The Sportsman’s World: America’s Bird

By Leon Archer

When I was 16, no one in New York state that I knew talked about hunting wild turkeys unless they were referring to the Pilgrims and Indians.

Wild turkeys no longer gobbled in the forests of our state, and had not done so for a long time before I was born. Early New Yorkers had killed them all off by the mid-1800s.

If anyone had told me when I was in high school that we would be hunting wild turkeys in Oswego County in my lifetime, I would have thought they were more than a bit daft.

It hadn’t always been that way. When the early colonists came to the New World, turkeys were abundant. Those early immigrants called the big birds turkeys, probably because they resembled another bird they were familiar with back in the Old Country, the turkey fowl.

The turkey fowl was a bird that had been imported from Turkey, thus the name. Colonists quickly dropped the fowl part of the name and they became simply turkeys.

There were no seasons, and turkeys were hunted and eaten year round. Eventually this practice reduced the substantial turkey population to a small remnant all across the Eastern United States.

It was fortunate that in states to our south a few scattered flocks had managed to hold out in inaccessible areas. States like Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and others, protected the remnant flocks and in the early 1950s, they hit upon the idea of trapping and transferring birds to areas in their state where they had historically existed.

It worked even better than the biologists and wildlife managers had dared to hope. The transferred birds thrived and quickly expanded their range on their own once they were given the opportunity.

Turkeys began to wander across the Pennsylvania border into the Alleghany and Catskill areas of New York state in the mid 1950s, and from the flocks established by those feathered colonizers, our present day flocks were also established through an ambitious program of trap and transfer.

It has been an astonishing transformation, and a welcome one to sportsmen and New Yorkers in general. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing our magnificent wild turkeys?

I suppose most people are familiar with the story that Benjamin Franklin wanted our national bird to be the Wild Turkey instead of the bald headed eagle. It’s not just a story, it’s actually true.

He wrote about it, and the written record of his suggestion remains. He felt while the turkey was colorful, wild, useful, wary, and industrious, and in many ways reflected the American people and spirit, the eagle was, after all, a scavenger, and therefor hardly worthy to represent us as a nation. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on one’s view, the eagle won out.

Turkey hunting has become a very popular sport in New York state, as it has in almost every state in our nation today. Whether one gets a turkey or not, being out in the fields and woods this time of year is rewarding in itself – at least it is to me.

Everything is so fresh and alive. Wildlife abounds and there is a multitude of songbirds preparing to nest and raise their young. I hate getting up early in the morning, but a morning afield in search of a big tom makes getting out of that warm bed while others are still asleep all worthwhile.

I hope all you turkey hunters appreciate what you have today. Enjoy the world around you and the chance to harvest a wonderful bird.

Some of you have no doubt already taken a bird, or perhaps you have taken two and ended your spring season, but successful or not, it’s a great time to be alive and afield.

Remember to give thanks.

Fulton girls’ lacrosse wins 2, loses 3

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity lacrosse team went 2-3 in its first five games of the season.

East Syracuse Minoa cruised past Fulton, 20-8 March 29. On April 1, Jamesville-DeWitt held off the Lady Raiders, 13-11.

LaFayette knocked off Fulton, 12-6 April 9. On April 14, the Lady Raiders rolled past Whitesboro, 16-4 for their first win of the season and then Fulton topped Chittenango, 16-5 April 16.

In the ESM game, the Spartans jumped out to a 12-5 lead over Fulton during the first half. ESM didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring Fulton, 8-3 to secure the 20-8 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 3 goals and an assist, followed by Casey Shannon and Julia Ludington with 2 goals each. Keara Patterson chipped in a goal. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 3 of ESM’s 23 shots on goal.

In the JD game, the Rams built a 9-3 lead over Fulton during the first half. However, the Lady Raiders battled back, outscoring JD 8-4 during the second half to make things interesting.

But the JD lead proved to be too much to overcome as JD came away with a 13-11 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Keara Patterson with 2 goals and 2 assists, followed by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist, Julia Ludington and Casey Shannon scored 3 goals each while McKenna Chesbro and Jordan Coulon combined for a goal and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 10 of JD’s 23 shots on goal.

Against LaFayette, the Lady Raiders again saw an opponent get off to a solid start as the Lancers jumped out to 7-2 lead during the first half.

Fulton was unable to cut into LaFayette’s lead despite a more competitive second half. LaFayette outscored Fulton 5-4 to cruise to a 12-6 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist against LaFayette, followed by Casey Shannon with a goal and 3 assists. Gina Babcock had a goal and an assist and McKenna Chesbro and Keara Patterson scored a goal each. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 6 of LaFayette’s 18 shots on goal.

For their first win of the season against Whitesboro, the Lady Raiders built an 8-2 first half lead. Whitesboro has no answers for Fulton down the stretch and Fulton outscored Whitesboro 8-2 during the second half to cap off a 16-4 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders were McKenna Chesbro and Casey Shannon with 4 goals and an assist each. Following Chesbro and Shannon was Julia Ludington with 3 goals and an assist. Gina Babcock had 2 goals and an assist. Jordan Coulon chipped in a goal and an assist. Keara Patterson and Amelia Coakley combined for 2 goals and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 4 of Whitesboro’s 8 shots on goal.

Against Chittenango, Fulton jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first half. The Lady Raiders put the game out of reach during the second half, outscoring Chittenango, 10-3 down the stretch to come away with a 16-5 win.

Fulton was led by Amelia Coakley with  4 goals and 3 assists, followed by McKenna Chesbro with 4 goals, Keara Patterson with 2 goals and an assist, Gina Babcock and Julia Ludington with a goal and an assist each, Casey Shannon with 3 goals.

Olivia Coakley, Althea Henderson and Julia Velasquez combined for a goal and 2 assists. Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 7 of Chittenango’s 12 shots on goal.

Sign up now for golf tournament

The fourth annual Brian Dick Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 14.

People can sign up now to participate. All proceeds go towards the Brian Dick Memorial Scholarship at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix.

The tournament is captain and crew format with four-person teams. The cost is $75 a person or $300 a team. This includes green fees, cart, hot dog, beverage at the turn, dinner after at Tavern on the Lock, skins, red tee, mulligan and extra putt (each player gets one extra putt to use during the round).

The event will be at Emerald Crest Golf Course, Palermo.

For information, call Nicole “Coco” Doty at 532-8489 or Gordy Dick at 561-9046  by June 1.

Boys’ tennis scores

 

Liverpool 6, Fulton 1

2nd singles player from Liverpool was defaulted

Singles:

1S: Evan Maestri (Liverpool) defeated Brad Crofoot (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

2S: Zach Perry (Fulton) d. Aaron Laviolette (Liverpool) 0-1

3S: Ian Szczesniak (Liverpool) d. Mark Parry (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:

1D: Jeff Fensken and Daniel Muehlemann (Liverpool) d. Jacob Strauss and Benjamin McKay (Fulton) 6-1, 6-3

2D: Mike Fensken and Evan Vogue (Liverpool) d. Thomas Distin and Bayley Raponi (Fulton) 6-0, 6-3

3D: Adam Donle and Keaton Thiel (Liverpool) d. Seth Reidy and Dakota Stoutenger (Fulton) 6-3, 6-0

4D: Anthony Arcaro and Mitchell Virkler (Liverpool) d. Austin Nairn and Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) 6-0, 6-1

Fulton 1, Oswego 6

April 26

Alex Haessig was the Oswego player announced at 3rd doubles prior to the match for the forfeit, but his name does not appear on the Oswego roster. I substituted Nick Hurlbutt’s name instead in order to be able to submit the scores. The record should be changed when the roster is updated.

Singles:

1S: Benjamin McKay (Fulton) d. Kyle Kemper (Oswego) 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 7-6 (7-3)

2S: Alex Kemper (Oswego) d. Brad Crofoot (Fulton) 6-2, 6-2

3S: Jacobb Gerber (Oswego) d. Jacob Strauss (Fulton) 6-3, 6-2

4S: Drazen Schrecengost (Oswego) d. Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles:

1D: Kyle McCauley and Jacob Cary (Oswego) d. Thomas Distin and Austin Nairn (Fulton) 6-0, 6-1

2D: Jake Jones and Michael Chetney (Oswego) d. Seth Reidy and Joel Feliciano (Fulton) 6-3, 6-3

3D: Christopher Van Gorder and Nicholas Hurlbutt (Oswego) d. Forfeit and Forfeit (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

Fulton 4, Phoenix 1

April 25 

Singles:

1S: Brad Crofoot (Fulton) d. Billy Stone (Phoenix) 6-0, 6-1

2S: Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) d. Kadin May (Phoenix) 6-1, 6-4

3S: Zack VanGorder (Phoenix) d. Evan Waugh (Fulton) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles:

1D: Benjamin McKay and Jacob Strauss (Fulton) d. Ben Bulgrien and Brandon Mironti (Phoenix) 6-0, 6-0

2D: Joel Feliciano and Seth Reidy (Fulton) d. Forfeit and Forfeit (Phoenix) 6-0, 6-0

Free children’s fishing class May 10

Local author/photographer Spider Rybaak and Mike McGrath of McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services will conduct their popular kids fishing program at the NYSDEC Hatchery, NY Route 49, Constantia, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10.

Actual fishing will take place in Scriba Creek behind the hatchery.

Fishing tackle donated by Shakespeare, Cortland Line Company, SAMPO, Berkley, and Eagle Claw, will be provided for the day; or bring your own. Live bait will also be provided.

Those age 16 and up must possess a valid NYS fishing license.

For more information contact Mike McGrath at 882-1549 or Spider at 633-1245.

Hunting, trapping wild boar now illegal

A new regulation that prohibits hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars in New York state has been formally adopted, said state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

The regulation is designed to ensure maximum effectiveness of DEC’s statewide eradication efforts.

“Enacting a statewide regulation was important to support DEC’s ongoing work to remove this invasive species from the state and to ensure that it does not become established in the wild anywhere in New York,” Martens said.

“Eurasian boars are a great threat to natural resources, agricultural interests, and private property and public safety wherever they occur and DEC will continue to work to protect these resources and remove wild boars from the state,” he said.

Eurasian boars were brought to North America centuries ago and wild populations numbering in the millions are now present across much of the southern U.S.

In recent years, wild boar populations have been appearing in more northern states too, often as a result of escapes from enclosed shooting facilities that offer “wild boar hunts.”

It already is illegal to bring boars into the state. However, there are already small numbers of Eurasian boars on the landscape in New York.

Since 2000, wild boars have been reported in many counties across the state, and breeding in the wild has been confirmed in at least six counties (Tioga, Cortland, Onondaga, Clinton, Sullivan and Delaware) in recent years.

DEC is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to remove any Eurasian boars that are reported in New York. To date, more than 150 animals have been captured and destroyed.  However, eradication is expensive, time consuming and requires a great deal of manpower.

SUNY Oswego student named scholar-athlete

Bailey Waterbury during a game for Oswego. The sophomore has been named a SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award winner for 2014.
Bailey Waterbury during a game for Oswego. The sophomore has been named a SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award winner for 2014.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Oswego State student-athlete Bailey Waterbury of the women’s soccer team has been named a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award for 2014.

One of 83 recipients this year from across the 64-campus system, Waterbury and other honorees are nominated by their campus athletic director. Their credentials and accomplishments are then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from around SUNY as well as the Provost’s Office for the system.

The sophomore led the SUNY Athletic Conference in assists per game (.412) and tied for the conference lead in total assists (7) on the season.

The Plattsburgh native posted nine points for the Lakers during the 2013 campaign while helping Oswego advance to the SUNYAC Championship for the first time since 2002.

Waterbury was named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women’s All-East Region third team and SUNYAC Conference first team for accomplishments on the field. She also earned Oswego State Female Athlete of the Week and SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Week following her multi-point game against Fredonia Oct. 12.

Off the field, Waterbury majors in wellness management with a double minor in athletic coaching and health science and was selected to the Commissioner’s List and All-Academic Team last fall. She is involved in community service and an active participant in intramurals on campus. She will be a peer adviser in the fall.

Dance recital planned in Fulton May 8

Runions Dance Studios in Fulton will present its spring recital, “A Step in Time,” at 7 p.m. May 8 in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium. After 62 successful years, Ruth Runions Devendorf has decided to pass the studio to her daughter, Jill Pitcher, and granddaughter, Emily Pitcher. Devendorf wants to thank the Fulton community and Bodley music department for its support the past 62 years.

Photos from Dayger Photography

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