game calls and scenarios entitled, “We are part-time hunters hunting full-time hunters.”

Ben Williams of Ol’ Tin Cup Habitat Restoration and Enhancement, will offer two sessions on Food Plots: the Basics to the science behind them and Habitat Management Strategies for Success.

Ron Good, an award winning photographer, who has received recognition for his landscape and wildlife images in three states, will offer two sessions:  Outdoor Photography 101 for the basics and Outdoor Photography 201 covering photographic equipment, specialized skills, and critiquing your own images. Participants are encouraged to bring their own photography equipment and images for analysis and discussion.

Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures has been on national television for three years, first on the Sportsman Channel and now on the Pursuit Channel. They focus on introducing young people to the hunting heritage, women in the outdoors and continuing the sport of hunting like our predecessors. They are returning to the show this year to present the following seminars.

  1. Putting the human element into your turkey hunting: Join 5 time NY STATE calling champion Steve Schicker as he explains the most common causes for not connecting with a turkey. Learn why most hunters over complicate calling in a turkey.
  2. Successful Deer hunting: Join the FWO team as they share their experience in what makes them successful in the deer woods, from using scents and lures, rattling techniques, calling, scouting, hanging stands and everything in between.  Watch clips from their hit T.V. show.
  3. Africa, hunting the Dark Continent: FWO SR  pro staffer Ben Lowe covers all of experience, majesty, allure of hunting South Africa.  The experience is more affordable than most people think. Learn how to make your dream safari hunt a reality. Watching scenes from Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures TV should get you pumped to start your own African Adrenaline Adventures!
  4. Hunting with a camera: The top ten mistakes people make when trying to film a hunt. Whether you are trying to film a friend, family member, self film  or you are trying to put together your own show, learn from the guys that have been there and done that.
  5. Hunting Black bears in North America: From NY to New Mexico, Maine to the Canadian wilderness watch scenes from Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures TV to illustrate what Steve and Ben are talking about to increase your chances of taking one of North America’s top big game animals.
  6. State Hopping for big game: Steve will cover how easy and affordable it is to hunt out of state to fulfill your dreams of tagging your dream animals. From finding state lands to choosing the right outfitters and packing for your next Adrenaline Adventures.

Steve Schicker is Founder/ president of Forever Wild Outdoors Video productions LLC and the Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures TV show. He has been hunting for 35 years and has hunted in 19 states and Canada for deer, turkey, bear, elk, mule deer, etc. He is an accomplished seminar speaker, freelance outdoor writer, wildlife artist, 5 time New York State turkey calling champion, former United States Marine and current animal control protection and law enforcement officer.

For specific times of the seminars and more information on the Southern Tier Outdoor Show call 607-664-2300 or visit www.SouthernTIerOutdoorShow.com .

 

The 2017 Southern Tier Outdoor Show to host a sanctioned turkey call contest!

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show is back for its 11th year and will be held for the first time at the Steuben County Fairgrounds. But all the fun activities and exhibitors have not changed. There will be outdoor gear and seminars for the sportsmen and plenty of hands-on outdoor activities for the youth. The show is scheduled for October 14 and 15, 2017.

In addition to the show’s annual Youth Turkey Calling Contest, there will also be a sanctioned turkey calling contest held at noon on October 15. Both youth and adults can compete and winners will qualify to advance to the national contest in Nashville in February 2018. There will be cash prizes for the top three contestants of each division. Rules and registration forms can be found on the website. Those pre-registering by October 6 will receive a free show admission pass. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Cohocton Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation booth in the Conservation Building.

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15. Admission is just $5 per person or $10 per carload. Food will be available all day at the show. For more information visit SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-664-2300. Join the show on Facebook at SouthernTierOutdoorShow and on Instagram at STOutdoorShow.

Southern Tier Outdoor Show offers free Kids Ice Camp in 2017
U.S.A. Ice Team Member Ben Blegen will lead the camp

The 11th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show, scheduled for Oct 14-15, 2017 in Bath, New York, offers a variety of wildlife shows, exhibitors and interactive activities to help both sportsmen and their families explore the outdoors. The show is moving this year to the Steuben County Fairgrounds off I-86 Exit 38, so local businesses and organizations can share their products and services to encourage participation in outdoor activities, promote environmental stewardship and offer outdoor awareness and education.

A brand new feature this year is Kids Ice Camp, a mini camp offered three times on Saturday and two times on Sunday to youth. They will be led by Ben Blegen who was a member of the U.S.A. Ice Team last winter at the World Ice Fishing Championships in Latvia. The camp is open to kids of all ages and their parents. Kids will get a hands-on experience learning about ice safety, different kinds of bait used for ice fishing, basic techniques used in ice fishing, techniques used to attract and catch fish and some “really cool fish facts” such as “All fish really do have hair like humans!” Youth who complete the camp will each receive a rod and reel combo set compliments of sponsors Lucky John USA and Bucket Hoodie.

Lucky John USA is committed in getting kids engaged in the outdoors, especially in winter months when they don’t have as many activities to participate in.  Over the past decade Ben has run numerous kids camps in states across the country’s ice belt. He believes through education and product giveaways, kids will gain a new enthusiasm, the education and the right tools to get off the couch and get active in the winter.

The ice fishing camp will be held near the Youth Fishing Pond at the show. A small pond with a special bridge over the water. On the bridge kids will be able to fish through simulated ice fishing holes.

About 7,000 people flock to the Southern Tier Outdoor Show each October to spend a day enjoying exhibitors, demonstrations, wildlife shows and professional seminars. The $5 per person/$10 per car fee includes free parking, shows, activities and a show program. The show is open 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. The event adds new features and vendors each year!

All this plus around 150 exhibitors will be on site with a variety of outdoor products and services. The food court will offer a dozen different choices of meals and snacks all day. For more information, visit www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-664-2300. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTierOutdoorShow and Instagram at @STOutdoorShow.

Southern Tier Outdoor Show invites the public to enter the Retriever Challenge
Visit the show Oct 14-15 at the Bath Fairgrounds

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show is back for its 11th year and will be held for the first time at the Steuben County Fairgrounds. The fun activities and exhibitors will be back along with quite a few new additions. There will be outdoor gear and seminars for the sportsmen and plenty of hands-on outdoor activities for the youth. The show is scheduled for October 14 and 15, 2017.

The public is invited this year to enter their retrieving dog in the Upland and Antler Retriever Challenge at the show. This fun contest will see which dog does the best job of responding to commands to retrieve a bumper from 40 yards. The contest is free and will run at noon and 2:00 p.m. each day at the show. Prizes, including a 5-bird hunt, will be awarded to those dogs with the best times.

Registration for the Challenge can be made by calling 607-664-2300 or by signing up at the Show Office at the entrance to the show. Dogs are welcome to attend the Outdoor Show with their families but must be kept on a leash.

The show will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15. Admission is just $5 per person or $10 per carload. Food will be available all day at the show. For more information visit SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-664-2300. Join the show on Facebook at SouthernTierOutdoorShow and on Instagram at STOutdoorShow.

 

Both sportsmen and kids will love the Southern Tier Outdoor Show!
Visit the show Oct 14-15 at the Bath Fairgrounds

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show is back for its 11th year and will be held for the first time at the Steuben County Fairgrounds. But all the fun activities and exhibitors have not changed. There will be outdoor gear and seminars for the sportsmen and plenty of hands-on outdoor activities for the youth. The show is scheduled for October 14 and 15, 2017.

New this year is a free Mini Ice Camp for the kids. U.S.A. Ice Team member Ben Blegen is so excited to introduce the new generation to ice fishing that he rounded up Lucky John USA and Bucket Hoodie to sponsor an ice fishing rod and reel combo giveaway to each kid who attends. Kids will learn about ice safety, different kinds of bait used for ice fishing, basic techniques used to attract and catch fish and some really cool fish facts.  The camps will last about 45 minutes and be offered three times a day during the show.

The show’s annual Youth Turkey Calling Contest will now be a sanctioned contest. This means that both youth and adults can compete and winners will be eligible to go to the national contest in Nashville next February. Rules and registration forms can be found on the website.

Another new activity this year will be beekeeping. Following the steady decline in the number of honeybee hives over the past few decades, support for the honeybees has grown in the way of a home honeybee hobby. The Soaring Capital Beekeepers Association from Horseheads will help kids understand the process. They will have a framed bee simulator to show kids the inside of a beehive, let them examine the beekeeping suits, and have activities and honey takeaways.

Many of the regular youth activities will still be on hand. There will be a fishing pond, tomahawk throw, archery, ropes course, martial arts, air rifle and laser shooting.

Families will be able to enjoy several wildlife shows. Morgan Eagle Falconry will show how birds of prey are used in the sport of hunting live game.  The Bwana Jim Wildlife Show will showcase a variety of reptiles in a unique and memorable way that is sure to make everyone laugh. Upland and Antler Kennels will have a daily dog show. And Tanglewood Nature Center will be on hand with some of their critters. Families can also enjoy watching Elaine Foy transform fallen trees with her chainsaw. She creates a combination of folk art and whimsical fancies such as mermaids and dragons rather than the traditional chainsaw type carvings.

Everyone will be inspired by this year’s headliner, Matt “The Armless Archer” Stutzman. Although born with no arms, Matt has achieved what many feel would be impossible. He broke the Guinness World Record in 2016 for the longest accurate archery shot. Come watch how he does it, and listen how he uses humor at his own expense to be entertained, inspired and believing that anything is possible.

Sportsmen can get new gear and information from over 150 exhibitors. They can take part in any of a number of great seminars offered by the Pursuit Channel’s TV host of Forever Wild Outdoors.  They can get their trophy buck scored by the New York Big Buck Club, or test out a Parker crossbow.  And they can enter into the show drawing for a four-man Finger Lakes Waterfowl trip by Frontenac Fowlers Guide Service.

Vendor space is still available, and the show is seeking volunteers to help run the activities. Contact Carla Dawejko at 607-583-3224 for details.

Sponsors of the show include Wilkins RV, Inc, Hickory Hill Camping Resort, Tioga Downs Casino, Silver Lake Marine, Inc., Lamb & Webster, G.T. Hydrographics, Fins & Feathers Taxidermy, Wilbri Inc., Finger Lakes Chapter of the Friends of NRA, and CNY Custom Rods & Reels.

The show will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15. Admission is just $5 per person or $10 per carload. Food will be available all day at the show. For more information visit SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-664-2300. Join the show on Facebook at SouthernTierOutdoorShow and on Instagram at STOutdoorShow.

 

The Paralympic silver medalist dedicated his season
to competing in able-bodied and open events.

He will appear in Bath on October 14-15, 2017

London 2012 runner-up and two-time Paralympian Matt Stutzman won the compound men’s title at the US National Target Championships in Westfield, Indiana the first week of August, beating winds of up to 30 mph as well as an experienced field that included World Games medalist Kris Schaff and international medalists Steve Anderson and Bridger Deaton.

Matt holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Accurate Archery Shot of 310 yards. A pretty amazing feat for anyone—but for someone with no arms, that is incredible! He will be a featured attraction at this year’s Southern Tier Outdoor Show in Bath on October 14 and 15.

“I’m still trying to do the pinch-me moment,” Stutzman said to USA Archery. “I’ve been trying to do this all year and it’s surreal. I know the conditions were really rough but I still felt like I shot really good.”

Stutzman, who was born with no arms, won the silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and competed in his second Games in Rio. Prior the 2017 season, he announced he would be focusing on competing in able-bodied and open events with a view to making a US team.

In the US Open Finals, also an able-bodied competition, Matt took second place in a tough battle that went down to the wire.

Inexplicably born without arms in December of 1982, Matt’s birthparents were soon overwhelmed with the obvious challenges that lay ahead. He was put up for adoption, and in January of 1983, Matt was welcomed into the home of Leon and Jean Stutzman.

A remarkably patient, compassionate and strong willed couple, the Stutzman’s guided Matt through a youth of seemingly insurmountable obstacles of everyday living largely taken for granted in an able-bodied world. Their philosophy was simple; Matt was permitted to try almost anything…if he could do it on his own. Years later, the result is a extraordinary young man, a family man, who can do virtually anything with his feet.

Though originally fitted for prosthetic arms as a child, Matt found them cumbersome and…unnatural. Today, perhaps the most remarkable thing about Matt is that he lives without prosthetics, in a completely un-adapted world. His home, car and life are void of modifications of any sort. He lives in the same world you do and has found a way to do virtually everything with his feet. This includes eating, grooming and writing…as well as playing the guitar, car maintenance and of course, extraordinary abilities with a bow and arrow.

Matt’s original interest in marksmanship began when he learned to shoot a gun, and then taught himself to shoot a penny at 50yards away. He took to a bow and arrow so as to join his father while hunting. Eventually it became his passion and evolved into his dream to become the world’s best archer.

Though many may argue otherwise, Matt considers his physical challenges to be advantageous to archery. His necessary style of shooting with his leg provides great stability with the bow, and a lifetime of indescribable patience and tenacity are deeply ingrained characteristics that would serve any athlete, in any sport, well.

Dubbed The Armless Archer, Matt’s remarkable story has captured the attention of the media around the world. A natural publicspeaker, he regularly uses humor (at his own expense) and remarkable demonstrations of his foot skills, to engage audiences of all kinds who are left entertained, inspired and believing anything is possible.

Matt will have performances at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day at the Southern Tier Outdoor Show in October. The show moves to the Steuben County Fairgrounds this year. More information can be found by visiting SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or by calling 607-664-2300.

 

11th annual outdoor show encourages Southern Tier families to get outside and explore the outdoors

The 11th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show, scheduled for Oct 14-15, 2017 in Bath, New York, offers a variety of wildlife shows, exhibitors and interactive activities to help both sportsmen and their families explore the outdoors. The show is moving this year to the Steuben County Fairgrounds off I-86 Exit 38, so local businesses and organizations can share their products and services to encourage participation in outdoor activities, promote environmental stewardship and offer outdoor awareness and education. The show is accepting new vendors and sponsors at SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com.

About 7,000 people flock to this show each October to spend a day enjoying exhibitors, demonstrations, wildlife shows and professional seminars. The $5 per person/$10 per car fee includes free parking, shows, activities and a show program. The show is open 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. The event adds new features and vendors each year!

This year’s features include Matt “The Armless Archer” Stutzman, who holds a Guinness World Record for the longest accurate archery shot despite his lack of arms. Forever Wild Outdoors, whose national television show, Adrenaline Adventures, is on the Pursuit Channel, will bring co-hosts Gerry Rightmyer and Steven Shicker to offer several sportsman seminars. Animal shows include MorganEagle Falconry and the Bwana Jim Wildlife Show. Jim Beverly, a noted local retriever trainer, will give demonstrations and instruction for dog owners. And Ben Blegen, a member of the U.S.A. Ice Team, will bring a Kids Ice Camp to the show for the first time. There will also be a sanctioned Turkey Calling Contest for both adults and youth.

A key focus of the show is to get youth involved in outdoor activities, and there will be plenty of hands-on activities for them to try. They include archery, fishing, tomahawk throwing, the Bristol Mountain Aerial Rope Course, the Crosman Air Rifle Trailer and much more.

For adults, there is Crossbow testing, an Army hunting simulator, New York Big Buck Club trophy scoring, and numerous raffles including the grand prize for a 4-man Finger Lakes Waterfowl trip.

All this plus around 150 exhibitors will be on site with a variety of outdoor products and services. The food court will offer a dozen different choices of meals and snacks all day. For more information, visit www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-664-2300. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTierOutdoorShow and Instagram at @STOutdoorShow.

 

Southern Tier Outdoor Show selects new location for 2017 event

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show, created in 2007, has announced that the show has grown too large to remain at Wilkins RV, Inc. in Bath, where it has been held for ten years.  The show’s board of directors began looking for a suitable new space to continue to grow in 2017, and the lead candidate for the new location is the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath, NY. The show will remain on the second weekend of October, which in 2017 is October 14-15.

“After ten great years, Wilkins RV has informed us that they will not be able to host the show going into the future,” announced Thomas Tomsa, the President of the Southern Tier Outdoor Show, Inc.

“The Southern Tier Outdoor Show has been a great event for our community and for our organization,” stated Brian Wilkins, President of Wilkins RV.  “Unfortunately, as the event has grown, it truly has outgrown our facility and has become a greater distraction for our customers.  In order for the event to continue to grow, it needs to find a venue that was designed for hosting public events like this.”

The show is looking for new volunteers to help execute the additional planning required to put on the 2017 event at a new location. The planning committee meets every other month beginning in January and would welcome people who want to assist with exhibitors, promotion, attractions, services or grants.  The show also welcomes new sponsors and vendors. For more information on contributing to the 2017 show, call the Board of Directors secretary, Carla Dawejko, at 607-583-3224.

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show put on its 10th annual show at Wilkins RV, Inc. in October. The show draws over 130 vendors and 7,000 visitors each year to the two day event. It highlights outdoor activities, services and products and encourages youth to get involved in the outdoors by offering numerous hands-on activities. The creators of the show moved the entity to a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization in 2015 in order to make it sustainable in the community for many years.

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show operates with the mission of “providing outdoor awareness and natural resources education by bringing together local businesses and organizations promoting and sharing their products, services and expertise to encourage participation in outdoor activities, promote environmental stewardship, and enhance quality of life.”

10th annual outdoor show encourages Southern Tier families to get outside and explore the outdoors

The 10th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show, scheduled for Oct 8-9, 2016 in Bath, New York, offers a variety of wildlife shows, exhibitors and interactive activities to help both sportsmen and their families explore the outdoors. The show is held at Wilkins RV, Inc. on Route 415, off I-86 Exit 37, so local businesses and organizations can share their products and services to encourage participation in outdoor activities, promote environmental stewardship and offer outdoor awareness and education.

About 7,000 people flock to this show each October to spend a day enjoying exhibitors, demonstrations, wildlife shows and professional seminars. The $5 per person/$10 per car fee includes free parking, shows, activities and a show program. The show is open 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.

The event adds new features and vendors each year!

There will be plenty of animal shows for the family this year. Maxman Reptile Rescue will offer an interactive show of turtles, snakes and lizards. General Class falconer Normajean Albright brings MorganEagle Falconry to the show with an exciting display of birds of prey in flight demonstrations and explanation of how these birds are used in the sport of hunting live game. And the Binghamton Ross Park Zoomobile will be on hand with a variety of mammals, birds and amphibians. A 4-H Petting Zoo will include several small animals and a mini horse.

Forever Wild Outdoors has put on a national television show, Adrenaline Adventures, first on the Sportsman Channel and now seen on the Pursuit Channel. Co-hosts Gerry Rightmyer and Steven Shicker will be at the show to offer three seminars each day on hunting black bear, filming your own hunt, turkey hunting, trail camera tactics, field judging trophy whitetails and ground blind tactics. Forever Wild Outdoors aims to bring “reality” back to “reality television.” In their shows, they showcase the many opportunities to experience hunts in New York without spending large sums of money. They focus primarily on big gamehunting and turkey, but have also filmed fly fishing trips and bow-fishing tournaments. They focus on how the hunt makes you feel rather on the biggest and best trophies.

Other seminars will include tips on Food Plots by Craig Stevens, Waterfowling and Big Rigging Over Water by Frontenac Fowlers Guide Service, Ice Fishing Techniques by U.S.A. Ice Team Members Ben and Luke Blegen, Deer Tracking by the Finger Lakes Chapter of Deer Search, Land Trapping by Mountain Top Trapping, Land Management Building by OTC Management, and self defense by Penn Yan Martial Arts.

Rochester Personal Defense LLC will offer the Utah/Florida Multi State Carry Permit class on October 8 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. and the New York Permit Legalities and Firearm Safety Class on October 9 from 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Those with a flair for art can take a two-hour class either day to paint an outdoor scene on an old vinyl record. Zest4Art’s Aimee will guide each class participant step by step through the process.

Jim Beverly once again brings his Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge (CRHC) Championship to the show on Sunday, Oct. 9. The top three scores from four CRHC events earlier this year will compete in the Championship. A full day dog training clinic will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 and will qualify three more participants for Sunday’s championship. The CRHC provides each dog and handler team with a real life hunting scenario – a goose hunt in the field and a duck hunt over water. There are great prizes for the participants and it is a fun event to watch for visitors.

The audience can join in a number of contests to win trophies and prizes:

  • Youth can compete in a Turkey Calling Contest on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. sponsored by the Cohocton Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Visit the website for applications.
  • Visitors to the show can fill out entries to win another super Grand Prize for a 4-man Finger Lakes Waterfowl Trip provided by Frontenac Fowlers Guide Service. The prize is up to 8 hours of heart pounding migration duck and goose hunting action aboard a 24-ft Sea Ark super Jon john boat complete with a home cooked breakfast and led by Master Captain and NYS Licensed Guide Jay Barnes.
  • Pick up a ticket for just $10 at the Cooperative Extension booth for a chance at a 2016 Parker Thunderhawk Crossbow complete with G2 Bull-Pup Trigger and 3X Illuminated MR Scope, quiver and arrows. Only 150 tickets will be sold! Test out a new crossbow at the Parker Shooting Trailer!
  • And pick up a Kanona Fire Department Annual Sportsman and Cash Raffle ticket. There will only be 1,000 tickets sold at $10 each for your chance at 20 great prizes including cash, shotguns, bows, and rifles.

Youth and adults alike can try their hand at a number of outdoor activities:

  • Bring your shotgun to the show to compete at the Youth Hunter Education Challenge’s clay pigeon flurry shoot.  Younger archers will enjoy Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Shooting Sports Program’s archery education and shooting as well as the laser shooting course and hunting simulator.
  • On Saturday, the Bristol Mountain Mobile Aerial Rope Course is ideal for children ages 4-12. The mobile park has eight unique elements including fisherman net, wooden board bridge, vertical net, monkey rope, spider web, and log swings. The Army Climbing Wall provides another opportunity for youth to challenge their abilities.
  • Youth can try the Tomahawk Throw and Indoor Fishing Pond for more outdoor fun. The pond will be partially equipped to use as an ice-fishing pond!
  • Outdoorsmen can bring their trophy mounts for official scoring at the New York Big Buck Club booth.

All this plus around 150 exhibitors will be on site with a variety of outdoor products and services. The food court will offer a dozen different choices of meals and snacks all day. For more information, visit www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-664-2300. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTierOutdoorShow and Twitter at www.twitter.com/STOutdoorShow.

 

9th annual outdoor show encourages Southern Tier families to get outside and explore the outdoors

The 9th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show, scheduled for Oct 10-11, 2015 in Bath, New York, offers a variety of wildlife shows, exhibitors and interactive activities to help both sportsmen and their families explore the outdoors. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County coordinates the show held at Wilkins RV, Inc. on Route 415, off I-86 Exit 37, so the public can get close to nature and enjoy some new outdoor recreation opportunities.

About 7,000 people flock to this show each October to spend a day enjoying exhibitors, demonstrations, wildlife shows and professional seminars. The $5 per car fee also includes free parking, shows, activities and a show program. The show is open 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.

The show adds new features each year! The 2015 highlights include…

Wolves of the World is the only traveling wolf pack in the world! The most unique show on the road, it presents a whole pack of wolves performing before your eyes. Learn how these rescued wolves are raised in captivity and display the traits of the wolf packs, about the natural behaviors of wolves, the do’s and don’ts of human interaction with wild animals and at the conclusion of each of the three daily shows, the audience is invited into the wolves’ habitat where they have the chance to watch the wolves being fed.

General Class falconer Normajean Albright brings MorganEagle Falconry to the show with an exciting display of birds of prey in flight demonstrations and explanation of how these birds are used in the sport of hunting live game. Albright will be featuring a Red Tailed Hawk, a Harris Hawk and a Lanner Falcon.

Professional speakers will feed the avid sportsman on outdoor topics such as:

  • Come meet Ben & Luke Blegan, current members of the U.S.A. Ice team. A pro-staffer at CNY Custom Rods and Reels, Ben will offer fishing tips and techniques and Luke will help his audience understand ice fishing. This year’s youth fishing pond will be partially converted to an ice fishing activity.
  • Oakridge Game Calls/Oakridge Outdoors TV will offer their pro staff, Sean Karns, Jeff Scott and TV Host Craig Robbins speaking on waterfowl hunting, New York State bucks, using scents, and getting video footage.
  • Learn about training retrievers from expert trainer Jim Beverly, about Food Plots from Craig Stephens of Finger Lakes Food Plots, and about the maple grading system from Dan Henning of Trout Creek Farm and much more!
  • The Department of Environmental Conservation Hunter Education Course will be offered on Friday evening and Saturday and is open to students age 11 years and older.

The audience can join in a number of contests to win trophies and prizes:

  • Bring your bow to compete in the XFactor 3D Archery Course, a unique shooting experience designed to simulate a real hunting scenario. The pop up target system delivers lots of energy and constant action. $20 per round or $10 to requalify on Saturday or up til noon on Sunday. Then the top ten scores will compete in the Tournament for a cash prize of $500. For those who just want to shoot for fun, $10 a round and $5 to requalify to be entered in the drawing for great archery prizes.
  • The Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge on Sunday, October 11 at noon focuses on a typical owner/handler of a retriever that is a family companion as well as a hunting partner. The two contest levels consist of goose and duck hunting scenarios for handlers at least 12 years of age and older. The event is supervised and judged by Jim Beverly, a renowned retriever trainer from western New York with 50 years of experience in the waterfowl hunting industry. Entries cost $30. To register call Beverly at 716-474-4661.
  • Youth can compete in a Turkey Calling Contest on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. sponsored by the Cohocton Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Visit the website for applications.
  • Visitors to the show can fill out entries to win another super Grand Prize for a 4-man Finger Lakes Waterfowl Trip provided by Frontenac Fowlers Guide Service. The prize is up to 8 hours of heart pounding migration duck and goose hunting action aboard a 24-ft Sea Ark super Jon john boat complete with a home cooked breakfast and led by a Master Captain and NYS Licensed Guide.
  • Pick up a ticket for just $10 at the Cooperative Extension booth for a chance at a Mission MXB Sniper Lite complete with scope, quiver, rope cocker and case. Only 150 tickets will be sold! And pick up a Kanona Fire Department Annual Sportsman and Cash Raffle ticket. There will only be 1,000 tickets sold at $10 each for your chance at 20 great prizes including cash, shotguns, bows, and rifles.

Youth and adults alike can try their hand at a number of outdoor activities:

  • Bring your shotgun to the show to compete at the Youth Hunter Education Challenge’s clay pigeon flurry shoot.       Younger archers will enjoy Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Shooting Sports Program’s archery education and shooting as well as the Crosman air rifle experience and NEW THIS YEAR – a laser shooting course.
  • New this year is the Bristol Mountain Mobile Aerial Rope Course. Ideal for children ages 4-12, the mobile park has eight unique elements including fisherman net, wooden board bridge, vertical net, monkey rope, spider web, and log swings.
  • Try the Tomahawk Throw and Indoor Fishing Pond, this year partially equipped to use as an ice-fishing pond!
  • Outdoorsmen can bring their trophy mounts for official scoring at the New York Big Buck Club booth.
  • Watch our chainsaw carver create amazing creations out of wood.

All this plus around 150 exhibitors will be on site with a variety of outdoor products and services. The food court will offer a dozen different choices of meals and snacks all day. For more information, visit www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-664-2300. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTierOutdoorShow and Twitter at www.twitter.com/STOutdoorShow.

 

Multi-State Carry Permit and New York Legalities classes to be offered Oct 8 and 9 in Bath

The Utah/Florida Multi State Carry Permit course and the New York Permit Legalities and Firearm Safety class will be offered at the Southern Tier Outdoor Show at Wilkins RV, Inc. 7520 State Route 415, Bath on October 8 and 9.

The Utah/Florida Multi State Carry Permit course will be offered October 8 from 12:30-4:00 p.m. This is the one you want to attend if you wish to carry concealed in as many states as possible! Get BOTH is one sitting! Offered by Rochester Personal Defense LLC, this course will provide you with the correct training, the right way, (no shortcuts or tricks) to assist you in your application process for the permits. We will cover the specific laws of each state, firearms safety, mindset, methods for effective carry, de-escalation, basic firearms skills, and more.

Don’t be fooled by others that give you a letter of training and competency when all you do is handle a dummy gun (or less). Florida requires the following proof of training and competency to apply:  a certificate from an NRA Basic Firearms class, a DD-214 from the military, a certificate from a hunters safety training course, or a letter or certificate issued by a certified instructor stating that you have completed a session that includes live-fire and competency with a handgun.

If you have already attended one of our handgun training classes, (NRA Basic Pistol, Concealed Carry Basics, UCPT, CCW-1, CCW-2, CCW-3, etc.) then all you need to do is submit a copy of the certificate from the class. Once you have obtained your Utah and Florida permits, combined with your New York permit, you will be legal to carry in the following 35 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Cost of the class is $135. Register by visiting http://www.bit.ly/multistateclass.

The New York Permit Legalities and Firearm Safety class will be offered October 9 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. This class has been accepted by numerous counties including: Broome, Chenango, Genesee, Herkimer, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Steuben, and Tioga, as acceptable training to obtain your permit. If you are going to go through the process to obtain a permit in New York State (OR you already have one) this is the class for you! Safety and responsibility are the main goals of this course, but you will also learn about the differing laws and regulations regarding your permit, the mindset and attitude that each and every firearms owner should have, safe use and storage of your firearm, and more.

More and more NY counties are asking or even requiring applicants to obtain a course just like this one before they can apply or receive their permits. Do the responsible thing and attend. Educating yourself on this subject is important. Even if you already have your NY Permit, you should attend to learn about the laws and mindset regarding owning and carrying your handgun. At the completion of the course, you will be issued a letter of completion to submit to the licensing office.

Steuben County applicants: There will be a hands on practical section with a simulated handgun to fulfill your county requirements.

Cost of the class is $45. Register by visiting http://www.bit.ly/newyorkclass.

 

Dog Training Clinic will take place October 8 in Bath

An all-day Dog Training Clinic will be offered to the public on Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Southern Tier Outdoor Show at Wilkins RV, Inc., 7520 State Route 415 in Bath. The clinic will be run by Jim Beverly, who has 50 years of experience in training retrievers and is sponsored by numerous product lines in the waterfowl hunting industry. The seminar covers how a dog thinks and learns and teaches Beverly’s successful training techniques and attitudes. He will show what the retriever does when hunting and demonstrate how to start a puppy or dog in the training process.

Jim Beverly released a training DVD which includes everything from picking a pup, conditioning and training for field and marsh hunting. He developed The Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge several years ago and now runs the event as a five event series during the year culminating in a championship run off at the Southern Tier Outdoor Show on Sunday. Those participating in the Saturday dog clinic will be eligible for a space in the Championship on October 9. The Championship event includes a goose hunting scenario following by  duck hunting scenario over water. Each handler will set up with his dog, blow calls and be shooting a 12 gauge popper (blanks) load just as though they were hunting. Bumpers will be used to simulate an incoming bird. Prizes of $300, $200 and $100 as well as hunting equipment will be distributed.

The cost for the Saturday dog clinic is $40. There is space for a maximum of 10 dogs/handlers and pre-registration is required by contacting  jbeverly@retrievertrainer.com.

 

It’s a New Spin on Art!

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show is offering a brand new spin on art at its 10th annual show on October 8 and 9 in Bath, New York! They will be offering a class during the sportsmen show for those more interested in artistry than in hunting equipment. The two hour class will walk the participant through painting an outdoor scene on a recycled vinyl record.

Aimee Bergvall of Wayland began this love of vinyl in 2012 when she inherited her grandmother’s record collection, but did not own a record player. Instead, she started painting on them for Christmas presents. Today she has an entire business of teaching social painting classes on vinyl records.

Upcycling records into paintings that now hang on a wall has been a rewarding experience for Bergvall. “I love hearing people nostalgically discussing the record covers at the end of class as they choose one to take home with their piece. The music and song titles continue to inspire me as does the process of painting in a sustainable way, and I enjoy sharing this experience with others (even if it means explain to kids what a record is!) It’s a beautiful way to share our artwork and keep this classic music alive.” she says.

The show classes will take place from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on both October 8 and October 9 at the show held at Wilkins RV, Inc., 7520 State Route 415 in Bath. The charge is $35 and can be paid online at www.bit.ly/recordpainting. For more information about the classes or the show, contact Carla at 607-583-3224.

 

Southern Tier Outdoor Show looking for volunteers

The 10th annual edition of the Southern Tier Outdoor Show will occur on October 8 and 9 in Bath! The event has grown over the years to draw around 7,000 visitors to its two day event including exhibitors, wildlife shows, and hands-on youth activities. The event is currently taking applications for volunteers.

Volunteers can donate as little as a couple hours or put in the entire weekend. All help is appreciated. There are active positions such as helping kids fish or directing the crowd through activity stations, and there are quieter ways to serve such as transporting the public around the grounds on a golf cart or manning a stationery booth. The entire list of positions can be found at http://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com/volunteer.

Volunteers who work at least 4 hours will receive a t-shirt, a meal ticket and water.  Friday set up includes a pizza lunch. All volunteers receive access to the entire show anytime during the weekend in which they are not working.

If you can help us, or if you have questions, please contact Carla at 607-583-3224 or by email at crd24@cornell.edu.

 

Forever Wild TV hosts will offer several seminars at the Southern Tier Outdoor Show

Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures has been on national television for three years, first on the Sportsman Channel and now on the Pursuit Channel. They focus on introducing young people to the hunting heritage, women in the outdoors and continuing the sport of hunting like our predecessors. The hosts of the show, Gerry Rightmyer and Steve Schicker will be providing several free seminars at the Southern Tier Outdoor Show on October 8-9 at Wilkins RV, Inc., 7520 State Route 415 in Bath.

The seminars they will be offering are:

  • Hunting Northeastern Black Bear – Whether it’s New York, Maine, or Canada… hunting Black Bear can be challenging and exciting. Join Forever Wild Outdoors co-hosts, Steve Schicker and Gerry Rightmyer, as they talk about hunting the elusive Black Bear of the Northeast. This seminar will be extra special as you’ll witness real bear hunting footage from previous episodes of Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures TV show.
  • Filming Your Own Hunts – Join Steve Schicker and Gerry Rightmyer, as they give you their best tips and tactics for filming your own hunts. Nationally known videographers, Steve and Gerry will tell you about all of their successes and failures while filming for a National television show.
  • Turkey Hunting New York Gobblers – Join Five-time New York State Turkey Calling Champion, Steve Schicker, as he reveals all of his turkey hunting secrets, and readies you for that Fall or Springtime bird. Get ready for some clucking, purring, yelping, and gobbling, as Steve works all of the different calls in his arsenal. You won’t want to miss this informative turkey seminar that only Steve can provide.
  • Trail Camera Tactics For Trophy Whitetails – Join FWO co-host, Gerry Rightmyer, as he presents an informative and entertaining seminar on the proper use of trail cameras for hunting that monster buck. All of the deer in this seminar are New York deer, with some interesting video footage of some truly giant deer.
  • Field Judging Trophy Whitetails –Join FWO co-hosts, Gerry Rightmyer and Steve Schicker, as they discuss some of the challenges of field judging trophy whitetails. If you want to talk about giant whitetails, this seminar will help you accurately determine rack size while in the field. As a New York State Big Buck Club Measurer, Gerry will give you all of his trade secrets to “measuring” deer in the field.
  • Ground Blind Tactics For Deer And Turkey – Join Steve Schicker and Gerry Rightmyer as they discuss the advantages of hunting deer and turkey from a ground blind. Watch highlights from their hit TV show, Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures on the Pursuit Channel. You’ll get the opportunity to watch clips from past episodes that highlight the use of ground blinds. Think you know everything about blind hunting? Tune in to this seminar on using homemade and commercial ground blinds… you won’t want to miss this one !

Gerry and Steve will be on hand at the outdoor show all weekend to talk to the public and will be showing episodes from their TV show.

Gerry Rightmyer is the Co-Producer and Co-Host of Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures television show, He has hunted 15 states, five Canadian Provinces, South America and two provinces in South Africa. Over that span, he has qualified animals in the Boone and Crockett, Pope and Young and New York State records. He has entries in the New York State NWTF records as well. Many of his trophies abroad have received gold and silver medals in the Safari Club International records. He is an accomplished outdoor writer, published in Big Game Adventures Magazine, Eastmans’ Hunting Journal, Huntin’ Fool Magazine, North American Hunter, Big Buck Magazine and various other online journals and blogs. Gerry was an eight-year veteran of Realtree’s Medallion Pro Staff, and was on Scent Lok’s advisory team for many years. He has proudly served as a Cabela’s Big Game Pro Staffer for the past eight years. He is passionate about introducing youngsters and first-time hunters to the outdoors.

Steve Schicker is Founder/ president of Forever Wild Outdoors Video productions LLC and the Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures TV show. He has been hunting for 35 years and has hunted in 19 states and Canada for deer, turkey, bear, elk, mule deer, etc. He is an accomplished seminar speaker, freelance outdoor writer, wildlife artist, 5 time New York State turkey calling champion, former United States Marine and current animal control protection and law enforcement officer.

For specific times of the seminars and more information on the Southern Tier Outdoor Show call 607-664-2300.

 

 

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