Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Glenn Sapir

Logging your outdoor adventures is worth the effort

When I was an editor at Field & Stream Magazine, I would often travel on assignment to somewhat exotic fishing and hunting destinations.
At the end of each day afield or on the water I would retreat to my tent, cabin or wherever else I was lodging and write down copious notes of the day’s activities. From those notes I could later write articles that captured the details of the trip. Furthermore, from time to time I would later read those notes, allowing me the joy of reliving those special experiences. Unfortunately, I didn’t take the same notes for my much more plentiful local outings. Oh, how I wish I did!

Hunting and fishing licenses: The backbone of New York’s fish and wildlife management

When I hung up the phone after making my annual license purchases, I felt very pleased. First of all, I was legal for the coming year, a status I have enjoyed since I was 16. Second, I had drawn both Deer Management Permits for which I had I requested, including one for New York’s 3-H Wildlife Management Unit. A DMP for that unit had been a seemingly nearly impossible draw in recent years.
I had another reason to feel good. In the process of purchasing my license, I had also purchased a Habitat Access and Improvement Stamp and made a contribution to the Venison Coalition. I was paying my dues.

New York’s early goose season offers hunters a fine start to fall

For me, the coming of September brought sad thoughts when I was growing up. For one thing, it meant an end to my delightful stay at our family’s summer home, where I could fish, stalk flying insects, and hunt frogs. It also meant that it would be the last month to fish for trout until the following April, as you then weren’t permitted by law to target trout in the offseason, even if you fully intended to release the fish. Of course, it also meant the start of school, a dreadful realization indeed.

A wacky way of bass fishing that works wonders

On the occasion of fishing with Virgil, we rigged his purple 6-inch worms Texas style, with the hook point embedded in the worm. Throwing his bait into inviting shoreline cover, Virgil came out with a 9-pound Florida largemouth.
“Throw in there and catch his grandpa,” Virgil encouraged me, and with the same worm setup as his, I made a perfect cast toward the blowdown lying in the water. In seconds I was bringing in a 7-pound hawg.

Turkey hunters: would you shoot a jake?

If you are a sportsman who believes bigger is better, I can’t fault you. I feel the same way, but I learned a valuable lesson during the New York spring turkey hunting season 20 years ago that showed me that a bird shouldn’t be memorable simply by the length of its spurs or beard. When I think of the turkeys with which I reached my two-tom limit that spring, I measure them by the excitement they provided me on those hunts. As you prepare for the upcoming turkey season, you might be interested in my experiences 20 years ago.

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