New York – Paula Piatt

Water woes, water worries

Sitting, waiting for the latest snowstorm to come up the coast and slam us back into winter, I picked up the TV remote and after an entertaining hour of Ice Pilots NWT (as in Northwest Territories, where they really know about winter, so why am I complaining?), I happened across yet another documentary about hydraulic fracturing and natural gas. Having…

Unintended consequences of deer feeding

As we settle into another North Country winter, huddled close to the woodstove, as hunters we can’t help but wonder about the wildlife out there, with no woodstove or even a pair of mittens to keep them warm. Even the hardest among us wish we could “do something” for the deer and the turkeys and the less fortunate out there…

TU free-wheeling for women members

I’ll admit, I’m as guilty as the next gal. Steve and I do a lot of things together. We’ve been blessed that we enjoy many of the same things – turkey hunting, camping, hiking, exploring, trout fishing. But sometimes, we over-share. You see, for years, “we” have been members of Trout Unlimted. Well, no. Steve’s been a member and I’ve…

Acting up with the Sportsmen's Act

In many ways, I guess I’m just like many Americans. We really don’t pay much attention until it concerns us. Such is the case with our government. There are many things that happen each day that I don’t pay attention to, evidenced by the fact that I have no idea what they even are. I’m not saying that’s a good…

Albany effort should focus on our money

Each year, thousands of sportsmen go on a hunt. They’ve scouted the terrain and they know where the quarry is likely hidden. They practice and practice before heading into the unknown. They don’t know if they’ll be successful, even if they do find what they’re looking for. And many times, they’re not even sure they find what they are looking…

All is not fine with fish/wildlife penalties

There are some things that just make you shake your head. State and law enforcement bureaucracy is one of them. I get the fact that wildlife law enforcement officers have a job to do – and an important one. They are the final keepers of our resource and I’m not above giving them a call when it would help the…

Short season, no tags filled

Well, that was a fast two weeks. After months and months of watching the poults grow and multiply and grow some more, it seems like we had only hours for our fall turkey season. A bunch of unproductive hours. I’ve always looked forward to fall turkey season. Never seemed to get out too much, but this year was different. I…

Game dinners offer something for everyone

If you’ve got a “significant other” who’s not quite sure of this whole hunter/gatherer thing and turns up their nose at even the best cut of venison or your latest walleye recipe, search out a nearby game dinner and let them graze through the buffet. Granted, wild game isn't for everyone, but I guarantee that you can find some recipes…

Miles way, but right at home

It took five airplanes, thousands of miles, some food that was pretty bad for me and 10 days on a soft mattress, but I finally found it. A trout stream that looked like the one 200 yards from my backdoor. While Steve and I have been blessed to travel to some pretty neat places, I guess I still like my…

Wild moose chase

My first Adirondack moose. In a horse trailer. On Route 8 in Speculator. Not what I was hoping for. What started out as a quiet drive to Syracuse to man the New York Outdoor News booth at the state fair turned into a morning of intrigue and suspense. Turning off the Northway, I settled in for the bone-jarring drive along…

Find a stream, and protect it

Think about all the things that stream has done for you… cooled you on a hot summer day, warmed your heart with the first trout of the year. (Or your first trout, period.) It’s there no matter when you need it; even when you have five bazillion things to do and you wish it wasn’t calling. So why not give…

Summer's last hurrahs

As the summer comes to a close, I’m thinking about all the things I still want to accomplish before I have to shovel snow out of the way to do it. There’s a lot more fishing to do, that’s for sure. The April promise to “get out at least once a week” ebbed and flowed its way through the summer….

Trout fishing on turkey time

When did fishing become this turkey hunting-like experience? What happened to picturing yourself on a lazy summer afternoon, casting a line and just waiting for the next big fish to walk its way onto shore. When Steve said “Let’s go fishing…” last Saturday, I have to admit, my mind was drawn to the feet-on-the-dock, drink-in-your-hand vision. But no, I was…

Surviving summer, and awaiting fall

I’m not wishing away the summer. Not really. Well, kind of. I look out the window at the lettuce in the garden… wilted, listing a little to the left, as if it can’t stand up against its own weight in the 90-degree heat. I empathize. I see the deer in the field down the road at night, venturing out only…

A Sunshine State sun-less vacation

How lucky can you get? Walking down Pine Street on Anna Maria Island, I counted my blessings. “You know, it could have been worse,” I told Steve as we slogged down the main street of the Florida Gulf Coast resort town, on the sixth day of a seven-day vacation/family reunion. “The weather could have been like this the entire time…

Thunderstruck on the Ausable

I think I’ve found my answer. When Steve and I quit golf cold turkey several years ago, I didn’t know how long it would last, if I’d ever go back to the links, or if this full-time fishing thing was going to work out. I really enjoy both, albeit in very different ways. Golfing was a big part of my…

Ben: The greatest

Everyone thinks their dog is the greatest. No matter what the size, the shape, the color, the age, they are all the best. And in their own ways they are. Different dogs are different things to different people at different times. They are all the greatest. So when I say Ben was the greatest, I mean it, albeit with a…

Joan Wulff casts a confident shadow

It’s not something you can teach. You can show someone how to cast; you can show someone how to wind fly line; and you can even show someone how to read a trout stream. But giving them the confidence to do those things? You won’t find that in a book. But you can model that, show people what it looks…

Nugent not what we need

I've had a lot of interesting Halloween costumes over the years – the Pillsbury doughboy, a football player, a Campbell’s soup can. I never wanted to be Ted Nugent. I haven’t changed my mind. And while his antics have raised an eyebrow before – his rants, his “good 'ol boy” persona, his propensity to talk before he thinks about what…

A wind knot runs through it

It’s Hollywood, all Hollywood. You see a guy casually walking through the woods, along a stream, with fly rod in tow, it’s Hollywood. And while Brad Pitt could look good almost anywhere, it won’t be as he (actually) strolls along the River that Runs Through It. Maybe it’s because I’m out of practice, maybe it was just the wind, maybe…

Home cooking for old Ben

I’ve had dogs for almost 25 years. I married into a dog and since then there has been the pitter-patter-pitter-patter of little (and not so little) feet at my feet. They’ve all started out small – 7 weeks old – so I know the responsibility of a young life totally dependent on me for food, for warmth, for care, for…

A close check, a close call

Those of you who have dogs, I'm sure, regularly pet them. Pat them on the head, rub their belly. Perhaps give them a good scratching behind the ears. But let's not forget the importance of a good all-around going over. It just may have saved the life of my 12-year-old Labrador retriever Maddie in the last month. By all accounts…