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Ice anglers are dedicated

Great Sacandaga Lake draws 2,000 entrants for ice fishing tournament

Several items catch the eye at Shot Show

Presenting part one of the best items at the Shot Show in Las Vegas

Some tips to hunt rabbits and what you will need

Hunters seek help in hunting rabbits

Some things to look for at SHOT Show

Outdoors columnist Ed Noonan takes a look at what may be found at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas

Outdoors shows can cure Cabin Fever

Nearby outdoors shows can help cure Cabin Fever

A good resolution: Get kids involved

Happy New Year!
Many of us have various resolutions we make and hope to adhere to every New Year’s Eve.

Best anglers to compete in Bassmaster Classic

Bassmaster Classic to begin Feb. 20

Warmth, comfort key on ice

Fishing ice time limited by comfort, warmth

GOPRO camera lets you relive the hunt

As outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen, we always have “needs,” so I thought I would share a few of mine with you to help with your choices.
If you see something on this list, circle it in red and stick it on the refrigerator door.

Patience pays off for Schuylerville teen

This week’s Buck Tales begins with a 14-year-old Schuylerville hunter’s first whitetail.

No turkey, still trying for buck

No turkey for Thanksgiving, but still looking for a buck

Saratoga Lake anglers quietly successful

Seeing 15 to 20 vehicles with boat trailers in the Saratoga boat launch parking lot at this time of the year usually means there’s a walleye bite. I later found out a few pike were biting, Getting information from a fisherman is difficult.

Hunters will be out in force Saturday

The majority of the big-game hunters in New York state will be heading for the Southern Zone’s deer woods Saturday. It’s from this large zone that the majority of deer are harvested each season. Last year’s total harvest was 208,325, of which 94,195 were mature bucks. A mature buck is one that is at least 1.5 years old.

State increases permits to thin deer levels

I usually have a good idea by this time how the deer harvest is going by the number of buck/doe tales I’ve received from Southern Zone bowhunters and Northern Zone gun hunters. This year, I’ve only received a few, and none from the results of this year’s Columbus Day Weekend Youth Hunt. As for the crossbow hunting season that opened last Saturday, the only information I have is mine.

Safe Act 2 could focus on ammunition

s if NY Safe Act wasn’t enough, I’ve heard there “could be” a NY Safe Act 2. Assemblyman Andy Goodall (R,C,I-Chautauqua) spoke to a group of gun owners sponsored by SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) about pending legislation in the state Assembly and Senate. He said that the newest attacks on gun owners will focus on ammunition, and all they do is increase its cost.

Hunt for sika deer a Bucket List trophy

I was surprised when I arrived last Thursday at the Davenport Game Preserve for my sika deer hunt — there was no one at the lodge. I was about an hour early and anxious. When that hour turned into an hour and a half, I called my friend and preserve manager Jerry Wilson to see where he was. “I’m home [Pennsylvania], Ed,” he said. “The hunt is tomorrow.”

Fish still biting on local waters despite weather

It might be a bit colder and windy at times, but the fish are biting. Those tournament guys and gals are catching some very nice bass on our area’s lakes and rivers. Clifton Park anglers Jim Clyne and Dan Brinsko proved that Saratoga Lake still has some trophy-sized largemouths out there.

Smaller area lakes offer plenty of action

All summer, the majority of the fishing reports I have published have been about the good bass fishing in the bigger lakes and rivers. These include Lake Champlain, which may be the best bass water in the Northeast. Then there is Lake George, which also has plenty of bass, as does the St. Lawrence River. There are six little lakes, all less than 750 acres. They all offer more than just bass, and are less than an hour from home, and the recent fishing reports tell me that the fall bite has definitely begun.

Local shooting ranges getting crowded

T’is the season! Sportsmen’s clubs’ shooting ranges are beginning to get crowded because of the opening of a number of firearms hunting seasons. Wednesday was the opening day of seven small-game seasons, four with fur, three with feathers.

Goose hunt turns into limit of six squirrels

Last Friday, after not finding a cut cornfield our local Canada geese would visit, I went home, swapped the 12-gauge for my Gamo Buckmaster .177-caliber Squirrel Terminator airgun and headed back to the cornfields. It wasn’t to hunt geese, but rather to find some bushy tails. The fields were bordered on two sides by large hardwoods, and where there are hardwoods, there are squirrels.

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