Winter gives way to sports show season

Notes from the North Woods

Fortunately, many events remain on this year’s calendar, but sadly one, the Altona Sportsmans Show will be missing. The event consistently drew large crowds to that tiny Northern Tier community and the decision was not based on a lack of support

The event’s founders decided to pull up stakes after last year’s successful event, and Suzie and Jeff Thaller have moved to Cranberry Lake, where they will bring their enthusiast for the outdoor life to the old, Stone Manor Motel and Diner, with a promise to be “Open 363 days a year.”

The fourth-annual Sacandaga Sportsmen’s Day, which will be hosted in Broadalbin this weekend, will feature a diverse lineup of seminars featuring local outdoor experts. Participants will enjoy a dinner of locally raised game as well as a keynote address presented by Paige Patterson, a renowned Big Game hunter.

The event organized by the Sacandaga Bible Conference, will open for registration at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Ray Mills Youth Center on Lakeview Road in Brodalbin.

The $20 admission includes all seminars, dozens of vendors, a sportsmen’s buffet, a silent auction and drawings for a huge supply of outdoor gear.

Guests will be able to attend a host of seminars, ranging from Woodcarving, to Bow hunting, and from Whitetail Hunting in the Adirondacks, to Brook Trout Fishing. The list continues with topics such as Ice Fishing, Small Game Hunting, Birds of Prey, and Making Useful Outdoor Tools.

Seminar presenters include Retired NYS Forest Ranger, Gary Hodgson, outdoorman and author, Dan Ladd, Guide and Coast Guard Captain Steve George, and many more.

The event concludes with a Sportsmen’s Buffet, featuring Wild boar chili, D’Artagnan duck, buffalo chorizo, spicy elk and venison summer sausage. All of the game meat is raised locally, including the buffalo, and elk.

This weekend’s event in Broadalbin was developed on a concept that’s been perfected by the fine folks who host the annual Adirondack Sportsmans Dinner in Schroon Lake.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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