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Albion man to be inducted in Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 April 2018 at 9:28 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Neil Newton, a member of the Orleans County Sportsmen Federation and NYS Conservation Council, speaks at an Orleans County Legislature meeting in December 2016. Newton urged legislators to allow rifles for hunting deer and bears, which was passed and went into effect this past hunting season.

An Albion man will be inducted into the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame on Saturday during a banquet at Theodore’s Restaurant in Canastota. Neil Newton’s plaque will be displayed at the Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Museum in Vail Mills, NY.

Newton is one of 10 new inductees in the Hall of Fame. The NYSOHOF is an organization dedicated to honoring those individuals who have spent many years preserving outdoor heritage, working for conservation, or enhancing our outdoor sports for future generations.

Newton has been past president and a member of the Finger Lakes Conservation Council for 35 years. He has been active in St. Mary’s Archery Club, Black North Rod & Gun Club, and a member of Region 8 Fish & Wildlife Management Board for 20 years.

Newton also has been active in Orleans County Federation of Sportsmen for 63 years and represented it in the NYS Conservation Council for 35 years. He also took the lead in getting centerfire rifle hunting allowed in Orleans County.

He has been a hunter safety instructor and served on the Hunter Education Committee of the NYS Conservation Council for many years. Newton was a co-founder of the DEC Walleye Cooperator rearing project and made arrangements necessary for the project including the essential permits and was a driving force in getting improvements to the boat ramp at Lake Alice which was required for the project. In addition to being involved with rearing and stocking the walleye fry or fingerlings, he worked with the DEC to secure use and upgrades to the pond for raising the walleye fingerlings.

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