Outdoor Journal: Seminars, shows help take the chill out of winter

Cabin fever got you feeling down? Well, here are 10 sure-fire remedies guaranteed to make you fee


Cabin fever got you feeling down? Well, here are 10 sure-fire remedies guaranteed to make you feel better as you wait those last 68 days for the beginning of spring.

You can start your cure Saturday morning in Ballston Spa at the 21st annual New York State Sportsman Education workshop sponsored by 4-H Shooting Sports.

Early registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Extension Education Center at 50 West High St., Ballston Spa. Throughout the morning, there will be presentations by various state Department of Environmental Conservation administrators that will highlight what sportsmen can expect in the coming years. DEC commissioner Pete Grannis has been invited to participate. And there will be a session on “It’s the Law!” conducted by Lt. Deming Lindsley and Capt. Scott Florence of the DEC Law Enforcement Division.

After lunch, which is included in the registration fee — $15 for DEC instructors, $25 for all others — attendees will have a choice of attending a Sportsman Education refresher course, or a show-and-tell session among other Sportsman Education instructors to share techniques used in the classroom.

Anyone interested in becoming a Sportsman Education instructor — and they are needed — should attend the workshop. For further details and to make advance reservations, strongly recommended, call the Extension Center at



Do you want to learn a little more about game care and cooking? The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is sponsoring chef Jimmy Kennedy, who will be firing up his grill at the 16th annual Yankee Classic at the Robert E. Miller Expo Center in Essex Junction, Vt., this weekend. The show begins Friday and ends Sunday. This is a hunter, angler and trapper show that features numerous seminars on everything we do outdoors. There will be nearly 175 exhibitors, including guides and vendors offering the latest in outdoor gear.

Other featured guests and sem­inar speakers include the Benoit deer hunting family and Al Morelli, who will teach waterfowl and turkey calling. Also, you’ll be able to take a demo ride on the latest Pol­aris ATVs on the one-mile course. Admission is for adults, $10, $3 for children. Show times are Friday, noon to 8 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo Center is located just east of I-89 Exit 15 on Route 15, at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds.


The Northeastern Sports Show at the Verizon Center of Progress in Syracuse will run on Jan. 25-27, marking its 55th year. This year’s show will feature more than 200 exhibitors, including suppliers, U.S. and Canadian outfitters, all types of hunting and fishing equipment, etc. There will be 80,000 square feet of outdoor theme displays.

Featured attractions are the NRA Whitetail Collection, which includes Milo Hanson’s world-

record buck that sports a 14-point rack with a 29-inch spread. And as a New Yorker, you won’t want to miss the great display of the monster mounts from the Northeast Big Buck Club.

Turkey hunters will benefit from the tips and tactics of Jim Montaro’s seminars on calling and hunting techniques, as will the waterfowlers who attend Jason Barnes’ duck and goose calling/hunting workshops. And for you walleye anglers Tony Buffa will be telling his secrets for catching more and bigger “eyes.”

Admission is $9 for adults, $3 for children 6-12. Show times are Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg’s State Farm Complex has added a number of fishing gear-related companies to what is the largest outdoor show in North America, and there are nine days to see it. The show will be held Feb. 2-10.

Manufacturers for all types of hunting, fishing, etc. will introduce the latest in new gear on the new Bass Pro Shops stage in the Bass Pro Shops booth. Outfitters and guides for just about everything we hunt and/or fish for will be on hand to put together an outdoor adventure of a lifetime for you.

There will be plenty of sem­inars each day led by celebrities, like Randy Oitker, a trick-shot

archer with 17 national titles; Chuck

Adams, who will conduct bowhunting one-on-one clinics; touring bass pros Jason Quinn and Matt Reed, who will demonstrate a variety of techniques and lures in the Hawg Tank; and International Archery Hall of Fame and regular TV bowhunter Bob Foulkrod, who will let you in on some of his secrets for bagging big bucks.

Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. There is also a multigenerational $20 admission ticket for one senior, one adult and one child, and a two-day ticket for $20.

Show times are: Saturday,

Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday,

Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 pm; Monday,

Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday,

Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The 32nd annual Toyota Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Exposition will be held Feb. 7-10 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Returning this year are Brody the Bear, Talons birds of prey and top bassing professionals Ish Monroe and Terry Scroggins with their traveling fish tank. Others include Realtree outdoor TV cel­ebrity Tim Andrus, who will do daily deer hunting seminars. Outdoor Life magazine writer Steve Hickoff will share his expertise on hunting and talking turkey. And if you are looking for new hunting and fishing grounds, there will be plenty of outfitters offering show special prices.

Admission is $11 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Children under 5 are admitted free. Show times are: Thursday/Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


On Feb. 16-17, Mike Hauser will host his third annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show at the Johns­town Moose Club.

Headlining the show will be Robert Elinskas, author of “A Deer Hunter’s History Book;” Ron Kolodziej, holder of National Wild Turkey Federation Mexican and World Slams; and Don Williams, author of “Adirondack Hotels and Inns.” All areas of fishing, hunting, trapping, boating, etc., will be represented at the show.

Admission is $4 for adults, $1, for children 12 and under.


The Springfield Sportsmen and Boat Show will be held at the Eastern States Exposition (Big E) Feb. 21-24.

Headlining the show will be Bwana Jim’s “Have Alligator, Will Travel” show; Dick Scorzafava,

author of a new book on deer and bear hunting; fly-fishing expert Doug Jowett; and turkey-calling seminars by Quaker Boy Game Calls pro Joe Judd and Primos Game Calls’ Steve Poperis; and Capt. Jim White will enlighten you with some of his saltwater fishing tackle fishing tips. There will be plenty of hunting and fishing guides.

Admission is $12 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and free for those under 5. Show times are: Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The 31st annual Toyota World Fishing and Outdoor Exposition at the Rockland Community College Field House will be held Feb. 28-March 2.

They have a full lineup of outdoor celebrities and exhibits, including Marcia Rubin, a pro bass angler who qualified to fish this year’s Women’s Bassmaster Tour Championship, Brody the Bear and an amazing display of the “Border Brute,” whitetail antlers that scored 217 typical points. There also will be plenty of chances to see and purchase the latest in outdoor gear.

Admission is $12 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and free for children under 5. Show times are: Thursday, 2 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The 14th annual Rochester Sportsmen’s Show will be held March 7-9 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in both the Dome and the Minett Halls in Henrietta.

Headliners include deer hunting expert Dick Scorzafava; Mike Weaver, who has harvested over 40 Pope and Young whitetail bucks; and several local bass anglers who will share their successful techniques in seminars. Also featured will be a giant traveling aquarium and a stocked trout pond.

Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for children under 12 and free for children under 5. Show times are: Friday, 3 to 9p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Ed Lewi’s 22nd annual Northeast Outdoors Show will return to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on March 14-16.

The show features more than 100 exhibitors who will showcase the latest outdoor products and services. A major display is the Forever Locked Exhibit of life-size, mus­eum-quality taxidermy depicting a rare, natural event that occurred in the Gile State Forest, N.H. The center point is two full-sized moose locked in combat.

Other attractions include Andy Simmons Wildlife show, Capital District fly fisherman and fly casting pond, and seminar speakers Rob Marotta on talking turkey, Mike Ames on waterfowl calling, Brian VanWormer on traveling to hunt and John Vargo on Hudson River striped bass.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 4-12 and free for children under 4. Show times are: Friday,

4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m to

6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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