Summer, a time to prep for fall hunting season

Summer, a time to prep for fall hunting season

Summer is normally thought of as a time for picnics, fishing on the lakes, camping, and family vacations; not necessarily for preparing for this coming fall’s deer season. However, preparation and scouting now can mean early success and getting that trophy buck. For me and many others, it’s hard to believe that August is already here. Summer for me means it’s time to start scouting for this coming fall’s deer season and getting the food plots ready. Scouting has never been easier with the availability of trail cameras. They have certainly come a long way as far as technology, reliability,…
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Hot weather action, floating the Schoharie Creek

Hot weather action, floating the Schoharie Creek

While our bigger waters get most of the attention in the summer, there is a jewel tucked away just to the south that is rich in both history and fish. The Schoharie Creek gets overlooked as a source of good walleye and smallmouth bass. In the upper reaches and in some of its tributaries, trout are stocked and hold throughout the year. The Schoharie Creek flows northward from Indian Head Mountain in the Catskills and empties into the Mohawk River at Fort Hunter. Numerous tributaries feed the creek as it snakes its way through the Schoharie Valley. The history of…
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Bay of Fundy, second chance bear

Bay of Fundy, second chance bear

The desire to travel to New Brunswick on a spring bear hunt started more than 20 years ago when I was assigned the title of “Speaker Coordinator” for the Perth Bible Church Sportsman’s Dinner. The dinner hosted anywhere from 700 to 900 people in one day and all of the game meat was prepared by the members of the church, it was a great event and I took the responsibility very serious. Jack Douglas of Douglas Archery in Galway told me about a bear hunting lodge in New Brunswick that was very good. Jack always invited me along on the…
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A Hudson River Resurgence, the Striped Bass

A Hudson River Resurgence, the Striped Bass

Growing up, the thought of catching striped bass meant going to Cape Cod, Maryland, or New Jersey and hiring an off shore guide, certainly not fishing in the Hudson River. The Hudson River has been a depository for sewage treatment plants, storm water runoff, and industrial effluent for many years and in the 70’s and 80’s was never considered a “fishery”. However, with the implementation of strict environmental regulation and increased awareness of the pollution in the river over the years, the old Hudson has cleaned up nicely. The major benefactor of its better water quality is the striped bass…
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Using electronics to ice more fish

Using electronics to ice more fish

Unlike the last two years, the weather is cooperating and making good ice this year. This week’s temperatures and locking up the big lakes just fine. Smaller lakes like Caroga, Mayfield, West are already being fished. Keep in mind safety first and that you need at least four inches of ice to support a person. Keep in mind that the ice will be thin where there is current like where streams feed into lakes. Always test the ice thickness by drilling holes or using a spud. When in doubt, stay off it. When I started ice fishing as a kid,…
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