Outdoor Journal: Lemme recalled for his influence in bowhunting


Fifty-five years ago, I went down to Tommy Lemme’s Supermarket on Lark Street in Albany to pick up my girlfriend Rosemary Arnold (now my wife), where she worked part-time after classes at Hudson Valley Community College.

While waiting for her, Lemme came out to introduce himself. He said, “Heard you are hunting now,” and asked me if I ever hunted with a bow. “Nope” was my answer, he smiled, said, “Follow me,” and took me upstairs over the store where he had his archery store.

He handed me a Bear Kodiak bow, an arrow, and said, “Shoot that target.”

That’s all it took.

He gave me the Bear Kodiak bow and hunting arrows (no charge), smiled. He told me to take the bow and arrows, and try it for deer hunting.

I went back to that afternoon in recent days after Tommy, now 94, passed away on Nov. 22. We spent over an hour in the archery store above the market that day, and it changed my life as a hunter.

When I finally came downstairs to the car that day, Rosemary saw the bow and arrows in my hands, and started laughing.

On opening day that bow hunting season, I went with a group into the Catskills. I had several chances at doe that morning, but wanted a buck. Heading back down the hill to the cabin, I saw a 5-point buck standing under a tree. He was only about 25 yards when I drew back and let the arrow go. I knew it was too high, but the arrow hit a branch and ricocheted right through his heart.

As soon as I got out of the woods, I called Lemme. He laughed and congratulated me. He had made me into a bowhunter for life, and in just one afternoon.


Deer hunters, should check out adkhunter.com to see some of the guys, and two women, who have been successful.

Patty Ladd of Kingsbury got an 11-pointer that tipped the scales at 163 pounds, and Kyleigh Bouyea of Queensbury shot a 9-pointer that weighed 190 pounds.

There are plenty of photos of the hunting success on the website.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the release of a draft for the Deer Management Plan for New York State for public review and comment.

The plan builds upon the progress made by the department’s first plan, released in 2011, and will guide its deer management actions to balance natural resource protection, public safety, and recreational and economic interests for the next 10 years.

The draft plan is available on the DEC’s website, and public comments will be accepted through Dec. 28

The DEC is seeking new ways to address overabundant deer in urban and suburban areas, provide relief to farmers and forest owners experiencing deer damage, protect New York’s deer from the potential devastation of chronic wasting disease, and enhance our great deer hunting traditions.

For further details, contact the DEC at [email protected].


After a lot of contact with the DEC to be sure I would be able to hunt with a bow air rifle, I am asking Santa to send me a Umarex AirJavelin CO2 Powered Air Archery Airgun Rifle.

Prior to ordering it, I checked with the DEC to see what I could hunt with this air gun. I was told Law ECL 11-0901(c) says it can be used to take skunk, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, fox, mink and muskrat.

Wished it could also be used to take turkey. Guess I will have to wait until I go to Florida where it is legal.

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