Hall of Fame Announces Special Awards Winner

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...

New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Honors Eleven

The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces that it has inducted eleven new members for 2018. These inductees represent all areas of the state and many fields of endeavor. The NYSOHOF is an organization dedicated to honoring those individuals who have spent many years preserving our outdoor heritage, working for conservation, or enhancing our outdoor sports for future generations.   Charlie Ellsworth is from Deerfield in Oneida County and is responsible for bringing the Deerfield Fish and Game Club from the brink of collapse to a membership of 800 today. He has served as president, worked on improving all the shooting ranges, and has been a Sportsman’s Education instructor for 30 years. Ellsworth has been a Master Instructor for 10 years and has assisted all area clubs with teaching hunter safety and other programs. He has also been active in Oneida County Conservation Days, reached out to involve women in outdoor sports, and has been a strong supporter of many local groups such as S.C.O.P.E.   Doug Higgins from Piffard in Livingston County has been active in sportsman’s education and the local Letchworth Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). He has taught classes in hunter safety, trapper education, bowhunter education and was recently honored for 30 years of service to Sportsman’s Education. When the local chapter of the NWTF was in trouble, Higgins helped resurrect it and served as banquet chair for 13 very successful years. He has also been a mentor to many turkey hunters and helps with the Youth Turkey Hunt.   Charlie Mead of Queensbury in Washington County has spent a...

2018 Induction Banquet Info

Every year the NYSOHOF holds an induction banquet to formally announce and celebrate new inductees to the Hall of Fame. This year, the banquet will be held on April 28, 2018 at Theodore’s Restaurant formerly the Rusty Rail Restaurant, 3231 Seneca Turnpike (Rt. 5) in Canastota. Inductees will be presented with an induction plaque.  The dinner is open to the public. Guests, current members of the NYSOHOF, and interested parties are welcome to attend. Family, friends and members of the NYSOHOF are invited to join in this evening of celebration. Registration will begin at 5:00 pm, with dinner at 6:00 pm, followed by the presentations. Reservations must be made by April 20 by contacting Scott Faulkner by email: sfcf@tds.net or by phone: (315) 829-3588 or Leo Maloney by email: leomaloney@hotmail.com or by phone 315-363-3896.  (There will be a very limited number of registrations available at the door, and some without reservations may be turned away). The cost of the dinner is $25 per...