Bowbending Believers celebrate trophy bucks, hunting during March 26 seminar

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 19 March 2022 at 9:22 pm

Provided photos: Merle Fredericks, left, poses with a mule deer he took in Montana in 2012. He will be giving a power point presentation at the Bow Bending Believers annual Sportsmen’s Dinner and Seminar March 26 at Oak Orchard Assembly of God at 12111 Ridge Rd. Avid hunter Brian Howell, right, is shown with his trophy buck he harvested in 2021. He will share his story and bring his trophy to the Bowbending Believers Sportsmen’s Dinner and Seminar.

MEDINA – The 16th annual Bowbending Believers Sportsmen’s Dinner and Seminar is scheduled March 26 at Oak Orchard Assembly of God, 12111 Ridge Rd.

Dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. will feature chili, cornbread and dessert.

The event will highlight Bowbending Believers founder Merle Fredericks in a 45-minute power point presentation on “How to Get Your Name in the Book.”

Fredericks has hunted in numerous states, as far south as Mississippi and as far west as Oregon, pursuing whitetail deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, black bear and mule deer. He has shared his program at churches throughout New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

Also featured during the evening will be Brian Howell, who harvested Orleans County’s 2021 trophy buck.

Department of Environmental Conservation officer Vern Fonda will give a brief presentation and field questions from the audience.

Hunters are encouraged to bring their bucks, regardless of size, to be scored. There will be official record book measurers on hand to score hunters’ bucks for them.

There will be free giveaways, including a ladder stand, prizes, raffles and vendors. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Tickets for $5 may be purchased by sending a check to Merle Fredericks, 2423 Oak Orchard River Rd., Medina or at the door. For more information, Fredericks may be reached at (585) 798-2839.