Outdoor sports and gym class

Notes from the North Woods

If legislation is approved, NY high school students may soon be enjoying gym classes in the wild.

If legislation is approved, NY high school students may soon be enjoying gym classes in the wild. Photo by Joe Hackett.

Such progressive measures would certainly put New York at the forefront of the international movement currently addressing the plight of ‘nature deficit disorder’ that afflicts children worldwide.

A key component of the curriculum would provide students with an opportunity to understand what firearms are intended for.

Hunter Safety Education takes the mystery out of firearms, and provides the necessary expertise for students to accomplish a hands-on demonstration.

New York would be a lot safer if students learn proper gun handling techniques from certified instructors, rather than by watching videos such as Grand Theft Auto, Manhunt, or Resident Evil.

Recently, David Figura, an outdoor writer with The Post Standard in Syracuse, polled his readers whether public schools should be offering hunting, fishing and trapping education.

Admittedly, it wasn’t a scientific sampling considering the paper primarily serves an urban readership; but it was surprising!

The results were “All for it” 63.93%, “Are you kidding me? No way” 5.74% and “It should offered, but only as an elective. 28.69%”

Or, “Not sure. Need more information 1.64%”

One reader commented, “Give a kid a hook, and he’ll never be a crook.”

Got Game?

On the same topic, it is important to note SUNY-ESF’s Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb will again be hosting their popular Got Game? Series. This new program series will highlight the role that sportsmen play in conservation and game management. The events are intended to foster a connection among sportsmen and women across the Adirondacks, by providing an opportunity for them to swap stories; trades tips, and spend some time together over a bowl of chili, a beer or a hot chocolate.

The series begins on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 3-5 p.m. Admission is $5, and for further information, please call or email to register, at (518) 582-2000, or aic@esf.edu.

Conveniently, the late afternoon start will allow participants an opportunity to put in a full day of skiing or snowshoeing before retreating to the comfortable, fireside confines of ESF’s historic Huntington Lodge in Newcomb.

The series will continue from January through April with a focus on a different game species, or an outdoor sporting skill.

The series will begin with guest speaker DEC Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Hurst leading a conversation on White-tailed Deer. Hurst is responsible for the management of New York’ whitetail population, and other big game animals.

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

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