New York – Mike Raykovicz

Getting even

It’s been just over a week since deer season ended here in the Southern Tier and I’m still bummed out. Archery season was good but I still like getting out and being able to spend all day in the woods with a rifle in my hands. My lunch menu for these all day hunts hasn’t changed in over 50 years,…

CWD remains ticking time bomb

The first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania was confirmed a few weeks ago in a three-year-old doe raised on a game farm in New Oxford, Adams County. The disease may have links to another game farm near Williamsport, near the middle of the state and another in the southern part in Dover, York County. The infected doe…

Wild entertainment from the treestand

Although rifle season has opened here in the Southern Tier, friends often ask me if I get bored waiting in a treestand during archery season. I always reply with an emphatic “no.” Admittedly, while standing in a tree doesn’t give me much to do, blending with the surroundings provides me with so much more to see. From my vantage position…

When things go wrong

One of the things I remember vividly when I was growing up is my mother admonishing me to “Never count your chickens before they’re hatched.” We’ve all heard it said but when it comes to deer hunting nothing could prove to be truer than that caveat. As reported here last week, early in the season I was extremely encouraged about…

Home, sweet home

We returned to the states earlier this month after two weeks in Europe visiting a friend. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity; one I just couldn’t turn down despite my having to miss the opening week of bow season in both New York and Pennsylvania. Needless to say the scenery in both Italy and France was beautiful, but…

Overseas for the Oct. 1 opener

Okay, I’ve done it. I’ve scouted my hunting area, hung my stands, brushed them in and set my trail cameras. All is in readiness for my return to the states. By the time this is published I’ll be in Rome and then Florence, Italy. From there it’s on to Nice, France to spend a week with a friend. I plan…

Early openers tighten schedule

I can’t believe September is almost gone. Usually the first week or two of this first month of fall I relax a little and do a little scouting for the upcoming deer season. This year, however, I feel a little puckered up because the New York bow season opens on Oct. 1 in the Southern Zone and, in Pennsylvania where…

Black Lake bowfin

Years ago when my fishing buddy and neighbor had a cottage on Black Lake we would often go there in early September. We both were working so we could only go for the weekend. Largemouth bass were our targeted species and we fished for them in the thick weedbeds with topwater lures like Hula Poppers. We caught bass most of…

Crayfish catching days remembered

When my son Lee, now 40, was nine years old he and a friend would often go to down to the Choconut Creek on hot summer afternoons to catch crayfish. The water was ankle deep and the two boys would spend hours overturning rocks and netting the scuttling crawdads. Sometimes we’d use them for bait but most of the time…