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Muzzleloader used to get a hog on hunt in Florida

Thursday, April 3, 2014
The first thing I did when my wife and I got to Florida in February was Google “hog hunting near Flagler Beach,” and found the Bear Ridge Ranch Hog Hunting Adventures, less than an hour from where we were staying. I’d always wanted to hunt Florida hogs, and decided to do it this year. The ranch’s response to my email was quick, but the only open day was March 30, our last day as Florida snowbirds. I responded immediately and called them to book the hunt. I told them I would use a muzzleloader, the one firearm I’ve never used to hunt hogs. I thought this one-shot challenge would be very exciting, but I didn’t realize just how exciting.

Some basic needs for backpacking

Thursday, March 27, 2014
I know it’s not exactly perfect weather for backpacking, but I’ve been asked questions about it from those who think they would like to try it. Actually, those that asked are anglers who would like to try some walk-in fishing ponds. I haven’t done it in a few years, but I have hiked in to quite a few of New York’s ponds and spent many a night in a small tent or lean-to camped next to some good trout waters

Assault weapon can be converted with stock

Thursday, March 6, 2014
I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I don’t receive an email regarding the NY Safe Act. Those who have enjoyed their modern sporting rifle, the proper name of what the Safe Act recently defined as an AR weapon, are running out of time to register it by April 15. The regulation states: “Anyone who lawfully possesses a weapon on or before Jan. 15, 2013, that has been redefined as an assault weapon by the Safe Act may keep that weapon, provided the person registers the weapon by April 15, 2014.”

First day of arrival used for Florida dock fishing

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
As part-time snow birds, my wife and I spend February and March in Flagler Beach, Fla., where I enjoy preparing my ice fishing reports. Being a “use-to-be” ice angler, I do miss it, but not that much. I’m fortunate to have a number of bait and tackle shops as well as avid ice anglers who supply me with the up-to-the-minute ice angling activities at home, but I’d like to share the where and how I fish here every morning at sunup and the last hour or so before dark. I don’t fish with those 10-foot spinning rods with heavy weights cast in the Atlantic Ocean’s surf, but rather from the 34 docks just 20 feet from the back door of our rented condo in the Atlantic Intercoastal Seaway.

No crowds on the ice

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Hats Off to the anglers who ventured out onto the ice on any of the frozen waters in the Northeast. Although the majority of the avid ice anglers stayed off the ice, the small group of those that did had to deal with crusty snow cover and wind chills in minus-zero temperatures. That is an extremely dangerous time to be on the ice.

Fun in sun starts with rabbit, squirrel hunt

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Our timing was perfect! My wife and I left Saratoga Springs for our two-month visit to the Sunshine State just before I would have had to shovel the driveway again. Since we started doing this several years ago, the fun of this 1,182-mile drive to Flagler Beach is watching our automobile’s outside temperature gauge rise, and for me, it’s waiting to see the first fishing boat with short-sleeved anglers wetting a line

Walleye Challenge a hit

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Fulton and Montgomery counties have again been the site of several very popular outdoor events. It began Jan. 25 with two major ice fishing competitions on the Great Sacandaga Lake. The Walleye Challenge set a participation record with 1,750 registered for the event. This year, there was an increase not only in cash and prizes, but participants, all looking for a piece of the $70,000 in cash and prizes.

Kimber rifle best at show

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
Choosing a Best of Show for the hunting rifle at the Shot Show was not easy. The show had hundreds of gun manufacturers displaying their firearms. One thing I do not do is let cost be involved in my choice. My choice also does not include any of the AR-style firearms that are non-compliant according to the NY Safe Act. My choice this year is the Kimber America’s Adirondack Model 84M. Kimber has long been a respected gun manufacturer, and this 18-inch pillar glass bedded barrel rifle definitely upheld their fine-rifle reputation. Here a few of its features.

Many new products can benefit hunters

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Las Vegas has a saying, “What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.” I was there last week for the National Shooting Sports Foun­dation’s 36th annual Shot Show, and I have to tell shooters/hunters about what the shooting sports industry is offering us this year. Here are some of my Best-of-Show selections.

Enthusiasts venturing on ice

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
They’re walking on ice! I did a few drive-bys of local waters and saw bundled-up people standing/sitting over holes in the ice, jigging and using tip-ups. I even saw several snowmobiles out there running around. I never recommend motorized vehicles of any kind on the ice.

A preview of some products at Shot Show

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
On Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., I’ll be one of 60,000-plus expected to attend the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Sportsman shows can help cure cabin fever

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
Shortly after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, there are a number of us outdoorsmen and women who have a tendency to become couch potatoes, sitting around watching outdoor fishing/hunting celebrities enjoying sports they would like to be doing. Small-game hunting or ice fishing might get you through the long, cold winter, but there’s a good chance we’ll all catch the dreaded Northeastern Cabin Fever.

Choosy hunter, weather may have hurt deer harvest

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
I hope Santa was good to all my readers. I know taping my letter to Mr. Claus on the refrigerator worked for me. As for my New York state deer season, it could’ve been better, but I enjoy being out in the woods with good friends “almost” as much as getting a deer. I’ve become rather fussy about what I shoot, which is why I passed on quite a few deer, but that had a lot to do with shooting a twilight spike, four-point or doe when I knew I would be dressing it out with a flashlight in my teeth in bitter cold weather, then having to drag it to my truck. In terms of weather, I believe, as a half- and all-day sitter hunter, it was the worst weather I’ve been out in. My wife, and some of my friends, tell me to act my age, and I tell them, “I am.”

Outdoor Journal: Missed shot leads to an eight-pointer

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
When Steve Brzozowski of Mechanicville and I stepped off the airplane in San Antonio, Texas, several weeks ago, it was a comfortable 84 degrees, but the warmth was short-lived.

Dear Santa: For Christmas, I'd like ...

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
In 13 days, sleigh bells will ring and that jolly old man in a red suit will be sliding down your chimney with his bag of goodies.

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