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May 02, 2017

A Wilderness Finger Lakes B&B ~ For Outdoorsy Men & Women Part II

by Bob Banfelder

What is additionally and exceptionally appealing about the The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast and its deer processing operation is that it has two professional butchers on hand to assist you: Frank Hartenstein (owner), and his associate, Barry Dunning. Frank is the full-time meat manager at Tops Friendly Markets in Watkins Glen; Barry is the full-time meat manager at Tops Friendly Markets in Ithaca. Both men take time off from their jobs during the whitetail gunning season to process your deer . . . the way you want it. Custom processing and packaging is not a problem. The first thing one observes as you enter the premises is that the place is spotlessly clean—all areas of operation. While watching the two men busy at work, you quickly realize that they are undoubtedly professionals, doubtlessly having turned the operation into an art form. The men work to a rhythm. Donna and I loved watching the pair ply their trade.

Frank Hartenstein and Barry Dunning processing venison

Hanging Area

Frank's wife, Andi, is most affable, having given Donna and me an extensive tour of the deer hanging area, processing room, cabins and property, complete with pond and paddleboat. In a word: impressive. Andi is also a certified event planner. Weddings, receptions, anniversaries, family reunions, office parties, birthdays and other such party celebrations have accommodated up to 300-plus people. Cottages normally rent for $70 per day (double occupancy) during the regular summer, spring, and fall seasons—apart from their in-season Hunter's Special weekly rental rate explained earlier in Part I. I'd look to book now for the 2017 season. You just can't beat their rates for what you receive.

The Hartenstein's Wilderness Bed and Breakfast is but a half hour drive from lake country wine tours, three State parks, Watkins Glen Speedway, Cornell University, and Ithaca College. Upon request, Andi can arrange first-class limousine service for wine country tasting tours, shopping at Waterloo Premium Outlets mall, Tioga Downs Casino & Racing, and airport pickup. Or just hop in your vehicle, slip in a CD, preferably Willie Nelson's On The Road Again, and travel to this fishing/hunting wonderland. There is truly something for everyone in the Ithaca/Newfield area. The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast website is; Frank & Andi Hartenstein, 45 Chaffee Creek Road, Newfield, NY 14867 ~ Tel. (607) 564-0995.

Andi's Rescued Horses

As an aside, a December 2016 pig roast for Wounded Warriors in Action was hosted by Andi. Several warriors had stayed over at Frank and Andi's and participated in a whitetail deer hunting event. Among the group was the son of Billy Walkabout (March 31, 1949 – March 7, 2007). Billy is believed to be the most decorated Native American soldier of the Vietnam War. Billy had received the Distinguished Service Cross, five Silver Stars (one upgraded to a Distinguished Service Cross), ten Bronze Star Medals, one Army Commendation Medal (inclusive of a Valor ribbon, plus two oak-leaf clusters), and six Purple Hearts. Andi did all the arranging and cooking and did not charge for her time. These are the kind of top-shelf folks that you are dealing with at Newfield's The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast.

For a fishing and hunting paradise, visit and explore the Newfield/Ithaca area.

One of several rainbow trout that fell for The Gimp ~ a once-famous but often-forgotten fly

The Gimp

In keeping with an eye on travel, next month (June 1st and 2nd) we're going to take a close look at a pair of compact yet completely dedicated light–medium-action travel rods and reels for spinning and fly-fishing—not one of those generic, dual-purpose rods that serve as a substitute for both angling methods. Also, I'm going to custom-fit a hard case with beefier medium–medium-heavy action spinning and fly-fishing travel outfits that will handle most fresh and saltwater applications. As Donna and I will be doing more and more traveling, both these travel outfits will be at the ready for spontaneous adventures.

Back home on the North Fork of Long island, schoolies are in—along with some stripers with serious shoulders. Donna and I have been busy field-testing these dedicated travel rods and reels. The month of May will prove to be productive as bunker are in the Peconic River and adjoining bays. We're watching osprey carrying sticks to build a new nest and bunker to feed the family. See you on the water.

Bob Banfelder

Crime-Thriller Novelist & Outdoors Writer

Member: Outdoor Writers Association of America
New York State Outdoor Writers Association
Long Island Outdoor Communicators Network

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