Outdoors: Crossbow dream ends, but there’s a backup plan

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I was very excited when I went to Timmy Blodgett’s Saratoga Tackle & Archery shop to put my new crossbow together.

However, when Tim showed me how to lock and load an arrow, this old shoulder could not crank, cock and lock the arrow in place.

So, I ended my crossbow big/small game dream. After I told Tim, “Sell it for me,” I decided to use my Umarex air gun that shoots an arrow at 300 feet per second.

I am going to begin with woodchucks and then hunt a hog at Easton View Outfitters in Valley Falls.

FIRST CROW HUNT

This particular crow hunt was really not expected.

Last week, I had several crows fly into my wife’s flowers, and he and one of his friends started chewing.

It was not the first time, but for this particular crow it was. Can’t shoot a gun in the backyard, but I could with my pistol crossbow.

This little garden was right under our bedroom on the second floor. Perfect.

It was a good time to again test my mini crossbow pistol.

MOHAWK VALLEY ANGLERS TRAIL

The winners were Jim Wilson (Troy, $390), who was fishing alone and weighed in 17.19 pounds of largemouth bass. He also had the lunker, a 4.49-pound largemouth worth $70.

In second place with 15.04 pounds was Gerald Simmons (Colonie) and Glen Flagler (Schenectady), who won $260, and last to cash, with $200, was Vince Monini (Rotterdam) and Rob Brower (Ballston Spa) with 13.84 pounds worth $50 and two free haircuts from Larry’s Studio, which sponsors the tournament.

The South Shore Marina Thursday Night Fishing Tournaments on Saratoga Lake run from 5-8:30 p.m. The fishing goes until end of August, costs $80 and includes boat launch and parking for one vehicle. Additional vehicles are $5. Top five will be paid. July 4 is a dark day.

Contact Rob Batchelder at 518-365-0493.

BASSMASTER CLASSIC, BACK-TO-BACK

North Carolina bass angler Hank Cherry won this year’s BassMaster Classic (again), this time at Lake Ray Roberts in Texas.

His total three-day catch was 50 pounds, 15 ounces and was worth $300,000. That’s $6,000 a pound. It is difficult enough to make the Classic, but it is a “reel” accomplishment.

SAFE BOATING FOR FOURTH OF JULY

The Fourth of July weekend should be a busy one on local waters, and while bringing alcoholic beverages aboard is a common practice, alcohol use us a leading factor in fatal boating accidents.

With that in mind, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water points out that there will be an increased law enforcement presence on the water as part of Operation Dry Water.

The foundation is reminding boaters that operating a boat with blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater could earn you a large fine, jail time, possible loss of driving and boating privileges and, depending on the state, may be a misdemeanor or felony conviction. If you are in an accident, any level of intoxication can lead to a charge.

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