Celebrating 45 years with Leo Maloney – Oneida Dispatch

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Since my debut in February 2020, I would say that I have learned a lot. Even though I still have a long way to go, I know I will improve as long as I keep working. And maybe I’ll become as good as Mr. Leo Maloney. I haven’t known Mr. Maloney for a long time, but I see how dedicated and hardworking he is working with him on the Outdoors column every Thursday.

Over the past 45 years, Leo Maloney has devoted time, dedication and passion to creating what we call the Outdoor Section, or Fish and Game. To continue to evolve in the same field of trade for 45 years is astonishing and worthy of mention. So, to celebrate this milestone, we’ll take a journey through how it all started for Maloney and discover the man who creates, inspires, and keeps us up to date with everything we need to know about the great outdoors. To help tell the story, I have the man himself to help me. So please enjoy Leo Maloney’s diaries.

45 years with Leo Maloney

It all started in 1976 when then sports editor Dick Bennett asked the president of the Oneida Fish & Game Club if there was anyone who knew about fish and game issues who could write. complete sentences and meet deadlines. He replied that I was fine and that I was an advisor to the high school student newspaper.

They fired the old outdoor columnist, called me to a meeting, and gave me a try of a few columns. I guess I succeeded because I am here.

At first we would type our columns on the typewriter and bring them to Marcia Warham. Marcia, bless her heart, also took her work in various ways and proofread and corrected all notable mistakes.

As we entered the digital age, we could grab them and save them in digital format and send them to Marcia.

In the 45 years that I have written, I have only missed one column due to a quick trip to the hospital. Overall, those years I got along well with most sports writers. The two that I didn’t, I survived.

A dispute led me to resign, but a threat to boycott several of the major advertisers led to a quick phone call asking me to come back to a “misunderstanding”. A few years ago Phil was the editor and decided that we would not post pictures of deer because some women objected to pictures of dead deer. I had fought this battle before and decided to quit. After boycotting a few meetings, they finally caught me between hunting trips and met Phil and Kurt. Phil pointed out that some people don’t like looking at pictures of dead deer. I said – “just make them skip this page.” As a parent and former baseball coach, I also added that I had found offensive photos or stories of Barry Bonds! They laughed and saw my point of view. I stayed, and the pictures of deer too.

Today times are changing and I get along very well with Karen and Josh. They were accommodating and supportive.

My writing of the outside column for the dispatch led to several other writing opportunities. The Dispatch has been very liberal and understanding until I write the same for another newspaper or magazine.

Paul Keesler, editor of New York Sportsman magazine, noticed my writing and invited me to write a regular column. This alliance lasted 20 years until the magazine was bought out in a company buyout. Over the years my writing career has included writing for Great Lakes Anglers, Field & Stream, The Conservationist and

Outdoor Journal of the Empire. Later, I was invited to become editor of Lake Ontario Outdoors and founded Adirondack Outdoors magazine. But there has never been any conflict or neglect of the Oneida Dispatch.

I have always loved the outdoors and found adventure there. My father died when I was 13, and I used to roam the nearby hills to explore. There were four trout streams nearby to learn by example. I was lucky to have two uncles to supervise and guide me. Later in life, my friend “Yukon Tom” Van Pelt became my deer hunting mentor, and we shared many adventures between the Yukon River and the Moose River.

I have also had the chance to share many great experiences with other outdoor enthusiasts.

For example, I was invited to spend a weekend at a millionaire’s house on Lake George, hunting grouse with a DEC commissioner, and fishing with others on several occasions.

But it is the many ordinary sportsmen that I have met, that I have discussed hunting and fishing with, and with whom I have hunted that make this job special. Sharing their experiences and advice makes this job very enjoyable. Many of my best friends are hunters and fishermen. I am also proud to introduce many of them to various outdoor sports, from fishing to kayaking.

I am also proud to use this column to help others get interested in sports like kayaking, helping others learn a skill like using Senkos for bass fishing or tips for bass fishing. trout fishing. I am proud to use this section to promote small “mom & pop” stores. It is gratifying to hear people say that they have recovered an injured deer thanks to the advice in my column.

Sometimes these things may not seem like essentials like the Crusade to Save the Seneca White Deer or the Adirondack Railroad, but they haven’t gone unnoticed. In 2014, I was proud to receive the Paul Keesler Outdoor Citizen Award, given by the NYS Outdoor Writers Association to the person who has done the most to promote outdoor sports and conservation issues.

I have been a member of the NYS Outdoor Writers Association for over 30 years, serving as President and receiving several other awards from the CNY Ruffed Grouse Society, Madison County Tourism. I am inducted into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame.

Many said they enjoy reading the column, even though they are neither hunters nor fishermen. Sometimes people stop me on the street or even at church to say they like the advice on things like mosquito protection, choosing a kayak, or preventing frostbite. Plus, people have enjoyed my humorous stories that I post from time to time.

And to everyone, I would like to say thank you.

And to Leo Maloney, we all say thank you to you. Thank you for your incredible dedication to Oneida Dispatch, readers and community members. Congratulations on 45 years.

Leo Maloney catching a smallmouth bass on the St. Lawrence River.


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