The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)
Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame will honor recent inductees
The New York State Hall of Fame Banquet is back and will be held on October 23, 2021 at Theodore’s Restaurant in Canastota. This popular event was a yearly highlight but like most public events was sidelined for the past two years due to the pandemic. This year’s event will honor the newest inductees of 2020 and 2021 as well as recipients of special yearly awards.
Being inducted into the York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors an individual can earn. It shows that an individual has given back more than they have taken and that they have made a significant difference to conservation or preserving the heritage of outdoor sports.
Induction in the NYOHOF is based on what an individual has done to preserve or enhance outdoor sports like hunting or fishing, etc. or help significantly promote the cause of conservation. It has nothing with the number of trophy deer taken, books written, writing awards, personal honors, record fish, etc. The accomplishments can be a major one, or an accumulation
of many smaller ones.
Those individuals selected for induction will be honored at the annual banquet which is normally held in in late April. But with the problem of COVID and the restrictions in place the banquet was cancelled the past two years. This fall’s banquet will honor two years of inductees. Following induction of more individuals in February there will be the 2022 banquet in the spring.
All inductees will have a plaque on display at the NYSOHOF Museum in Vail Mills. This is a separate section of the Wildlife Sports Education Museum (WSEM) at the intersection of Rte 29 and 30A just one mile south of the village of Broadalbin. In addition to individual plaques there are display boards honoring the special award winners, mounts of fish and wildlife, and various educational displays.
The Wildlife Museum is a world class museum of that was the brainchild of Bob Kazmierski of Johnstown. It contains the largest collection of wildlife mounts in the state, many of them in natural poses. There are separate collections of sporting equipment showing the evolution of firearms, fishing equipment, and related items. Bob is undertaking another major addition with sections for African wildlife, the evolution of taxidermy, a special section for research on outdoor topics, and a mountain diorama of wild sheep. See the website www.wildlifesportsmuseum.com. or call 518883-4933.
Plan on spending several hours there.
Lists of inductees by year, nomination information, and other information can be found at the Hall of Fame website www.nysohof.org. Currently there are over 300 men and women honored with induction. They include outdoor professionals such as DEC personnel, outdoor writers, public officials, leaders of conservation organizations, and outdoorsmen and women in general. All inductees have given selflessly to improve hunting, trapping, and fishing and to preserve our environment.
Nominations are now being accepted for individuals to be considered for induction into the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in 2022. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2022. Anyone wishing to nominate an individual should contact Scott Faulkner at 315-829-3588 to receive the updated nomination form and specific instructions. To be considered for induction, the individual must have made significant contribution to conservation or preserving the heritage of outdoor sports. The person or group that feels this contribution is significant must complete the nomination form and submit it along with the supporting documentation of the contributions. The key is: Did he or she make a difference?
Nominations should include a list of specific achievements or contributions the nominee has made. It should include detailed documentation supporting the specific achievements or contributions of giving back. NYSOHOF Board members from around New York State review the nomination and must rely on the documentation in the nomination packet.
Inductees in the Hall of Fame typically remain active in many organizations or causes. By uniting these individuals in a common organization it helps create more momentum for the common goals, draw attention to the causes they have served, and encourage others to give of themselves for the conservation of the outdoor world.
Put the date of October 23 on your calendar to help honor these individuals and meet with others who share a common interest in the outdoors.
Camper Loyalty Rewards For the first time ever the NYS DEC and Office of Parks & Recreation are instituting a Camper Loyalty Reward Program for stays at NYS campgrounds. Points are awarded upon departure and new reservations as soon as people enroll. Points can be used for specific rewards offered by NYS campgrounds. For details, or to enroll, sign up at Reserve America, the system that handles NYS camping reservations.
Hiking Safely For those who are into Twitter, you can sign up to receive TWITTER@NYSDEC Alerts. This will give you updates on DEC lands, conditions of trails in the Adirondacks, notify you when parking lots are full, and give links to alternate hikes.
Adirondack Backcountry Information is found on webpages within the DEC website that provide information on closures, trail conditions, and other pertinent information. For example a recent check on the Moose River Plains showed that Rock Dam Road and Indian Lake Road were now open. Otter Brook Road remains closed at Fall Ponds. Check this for updated information before setting out for popular areas in the Adirondacks.
When hiking in the Adirondacks you often have to cross streams. If bridges are not available and there is heavy runoff from the heavy rains recently, do not attempt a crossing with a stream swollen with high, fastmoving water. Do not get caught in a thunder storm on a mountain trail. Avoid summits and find a low spot, crouch down, and hopefully find shelter.
Golden Passport Park Program With the hot summer weather and people visiting NYS parks to enjoy the outdoors it worth reminding our readers of the Golden Passport program. If you are a NYS resident 62 or older on any weekday (except holidays) you can obtain free vehicle access to state parks. Simply present your current valid NYS Driver’s License. This policy applies both to Office of Parks and Recreation and DEC facilities.
Clayton and Thousand Island websites If you are planning a trip or vacation to the Thousand Islands check out the new website for Clayton (www.1000islandsclayton.com) or the wider area of the 1000 Islands at (www.visit1000islands.com). These are newly remodeled guides with updated information and easy to use. Plan your trip today.
Salmon Salad You’ve been salmon fishing, had a great time, and were successful. You celebrate by having a cookout featuring some delicious king salmon — either steaks or fillets. Suppose you have some left-overs and are wondering what to do.
Save it and make a great salmon salad for lunch the next day. Just use your favorite recipe that you commonly use for tuna salad, but instead mix in the cooked salmon that you saved from the main meal. Delicious!
Charter Captains — Book Now If you are thinking about taking a charter fishing trip, especially for salmon, this summer now is the time to book one. A lot of the Lake Ontario charter trips are rapidly filling up. You can find lists on most counties’ web sites or in their paper guides. Ask questions about length of trip, cost, cancellation policy, etc. Also ask if the captain sets the hook, or lets you set the hook, etc. to be sure it is the trip you want.