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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mike Raykovicz

Mike Raykovicz: Rediscovering an old tackle box a reminder of how important it is to take a kid fishing

I have several tackle boxes I use regularly, but I have another I’ve long forgotten about and haven’t used since I was a kid. It was warehoused in a space above our garage ceiling and I discovered it while fetching a picnic cooler I stored there.
After wiping off years of accumulated dust, I eagerly flipped the latch on the small container to see what I had placed there so many decades ago.

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Mike Raykovicz: A lesson in wildflowers this spring

I love being in the woods at any time of year, but spring and fall are my top picks. Who isn’t awed by the impressive display of color painted from nature’s palate in October? In my mind, the call of southbound wild geese only adds the audio that completes the picture. 
Spring offers its own beauty, but in a different way.

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Mike Raykovicz: Thoughts on New York tree stand injuries, turkeys and bald eagles

It wasn’t too long ago state game agencies throughout the country didn’t track tree stand related accidents as “hunting” accidents or incidents. That changed in 2017 when Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos directed New York Conservation Officers to track and investigate injuries sustained by hunters using tree stands.

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There’s plenty of ways to mess up on a spring gobbler; here’s what not to do

There are a lot of ways not to kill a turkey and I have discovered most of them. On the other hand, after more than 60 years of spring turkey hunting, I think I’ve become aware of the things not to do if you want to bring home a bird.
Others may disagree but I think spring turkey hunting has changed since back in the early 1970s.

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Mike Raykovicz: New York hunters will notice a change to their license this fall

This fall, New York hunters will notice a change in their hunting license. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the paper used to print hunting licenses will change from the familiar synthetic stock now used to plain paper.
According to the DEC, this change will allow a quicker and easier way for sportsmen and women to access their new hunting licenses. Hunters will be able to print their licenses and tags at home by going online. 

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Symposium shines light on new insight into chronic wasting disease

Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD is of great concern to deer biologists and sportsmen as well. We’re lucky here in New York State that none has been discovered in wild deer since 2005, but I feel we are simply dodging bullets.
Last month, we read with great interest the reported findings of deer research scientists as they were presented at the 4th International CWD Symposium in Denver. 

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Mike Raykovicz: Shed antlers one of multiple reasons to walk the woods in March

Well, here we are,  the middle of March, and there’s not a whole lot of things for me to do. Trout season in New York doesn’t open for another couple of weeks and it’s still a little too early to scout for spring turkeys. Even though hunting seasons are over there are still things I like to do. Walking in the early spring woods is one of them.

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Mike Raykovicz: Last call ice bait for panfish

With this warm winter weather, most lakes remain unfrozen or have only a thin skim of ice, which means ice fishing has been put on hold for most of us.
For years my neighbor and I headed a few miles south across the Pennsylvania border to ice fish for trout. The only lures we ever used were black, yellow, or white bucktail jigs and small jigging Rapala minnows. We usually caught trout and never considered using bait of any description unless we targeted perch or other panfish. 

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Mike Raykovicz: A little maintenance to gear ends another memorable hunting season

Here it is the middle of February and I’m just getting around to putting away my hunting gear until next season. I know there are rabbits, grouse, hares, and even squirrels to hunt until the end of the month in New York but for this hunter, the season is over.
I used to enjoy hunting late-season rabbits with a friend whose beagle, Rex, loved to hunt as much as we did. Time marches on, however, and after Rex died we never hunted rabbits again.

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