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Saturday, June 15th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, June 15th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Steve Piatt

Steve Piatt: Old age adds to the appreciation felt for the turkey woods

Spring gobbler season is, quite literally, a painful reminder that I’m now the same age as old people.
Yet I still hunt, and my pre-season scouting runs essentially turn May Madness into a two-month or longer effort, rising each morning without benefit or need of an alarm clock, the passion still firmly intact even if the body is not. In the sports jargon of today, I would be described daily as a “game time decision,” dealing with a “lower body injury” that will at some point be addressed, but not until after the season.

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Wild times on New York’s Esopus Creek in Ulster County, where no stocking is necessary

There are plenty of reasons why Esopus Creek – specifically the Upper Esopus – attracts a lot of anglers, especially those wielding fly rods.
Geography alone is quite enough, given the Ulster County water’s proximity to the New York State Thruway and some sizable cities (Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh).
Good fishing access is another, with nearly 14 miles of stream available via Public Fishing Rights on state lands as well as New York City DEP recreation lands (which require a free access permit).

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Steve Piatt: One happy dog, despite the cancer

Over the years, each of the seven Labrador retrievers we’ve owned has occupied a spot in our hearts, and along the way acquired various titles we’ve placed on them. Magic was the toughest, Brooks the smartest, Ben the best hunter, Maddie the best behaved, Hailey the quirkiest, and Riley, our latest and youngest, the prettiest.
Finn, our eight-year-old fox red Lab, is undoubtedly the happiest in a lineup of happy hunting dogs. Tail constantly wagging, always ready to hop in the truck, quick to greet everyone and, even though the elder dog in our home these days, typically the one to initiate any rousing play with Riley.

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Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn carries a storied history in the heart of the city

It’s heading toward its 100th birthday in 2026, so it’s no surprise that Brooklyn’s Canarsie Pier has a storied history, from its construction nearly a century ago by the New York City Department of Docks to its reputation today as a superb recreational spot in the Big Apple.
And those recreational activities include fishing in what can be a very productive Jamaica Bay, with a variety of saltwater species available at various times of the year right in the heart of the city.

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Long Island trout? You bet on the Carmans River

Long Island is best known for its outstanding saltwater fishing. From striped bass to bluefish to summer flounder and other species, chances are pretty good there’s always something to target: inshore or offshore.
So, it’s perhaps a bit of a surprise to many anglers that some superb trout fishing can be had out on the island, in the freshwater, and within all the hustle and bustle of the heavily populated Suffolk County.

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Steve Piatt: Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park a special wilderness experience that keeps calling

On the wall at the bottom of the stairs of our home, we walk past the big map several times daily. Sometimes I stop and look closely, knowing where we’ve been and wondering, too, whether we’ll ever return.
Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park has, over the years, been one of our special places, a maze of canoe routes and trails where we’ve paddled, portaged, camped, hiked, snowshoed, fished, and enjoyed encounters with moose, wolves, otters, loons, and black bears.

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What to know about moose and elk lotteries coming up in Kentucky, the northeast

Chances are you know one of those lucky hunters who have drawn a coveted moose or elk hunting tag in those out-of-state locales where the majestic animals roam and in numbers that prompt wildlife agencies to offer limited hunting opportunities.

Maybe you’re even one of those hunters. It happens every year to scores of sportsmen and women who apply for moose or elk permits in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.
Here’s how, and when, to enter this year’s lottery drawings for one of those coveted tags.

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Limestone Creek a Central New York trout fishing gem

It should come as no surprise that Limestone Creek in Central New York gets a lot of angling attention.
Geography alone pretty much assures that.
Located primarily in Onondaga County with just of sliver winding into Madison County, the creek that has its roots as an outflow of the DeRuyter Reservoir flows through several areas that could be considered metropolitan, including Fayetteville and Manlius just east of Syracuse.

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