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Dinner and a movie with my people

A few weeks back, I was invited to be the speaker for the Earlville Conservation Club. I was reluctant, as I am nearly phobic about public speaking. I finally accepted the inv... read more...


Falconry is alive and well in Chenango County

The world of the falconer is a time-honored tradition that stretches thousands of years into our human past. To be a falconer isnít a hobby, but a dedicated lifestyle. The ben... read more...


Four out of five isnít too bad for foam-dome Fudd

Knowing when and how is imperative to being successful on any type of hunt. A little backwoods knowledge can put you on game fast and also save the day, at times. Being able t... read more...


Step out of the woodwork and into the dark side

Social media has been a big deal for several years now. For outdoors people like myself, there is enough to do outside to keep us busy. The need for computer entertainment is ... read more...


Local outdoorsmen wish to bring back a time-honored tradition

Thanks to all for supporting my column, it's hard to believe 14 months have gone by so quickly. Rarely in life have I had a job that seemed so effortless. This was not the cas... read more...


A few new year resolutions for the outdoorsman

We all have some form of bad habit that needs to be resolved. For outdoorsmen, the list can be quite extensive. Many outdoor sports are hit or miss, this is because of the va... read more...


Strategies for a safe and successful early ice fishing trip

Early ice can offer the hard water angler some of the best fishing of the year, but can also be quite dangerous. Understanding the body of water you will fish and how to test ... read more...


Itís time for the year-round sportsman to change gears

Being a year-round sportsman can have its perks, but can also be problematic at times. Organization is one of the most important tasks of the outdoorsman, it will surely save ... read more...


Single-shot strategies for smoke pole hunters

Itís hard to believe that deer season is nearly over. For those hoping to harvest a last-minute deer, be sure to properly load and store your muzzleloader. Hunting with a muz... read more...


Deer hunters cannot expect to bag a trophy every year

Hunting can be challenging or downright frustrating at times. If you are expecting to shoot a big buck every season, you may be in for a rude awakening. It seems that if you ... read more...


One shot on target, four shots in the wind

Most of us have heard the old saying five shots in the wind. It refers to missing all five shots taken, likely under a high stress situation. Deer hunters understand the st... read more...


The rut is hot right now, unfortunately, so is the weather

The rut is finally in full swing. Hunters look forward to this natural cycle all year, and excitedly await its arrival. Weather and temperature have a tremendous effect on how... read more...


Change is in the air, so be ready

Experienced hunters spend the entire year looking forward to the next two weeks. Bucks are beginning to move during daylight hours offering hunters their best opportunity to t... read more...


Halloween is a marker day for hunters

Many hunters recognize Halloween as the kickoff of the rut. Although to some hunters, it may be viewed as the only day of the year they fit in. Most years, by the last day of... read more...


Keep your head up and stay in the game

As with other sports, hunters and fisherman have to be prepared for failure. In a sport that leans in the furry and finned competitorís favor, one must learn to deal with seco... read more...



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