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!

What Did You Take Home From the 2015 Banquet & Auction?

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – you just never know what you might end up going home with from one of our Auction Events!

Here’s a small sampling of this year’s take home items …

Guest of Honor, Sgt. Gerald Esposito with his #24/24 celebrated Red, White & Blue NYS4-HSS Knife of the Year by Canal Street Cutlery, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artist of the Year

Guest of Honor, Sgt. Gerald Esposito with his #24/24 celebrated Red, White & Blue NYS4-HSS Knife of the Year by Canal Street Cutlery, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artist of the Year

The Bushey Family from Essex County going home a great patriotic print and a Husquvarna Chainsaw

The Bushey Family from Essex County took home a great patriotic print and a Husquvarna Chainsaw

Jason Armer with his new Parker Bows Bushwacker Crossbow

Jason Armer with his new Parker Bows Bushwacker Crossbow

Dave Baron (Baron Technology, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artist of the Year) took home a Tackle Box of Dreams and 2 beautiful Annelore Lehr prints

Dave Baron (Baron Technology, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artist of the Year) took home a Tackle Box of Dreams and 2 beautiful Annelore Lehr prints

Gary Foutch took home the highly collectible Henry Military Tribute Rifle by Henry Repeating Arms with engraving by Baron Technology, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artists of the

Gary Foutch took home the highly collectible Henry Military Tribute Rifle by Henry Repeating Arms with engraving by Baron Technology, 2015 NYS4-HSS Industry Artists of the Year

Darcy Foutch heading home with artwork by past NYS4-HSS Youth Artists of the Year, Brooke Thivierge and Molly Pokrzywka

Darcy Foutch heading home with artwork by past NYS4-HSS Youth Artists of the Year, Brooke Thivierge and Molly Pokrzywka

Karen & Tom Collins went home with spring flowers and a great Dewalt Power Tool Set

Karen & Tom Collins went home with spring flowers and a great Dewalt Power Tool Set

John Bowe, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, was ready to paddle his way home in his new Old Town, Fish 10, Kayak

John Bowe, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, was ready to paddle his way home in his new Old Town, Fish 10, Kayak

And last, but certainly not least, even “IT” went home with someone too…ITs newly adopted family, the Kimble-Lees (to which we are all eternally grateful!)

A very happy Devon K-L with a happily adopted IT. (We hear IT is now being called "Steven" - there might just be more to this story coming - please stay tuned!)

A very happy Devon K-L with a happily adopted IT. (We hear IT is now being called “Steven” – there might just be more to this story coming – please stay tuned!)

We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped make the 16th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event on April 25, 2015 a great evening and an outstanding success. We are deeply grateful to all our attendees, donors, sponsors, contributors, volunteers and staff for their enthusiastic and unending support – thank you all, we cannot do it without you!

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

More photos from the 2015 New York State Banquet & Auction Event will be on our website soon!

New York State 4-H Shooting Sports at the 2015 SHOT Show

The SHOT Show kicked off in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 20th with two different faces representing New York State 4-H Shooting Sports for 2015. Dr. Keith Tidball of Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources is attending the event for the first time and describes the show as “Keith’s Heaven.” Joining Keith is NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, John Bowe, who started opening day as the newest member of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee as Northeast Representative and then quickly on to his duties representing New York State at the Show.

The first day of the SHOT Show was a great success for NYS4-HSS with Keith and John spending quality time speaking with many long-term partners including Ryan Bronson from Federal Ammunition and Cathy Hale from Savage Arms – both companies are under the parent company ATK.

(L to R) John Bowe with Cathy Hale, Savage Arms and Ryan Bronson , Federal Ammunition

(L to R) Keith Tidball, John Bowe, Cathy Hale, Savage Arms and Ryan Bronson, Federal Ammunition

Wally Gardiner, President, Canal Street Cutlery, was proudly wearing his NYS 4-H Shooting Sports pin at his booth and showed Keith and John an exceptional new fixed blade knife they are just releasing.

Wally Garder, Canal Street Cutlery (L) with Keith Tidball (R)

Wally Garder, Canal Street Cutlery (L) with Keith Tidball (R)

John and Sherry Anthon welcomed our Reps at the GATCO/Timberline booth and shared the exciting news that they now have a Gas Monkey Garage line of knives and a new multi-task sharpener/fire starter. Our Reps also met up with Crosman Corporation’s Shooting Services Manager, Mark DeBoard, who showed them the highly impressive new Bulldog .357 pneumatic high-caliber air gun, powerful enough to take both white-tail deer and feral hogs.

John Bowe (L) holding the Bulldog .357 Airgun with Mark DeBoard (R) at Crosman

John Bowe (L) holding the Bulldog .357 Airgun with Mark DeBoard (R) at Crosman

Over at the North American Arms booth, President, Sandy Chisholm was both eager and very pleased to hear what 4-H is doing to educate youth about firearms safety. At the Baron Technology booth, the Baron family and staff spoke with Keith and John about their dedicated support to the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Program. For 2015, Baron Technology will once again be custom engraving a special Limited Edition Firearm especially for NYS4-HSS.

The folks at Columbia River Knife & Tool showed several great new knife offerings and our Reps also enjoyed meeting with knife designer Pat Crawford from Crawford Knives. In another meeting at the J.P. Sauer & Sohn booth, Keith and John discussed potential options the company may be able to offer the NYS4-HSS program.

Keith and John also connected with our colleagues from the National 4-H Shooting Sports program, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Muzzeloading Rifle Association, Project Childsafe, and the International Hunter Education Association.

After a long and busy day covering over 6 miles of the SHOT Show floor, and as part of their cultural education, Keith and John partook of traditional Japanese cuisine for dinner – Sashimi and Nagari. It was John’s first experience with Japanese cuisine and he said it was … Delicious!

Shibuya Chef Harvo - preparing Salmon Sashimi

Shibuya Chef Harvo – preparing Salmon Sashimi

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!

NYS 4-H Shooting Sports – Direct from the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV

Wally Gardner (L), President, Canal Street Cutlery (Ellenville, NY) with Kenyon Simpson (R), NYS 4-H Shooting Sports, at the 2014 SHOT Show.

Chip Hunnicutt (L), Crosman Corporation (Bloomfield, NY) with Bill Schwerd (R), Director of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports, trying out the new Benjamin Break Action Air Rifle at the 2014 SHOT Show’s Media Day at the Range in Boulder City, Nevada.