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Monday, May 27th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd: Seize the momentum of New York’s youth hunting programs

This time around I took the same youth in consecutive years, a first for me. Unfortunately, unlike last year when we had a bird tagged by 6:30 a.m., we weren’t so lucky this year. Four jakes at 80 yards and a cautious mature gobbler at 50 was the best I could do for my 14-year-old mentee, who could only hunt one day.

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Youth hunt kick-starts New York turkey seasons, regular season starts May 1

Fair weather, for the most part, greeted New York’s junior hunters who went afield with their mentors April 20 and 21 for the annual youth turkey hunting weekend. Since 2004, the youth hunt has taken place prior to New York’s annual spring gobbler season, which runs May 1 -31.
In Washington County, Chloe Law, age 13 of Stillwater, enjoyed a successful hunt with her father, Chuck. The Laws had three toms come into their set-up off the roost that first morning, gobbling and strutting across a cornfield. Once they were inside 35 yards, Chloe was ready with her Tristar Viper 12-gauge.

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Dan Ladd: The many rewards of being a hunting mentor

One of my favorite photos, and one that I’ve gotten a lot of mileage from in terms of it being published, is a shot I staged and took exactly 20 years ago this spring. It was the first morning of New York’s inaugural youth turkey hunt in 2004 and simply shows myself and my then 12-year-old nephew, Larry, walking in a field.

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Dan Ladd: Turkey talking time has finally come in New York

While working the New York Outdoor News booth at the CNY Sportsman’s Show in Verona last month I was approached by a 20-something turkey hunter who questioned if New York’s spring turkey season should be held two weeks sooner than its current May 1-31 duration. I braced for the old “that’s when they’re easier to kill” routine when I asked him on what grounds he was offering his suggestion. But what I got – and much to my pleasant surprise – was some well thought out answers.

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Dan Ladd: Great results for sporting interests come by working together

Earlier this winter at a meeting of my local county sportsmen’s federation – a group comprised of sporting clubs within the county – the discussion turned to participation and monthly meeting attendance.
A member of one particular club who often attends meetings on his own said his club wasn’t sure if they wanted to rejoin the group as they questioned what would be in it for them.

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Dan Ladd: Tough to control out-of-state ammunition sales, despite the efforts of a New York bill

My aunt and uncle, who I grew up next door to, were both heavy smokers. About once a month they’d hop in the car and make the 30-minute drive over to Vermont to stock up on cigarettes, which New York, as any smoker knows, has taxed into oblivion.

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New York DEC holds black bass meeting, preliminary talks focus on St. Lawrence, east Ontario

On March 14, the fisheries staff of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public meeting in Alexandria Bay to discuss the status of Lake Ontario’s Eastern Basin and the St. Lawrence River black bass population.
Approximately 60 people attended the meeting where fisheries biologists provided an update on the black bass population.

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