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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.

Hunters need to know the nuances of traveling with guns

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Each year, I get more and more Buck Tales from hunters who travel to other states or countries in search of trophy animals or birds and for many, it’s their first time.
I’ve been doing it for several years and would like to share some things I’ve learned about traveling with firearms, some of which were learned the hard, costly way.

Outdoor Journal: Persistent hunter gets his buck

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
Persistence paid off for Saratoga Springs whitetail hunter Dave Rooney, who hunted the hill country of northern Saratoga County in all kinds of weather. Last week, at about 7:30 p.m., he pulled into my driveway with his buck.

Outdoor Journal: Hunter orange not law, but can keep you safer

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Bowhunters only have today and tomorrow to fill their deer tags before the special season ends. Come sunup Saturday, there’ll be thousands of hunter orange-clad hunters anxiously sitting or sneaking and peeking their way through the woods in the state’s Southern Zone.

Outdoor Journal: Bringing buck in takes work

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
It is only fitting I begin this year’s Buck Tales with a story about an Adirondack Mountain deer hunt. It begins with Jim Bubb of Mechanicville joining several of his hunting buddies for their traditional Northern Zone opening deer hunt in the Forked Lake area of Hamilton County. Jim’s day began very early, paddling a canoe across the lake to reach the base of the mountain he planned to hunt. It was an area he’d hunted before and where knew he had a chance of getting a big buck.

Outdoor Journal: New items can help improve deer hunting

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
It’s that time of year when local gun shops and hunting departments in sporting goods stores are filled with deer hunters browsing for something to add to their hunting equipment, and I stress that “need” should not be a factor.

Outdoor Journal: Texas ranch offers chance for big bucks

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
I’ve spent the majority of my deer hunting time chasing them during the early season in the Northern Zone. Then, when the Southern Zone opened, I’d spend the rest of the season there. New York state, in my opinion, offers some very good deer hunting opportunities, but over the years, I’ve hunted in other states, and one in particular has become my favorite — Texas.

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.

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