Early last month, Mike Galcik of Schuylerville helped New York State Trooper Erin Mulcahy, also of Schuylerville, to shoot her first wild turkey, and on May 22, helped her harvest her second tom.
She had been scouting the area and had a big tom patterned and set up two hen decoys on the edge of a large freshly planted alfalfa field. The first gobbles came at day break, about 200 yards away. Mike and Erin were very surprised because they were sitting under three roosted hens which flew down into the field. Two toms sounded off from the right of the hunters headed right for the hens.
About 10 minutes later, the toms saw Erin shouldering her 12 gauge and, at 40 yards, the toms stopped to look back. Erin kept her cool and dropped her second 2020 spring turkey ending her hunting season.
The tom weighed in at 18 pounds with a 10-inch beard and 1 1/4-inch spurs.
CHAMPLAIN FISHING IS GOOD
Galcik had a very good day of fishing north of Ticonderoga for some early bass fishing. Water temperatures were in the upper 50s with a south wind at 10 mph.
“Perfect,” he said for throwing a 1/2-ounce will leaf spinnerbait.
The day started slow, but when the water temperature began to rise so did the bite. The bass were holding on points headed back into the spawning and scattered but definitely staging up to make a push to the bank which is where he found them. As the day went on, they were found near the shore line of wood. Switching to a black and blue Boss flipping jig added with a Yum chunk trailer.
He said, “Fisherman never lie, so give it a try.”
BOW CARP FISHING TOURNAMENT
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a carp bowfishing shoot tournament. You can shoot at Saratoga Lake or Lake Champlain as long as you are shooting within 70 miles from Lee’s Campground, located next to the Saratoga boat launch.
The shoot will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday and ends at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The entry fee is $100 per team (one to four shooters). A portion of the proceeds will be given to military moms.
Yes, you guessed it, I will be there shooting carp.
FATHER’S DAY PRESENT
Here is a gift that you and dad both can enjoy — fishing.
No Boat? No Problem. Lake Lonely Watersports, on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga, can take care of that. They have metal boats with or without motors, kayaks and paddleboats.
I have fished Lake Lonely many times, and the fishing has been very good. You can catch pan fish, bass and pike. Google “Lake Lonely Watersports” for more information. And when dad hooks up with that big one, take a good photo and send it to me at [email protected]
This past Sunday was the last day of the spring turkey hunting season, and I entered the woods for the last chance to fill my second turkey ticket.
This time, I decided to come into the woods at the bottom of the wooded hill and work my way up. I was in the woods before sunup, and I put up my two decoys — one hen and one tom.
Shortly before sunup, I made my first call short. There after, I saw the red head coming towards the decoy. I clicked off the safety and sighted in another jake. I didn’t shoot.
He didn’t say long. I wanted a big old tom.
For the next two hours, I made a variety of calls and never got a response. It was about 10:30 a.m. when I was thinking about leaving.
When I was about to leave, I heard several cackles, followed by a real gobble followed by a shotgun blast — not mine — and I heard, “Got ’em”.
Well, it was a fun season and I will be returning to these woods on Oct. 1 when the fall turkey hunting season opens.
Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].