Limbhangers Local Chapter of the
Dear Chapter Members
and Chapter Friends:
Well another year has
passed and our Hunting Heritage Banquet is right around the corner. This
year’s banquet package is bigger and better than ever. From raffles to
fine works of arts, right on up to the gun of the year. Which, by the
way, is a model 700 in a 270. This year our guest speaker will be NWTF
Regional Biologist Doug Little. Doug will tell us a little about some of
the projects the NWTF is currently involved in and what successes they
have had to this point. He will also give us some tips and pointers
specific for our climate and brood conditions.
I’d like to pass on a
bit of good news about the Cortland Area Limbhangers. Our chapter was
recently recognized for three different awards at the New York State
Chapter’s awards banquet held in Rochester at the RIT Inn in January
2006. We received the award for the most “unique” Women in the Outdoors
event. We held this event in November of 2005. This was our 3rd annual
where women came from all over to hunt for turkey and whitetail.
Needless to say, fun is always had by all and we are looking forward to
our 4th annual in 2006.
The second award we
received was for hosting a Wild Turkey Woodlands event that was held at
the Walrod Farm in Georgetown. This event turned out to be a big success
with the most participants of any Wild Turkey Woodlands event held in
NY. The weather cooperated, volunteers were plentiful and the Walrod’s
had the perfect set up for this event. There are hopes that our chapter
can host an event such as this again in the future. We’ll keep you
The third and most
important award was for 1st Runner Up for Chapter of the Year in New
York State. This award is for all the things that our chapter does to
stay involved within the community. They based this award on things such
as our participation in the Youth Hunt, JAKES event, hosting a spring
turkey hunt, WITO, and all the little things. See, sometimes the hard
work and efforts of all our volunteers is recognized, even when it is
doing the things that we really enjoy doing.
Our latest project, as
some of you may have heard already, is assisting the NWTF and the
in leg banding of wild turkey for a Gobbler study. This project has
consisted of many hours of scouting for large flocks of turkeys with
several gobblers evident, baiting them and eventually capturing them for
banding and re-release. Once the turkeys that are banded are harvested,
there is a number for the hunter to call and report. Data will be
collected as bands are reported back to the NWTF and DEC. With any luck,
a local boy scout troop will be assisting with the re-release next week.
If you would like to help out, just give me a call and I can give you
more information. Make sure you attend the banquet, Doug will fill us in
more on this too.
Last year’s JAKES Day
fishing derby was such a success that we thought we would try it again
this year. Just like last year, we will be having the
JAKES event at the Cincinnatus Fire Department with that also being the check in spot for
all day fishing. The event is scheduled for April 23th. We were so lucky
last year with the Cortland County Sportsmen Federation stocking the
river the same week as our event! Let’s hope for the same luck this
year. NWTF Regional Biologist Doug Little will also be there to give a
demonstration for everyone to see on how they use rockets and nets to
trap turkeys. You won’t want to miss this.
On that note, I hope
to see you all at the banquet on March 11th! Use the attached
registration to sign up early. Bring your friends and family and sign up
a new member or two. Help show your support for all the good that we
stand for and try to pass on to our kids. Without volunteers like you,
this all could not be possible.
Cortland Area Limbhangers Chapter President Hunt Safe New York