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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Glenn Sapir

Nobody Asked Me, But…: Quick-hit thoughts on New York’s outdoor issues

…From personal observations, the effects of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in my part of the state really took a toll on the whitetail population two years ago, and the deer herd does not seem to be recovering quickly. I hope the DEC has not over-allotted Deer Management Permits for the affected Wildlife Management Units.

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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.

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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.

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Here’s how to make the most of fishing during the dog days of summer

We are in the midst of the dog days of summer, when the weather is uncomfortably hot and humid. For me, that means fishing in early morning or late evening, when the waters are at their coolest and torrid sunshine isn’t beating down, raising beads of sweat to the surface of my skin.

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How lessons from “summer school” helped shape me as a sportsman

When I was a kid, to me summer began in July. That’s when school had ended, perhaps later than in any other state, and good times in the country would begin, free of a classroom. At the time, however, I didn’t realize or appreciate that those summer months also provided a school for me.

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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.

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Don’t let an accident happen in the turkey woods

No matter what your definition of a successful hunt is, it can never be applied to an outing when an accident occurs. In turkey hunting, where hunters try to conceal themselves with camouflage from head to foot, the scenario for a hunting accident might seem particularly apt to unfold. It is your job to make sure that it doesn’t.

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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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Fish deep and slow for New York’s early-season trout

As a kid and young adult, the month of March produced nightly dreams of the upcoming trout opener on April 1. I’d relive casts, retrieves and strikes at my favorite stream from previous seasons as I tossed and turned under the covers. Dreams, however, don’t necessarily forecast what actually transpires later in our waking hours.

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