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The gift of fishing

As we approach the holiday season, one gift that keeps on giving is the gift of fishing. One potential stocking stuffer is a charter fishing trip for a preferred species of choice. It can also be for a favorite skipper, someone that has long been admired in the waters of Western New York. These piscatorial presents can offer a special…

Deer keds a nuisance

My buddy Dave shot a deer this past bow season and was skinning it when I stopped by. Be careful about any ticks,” I told him. Dave had the hide just about off and told me there seemed to be quite a few until a neighbor stopped by and said what he was looking at weren’t engorged deer ticks but…

Perch party on Lake Erie

We launched out of Buffalo and headed west to a predetermined location that was much shallower than reports I had been getting all week for yellow perch. I was fishing with Capt. Brent Snyder with Day Five Sport Fishing (585-944-5826) and he was going to be fun fishing with his first mate Mark George and Gary Caccamise, both of Alexander,…

It’s not all about deer

It’s mid-October and make no mistake, my thoughts are all about archery season and deer hunting but, hunting something other than deer gets my attention as well. Ever since I can remember, late September and early October meant one thing to my parents, it was mushroom season and the venerable popinki, or potpinki was the star of the show. For…

Can’t pass up opening day

I got up early on Sept. 27, which with the next issue of New York Outdoor News in the works, would be a busy day. But it was also opening day of the Northern Zone archery season, and I can think of few times in my 30+ years of bowhunting that I’ve missed out on being in a treestand or ground blind…

Fighting fall’s biting bugs

September is here and that means many of us will be out and about in our favorite deer woods checking things out for the upcoming archery season. While I’m doing that, I annually search for honey mushrooms or popinkies as they’re commonly known. I’m not the only one out there however because campers, hikers, and other mushroom pickers are also…

The end of summer

Sept. 1 marked the beginning of meteorological fall and that’s good news for those of us who like cooler weather, and a hint of fall in the air and a reminder that hunting seasons are nearly upon us.

New gun law answers, communication still lacking

(Photo by Windigo Images)When Gov. Kathy Hochul brought together state legislators for an “extraordinary” session in late June, and waved the three-day discussion period before passing the Concealed Carry Improvement Act on July 1, there was a sense of urgency to pass new gun laws. Yet, none of the effective dates (fortunately) for these new laws were immediate. There’s been…

Organizations opposed to repeal of Pittman-Robertson

In case you haven’t heard, according to a report issued by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga) has introduced legislation that would repeal the Pittman-Robertson excise tax on firearms and ammunition. The NSSF along with dozens of conservation organizations has raised concerns about the ill-advised scheme to alter the funding of the American System of Conservation Funding….

Exploring the Genny

Exploring new areas around New York State for different species of fish is always exciting. Sharing that with a son-in-law and a grandson offers great satisfaction. Reacquainting with a friend is a bonus. Put it all together and it becomes a memorable outdoor adventure. It started when fishing buddy Wade Rowcliffe of Rochester invited me along for a fishing trip…

Summer campground reservations can be challenging

Camping continues to grow in popularity with both NYS Parks and DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills experiencing record numbers of annual visitors. This is a trend that began during the recession of the late 2000’s and has intensified through the Covid pandemic. My wife Adrienne and I are avid summer campers, owning a small “canned ham” style RV….