Outdoor Journal: .45 Colt has been special collector’s item

Ed Noonan's latest outdoors column

Several years ago, my good friend Tim Guy and I were rabbit hunting and, on the way home, we started to talk guns. I told him I would like to have a .45-caliber pistol, and he said he would show me one when we got to his house.

Boy, did I get a surprise. This .45 Colt that was carried by a soldier in the Battle of the Bulge. That was in 1944 (I was only a few months old then). The engraving on the gun was: “United States Property of the US Army.”

I was very surprised when he said to put it on your pistol permit and it is yours, which I did the very next day. This gun has been sitting in my gun closet for five or six years now.

I am thinking about a hog hunt at Easton View Outfitters in Valley Falls with a .308 and, in the event I can get close to the hog, I would use the .45 Colt. It definitely should be an exciting hunt.


Last Sunday at 5 a.m., I drove by the Saratoga Lake boat launch, and it was already filled with empty bass boat trailers. When I got to Lee’s Park where my club, Capital District Bassmaster, was launching its boats, it wasn’t long before this lot was filled with boat trailers. Add to that the other boaters that were out for a ride/fishing, it was crowded.

I found out later that there were four clubs fishing, one which I think was from New Jersey. Once on the water, in all the times I have been on this lake, I have never seen as many anglers. And when the tournaments were over, the lines of trailer were all the way out to the highway.

One week before this crowd, the Tri-County Elite Bass fished Saratoga and Matt Rubino of Mechanicville, fishing his first tournament, won the top prize money of $339 with five largemouth totaling 13.26 pounds. In second place was Schuylerville angler Mike Galcik with 12.92 pounds worth $187. Third place was Greg Holcomb of Queensbury with 12.84 pounds worth $59. Lunker bass was a 3.9-pounder caught by Bob Batchelder of Clifton Park, who received $130.

The Tuesday afternoon Saratoga Tackle bass tournament on Saratoga Lake attracted 45 teams, and the winners took home some big bucks. First-place winners were Burnt Hills anglers Michael Garbo and Michael Martino with 12.98 pounds worth $915. They also had lunker bass of the tournament, a 3.3-pounder for an additional $450.

Second place went to Alan Aldi and Bill Olochnowicz of Rotterdam with 12.56 pounds worth $600. Third place went to Tom Kail of Burnt Hills and Jason Norton of Waterford, winning $310 with a weight of 11.06 pounds. In fourth place were David Munger of Saratoga Springs and John Jenkins of Stillwater with 11.02 pounds and earning $200.

The South Shore Thursday afternoon bass tournament had some good catches. The winners were the Latham team of Michael Marini and Michael Daquer with 14.10 pounds worth $580. They also had lunker bass, a 4.43-pound largemouth work an additional $160.

Second place and $280 went to Brad Ableman of Latham  and Luke Moller of Knox for their 12.55 pounds. In third place were Andy Daubert of Ballston Spa and Jim McHale of Hagaman with 11.86 pounds worth $160.


The DEC is encouraging anglers to help protect heat-stressed trout and salmon during the summer. Heat-stressed fish in streams often seek pockets of cold water created by upwelling groundwater, small feeder streams or water released from deep reservoirs.

To find out more of what you can do, go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/120850.html.


The DEC recently announced a new online bowhunting education course for all hunters who use a bow and arrow to hunt deer and/or bear. Hunters must complete a mandatory hunter ed course before purchasing a hunting license.

Since the April opening, more than 30,000 have completed the course, 40 % of whom were women. This online is for NYS residents and the cost is $30.

For more information, go to google https://www.bowhunter-ed.com/newyork/.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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