Outdoor Journal: Bass are biting, and carp are spawning


For the past couple of weeks, my wife and I have been going to McDonald’s, getting a take-out lunch and taking a 15-minute drive to the Saratoga boat launch. Most boats there were bass boats, which doesn’t surprise me — the bass are biting.

Hopefully, they will throw them back in until bass season opens.

Right now, the carp are spawning, so fishing with rod and bow should be good. I am just beginning to see hints that show I can no longer draw and lock the string on my crossbow. What I need is a crossbow that has a crank.

Now, if my wife and two kids read this, it would make a great Father’s Day gift.


When turkey season came to an end, I decided to try out my Cobra 3000 Crossbow Pistol.

In the area where I hunted there were plenty of squirrels, so that was my target. Before I went into the woods, I shot two shots at 15 steps and was pleased with its accuracy, then I settled in on the ground in the bushes.

Guess what walked out about five, six yards away?

Yep — a tom turkey.

It was less than an hour later when two squirrels came in, and I had my first crossbow squirrel. Less than 10 minutes later, I took a second.


The NYSOWA held its Spring Safari based out of the historic Broadalbin Hotel, which I could not attend. Ann Boles, Fulton and Montgomery County Tourism Director, was the primary facilitator between NYSOWA and local points of interest.

The hotel is the only lodging on the southern end of Great Sacandaga Lake. It was built in 1854 as a glove store and converted into a hotel in 1881, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

One local business we visited out that way was Slipstream Watercraft, manufacturer of quality lightweight canoes. Stan Zdunek, the owner, gave us a very thorough and interesting tour of the facility describing the entire process of the canoe building. One of the ones that impressed me was the 2×2 twill, made with carbon and Kevlar; Stan said he has unsolicited and anecdotal statements from five fishermen that the fish were more prevalent under these canoes for some unknown reason.

Being an avid fisherman, I took note of that model.


While Benjamin Franklin did not advocate for the turkey as our national bird, he did prefer them to bald eagles.

In a letter to his daughter, Franklin called the bald eagle “a bird of bad moral character” because they steal from other birds.

He called the turkey a “much more respectable bird” and “a bird of courage.”

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