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South Shore Waterfowlers Association, Inc.

The voice of the Long Island waterfowler

SSWA MEETING, BRIGHTWATERS LIBRARY on Monday the 2nd, February 2015 at 07:30 PM

At our regular monthly general meeting on Monday, January 5th, Steve Sanford was our special guest speaker, and he delivered a presentation on Designing and Rebuilding Duckboats to a packed house. (We had the usual 50 chairs set up in the meeting room, but we needed to bring in several more so that everyone could be seated.) His slide show was really a chronicle of his life adventures in waterfowling, depicted by before and after slides of the many one and two man duckboats that he had made, or repaired, and/or redesigned and retrofitted over the years for his own personal use, (and some that he worked on for his friends too). As Steve talked about working on his boats, his passion and enthusiasm couldn't be missed. After a few minutes, it became apparent that he has a wealth of knowledge on the subject, and his talent for hand-crafting duckboats was, and is, truly remarkable. Detailed plans for several of the boats can be found on his website, and Steve has volunteered to "talk" you through the plans, if you wish to try building one of your own.  

Special thanks to Steve for a most impressive presentation!

Our next regular meeting will be on Monday, February 2, 2015.  We hope to see you there.


 Our December meeting was held on December 1st and it was very well attended. The meeting was very brief, since we also planned to have our Christmas Party after the meeting. Thanks to a donation by George Duguid, every attendee at the December meeting was given a cable-type gun lock.  Our chuck-a buck raffle had 6 prizes, 3 of which were Buck knives. The other 3 prizes were 2 SSWA hats and a package of 8 "dirty bird" reactive targets. Congratulations to the lucky winners.  

There was a lot of food at the party, and I think that everybody had their fair share. Many even had seconds, but eventually, the food was gone. Some good fellowship, and a few tall stories rounded off a fine night.  Our next meeting will be on January 5th, when Life member Steve Sanford  (this year's winner of the "Best in Show" duckboat) will give a presentation entitled DESIGNING, BUILDING, and RESTORING DUCKBOATS!

It promises to be a very informative and worthwhile talk.  So mark your calendar. We hope you can make it!




On Monday night, November 3rd, we had our monthly meeting at the Library. Curt reported that our Duckboat Show and Waterfowl Festival was a great success.  We had more vendors than we have seen at a show for some time now, and our gate was better than ever. My thanks to all the SSWA members who helped to make it happen, and special thanks to Curt, who is the Chairman of the show.

The theme of our meeting was Broadbill, and we started with a video on layout hunting. This was followed by a lively discussion of the uniqueness of hunting for Broadbill in the bay.

Youth Waterfowl Weekend is the 22-23 of Nov., and I am told that we have almost 30 youth participating between the 2 locations.  If you can mentor on Sat. Morning the 22nd, let Curt know right away.

Since the opening of Ducks is Thanksgiving Day, (and this will happen before we have our next meeting,) I would like to remind you that PFD's are a must when your boat is under way. Have fun, but be safe out there.

Our next meeting, Monday December 1, is also our Annual Christmas Party.  After a very brief meeting, we will have a swap meet, so bring your duck hunting related stuff that you would like to swap or sell. We also enjoy samplng the game that our members have harvested and prepared. Please bring a covered dish of your favorite concoction, to share with our members that night.  

So mark your calendars, and we will see you on the 1st.

Good Hunting...



By: Curt

Thank you to All the members who came down to Cedar Beach Marina on Sunday and helped out at our Annual Waterfowl Festival. A beautiful day helped make the day a success. (A little breezy but what can you do). Without your help, I would not be able to keep doing the show each year. It is great to see that you value YOUR CLUB so much as to donate your time to help out. YOU ARE ALL THE BEST.

Thank you also to all who attended the show. Vendors, demonstrators, and supporters. It is your support that enables us to carry on the good work we do. Thank you Thank you!!!!

The SSWA's Annual Festival is THIS Sunday. Cedar Beach Marina is on OCEAN PARKWAY in Babylon. DIRECTIONS: From Eastern L.I., go south on Robert Moses Parkway to Ocean Parkway and then go east to the Marina.  From western L.I., go south on either Wantagh or Meadowbrook Parkways to Ocean Parkway, then go East to the Marina.  Remember to bring non perishable foods for our annual Food Drive to help out less fortunate Long Islanders. See you there.

Sunday Oct 26th 2014 is the 34th Annual Duckboat Show and Waterfowl Festival. Vendors interested call now to get a table. checks for the tables need to be in by Oct 15th. send them in NOW!!!!!

Members sign up to work the show. All hands need to be on deck. Please help out.

Our October general meeting was held on Monday, October 6th. Mike Babbish was our guest speaker, and he did a presentation on hunting wood ducks, complete with some candid video of his hunts.  He also included some video on Snow Goose hunting. Also at the meeting, updates were given on our buddy program, youth waterfowl program, the recent gun show, our decoy loaner program, and the handicapped blind project at Flanders. We made plans for our Duckboat Show and Waterfowl Festival on Sunday, October 26th, and a sign up sheet was passed around for members to sign up for the free duck calling clinic.  There will be 2 classes held, one at 11 am, and the other at 1 pm.  There are still a few seats left for the 11 am class, and some for the 1 pm class as well. If you are interested, call me to pre-register at 631-862-8518.  We are limiting each class to 12 students, and seats are filling up fast.

I hope to see you all at the duckboat show on the 26th.