VIP fishing day a learning experience on many levels

“Have the fish cleared the screen yet?” asked Capt. Joel Ruggiero of Bait Master Charters. “We have now!” shouted an enthusiastic Jeff Rasmus of Dunkirk, first mate on the boat for this special VIP/Media fishing day out of Dunkirk on…

A small first-aid kit can save the day

Over the years, I’ve discovered that an essential piece of outdoor equipment and one that many hunters and even fishermen fail to consider is a small, compact first-aid kit. It could be argued ad infinitum about what should be included…

While watching Pennsylvania, New York maintains CWD vigilance

There is a lot at stake here because in states where CWD has been present for many years, deer and elk populations declined. Deer hunting here in New York represents a $1.5 billion economic value to rural communities and small businesses throughout the state.

Today’s coolers are marvels of modern technology

Some of my fondest memories as a kid are of the summer weekend picnics our family took to a favorite picnic grove along the Big Bear Creek in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. After arrival, my father set up a folding picnic table then placed the…

Early archery season worth a shot, weather or not

Bowhunters, myself included, can be a fickle bunch. Take New York state archery hunters, for instance. For years we lobbied hard for an earlier opening to the archery deer season, and DEC finally bumped it up from mid-October to an…

Early-season conditions challenge deer and turkey hunters

Archery season is open across New York and hunters couldn’t be happier. With the exception of a mid-October warm-up, the weather has been much cooler this year compared to the past two early archery seasons. Encouraging, to say the least,…

In praise of small game hunting

I remember my first days of small game hunting like it was yesterday. Being born in mid-November, I had to wait until my 14th birthday, which was the minimum hunting age at the time, before I could buy my first…

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