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Frozen scrimp proves to be excellent bait

For the past seven years, my wife and I have spent February and March in the little town of Flagler Beach, Fla. We rent a condo on a small bay on the Intercoastal waterway, just 10 steps out the back door, and the Atlantic Ocean less than 200 yards out the front door.

Fishermen are getting bites out on the ice

The reports I’ve received and a few of my lake drive-bys, tell me anglers have begun to walk on the water — and the fish are biting!

Shooting Sports show packs 'em in in Vegas

Last week, more than 60,000 attended the 38th National Shooting Sports Foundation’s show at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

Sportsman Education Workshop is Jan. 30

This year, the Sportsman Education Workshop will celebrate its 29th year on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Saratoga County Offices of the Cornell Cooperative Extension located at 50 West High St. in Ballston Spa.

Amsterdam trio nabs nearly 21-pound pike

Several things tell me we are nearing the ice fishing season. On a recent drive on Union Avenue, I saw four trucks parked off the road right next to the woods leading to little Lake Lonely.

Competing in a New Year’s Bowl

While many of you were home recuperating last Friday from your New Year’s Eve celebration or watching football, I was one of nine adults, eight young hunters and five welled-trained beagles who were hunting cottontail rabbits in Bunny Bowl XVIII.

Year’s first goose hunt doesn’t start with bang

Last week I made my first visit to the goose field this year; no snow or ice; just a soggy field and a comfortable 40 degrees.

New rifle offers world of possibilities

Those of you who have read my columns over the last 28 years know that when it comes to hunting, I am always looking for something new and challenging to shoot.

Some Christmas items for the avid hunter

How’s your Christmas shopping going? Have you made your list for Santa and taped it on the refrigerator where the family can see it?

New Saratoga County pistol permit lifts restrictions

As a recent recipient of a Saratoga County-issued unrestricted pistol permit, I can legally carry a concealed handgun.

Scotia hunter Roddy bags first bow deer on opening day

Bowhunter Lisa Roddy of Scotia was hunting with her boyfriend in Schenectady County on opening day in the Southern Zone.

Building a better NY-legal AR

When I left Fort Dix in 1968, I had no interest in shouldering an AR rifle.

Outdoors: Old gun pays big dividend

A funny thing happened to me on my way home from the gun smith’s last Tuesday.

Outdoors: Ripchick, 81, reels in three CD Bassmaster’s awards

Last Wednesday evening, I attended this year’s Capital District Bassmaster’s (CDB) annual awards banquet.

Outdoors: Knowing the area you’re hunting in is important

Serious bow and gun deer hunters know scouting their hunting grounds and hanging trail cams prior to the season opening is very important to their success.

Outdoors: Crossbow hunters can go for deer in Southern Zone

On Nov. 7, properly licensed crossbow hunters will have the opportunity to hunt deer in the Southern Zone until the season ends on Nov. 20.

Outdoors: A thrill for Clark

This year’s Buck Tales begin with 14-year-old Alyssa Clark of Queensbury on her first deer hunt during the first day of this year’s Youth Hunt.

Outdoors: Annual Fall Safari was a great time

The New York State Outdoor Writers Association held its annual Fall Safari in the Lyons Falls, Tug Hill area of the Lewis County Adirondacks last week. It was definitely the perfect time to be there.

Outdoors: Mourning dove hunt is being considered

I’ve recently heard some talk about another attempt at getting a mourning dove hunting season in New York State.

Outdoors: Turkeys, pheasants better watch out

Today, I’m going to be very busy.

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