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Outdoor Journal: Heading south for the winter

Outdoor Journal: Heading south for the winter

The latest outdoors column from Ed Noonan
Outdoor Journal: Heading south for the winter
10-year-old Amber Ryther, of Lake George, with her perch.
Photographer: Ed Noonan photo

As you are reading this, my wife and I are on our way for our two months of being snowbirds in Flagler Beach, Florida. I am looking forward to seeing some of our snowbird friends who are also staying in Surfside Estates.

Depending on our time of arrival, I am hoping we will be able to unload when it is still light. If not, I will also fish in the dark off the docks to see what I can catch in the Intercoastal Waterway in my backyard.

ADIRONDACK OUTDOORSMAN SHOW

The 15th annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show will take place at the Johnstown Moose Club (109 South Comrie Ave./Route 30A in Johnstown) on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will be geared toward the tastes of hunters, fishermen and outdoors enthusiasts, with exhibits containing items for sale pertaining to hunting, fishing gear and supplies, guns, archery, trapping, camping, hiking, snow shoeing, guides and charter services, taxidermy, collectible knives and antique hunting and fishing gear.

Featured guests include the New York deer hunting family the Salerno Brothers, as well as authors Dan Wos and Robert Elinskas. Wos is a nationally recognized Second Amendment advocate who is a contributing writer for many publications and appears on national radio stations across the country. He is the author of the “Good Guy Bad Gun” book series and will be at the show unveiling his newest book, “Exposing Anti-Gun Politics.”

Elinskas, the author of nine books related to Adirondack hunting, returns with his newest book, “Adirondack Clubs and Camps.” This book features a chapter on the “Ridge Runners Camp” that is located in Bleecker.

In addition, the Salerno Brothers will be showing off their unique display of the 200-plus pound Adirondack whitetails they have shot in New York’s North Country.

All three featured guests will have copies of their books and hunting videos available for purchase. Many other authors and industry experts are scheduled to be on hand throughout the weekend discussing outdoors, hunting and fishing subjects with attendees.

Those attending are also encouraged to bring in their old fishing lures and antique outdoor equipment for a free appraisal by Johnny Appleseed Antiques. In conjunction with this year’s show, the Take Me Fishing and Hunting Raffle will be taking place, with the prizes consisting of Guided fishing and hunting trips with professional guides throughout New York. Door prizes of gear and equipment will be given away throughout the weekend.

Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 16. For more information on the event & featured guests, go to www.adkshow.com or contact Mike Hauser at 518-725-5565 or [email protected] This is a good one for all you outdoorsmen and women. I am in Florida, sorry I have to miss it. 

HUNTER SAFETY COURSE

The Middleburgh Rod & Gun Club is setting up hunter safety courses scheduled for April for both gun and archery classes. There will be two classes for each in the month of April and again in August. Registration will be done online through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website and there is a homework assignment that must be completed prior to taking the safety course. These courses are free of charge. 

BENEFIT ICE FISHING TOURNAMENT

At 5:30 a.m. last Saturday, 183 ice fishing anglers headed out to chop holes in the ice on Glen Lake to fish in the seventh annual Cunniff Glen Lake Ice Fishing Tournaments. All donations went to the NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Fund, Cure SMA research programs and South High Marathon Dance. The take-off and weigh-in were at Chris Mozel’s Docksider Restaurant, and there were some big fish taken.

I was really impressed when I saw Dominic Latulip of Ballston Spa with his winning 21 3/4-inch, 3-pound, 6-ounce rainbow trout. After weigh-in, Mozel and her Docksider helpers gave the anglers a very tasty chili buffet lunch.

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