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Monday, July 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, July 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mike Raykovicz

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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Mike Raykovicz: NRA scandal touches all members

Earlier this month, a court case in Manhattan initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James began and named the NRA’s chief executive Wayne LaPierre, and four other executives as defendants. One of the accused has since entered a plea deal.
James is accusing them of breaching their fiduciary duties, failing to administer the NRA’s charitable assets property, wrongful contract transactions, violating whistleblower protections, and committing false filings. 

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Take advantage of the fishing when the ice is nice in New York

Most hunting seasons are winding down but that doesn’t mean that many outdoors people will be sitting home. Cold weather provides many New York sportsmen with some of the very best opportunities to get outdoors.
I’m not talking about snowmobiling or skiing, even though those activities are extremely popular here in New York. To my mind, ice fishing gets top billing.

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Hunting accidents are on the decline in New York, but incidents still occur

Based on the number of participants, statistics show hunting is one of the safest outdoor sports. But as the saying goes, “things happen.” 
Even though hunting accidents in New York have been on the decline in recent years they still occur. Consider what happened to a  hunter in Chemung County on the first Sunday of deer season in the Southern Tier.

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More Christmas gift ideas for the outdoorsmen

Every year, I hear people fretting about what what to get their husband, wife, son, daughter, friends, or other family members for Christmas. If any of them are hunters, fishermen, campers, or if they enjoy hiking, the choices can be mind-boggling.
I must admit I have just about everything I need for hunting, especially archery hunting and fishing, but I never tire of discovering new things.

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Federal funding for research a good step toward keeping CWD at bay

Chronic wasting disease is of serious concern for both biologists and sportsmen here in New York and elsewhere.
CWD is 100% fatal for deer and the only way discovered so far to mitigate it is to isolate whitetail populations where it is found. As we reported earlier, it was discovered in Pennsylvania’s free-ranging white-tailed deer in 2012 and continues to be a threat to deer and elk in the Commonwealth.

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New York hunters reminded that blaze orange clothing is required, and key to hunter safety

The firearms season for deer begins on Nov. 18 and needless to say, thousands of New York hunters will be afield. To be compliant with hunting regulations, hunters are reminded that they must wear a blaze orange or pink colored coat or vest with at least 250 square inches of coverage above the waist or a hat with more than 50% blaze orange or pink material. 

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National Archery in the Schools certainly a program worth saving

Physical Education curricula throughout New York State have incorporated lifetime sports programs for a long time now. Sports like tennis, golf, and archery are now emphasized because these are the activities in which children can participate into adulthood and throughout their lives.
One of these programs, National Archery in the Schools, is an activity that doesn’t discriminate because of athletic skills, size, gender, or popularity. It is offered to students from 4th to 12 grade and emphasizes discipline, patience, and life lessons that prove valuable both in the classroom and throughout life.

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