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The Sportsman’s World — Crossbow Hunting

By Leon Archer

It seemed like the crossbow bill was going to die in the Assembly again this year.

It had been heavily resisted by a small faction of bow hunters and various anti-hunting groups, but large numbers of sportsmen deluged the Senate and Assembly members with calls, emails and letters.

In the end, the law was passed.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, the time for this change in New York’s conservation law was long overdue. We now become one of 28 states with some form of crossbow hunting.

It isn’t perfect yet from what I’ve heard, because it was not made legal during (all) seasons when bows may be used for hunting. I am of the opinion that this illogical omission will be corrected in the next year or two, clearing the final hurdle.

It has been a long struggle – certainly longer than it should have been for such an innocuous piece of legislation.

The final step will no doubt be introduced next year, and before long, the crossbow will be an accepted weapon during any season.

In spite of bow hunters dire predictions and fears that the woods will be over-run with crossbow hunters, when the finish line is finally crossed, they will notice little or no difference as they pursue their own form of hunting with a bow.

Peace will come in a very short time, and this tempest in a teapot will settle down and no longer be a divisive topic for sportsmen.

It is my belief that the reason the crossbow did not cross that final hurdle this year was the legislators were seeking a compromise that would mollify both the crossbow and non-crossbow hunters, but in reality, they didn’t really please either party. Let’s hope next year they get it right.

Personally, I don’t have an iron in this fire. I don’t intend to buy a crossbow, and I would be unlikely to hunt with one during an early season even if there were one to hunt in.

I still like duck hunting too much to sit in the woods waiting for a deer to walk by. I will hunt with a bow for a few days this coming fall, because my grandson, Nathaniel, will be old enough to hunt deer with a bow, and he needs me to go with him. I’ll carry a bow just in case the unlikely takes place and I have a chance at a big buck. Nathaniel’s opportunity is the number one priority.

Nate and I will be practicing this summer in order to be prepared should that moment arrive when he is able to join the ranks of successful Archer, archer deer hunters. Knowing Nathaniel as I do, it will happen.

If you are one of the many hunters who have been waiting for the crossbow to be legalized in New York state, don’t forget to send a thank you to our legislators, especially to the leaders of the Senate and Assembly.

I expect those few bow hunters who were the most opposed to the new law will be sending notes voicing their displeasure. It would be good to let those people in Albany know that they got at least one thing right this year.

My son tells me the grass is starting to peek through since warm weather broke out. I don’t think there is much grass showing in Redfield, but it will happen.

I missed getting out on the trout opener. I hope those of you who were able to go fishing had a great day. I thought about you out here in Washington. I will be out there fishing with you very soon.

Hannibal spring sports schedule

Here is the spring varsity sports schedule submitted courtesy of the Hannibal Central School District.

All dates and times are subject to change.

Baseball

April 7,  Marcellus   4:15 p.m.

April 9, at Pulaski  4:30 p.m.

April 12, Mexico (Doubleheader) noon

April 15,  Jordan-Elbridge 11 a.m.

April 16, Phoenix (Doubleheader), 11 a.m.

April 22, at APW, 4:30 p.m.

April 23,  Fulton   4 p.m.

April 25, Red Creek  4 p.m.

April 28, at Cazenovia  4:45 p.m.

April 30, at Solvay  4:30 p.m.

May 2,  Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 6, at Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

May 7,   APW  4:30 p.m.

May 12, Skaneateles 4:30 p.m.

May 13,  Pulaski 4:30 p.m.

May 16, at Jordan-Elbridge  4:30 p.m.

Softball

April 7,  Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

April 11, at Bishop Ludden  4:30 p.m.

April 15,  Jordan-Elbridge 11 a.m.

April 16, Phoenix (Doubleheader)     11 a.m.

April 22, at APW  4:30 p.m.

April 23, Fulton  4 p.m.

April 28, at Cazenovia  4:45 p.m.

April 30, at Solvay  4:30 p.m.

May 2, Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 6, at Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

May 7, APW  4:30 p.m.

May 10, Fulton (Doubleheader) at Oswego (Legend Field)  10 a.m.

May 12, Skaneateles  4:30 p.m.

May 16, at Jordan-Elbridge  4:30 p.m.

Boys Track & Field

April 9,  ITC  4:30 p.m.

April 12, at Jordan-Elbridge 10 a.m.

April 14,  Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

April 21, Tully Invitational  4 p.m.

April 23, Phoenix  4:30 p.m.

April 26, Hannibal Invitational, 10 a.m.

April 30, APW, 4:30 p.m.

May 2, Oswego County Invitational   (Oswego)  4 p.m.

May 5, Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

May 7,  Jordan-Elbridge  4:30 p.m.

May 12, OHSL Liberty Meet (Marcellus)      5 p.m.

May 22, Section 3 Class B-2 (Marcellus)         4 p.m.

May 29, Section 3 State Qualifier      (CNS) TBD

Girls Track & Field

April 9,  ITC  4:30 p.m.

April 12, at Jordan-Elbridge  10 a.m.

April 14, Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

April 21, Tully Invitational   4 p.m.

April 23, Phoenix, 4:30 p.m.

April 26, Hannibal Sports Boosters Inv       itational   10 a.m.

April 30, APW  4:30 p.m.

May 2, Oswego County (Central Square)  4:30 p.m.

May 5, Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

May 7, Jordan-Elbridge 4:30 p.m.

May 9, Fulton Athletic Sports Boosters Invitational  4:30 p.m.

May 12, OHSL Freedom and Liberty Champ (Marcellus) 5 p.m.

May 20, Section 3 Class B1 and B2 Champ  (Marcellus) 4:30 p.m.

May 29, Section 3 NYS Qualifier       (CNS) 4 p.m.

June 6 and 7, New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships  (CNS)  TBD

Chronic wasting disease not found in NYS deer

Testing of more than 2,500 samples of deer statewide found no deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week.

CWD continues to pose a threat to New York’s wild white-tailed deer as Pennsylvania discovered CWD in both captive white-tailed deer and wild, free-ranging white-tailed deer in 2012.

Since 2002, DEC annually has tested hunter-harvested white-tailed deer for CWD. The last confirmed case of CWD in New York was in 2005.

Public reporting of sick and abnormal deer throughout the year is also important because these animals are collected and tested for CWD.

DEC’s Wildlife Health Unit conducts full necropsies (animal autopsy) to determine the source of illness or cause of death on many species, including deer.

In 2012, DEC revised the state CWD surveillance program to include information on population density, deer age and sex, and risk factors, including border counties with Pennsylvania.  The goal was to collect samples from the highest risk areas.  For further details on the initiation and timeline of DEC’s CWD surveillance program, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/33220.html.

Fulton girls’ softball team wants a sectional championship

 By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity softball team is preparing to begin its season with great expectations.

After playing in the sectional quarterfinals and semifinals the last two seasons, not only do the Lady Raiders want to qualify for sectional play but they want to win a Sectional championship.

Coach Derek Lyons said his team has been playing together for a long time. With the improvement that they have shown along the way, he hopes to see his team qualify for the state playoffs.

Fulton is expected to be amongst the most experienced teams in Section 3 this season. The team will feature seven seniors and two juniors who have seen a lot of playing time over the past few seasons.

Lyons said his nine experienced players know what it takes to have a successful season. The seniors are Maureen McCann, Hannah Jones, Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey, Caitlin Chrisman, Kassidy Kearns and Keisha Pierce.

The juniors wth experience are Cheyenne Laun and Courtney Parker. These players are joined by fellow juniors Jessica Marvin and Katelyn Ely along with sophomore Casey Jones.

The Lady Raiders began practice in early March. Lyons expected them to be in pretty good physical condition when practices began and his team obliged.

Lyons said most of his players were in good physical condition because they took part in winter sports.

But Lyons said softball is a sport that relies on reaction a lot more than other sports. Developing reaction time was a big part of the first couple weeks of practice.

The players who didn’t participate a winter sport prepared for the season by taking part in open gyms and working hard in the weight room. Lyons feels every player could run the bases in a solid time.

However, the climate has limited the team’s outdoor training time. Lyons said even though his team appears to be in good shape, they will still be challenged when the time comes to adjust to running outdoors.

Fulton won’t have captains in a traditional sense this season. For the most part, Lyons expects to recognize his nine experienced players as leadership figures on a rotating basis. These players will be recognized based their work ethic and how they handle adversity and Lyons hopes the  Lady Raiders benefit from the experienced players’ ability to lead by example.

The Lady Raiders will face a challenging schedule this season. A team they beat last season, Jamesville-DeWitt, is expected to be equally as tough this season.

Lyons hopes his team can continue to build off of the experience of winning against such a good team. East Syracuse Minoa is expected to be equally as challenging for Fulton.

Both Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa are expected to benefit from strong pitching this season. Lyons also said Mexico, Cortland and Homer will be solid teams this season and be tough outings for the Lady Raiders.

The biggest strength Fulton expects to have this season is the leadership abilities that its experienced players bring to the table. The Lady Raiders also hope to get on base at a solid percentage. There are six players with .400 averages in hitting.

Fulton expects to have a fast and aggressive offense. Lyons said a hard-hitting offense equates to a lot of wins. He also expects the returning pitchers to be ready to preserve a lead their hard hitting teammates create.

Oswego County fishing is focus of TV show

Submitted by Oswego County Tourism

“Outdoor Passion” television host and producer Ray Carignan’s enthusiasm for fishing is contagious, and viewers will get a glimpse of the phenomenal brown trout fishing Carignan experienced in Oswego County on “The Early Summer Brown Trout Run in Oswego County” airing in April on the World Television Network.

Carignan, host of the Montreal-based “Outdoor Passion” weekly television series, fished with Capt. Kevin Keller of Fishchopper Charters last June out of Mexico Bay.

The episode will air on the World Fishing Network at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5; at noon and 9 p.m.  Thursday, April 10; and at 2 a.m. Friday April 11.

“If you love early summer brown trout fishing, you must watch this show,” said Carignan. “Fishing for big brown trout is a challenge. They are smart.”

The group caught their limit both days trolling for mid-depth brown trout with  Keller off Mexico Bay.

“This world class fishery is full of excitement and fun – a great family outing,” said Keller.

Carignan and his cameraman, Claude Roulleau, also visited the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Salmon River Falls and Sandy Island Beach on their visit to Oswego County, where they were hosted by Wally and Cheryl Kimmel, owners of Catfish Creek Fishing Camps.

“Outdoor Passion” has received numerous awards, including eight “Golden Moose” awards for best outdoor series in North America.

For additional information on the show, visit http://www.outdoorpassion.tv/schedule.html.

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).

Fulton spring sports schedule

Here are the schedules for spring sports in the Fulton school district.

All information comes from the Fulton City School District and dates and times are subject to change.

Baseball

April 3  Bishop Ludden  4:30 p.m.

April 5     ESM   11 a.m.

April 10  Chittenango  4:30 p.m.

April 12  at Central Square 11 a.m.

April 15   at Homer   4:30 p.m.

April 17  Mexico    11 a.m.

April 23 at Hannibal  4 p.m.

April 24  Christian Brothers Academy  4:30 p.m.

April 26 Oswego  Noon

April 28   at East Syracuse Minoa  4:45 p.m.

April 30  Cortland  4:30 p.m.

May 2    at Bishop Ludden  4:30 p.m.

May 5  Jamesville-DeWitt   4:30 p.m.

May 12   at Mexico  4:30 p.m.

May 15   at CBA   4:30 p.m.

May 17  Homer   11 a.m.

Softball

April 1   Cortland  4:30 p.m.

April 4   at Fowler  4:30 p.m.

April 5  at ESM  11 a.m.

April 8    JD        4:30 p.m.

April 10   at Chittenango  4:30 p.m.

April 15    at Homer   4:30 p.m.

April 17   at Mexico   11 a.m.

April 24  CBA    4:30 p.m.

April 26  Oswego  1 p.m.

April 28  ESM     4:45 p.m.

April 30  at Cortland   4:30

May 2    Fowler   4:30 p.m.

May 5    at JD     4:30 p.m.

May 6    Chittenango   4:30 p.m.

May 9    at Central Square  4:30 p.m.

May 10  Strike Out Cancer-Fort Ontario TBA

May 12  Mexico  4:30 p.m.

May 15  at CBA  4:30 p.m.

May 17  Homer   11 a.m.

Girls Lacrosse

March 28  ESM  7 p.m.  (turf)

March 29  Lafayette  12:30 p.m.   (turf)

April 1    JD       7 p.m.  (turf)

April 3    Whitesboro   6:30 p.m.

April 14   Whitesboro  1:30 p.m. (turf)

April 15   Chittenango   7 p.m.  (turf)

April 17   at Mexico    12:30 p.m.

April 24   at Cortland   5 p.m.

April 26   Oswego     2:30 p.m. (turf)

April 29   at ESM     7:30 p.m.

May 1     at CBA      6:30 p.m.

May 5     at Homer   5 p.m.

May 6     at JD        4:30 p.m.

May 12   at New Hartford  6:30 p.m.

May 14   CBA    6:30  p.m.(turf)

Boys Lacrosse

April 3   Cortland     7 p.m.  (turf)

April 5   at Westhill Noon

April 8   at Whitesboro   4:30 p.m.

April 10  JD        7 p.m. (turf)

April 15  at Chittenango  7 p.m.

April 17  Homer     7 p.m.  (turf)

April 22    ESM     7 p.m. (turf)

April 25   N. Hartford  7 p.m. (turf)

April 29 at Cortland    7 p.m.

May 2   Whitesboro  7 p.m. (turf)

May 6   at JD          6 p.m.

May 8   Chittenango  7 p.m. (turf)

May 10  Central Square  2 p.m.  (turf)

May 13  at Homer    7 p.m.

Boys Track & Field

April 9  at Cortland, Cortland/Fowler (Boys and Girls) 4:30 p.m.

April 11  CNS Co-Ed Relays  4 p.m.

April 16  Chitt./JD (Boys and Girls)  4 p.m.

April 26  Hannibal Invitational (Boys and Girls)  10 a.m.

April 30  at Mexico, Mexico/Homer (Boys and Girls) 4:30 p.m.

May 2    at Oswego, Oswego Co Invitational 4 p.m.

May 7    at ESM, ESM/CBA (Boys and Girls)  4:30 p.m.

May 13  at Chittenango, Freedom Meet (Boys and Girls) 4:30 p.m.

May 17  CNS Invitational 10 a.m.

May 23  at Camden, Class A Meet  4 p.m.

May 29  at CNS, State Qualifier (Boys and Girls)  4 p.m.

Girls Track & Field

April 9   at Cortland, Cortland/Fowler (Boys and Girls) 4:30 p.m.(Cortland)

April 11 CNS Co-Ed Relays 4 p.m.

April 16  Chitt./JD (Boys and Girls) 4:30 p.m.

April 26  Hannibal Invitational (Boys and Girls) 10 a.m.

April 30 at Mexico, Mexico/Homer  (Boys and Girls)  4:30 p.m.

May 7   at ESM, ESM/CBA (Boys and Girls)  4:30 p.m.

May 9   Fulton Invitational 4:30 p.m.

May 13  at Chittenango, Freedom Meet (Boys and Girls) 4:30 p.m.

May 21 Class A  4:30 p.m.

May 29  at CNS, State Qualifier (Boys and Girls) 4 p.m.

Boys Tennis

April 4  at Homer  4:30 p.m.

April 7  Mexico     4:30 p.m.

April 9  at ESM (Pine Grove Elementary)  4:30 p.m.

April 11  Chittenango  4 p.m.

April 23 at Mexico   4 p.m.

April 25   Phoenix   4 p.m.

April 26  Oswego    9 a.m.

May 2    ESM        4:45 p.m.

May 5  at Chittenango 4:30 p.m.

May 7   Homer  4:30 p.m.

May 8   at JD     4:30 p.m.

May 12  at Cortland  4:30 p.m.

May 16 at Phoenix 4 p.m. 4:30

Phoenix spring sports schedule

Here are the schedules for spring sports in the Phoenix school district.

All information comes from the Fulton City School District and dates and times are subject to change.

Baseball

April 2  @ Solvay  4:15 p.m.

April 4  Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

April 8  Westhill    4:30 p.m.

April 14 at Skaneateles 11 a.m.

April 16 at Hannibal (Doubleheader) 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

April 22 vs. Skaneateles COACHES VS CANCER (AT O.C.C.)  7 p.m.

April 25  Jordan-Elbridge 4:15 p.m.

April 26  at Bishop Ludden 11 a.m.

April 28  at Pulaski   4 p.m.

May 1 at Cazenovia  4:30 p.m.

May 2 at Tully  4:30 p.m.

May 5  APW   4:30 p.m.

May 7   Solvay  4:30 p.m.

May 10 Cazenovia (Tournament at NBT Stadium) Noon

May 11  TBA  Noon or 3 p.m.

May 12 at Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

May 15 at Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 17 at Penn Yan 1p.m.

May 18 Varsity Baseball Seeding Meeting

Softball

April 2 at Solvay  4:15 p.m.

April 4 Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

April 7 at Bishop Ludden (Hopkins Field) 4:30 p.m

April 8  Westhill   4:30 p.m.

April 14 at Skaneateles 11 a.m.

April 16 at Hannibal (Doubleheader) 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

April 21 at Weedsport  4 p.m.

April 22 vs. Skaneateles  Coaches vs Cancer 7 p.m.

April 26 Tournament

Game 1-Jordan Elbridge Noon

Game 2-TBA  2 p.m.

May 1 at Cazenovia  4:30 p.m.

May 3  Tournament (w/ Camden/Mexico/Oswego) 3 p.m.

May 5  APW   4:30 p.m.

May 7  Solvay 4:30 p.m.

May 12 at Marcellus  4:30 P.M.

May 13 Bishop Ludden  4:30 p.m.

May 15 at Westhill Away  4 p.m.

May 18 Varsity Softball Seeding Meeting

Boys Tennis

April 3 Manlius Pebble Hill 4:30 p.m.

April 7 O.C.S.  4:30 p.m.

April 8 at Lafayette  4:30 p.m.

April 9 Chittenango  4:30 p.m.

April 23 at Pulaski   4:30 p.m.

April 25 at Fulton (NL)  4 p.m.

April 29 Bishop Grimes 4:30 p.m.

May 1 at  Skaneateles 4:30 p.m.

May 2 at Chittenango  4:30 p.m.

May 5  Mexico   4:30 p.m.

May 6 at Christian Brothers Academy  4:30 p.m.

May 8 at Cazenovia   4:30 p.m.

May 13 Marcellus   4:30 p.m.

May 14 Fulton     4 p.m.

May 15 Westhill   4:30 p.m.

May 16 Varsity Boys Tennis Seeding Meeting

Boys Track & Field

April 2 Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

April 9 at Solvay  4:30 p.m.

April 14 at Westhill – Steeple Challenge  6 p.m.

April 23 at Hannibal  4 p.m.

April 26 Hannibal Boosters Invitational 9 a.m.

April 30 Cazenovia  4:30 p.m.

May 2 at Oswego  4 p.m.

May 5 at Westhill  6 p.m.

May 7 at Westhill   4:30 p.m.

May 12 at Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

May 17 at CNS Invitational 9:30 a.m.

May 22 at Section 3 Championship (Marcellus) 4 p.m.

May 29 at CNS State Qualifier COED  4 p.m.

Girls Track & Field

April 2 Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

April 9 at  Solvay  4:30 p.m.

April 14 at Westhill – Steeple Challenge Away  6 p.m.

April 21 at Tully Invitational   4 p.m.

April 23 at Hannibal  4 p.m.

April 26 at Hannibal Boosters 9 a.m.

April 30  Cazenovia   4:30 p.m.

May 2 at Central Square Invitational  4 p.m.

May 7 at Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 14 OHSL Championship (ESM)  4 p.m.

May 20 Section 3 Championship (Marcellus)  4:30 p.m.

May 29 at CNS State Qualifier COED  4 p.m.

Fulton wrestlers place at NYWAY tournament

Quinn Burlingham and Matthew Woodworth of the Fulton Wrestling Club participated recently in the NYWAY wrestling tournament. They left the event as champions winning in their respective weight classes.

NYWAY`s mission is to develop opportunities to advance the sport of wrestling by uniting New York`s leagues and giving youth wrestlers the opportunity to learn the sport at all levels.

Other Fulton Wrestling Club wrestlers placed at the NYWAY New York State Wrestling Tournament March 16 at Onondaga Community College included Adam DeMauro who came in third, Travis Race who finished in sixth place, Nick Noel who made it to the championship round and ended up in second place, Dylan DeMauro who came in third and Camrin Galvin who earned a fifth place.