4-H Fall Archery Training – October 2017

Here are some photo highlights from a New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Instructor Training held in October at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County Education & 4-H Training Center on Middleline Rd in Ballston Spa, NY.

From left to right: NYS4-HSS Assistant Director John Bowe with Phaedra Zoe Stasyshyn, Drake Stasyshyn and Guy Sowle of Saratoga County, Shari Mantini of Rennselaer County, Teresa Adell of Schoharie County, Rhyann Subcliff of Warren County, Tom Woelfersheim of Saratoga County and Tom Story of Washington County.

(Photos Courtesy of Deb Story)

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A few photos from our 18th Annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction Event!

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our 18th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction event on Saturday night – we greatly appreciate all you do!

Here are a few crowd photos from the Live Auction portion of our event…

Special thanks to Talk of the Town Auction House, John and Beverly Stanislowsky and our Auctioneer, Dusty Cleveland.

Auctioning off the 2017 Gun of the Year by North American Arms with Special Engraving by Baron Technology:

It was a full house for the 2017 Banquet & Auction…

More photos will be up on our website in the future, please stay tuned!

2017 Banquet & Auction!

We are almost one week away from our 18th Annual gathering for the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event at Towers Hall on the ground of the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY. And, we’re expecting another full house!

There are over 300 items in this year’s event… way too many items to mention or photograph for our website. Plus, we always have a few things to surprise our guests along with some yearly mystery offerings too.

Some of the items highlighting this year’s event, including many from crowd favorites, will be:

2017 Artist of the Year, Wayne Trimm

Bramble, The Great Horned Owl, original pastel by Wayne Trimm

Special Tribute to Annelore Lehr

One of two sets of Annelore Lehr Prints (shown) ~Our 2017 Event is Dedicated to the Memory of Annelore Lehr – Cherished Volunteer, Artist and Friend of 4-H Shooting Sports~Proceeds from these Special Tribute items will be used towards the Annelore Lehr Memorial Wildflower Garden established by 4-H Shooting Sports at the
Cornell Cooperative Extension & 4-H Training Center in Ballston Spa NY.

2016 Artist of the Year, Molly Pokrzywka

Hand Painted Oars by Molly Pokrzywka

2015 Industry Artists of the Year, Baron Technology & Henry Repeating Arms

Golden Boy, EMS Tribute Edition Rifle

2013 Artist of the Year, Gene Matras

Wolves by Gene Matras

2012 Artist of the Year, Brian Ruth with all Carvings Hand Painted by Artist, Lisa Casorio

Lisa Casorio (L) & Brian Ruth (R)

Black Bear with Trout Carved by Brian Ruth and hand painted by Lisa Casorio with Large Handmade Fly by Master Fly Tyer, Paul Sinicki

2009 Artist of the Year, Richard Johnson

Pheasant in Handmade Frame by Photographer, Richard Johnson, Spruce Mountain Photography

2008 Artist of the Year, Bill Staulters

Custom Flint Knife of the Year by Master Flint Knapper, Bill Staulters

2014 NYS4-HSS Youth Artist of the Year, Brooke Thivierge

Whitetail Deer on Handsaw by Brooke Thivierge

PLUS…

Original Artwork by David Mayak

Original Watercolor in Handmade Frame by the Artist, David Mayak

Handmade Duck & Goose Calls by Rich Parks

Custom Calls by Rich Parks

Hand Tied Flies by Lee Weil

Four Bass Bug Flies Hand Tied by Lee Weil

Handmade Quilted Wall Hanging by Laurel Gailor

Handmade Quilted Wall Hanging with Sporting Motif by Laurel Gailor

Handmade Traditional Pack Basket by Doug Perkins

Handmade Traditional Style Pack Basket by Doug Perkins, Bear Paw Baskets

PLUS SO MUCH MORE including … a large sampling of firearms, knives, safes, outdoor sports and equipment, 2 Kayak packages, fishing and fishing equipment, photo safari, getaways, golf packages, tools, quilts, decorative items…you name it and we just may have it!
For additional photos of items in this year’s event please see the 2017 Event Preview Pages on our website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Us for the… 18th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction!

Please join us at the 18th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction to be held on April 22, 2017 in historic Towers Hall overlooking beautiful Lake George, NY on the grounds of the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center. Doors open at 4:00 PM for bountiful complimentary hors d’oeuvres with cash bar available. A grand buffet dinner featuring beef, chicken and pasta selections will be served at 7:00 PM prior to the Live Auction.

This year’s event will feature noted Wildlife Artist Wayne Trimm as our 2017 Artist of the Year with four of Wayne’s exceptional pieces of artwork up for grabs to the highest bidder including this original pastel of Bramble, the Great Horned Owl.

Bramble, The Great Horned Owl, original pastel by Wayne Trimm

As always, there will be hundreds of incredible items available throughout the event with something for everyone including many items from past Artists of the Year too. Auction services will once again be provided courtesy of Talk of the Town Auction Hall, John & Beverly Stanislowsky with Dusty Cleveland serving as Auctioneer.

The cost of this event is $75.00 per couple or $40.00 for a single dinner ticket. Specially priced overnight packages are also still available only through NYS4-HSS. Seating for this event is limited and has sold out many times in the past – please be sure to get your reservations in as early as possible. Reservations are due by April 13, 2017. To download a copy of the Invitation/Registration please click here.

Stay tuned to this blog and our website for upcoming details and more information on this year’s event!

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!