The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Here is a beautiful 21 inch brown caught in early September several years ago. Fall trout fishing in the Adirondacks is as good as in the spring but with a different motivation for the trout. In the spring they are gorging because it had been a long tough winter, in the fall they know the winter is coming. They have feasted all summer long and with the mating season coming they are strong, have an attitude and an agenda. Fall Turkey season is opening soon and deer hunting opens early in the northern zone so there is a steadily increasing pace to life here as the days shorten and the nights get cooler. If you have your unfilled archery tag from last year it is good for the last days of September before the new license year starts. Wild mushrooms begin to abound and the victory garden is now spitting out vegetables at a viscous rate. Most days start with the pressure caner and dehydrator going full tilt. I feel like one of the squirrels in the yard, going from sun up till dark and I love it. My son gets his first archery tag this year so the pace seems a little more torrid than usual and the fact that the archery season opens 2 weeks earlier than usual this year is adding to the fervor. I must quit my regular job in order to keep up. Okay that is it for now the time is up on the caner.

Read more
0

Hunter Education Today—Safety And So Much More

My son and my semi adopted daughters took there hunter safety course today and wow has it changed a lot from when I took it back in the Dark Ages. I was totally impressed with how much more has been included in the program to take it from just safety to a complete overview of the state of hunting in this day and age. It truly deserves the title it now has, Hunter Education and I will narrate in the following pictorial some of what we covered. Right out of the gate old doggie was not happy that she was not being included in the days activities as she observed the bee hive of action at 6:00 am in the morning. Sorry there home dog. The Tioga County Sportsman’s club was gracious enough to donate their facilities for the education of these future sportsmen and women so kudos to them. Upon arriving there on what had to be the nicest morning we have had since June the first order of business was to check in the firearms that many of the students had brought. The instructors immediately had the students demonstrate a knowledge of the firearm and demonstrate that it was in a safe mode.  The class had done 4 hours of work already and  upon all the firearms being secured the group was gathered for review and more instruction. Many subjects were covered in the class including safe handling of firearms and a deep respect for the manner in which a moment of carelessness can change many lives. Types of firearms, their parts and capabilities were covered. Ammunition types and how they interact with the firearms were covered. Tree stand safety was covered and the proper use of the safety belts was covered. Habitat, conservation, landowner interaction, posting  and very importantly the great responsibility that they have to be ethical as the newest stewards of gun sports. Much more was covered but these are some of the highlights. Next was a trip to the rifle range where patterning of shotguns and the sighting in procedures for rifles was demonstrated and practiced. Next was some field work on hunting situations such as crossing fences, making sure of targets and what lies beyond them, proper hunting formations and how to assign a team leader, posted signs, encountering other hunters and their equipment, hunting sites and rights to be there also. Now it was time to test their retention of the knowledge and wisdom that had been shown and demonstrated. Upon the completion of the tests the group gathered at the gun range for some hands on blasting of clay birds and a further demonstration of the safe handling of their firearms. Meanwhile the instructors were grading the tests and the result was a 100% graduation of new gun owners and hunters. I hope the smile on my face isn’t spilling out into your home!!! It was fantastic to see so many women becoming involved the hunting and gun sports. A big thanks to the instructors whom gave up their days to teach this class.

Read more
0

August in the Adirondacks

CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT. Mid August now and thank God the brutal heat wave is broken and much needed rain has been steady. Nights are going to be nippy this week and the trout fishing should really start to pickup. Up here you never know what you might get weather wise and you had better be ready for it. Right now you can feel the change in the light and the buzz of the woods takes on a different sound. Each day the migratory birds seen a to thin out a little more. Catch  the right cool rainy day and the trout fishing can get ugly as trout that had remained deep and hidden all summer start to put the feedbag on for the coming winter. They sense it as well and know what is coming and what to do to prepare for it. Deer season is right around the corner and now that NY has moved up the opener for bow to Oct. 1st it seems like its not far off. Needless to say the lazy days are gone and the program is starting to pick up speed. Bob caught this beauty last August on his initial outing here and what a welcome to the river! Got the fight on video and the fish was quickly released. Note the anvil like head because here he is again in June of this year when my buddy Mark got him right in the same spot only now he was an inch bigger.That anvil shaped head is what allowed me to know that is was him again. It is oh so satisfying to know that the catch and release is working.  Bob also got this 22 inch beauty that same day. Oh yeah and he also  got this 16 incher. As you can see even in mid August , quality trout fishing is available under favorable water heights. Folks there is some really good fishing all over up here but you better bring your A-game because this is wild trout fishing. Okay got to go. I have  three of my kids taking their hunter safety courses in the morning and its going be great. I am already looking at bigger freezers. ha ha ha.

Read more
0

Own A Slice Of A Trout Fishing Mecca

Hey fellow outdoors minded people. I have a friend whom has some really nice property on the world famous West Branch of the Delaware River just below the town of Deposit in New York States Catskill Mountains. If you have been thinking about owning your own little or big getaway then this might just be a great place to plant your flag. Read more at the link http://www.papabearoutdoors.com/for-sale/

Read more
0