Outdoor Journal: Invest in better clothing to keep warm while hunting

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I received an email the other day asking if, by any chance, I could go out with my friend Don Vanderwerker of Palatine Bridge and Sadie Bee (his turkey dog)?

I went on a turkey hunt with him a couple of years back, and now that I was feeling better, I wanted to be part of the action up at Palatine Bridge and the woods and fields. It did not take long for me to say yes. Turkey hunting with this dog is very enjoyable.

So on Oct. 22, my friend Steve Zahurak of Schenectady picked me up and off we went. Steve had gone with me a few years ago, and Don said OK to bring Steve again.

We got to the location, but it was cloudy and breezy. After walking about a half-mile, I realized that with having a full set of thermal underwear on and two jackets, the cold was just too much. I told Steve to go ahead and I would head back to the truck to keep warm. After awhile, Steve came back with no turkey.

Sadie Bee the turkey dog covered about 6 miles before she barked and scattered the birds, and sat in her bag for 2 1/2 hours with no turkeys coming in, and she wound up covering over 10 miles before calling it quits. Sadie Bee is a 2-year-old byrne turkey dog. I learned that, in order to enjoy the great outdoors, I will need to buy some better clothing to keep warm, especially with deer season coming.

You must carry your hunting license and turkey permit while you hunt. You may hunt with a bow or crossbow. You may not hunt turkey with a crossbow in the fall in the Northern Zone if you are using dogs. You may hunt with a shotgun or handgun only when using shot no larger than a No. 2 and no smaller than a No. 8.

DEC MONITORS EHD RANGE

I received a press release from DEC last week. It said many hunters are aware that several counties in New York are experiencing an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease this year, and some are concerned that the deer population cannot handle additional hunting harvest. Some hunters have inquired about the need for changes to the hunting season, including curtailing the use of Deer Management Permits in the affected areas. DEC said that they appreciated this concern, but the current EHD outbreak does not justify such actions.

The good news is that this outbreak should be ending soon. The midges die with the first hard frost, which in southeastern New York occurs in early- to mid-October. The DEC encourage all hunters to submit reports of EHD-suspected deer that they find throughout the early hunting season through DECs online EHD reporting form, to participate in the bowhunter sighting log and to report all deer that you harvest.

PLENTY OF TROUT

I received a text regarding Mark Clemente of Gloversville, who was fishing Lake George. He and his fishing partner boated 15 lake trout and lost four last week at Lake George. Great action for this time of year. The largest was 28 1/2 inches. The lure used for these lakers were Flutterspoons.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected]

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