Outdoor Journal: ECOs help remove trapped bull moose

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Categories: -The Daily Gazette, Sports

On Oct. 9, Region 5 Wildlife staff requested help from New York State ECOs with the removal of a young bull moose trapped in a 200-acre cow pen in Clinton County. The moose was located in the pasture using an aerial drone equipped with thermal imaging cameras.

Once located, the DEC’s tranquilization team, led by big game biologist Jim Stickles, chemically immobilized the moose before it was safely relocated a short distance away. The moose was fitted with a radio location collar before it walked away, appearing to be healthy.

Visit the DEC’s Facebook post for video and more details.

CANADA GEESE OPENING SUCCESSFUL

Last Saturday, well before sunup, I joined Arron Richardson and his son Mike, both from Saratoga Springs, and their dog Zeke on opening day of the Hudson Valley Canada goose hunting.

It was still dark when we put out 15 decoys and layout blinds. It was about 6 a.m. when it began to get light, and it didn’t take long for our first flock of honking geese to head our way within 5-10 minutes that Arron and Mike’s calling brought them in to our goose decoys.

I was very excited when I clicked off my safety, shouldered my shotgun and each of us had our first goose of the season. Zeke also helped to recover the geese. About 30 minutes later, Arron and Mike called in another big group of geese into shooting range, and all three of us completed are daily limit. And yes, we will be doing it again soon.

VENISON DONATIONS

The Schenectady County Conservation Council, Inc., is encouraging deer hunters to consider donating some of your venison to the venison donation program. All donations will go to the SICM food pantry in Schenectady.

If you would like to donate some of your own venison, contact Ray Gawlas for details. A sportsman from Schenectady called Ray to donate his entire deer which was already processed and weighed 62 pounds on Oct. 26.

The one processor for the program is Lowell Carson, 2002 Western Turnpike (Rt. 20) in Duanesburg. The phone number is 518-231-3301. The Council pays processors $2 a pound for their service. They are looking for more processors in the county.

For more information, call 518-372-2357.

LEARN TO FLY FISH

The Capital District Fly Fishers is offering eight sessions on various Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $75 and includes all materials for tying each fly. Vices are not included.

The dates are Jan. 13 and 27, Feb. 3, 10 and 24 and March 3, 10, 24 and 31. Make up session location: 5 Locust Lane, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Learn to tie the following flies are streamers, nymphs, wet dry terrestrials, caddis and leeches deer hair course.

For more information, contact Rodney Priddle at 518-421-6762 or by email at [email protected],com.

STILL WAITING

I received several calls and emails asking about my Hatfield semi-auto 28-gauge shotgun that I bought at Walmart and haven’t shot it yet. After sending it back to the company, it finally sent the gun back. However, this time a different part was missing. So, I am waiting for them to mail me the part.

Hopefully, I will receive it before the end of our small game hunting season.

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