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South Shore Waterfowlers Association, Inc.

The voice of the Long Island waterfowler

SSWA MEETING, BRIGHTWATERS LIBRARY on Monday the 6th, April 2015 at 07:30 PM

At the April meeting is where we elect our new officers for the next year. If you interested in running for a position, call me at 631-661-0379 so I can verify your eligibility and place you on the slate. See you there.

Go to the gallery section and check out the photos of our feeding program and volunteers.

Update. So far to date, John and I have distributed 10 tons of loose corn from East Moriches and Babylon. Craig and the east enders have approached 15 tons. We manned a table at the Antique Decoy Collectors Association show on Saturday. We talked up the program and managed to collect a little bit of donations to help replace some of the money already paid out for the corn.

Anyone interested in donating to the feed fund can send a check payable to SSWA. Please mail to P.O. Box 217 Brightwaters NY 11718. The waterfowl thank you SOOO Much!

We wish to say a special thanks to Brian Leslie for his outstanding calling demonstration at Monday night's (March 2 ) meeting. His presentation on duck, goose and turkey calling was as informative as it was entertaining. I think those who attended would agree with me that Brian is a masterful artist with a gamebird call, and we would sure like to have him back for another meeting some time.

Our regular meeting busness was eclipsed by our discussions and concerns for the condition of the ducks locally because of the extremely long cold snap we have had, resulted in the bay freezing over.  SSWA members Craig Kessler and Red Oster had already joined some others who were beginning to put out large quantities of feed along the south shore. Craig brought the issue to me asking for SSWA to participate as well.  Last week our Board authorized the purchase of 4,000 pounds of corn, which was partially distributed before Monday's meeting.

At Monday night's meeting, the membership voted and authorized additional expenditures so that we could purchase and distribute feed for the rest of the month of March as needed.  

I attended the winter Atlantic Flyway meetings in Delaware last week, and I will put a summary in our March newsletter.  This Saturday, March 7th, is the LI decoy show, and both Saturday and Sunday next weekend (March 14-15) is the LI Gun Show.  Both events will be at the IBEW Hall in Hauppauge.

Our next meeting is April 6th, and this is also our annual election of officers.  We hope to see you there.




WHEN THE BROADBILL WAS KING ON THE GREAT SOUTH BAY, video to be debuted at the upcoming show. Longtime SSWA Steve Sanford and Craig Kessler have spent the last year creating an historic documentary video about the great era of broadbill gunning on the open expanses of Great South Bay. The full video will be debuted at the upcoming show of the Long Island Decoy Collectors Association on March 7 at the IBEW Hall in Hauppauge.  Show hours are from 9-4.  A terrific exhibit featuring several of the famous big open water rigs that frequented the Great South Bay from roughly 1930-1970 will be on display.  Everyone is encouraged to geet a sneak preview of the video by logging onto  


Due to the bad weather, and for the safety of our members, the february meeting will be cancelled and we will meet again in March.

At the March meeting, we will be asking for members to step up as future officers of the club. Call Curt, Election Chairman, at 631-661-0379 so you can be placed in the running for the April election slate. We need our members to step up and take a roll on the running of the SSWA. You will NOT be doing anything on your own. We are a team, and everything takes place as a group. It only takes a small portion of your time to be an officer. We need fresh blood to keep things exciting and new. Call today. We need your help.