Hunter Education – Maintaining the Tradition

Maintaining the Tradition…

2016 marks 40 years of teaching Hunter Education classes for New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Bill Schwerd and 20 years for his son, Mike Schwerd of Schuylerville, NY. Both avid sportsmen with extensive knowledge, Bill and Mike have notably dedicated themselves to teaching and mentoring thousands of youth and adults to be safe and responsible hunters in New York State over the course of their tenure as Volunteer Instructors.

NYS4-HSS Director, Bill Schwerd (L) with son, Mike Schwerd (R)

NYS4-HSS Director, Bill Schwerd (L) with son, Mike Schwerd (R)

This fall, New York State 4-H Shooting Sports programs will offer Hunter Education Courses, under the auspices of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, that will educate many hundreds of students across the state. These courses are part of NYS4-HSS’s mission to expand firearms safety and responsibility initiatives and impart important conservation principles and valuable outdoor life skills knowledge to all individuals who participate in the Shooting Sports.

Hunter Education Certification in New York State is administered by DEC. Persons seeking to take a Hunter Education Course must first pre-register online through New York State DEC for the course they wish to attend – click here to access the Course Registration page.

By law, all hunters aged 12 and over must complete Hunter Education Certification requirements in order to purchase a Hunting License in New York State (unless one is able to show proof of a previous license and/or IHEA reciprocity applies). Youth must be at least 11 years old to take the course.

Answers to many frequently asked questions regarding Hunter Education Certification and Hunting Licenses can be found here with more specific information on Hunting Licenses here.

In addition to DEC Hunter Education Courses, the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program will be offering their own specialized Introduction to Shooting Sports courses across the state this fall that cover key safety and shooting skill components for 4-H youth in the disciplines of Air Gun, Archery, Muzzleloader, Rifle and Shotgun with an emphasis on family education and involvement. For more information on these important courses in your area, please contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Office.

4-H Shooting Sports at State Fair

The Great New York State Fair is on now through Monday, September 5 – be sure to stop and say hello to our 4-H’ers, Instructors/Volunteers and Staff who are busy working the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports exhibit located inside the 4-H Youth Building!

NYS4-HSS Teen Assistants Blaise Cox, Yates County (L),  Julianne LaBreche, Saratoga County (C) and Devin Russell, Saratoga County at the 4-H Shooting Sports exhibit booth inside the 4-H Youth Building at the 2016 New York State Fair

NYS4-HSS Teen Assistants Blaise Cox, Yates County (L), Julianne LaBreche, Saratoga County (C) and Devin Russell, Saratoga County at the 4-H Shooting Sports exhibit booth inside the 4-H Youth Building at the 2016 New York State Fair

A young fairgoer checks out what's in the "What's It Box"

A young fairgoer checks out what’s in the “What’s It Box”

NYS4-HSS Instructor Denise Slocum (L), Yates County, with fairgoers at the Laser Shot Booth

NYS4-HSS Instructor Denise Slocum (L), Yates County, with fairgoers at the Laser Shot Booth

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Eastwood Gardens

We recently had the privilege of touring Eastwood Gardens on the grounds surrounding the home of Tony Eastwood, NYS4-HSS Instructor and his wife Judy Eastwood, NYS4-HSS Volunteer.

Eastwood Gardens are the culmination of a 17 year labor of love for Tony and Judy in creating an inspired and extraordinary botanical wonderland. Full of whimsical detail, treasured Brian Ruth chainsaw carving sculptures are perfectly tucked among the vivid garden beds and hidden paths that meander throughout the property. Meticulous design and beautiful horticultural displays laden with tall trees, lush greenery and colorful fragrant flowers are everywhere.

Both Tony and Judy are Certified Master Gardeners who have volunteered with the Horticulture Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Saratoga County for many years. In 2014, Tony received the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding and distinguished service.

Gardening pursuits run deep in the Eastwood family. Tony and Judy’s son, Scott Eastwood and his wife, Teri, are also Certified Master Gardeners who own and operate their own specialized horticultural service business, The Plant Keeper, LLC – a long-time NYS4-HSS supporter/sponsor.

Below are some photo highlights from our visit to Eastwood Gardens.

Butterfly in back garden bed by Brian Ruth

Butterfly in back garden bed by Brian Ruth

Cardinal by Brian Ruth

Cardinal by Brian Ruth

Gorgeous greenery

Gorgeous greenery

Perched Lion overlooks the gardens

Perched Lion overlooks the gardens

Blue Jay by Brian Ruth - presented to Tony Eastwood as the recipient of the 2014 CCE Saratoga County Volunteer of the Year Award

Blue Jay by Brian Ruth – presented to Tony Eastwood as the recipient of the 2014 CCE Saratoga County Volunteer of the Year Award

Brian Ruth Bears abound throughout the forested garden areas …
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Brian Ruth Storybook House

Brian Ruth Storybook House

Many thanks to Tony and Judy Eastwood for sharing their incredible gardens with us!

Judy and Tony Eastwood

Judy and Tony Eastwood

The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program and the CCE Certified Master Gardener Program are just two of the many fine and varied program areas that offer Volunteer training or certification opportunities through Cornell Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact your local CCE Office and get involved today!

Editors Note: Brian Ruth has done four exceptional chainsaw carving sculptures for NYS4-HSS that will be up for grabs to the highest bidders at our upcoming 2017 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event in April – please stay tuned to our blog and website for upcoming details!

NYS4-HSS Artist, Molly Pokrzywka, Takes Top Fair Honors!

2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Artist of the Year, Molly Pokrzywka, captured top honors in the Fine Arts Division at the Saratoga County Fair held July 19-24 in Ballston Spa, NY. Molly won Best of Show and First Place for these two exceptional oil on canvas paintings shown below.

Molly Pokrzywka's  "Brave" took Best of Show at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Molly Pokrzywka’s
“Brave” took Best of Show at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Molly Pokrzywka's  "Snowy Day on the Farm" took First Place at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Molly Pokrzywka’s
“Snowy Day on the Farm” took First Place at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Congratulations Molly!

Molly is presently serving as a Summer Intern at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County under the direction of Capital Mohawk PRISM Coordinator, Laurel Gailor. Molly has been working on several web design and graphic arts projects including this Regional Invasive Species Management program poster, below, that was part of an educational display inside the Forest Ranger Cabin at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds throughout Fair week.

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Molly Pokrzywka

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Be sure to visit 4-H Shooting Sports at a County Fair near you this summer and the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports booth at the Great New York State Fair from August 25 – September 5, 2016…we’ll be there!

In Memory of Annelore Lehr

With great sadness, we are writing to let our community know that long-time New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer and Artist, Annelore Lehr, passed away on June 30.

To many in our audience, Anne was known for her beautiful Wildflower Art often featured at the annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction events. Incredibly kind and giving, Anne was always there to contribute far beyond her cherished artwork having donated decades of time and devoted service alongside her husband, Instructor Russ Lehr, to the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports and Saratoga County 4-H Programs.

We are exceedingly grateful to Anne for all she has given and done for us through her generosity, her dedication, and the heartfelt inspiration she shared with so many over the years. Anne was loved by all who knew her and she will be most dearly missed.

Our deepest sympathies are with the Lehr Family.

Donations, in memory of Annelore Lehr, may be made to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County Education & 4-H Training Center in care of CCE Saratoga County, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

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Wildflower Candle ~ by Annelore Lehr

2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event Photos

Over 150 photos from the 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George, NY are now online.

Please click here to view these on the NYS4-HSS website.

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Many thanks to our photographers, Dave Felano & Bill Weatherby!

Join us next year for the 18th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Tower’s Hall, at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, please mark your calendars and plan now to attend – we look forward to seeing you there!

Thank You From All of Us at NYS 4-H Shooting Sports!

New York State 4-H Shooting Sports wishes to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended and donated to our 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event held in Lake George last night. We greatly appreciate your support and all you do for us and the future of the Shooting Sports!

Auctioneer, Chris Ward, conducting the Live Auction to a packed house at the 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event  in Towers Hall at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY on April 23, 2016.

Auctioneer, Chris Ward, conducting the Live Auction to a packed house at the 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event in Towers Hall at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY on April 23, 2016.

Special thanks to Talk of the Town Auction House – John & Bev Stanislowsky and Auctioneer, Chris Ward for their support and generosity in conducting the Live Auction portion of our event.

Friday Event Update!

The countdown is on to the 17th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event at Towers Hall, Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in beautiful Lake George, NY.

Please note – there is some road construction and paving being done on Route 9, the main road, heading through Lake George to the Hotel but you can still access the Fort William Henry property at either of their main entrances.

Our wonderful Volunteers and Staff are busy working hard in Towers Hall setting up the hundreds of items in this year’s event. There is truly something for everyone!

View of Lake George from outside Towers Hall

View of Lake George from outside Towers Hall

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday – doors open at 4PM!

2016 Banquet & Auction Event Update!

Be sure to visit our Banquet & Auction pages for photos and listings of several of the over 300 items in our 2016 event. We will continue to add to our photos and listings, as possible, until April 23.

Thanks to the generosity of our many donors, sponsors and friends, we have an incredible selection of items in this years Live Auction, including this great Cub Cadet Mini Tiller provided courtesy of Emerich Sales & Service.

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We’ll also have more beautiful jewelry items like this handmade beaded necklace set by Mary Jenney.

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If your looking for firearms, we’ll have many in our event by makers such as Henry, Savage, North American Arms, Ruger and Mossburg as well as Crossman Airguns – more than we have room to show on our site. There’s also archery equipment, gear, ammo, safes, hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, outdoor packages and so much more!

For those new to our event and the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, parking areas are indicated in grey on the map below. Please note, there is no parking directly next to Tower’s Hall. If you require assistance in getting over to our event, please go to the main entrance/lobby area of the Hotel (indicated as “1”) and we will help get you to Tower’s Hall. (Please click on the map for a larger version.)

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Questions? Please contact the NYS4-HSS office at 518-885-8995.

To view photos from our past Banquet & Auction Events, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sneak Peek! 2016 Banquet & Auction Preview

Item photos and listings for the 2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event will be on our website soon.

In addition to the amazing artwork of this year’s Artist of the Year, Molly Pokrzywka, shown in our previous Blog post, here’s a sneak peek at some of the other items in our 2016 event!

Setting Up for Dives, Lake Ontario - Original Watercolor on 12"x18" Canvas with Handmade Walnut Frame by the Artist, David Mayack

Setting Up for Dives, Lake Ontario – Original Watercolor on 12″x18″ Canvas with Handmade Walnut Frame by the Artist, David Mayack

Hand Turned Burl Wood Bowl by our 2014 NYS4-HSS Artists of the Year, Studio in the Pines - Lynn & Charlie Escher

Hand Turned Burl Wood Bowl by our 2014 NYS4-HSS Artists of the Year, Studio in the Pines – Lynn & Charlie Escher

Flies, Matted/Framed Prints by Vermont Illustrator S.M. Aronson

Flies, Matted/Framed Prints by Vermont Illustrator S.M. Aronson

Loon on Slate by 2009 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Rich Johnson, Spruce Mountain Photography

Loon on Slate by 2009 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Rich Johnson, Spruce Mountain Photography

Labrador Retriever with Mallard Duck - Chainsaw Carving by 2012 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Brian Ruth

Labrador Retriever with Mallard Duck – Chainsaw Carving by 2012 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Brian Ruth

Handmade Flint Knives by Master Flint Knapper, 2008 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Bill Staulters

Handmade Flint Knives by Master Flint Knapper, 2008 NYS4-HSS Artist of the Year, Bill Staulters

Ring Necked Duck Decoy, Hand Carved & Painted by Rich Parks

Ring Necked Duck Decoy, Hand Carved & Painted by Rich Parks

Hand Blown Glass Pendant by Larry Rutland, North Creek Studios

Hand Blown Glass Pendant by Larry Rutland, North Creek Studios

Handmade Quilts - Just One of Several   in Our 2016 Event

Handmade Quilts – Just One of Several in Our 2016 Event

In addition to the above items, there will be many other beautifully hand made items along with an exceptional selection of firearms, safes, knives, scopes, hunting and fishing equipment as well as fishing and golf packages, photo safaris, overnight packages, fun and outdoor packages, camping equipment, restaurants galore and so much more!

Be sure to check back on our website and here on our Blog for further information as we get closer to our Event -we hope to see you there!