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New York – -( The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces that it has inducted 11 new members, including one posthumously in the Pioneer Category.

These inductees represent all areas of the state and many fields of endeavor. The NYSOHOF is an organization dedicated to honoring those individuals who have spent many years preserving our outdoor heritage, working for conservation, or enhancing our outdoor sports for future generations.

Charlie Ellsworth is from Deerfield in Oneida County and is the man responsible from bringing the Deerfield Fish and Game Club from the brink of collapse to a membership of 800 today. He has served as president, improved all the shooting ranges, has been a Sportsman’s Education instructor for 30 years as well as being active in Oneida County Conservation Days and involving women in outdoor sports.

Doug Higgins from Piffard in Livingston County was recently honored for 30 years of service to Sportsman’s Education having taught classes in hunter safety, trapper education, and bowhunter education. He was instrumental in resurrecting the local Letchworth Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and served as banquet chair for 13 very successful years in addition to mentoring many turkey hunters and the Youth Turkey Hunt.

Charlie Mead of Queensbury in Washington County has spent a lifetime introducing young and old alike to the outdoors, particularly deer hunting and archery and several generations have become lifelong Adirondack deer hunters. He was instrumental in formation of International Bowhunters Organization in the Lake George – Hudson Falls area and recruited, coached, and assisted countless individuals.

Ron Meeks from Norwich in Chenango County is well known for his involvement in youth events including the Adirondack – Catskill chapter of Safari Club International organizing events as well as fundraising efforts to send youth to camps. As president and member of the Rockland Rod & Gun Club their popular Youth Day has introduced many youngsters to a wide variety of outdoor interests and skills.

Dr. William Muller is a sportsman, educator, and conservation advocate from Smithtown in Suffolk County whose teaching, seminars, and articles has made an impact on thousands of anglers on Long Island getting them into the sport of surf casting. As a founder of New York State Parks Fishing Advisory Board and representative to Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council, as well as other organizations, and his many articles have been influential in promoting catch and release or other regulations protecting salt water species such as striped bass.

Neil Newton of Albion in Orleans County has been past president and a member of the Finger Lakes Conservation Council for 35 years and Orleans County Federation of Sportsmen for 63 years in addition to being a hunter safety instructor for many years. Newton was a co-founder of the DEC Walleye Cooperator rearing project and was involved with rearing and stocking the walleye fingerlings.

Everett “Bud” Teague of Onondaga County spent over 35 years volunteering

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