The new normal; what is that?

The new normal; what is that?

Who knew we’d be talking about social distancing and the threat of the COVID-19 virus as it runs havoc through the country? One good thing is that as they say, “we are not alone” on this, as everyone is affected one way or another. Many have been laid off, businesses closing, schools are closed and parents have to work and homeschool at the same time. Other states have closed fishing season for commercial and also to recreational angling. Numerous events and shows, too many to count, have been canceled and/or postponed. The good news is that according to The Centers…
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Strategies for late season ice fishing

Strategies for late season ice fishing

This ice fishing season has been a tough one for area anglers. The sporadic weather and thin ice on the bigger lakes has made access tough and, in some cases, dangerous. However, the late February cold snap tightened up the deep-water lakes and made for some outstanding fishing. As this article is released, I’ll be up on Schroon Lake with my son William and friends fishing the weekend long contest up there. Its been a tradition for close to 25 years and an event we look forward to every year. The Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club do an outstanding…
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The secret to taking big bucks … the Salerno way

The secret to taking big bucks … the Salerno way

It seems like every year there are a few hunters that consistently take really big, mature whitetail bucks; what is their secret to taking big bucks? Its not all luck, as a deer hunter I can attest to that. I recently had the pleasure to sit down one-on-one with one of the best big buck hunters in the United States and discuss just what does it take to, year after year, harvest a giant of the Northwoods. The name Salerno is synonymous with successful deer hunting in the Adirondacks and the family is known as “The First Family of Deer…
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Bowhunter education, 40 years of uniting archers

Bowhunter education, 40 years of uniting archers

Back in the late ’60s, there was a discontent among bowhunters throughout the United States and the sport of archery hunting was getting a bad rap. The sport of bowhunting was thought of as archaic. Then a man from New York took it upon himself to unite bowhunters and protect the sport. That man was Bill Wadsworth, a retired Boy Scouts of America executive and avid bowhunter. It was his initiative to educate all archers that helped put all bowhunters in North America, and Europe, on the same page to protect the integrity of the sport. In 1969, the Bowhunting…
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Into The Wild: Enjoy the sun, but protect yourself

We all know that one guy or gal, or family coming off the water at the end of the day from fishing or hanging out on the boat ... their skin is beet red and you know they’ll be in agony the next couple of days from the pain. After the initial sunburn starts to settle, then the ugly part comes; the peeling, itching, sleepless nights, not a pleasant experience. A good tan looks good; so what is a sunburn and should we really be concerned about it? According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there is a lot…
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Ain’t no time for the summertime blues

Ain’t no time for the summertime blues

With Labor Day behind us, the Ring of Fire concluded, and school starting, it’s obvious that summertime has come and gone, again. Late summer here in the 44 lakes region is associated with low water levels in the streams and lakes, but there are opportunities out there. Most trout fishing in streams is confined to early mornings as water temperatures have warmed to the point that playing fish will stress them to the point of death. The Great Sacandaga Lake is experiencing record low levels as water is discharged to the Hudson, evaporation rates are higher than normal, and we…
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