I recall Veteran’s Day of last year (2021) very well. I spent a few hours in the woods that morning and the remainder of the day working — from my front porch. It was so warm I posted a photo on Facebook of my yard from my “porch office” as I like to call it, noting that a cooler weather…
From our sister paper, Pennsylvania Outdoor News – and just in time for Halloween – comes an interesting Bigfoot tale.
If expanded crossbow seasons help keep our fellow hunters going, while at the same time inspires others to take up or expand on this great heritage of deer hunting, then this hunter is all for it.
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…
Fall can never come too quickly.
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.
(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…
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….
So saddle up folks, as this is only the beginning and it’s going to be an interesting ride between now, November, and long likely beyond.
It’s time to do some torch-passing.
This hunter bids farewell to gobblers until fall.
New York hunters are generally a safe bunch, but the statistics we often boast about should never cause us to let our guard down.
For this hunter, there is nothing better than the early days of turkey season with the cooler temperatures, limited foliation and lack of insects. It’s a wonderful time to be in the turkey woods. Slinging a gobbler over your shoulder on the way out is icing on the cake.
The goal is to find birds to hunt during the first two or three days of the season.
I still remember a PBS show called Cottage Country where I saw an episode over 25 years ago that demonstrated how to build what was known as the “Six Hour Canoe” from one sheet of 4×16 marine plywood (or a pair of 8-foot sheets). Eventually, in 2003 I built one. It was at a two-day workshop at what was then the Adirondack…
What would it mean for us outdoors folks if the House and President Biden approve?
Is it just me, or has this winter gone by fast? It seems like only yesterday it was deer season and the holidays were just ahead. Now, we’re counting the days until March 20, when spring arrives and maybe even more-so, the April 1 trout opener. I like winter, and always have. I grew up snowmobiling, which was one of…
Around here, there’s plenty for deer to eat, but that’s not the case in the mountains.
Time is quickly winding down for the Feb. 6 public comment deadline regarding a series of freshwater fishing regulation changes that could affect nearly every angler in this state.
One late December morning, my wife Adrienne and I woke up to find the power had gone out. A nasty, over-night windstorm was the culprit. Ours is a log home, and takes a while to cool down. Still, within minutes, I was firing up the wood stove – something I’d be doing anyway – only without my morning coffee. Fortunately,…
But we’ll be turning the corner on winter before you know it.
It was sad to see it end and this hunter feels like he left something in the woods.
This hunter often finds himself undecided when an opportunity on an antlerless deer presents itself. Sometimes he pulls the trigger, but more often than not, he doesn’t.
If you do all the right things following a hit and still don’t recover a deer that continues to move, take some resolve in the animal’s natural healing ability and that you may encounter it another day.
Tucked away in my files is a folder entitled “Strange Stuff” that is mostly full of letters from, and about a guy known as “Adirondack” Jack Leach, who lived in Utica. How I came to know Jack is a story all its own. The short version is that I was contacted in 2006 by an ESPN reporter who was doing…
New York could use a hard frost, and soon. It’s been an extremely warm autumn thus far, with temperatures running 10 or 15 degrees higher than average. Even where I reside in the Southeastern Adirondacks, we’re just on the tail end of a two-week run where temperatures have been in the 70s during the day. There’s a bit of a…