Has anybody seen a moose?
If you have, the DEC would like you to report it to them. This will be very helpful for them to gather information on the population and health of the moose here in New York.
In the spring when the weather is warmer, the cow moose are preparing to give birth. Last year, there were 220 moose sightings in the Adirondacks, and 163 in 2017.
A bull moose weighs anywhere from 600 to 1,200 pounds, and stands up to 6 feet tall. It is important that you should keep at least 50 feet away, keep quiet and move slowly if you see one.
Now, if you do see a moose, go to dec.ny.gov/animals/6964.html and let them know.
Adkhunter.com reported a first buck take in the Adirondacks recently. Sydney Glebus of Moriah took a 3-pointer with a rifle in the Crown Point woods, and the buck tipped the scales at 100 pounds.
Also, one of our NYS outdoor writers, Sue Bookhout of Cazenovia, shot a spike horn near home with a bow and arrow. Her dad helped with the field dressing.
Last Saturday, the Northern Zone deer muzzle-loading season opened, and I am sure that there were a number of you who bundled up and headed into the woods. I haven’t taken any deer with a muzzle-loader, but I have taken a bear with one in Ontario, Canada.
That was a very memorable hair-standing hunt. On the first day of the hunt, I was dropped off a little before sunup and I had a half-mile walk into my treestand. Around 11 a.m., I climbed down and headed out of the woods to where I would be picked up. I was about halfway out the rounding trail when out of the brush came a bear. He looked my way, then stood up on his back legs. I was quite nervous. I know I was shaking when I shouldered the muzzle-loader and squeezed the trigger.
He took one screaming jump, hit the ground, and my first bear hunt was successful.
Have you taken that Thanksgiving turkey yet? I haven’t.
Last Saturday, I was sitting on the edge of a small field inside a large forest where I have seen turkeys roost several evenings. I was in there well before sunup and sitting in my branches-and-bushes ground blind that I built a week ago. I put out two hen decoys about 20 yards from where I was sitting and waited to see If they were coming out.
Then, periodically, I would make a few purrs and clucks. I did have a coyote look at my decoys, but when I stood up, he left quickly. The only reason I didn’t shoot is because the coyote season opens Friday.
As for the turkeys, I have just gotten permission to hunt turkeys near Schuylerville, which should be good. I have decided to use my 410 Henry Repeating Arms lever-action shotgun. In addition to the turkey woods, Henry will be with me on all small game woods and for our 22nd annual “Bunny Bowl that will take place on Jan. 1, 2020. I plan on letting some of the licensed youth hunters shoot the Henry, and hopefully I will get a bunny myself.
With cooler weather and hunting season starting, I haven’t heard much on fishing. I, too, am more interested right now in hunting and less for fishing.
But I did get one response on having success with the lure I spoke about in my last column. Bruce and Eva Raymer of Niskayuna tied on a Chatter Bait when fishing in Burden Lake and she earned an 18-inch smallmouth bass. They believe the fish would have weighed about three pounds, which is a nice bass. When cleaning the bass, they found a sunfish in its gullet. When I was guiding, the Raymers fished with me on Saratoga Lake. They also said they are still using the Wacky Worm technique I showed them in the past.