BATH — Sportsmen will want to be on hand for several of the professional seminars to be offered at the 13th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show to be held Oct. 12-13 at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath.

The seminars are free with price of admission to the show and run both days. A four-hour course on learning how not to be a victim will be held at the show on Saturday, Oct. 12 at a cost of just $5 for course materials. The Outdoor Show also features a plethora of vendors and exhibitions from the industry for all ages and interests.

Hunt the Eastern Coyote

Interest in coyote hunting is increasing as the predator becomes a larger presence, threatening both domestic animals and wildlife. Nationally-recognized predator hunter Tom Bechdel of Saegertown, Pennsylvania, brings his nationally acclaimed seminar to the Southern Tier Outdoor Show. A hunter for more than 40 years, Bechdel’s coyote seminar includes information about the life of the coyote, how to find them, how and when to call coyotes, and how to use electric and mouth calls and how to use decoys.

"Within the past 10 years I have become a predator hunter in earnest," said Bechdel. "I have a very high success rate of harvesting Eastern coyote. During any three year period I have harvested 257 coyotes in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The largest was 72 pounds, and the most I have harvested in one day is eight. I will cover all 12 months of the coyote's life, what he does, how he does it, and why. I will also tell how large a coyote can get, as well as what they will and will not eat and all ways of protecting yourself, livestock and pets. This will be time well spent to learn about your new neighbor."

Refuse To Be A Victim 

4-hour course by NRA Instructor Clinton Walters

Saturday, Oct. 12 10 a.m. – Nnon and 1-3 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person for course book. Limited seating.

We never think a crime can happen to us, until it actually does. While sometimes unfortunate things do happen unexpectedly, it is important to be equipped with the knowledge and skills for personal safety and crime prevention. Having a personal safety strategy in place and knowing the techniques and tactics you can use to avoid becoming an easy victim can help you live smarter and be safer.

"Crimes of Opportunity" are those committed without planning or forethought; when criminals realize they have a chance to commit a crime, they seize the opportunity. Don't be an easy target. We can all pinpoint times where we've made ourselves an easy target - whether it was keeping our heads buried in our phones, parking in a dimly lit area at night, or leaving our houses or cars unlocked. But there are many more, less obvious situations that make us vulnerable as well.

Register online at: bit.ly/victimseminar. The $5 course charge will waive the gate entry fee.

Combining Food Plots and Forest Management for optimal Whitetail Deer Habitat

Peter M. Marchese, C.F., Certified Forester, Quality Deer Management Approved Land/Habitat Inspector

Learn about techniques on combining Food Plots and Forest Management for optimal Deer Habitat. Pete is a SAF-Certified Forester, QDMA- Approved Land/Habitat Inspector, and President of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA)-Twin Tier Branch. He has conducted numerous seminars and written articles on Deer Habitat Management of the Forest. He will discuss the proper way to get started along with other techniques of improving forest habitat, along with how to get rid of least preferred species to optimize food and cover for deer. It will include how to integrate food plots into the landscape along with the proper preparation and plants to match the soil types.

How Finger Lakes Learning Inc. studies and reports the health of aquatic ecosystems in our region

Rich Hurley, Environmental Educator, Finger Lakes Learning

Finger Lakes Learning is a non-profit education organization that works to expand knowledge of environmental health. There is a critical need for more public awareness of the health of our natural bodies of water. Through a hands-on approach, they engage participants to understand the health of our waters. They also distribute water quality results to social media and local, state and federal government agencies. This session will describe their field work, and show what they measure and why it is important. Rich will describe abiotic factors like temperature, pH, carbon dioxide and chorine as well as biotic factors such as aquatic macroinverterbrates. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A and some hands on water tests such as pH, TDS, surface tension and transparency. There will also be some organisms on hand to observe.

Calling Predators at Night

Joe Zaffuto, owner Night Eyes, LLC and retired from a 28-year career in Law Enforcement as a certified firearms instructor, has written articles for Fur-Fish-Game and Woods & Water Magazines. In 2017 and 2018 he was featured on three TV episodes that aired on the Pursuit Channel. In his latest episode, Joe and his partner killed 18 predators in three nights of filming. Joe is always willing to provide hunting strategies to those who are willing to listen. He feels very privileged to have been instrumental in helping get thousands of new hunters started into the night hunting sport, and he loves to hear their success stories that follow.

Joe finds coyotes are much more challenging to call in than fox and feels every coyote called in and killed is a true trophy. Last season, while using Night Eyes Hunting Lights from his own company, Joe called in numerous fox and coyotes and harvested over 100 of them. This is an extraordinary feat given that most of his calling was during a two and a half month period, with the majority of it being in the state of Pennsylvania.

Phil Faber

Finger Lakes Aquaculture is a family owned enterprise that has had roots to the agriculture business for more than five generations. It is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region in Naples. This is an area where fresh clean water is abundant. Our area is the home of the famous Naples Creek and the legendary Rainbow Trout Derby which is held every April 1st. We are also located close to some of the best fishing lakes in the United States. Phil Faber began the aquaculture business in 1989 with three ponds and working out of a small barn. Today he has a modern 3,000 square foot hatchery facility and office in addition to 15 broodstock, nursery, and production ponds.

Phil has been operating this farm for more than half a century. Although the aquaculture and fish farming business is somewhat different than what you would consider traditional farming, there are still many similarities. In this business, you are dealing with a live animal that requires regular monitoring and attention. Many times we are at the mercy of mother nature, be it flood, drought, or extended periods of extreme hot or cold weather. Loss due to predatory animals such as birds, mink, and raccoon can have an impact on fish production. Damage to pond dikes and banks from burrowing animals such as muskrats is also an ongoing problem.

Phil will be on hand at the fishing pond on Sunday morning at the show to answer questions on everything from reviving old ponds to new pond construction along with what it takes to raise pond fish in the Finger Lakes, how to prevent winter kill, pond aeration and so much more!

The show runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is just $10 per car or $5 per person at the gate. The entire family will find plenty to do at the show including two animals shows, Brunon Blasak’s Royal Tiger Show and Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s flying bird show. There are activities for the youth such as archery, fishing, tomahawk throwing and an air rifle course. Several contests will be taking place like the sanctioned Turkey Calling Contest on Sunday, and the Upland and Antler retriever contest each afternoon. Over 100 vendors will display a variety of outdoor recreation equipment and services.

For more information visit SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com or call 607-857-1977. Join the show on Facebook at SouthernTierOutdoorShow and on Instagram at STOutdoorShow.