It worked last year, so why not give it another shot.
Wednesday was the opening of the Spring turkey hunting season, so my hunting buddy Neil Hopkins of Saratoga Springs and I had planned to enter the Saratoga turkey woods just before sunup and set up shop by setting out two hens and a Jake decoy about 25 yards from where I could sit against a large tree in tall grass.
That's the exact place where I shot my tom after only 32 minutes of hunting last year.
I can call a turkey, but Neil calls much better, and since we had "talked" with the turkeys several evenings before, that's where we decided to set up.
Next Thursday, I will tell you the rest of the story. As a reminder, if you connect with a tom and want to share what happened, email your "Turkey Tale" to me at [email protected].
EXPENSIVE TURKEY $$
During a routine foot patrol in early March, ECOs Ike Bobseine and Rob McCabe found what appeared to be a homemade trap in a wooded area populated by turkeys.
For weeks, the ECOs checked the area for signs of activity, and ultimately placed a cellular trail camera at the location to monitor any movement.
On April 16, only days after installing the camera, the ECOs remotely watched subjects place corn in the trap and pull a rope that closed the trap on the turkeys that entered.
ECOs McCabe, Bobseine and Jeremy Eastwood closed in on the area from multiple directions, catching the suspects with three turkeys wrapped in burlap and their heads literally “on the chopping block.”
The subjects were charged with eight violations each, including: taking turkeys out of season; hunting without a license; hunting with the aid of bait; and using a trap to catch wild birds. All of the charges are returnable to the Southampton Town Court, with maximum fines totaling more than $7,500. The turkeys were released alive.
ACTION RAMPING UP
I have noticed that there are more fisherman and ladies on the water. Now that I have taken my boat out of storage, I will be spending some time on the upper Hudson and Saratoga Lake.
I talked with several fisherman at the Saratoga Lake boat launch, and they have been catching and releasing bass (no keeping until the third Saturday in June). They also tell me the crappie are biting. As for those tasty walleyes, their season opens Saturday.
Good luck out there, and if you have a good fish tale, send it to me.
TAKE THE KIDS FISHING
Every year, I like to remind you to take the kids fishing. When my kids were small, I used them as an excuse to get myself on the water (mom came sometimes).
Now, it doesn’t matter what fish that they catch; they have the fun of bringing it in. Videos of young anglers are fun to watch, especially when they get older. My 8-year old grandson and 6-year old granddaughter are both asking to go fishing now.
As for equipment, I found the perfect rod and reel outfit for those little hands and have found the way to make casting easy for them, with the Steinhauser Tangle Free Rod and Reel setup.
These rods telegraph to 48 inches, and the push button reel comes with 100 yards of 8-pound test line. Why no tangle? Because there are no open guides to thread the line; it easily threads up through the inside of the rod. They work. Check it out at www.steinhauserfishing.com
MAKE-A-WISH KIDS FISHING CONTEST
On Sunday, June 2, Mike Ryan will hold the 21st Northeast N.Y. Make-A-Wish kids fishing contest at 6 Mile Water Works at 135 Fuller Road, Albany.
This was recently stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout. Contest hours are 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. From 8:30-9:30 a.m., there will be free learn-to-fish if needed.
This is a free tournament, but donations and money will be collected on some of the auctions, all going to Make-A-Wish. Donations and checks should all be payable to Make-A-Wish.
The age groups will be up to 7 years, 8-12 and 13-16. Trophies will be awarded.
I have been helping Mike all 21 years and all winners' names will appear in my column in The Daily Gazette. This year we will adding a raffle for a half-day of fishing on Saratoga Lake with me. To register, you can go to my blog at http://noonanpics.blogspot.
CLEARWATER TU YOUTH CAMP
The Clearwater Chapter of Trout Unlimited has announced the 2019 Trout Waters Youth Camp for girls and boys ages 14 to 17. The NYS Council of Trout Unlimited (TU) is the sponsor of the camp and is accepting applications for the June 30-July 5 camp, to be held on the West Branch of the Delaware River at Hale Eddy.
Campers will receive lessons on fly tying, fly fishing, casting, entomology, stream ecology and conservation while fishing every day on the Delaware River, the birthplace of American fly fishing. Fishing equipment and supplies are provided to campers for their use during the week.
Tuition for the camp covers all meals, snacks, lodging at Land of the Vikings and transportation to fishing sites. Instructors are knowledgeable TU members, NYS DEC employees, professional guides and fly tiers who have been vetted by the Trout Unlimited national office.
Space for the Trout Waters Youth Camp is limited, and an application, written essay and recommendation from a student counselor or science teacher is required. The deadline for applications is May 15. For an application and additional details, contact Bob Mead, NYS Council of Trout Unlimited at [email protected] or phone 607-727-9500.
Clearwater Chapter TU has financial scholarships made possible by generous TU donors and the Stewart’s Holiday Match Program. If you need a financial scholarship to attend this camp, please note this need in your application and essay.