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Benoit Brothers to offer hunting secrets seminar

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The Seaway Valley Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is hosting a Benoit Brothers seminar at 5 p.m. April 26 at the Gouverneur High School auditorium.

Lanny and Shane Benoit began their hunting careers in Vermont, and the two have harvested over 150 bucks, weighing more than 200 pounds on public lands in Canada, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

At the Gouverneur seminar, the brothers will share their hunting secrets for taking big bucks and will answer questions from the audience.

In addition to sharing their expertise via seminars, the Benoit’s have co-written two books and produced five videos.

For more information on the Benoits, visit their web site at www.benoitsbigbucks.com.

Tickets for the seminar cost $10, and the door prizes include two Moultrie deer cameras. For more information, contact Darrell Whitton at 287-4968 or darrelwhitton@yahoo.com.

Seaway Valley Activities

As part of its mission, the Seaway Valley QDMA Branch strives to get youth involved in outdoor activities and to educate the public on the concepts of quality deer management. Hosting deer-hunting seminars is one activity the group undertakes to achieve its goals.

Too, the local QDMA Branch has donated a flat screen television for use in hunter education courses, and the group hosts bow hunter education courses where lunch is provided. Also, prizes are donated for the Trout Lake Family Fishing Derby and the Oxbow Fire Department Fishing Derby. The organization has also donated over $600 to assist an 18-year-old in his expenses for cancer treatment.

DEC Education Courses

DEC has modified its web site in regard to upcoming education courses for hunting, bow-hunting, and trapping. By going to the web site (www.dec.ny.gov) and following the appropriate links, individuals can find details about upcoming classes. Among those details is information on whether or not the class is full. The page also notes how many openings are left in a class if it is not full, and students can actually register online for many of the classes.

Bassmasters Popularity

The Bassmasters television show ranks high among viewers of outdoors programming. For the second time in three years, The Bassmasters won the Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Award as the Best Fishing Show in the “Fan Favorites” category.

The Bassmasters covers the Bassmaster Elite Series circuit, so the St. Lawrence River Showdown at Waddington last August played a part in the prestigious award.

Tommy Sanders, emcee of The Bassmasters, accepted the award on behalf of the producer, JM Associates. JM also produced Zona’s Awesome Fishing, a show that was selected as the “Best Fishing Show” by a panel of judges in the Golden Moose Awards program.

This month, The Bassmaster began its 30th year of production, and the show airs on ESPN2 and the Outdoor Channel.

Miss Kansas

I’ve been writing the “Hooks and Antlers” column for over 25 years now, and I don’t recall ever mentioning a Miss America. Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas 2013, deserves recognition though as she is a hunter. She was introduced to hunting by her dad when she was 7 years old, and in an interview for the January issue of “Deer and Deer Hunting” magazine she said, “I enjoy deer hunting and squirrel hunting. It’s just fun. With deer, you have to be quiet and not move. For squirrels, you can walk around, talk, and enjoy the day in a different kind of way. I prefer to bow-hunt with my Hoyt Vixen, but if my dad’s going to an area that’s better for gun-hunting, then I’ll do that.”

Vail finished in the top 10 of the Miss America pageant, and her current reign comes to an end in June. Having been bullied in her youth, Miss Kansas has used her position to visit schools and make presentations on how to recognize bullying and how to deal with it. Even when Vail passes the crown on to the next Miss Kansas, the hunter said she would continue to visit schools and speak out against bullying.

Outdoors Calendar

March 16: Seasons close in Northern Zone for cottontail rabbits and varying hares.

March 28-30: Great Outdoor Expo at YMCA Fairgrounds Fitness Center.

March 30: Coyote season closes in NYS.

April 1: Trout season opens in NYS waters.

April 5-6: Massena R&G Club’s Annual Sportsman’s Expo at Massena Arena.

April 7-8: Bowhunter Education Course at St. Lawrence Valley Sportsmen’s Club (393-3775).

April 12: Sportsman’s Show at Golden Dome in Ogdensburg (393-3620).

April 19: SLC Trapper Association”s Annual Dinner (212-0283).

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