Fishing, Archery, Skeet Shooting
Among Many Outdoor Activities During
Sportsmen’s Days Annual Festival
Honeywell and Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Partners for Weekend of Activities for Families of All Ages
WHAT: Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook
WHEN: September 27 and 28, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery
Phone: (315) 689-9367
Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook was created as a tribute to National Hunting and Fishing Day. It is one of the largest celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day in New York State. Outdoor activities suitable for all ages include: clay target shooting, waterfowl identification/calling, turkey and goose calling, archery, trapping, BB guns, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, muzzle loading, and trout fishing. There will be demonstrations by woodsmen, local wildlife artists and authors, retriever and pointer dog demonstrations. Conservation Officers, Forest Rangers and Eddie Eagle (mascot for NRA’s children’s gun safety program) will make appearances. Free prize drawings every hour with a grand prize of a fishing charter for 4 on Lake Ontario. All hands-on activities are included in the admission – only $5 per car.
Help us and Volunteer for Sportsmen’s Days!!!!!!!
TU (Iroquois and Madison Chapters) demonstrate casting, offer basic instruction (so people can try it right there) and if we have enough members participating, a flytying demo. Usually, there are not enough volunteers to do everything we would like. Casting is the biggest draw to our site(since it is quite visible) and more than once people have waited for an instructor to free up so they can try.
We do explain who we are as a national organization and local group and what the mission statement is. When people ask us about spinning rods, catch and release, and other similar topics, we talk with them at length. Spinning rods, flyrods or baitcaster don’t matter to us, it is all personal choice. Catch and release is also a personal choice unless dictated by the laws for that particular body of water. We tell people as long as you obey the law, how you fish is up to you.
This 2 day event is a lot of work, but is also a lot of fun. One year, we had only 2 volunteers each day. One of them was there both days. These 3 people were so busy with casting instruction that they did not get to have lunch. Ideally, there would be 6 to 8 volunteers each day. This way there can be lunch, restroom breaks and plenty of time to help spread the word of TU activities regarding cold water preservation.
You are not being asked to volunteer for both days. We asking for
help and if you are able to help, it is greatly appreciated. Once the day is over, there is a sense of accomplishment as you realize that you helped someone do something that they thought could never do.
The Sportsmen Days start about 10 am (for volunteers to be there) and wrap up about 5 pm. We realize this is a long day but there is a free lunch from the Federation and once in awhile free donuts from a kind Chapter member (no promises).
If you would like to volunteer, contact, Dave Tarr, at 454-2036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.