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Peck's Lake once again big winner for writers

Thursday, June 19, 2014
When Schenectady’s famous NBA player and coach Pat Riley coined the phrase “three-peat,” he was referring to his team’s three successive NBA championships. The phrase could also be used by the 15 New York State Outdoor Writers who were guests of Fulton County Tourism and Peck’s Lake last month.

More fish biting in warm weather

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Finally, we have warm weather and the fish are definitely biting.

Give dad some outdoors toys

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Hey, dad! There are just 10 days left to let your wife and family know what you really want for Father’s Day.

Warmer weather heats up fishing

Thursday, May 22, 2014
This week’s fishing report indicates things have picked up substantially, and I suspect warmer weather had something to do with it.

Crappies really biting for Saratoga Lake anglers

Thursday, May 15, 2014
This week’s fishing report is “crappie!” These tasty little fillets are biting. I’m amazed each year at how many anglers are already on the water trying to get their daily limit of 25. Just remember, they must be nine inches to keep.

Rain, wind force hunters out early

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Last Thursday had to be one of the worst opening days of the spring wild turkey season I’ve ever sat in. Dan Ladd of Fort Ann and I were in the Washington County woods and set up well before sunup when the rain came. It started slowly, but both the wind and the rain picked up, and in spite of my head-to-toe rain gear and a camouflaged hunting umbrella that attaches to a tree, I got wet.

Turkey calls finally put to good use

Thursday, May 1, 2014
For the past week, I’ve been visiting a number of sporting goods stores and hearing familiar clucks, yelps, purrs, owl and crow calls, and even a few gobbles. I’m sure turkey hunters all over the state were doing the same getting ready for today, the opening of New York state’s spring turkey season. How many of those we share our homes with have had to put up with us practicing calls?

Joining bass clubs has advantages

Thursday, April 24, 2014
This year, as last, there are quite a few open partner bass tournaments and a few individual events to choose from. However, if you’re new, I strongly suggest joining a local bass club.

Make sure weapon accurate before hunt

Thursday, April 17, 2014
With the turkey season just around the corner, I thought I’d lead off this year’s Turkey Tales with my hunt for an Osceola turkey last month in Florida.

Crossbow enthusiasts can head to the woods

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Those of us who have been sitting on our crossbows for over a year can take them to the range and get them ready — there will be a crossbow season.

Muzzleloader used to get a hog on hunt in Florida

Thursday, April 3, 2014
The first thing I did when my wife and I got to Florida in February was Google “hog hunting near Flagler Beach,” and found the Bear Ridge Ranch Hog Hunting Adventures, less than an hour from where we were staying. I’d always wanted to hunt Florida hogs, and decided to do it this year. The ranch’s response to my email was quick, but the only open day was March 30, our last day as Florida snowbirds. I responded immediately and called them to book the hunt. I told them I would use a muzzleloader, the one firearm I’ve never used to hunt hogs. I thought this one-shot challenge would be very exciting, but I didn’t realize just how exciting.

Some basic needs for backpacking

Thursday, March 27, 2014
I know it’s not exactly perfect weather for backpacking, but I’ve been asked questions about it from those who think they would like to try it. Actually, those that asked are anglers who would like to try some walk-in fishing ponds. I haven’t done it in a few years, but I have hiked in to quite a few of New York’s ponds and spent many a night in a small tent or lean-to camped next to some good trout waters

Assault weapon can be converted with stock

Thursday, March 6, 2014
I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I don’t receive an email regarding the NY Safe Act. Those who have enjoyed their modern sporting rifle, the proper name of what the Safe Act recently defined as an AR weapon, are running out of time to register it by April 15. The regulation states: “Anyone who lawfully possesses a weapon on or before Jan. 15, 2013, that has been redefined as an assault weapon by the Safe Act may keep that weapon, provided the person registers the weapon by April 15, 2014.”

First day of arrival used for Florida dock fishing

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
As part-time snow birds, my wife and I spend February and March in Flagler Beach, Fla., where I enjoy preparing my ice fishing reports. Being a “use-to-be” ice angler, I do miss it, but not that much. I’m fortunate to have a number of bait and tackle shops as well as avid ice anglers who supply me with the up-to-the-minute ice angling activities at home, but I’d like to share the where and how I fish here every morning at sunup and the last hour or so before dark. I don’t fish with those 10-foot spinning rods with heavy weights cast in the Atlantic Ocean’s surf, but rather from the 34 docks just 20 feet from the back door of our rented condo in the Atlantic Intercoastal Seaway.

No crowds on the ice

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Hats Off to the anglers who ventured out onto the ice on any of the frozen waters in the Northeast. Although the majority of the avid ice anglers stayed off the ice, the small group of those that did had to deal with crusty snow cover and wind chills in minus-zero temperatures. That is an extremely dangerous time to be on the ice.

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