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!

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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!

2017 SHOT Show

The 2017 SHOT Show, sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, opens January 17th and will run through Friday January 20th at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. New York State 4-H Shooting Sports representatives to this year’s Show include NYS4-HSS Director Bill Schwerd, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director John Bowe and NYS4-HSS Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson.

Below are some photo highlights from the 2017 SHOT Show!

NYS4-HSS Director Bill Schwerd tests the new enhanced Stevens Model 555 Over & Under 20 Gauge at Industry Day at the Range

NYS4-HSS Director Bill Schwerd tests the new enhanced Stevens Model 555 Over & Under 20 Gauge at Industry Day at the Range

Industry Day at the Range is an off-site pre-SHOT Show event that allows invited media and selected buyers the opportunity to get a first hand look at some of the best new products at this year’s Show.

Rebecca King (L) from Shoot Like a Girl with NYS4-HSS Director Bill Schwerd (R) at Industry Day at the Range

Rebecca King (L) from Shoot Like a Girl with NYS4-HSS Director Bill Schwerd (R) at Industry Day at the Range

NYS4-HSS Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) with Paige Darden (R) at the MyTopo booth at Industry Day at the Range

NYS4-HSS Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) with Paige Darden (R) at the MyTopo booth at Industry Day at the Range

Our Reps met up with some great friends of NYS4-HSS on the Day 1 of the 2017 SHOT Show:

Wally Gardiner, Director of National Accounts (L) and Ken Griffey, President (R) of Bear & Son Cutlery, Inc.

Wally Gardiner, Director of National Accounts (L) and Ken Griffey, President (R) of Bear & Son Cutlery, Inc.

Dave Baron, President (C) with daughter, Emily (L) and staff representative Kim (R)  of Baron Technology, Inc.

Dave Baron, President (C) with daughter, Emily (L) and staff representative Kim (R) of Baron Technology, Inc.

Last year, Dave Baron was awarded the distinguished and highly deserved honor of being named the 2016 SHOT Business Person of the Year Award!

More photos from SHOT Show 2017…

NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, John Bowe (R) discussing tools and equipment for Shooting Sports and The Adirondack Guide Program with Ken Bathurst from Industrial Revolution (L)

NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, John Bowe (R) discussing tools and equipment for Shooting Sports and The Adirondack Guide Program with Ken Bathurst from Industrial Revolution (L)

Long-time NYS4-HSS supporter Robin Sharpless, Executive VP from Redding Reloading Equipment of Cortland, NY takes a short break from his busy schedule at the 2017 SHOT Show

Long-time NYS4-HSS supporter Robin Sharpless, Executive VP from Redding Reloading Equipment of Cortland, NY takes a short break from his busy schedule at the 2017 SHOT Show

Shawn Wozniak, M.E.C. Shooting Sports Manager, is also a long-time supporter of NYS4-HSS

Shawn Wozniak, M.E.C. Shooting Sports Manager, is also a long-time supporter of NYS4-HSS

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 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!

NYS4-HSS at Day #2 of the 2015 SHOT Show!

Day #2 of the SHOT Show was more of a challenge, as shuttles ran late and many company representatives were busy in meetings with their largest clients. However, Keith and John were able to visit the booths of Mayville Engineering Company (MEC), Hornady, Hodgdon Powder, Brownells, Otis Technology and American Tactical, among many others.

You never know who you might see in the booths and halls of the SHOT Show! On Day #2 it was national personalities Michael Waddell, Jim Shockey, and Pro Shooters for Team Smith & Wesson, Julie Golob and Trevor Baucom. Trevor spent nearly half an hour speaking with John about teaching Shooting Sports to youth with disabilities. Our Reps also met up with Bob Jenks who was attending on behalf of the military, but is also a 4-H volunteer in Dutchess County, NY.

On the new connection side, Keith met with Camillus Cutlery, Ontario Knife Company, Queen Cutlery and Troy Industries. Meanwhile John reconnected with Joe Sementelli of Adventure Medical, where discussions included the development of standardized First Aid Kits for Shooting Sports programs.

New York contacts were also on the day’s agenda, Keith reports that Remington is interested in working with NYS4-HSS on youth models and that talks with AmChar Wholesale were also very positive.

In association with Keith’s role at campus working with returning military service men and women, he connected with a group called Freedom Hunters. A custom piece made from 7.62 shells has been acquired from Freedom Hunters for our upcoming 2015 NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction at Fort William Henry in Lake George, NY where you will see this amazing piece and hear the story that it tells about our American military families.

Freedom Hunters is also creating a very nice guitar, autographed by Rock & Roll legend Ted Nugent, to raise funds for our servicemen in need of support. Nugent was on hand at the SHOT Show interacting with these wonderful folks who work with wounded combat Veterans. Be sure to check out the Freedom Hunters website.

Overall, it was a great day!

Some Photo Highlights from the 2015 SHOT Show

Dave Baron  (C) and the Baron Technology Family - Outstanding Supporters of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports

Dave Baron (C) and the Baron Technology Family – Outstanding Supporters of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports

A glimpse into the SHOT Show Store

A glimpse into the SHOT Show Store

2014 Banquet & Auction Fundrasier

Reservations will accepted until Wednesday April 23 (unless sold out prior to this date) for the 2014 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event to be held on Saturday April 26th at Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in beautiful Lake George.

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

If you would like to attend this important annual event please contact NYS 4-H Shooting Sports directly at 518-885-8995 for seating availability.

A limited number of Special Overnight Packages for the evening of April 26th are also still available only through the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Office. Package price includes the Banquet Dinner plus Overnight Accommodations at Fort William Henry Hotel with Breakfast Buffet overlooking Lake George on Sunday morning, April 27th.

White Lion Room FWH

Be sure to also check out our Auction Preview Pages with many photos and lists of items that will be available at this great event including a Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy Military Tribute Edition Rifle with Display Case.

Henry Repeating Arms

Please join us on April 26th, we cannot do it without your support!

And The Winning Bidder Is …?

This year’s NYS4-HSS Live Auction featured a great Savage Arms Collector’s Package complete with photo opportunity with “Mr. Savage Arms,” Ron Coburn, who recently retired after 25 years as CEO of Savage Arms, Inc. The winning bidder of this special package was none other than Dave Baron, President of Baron Technology, Inc.

Ron Coburn (l) and Dave Baron (r) enjoying the “Savage Arms Photo Op” at the 14th Annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction on April 20th  at Towers Hall, Fort William Henry, Lake George, NY

Ron Coburn (l) and Dave Baron (r) enjoying the “Savage Arms Photo Op” at the 14th Annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction on April 20th  at Towers Hall, Fort William Henry, Lake George, NY

Thank you Ron and Dave for your generous support and dedication to the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports program, we appreciate all you do!