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6th annual outdoor show offers fun for the entire family

What better place than Steuben County, the top county in New York State for deer numbers and deer harvest, to host an outdoor show? The Southern Tier Outdoor Show offers information and products for not only the sportsman in the family, but also encourages youth to explore the outdoors!

The 6th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor show will be held Oct 13-14, 2012 in Bath at Wilkins RV, Inc. on Route 415, off I-86 Exit 37. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County created the event to educate the public on natural resources management, to foster environmental stewardship, to build healthy families, and to encourage local sustainability. It has grown to be the largest fall outdoor show in the state!

Whatever the outdoor topic, the show can deliver:

Bears:

Jeb McConnell of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss the New York State Black Bear in a seminar each day.

Families can enjoy A Grizzly Experience, a show featuring a 650-pound bear and two cubs. Learn about the anatomy of a bear, what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild, and the magic of how bears are trained for the movies. Show patrons will also be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to feed a Grizzly bear, by giving Tonk a “Bear Kabob.”

Gary Socola, former president of the New York Bowhunters will offer a seminar on bowhunting for the black bear. Learn the minimum equipment required to effectively and humanely harvest black bear with a bow and arrow.

Fishing:

Check out our family fishing comedy show, The Bassmeister, Curt Strutz. Curt has an extensive history in tournament bass fishing and fishing entertainment. He has competed professionally with several top ten finishes, and a qualifier into the Tournament of Champions. Curt’s fans say it is important to get kids involved in fishing, and at the same time to entertain them, and the Bassmeister is the perfect mix of both.

Youth can then wander over to the indoor 25 x 20-foot fishing pond filled with bass and trout. The Hammondsport Boy Scouts will assist the youth in setting up their fishing poles and honing their skills. At noon and 3:00 p.m. each day there will be prizes for the biggest fish caught.

For the professionals, the show will offer two local outdoor writers speaking on fishing topics. Ray “Spider” Hrynyk will feature fishing from shore, and Mike Kelly, formerly of the Syracuse Post-Standard, will discuss trout streams of Western New York. Both speakers are authors and will have copies of their books available.

Jim Pfiffer, Director of the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed will lead a seminar on River Recreation on Saturday. Learn about the river’s free outdoor eco-recreation, river recreation trails, using the river for photography and bird-watching, and how to be a steward of the waterways.

Birds:

Falconry is the oldest of all hunting sports, dating back over 4,000 years. Come watch two shows daily with Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience. Teenager Talon Skye awes audiences with her special relationship with her Eagle Owl, Mandarin and her presentation that highlights her innate understanding of Raptors' importance in the balance of life.

Dogs:

The Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge contest on Sunday, October 14 beginning at noon will benefit the Wounded Warrior Program this year. The event focuses on a typical owner or handler of a retriever who is a family companion as well as a hunting partner. There are two contest levels of goose and duck hunting scenarios on land and water for handlers at least 12 years of age. The challenge is supervised and judged by Jim Beverly, a well known retriever trainer from western New York with 47 years experience in the waterfowl hunting industry. Entries cost $30 with winners receiving trophies and a door prize raffle for all. Beverly will offer personal half-hour training sessions to visitors on Saturday for a $30 donation to the Wounded Warriors. To register call Beverly at 716-474-4661.

The Finger Lakes chapter of the Deer Search will use their dogs to demonstrate a blood trail for tracking wounded deer.

Turkey:

The Cohocton Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host a youth Turkey Calling Contest on Saturday at 1:00. Youth will compete in two age categories; 12-18 and 11 and younger. All youth will receive participation prizes.

Whitetail Deer:

Come view the live buck at the North Country booth.

Our featured seminar this year is Charlie Alsheimer, an award-winning outdoor writer, nature photographer, lecturer, and whitetail consultant from Bath, NY. In the past 30 years, Alsheimer’s work has taken him across North America. His photography has won numerous state and national contests, and his articles and photographs have appeared in nearly every major outdoor publication, including Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Harris Publications, and Deer and Deer hunting. He has written six popular books on the whitetail and co-authored a seventh. He owns and operates a white-tailed deer research facility and provides consulting services to various segments of the whitetail industry. Visit us online to reserve tickets for his Saturday sessions.

Learn more about the habits of the whitetail deer at Craig Stephens’ seminar on Food Plot and Habitat Management. There will be information geared to both beginners and intermediates.

Bring your buck trophies for free scoring at the New York Big Buck Club booth. There will be prizes for the largest bucks scored.

 

Visit us online at www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com for specific times for shows and seminars. Plan to  browse over 100 exhibitors of hunting supplies, outdoor gear and information. There are activities for all ages including tomahawk throwing, an airgun range by Crosman Corporation, kayak demonstrations and rides on Saturday, a petting zoo and horse rides, a chainsaw carving auction, the Watkins Glen International and STS Motorsports race car simulators, indoor hunting simulator, and the annual Kanona Fire Department sportsman raffle. Bring your shotgun to compete in the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC)’s Flurry shotgun competition, and bring your bow for the 3-D Archery range. Shotgun ammunition will be available for sale.

Cost is just $5 per car upon entry at the show which includes program, most seminars, activities, exhibitors, and demonstrations.

The show is sponsored by Hills, Valleys & Streams, Inc., Lamb & Webster, Wilkins RV, Henning’s Trout Creek Farm, Steuben Trust Company, Five Star Bank, Elmira Savings Bank, Maple City Customs, True Blue Satellite Systems, Bank of the West, Chempace and Heartland Recreational Vehicles.

For more information, visit www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-664-2313. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTierOutdoorShow and Twitter at www.twitter.com/STOutdoorShow.


6th annual outdoor show is the Southern Tier’s
exhibition for getting back to nature

The 6th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor show scheduled for Oct 13-14, 2012 in Bath offers a variety of wildlife shows, exhibitors and interactive activities. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County hosts the show at Wilkins RV, Inc. on Route 415, off I-86 Exit 37, for the public to enjoy an educational experience of learning awareness and stewardship of our natural resources, participating in outdoor activities, and supporting local products and services.

Families and sportsmen alike are invited to attend, and area businesses and agencies are encouraged to participate. Where else can an entire family go for $5 and enjoy exhibitors, demonstrations, wildlife shows and professional seminars? The $5 per car fee also includes free parking and a free show program.

Don’t miss our featured show both days with A Grizzly Experience – an in depth, up close and personal look into the life of North America’s most prestigious predator, the Alaskan Grizzly Bear. Tonk, their 7-foot-tall, 650-pound Grizzly bear and their two newest additions, Yogi and Booboo, two cubs who just turned one year old and each weighing about 100 pounds, delight crowds of all ages with their impressive sizes and amazing behaviors. Learn about the anatomy of a bear, what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild, and the magic of how bears are trained for the movies. Show patrons will also be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to feed a Grizzly bear, by giving Tonk a “Bear Kabob.”

New this year is a different type of fishing show – a comedian, The Bassmeister, Curt Strutz. Curt has an extensive history in tournament bass fishing and fishing entertainment. He has competed professionally in the Bassmasters tournament Trail and the Canadian Open, as well as the FLW tour “Everstart Series” and local events in southeastern Wisconsin. He has competed in the Gander Mountain Invitational Bass Tour, with several top ten finishes, and a qualifier into the Tournament of Champions. Curt’s fans say it is important to get kids involved in fishing, and at the same time to entertain them, and the Bassmeister is the perfect mix of both.

Also new this year is the Watkins Glen International will host a show car, and our Living History section will provide an axe-throwing activity.  We will host an airgun range by Crosman Corporation.

Come watch two shows daily with Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience. Falconry is the oldest of all hunting sports, dating back over 4,000 years. Teenager Talon Skye is the inspiration for Talons and makes it clear that the show was named for her! Talon awes audiences with her special relationship with her Eagle Owl, Mandarin and her presentation that highlights her innate understanding of Raptors' importance in the balance of life.

One of our featured seminars this year will be Charlie Alsheimer, an award-winning outdoor writer, nature photographer, lecturer, and whitetail consultant from Bath, NY. In the past 30 years, Alsheimer’s work has taken him across North America. His photography has won numerous state and national contests, and his articles and photographs have appeared in nearly every major outdoor publication, including Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Harris Publications, and Deer and Deer hunting. In addition he has written six popular books on the whitetail and co-authored a seventh. He owns and operates a white-tailed deer research facility and provides consulting services to various segments of the whitetail industry.

Exhibitors will be located both inside the RV dealership and outside on the parking lot and grounds. Some of the products that will be offered include: hunting trips, cabins, archery products, skull mounts, tractors, clothing, gamemeat seasonings, painted feathers, sporting art, alpaca socks, coal boilers, fishing tackle, wildlife decor, guide service, military clothing, camping supplies, woodcrafts, boats, cider, jewelry, guns, trapping lures, ATV's, and knives. The food court will offer everything from chicken BBQ, spiedies and deep fried cookies to pork, funnel cakes and curly fries.

The show is the place to be for the avid sportsman since Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County will bring together a number of professional speakers on numerous outdoor topics. Seminars are offered on the hour throughout the weekend. Featured topics include Black Bears in New York State, White Tailed Deer topics, turkey calling, techniques and species, tracking wounded deer with dogs, and much more.

The show also offers several ways to get involved to win trophies and prizes:

Sign up early for the Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge on Sunday, October 14 beginning at noon. This contest will benefit the Wounded Warrior Program and focuses on a typical owner/handler of a retriever that is a family companion as well as a hunting partner. The two contest levels consist of goose and duck hunting scenarios for handlers at least 12 years of age and older. The event is supervised and judged by Jim Beverly, a well known retriever trainer from western New York with 47 years experience in the waterfowl hunting industry. Entries cost $30 and winners will receive trophies and prize money with a door prize raffle for all. To register call Beverly at 716-474-4661.

Bring your bow to the show to shoot through our 3-D archery course, and compete for prizes. Younger archers will enjoy Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Shooting Sports Program’s archery education and shooting as well as air rifle experience.

Also at the show: Don’t miss the Hunting Simulator, Indoor Fishing Pond, and Petting Zoo. Outdoorsmen can bring their trophy mounts for official scoring. And pick up a Kanona Fire Department Annual Sportsman and Cash Raffle ticket. There will only be 1,000 tickets sold at $10 each. Get your chance at 20 great prizes including cash, shotguns, bows, and rifles. Winners are announced Sunday at the show.

For more information, visit www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-664-2313. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTierOutdoorShow and Twitter at www.twitter.com/STOutdoorShow .

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