Learn to throw an ax or tie a fly at Sports Days this weekend

The Onondaga County Federation of Athletic Clubs will be holding its annual National Fish and Game Day celebration this weekend at Carpenter’s Brook Hatchery in Elbridge, September 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the Sportsman’s Day event is $5 per vehicle. Veterans, active military personnel and their families will be admitted free of charge.

Expert sportsmen will be on hand to demonstrate a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, trapping, hunting, cooking, orienteering, birds of prey, fly tying, calling game, taxidermy, and more.

Participants will be able to experience many hands-on activities including fly tying, fishing, canoeing, orienteering, trap shooting, muzzle loader shooting, archery, including crossbows, air rifles and yes, ax throwing.

Discover all the major local sports clubs. Check out local vendors like Iron Skillet Seasonings, Runnings, Gooseman Calls, and Marsh Mills Ranch. Meet local wildlife artist Tom Lenweaver and representatives from New York State DEC, New York Sturgeon for Tomorrow, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and more.

Or just chew the grease with some of the most knowledgeable outdoors people around.

National Hunting and Fishing Day aims to raise public awareness of the rational use of natural resources, wildlife conservation and outdoor sports. Sportsmen’s Days sponsors include Onondaga County, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Wegmans and the NRA Foundation.

For more information, visit www.OnondagaCountyParks.com or call (315) 689-9367.

Steve Featherstone covers the exterior for The Post-Standard, www.syracuse.com and NYUP.com. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @featheroutdoors. You can also follow all of our outdoor content at newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/ or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/upstatenyoutdoors.

Dino J. Dotson