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Turkey calls finally put to good use

Thursday, May 1, 2014
For the past week, I’ve been visiting a number of sporting goods stores and hearing familiar clucks, yelps, purrs, owl and crow calls, and even a few gobbles. I’m sure turkey hunters all over the state were doing the same getting ready for today, the opening of New York state’s spring turkey season. How many of those we share our homes with have had to put up with us practicing calls?

Joining bass clubs has advantages

Thursday, April 24, 2014
This year, as last, there are quite a few open partner bass tournaments and a few individual events to choose from. However, if you’re new, I strongly suggest joining a local bass club.

Make sure weapon accurate before hunt

Thursday, April 17, 2014
With the turkey season just around the corner, I thought I’d lead off this year’s Turkey Tales with my hunt for an Osceola turkey last month in Florida.

Crossbow enthusiasts can head to the woods

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Those of us who have been sitting on our crossbows for over a year can take them to the range and get them ready — there will be a crossbow season.

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.

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