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It's time to finish your Christmas list

It's time to finish your Christmas list

Take the guesswork out of holiday shopping
It's time to finish your Christmas list

Just 19 more days until Mr. Claus visits our homes with gifts for all. 

Over the years, I have been very fortunate to get most of the gifts I wanted (needed). Hopefully, this year will be no exception. 

I have spent quite a few hours in the past month or so cutting out my “needs” from catalogs, newspaper and other means of advertising. One thing that works for me to get the word out to those who I will be receiving gifts from is to paste a list on our refrigerator. It works for me.

If you go to my blog at noonanpics.blogspot.com, you will see those outdoor goodies that I hope to see under the tree on Christmas morning. I am sure you will find something you like. Just remember: Do not let that word “need” get in the way.


There are still some deer hunters out there that have been successful. One that really impressed me is the 9-pointer taken by Berne hunter Tom Crary. He shot it with a lever action .30-30 at about 50 yards, and it dropped at about 100 yards. 

He had seen this buck on his trail cams earlier in the bow season when it was chasing a doe. 

Right after he shot the 9-pointer, he saw an even bigger buck that stopped within 10 yards, standing broadside, then just slowly walked off. He plans on hunting this buck when the muzzleloader season opens.


On Nov. 7, Department of Environmental Conservation officer Tony Rigoli was on patrol in the town of Windsor when he observed a large antlered deer carcass in the bed of a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction. While Rigoli turned his ve­hicle around, the driver sped off at high speed. 

Rigoli caught up to the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, who had a Pennsylvania license, stated he had shot the impressive buck in Pennsylvania and was taking it to his camp in New York to process. DEC took the carcass and ticketed the hunter because he had violated the New York Chronic Wasting Disease regulations and for making a false statement to obtain a NYS resident license.

ECO Ricky Wood, canine officer Deming  and New York State Trooper Peter Bizjak responded to a complaint at a hunting camp in Ferndale involving several hunters hunting deer with the aid of bait. One evasive hunter tried leading the officers away from a known baited area. 

K-9 Deming picked up a scent and quickly located a four-point buck in the leaves between a tree stand and a pile of corn. While the officers were investigating the complaint, a subject emerged from the woods near the camp wearing camouflage. The man claimed he was only filming his friends, not hunting. 

Suspecting that he had a firearm hidden in the woods, ECO Wood worked Deming in the area from where the subject emerged, eventually locating a firearm hidden in the leaves. Upon the ECO’s return to the camp with the gun, the subject changed his story and admitted to hunting. A final hunter returned to camp on a motorized vehicle with corn, a doe, and a loaded firearm. Ultimately, the three hunters were charged with hunting deer with the aid of bait. One subject was charged with hunting without a license. Two hunters were charged with the unlawful taking of protected wildlife for harvesting deer with the aid of bait, and one hunter was also charged with possessing a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle. All charges are pending in the Town of Liberty Court.


I was hunting in Saratoga County not far from home last week, but this time set up on the edge of a very high and steep gully. It was around 7 a.m. when I like to believe a buck stood up at the bottom of the hill when I repeated a few grunt calls. 

When I glassed him, he had a small rack, and I think it was the same deer I saw opening day. He just stood there broadside at 178 yards, according to my range finder. I put the crosshairs on him three or four times, but never clicked the safety off. 

Why didn’t I shoot? Two reasons: He will be bigger next year and, it would have taken me all day and the next to get him to the top of the hill and then to my truck.


We got several inquiries on this little lure mentioned in a recent column. Here is what I found out from Ed Skorupski, who caught fish on Lake Champlain with it. 

The Honey Bee is made by Tamiron. Ed got this lure in the A&P Tackle shop in Wynantskill. He will start fishing with a No. 130 blue/white but he also uses the No.1540 purple/black and No. 560 wonder bread. He uses the medium size on all of them. The lure definitely should work in Lake George.

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