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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.
 
Outdoor Journal: Locals pull in walleyes, pike in Quebec

Outdoor Journal: Locals pull in walleyes, pike in Quebec

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Good walleye and good pike caught every day.”

That was the opening line in the daily fishing report I got in my email from two local anglers who traveled to Berthelot Lake Lodge in the Canadian province of Quebec. The Gloversville anglers, Albi Peck and his grandson, Clarence Chamberlain, caught so many walleyes their first day, their arms hurt from bottom-bouncing jigs and reeling in fish. Grandpa wasted no time in letting his grandson know who was the top fisherman when he boated a 28-inch walleye early the first day.
 

Outdoor Journal: Using air rifle means no need to find ammo

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Have you noticed many outdoor club shooting ranges aren’t getting as many shooters as they use to? From late spring into summer is usually a busy time for plinkers to get out and punch a few holes with their .22-caliber guns in a variety of paper targets or one of those new roll-around-the-ground targets like the four-inch Gun Ball.
 
Outdoor Journal: Many anglers getting an early start on bass

Outdoor Journal: Many anglers getting an early start on bass

Thursday, June 13, 2013
The New York state bass season will open Saturday, and from the reports I’ve gotten from those who’ve been taking advantage of the catch-and-release season, there are plenty of bass out there.
 

Outdoor Journal: Bass are biting, but release only

Thursday, May 30, 2013
I don’t have to tell anyone who has been on any of the local lakes or rivers fishing that bass are biting on everything. What I do want to remind everyone of is that until the third Saturday in June, the 15th, it’s catch and immediate release, and artificial lures only. This is a delicate time for bass because they’re spawning and protective of their beds. Consequently, catching them is quite easy.
 

Outdoor Journal: Washington County safari yields a tom

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Last Thursday, I was one of 16 members of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association who visited the Cambridge/Salem area of Washington County for our annual safari.
 

Outdoor Journal: Striper bite on Hudson starts to warm

Thursday, May 16, 2013
If you happened to be anywhere near the Hudson River in downtown Albany, you probably noticed the fleet of fishing boats and anglers lining the shore. They’ve been fishing all the way up and down the river for several weeks, catching smaller 20- to 30-inch fish at first, but with the water warming, the “striper bite” is nearing its peak, evidenced by some of the bigger catches lately.
 
 

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