I always enjoy working the New York Outdoor News booth at the winter sport shows. It’s a great time to connect with readers, hear what they like or don’t like about the paper, and trade hunting and fishing stories with folks whose interests are pretty much identical to mine. If I’m tag-teaming the show booth with either Paula or our…
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I’m heading to Newfoundland on a moose hunt in September and I’m not even bringing a rifle. Or a bow. It’s not my hunt. This time, since I’ve already taken a Newfoundland moose, it’s Paula’s turn. We can’t wait for this return trip to The Rock, with its breathtaking scenery, great people and, oh yes, superb moose population. It will be…
Perhaps nowhere is the phrase “looks can be deceiving” more appropriate than when applied to the mute swan. Yes, they are beautiful. But they are much different than the trumpeter swan, despite the physical similarities. The non-native, invasive species displace native wildlife species, degrade water quality, destroy submerged aquatic vegetation, are troublesome in the area of airports, and can even be aggressive toward humans. Yes,…
Expect to encounter Japanese knotweed along riverbanks.I’m already looking ahead to spring and, obviously, turkey hunting, but also to the open-water fishing season. Paula and I didn’t get a lot of fishing in last year and I can’t remember why, but I know some of it was due to high water conditions on the nearby Susquehanna River. That eliminated our typical…
I’m never sorry to see deer season come to an end because, by early December, I’ve had plenty of time in a tree, usually have enough venison in the freezer, and have made enough memories in the field that I’m ready to move on to the next big thing. And that next big thing is pheasant hunting. Our 2-year-old Lab Finn…
When it comes to any trip involving considerable effort – and expense – Paula and I tend to research and plan thoroughly. That said, when the time finally arrives for a memorable excursion, we enter it with the mentality that chances are it won’t go as smoothly as designed on paper. You have to roll with the punches during a hunting…
Author was ready to surrender, then his
buddy called, convincing him to give it one more try. And it paid off.
This encounter with an incredible supply of beech nuts was amazing.I hunted fall turkeys one day last week in Tioga County, visiting Pete Clare at his storied Turkey Trot Acres hunting lodge, where fall turkey hunting with dogs has emerged as an autumn tradition, albeit a shortened one given New York state’s fairly brief fall turkey hunting season. It was an enjoyable…
A little positivity will go a long way toward becoming a dedicated hunter.
Call me a “gametime decision” every day in October and into November, with a lot of factors coming into play.
Put a little thought into it by working the colors of the spectrum and going from one extreme to the other, working back and forth between light and dark until you connect on the color the fish want.
Outdoor News, at times, has a roving office, which allows us to be sportsmen, just like our readers.
Make the time now and break up the monotony of the solo backyard shooting session by using a few tricks to spice things up. Or head to the 3-D range for some different target looks and some quality practice and just plain fun. It’s time.
Don’t wait for later, when you likely won’t be able to enjoy the adventure nearly as much because of the physical limitations brought on by age.
Getting out to trap, skeet, sporting clays, and the rifle and pistol ranges are just plain fun. But the shooting sessions will also almost assuredly pay dividends in the fall when you’re hunting small or big game.
I’m always amazed at today’s fly tiers who can create exact replicas of various insects…
They know the rivers intimately, know what works and what doesn’t.
Get close, but not too close while scouting for turkeys.
The latest in turkey loads: Tungsten Super Shot a hand-loader’s dream and a nightmare for longbeards
Spring gobbler hunters always seem to be tweaking something, whether it’s their various call lineup, camo patterns or, especially, shotgun loads to deliver the best pattern possible when the moment of truth arrives.
I’ll stop short of calling it a New Year’s resolution, because I didn’t make the decision until just recently. But after taking inventory of our flies – dries, wets, nymphs and streamers – I’ve decided we’re not buying any this year.
I start thinking about spring gobbler season right after the holiday season, although my friends – as well as Paula – claim I think about it all year round.
Simple tips to avoid a cold dunking and to enjoy the hard water
When stocked birds decline, extend your hunting opportunities
Bowhunters can stay in the game with a little planning
Archery practice can have its dull moments for sure, but if you change things up and play a few games with a purpose, they can pay off when you’re no longer in the backyard and are in your treestand and the game is on.
Certainly multiple-arrow sessions have their place in developing your shooting form, building your muscles and tightening your groups. But don’t ignore a one-shot practice regimen.