Outdoor Journal: Looking forward to hunting with an air gun

The latest form the outdoors by Ed Noonan
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For some time now, I have been wanting to do some hunting and plinking with an air gun. I wanted to leave the shotgun home.

I spent a lot of time looking on the internet and visiting some of the local gun shops and found what I want, a Stoeger .22 caliber s4000 e-suppressed air gun. It is black synthetic with fiber optics sights and a 4×32 scope. It has a velocity up to 1,000 pounds.

This gun is legal in New York state to take any small game that can be taken with a .22 rimfire. This includes rabbits, squirrels and ruffed grouse.

I will be hunting these when in season, but right now, I will hunt woodchucks. You can check these out at www.stoegerindustries.com.

THE LAST BITE

While my wife and I were packing up to go home last Friday, I sneaked out with my rod and shrimp for my last fishing off the docks in the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway and I got quite a surprise.

The fish were not biting as I worked down the docks, and I decided to sit down put on the biggest shrimp (5 inches) that I had and cast it out into the water about 25-30 yards out. I sat down in the warm sun with my feet dangling off the dock. Fortunately, I sat on the rod. My eyes were closed when the rod bended and I grabbed the rod, stood up and the fun began. I discovered an eel.

It was a good fighter, and it took me a few minutes to see what it was. Minutes later, I landed my first Intercoastal eel. I flipped it up on the dock and was very impressed with his mouth full of sharp teeth.

With the help of my fishing buddy Bill Mercon from New Hampshire, I was able to grab behind safely its head. Immediately, he wrapped his 24-inch body around my arm. With me holding its head, my friend Bill was able to remove the hook.

After a few photos, I returned him to the water.

DEC ALLIGATORS

On April 27 at 9:45 a.m., DEC ECOs Glen Parker and Ricky Wood responded to reports of a possible alligator siting at Steinmetz Park in Schenectady. The ECOs canvassed the park for signs of an alligator and found none.

With the aid of binoculars, the responding officers observed a large common snapping turtle with a 16-inch carapace/shell just below the surface of the water, which could have been mistaken as an alligator swimming. A second canvass of the pond’s edge revealed no tracks along the shoreline.

The Schenectady Police Department has set up a portable camera pole overlooking the pond for future continuous observation. Area residents should call the DEC Law Enforcement Dispatch Center at 844-DEC-ECOs (844-332-3267) to report any additional sightings.

QUICK TOM

I was still tired when the alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. last Sunday. I entered the turkey woods just 15 minutes from my house. I parked my truck out in a field and headed towards the woods, where I took a nice tom last year.

I had my doubts about having not scouted ahead of time. I set out a tom and a hen decoys and settled down in a thick bush and reached into my vest for my calls, but I had none. I had left them home.
No scouting, no calls. My hopes were very low. At 7 a.m., I decided to head out and come back the next day.

As I started to take off my mask off, I saw a turkey to the left and shouldered my shotgun. There where five more with him. They were headed to my decoys, and the third one was what I wanted. One shot at 32 steps, and he went down.

Lucky? You bet. He carried a 6-inch beard and weighed in at 17 pounds, 10 ounces.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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