As I peer out the window of my miniature office on a beautiful Tuesday morning, the sun is shining brightly on a field of tall, green grass that awaits my best efforts to tame it with a lawn mower.
I'm certain that hungry swarms of black flies are likewise awaiting my appearance, for I offer the wicked, winged varmints a roving smorgasbord of fresh flesh filled with well-aged Irish blood.
Despite the close confines of the office, which measures a mere four feet by four feet, I am comfortably ensconced. The cubicle fits me like a glove, albeit one that is three sizes too small.
The office has a large window with a view of the yard and the vast woods beyond. Yet there is barely enough room inside, amidst a clutter of bookshelves, files, folders and assorted knickknacks, to stretch my legs.
However, my home office pales in comparison to my usual outdoor office, which features running water, fresh air conditioning, incredible scenery and roughly six and a half million acres of room to stretch my legs.
NWTF finds a roost
in Lake Placid
After canceling a dinner earlier this year due to a lack of advance reservations, the National Wild Turkey Foundation (NWTF) has successfully established an Adirondack Chapter of the organization.
Similar to the wily, wild birds that have now become a common sight across the region, it took a while for the new chapter to take hold. However, the newly minted Adirondack Chapter will host the inaugural NWTFauction Wednesday, May 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Downhill Grill in Lake Placid.
The fundraising event is free and open to the public. It will feature a live auction of sporting and outdoor items, including framed wildlife prints, sculptures, a patio heater, a turkey fryer, a small bar table and chairs, a handcrafted lamp and other items related to conservation and wildlife.
There will also be a raffle of eight guns, including rifles, shotguns and a handgun. A Remington 1100G3, the NWTF "Gun of the Year," will also be raffled off.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is a national nonprofit conservation and hunting organization that supports the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of our hunting heritage.
NWTF was established in 1973, when there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys nationwide. Currently, there are more than seven million birds throughout North America. Hunting seasons have been established in 49 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico.
In addition to conservation and wildlife restoration efforts, NWTF provides outdoor recreational opportunities for women, children and people with disabilities through outreach events. The organization started the Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship (JAKES) program as a way to give youth 12 years old and younger the chance to explore the outdoors through hundreds of fun, kids-only events.
Through their advocacy efforts, a majority of states across the country now offer pre-season Youth Turkey Hunts to foster the next generation of hunters. The NWTF Women in the Outdoors program is home to a growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who take part in events hosted throughout the United States and Canada. Events are taught by expert instructors and a variety of classes are offered, including fishing, hunting, outdoor cooking and outdoor crafts. For further information, contact Bill Moore at 518-523-3742.
Adirondack Paddlefest and Adirondack Fishing Expo
Thousands of paddle sports enthusiasts will travel to Old Forge this weekend to enjoy Adirondack Paddlefest, billed as America's largest on-water boat sale.
For three days, visitors will have an opportunity to demo a variety of canoes, kayaks and whitewater boats. Industry reps and paddle sports experts will be on hand to answer questions, offer expert advice and provide seminars and host clinics.
New to the event this year is the Adirondack Fishing Expo hosted on Saturday and Sunday at the Park Avenue Community Center in Old Forge. Proceeds from the Expo will benefit the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame.
The Expo will feature exhibits of guides, fishing tackle and lure sales, with sportsman's organizations providing informational seminars, demonstrations of outdoor cooking and kayak fishing, as well as exhibits of historical Adirondack lures, wildlife art and photography.