Outdoor Journal: Saratoga Tackle holds last points tournament


Saratoga Tackle had its weekly evening tournament on Aug. 10. A total of 37 boats participated.

Finishing first were Bob and John Paul Pelletier of Schodack with 14.87 pounds. They collected $835. Second place went to Tim Paraso and Matt Belmore of Indian Lake. The had 13.22 pounds and won $500. Coming in third were Drew Ziehnert of Saratoga Springs and Jon Wentworth of Merchantville. They had 12.03 pounds and collected $300.

The lunker went to Mathew Campbell and Phil Giordano of Schuylerville with 5.63 pounds. They got $370.

This was the last points tournament. Seventeen teams advanced to the Tournament of Champions that will was held Tuesday.

On Aug. 8, the inaugural “Keepin’ it Reel” fishing tournament was held at Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville. Approximately 30 contestants completed at various locations within the park and along the Hudson for a host of prizes and bragging rights. A total of 200 fish were catch-photo-released by the participants.

Tim Blodgett, owner of Saratoga Tackle, distributed prizes supplied by Saratoga Tackle, Adirondack Conservation Council and Champlain Canal Tours. Julie White, HCP events coordinator, was thrilled with the number of contestants, considering this was the first-such event and with the comments she heard, next year should be bigger and better.

Visit the Hudson Crossing Park website (https://www.hudsoncrossingpark.org) to check on any upcoming events.

Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early season begins Sept. 1 and continues through the month with one exception. Non-residents using dogs cannot start until Sept. 15. The late-season hunt begins Nov. 13 and continues to Nov. 21. You can take only one bear this year.

In addition to a hunting license, a bear hunter using a bow or crossbow must have a prior or current bow license or certificate proving completion of the bow hunter education course.

I finally got a chance to hunt with my mini pistol crossbow. It comes with four arrows. With my bad shoulder, I can easily cock the 50-pound draw.

I found it on the Internet and ordered one. When it arrived, I was off to see my farmer friend who has had pesky woodchucks. It was a 15-foot walk to the arrowed woodchuck. I was hooked, and since I have shot a few more chucks with it. I have to check, but I believe I will be able to hunt turkeys in the fall with my pistol bow. Go to Amazon and check it out and be surprised at the price tag of $30.99.

I was recently watching my grandchildren having lunch on the back deck of their house. When my grandson said, “Hey papa, those critters are messing up the garden.” I said I don’t want to shoot them.

My grandson said why don’t you use one of my water guns. Now I have fun shooting them out of the garden. I am now the owner of a ZURA Shot water gun.

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