The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich
Mickey Seldman, a volunteer with the Adirondack Wildlife Museum in
Vail Mills displays gloves for sale at the Adirondack Outdoorsman
Show Saturday at the Johnstown Moose Club on Route 30A
The annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show attracted crowds Saturday
at the Johnstown Moose Club.
18th Century re-enactor Mario Doreste of Sharon Springs displays
a fusee hunting musket at the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show Saturday
at the Johnstown Moose Club. The show continues today.
Roger Edwards of Skiff Lake Outfitters in Canterbury, New Brunswick,
Canada, center, goes over a map while Paul Varley, left, and Anders
Faltskog, right, look on at the show.
Former Gloversville High School Principal Randall Gilbert of Geneseo,
Livingston County, shows his book on deerhunting at the show.
JOHNSTOWN - Judging by the large crowds Saturday at the fourth annual
Adirondack Outdoorsman Show, the weekend event at the Johnstown
Moose Club for those who like to hunt and fish is becoming increasingly
"It's getting bigger every year," said organizer Mike
Hauser of Twin Cities Sports Promotions. "We're getting more
and more quality vendors who want to get involved. We're starting
to draw from further away."
Hauser said "several thousand" people were expected to
attend the annual event, at which people were lined up many minutes
before it was due to start Saturday. The Adirondack Outdoorsman Show
continues today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the club, 109 S. Comrie
Ave., also known as Route 30A.
Door prizes of gear and equipment are being given away throughout
the weekend. Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $1 for children
12 and under.
A steady stream of showgoers wound through the Moose lodge throughout
the day Saturday.
"I'm just looking to see what's new," said Mike Harris
of Fort Plain, surveying the exhibits.
According to Twin Cities Sports Promotions' Web site - www.adkshow.com
-the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show is geared towards the tastes of
hunters, fisherman and general outdoors enthusiasts. There are 60
exhibits this year containing items for sale pertaining to hunting
and fishing gear/supplies, guns, archery, trapping, boating, camping,
hiking, snow shoeing, guides and charter services, taxidermy, snowmobiling,
4-wheeling, collectable knives, antique hunting & fishing gear,
wildlife art and books and Adirondack furniture.
In addition, many featured guests and industry experts are on hand
throughout the weekend.
Hauser said he was excited that one of his featured guests is Gail
Freeman, the daughter of legendary angler Peter Dubuc, who caught
the World Record northern pike on the Great Sacandaga Lake in 1940.
"Mike asked me if I'd come," said Freeman, who resides
in Schodack Landing, Rensselaer County. Guests can see Dubuc's scrapbooks
and the "plug" he caught the fish on, as well as a replica
mount of the record pike, which is courtesy of New York Outdoor News.
Dubuc went ashore and had the fish weighed at what his daughter
remembers as Pelchers store in Benedict, northeast of North Broadalbin.
The pike was 52 1/2 inches long and 25 inches girth. His weight was
a record 46 pounds, two ounces.
Other featured guests at the show include New York Outdoor News
editor Steve Piatt, Adirondack author-guide-historian Don Williams,
Amsterdam Recorder outdoor columnist and newly-elected New York State
Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame member Ron Kolodziej, Daily Gazette outdoor
columnist Ed Noonan, and Wildlife Sports & Educational Museum.
Museum founder Bob Kazmierski.
One of the first exhibitors guests will see when they enter the
event is former Gloversville High School Principal Randall Gilbert,
who now resides in Canisteo, Steuben County. He is the owner of Buckhunter
Publications and the author of books on deerhunting such as "Whitetail
Woods" and "The Deer Hunter Footstool/Camp Book."
"I've always been an outdoors person," Gilbert said.
He said he has attended past outdoorsman shows put on by Twin Cities
Sports Promotions and he enjoys them.
"It's a great thing," Gilbert said. "It gets everybody
Linda Sehlmeyer and her husband from The Gun Shop in Lake Luzerne,
Warren County, are on hand to show off the latest in hunting rifles.
"This is one of the shows we like the most," she said.
All the way from New Brunswick, Canada, this weekend is exhibitor
Roger Edwards of Skiff Lake Outfitters.
He said his business specializes in Canadian trophy hunts such as
for trophy whitetail, black bear, moose, coyotes, rabbits, grouse
The costs of Edwards' hunts range from $1,800 to $3,000 and participants
must arrive with their own portable tree stands.
Another browser at the show was George Suitor of Esperance, Schoharie,
who was closely studying the latest hunting rifles.
"I'm not sure what I'm in the market for," he said.
At his exhibit, 18th Century Loyalist reenactor Lt. Mario Doreste
of Sharon Springs on Saturday was showing off his fusee.
He explained it is a very light hunting musket from the mid-1700s.
He also was selling muzzleloading supplies to the crowd.
"I do a little selling to help pay for my reenactor's bills," he
Bob Krosky of Burnt Hills said he was enjoying his time in Johnstown,
talking with Capt. Dave Burkhart Jr. of Reel Fun Sportfishing in
"I'm just here to get away from the cabin fever and spend some
money," Korsky said.
Twin Cities Sports Promotions is planning to host the fall edition
of its Adirondack Outdoorsman Show Sept. 12 and 13 at the Johnstown
Moose Club. Hauser said that event will include boating and marina
expert John Greviskis of "Ship Shape T.V."
Other exhibitors will include fishing author and Times-Union outdoor
columnist Rob Streeter.