NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Cites Local Pair

OSWEGO, NY – The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces its class of inductees for 2015.

The NYSOHOF is an organization dedicated to conservation of our resources and the preservation and enhancement of our traditional outdoor sports. It recognizes and honors men and women who have dedicated a lifetime to these ideals and have made significant contributions to our outdoor heritage.

Chuck Parker of New Haven has spent a lifetime involved in sporting organizations in Oswego County.

He has been a hunter safety instructor, including master instructor, for more than 20 years.

Other efforts have involved the Oswego County Sportsmen’s Foundation which funds educational and conservation projects, soil and water district projects, Mad River Club, and the Ann Jardin Olympic Dream Committee.

For the past 15 years he has been a member of the Region 7 Fish & Wildlife Management Board and has served in various roles in the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. Since 2001, he has been involved with the NYS Conservation Council and currently serves as president.

Bill Wilbur of Mexico has been involved with sportsmen’s organizations in Oswego County and with the National Wild Turkey Federation on a statewide level in many capacities.

Among the many groups he has been active in are the Oswego County Foundation, Oswego County Field Days for youth groups, national Hunting and Fishing Day and mentoring in special hunts for women.

He has been a mainstay in Oneida County Youth Pheasant Hunts since they started.

Currently, he serves as chairman of the Board of the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.

He has been president of the New York State Chapter of the National Wild turkey Federation.

As one of the founders of the Salmon River Strutters Chapter of the NWTF, he made their Wheeling (handicapped hunters) program a model for others. He assisted with the NWTF Oswego River Chapter’s Jakes, Wheeling, and other programs as a presenter and mentor.

These individuals will have their plaques enshrined at the NYSOHOF Museum in Vails Mills.

They will be honored at the annual banquet on April 25 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota.

Friends, family and all outdoorsmen are invited to share in this evening and honor the inductees.

Call 363-3896 for reservations by April.