When the morning sit doesn’t pan out and you have room to roam, scale down the gear and give mobile hunting a try. It’s a great way to find birds and get a little exercise to boot.
It was surprising just how many lakes still had ice in the first week of May, despite the warm-up. If you are one of those anglers who has been waiting for ice out to finally come at your favorite trout pond, you may finally be in luck. What has been one of the longest winters that many of us can remember,…
Every turkey hunter dreams of a textbook spring gobbler hunt. And when they do occasionally happen (for some it’s more occasional than others) we’re on top of the world. When you pull one off on a woodland or a mountain gobbler, it’s even more rewarding. I’ve heard all kinds of stories about hunting timberland gobblers, and the often-advised technique is…
Easter weekend finally brought the weather I was looking for, and I sprang into action on the chore list. After all, turkey season was only a month away (shorter for the youth weekend) and there’s plenty to do if I want to spend my weekend mornings in May chasing gobblers. The truth is, I’m going to hunt turkeys anyway because…
I at least hope for a calm day with no wind, even if the air is cold, so as to drift over the deep holes with a number of lure presentations.
But portable shanties have taken over and allow anglers to take the comfort and convenience of a shanty wherever they want.
Deer tracks started picking up around the author’s home a few weeks ago.
Big- and small-game hunters alike can disperse along the road in a region very popular for snowshoe hare hunting, while snowmobilers and the towns of Newcomb and North Hudson, standing to benefit from a connector trail, are perhaps the happiest about the classification.
Who knows if the ice we have is going to be all the ice we’re going to get.
Like so many in the deer hunting community, especially in New York, I was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Charlie Alsheimer a few days before the New Year. The fact that he touched a great number of people’s lives in one way or another became more than evident in the days that followed. Even though I had…
Last winter was one of most dangerous on record in New York for winter outdoor recreation, particularly for snowmobilers and ice anglers. Unfortunately, this one is not off to a good start. On Dec. 16, a Queensbury, N.Y., man drowned after falling through the ice while fishing on Edgecomb Pond, a small body of water in Warren County that allows…
There’s still some hunting time left and, if you find yourself with a full freezer, consider sharing your success with someone else this holiday season.
If you’ve had a tough season and can’t seem to punch a tag, don’t give up – the best hunting of the season could be about to happen.
Your best asset during the rut, or at any part of the hunting season, is time in the woods.
2017 conference-goers gathered at Gore Mountain for a photo.The New York State Outdoor Writers Association recently held its 50th fall conference and anniversary celebration in Warren County, the same place where members held their very first meeting back in 1967. The organization was formed by Hans Paller, a Massena, N.Y.-based outdoor communicator, and Bill Hilts, Sr., of western New York,…
Common-sense tactics involving little money or effort might help you get a little closer to your quarry.
Earlier this year I mentioned in this blog how proud I was to be among a group of ice anglers who came out to support a fund in the name of a fallen New York state trooper. I think what we’ve been seeing with the rescue efforts, particularly with the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, falls along the same…
All things considered, it’s shaping up to be a potentially good year for bear hunters.
Procrastination can be costly, and each year around this time many aspiring hunters find themselves on the waiting list to get their hunter education courses completed. Most want to get it under their belts by deer season, but they’re also missing out on the small-game seasons that are crucial training ground for young hunters.
All who reap the benefits of these large-scale tournaments and all the fanfare that comes with them taking place in northern New York should be popping a cork.
Having the encounter in such a pristine environment as Cedar River Flow with an old friend along was surely a blessing.
Summer is here and the bass are waiting for anglers of all extremes. That includes the tournament angler with an expensive bass boat, the young angler casting off shore, and everyone else in between.
It seems as though this is a bad year in the Northeast for the pesky arachnids. Actually, it seems like that every year. On top of that, national news stories are surfacing about other tick-borne diseases like Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and the Powassan Virus, which have everyone on high alert.
Still, during the month of May I always feels torn between the two pursuits, as do many of my peers.
I’m never going to win a turkey-calling contest, especially with a mouth call, but thanks to other options, I’m able to walk out of the woods once in while with a gobbler slung over my shoulder.
A reminder to trout anglers to enjoy a classic lure, or at least the concept behind it, during one of the most enjoyable times of the year to be trout fishing.