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Hunters will be out in force Saturday

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
The majority of the big-game hunters in New York state will be heading for the Southern Zone’s deer woods Saturday. It’s from this large zone that the majority of deer are harvested each season. Last year’s total harvest was 208,325, of which 94,195 were mature bucks. A mature buck is one that is at least 1.5 years old.

State increases permits to thin deer levels

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
I usually have a good idea by this time how the deer harvest is going by the number of buck/doe tales I’ve received from Southern Zone bowhunters and Northern Zone gun hunters. This year, I’ve only received a few, and none from the results of this year’s Columbus Day Weekend Youth Hunt. As for the crossbow hunting season that opened last Saturday, the only information I have is mine.

Safe Act 2 could focus on ammunition

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
s if NY Safe Act wasn’t enough, I’ve heard there “could be” a NY Safe Act 2. Assemblyman Andy Goodall (R,C,I-Chautauqua) spoke to a group of gun owners sponsored by SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) about pending legislation in the state Assembly and Senate. He said that the newest attacks on gun owners will focus on ammunition, and all they do is increase its cost.

Hunt for sika deer a Bucket List trophy

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
I was surprised when I arrived last Thursday at the Davenport Game Preserve for my sika deer hunt — there was no one at the lodge. I was about an hour early and anxious. When that hour turned into an hour and a half, I called my friend and preserve manager Jerry Wilson to see where he was. “I’m home [Pennsylvania], Ed,” he said. “The hunt is tomorrow.”

Fish still biting on local waters despite weather

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
It might be a bit colder and windy at times, but the fish are biting. Those tournament guys and gals are catching some very nice bass on our area’s lakes and rivers. Clifton Park anglers Jim Clyne and Dan Brinsko proved that Saratoga Lake still has some trophy-sized largemouths out there.

Smaller area lakes offer plenty of action

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
All summer, the majority of the fishing reports I have published have been about the good bass fishing in the bigger lakes and rivers. These include Lake Champlain, which may be the best bass water in the Northeast. Then there is Lake George, which also has plenty of bass, as does the St. Lawrence River. There are six little lakes, all less than 750 acres. They all offer more than just bass, and are less than an hour from home, and the recent fishing reports tell me that the fall bite has definitely begun.

Local shooting ranges getting crowded

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
T’is the season! Sportsmen’s clubs’ shooting ranges are beginning to get crowded because of the opening of a number of firearms hunting seasons. Wednesday was the opening day of seven small-game seasons, four with fur, three with feathers.

Goose hunt turns into limit of six squirrels

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Last Friday, after not finding a cut cornfield our local Canada geese would visit, I went home, swapped the 12-gauge for my Gamo Buckmaster .177-caliber Squirrel Terminator airgun and headed back to the cornfields. It wasn’t to hunt geese, but rather to find some bushy tails. The fields were bordered on two sides by large hardwoods, and where there are hardwoods, there are squirrels.

Coming up empty-handed on bear hunt

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Spirits were high when Peck’s Lake hunters Albert Peck, his grandson, Clarence Chamberlain, and I headed out for our long-awaited trip to Lugdon Lodge outfitters, at Eagle Lake in northern Maine, just 15 miles from New Brunswick, Canada.

Lake George free launch now closed to the public

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
If you plan on boating/fishing on Lake George and planned to launch at the free boat launch on Beach Road in Lake George, you can’t. According to DEC, the Lake George Beach Improvement Project, which includes the launch, will be closed to the public until 2015 for safety reasons.

Peck's Lake gives up 47-inch, 22-pound pike

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Little lakes do produce big catches, and recently, Peck’s Lake produced a big one. Having fished this little 1,370-acre lake a number of times, I know it has a healthy population of both large and smallmouth bass, but Wendy Cosselman Bleecker proved that it also has some trophy northern pike.

Local anglers excel in pro bass tourney

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
Two local bass anglers have finished high in a professional bass tournament, and one is a repeater.

Upper Hudson River normal after dredging

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Having fished the 14 miles of the upper Hudson River between Stillwater and Schuylerville at least a dozen times this summer, I’ve learned a bit about the dredging and its effects on the fishing. Based on the numbers and sizes of fish I’ve caught and released, primarily bass, everything is normal. Since 2009, when the GE dredging began around Fort Edward, they’ve worked their way down to the stretch between Locks 4 and 5. Dredging is around the clock, and when out there you’ll see a number of barges and work boats, both moving and anchored. Give them the right-of-way and keep on fishing.

Kids reveal 'secret baits'

Thursday, July 24, 2014
If you've had trouble hooking up with the bass population at Saratoga Lake, here's a bit of advice from a pair of 7- and 10-year-olds who are willing to share their “secrets baits." Andrew Walker, 10, and Jackson Pedinotti, 7, have been fishing with grandfather, Jerry Pedinotti of Niskayuna since they were 3. They said that they “always” catch fish using square billed crankbaits.

Crankbaits can land bass

Thursday, July 17, 2014
In 1995, a local bass angler at Lake Minnetonka, Minn., told North Carolina pro David Fritts that the bass don’t bite crankbaits very well. Fritts, a crankbait guru, didn’t listen to him and finished a very close second in the four-day tournament with 20 bass totaling 77.12 pounds, an average of almost four pounds per fish. The next year, he returned to Minnetonka and won the tournament

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