Happy hunting, but keep on fishing



Last Saturday, Sept. 17th, my son Sean surprised me telling me the night before that he rented a boat and motor over at Lake Lonely Boat Livery, and wanted to get me out fishing.

He told me just to sit and fish and he would take care of the driving.

Now out on Lake Lonely, the first hour — nothing, but we found a spot finally and hooked up with a nice bass that hit my wacky worm in the weeds. It was a beautiful day and I know we will be doing it again. When I got home, I smiled and said thanks for taking me fishing as that COVID virus had taken a toll on my body, and the wife does not want me fishing or hunting alone.

So, while we have this decent fall weather, take the kids fishing and use that wacky worm. Thanks again, Sean.


My friend Steve Zahurak, of Schenectady, is an avid hunter, and on Friday, Sept. 2, UPS delivered him a package.

In September, hunters start to get serious about preparing for deer season. Because the trails were cleared in August, by his hunting group, it was time to select good sites for their trail cameras. Heavy rain was falling on that Tuesday, so Steve opened the package and there was his Rapala rain gear. The jacket is made of waterproof, breathable two-layer material. It has tape-sealed seams along with YKK zippers. 

The two-way hood has adjustable drawstrings. There is an outer chest-zip pocket with an attached microfiber cloth, two outer-zip, lined hand-warming pockets, three interior pockets and a magnetic flap to cover the main zipper. The Rapala logos are reflective and Steve will check them out in the dark to see how noticeable they are.

Steve spent a leisurely day checking out the wooded area where they plan to deer hunt and noted a few promising trails to place the trail cameras. When Steve was finished, he was warm and dry in that Rapala rain gear.

No more sitting in the woods or on the water debating whether it’s too wet to stay outdoors, if one wishes, one can stay 24/7 with Mother Nature’s fauna — no matter the rainfall or wind speed. Happy days are here again.


Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor at Penn State and part of the university’s recent Deer-Forest Study, attended the International Deer Biology Congress in Croatia. There were about 100 researchers from 40 different countries. The keynote presentation was about antlers. Antlers are the fastest growing tissue known; they can accumulate “bone-seeking” elements, which can provide insights into environmental pollution. I had no idea.

Another presenter was Dr. Uwe Kierdorf, professor of biology at University of Hildsheim in Germany. He shared from a study he was a part of that showed 35-year trends of lead in antlers and how it has declined with the banning of lead in gasoline. Besides nuclear weapons, strontium is also present in-fly ash from burning coal. It has also declined over 40-50 years. How did Dr. Kierdorf conduct all this research? By obtaining samples from antlers of harvested deer at known dates and locations by hunters. This is an outstanding example of citizen science by hunters in partnership with researchers. New York hunters can help DEC gather data on our varied game birds and animals by completing surveys when requested by DEC. Every little bit helps.

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