Outdoor Journal: Woodlawn Sportsman’s Club open for trap shooting


OUTDOOR JOURNAL Woodlawn Sportsman’s Club, located at 3367 East Lydius Street in Guilderland, is open to the public for trap shooting. 

The site is open on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. until closing, and on Sunday from 9 a.m.-1.pm. On Thanksgiving, morning trap shooting will be open at 9 a.m. After Thanksgiving, the site will be open on Sundays only.


My first look at a pistol was when I was 9 and went to Albany with my uncle Tom to meet Hop-a-Long Cassidy, who was in town with his horse named Topper. I watched as he rode his horse and shot his gun. 

It was there that my uncle Tom bought me a cowboy hat and cap pistol and holster. It was the beginning of Cowboy Ed.  Every week, I would get in front of our television and draw when he drew his gun.

Then at age 12, I got my first BB gun, and at 15, uncle Tom took me out and bought a .22 caliber real rifle and taught me how to shoot safely. My first hunt was in the woods with Uncle Tom, and we sat down and waited for a woodchuck and I shot it. It was the beginning of my real hunting, and to this day, I still love it. Of course, now I hunt everything with my collection of guns. I used to love the bow, but can’t draw it back anymore, like a lot of older hunters.


I took a ride over to the woods near where I have always taken turkey. I will set up at the edge of the hill that drops down, where I will place my three decoys about 20 yards from where my shotgun and I will be sitting. Then I will start my calls with my new Primos Hoot

Flute and, hopefully, will bring home a turkey. If no turkey, I might have to bring home McDonald’s. I will let you know if I got one. 

Let me know about your turkey hunts, where, what you used and any story to go with it.  Contact me at [email protected]


Pheasant hunting season in Western New York will open on Saturday, Oct. 15, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced last Wednesday.

The DEC will release approximately 4,900 adult ring-necked pheasants on Region 9 lands open to public hunting for this fall’s pheasant hunting season. Stocked pheasants will be provided by DEC’s Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca. A complete list of pheasant release sites statewide is available on DEC’s website, including an interactive map showing pheasant stocking locations.

Questions regarding this should be referred to DEC’s Bureaus of Wildlife at 716-851-7010 in Buffalo, or 716-372-0645 in Allegany.

Hunters are also encouraged to review the 2022-2023 New York State Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide before going afield, and to be sure of their targets and beyond when hunting.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected]

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