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Outdoorsman Show continues to draw them in, in droves

February 22, 2009
By DON WILLIAMS, For The Leader-Herald

The southern Adirondacks continue to be a Mecca for hunters, anglers and outdoor people and the outdoor shows continue to draw them in, in droves.

The dealer and exhibitor tables are lined up end-to-end and the aisles are filled with onlookers and buyers.

Most outdoor shows open early and stay open into the evening with a steady flow of sports of all ages.

Fulton County is in its fourth year of offering outdoor shows sponsored by Twin Cities Sports Promotions.

They are hosted a couple times a year at the Johnstown Moose Lodge.

More than 60 booths fill the hall and hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts attend the events.

It is a great gathering to meet and greet new and old friends.

The outdoor shows include a wide range of topics including hunting, fishing, archery, trapping, boating, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, guide and charter services, taxidermy, equipment, books, log cabins, and furniture.

The latest show featured New York Outdoor News editor, Steve Piatt, deer hunter/author Randall Gilbert and a special presentation of the "Legend of Peter Dubuc, world record holder for a Northern Pike."

The next Adirondack Outdoorsman Show is scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13 featuring fishing author/columnist Rob Streeter, TV Ship Shape host, John Greviskis, and Bob Kazmierski, Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum founder.

It will be conducted at the same location, the Moose Lodge.

One of the interesting innovations at the recent show was the promotion of Bluestar, a blood revealing reagent used to track wounded animals.

Forensics have come to the hunting community.

One of the negative aspects of hunting is the loss of an animal that becomes wounded but runs away from the hunter.

The liquid sprayed on the ground provides an easily followed "moon glow" (as one little girl called it) trail to the animal.

It works in rain as well as any other time, thus saving the meat to feed the family.

Don and Linda Boisvert traveled from New Hampshire to the show to make attendees aware of the situation.

The special tribute to Peter Dubuc, fish record holder, included a replica of the Great Northern Pike taken from the Sacandaga Reservoir (Great Sacandaga Lake).

The New York Outdoor News has the replica.

Peter Dubuc, one of nine children, learned to fish on Lake Champlain with his father and older sister.

He later owned a seasonal home on the Sacandaga where he caught the fish on September 15, 1940.

It weighed 46 pounds two ounces, was more than 52 inches long with a girth of 25 inches.

He held the world record until recently when a larger fish was caught overseas, but he still holds the North American record.

His daughter, Gail Freeman, attended the show to tell her father's story.

Gilbert, a former Gloversville High School Principal, has embraced a second career as a deer hunting expert.

He has produced three books, the latest being "The Definitive White-tailed Deer Book." Others include "Whitetail Words" and "The Deer Hunter Footstool/Camp book."

Those who remember the "good ole days" would like to see the "Rubber Band Shooters." When I was young, we took a piece of wood and loaded it with a rubber band; it worked well. "Hutch Craft Products" has taken it to a new height with 12-shot shooters, pistols and rifles.

A double-barreled version shoots 24 and the giant, wooden Gatling gun shoots 144.

Rubber band shooters have come a long way since we put the first rubber band on our finger and thumb and let it fly.

A word should be said about Mike Hauser, Twin Cities Sports Promotions owner.

His promotion of the Outsdoorsman Shows, as well as his sports memorabilia shows, brings thousands to the area and brings thousands together for the associated comradeship and knowledge in the shared fields of interest. Promoting a successful show is labor intensive and he does it well.



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