New York – Mike Raykovicz

Trucking into spring gobbler season

As I get older I’ve found I’ve become less tolerant of a lot of things. For example, last week I took my year-old truck back to the dealer to see if they could install intermittent windshield wipers as a retrofit. For more money than I paid for my house, I felt the new truck would at least have a necessary…

Falling into the trap

Last week I took advantage of the nice weather we had here in the Southern Tier and headed to the local sportsmen’s club for a few rounds of trap shooting. Trap shooting is something I usually do after the spring turkey season ends and before the fall bow season begins, but the sun and warm breeze got me started earlier than…

Politics often stymies sound wildlife management

It’s often interesting to see how things are done in other parts of the country. A few weeks ago, I was visiting my son and his family in North Carolina and happened to check the sports section of the local newspaper. An outdoor column written by an area writer caught my attention because of the headline: “Most South Carolina Hunters Want…

Pa. joins N.Y. in ‘Compact’

I read a few weeks back where Pennsylvania has now joined 35 other states, including New York, in a united front to put the hammer down on serious poaching violations. What this means is someone who loses his or her hunting license privileges in one of the “Compact” states for certain poaching offenses will lose those hunting license privileges in…

Surrendering to technology

As a hunter, particularly a bowhunter, I always wondered what was happening around my stand in my absence. In the not-too-distant past I stretched sewing thread along deer travel routes and checked to see if any thread was broken. If it was, it told me a deer had passed in the night and the spot was still worth hunting. At…

Those dog-gone coyotes

Saw a lot of coyote tracks last month here in the Southern Tier and even heard packs of them howling after dark during the archery season. I know there are numerous trappers in the area who target them but I can’t help thinking they must be hard to catch. I was a fox trapper when I was in high school…

Woodland walks

I like being in the woods any time of year and the other day I felt like taking a walk. I decided to check some of my bowhunting sites to see if I could discern any wildlife activity.  For wild things, food is at a premium in December and a harvested cornfield always attracts a variety of critters.  From the…