Dave Pierce Award Winner
The NYSOHOF also has special awards that are given periodically to honor individuals for unusual effort or achievement. One such is the Dave Pierce Award given to someone who has done outstanding work with youth. This year’s honoree is Mike Kochanowski from Oneida County. Mike has worked with the Oneida County Federation’s Youth Turkey and Goose Hunts since the beginning eight years ago. In addition to working at the event, many times he has offered to take youth who did not get a bird out hunting during the regular season. He has recruited youngsters and mentored them and turned them into avid sportsmen and hunters.