2021 Inductee’s and Special Award Announcement

New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame

Honoring men and women who have contributed to conservation or preserving our sporting heritage

“It’s not what you take, but what you give”

March 10, 2021:  Marcy, NY – The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame (NYSOHOF) is proud to announce three individuals and one educational program have been selected as our Class of 2021 inductees. The Hall’s motto is “It’s not what you take, it’s what you give”. These individuals have dedicated a lifetime of honoring and sharing the heritage of New York’s great outdoors with others ensuring these time-honored traditions are passed down creating the next generation of outdoor enthusiast.     

Every year the NYSOHOF holds an induction banquet to formally announce and celebrate new inductees to the Hall of Fame. This year we are not sure of the date due to current Covid restrictions.  We will post later when we will have the Induction Banquet so please check back.

The Class of 2021 Inductees:

TOM BROOKING, Bridgeport, NY: Tom is a volunteer who goes above and beyond so that the others can enjoy the restoration sturgeon in New York. In 2009 he founded the not-for-profit organization NY Sturgeon for Tomorrow. Tom’s organization was formed to promote the re-establishment of sturgeon throughout New York, to levels such that all species of sturgeon found in NY are able to be removed from the Threatened or Endangered Species listing, and ultimately produce self-sustaining populations capable of supporting sport fisheries.

Since he started the organization, he has done over 100 presentations at clubs, sportsmen’ s groups, schools and civic organizations statewide. He displays at over 6 sportsmen’s shows per year, including Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook, Women in Nature, NY Sportsmen’s Expo at the NYS Fairgrounds, and the CNY Sportsman Show in Oneida and Big East Camping and Outdoor Sports Show at the Turning Stone Casino, to name a few. He has pursued grants to acquire life size models of sturgeon that he uses in his educational displays.

Tom does all of these presentations as a volunteer on his own time and at his own expense. He passionately spends hundreds of hours each year volunteering.

DALE DUNKELBERGER, Lockport, NY: A lifetime of promoting wildlife awareness and conservation education with youth and adults. Dale has been the Region 9 delegate to the Conservation Fund Advisory Board for more than a decade, he is a Master Instructor in both firearms and archery and has served as a hunter education instructor since 1989. Dale also has served on the New York State Conservation Council for the past 25 years. He received the Oliver Jones Memorial Award for Sportsperson of the year in 2017 from the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs. Dale is a regular on WLVL Radio in Lockport, giving regular updates to the community on happenings in Albany as they relate to the resources that affect hunters, fisherman and trappers of Niagara County.

He is described in his nomination as “a tireless volunteer that truly makes a huge difference for the sporting community and for conservation”.

STEVE PIATT, Sayre, PA: Most people know Steve from his long history of keeping the sporting world informed through the publication ‘New York Outdoor News”. Steve is lesser know by the public, but highly regarded from those who know him personally for annually selecting the youth of the community to join him on tremendous experiences in hunting and fishing. Steve personally makes sure these youth have the proper gear for their excursions right down to the clothing required for a successful outing. He makes sure each individual has a great breakfast before they head out. When in the field he shares his expertise mentoring youth into the sporting world. These invaluable experiences keep the sporting world alive for this and future generations to enjoy through his exceptional generosity and experience.

Steve was recognized by the Hall of Fame in 2013 with the Media Award, now he will be inducted into the Sportsmen’s Hall of Fame for his great work ‘giving back’.

Educational Program Award: The Educational Program Award for 2021 is awarded to Robert Ewald, creator of the “Outdoor Adventures” program in the Hudson Valley. A teacher by trade, Bob began giving back by introducing a fly-tying class in his school’s curriculum. With the popularity and success of this, he expanded these classes into the sportsmen’s clubs throughout the Hudson Valley. Due to his efforts, he was appointed to the Fish and Wildlife Management Board, where he served as Region 3 Chairman.

Soon after his retirement in 1989, program was officially titled “Outdoor Adventures” and rapidly expanded to include firearm and safety training. Through his program, students were able to go on sanctioned field trips that included fly fishing, 3D archery, sporting clays and trap shooting at various sportsmen’s clubs throughout the area.

“This program received a great deal of positive feedback and provided young people with an opportunity to experience outdoor sporting activities”.

The Museum of the NYSOHOF is located inside the Wildlife Sports & Educational Museum at the intersection of Routes 29 and 30 in Vails Mills, NY  12010. Call (518) 883-4933. There you can see the plaques of all inductees, special videos of interviews with members and other conservation related issues with which our members have been involved. https://nysohof.org/

The Wildlife Sports & Educational Museum is a 14,000 square foot facility that is dedicated to the preservation of the art, artifacts, and other memorabilia of the centuries old sporting traditions of hunting, fishing, and trapping.  It is a world-class collection of hundreds of mounts of fish and game. It also serves to foster interest in these traditions among future generations.  

For more information about this release contact NYSOHOF President Bill Lansley, 315.399.0489 or at wjlansley@gmail.com

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