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Outdoor Journal: Website for big-game hunters

Outdoor Journal: Website for big-game hunters

Ed Noonan's weekly outdoors column
Outdoor Journal: Website for big-game hunters
Mike Slowikowski of Ballston Lake shows off two of the smallmouth bass he caught at the Capital District Bassmasters Tournament.
Photographer: Ed Noonan

If you are a big-game hunter, you might want to check out Dan Ladd’s website at adkhunter.com to see what has been taken. 

Ashley Reininghaus of Fulton shot a 240-pound black bear. Racheal Elms of Fort Ann shot a doe on the family farm. Ladd, also of Fort Ann, took a spike horn with a bow. Rudy Ford of Hamilton shot a nice 9-pointer in Jefferson County.

GOING HUNTING

This Saturday, I will be in the turkey woods before daylight and hoping to take one of the two toms I have seen in the flock twice in my four times out. I plan on being in the woods before daylight, putting up four or five decoys about 50 yards from where they have been roosting and hide in some heavy brush 20 yards from the decoys. 
If they do not come in to my calls, I will bust the flock out and, after a half-hour or so, I will set up in the woods and try to back in. 

I am a bit excited about taking a turkey with my new Henry lever action 410-gauge shotgun. At the range, it patterned very good at 30 yards. I will be using this gun for all my small-game hunts. If I am lucky, it will be my first wild turkey taken with a 410.

That afternoon, there is a very good chance — regardless of the weather — Neil Hopkins of Saratoga and I will be sitting in his bass boat, not with fishing rods, but with two shotguns loaded with non-toxic shot waiting for incoming ducks gliding into our decoys. We will be hiding under a large camouflage cloth and two power poles keeping us facing the decoys. I am a bit anxious because I haven’t hunt ducks on a lake in a while.

FISHING

The Capital District Bassmasters fished its last tournament of the season on the Mohawk River, which was launched at Bob Esperti’s Mohawk Marina. 
Leading the way was Mike Slowikowski of Ballston Lake, who weighed in five smallmouth bass totaling 18.23 pounds. In second place with five bass totaling 16.80 pounds was Dave Goyette of Scotia, and my partner was Dave Beemer of Averill Park, who came in third with four bass totaling 12.74 pounds. 

Yours truly weighed in one bass totaling 3.79 pounds. I did, however, hook and lose a largemouth that would have weighed at least five pounds. 

Note to you anglers — you need to try a Zman Chatter bait.

FROM THE DEC

The DEC recently announced that it has started removing boating docks along the Mohawk River, an annual occurrence following Columbus Day in an effort to “prevent damage from lowered water levels as part of the seasonal management of the canal.” Removals occur on a rolling basis, so it’s possible some docks may still be accessible. For information, contact Regional DEC fisheries manager Chris VanMaaren at 607-652-2620. 

Recently, Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced upgrades for the DECinfo Locator, which is an “interactive map that lets you access DEC documents and public data about the environmental quality of specific sites in New York State.” A pair of additional data layers — Hunting on Dec-Managed Lands and Wildlife Management Units — have been added to the resource, which can be accessed at https://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/109457.html.

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