The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame announces that it will induct 11 new members at its annual banquet, April 27, 2019. These represent a wide variety of interests and accomplishments and include people from many areas of New York State.
Tom Hughes has shown untiring dedication in promoting fishing and the outdoor sports to youth and women. Two examples are Co-Founder of W.I.N. (Women in Nature) instructing over 1,000 women in the many outdoor sports and creator of F.O.R.C.E.S. (Friends of Recreation Conservation and Environmental Stewardship) instructing over 800 pre-k-12 students.
Paul Hudson’s commitment to refitting and maintaining a fish care release boat has resulted in the successful release of 12,463 fish from bass tournaments across the state. He assists the Carpenter Brook Fish Hatchery with annual stocking efforts. He has created and maintains collection tubes for used fishing line placed at 12 fishing access sites across Region 7.
Chris Nutter is a dedicated Hunter Safety and Archery Instructor providing 20 years of service teaching youth and adults and serves as an Instructor Trainer teaching qualified instructors to teach future generations to safely enjoy shooting sports. He has shown a commitment to leading youth hunts for deer and turkey.
Jim Farrell has led Chautauqua area and NYS Ducks Unlimited (DU) as chairman and as State Chairman of the (DU) Greenwing Program instructing thousands of youth on the DU mission of wetlands protection including safe ethical hunting practices. Known regionally as “Big Daddy Duck”, he attends fairs, county and regional gatherings educating the public on the importance of conservation and habitat protection.
Jack Borquin is a dedicated NY Certified Instructor of Trapping, Hunting and Bow Hunting educating hundreds of youth and adults for the past 30 years. He is a Director and founding member of Region 9 Youth Archery Camp which has produced two members of the Olympic Archery team. He serves as lead chaperone and instructor for the BSA annual primitive camping course.
Andrew Jeski has been a key promoter of youth fishing and has actively recruited young hunters through a variety of actions and programs, including W.I.N. N.A.S.P. and Future Anglers Outreach. As a co-founder and president of S.H.O.T.S. (Sportspeople Helping Others Through Sharing) he was responsible for funding and arranging hunting or fishing trips for handicapped or seriously ill sportsmen and women.
Tom Schneider has been active in many sportsmen’s organizations, including CNY Wildfowlers, CNY Rod & Gun Club, and Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club. He has been a major fund-raiser for several decades, arranged the mandated clean-up of the shooting ranges at CNY R & G Club, and arranged the location and establishment of a new private hatchery that has led to successful stocking of Atlantic salmon in the Fish Creek watershed.
John Patane has spent a lifetime volunteering with local sportsmen’s organizations such as Canastota Conservation Club or Pheasants Unlimited. During his involvement with the Madison County chapter of Trout Unlimited he has been involved in fly tying classes, securing access to Chittenango Creek, and establishing two miles of catch and release regulations. He secured funding through grants and supervised the major stream improvement of Chittenango Creek.
Bill Conners has been a leader and spokesman for sportsmen, not only in the lower Hudson Valley but across New York State through his newspaper column, roles in NYS Conservation Council, NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board, Fish & Wildlife Management Board, and many organizations. He has recruited and set a positive image for sportsmen through his efforts in Deer Search, Hunters Helping the Hungry, and Youth Hunts, and many others.
Ed Gardephe has been a leader in many conservation causes for decades, including involving 4-H in bluebird education and bluebird house building, earning him the nickname of “Father Bluebird.” He was one of the leaders of trapper training and his written curriculum and displays are still used in trapper education today.
Kenyon Simpson is one of the grassroots instructors and members of the steering committee of NYS 4H Shooting Program. His work and influence have carried over into being a Hunter Education instructor for 40 years, a Director and major instructor in the National Muzzleloader Rifle Association, and an award winner in many shooting programs