Shawn Hayes, a professional fisherman, teaches Alyssa Tucker about ice fishing during a program for Ticonderoga Middle School students.
continued Hayes said teaching children about the sport is important to expose today’s youth to the outdoors.
“People don’t realize we are loosing our access to fish and gaming,” Hayes said. “These kids could be future lawmakers who fight for conservation or they could develop an interest in agriculture, fish hatchery, and that could lead to possible careers.”
Not only are there learning opportunities for children in fishing, but Sheehan said the experience he has had with his three sons while ice fishing has brought his family together.
“We’ve made memories we can always talk about as we get older and hopefully my sons can share with their kids,” Sheehan said.
Steve Ramant, president of the Hague Fish and Game Club, said he hopes the club can bring this opportunity to other schools in the area such as Putnam and Moriah.