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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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