I am very anxious for the turkey areas that will be opening. There are three areas for the fall season turkey hunting. To see which area, go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29461.html. I have been successful in May and also will be able to get a tom beard with my new Hatfield semi 28 gauge.
I will be in the same woods on Oct. 16 well before daylight with my decoys out and sitting in the bushes with the shotgun loaded and across my legs in the tall grass 20-25 feet from my decoys, waiting for those turkeys. On this hunt, I will be carrying my Hatfield 28 gauge. Finding ammo was a bit of a problem, but got a box of 7 1/2-shot high brass at Zack’s Gun Shop. I know they will work on a turkey. I might even grab a box of 28 slugs and try it out at Easton View Outfitters and hunt for one of those tasty hams.
Nine fishermen took part in the Capital District Bassmasters Tournament held Aug. 15 on Onondaga Lake. First place went to John Kolach of Latham with 19.74 pounds. Bill Davis of Loudonville came in second with 14.36 pounds. Brian Tandimayer of Niskayuna finished third with a 9.74 lbs. John Kolach of Latham had the lunker with a 5.64-pound catch.
The Tournament of Champions took place Aug. 17 at Saratoga Tackle and Archery. Twelve boats competed.
Tommy Kail and Jason Norton, both from Burnt Hills, won with a weight of 14.12 pounds. They earned $1,000.
Coming second were Rick Simon of Alpaus and Spencer Marzello of Clifton Park. They had 13.68 pounds and collected $600. Dave Munger and John Jenkins, both of Saratoga Springs, finished third with 12.76 pounds and got $400.
Tommy Kail and Jason Norton, both from Burnt Hills, had the lunker, weighing 4.69 pounds, and winning $300.
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