NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Honors Scott Faulkner – Oneida Dispatch

The NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame is an organization which recognizes people who have given back more than they have received, honored one of its own members at the annual banquet recently. In an organization known for doing much to aid hunting, fishing, and conservation, Scott Faulkner has stood out in many ways.

Scott is an inductee of the Hall of Fame and a member of the Association which administers the organization honoring sportsmen. At the annual banquet last Saturday night at Theodore’s Restaurant, Faulkner was honored with a life membership in the Association presented with a unique feather art painting by the renowned wildlife artist, Deborah Brosen as a reward for his many years of service.

Faulkner has been an inductee and a member of the Association for 25 years. At an early stage he was involved in the efforts to revise the by-laws and make the NYSOHOF a truly state-wide organization. He has served as a director, president, secretary and treasurer. Throughout all this time he volunteered in any way needed and reminded others of the effort needed and their mission, including working at sports shows and taking charge of the annual banquet. He has been a key in the growth of the NYSOHOF Association and making it a well-known and respected organization throughout the state. Currently he serves as website administrator and treasurer.

In an overlap of duties, he has founded an organization known as myhunt.com which is a coalition of sportsmen’s clubs in Madison and Oneida Counties and provides Environmental Conservation Officers that education, guidance, and mentors for youngsters on the special youth hunting weekends for waterfowl and turkey. This provides an opportunity for youngsters who otherwise would not have anyone to teach
them or take them hunting.

As communication director of the NYSOHOF and Secretary of the Oneida County Federation of Sportsmen, Scott is busy spreading and disseminating news to sportsmen that they would otherwise not receive.

In addition to being granted a life membership in the NYSOHOF Association, he was presented with a unique gift of a painting of a barred owl on a turkey feather. These works of art are a creation of Debbie Brosen who creates these unique art objects that are much in demand by sportsmen. They are highly prized at banquets by Ducks Unlimited, the Wild turkey Federation, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, among others.

Scott is well deserving of this honor and is the epitome of the old saying – “if you want something done, ask a busy man.”

Thermacell vs. Bugs

As a by-product of warmer weather, the dreaded blackflies are out, especially in central New York. However the rainy weather will certainly produce an abundance of mosquitoes everywhere this season. If you are going to spend time outdoors this spring or summer you had better be prepared for protecting yourself against mosquitoes or blackflies, whether in the Adirondacks, central New York or elsewhere.

One of the things that I have found that really works is the Thermacell Mosquito Repellent. I have used the hand held (Application) model successfully for many years and it provides silent, odorless, and long-lasting protection for a 15 foot radius. It utilizes a butane cartridge that heats a pad and gives off a synthetic copy of natural insecticides. There is even a holster with belt clip available. Whether it is in the turkey woods, trout fishing, or sitting around the campfire I find it really works.

Whether camping, hiking, or staying home this summer and spending evenings on our deck, Mosquitoes are a constant threat and often make it impossible to enjoy an evening outdoors. Most citronella candles or similar devices are not very effective in keeping them away.

Since I have discovered the ThermaCELL Outdoor Lanterns, I have introduced a lot of friends and family to them. It is both a powerful insect repellent and portable long-lasting LED lantern. The functions can be used together or separately. Wherever you spend your summer, you should consider this compact, effective device.

The insect repellent function is powered by a butane cartridge which heats a mat releasing allethrin, a synthetic copy of a natural insecticide. Each mat provides up to four hours of protection. The butane cartridge provides up to 12 hours’s non-toxic, lightweight, portable, odor free, and very effective heat.

It provides light with eight LEDs, has 2 illumination settings, and operates on four AA batteries. It has a rugged structure to withstand mishaps and an easy grip handle.

We use them all spring and summer.

A simple switch lights the butane while another operates the led lights separately.

You can use them independently. They are effective against biting insects such as mosquitoes, black flies, or no-see-ums.

Now Thermacell has several outdoor lanterns that combines the same insect repellent with a lantern using LEDs for ambient lighting at your campsite or back deck.

There is the Patio style lantern which gives a soft light or the Scout or Camp lanterns which produce more light. They are lightweight, can be hung or set on a stand, and gives you hours of protection. The lighting and insect representative functions operate independently. See www.thermacell.com or check local sporting goods stores.

The Thermacell Radius is a cool new product that uses proven technology to repel mosquitoes and is scent-free, highly effective and portable. Plus, they are aesthetically appealing, just the thing to set on your deck and patio. The Radius is the first rechargeable, compact and powerful mosquito solution. Just the touch of a button provides hours of comfort. Instead of the usual butane cartridge it runs on a battery and
has timing features.

The Radius features a rechargeable USB Lithium-ion battery, operating up to 6 hours per charge. It is cordless, lightweight, minimalist design, and has an automatic shut off timer. The Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent System is available for purchase in many outdoor supply stores or check Thermacell.com for information.

Disgusting insects are a fact of life, but they do not have to dominate or ruin our summer. Whether it is on the lake, at camp, camping on your own, or relaxing in your own backyard, choose the Thermacell products that best suit your needs. Summer is too short to not enjoy it.

TU Sportsmen’s Flea Market

This Saturday, May 7 will be a sportsmen’s flea market sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Location is the Whitestown Vets Club, 174 Whitesboro St., Yorkville, 13495 from 10 am until 2 pm

Pick up some deals on used and new sporting equipment, rods and reels, tackle, books, outdoor gear of all sorts. There will be fly tying demonstrations, raffles, and kids casting contest. Admission – adults $2, kids under 12 free. Kitchen will be open for burgers, hot dogs, etc.

Walleye Waters

Naturally much of the news and forecasts for Walleye season focuses on Oneida Lake. However, there are lots of walleye waters, both large and small, around the state.

For those who want to try something different here are some you might check out. Locally Eatonbrook Reservoir, Lake Delta, and North Sandy Pond are good spots for walleye. A little further away you might check out Otisco Lake, Whitney Point, or Chaumont Bay. If you want to venture out and combine it with a vacation try Tupper Lake, especially the south end where Bog River empties into the lake.

Reportedly Harris lake, Black Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake, and Canadarago Lake have good populations of walleye. Early in the season you can find big walleye in Oswego harbor, especially after dark. Empyments of Lake Ontario such as Henderson Harbor, Irondequoit Bay, Sodus Bay, and Port Bay can provide good action in early season. If you prefer river fishing check out the Black, Oswego, Chenango, Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga, and Oswegatchie.

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