Outdoor Journal: Tips can help land walleyes

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
I’ve heard from several dedicated walleye anglers that the fall ’eye patterns have begun. Unfortunately, they neglected to tell me the where, when and how tactics they’re using to catch them. I’m not a dedicated walleye angler. When I catch one, it’s while I’m bass fishing.

Outdoor Journal: 'Need' not really considered when buying a gun

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
I have to admit that there are times when I let my eyes rather than my mind dictate what I want in terms of guns. I know that looks alone should not be a major requirement, but I still let it influence my choice. There was once a time when, if I was going to purchase a firearm, I would ask myself if I really needed it. But when I retired, that word “need” was no longer a part of my vocabulary, especially when it came to my outdoor toys.

Outdoor Journal: North-South Bass Challenge a tie

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
If you were on the water at daybreak this past weekend, you know that it was a bit chilly. I spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the upper Hudson River at sunup, and each morning and when we left the dock in Stillwater, it was in the low 40s, and considerably foggy.

Outdoor Journal: Plenty of opportunities for hunting on Tuesday

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
Are you going to work Tuesday? In case you didn’t know it, Tuesday is Oct. 1, and there are seven hunting opportunities that open on that day.

Outdoor Journal: Bass were biting for SRA invitational

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
For the 40 years I’ve been fishing Saratoga Lake, I’ve watched and participated in the many bass tournaments held there.
And believe me, I’m sure they’ve totaled over 500 during that time. For its size — 4,028 acres — I don’t think there’s any lake in the Northeast that’s hosted more tournaments, and in spite of all that pressure, the bass fishing is still excellent.

Outdoor Journal: Ticonderoga area best spot to fish for bass in the state

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
If I had to choose the best bass fishing waters in New York state, it would be Lake Champlain, and to be more specific, the Ticonderoga area.

Outdoor Journal: This time of year perfect for 3 F's

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
September has always been one of the best months for outdoor sports. It’s truly a “feather, fur and fish” time of the year.

Outdoor Journal: DEC increases limit for Canada geese harvest

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
Sunday, a half-hour before sunup, thousands of men and women throughout the state will be either huddled down in a cut corn or crop field or hidden on the edge of a lake, river, pond or wetland awaiting this year’s first flight of Canada geese. We’ve seen them fly over our schools, back yards, golf courses and parks, and know what they leave behind. Since 1990, New York state has had an early September season, initiated because of the continuing growth of what are called resident Canada geese.

Outdoor Journal: Pike bite slow, should improve

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
Where are all the northern pike this summer?

Outdoor Journal: Twenty-five years flew by quickly

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
Today is a very special day for me — the 25th anniversary of my first column in the Daily Gazette, which so many still refer to as the Schenectady Gazette.

Outdoor Journal: Crappie are still biting, but you might need a few tricks

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
The number of crappie fishermen seem to have dwindled during these hot, humid and rainy days.
I’ve seen a few with bobbers and worms awaiting a panfish bite, but not many serious crappie anglers like those in May.

Outdoor Journal: Young angler enjoys big day on the Hudson

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Fishing with young anglers is always fun, and my recent trip to the upper Hudson River between Stillwater and Schuylerville with Marc Holliday of Westchester and his 12-year-old son, Sam, was very enjoyable, and “fishy.” In spite of the heat, humidity and water temperature in the 80s, every­thing was biting. Marc was first to boat a fish, a nice largemouth bass, but after that, it was all Sam.

Outdoor Journal: Henry lever-action gun will be going on North Country deer hunt

Thursday, July 18, 2013
As a kid who never missed a Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger or Hop­along Cassidy (saw him at the old Hawkins Stadium in Menands) TV show, I had toy replicas of every one of their guns. But my favorite cowboy show was the “The Rifleman”. I loved his big ring-lever gun. That was my fav­orite toy gun, and I think the real thing is going to be my favorite hunting rifle.

Outdoor Journal: Crossbow bill won't get out of Assembly

Thursday, July 11, 2013
I’ve been avoiding writing anything about the crossbow bill being strangled, or should I say, hidden in the Environmental Committee. It insures those of us, and there are thousands, who were looking forward to getting some type of reasonable crossbow hunting season won’t get one.

Outdoor Journal: Big day of trout fishing on Lake George

Thursday, July 4, 2013
Throughout my years as an outdoor writer and avid tournament angler, I’ve fished and written about the great Lake George large and smallmouth bass fishing.

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