Outdoor Journal: Results from second Tuesday Night Bass Challenge


The second Tuesday Night Bass Challenge at Saratoga Lake took place last Tuesday. Forty-two boats participated.

Finishing first with 13.65 pounds and winning $855 was the team of Jennings/Thivierge. Coming in second with 13.40 pounds and earning $555 was the team of Paraso/Belmore. They also won the lunker with 4.54 pounds, winning $420. Third place went to the team of Peculis/Marshall, catching 12.65 pounds and collecting $295. The team of Russell/O’Neil finished fourth with 12.52 pounds. 


There are some new Berkley products for your tackle box.

Slobberknocker: This hard-knocking bladed jig stays engaged, providing a more consistent vibration, especially when anglers are targeting heavy cover, flats or specific structures. This increases the angler’s efficiency with fewer wasted casts. Incredibly versatile and easy to fish, the Berkley Slobberknocker offers angler’s a bladed jig with premium features that are backed by science. Available in 3/8-and half-ounce.

PowerBait PowerStinger: The Berkley PowerBait PowerStinger’s thick baitfish profile was purpose-built for use with bladed jigs and designed with both profile and action in mind. The Power Stinger’s dense head prevents tear out, while the “honeycomb” construction delivers ideal trailer action and durability when paired with a bladed jig.


The DEC’s Hunter Education Program is piloting a limited number of Next Step courses for those who have already completed a hunter education, bowhunting education or trapper education certification course and want more education and hands-on experience.

Two of the courses are being offered in conjunction with the Becoming An Outdoors-Woman program (BOW) and are open to women only.

Courses are free, but registration is required. You will need your certification number to register for the course.

Women’s Next Step Bowhunting

Aug. 3

4:30 p.m-8:30 p.m.

Saratoga Sand Plains Archery Range

Route 50

Saratoga Springs

To register, call 1-844-359-0873, they will instruct how to register online.

Women’s Next Step Crossbow

Aug. 4

4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Saratoga Sand Plains Archery Range

Route 50

Saratoga Springs


The Civil Service Exam will be given Sept. 17. Applications are being accepted until Aug. 3.

For recruitment information go to www.dec.ny.gov or call 518-402-8829.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide.  Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search-and-rescue groups. Forest rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from across New York State.

In 2021, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 426 search-and-rescue missions, extinguished wildfire, participated in prescribed fires that served to rejuvenate hundreds of acres of land, and worked on cases that resulted in thousands of tickets of arrests.

Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are critical to the success of their missions, which for more than a century have taken them from remote wilderness areas with rugged mountain peaks, to white water rivers, and throughout our vast forest statewide. DEC’s Forest Rangers continue to be on the front lines to help visitors get outside responsibly and get home safely, as well as to protect our state’s irreplaceable natural resources.

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