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!

It’s Almost Banquet & Auction Time!

Our 17th Annual Banquet & Auction Event is quickly approaching!

On Saturday, April 23rd, we will be gathering in historic Towers Hall at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in beautiful Lake George, NY to Celebrate Our Youth, featuring amazing artwork by our 2016 Artist of the Year, former 4-H’er Molly Pokzrywka, while raising vital funds for the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Each year, this event draws an average of 300 attendees for a very special evening of friends, food, fun and fundraising.

Doors to Towers Hall open at 4PM – come early and join us for the Silent Auction, Games and Table Drop Items while enjoying a fabulous array of hot and cold complimentary hors d’oeuvres with cash bar available.

Salsa, Chips & Bruschetta Bar

Salsa, Chips & Bruschetta Bar


Cheese & Crackers, Fresh Fruit

Cheese & Crackers, Fresh Fruit


Fresh Vegetable Platters & Dips

Fresh Vegetable Platters & Dips


Hot Hors d'oeuvres & Chef Created Soups

Hot Hors d’oeuvres & Chef Created Soups

At 7PM, a grand buffet dinner of beef, chicken and pasta selections with vegetable, potato, salad, rolls, coffee, tea and desserts will be served followed directly by the Live Auction. Auction services will again be provided courtesy of Talk of the Town Auction – John & Bev Stanislowsky with Chris Ward as Auctioneer.

Thanks to our many generous donors and sponsors we have an extraordinary array of items available in this year’s event with something for everyone. We invite you to take advantage of our specially priced Overnight Packages which include dinner tickets, accommodations in the Grand Hotel section of the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center as well as tickets to our private Breakfast Buffet in the Tankard Taverne overlooking Lake George on Sunday morning. Tickets to our Annual Banquet & Auction event often sell out, please be sure to get your reservations in early!

To download an Invitation with Reservation Form, click here.

All proceeds from this event directly benefit the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Please join us on April 23rd and help us exceed our goals – we hope to see you there!

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Fort William Henry Hotel

Special thanks to the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center for their continued support in hosting our event and their outstanding management, staff and service!

Please Join Us for the 17th Annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction!

The 17th Annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction Event will be held in historic Towers Hall at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY on Saturday, April 23.

Invitations to our most important event of the year will soon be arriving in the mail to our past attendees. If you are not presently on our mailing list or would like more information, please contact the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports office at 518-885-8995.

Invitations, including Reservation Forms, are also available for download from our website by clicking here.

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Doors open at 4:00PM with lavish complimentary hor d’oeuvres and cash bar available. A Grand Buffet Dinner featuring beef, chicken and pasta selections as well as soups, salad, vegetable, dessert, coffee and tea will be served at 7:00 PM followed directly by the Live Auction. Event Dinner Tickets are $40 per person.

Our popular Overnight Packages will also be available and have been held at 2015 pricing to help our guests take advantage of this very special offer. (Please note this offer is only available with reservations placed directly through the NYS4-HSS office, see our Reservation Form for pricing details). Relax and spend the night in a Grand Room at the Fort William Henry Hotel and enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet on Sunday morning in the newly redesigned Tankard Taverne overlooking breathtaking Lake George.

Hundreds of items will be up for grabs! This event features an extraordinary variety of quality items including Firearms, Safes, Archery, Knives, Sportsman Packages, Golf Packages, Fishing Trips, Art, Carvings and Handcrafted Items, Patriot’s Package, Farm to Market Products, Hunts & Photo Safaris … too much more to mention! Auction services will again be provided courtesy of Talk of the Town Auction – John & Beverly Stanislowsky with Chris Ward as Auctioneer.

Former Saratoga County 4-H’er and crowd favorite, Molly Pokrzywka, has been chosen as the 2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Artist of the Year as we celebrate the full circle accomplishments of our youth. Molly has contributed several incredible pieces of artwork for this year’s event including a beautifully detailed Sugaring Scene on Vintage Sap Bucket and a strikingly vivid Wood Duck Scene on Canoe Paddle.

Sugaring Scene on Vintage Sap Bucket by Molly Pokrzywka, 2016 Artist of the Year

Sugaring Scene on Vintage Sap Bucket by Molly Pokrzywka, 2016 Artist of the Year

Wood Duck Scene on Canoe Paddle by Molly Pokrzywka, 2016 Artist of the Year

Wood Duck Scene on Canoe Paddle by Molly Pokrzywka, 2016 Artist of the Year

Please stay tuned to our website for forthcoming event information including auction item photos and listing details as we get closer to the event date.

Plan now to attend – we hope to see you there!

Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center -  Lake George, NY

Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center – Lake George, NY

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Day 4 – 2016 SHOT Show Wrap-Up!

By the end of day 3 of the show, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director John Bowe, Instructor Colleen Kimble and Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee headed back home safely to New York leaving Director Bill Schwerd and Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson to wrap-up the last day of the 2016 SHOT Show for the NYS4-HSS Program.

Day 4 found Bill and Kenyon meeting with numerous industry friends and strong supporters of 4-H Shooting Sports including Baron Technology, Burris Scopes, the Great American Tool Company, New York based companies KutMaster/Utica Cutlery, Empire Pewter, Redding Hunter and many others.

Director Bill Schwerd (R) with Mike Mathews (L), National Sales Manager for KutMaster/Utica Cutlery

Director Bill Schwerd (R) with Mike Mathews (L), National Sales Manager for KutMaster/Utica Cutlery

Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) visiting with Michele Dougherty (R) of Empire Pewter

Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) visiting with Michele Dougherty (R) of Empire Pewter

Bill and Kenyon also met with reps from Spypoint of GG Telecom, a company that is working on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) component of NYS4-HSS programming in areas involving computers and cameras.

Other visits made throughout the final day of the SHOT Show covered several safe storage of firearms booths by companies such as Gun Storage Solutions, Snap Safe, Sentry, Browning and Liberty as well as booths featuring firearms safety related gear and equipment including new lux trends in protective headgear for women. It was a very full day!

Kenyon Simpson, NYS4-HSS Education Specialist, trying out some Vegas bling - lux protective earmuffs from Pack'n Heat Products

Kenyon Simpson, NYS4-HSS Education Specialist, trying out some Vegas bling – lux protective earmuffs from Pack’n Heat Products

Thank you to our 2016 NYS4-HSS representatives, Director Bill Schwerd, Assistant Director John Bowe, Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson, State Instructor Colleen Kimble and Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee for making the trip to Las Vegas and for the many miles you logged on the SHOT Show floors representing the program during the week too.

Role model for young shooters, Eva Shockey (L), talking with 4-H Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (R) during the 2016 SHOT Show

Role model for young shooters, Eva Shockey (L), talking with 4-H Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (R) during the 2016 SHOT Show

New York 4-H Shooting Sports wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and our many friends, donors and sponsors at the 2016 SHOT Show for their gracious and vital support!

Be sure to follow us here on the NYS4-HSS Blog and on our website at
http://www.nys4-Hshootingsports.org for news, upcoming programs and calendar events including forthcoming information on our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Annual Banquet & Auction – where you just might find some amazing items from this year’s SHOT Show!

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SHOT Show Day 3

There is sometimes a decline in foot traffic around the SHOT Show exhibit halls on Day 3 though this morning there didn’t seem to be any slowdown in the number of people doing business. It’s pretty amazing considering one of the outdoor writers we met said he’d traveled 10 miles the first day inside the show and had logged five miles before lunch today.

The first two days of the SHOT Show, for us, are spent focusing on current partners and donors. We’re able to drop off materials that demonstrate our successes, visit and thank them for their generous support and donations. On day 3 we get to wander around the show more, look at new items and see new companies.

Colleen Kimble (L) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) with Sandy Chisholm (C) owner of North American Arms - friend and supporter of 4-H Shooting Sports .

Colleen Kimble (L) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) with Sandy Chisholm (C) owner of North American Arms – friend and supporter of 4-H Shooting Sports .

During today’s walk through the show Logan, Colleen and I visited with Starr at Laughing Rabbit, Inc. (LRI), an innovative woman owned company that’s making great inroads in a traditionally male dominated industry. LRI makes Photon lights which are tiny keychain lights which can be seen up to one mile away. These little lights are an excellent little product at an affordable price.

We also visited with the owner of PFI Mold, the maker of Z-blade knives. This small company retooled a product they had developed for the medical industry. The knife is essentially a scalpel blade with an injection molded handle and they developed a locking cap/sheath to allow it to ride in backpacks, coat pockets, and field coats without the risk of cutting the fabric. The blade is surgically sharp and is demonstrated in a company video that shows field dressing, skinning, and caping elk.

We later stopped by the Red Rock Outdoor Gear booth to look at the many backpacks, carry bags, and gear organizers they had. Colleen, who raises Clumber Spaniels, also noticed their dog leashes and collars.

Meanwhile, Kenyon met the owner of Hogue Grips and as they discussed Shooting Sports, the owner recalled how his daughters had grown into great young women due in part to 4-H which can only happen with the assistance of caring parents who make the time for their kids activities. 4-H is everywhere!

Over at Industrial Revolution, Logan, Colleen, and I met Dave Canterbury, a well-known survival expert who used to appear in Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival and is the owner of the Pathfinder School in Ohio. There we looked at the Light My Fire knife, which is produced for Industrial Revolution by Mora of Sweden.

Assistant Director John Bowe with survival expert Dave Canterbury at the Industrial Revolution booth . IR produces the Light My Fire Brand.

Assistant Director John Bowe with survival expert Dave Canterbury at the Industrial Revolution booth . IR produces the Light My Fire Brand.

Back at the Adventure Medical/Survive Outside Longer booth, the group ordered a number of Urban Survivor backpack kits to use in upcoming fundraisers and with Hunter Education courses. NYS4-HSS may have some extras available if you need an Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) kit.

Last year, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) opened a SHOT Show store. The sales from that store went very well, even better than their staff had expected, which prompted the opening of a second NSSF store for the 2016 show too. Items there included vests, hoodies, polos, t-shirts, hats, and even shotshell shaped shot glasses and wad cutter shaped thermoses.

Project Childsafe is a program that is now being operated by National Shooting Sports Foundation. The project has given away 37 million FREE locks in last 15 years!

Project Childsafe is a program that is now being operated by National Shooting Sports Foundation. The project has given away 37 million FREE locks in last 15 years!

At almost every booth we visited, family was an important part of the success. Even in a time when smaller companies have ties to or are becoming parts very large corporations, there are still strong family ties in the industry. Many of these companies have several generations, or extended family members, engaged in different parts of manufacturing or sales. There is so much comradery at the SHOT Show that in a way, it is like one big family in and of itself. Importantly too, many of these families have connections to 4-H in one way or another.

Richard Baron (L), Colleen Kimble (CL), Logan Kimble-Lee (CR) and Emily Baron (R) at the Baron Technology Booth.

Richard Baron (L), Colleen Kimble (CL), Logan Kimble-Lee (CR) and Emily Baron (R) at the Baron Technology Booth.

Until Day 4, safe travels!

John Bowe
NYS4-HSS Assistant Director

Day 2 – Another Great Day at SHOT!

If you have never been to the SHOT Show imagine your favorite outdoor store and multiply it by one hundred. Only then will you begin to realize the scale of the SHOT Show. Add to that the vast array of products and companies you may have never seen before, but want to add to your wish list, and that is the SHOT Show!

Today, we broke into several groups to cover more booths and make more connections. We started the day by dropping by the National 4-H Shooting Sports booth so we could meet members of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee. Colleen Kimble and Logan Kimble-Lee were able to meet with Dr. Jeff Goodwin of Colorado State University, Dr. Mark Tassin of Louisiana State University, Dr. Kevin Allen of Oklahoma State University, Nicole Pokorney, of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Todd Kesner of Montana State University, Lisa Muzzey of University of Vermont, John Borba of University of California, and Tycee Prevat of University of Florida. They each were impressed with the bear that Logan harvested with a crossbow in Maine at the age of 15 and with her interest in 4-H Shooting Sports.

Members of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, Dr. Mark Tassin of Louisiana State University (L) and Nicole Pokorney of the University of Minnesota (R) greet New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (CL) and New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Colleen Kimble (CR) at the National booth at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Members of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, Dr. Mark Tassin of Louisiana State University (L) and Nicole Pokorney of the University of Minnesota (R) greet New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (CL) and New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Colleen Kimble (CR) at the National booth at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.

From there, Logan was able to speak with and take a photo with Eva Shockey, who with her father, Jim Shockey, were named Honorary Chairs of the National Fishing and Hunting Day 2016, which is scheduled for September 24th. Eva, an avid bear hunter herself, spent several minutes listening to Logan recount her hunt in Maine and was surprised to hear that Logan had harvested her first bear at the age of 15.

Kenyon and Bill spoke with Smith’s, a company that produces a variety of sharpening products, including those which were distributed at last year’s Sportsman Education Workshop in January at the Saratoga County office of Cornell Cooperative Extension. They then met with Birchwood Casey and will be working with Sandy Ellerston. Birchwood has repeatedly provided a nice packet of varying targets that can be used in either 4-H Rifle/Pistol programs or in Hunting/Wildlife disciplines.

As Logan, Colleen, and I continued around the many displays, we met with Mark DeBoard and Andy Fulton of Crosman about a new bow called Wildhorn that will help bridge the gap between very light weight recurve bows and heavier Genesis compound bows. They come with a very affordable price point that will help our younger 4-H members move into a compound bow when they are ready.

Meanwhile, Bill and Kenyon learned about another youth bow from Bear Archery and we will be contacting J.R. Neidlinger about this new option. While they were out looking for new treasures, they spoke with Billy Kasselman of Alexander Enterprises, who makes quality metal detectors.

During afternoon breaks, the group meets in the National Shooting Sports Foundation member lounge. There we met up with Robert and Molly Jenks, a husband and wife team who run the 4-H Shooting Sports program in Dutchess County, NY. Their club has grown from a, quickly established, group of 30 to now around 100 youth. The program is also sending 13 new Instructors to the Winter Instructor Workshop in February to handle their growth.

Colleen, who like many other outdoorsy people, has a hard time keeping her fingers and toes warm during long stands on the hunting stand or out fishing on a frozen lake. She looked at heated gloves at Glacier Gloves, Brunton, and Flambeau. She also looked at several items that were both useful and beautiful, such as ring necklaces from Mantis Knives, which are both a fashion statement and functional mini-knife/box cutter. She also liked the mini-keepsake box and camelback trunk from Evans Sports, Inc.

Later, we visited with SpyPoint. This company makes a series of different trail cameras and hunting/action video cameras for both fixed mounting and bow/gun mounting. The item that most caught our eye was the Geopad hunting tablet. This nifty little device has a 7″ screen inside a rugged outdoor casing, is GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled with offline maps and game calling abilities as well as an SD card reader that works with all cameras. You might be seeing some of these in New York soon!

Last, but not least, Kenyon and Bill shared some materials and information about their discussion with Paige Darden during Media Day from MyTopo, a Trimble Company. This is a new mapping technology that will allow users to create a variety of different maps using a large assortment of data sources. The app can also be used on your phone for “exploring off grid.”

Colleen Kimble and Logan Kimble-Lee, in the Surreal Hunting Blind.

Colleen Kimble and Logan Kimble-Lee, in the Surreal Hunting Blind.

This is by no means a comprehensive list as we also spoke with Gene Barnett of Icehole about their new coolers, Surreal Planters that mimic logs and tree stumps using professionally-molded polyurethane, Jeana White at KeyGear of UST Brands, Amanda Dedona at Klecker Knives, and Zubin Outdoors among others on Day 2 of the show.

The fountain and light show at the Belagio at night is a beautiful thing.

The fountain and light show at the Belagio at night is a beautiful thing.

John Bowe
NYS4-HSS Assistant Director

Day 1 at the 2016 SHOT Show

Lisa Muzzey (L), National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee meets with Colleen Kimble (C) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada

Lisa Muzzey (L), National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee meets with Colleen Kimble (C) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada

The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports program, represented by Director Bill Schwerd, Assistant Director John Bowe, Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson, State Instructor Colleen Kimble, and Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee, started their first day of the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (or SHOT Show for short), by meeting with Dave Baron, owner of Barron Technology and members of his family and staff. Dave Baron continues to be supporter of 4-H Shooting Sports, both with our New York State program and with National program. He is also involved in National Wild Turkey Foundation work and with the Boy Scouts. Dave’s daughter, Emily, was at the Baron Technology booth and explained to Kenyon and John that she has been looking at a series of colleges that include University of North Carolina – Greensboro, University of Utah, and Rutgers University. Our group, of course, encouraged her to consider Rutgers, a land grant university that is affiliated with Cooperative Extension. Emily also stated that she would soon be getting her pistol permit and showed them several of the intricately engraved pistols that Barron Technology engravers had produced – many of them with gold inlay, custom stocks, and grips. Emily’s favorite, however, was a smaller, less dramatic revolver that had much more subtle engraving with no inlay that was still an exceptional piece of work.

John Anthon, President of Great American Tool Company (GATCO) took time out of his busy schedule to greet and speak with Logan. John has done this each time we bring youth to his booth. He is very interested in encouraging the next generation to not only be responsible members of the shooting and hunting lifestyle, but to also consider working in his industry. After a fairly lengthy discussion of Logan’s bear hunting with a crossbow, John presented all the members of the group with a Timberline Knife and Tool #6520 Simba GHS made with D-2 steel folding blade. What a great friend John has been to our program and example of generous leadership to our youth representatives.

(From left to right) Logan Kimble-Lee, Colleen Kimble, Kenyon Simpson and John Anthon of GATCO

(From left to right) Logan Kimble-Lee, Colleen Kimble, Kenyon Simpson and John Anthon of GATCO

Colleen, Logan, and John also spoke with Jackie Allen, Project Manager for Barnett Crossbows, explaining that with the recent approval of crossbows as a legal hunting implement in New York, they were seeking a set of bows that had appropriate draw weight for various sizes of youth and also featured finger guards along both edges of the rail. When they mentioned that they had been using some Barnett Phantom Jr’s Jackie joked that she might be the only one in the company that remembered those. Jackie is excited to be working with 4-H Shooting Sports and has worked out a non-profit youth purchase plan. NYS4-HSS will be contacting her after the show to about these models which previewed at last year’s show.

Bill met with long-time NYS4-HSS friend and supporter, Wallie Gardner, of Canal Street Cutlery. This collaborative company is now selling a line of knives under the trademark Dexter Knives. Wally showed us a beautiful new knife that has the handle of tactical folder while the blade is a more traditional outdoor blade type. If you are not familiar with Canal Street, they have produced our Limited Edition New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Knife of the Year series, with our logo engraved onto the blades. These knives are usually produced in a limited lot of 25-50. We’re hoping this new knife they showed us today will be the next in that line.

Bill also met with Mike Van Durme and Rod Slings, two of the authors of the new book, Blood on the Leaves:Real Hunting Accident Investigations and Lessons in Hunter Safety. The book is a recounting of various investigations of reported hunting accidents from all over the country and under many different conditions. The forensic evidence used to determine the outcome of the investigation is also discussed. According to Amazon.com it’s “(A) must-read for hunters and anyone fascinated by forensics.”
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New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Bill Schwerd (C), received a copy of Blood on the Leaves:Real Hunting Accident Investigations and Lessons in Hunter Safety, from two of the books authors, Rod Slings (L) and Mike Van Durme (R).

On the return trip to the hotel, while our reps were sitting in the back of the charter shuttle discussing Blood on the Leaves and forensic science in terms of hunter education, came a question from a seat in the front asking if they worked in forensics. The inquiry came from Matthew Kurimsky, a part-time faculty member of Syracuse University’s Forensic and National Security Sciences. Matthew and his wife are natives of Queensbury, NY and the group had a great discussion about forensic science in the investigation of hunting accidents and of shooting cases. Matthew may be willing to do a short session on forensic science at the 2016 STARR program in April. What a small world after all!

Our NYS crew also met with Joe Simmentelli of Adventure Medical, Stephanie Young of Buck Knives, the staff at American Furniture Classics, Ka-Bar, and CamelBak. Other companies and organizations visited included Crosman, where they were showing off the new Benjamin Pioneer Airbow, the National Wild Turkey Federation as well as many others. There will be more information about additional contacts in our forthcoming Day 2 blog article.

Colleen Kimble (L) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) sharing a smile at the M&M store on Las Vegas Boulevard

Colleen Kimble (L) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) sharing a smile at the M&M store on Las Vegas Boulevard

Stay tuned our Blog for more from NYS4-HSS at the 2016 SHOT Show!