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Drozdowskis accept the challenge

Three generations of the Drozdowski family do well each year in the Best Challenge Ice Fishing Tournament held in early March on Cuba Lake.

During the sixth annual awards presentation, tournament coordinator Scott Best presented first-place awards to Jason J. Drozdowski, 7, of Belfast, for his 13-inch entry in the Perch Division. Dad James Drozdowski, Jr. of Belfast entered a 13-inch crappie for first place in that division.

Dan Strough of Cassadaga took first in the Northern Pike Division with a 37-inch pike. The Walleye Division received no entries.

Jim, Jason's dad, wrote "Jason is an avid outdoorsman, his parents James and Ronnelle Drozdowski purchased him the Lifetime Sportsman Hunting/Fishing License when he was 5 years old." During the 2009 contest, Jason took second in the Walleye Division, missing first by a quarter-inch.

Best noted this Cuba contest has expanded through its first five years, drawing 106 entrants last year. Wind-driven cold rain and ice hardening concerns dropped this year's contestant count to 28 on March 6. The next Drozdowski family outing on Cuba Lake will have to be aboard a boat, but Jason is looking forward to next year's ice challenge.

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>Alaskan arrowing

The Hawkeye Bowmen clubhouse and grounds, at 13300 Clinton St. in Marilla, will be the site for an Alaskan Shoot on Saturday and Sunday.

Three 3-D courses will be set up for archers shooting compound and traditional bows both days. Registration goes from 7 a.m. to noon each day. The kitchen opens for breakfast at 6 a.m. and lunches will be served both days. For details, check with Dan Devlin (698-8487) after 5 p.m.

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>Airing adventures

Jeff Jerome, world-traveling big-game hunter, has partnered with videographer Steve Barber to put together a two-DVD set of his many hunting ventures across North America and South Africa.

Barber has packaged programs for future TV production, but the DVD production, "Deep in the Bush Adventures," is now available. For details on the hunting programs, call Jerome at 435-5141, Barber at 866-6504, or go to dnbadventures.com and click on "Merchandise."

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>Wilderness workshop

A "Building Your Self-Reliance Skills Basket Workshop" April 9-11 at Arnot State Park in Central New York offers participants three days of outdoors adaptability, hands-on survival, and attunement skills.

Denise Ashman, one of two workshop instructors, writes, "We have separated ourselves [and] have forgotten that nature provides for all of our spiritual and physical needs."

A $375 fee covers six wholesome meals, lodging in heated rustic cabins, and all instructional presentations. For details, call Ashman at 512-2155 or Sue Hirshberger at (607) 379-0161.

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