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Operation Military Kids

Over 65 members of New York military families attended Operation Military Kids Family Camp on Saturday, October 16, 2012.

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Our 25th Sportsman Education Workshop!

The 25th Anniversary Sportsman Education Workshop was held in Ballston Spa on January 28, 2012 with 220 volunteer instructors, presenters and facilitators in attendance.  Saratoga County 4-H’ers Rachael Trojan and Logan Kimball Lee assisted with the Pledge of Allegiance and the program kickoff.  NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, Bill Schwerd, introduced the agenda with a brief summary of the 25 year history of the SEW and thanked Department of Environmental Conservation staff, prominent state and federal representatives, presenters and the dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to teach courses and serve as mentors for the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

Cathy Mosher, Assistant Commissioner of Natural Resources for DEC provided the welcome introduction and Gordon Batcheller, Chief Wildlife Biologist for the Bureau of Wildlife, emphasized recent changes in the Department and set the stage for an interactive program.  Sportsman Education Administrator, Chuck Dente, and Sportsman Education Program Coordinator, Jeff Liddle, reviewed the past year and took a look forward into the future.  Attendees were once again challenged during a CSI Country session, presented by Lt. Dick Thomas and Investigator Ken Bruno that examined a recent hunting incident and how it was solved.  Lt. Deming Lindsley and friends presented the group with captivating stories of law enforcement and conservation laws.  

2012 SHOTShow
(From left to right) Fourth Generation Sportsman Ed Instructor Mike Schwerd,
Congressman Chris Gibson and NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator Bill Schwerd

Congressman Chris Gibson of the 20th District addressed the group in an informative session over lunch hour that highlighted experiences and happenings in Washington D.C. followed by a strong question and answer session.  New York State Assemblymen Jim Tedisco, Bob Reilly, George Amedore and Steve McLaughlin were also in attendance along with Mike Mansion representing NYS Senator Hugh Farley and Mike Miller from Assembly Minority Kolb’s staff to provide a keen overview of the role of the legislature as well as their own individual positions on pertinent conservation issues.

2012 SHOTShow
(From left to right) Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, Instructor and NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Key Volunteer Mickey Elliot
and Assemblyman George Amedore

In the afternoon session, instructors were educated on the use of crossbows purchased specifically for the Sportsman Education Program. The afternoon session also offered three track course options where attendees could choose between a refresher course, a course for trappers or an interactive course for instructors.  In addition, the afternoon session included a new for 2012 electronic technology for the classroom offering.


NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Heads to 2012 SHOT Show!
Check our official Blog for entries  from our
NYS4-HSS SHOT Show contingents!

2012 SHOTShow
The NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Contingent at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada (from left to right): Bill Schwerd,
Kenyon Simpson, John Bowe, Kelsey Reppert, Lindsey Draper, Mary Fairley and Chrys Nestle.


Review the 2012 State Championship Results


The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Knife of the Year for 2012

Knife of the Year
The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Knife of the Year for 2012
~ was featured as an auction item at the
NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction on April 21.
  The 2012 Knife is the Whitetail Edition for the
North American Series by Canal Street Cutlery and
engraved and numbered by Baron Technology.


New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Sets New Record!

The recent completion of New York State 4-H Shooting Sports participation records confirms that over 25,500 youth were reached by NYS4-HSS between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012. 

The numbers reached were comprised from the following categories:

  • 1670 youth were involved in 4-H Shooting Sports Clubs
  • 1225 youth were involved in 4-H Special Interest Programs
  • 5841 youth were involved in 4-H Camp Activities 
  • 13,941 youth were reached through 4-H at County/State Fairs
  • 2800 youth were reached through additional Special Interest Programs (i.e. conservation field days, JAKES events, etc.) 

Volunteer instructor hours reached 14,800 hours.  At a current general rate of $23/hour, our instructors provided the equivalent of nearly $350,000 in services to our youth! 

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