BROADALBIN – A large, diverse lineup of seminars, a creative dinner of locally raised game and a chance to win bows and firearms worth hundreds of dollars await hunters, fishermen and outdoor lovers at next weekend’s fourth annual Sacandaga Sportsmen’s Day.
The event, organized by Sacandaga Bible Conference, will begin with registration at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the camp’s Ray Mills Youth Center on Lakeview Road.
Tickets, which will cost $20, may be purchased at the camp office or at the door.
Admission include all seminars, the keynote address by Paige Patterson, a globe-trotting trophy hunter with a heart for outdoorsmen and fathers, dozens of vendors, the sportsmen’s buffet, a silent auction that will include a Ruger LCR .38 pistol, and drawings for dozens of door prizes, including a Savage Axis .308 with a scope, a CVA Wolf 50-caliber black powder rifle and a Cricket .22 youth rifle.
Guests will be able to attend two hour-long seminars, which will begin at 11:15 a.m. They include:
Woodcarving, by Allan Aardsma, who will give an overview of carving, then demonstrate how to rough out major details, as well as share some of his carvings, tools and projects in progress.
Archery hunting, by Terry Bice, an expert trophy buck hunter who will share tips and tricks for hunters of all skill levels.
Whitetail deer hunting in the Adirondacks, by Dan Ladd, a hunter for 32 years who wrote “Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks.” He’s also the web author of ADKHunter.com and writes for a newspaper and two magazines.
Making useful tools, by Gary Hodgson, a 35-year forest ranger who used his homemade birch-bark canoe on the job.
Adirondack brook trout fishing, by Joe Hackett, an Adirondack guide and outdoors writer for more than a dozen North Country newspapers, as well as regional and national publications.
Ice fishing, by Steve George, a wildlife biologist, state-licensed guide and U.S. Coast Guard Captain, who operates North Country Ecological Services and Allwater Guide Service.
The forgotten art of hunting small game, by Bob Phillips, a hunter-safety and archery instructor, pastor, outdoors writer and author.
Birds of Prey, by Sara McDaniels, a wildlife rehabilitator and general falconer who also assists local and national rescues with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The seminars will be followed by the sportsmen’s buffet, which will be served at the camp’s Hilltop Dining Hall.
The menu will include: Wild boar chili, cornbread with D’Artagnan duck bacon, corn with buffalo chorizo, green beans with spicy elk and tossed salad with Shaffer Farms venison summer sausage.
All of the meat is commercially raised, including the buffalo, from the Grumpy Buffalo Farm in Richmondville, and elk, from Creek’s Edge Farm in Minden.
The event will end with the presentation by Patterson, the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Patterson has traveled the world to claim big game, including a giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard and buffalo, and has powerful photos and stories to share, along with the message of Christ’s love.
Door prizes will be announced after Patterson’s presentation.
For more information, visit the Sacandaga Bible Conference at www.sacandagabibleconference.com.