April 4, 2008
Oswego Lands on 'Top 200' List in Outdoor Life
Oswego residents know about the spectacular hunting and fishing in their backyard. Now it has earned them a spot on the list of “Top 200 Towns for Hunters and Anglers to Call Home” in the April 2008 issue of Outdoor Life. The only New York town to place in the top 100, Oswego ranked number 64 on the list.
“Oswego County is abundant in natural resources,” said Michael Cali, president of the Oswego County Sportsman Federation. “As a result, the federation claims 23 clubs with over 2,000 active members under its umbrella. These members live here and enjoy the multitude of outdoor recreational activities offered in the area.”
Outdoor Life collected quality-of-life data as well as sporting opportunities to determine the rankings. They considered the growth rate of the local economy, the degree of taxation, unemployment rates and housing prices, commute times and crime rates, the median household income and the variety of cultural prospects. Outdoor sporting factors included the number and duration of fishing and hunting opportunities, the trophy quality of the yield, proximity to public land and the restrictiveness of gun laws.
“One of the factors that made Oswego stand out in this national survey is the Oswego River,” said David Turner, director of Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “After the Niagara River, it is Lake Ontario's largest tributary. The public access along the East and West Linear Parks provides a unique opportunity to bring anglers into the community and enhance their fishing experience. This is a distinct asset that few towns can claim - streamside access to a world-class fishery.”
An inset of the article separates the towns by region and lists Oswego as one of the top three towns of the Northeast.
“Not many areas in the Northeast can offer the quality and diversity of fishing and hunting found here,” said Legislator Shawn Doyle, District 3, Chairman of the Oswego County Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee. “With a wide variety of fish and game species, year-round fishing opportunities and more than 40,000 acres of public lands and wildlife management areas, Oswego County is an outstanding destination for sportsmen.”
The Economic Development and Planning Committee oversees the Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. In addition to Legislator Doyle, committee members include Morris Sorbello, District 23, vice chairman; Jack M. Beckwith, District 21; Arthur Gearsbeck, District 7; Louella LeClair, District 25; Douglas E. Malone, District 20 and Kimberly M. Seager, District 10.
Outdoor Life is dedicated to sportsmen and loads each issue with tips and information about hunting and fishing along with contests, adventure stories and true tales from the wild. Its publication reaches an audience of 5,790,000 active and engaged readers.
For up-to-date fishing conditions throughout the year, call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) or visit www.visitoswegocounty.com. If you have any other questions or would like more information, please call Oswego County Tourism and Promotion weekdays at 349-8322 or 1-800-596-3200 ext. 8322.
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