Outdoors roundup: Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show next weekend
STAFF REPORTS | January 13,2013
ESSEX JUNCTION ó The 20th annual Yankee Sportsmanís Classic Show, will be held Jan. 18 through the 20th at the Robert E. Miller Expo Center in Essex Junction, Vermont. The three-day, 100,000-square foot event brings together 15,000 sportsmen, women and their families to celebrate Vermontís hunting and fishing heritage.
With nearly 175 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. During this long weekend, attend seminars, check out the latest gear, boats, trucks, tractors, ATVs, RVs and Harleys, take advantage of show specials and the truckload sale on Cannon gun safes, talk with wildlife and fisheries experts, and book the hunting or fishing adventure of a lifetime or have your trophy officially scored by the VT Big Game Trophy Club. Twelve of the greatest whitetails ever taken will be available for viewing as part of the NRAís Great American Whitetail Collection. The kids can visit Ice Teamís Kids Corner, try their luck at the catch, and release trout pond take part in the kids archery shoot, BB gun shoot and casting competition, minnow races or climb the 20ft rock wall. The Letís Go Fishing Program will help sharpen your youngsterís skills with lure and knot tying.
With over 45 free seminars, everyone gets answers to their questions. Whitetail hunting will be presented by nationally acclaimed hunters such as The Benoit Brothers, Hal Blood, Scott Kirkpatrick, Ken Hammel, Joe DiNitto, Jim Massett and other legends. Expert gun dog trainer Alec Sparks, famed Quaker Boy Turkey caller Joe Judd, top predator and hare hunter Bob Howe, bear and moose hunting experts Tom Hamilton and Mike Stevens the Ice fishing gurus Dave Genza and James Vladyka, local fishing celebrity Nate Laskiewicz among others will all be on hand to share their experiences, tips and tactics to help you become more successful in the woods and on the water.
Vermontís new deer biologist, Adam Murkowski, will be presenting on the Vermont deer herd outlook and Vermontís award winning chef and tournament bass fisherman, Jimmy Kennedy will provide game cooking demonstrations Saturday, Jan. 19 starting at 3 p.m. Donít miss the Third Annual Celebrity Whitetail Symposium Saturday at 1 p.m. or the Vermont NWTF Vermont Championís Turkey Hunting Symposium Saturday at 2 p.m.
With one in five Vermonters taking to the fields and streams and spending $258 million annually, hunting and fishing is very important to Vermontís culture and rural economy.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $3 for children and children under 3 are admitted free. Show hours: Friday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is free. A portion of the show proceeds benefit Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta. For more information, the entire seminar schedule and seminar speaker information, visit yankeeclassic.net or call 802-238-7501.
New Deer Management Plan
Hunters interested in Vermontís deer herd should plan on attending one of three public events scheduled for Jan. 19, 30 and 31.
Close to a decade ago many hunters felt the number of older bucks in Vermontís deer population should be increased through a regulation change. To help achieve that goal, an experimental antler point regulation (APR) was established in 2005 defining a legal antlered deer as a deer with two or more points on one side greater than one inch in length. The objective was to move more 1 Ĺ year old antlered deer into the 2 Ĺ-year old age class and slightly increasing the total number of bucks.
The Fish & Wildlife Department is holding these meetings to evaluate the impact all current deer hunting regulations and the APR have on hunter satisfaction while promoting deer herd health. The evaluation process also will include deer hunter surveys, three regional working groups and five public meetings occurring statewide from March through May.
An introductory seminar on whitetailed deer will be held at the Yankee Classic sportsman show at noon on Saturday, Jan. 19, which will give Vermontís hunters a chance to meet deer biologist Adam Murkoski and to hear a brief overview on Vermontís deer herd. State biologists also will be hosting a booth at the Classic where sportsmen and women can discuss fish and wildlife management and ask questions.
Two public input meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kehoe Conservation Camp, 636 Point of Pines Road in Castleton on Jan. 30, and at Spaulding High School Cafeteria, 155 Ayers Street in Barre on Jan. 31.
At each public input meeting Fish & Wildlife deer biologist Adam Murkowski will give a presentation on the departmentís new comprehensive deer management planning process. Hunters will be asked to fill out a deer management survey to gather opinions on deer management alternatives, and they will learn about three regional deer working groups being created to gain deer hunter thoughts and opinions on current and potential regulatory changes. A question and answer forum will be held as each meeting closes.