Straight Shooting by Mike Raykovicz

Changing times for walleye fishing

Sometime in the late 1970s or '80s the weeds began to get thicker and the rocky shoals where we found walleyes were now engulfed in thick weeds. This had to impact the walleyes spawning in the lake and it began to show. However, more than weeds, it seemed crappies began to proliferate at an astounding rate. continue reading ›

Season-ending ritual: Emptying the ‘stuff'

Okay, I get it. Deer season has been over for some time now, but I’m just now getting around to putting my “stuff” away. I’ve already stored my treestands, climbing steps, ladders and safety equipment but my hunting pants and jacket… continue reading ›

About This Blog


Mike Raykovicz has been a professional outdoor writer for nearly thirty years. In addition to being a regular contributor to New York Outdoor News since its inception, he is currently an archery columnist for Pennsylvania Game News, the official publication of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and has had many articles published in New York’s Conservationist magazine. In addition, Mike does equipment reviews and dealer profiles for ArrowTrade, a trade magazine of the archery industry. He is an avid spring turkey hunter and lives for the October bow season. He and his wife Mary Lou reside in Vestal (Broome County).

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