NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame honors pair of county residents

Published Apr 8, 2018 at 9:00am

The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame will welcome 10 new members in the Class of 2018, including two from Oneida County in Charlie Ellsworth of Deerfield and Mike Kochanowski of Waterville.

Ellsworth is responsible for bringing the Deerfield Fish and Game Club back from the brink of collapse to a membership of 800 people. He’s served as the president for many years and has worked on improving the shooting ranges. Ellsworth has also been a sportsmen’s educator for over 30 years teaching hunter safety, bow hunter education and waterfowl identification. Ellsworth has been a master instructor for 10 years and has assisted all area clubs with teaching the hunter safety and other programs.

Ellsworth has also been active in the Oneida County Conservation days heading the firearms safety program. He also is a Boy Scout Merit Badge instructor and has reached out to involve women in outdoor sports.

Kochanowski is this year’s recipient of the Dave Pierce Award which recognizes someone who has done outstanding work with youth. Serving as a guide and mentor on the special turkey and goose hunts, Kochanowski also organizes any willing youth to help him in dressing the many birds that are harvested.

Kochanowski has recruited youngsters and mentored them, loaned them guns or equipment and turned them into avid sportsmen and hunters.

The new inductees will be honored at the annual banquet and will have their plaques displayed at the NYSOHOF Museum in Vail Mills, NY. These inductees will be formally inducted at the annual banquet on Saturday, April 28 at Theodores Restaurant (formerly the Rusty Rail) in Canastota. Registration begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by presentations. Reservations must be made by April 21 by calling 315-363-3896 or 315-829-3588 or by email at lmalone1@twcny.rr.com or sfcf@tds.net.