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Noonan: News & notes from the outdoors

Noonan: News & notes from the outdoors

Ed Noonan's weekly outdoors column
Noonan: News & notes from the outdoors
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In less than two weeks, jolly St. Nick will be coming down your chimney with his bag of goodies. Have you dropped hints on what you want to see under the tree? 

I found writing my list and taping it to the refrigerator works well. My list is already out there, and I know there may be more added to it. 

Don’t wait to get them out there.

Several more trips to the deer woods, but still no luck. I did hunt the apple trees in Columbia County, which had Damage Tags to use, but no doe or buck showed up. 

Back in Saratoga County, I returned to where I foolishly chose not to pull the trigger on a 4 pointer — a major mistake. I now have been invited to join a hunting club/cabin in Greenwich by several friends, and they said they have just enough room for one more. 

I will be No. 3.

My kind of club.

On Thanksgiving night, Environmental Conservation Officer Brian Canzeri responded to assist Albany County Sheriff’s deputies in the town of Berne who had stopped a pick-up truck with two occupants.

A witness spotted them shoot from the truck and then drive off. Fresh blood on the tailgate, rear bumper and floor mats of the truck, along with hunting attire, rifles and spotlights inside the truck supported information from the witness. 

ECO Canzeri obtained statements from both suspects about the evening’s events. While driving on Bradt Hollow Road, a 4-point buck had run in front of the suspects’ vehicle. The passenger shot out of the driver’s-side window, hitting the deer. Both subjects then loaded the deer in the back of the pickup and drove off. 

However, the deer was not dead.

Approximately a mile down the road, the deer jumped out of the bed of the truck. They turned around to look for the animal and were stopped by deputies as they tried to flee. The wounded deer was located soon after and put down. 

Canzeri seized two rifles and two spotlights. Both suspects had suspended drivers licenses. One had an arrest warrant pending, and the other had past hunting violations in Washington County, including taking deer with the aid of an artificial light as well as an order of protection prohibiting him from possession of firearms. 

On Nov. 24, three more dead deer were found in the area with evidence showing that they were connected to the men. Canzeri issued tickets to both subjects for taking big game deer with the aid of light, shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling, discharging from a public road, loaded gun in a motor vehicle, taking by means not specified, and taking deer from a motor vehicle. 

Additional charges may be filed.

Most years, Joe James of Burnt Hills spends quite a bit of time in the deer woods with a bow and gun. 

But this year was different. He fell behind on a big project he was building, and only got in one archery day. The following Saturday was opening day of guns (southern tier), and he decided to go out with his 8 3/8-inch Smith & Wesson M-29  44-caliber pistol scoped with an Ultra-Dot.  He used his own 240-grain handloads, and it wasn’t his first deer with this handgun. 

He shot his trophy buck on private land in the town of Wright, and he said the best part of the hunt was that he was hunting with his three sons.  

You can see his buck if you go to my blog at noonanpics.blogspot.com.

Last Friday, my friend Tim Breen called me up and asked if I wanted to go with him to Hawks Corner’s Sports Shop. Having not been there for some time, I agreed. 
When leaving, my wife smiled and said: “No more guns.” 

As usual, I was looking at all the guns and one caught my eye — it was a Traditions 50 caliber Buck Stalker. And if it wasn’t for Tim reminding me that this Saturday was the beginning of the Southern Zone muzzle-loading season, it wouldn’t be in my gun cabinet today. 

In addition to hunting with it here in New York, there is a good chance I will be taking the Stalker with me to Florida and use it on my hog hunt.

I received an email from a friend who is truly an avid fisherman and never lets the weather bother him. Here is a brief story of his recent fishing trip to Lake Champlain. 

He knew before leaving the house it was going to be 20 degrees with calm southern winds and sunny. Well, when he arrived, the winds were 10 mph and the water was choppy. Upon motoring to one of his spots, water was splashing over the sides of the boat and got into the rod locker which resulted in frozen reels. 

After taking care of that he hooked up with a 24-inch lake trout which he released. For the next cold three hours, there was no action and he headed back — but before leaving he hooked up with two more Lakers (22 and 18 inch) and then a tail walking salmon, all of which he released.

He told me that it was somewhere around Whitehall before he got the feeling back in his fingers and his nose to stop running. I guarantee it won’t be long before he is back on Lake Champlain.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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