Outdoor Journal: Schonowe VFD bass tournament set for Saturday


The Schonowe Volunteer Fire Dept. will be holding its fifth annual Bass Tournament for First Responders and Sportsmen on Oxbow Lake in Piseco on Saturday.

Launch time starts at 5 a.m. at the Oxbow Lake Motel. The event starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Prizes are given for total weight for bass, pickerel and sunfish, plus a lunker prize for the biggest bass.

For more details, please call Bill at 518-377-0939 or 315-436-5748. Entry fee is $60.00 the day of the event. The winners last year totaled more than $2,000 in total prizes.


Here are the results for last Tuesday’s Bass Challenge held on Saratoga Lake. There were 38 boats participating.

First place and $855 went to Tom Kail of Burnt Hills and Jason Norton of Waterford for the 14.68 pounds they caught. Second place and $513 was won by Mike Schleicher of Saratoga Springs and Tony Pascucci of Valatie. They caught 11.86 pounds. Finishing third were Ryan Constantino of Saratoga Springs and Aidan Ford of Annapolis, Maryland. They collected $342 for the 11.76 pounds they caught. They also won $380 for the five pounds of lunker caught.


Expanded hunting opportunities continue for the 2022-23 Season.

Last Wednesday, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced hunting and trapping licenses and deer management permits for the season are on sale.

“Half-a-million New Yorkers enjoy hunting each year and DEC is excited to increase hunting opportunities again this season for long-time hunters and new participants to the sport.” Seggos said in a press release. “As always, safety is a top priority and I remind all hunters to follow the key principles of hunter safety before heading afield.”

Licenses and permits can be purchased online, at license-issuing agents, or by phone at 866-933-2257.  The new hunting and trapping licenses are valid from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2023. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Individuals should have the following items ready when buying a license.

  • Complete contact information — name, address, email and phone number.
  • DEC customer ID number (if applicable).
  • Proof of residency (Driver’s license or non-driver ID with a valid NYS address).
  • If purchasing by phone or internet, a valid credit card.


The number of hunting-related shooting incidents is declining, but even one incident is too many. Hunters can prevent injuries and fatalities by following the rules of hunting safety:

  • Assume every gun is loaded.
  • Control the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until firing.
  • Be sure of your target and beyond.
  • Wear hunter orange or pink.

Tree stand falls are a major cause of hunting injuries. These hunting-related injuries and fatalities are easily preventable. Hunters are advised to use a full-body harness and fall-arrest system and stay connected from the time they leave the ground until the time they return. Recently enacted legislation established new requirements for the purchase and transfer of ownership of semi-automatic rifles and the purchase, possession, storage, and transport of firearms and ammunition in New York. See the frequently asked questions regarding recent changes to New York State firearms laws on DEC’s website for guidance.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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