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Competing in a New Year’s Bowl

While many of you were home recuperating last Friday from your New Year’s Eve celebration or watching football, I was one of nine adults, eight young hunters and five welled-trained beagles who were hunting cottontail rabbits in Bunny Bowl XVIII.

Year’s first goose hunt doesn’t start with bang

Last week I made my first visit to the goose field this year; no snow or ice; just a soggy field and a comfortable 40 degrees.

New rifle offers world of possibilities

Those of you who have read my columns over the last 28 years know that when it comes to hunting, I am always looking for something new and challenging to shoot.

Some Christmas items for the avid hunter

How’s your Christmas shopping going? Have you made your list for Santa and taped it on the refrigerator where the family can see it?

New Saratoga County pistol permit lifts restrictions

As a recent recipient of a Saratoga County-issued unrestricted pistol permit, I can legally carry a concealed handgun.

Scotia hunter Roddy bags first bow deer on opening day

Bowhunter Lisa Roddy of Scotia was hunting with her boyfriend in Schenectady County on opening day in the Southern Zone.

Building a better NY-legal AR

When I left Fort Dix in 1968, I had no interest in shouldering an AR rifle.

Outdoors: Old gun pays big dividend

A funny thing happened to me on my way home from the gun smith’s last Tuesday.

Outdoors: Ripchick, 81, reels in three CD Bassmaster’s awards

Last Wednesday evening, I attended this year’s Capital District Bassmaster’s (CDB) annual awards banquet.

Outdoors: Knowing the area you’re hunting in is important

Serious bow and gun deer hunters know scouting their hunting grounds and hanging trail cams prior to the season opening is very important to their success.

Outdoors: Crossbow hunters can go for deer in Southern Zone

On Nov. 7, properly licensed crossbow hunters will have the opportunity to hunt deer in the Southern Zone until the season ends on Nov. 20.

Outdoors: A thrill for Clark

This year’s Buck Tales begin with 14-year-old Alyssa Clark of Queensbury on her first deer hunt during the first day of this year’s Youth Hunt.

Outdoors: Annual Fall Safari was a great time

The New York State Outdoor Writers Association held its annual Fall Safari in the Lyons Falls, Tug Hill area of the Lewis County Adirondacks last week. It was definitely the perfect time to be there.

Outdoors: Mourning dove hunt is being considered

I’ve recently heard some talk about another attempt at getting a mourning dove hunting season in New York State.

Outdoors: Turkeys, pheasants better watch out

Today, I’m going to be very busy.

Outdoors: ‘Furs and Feathers flu’ may be an epidemic next week

Fins, feathers and fur.

Outdoors: Fish still biting in warmer weather

The warmer weather doesn’t seem to have affected the fish bite, according to individual fishing reports and tournament results, especially on some of our smaller lakes.

Old buddies enjoy big day on Lake Lonely

Since I retired 19 years ago, I’ve spent three to four days a week bass fishing, mostly on area waters, and have had some very good days, but last Friday was my best ever.

Dredging may be behind slow bass catch on Upper Hudson

Average catch for columnist is down 75 percent after dredging equipment is broken down.

Outdoors: Grandpa lets granddaughter reel in 6-pound largemouth bass

Mike Auriemma is a dedicated fisherman and a very successful Great Sacandaga Lake walleye angler.

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