Iraq veteran to be guest speaker at Saturday Sportsmen’s event

Jeremiah Catlin of Chappy's Outdoors, the featured speaker at Sacandaga Sportsmen's Day on Saturday. (Photo submitted)

BROADALBIN — A veteran of the war in Iraq who organizes hunting and fishing expeditions for wounded warriors and other veterans will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual Sacandaga Sportsmen’s Day.

The event will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sacandaga Bible Conference, 191 Lakeview Road.

Jeremiah Catlin, an Army chaplain, developed a heart for wounded veterans after he was medically evacuated from Iraq. His company, Chappy’s Outdoors, has connected more than 1,000 veterans to hunting and fishing opportunities in 26 states, giving them something to look forward to while healing and recovering. His talk will be at 3 p.m.

“It’s mostly an event to get the guys to the Bible conference, something we can enjoy together, and give back to the community,” said Dave Spencer, executive director of the Bible conference.

Typically the event draws about 350, including youths and women.

“We do it purposely before the ice-fishing tournaments start,” he said. “It’s better than sitting at home and doing nothing.

The event, sponsored by Bohm Construction and Frank’s Gun Shop, begins with registration at 9:45 a.m. at the door, though anyone may preregister by calling (518) 883-3713 or dropping by the conference office.

The $20 admission includes the all-you-can-eat sportsmen’s buffet, attendance to the guest speaker session, two seminars and the chance to win door prizes — including several firearms. Refreshments, a silent auction, vendors and displays will be available throughout the day.

The sportsmen’s buffet menu will include duck pot pie, buffalo pot roast poutine with Palatine Cheese curds, venison sausage pasta, Caesar salad with yak skirt steak, sauteed vegetables with rabbit sausage, buttermilk biscuits with goose fat butter, and butternut squash with homemade wild boar bacon cured with Mud Road maple sugar. As always, freshly baked pies will be served for dessert.

Guests also will be able to attend two of the nine planned seminars, including general outdoors advice:

“Pursuing Public Land Bucks,” with Todd Mead, author of “Backcountry Bucks” and “A Lifetime of Big Woods Hunting Memories.”

“Striper Fishing the Upper Hudson,” with charter captain Chris Leach, who hasn’t missed a day of the spring spawn run in 30 years.

“Newfoundland Moose Hunt,” with Steve Piatt, editor of New York Outdoor News and his wife, Paula.

“Salmon River Steelhead Trout Techniques,” with environmental scientist and state-licensed educator Mark Kiburz.

∫ Turkey From Start to Finish,” with Rob Marotta, a state-licensed guide and host of the TV show “Ultimate Quest.”

“Adirondacks 101,” with Devin Peterson, owner of Saratoga Guide Service.

“The Ten C’s of Survival,” with Peterson, who also is a licensed guide for hunting, hiking and camping.

“Jig Fishing 101,” with Roy Bilby, a bass fisherman who has competed in 183 tournaments.

“Bears I Have Known and Eaten,” with Bill Kozel, a hunter with nearly 50 years of experience.

For more information, go to www.sacandagabibleconference.com or call (518) 883-3713.

Sacandaga Bible Conference on the Great Sacandaga Lake is a nonprofit camp and retreat center offering youth and family summer programs and community events all year, including a free summer concert series.

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