Steve Piatt

Dogs and porcupines don’t mix

At one time I held a certain fascination with porcupines, always enjoying an occasional encounter with the quilled critters, able to get up close (but not too close) and personal, or watch them from a short distance as they went about their bark-chewing ways. Then I got a Labrador retriever, and my attitude toward porcupines did a 180. Over the years…

Getting organized: Establish some ‘grab-and-go’ gear

Somewhere, somehow, things have gotten a little disorganized around here. The office and my desk are fine; a bit cluttered, but that’s typical any time a deadline is approaching (and it seems there always is a deadline approaching). What I’m talking about is my hunting and fishing gear. It’s around, and I know exactly where most of it is. But if something arose,…

Centerpin fishing becomes a center of attention

I don’t know much about centerpin fishing but I’m ready and willing to learn, especially after seeing all the Facebook photos from friends who seem to consistently – and I mean consistently – score on fine steelhead and hefty, colorful brown trout. It’s something I’ve been considering for a while, even though the traditional Great Lakes tributary hotspots – Oak Orchard Creek,…

Bassmaster Elite Series returns to New York’s St. Lawrence River

Waddington, N.Y. — Jamie Hartman’s bad back might not hurt nearly as much as does having to miss the Bassmaster Elite Series event when it returns to the St. Lawrence River here Aug. 23-26. Hartman, of Newport, N.Y., has been sidelined by a ruptured disc in his back, and that means he’ll miss the tourney that will be conducted on…

Bad bamboo: Japanese knotweed clogs riverbanks

Expect to encounter Japanese knotweed along riverbanks.I’m already looking ahead to spring and, obviously, turkey hunting, but also to the open-water fishing season. Paula and I didn’t get a lot of fishing in last year and I can’t remember why, but I know some of it was due to high water conditions on the nearby Susquehanna River. That eliminated our typical…