Bear Treks

Hello fellow hunting and fishing aficionados, welcome to Bear Treks. This is my blog to give you useful and current reports on my own outings and information that has been sent to me from knowledgeable sportsmen that just might help you in your pursuit of fish and game.

Papa Bear Outdoors is my company based in Binghamton N.Y. I am an inventor of unique cutting edge products designed to make your precious time afield as successful as possible. This is also your link to some of the best wild trout fishing in the East if not the whole country.




NY Bow season now underway

Now there is one revved up young hunter back in 1984, seems like yesterday. My third year of bow hunting and I luck into the county record. He still greets me each morning while I have my coffee and formulate the rudiments of how the day should go. The archery season started here on October the 15th but the wind has blown hard to harder and tonight the 22nd  is the first decent night there has been. Busted right out of the gate. Snuck  into the stand using stealth and cunning, climbed in making less noise than a red squirrel, surveyed the situation, immediately got an arrow on the bow, hung the bow ready for action, surveyed the area again, went to hang the quiver and the dreaded snort  greeted my ears. Looked up to see a beauty whirling and evacuating. He was a nice one and from the good glance I had he appeared to be a potential P&Y candidate. I had hunted this one several times last season and not seen him yet constant new sign was appearing. Well I saw him this time but unfortunately not hanging as I had envisioned. I also saw a nice fat 6pt whom stood sideways at 25 yards for about 30 seconds. Well see him in a couple of years. All in all it was an action packed first evening hunt and having seen this one I will be spending some serious time after him. ALERT: the ticks here in the southern half on NYS state are at record levels due to the wet year so be sure to keep an eye out on you and your pet!!!

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Carp Derby a Huge Success

This 25# carp from the Susquehanna River would not even get a second look during the recent carp tournament on the St. Lawrence at Waddington NY. This marathon 115 hr contest ended with the winners weighing in a total of 1897#. Sore arms were had by all. I was not on site but followed the leader board each day and was amazed at how one day some teams caught few and the next day they vaulted near the top of the contest. Just shows that you can’t give up. This region of NY is a fishing and hunting paradise. World class fishing for many species and a host of venues outside of fishing make it a great vacation area.  The Akwassanee Casino and the incredibly difficult Malone Country Club golf course are but a few of the diverse things to do and see here. I highly recommend looking into this somewhat overlooked region of NY.

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Things returning to normal

At last things are stabilizing it what has been an interesting weather year to say the least. It will take years for my neighbors to get back to where they were after the flooding here in the southern tier of NY. In the Adirondacks stream conditions are perfect and recent fishing outings once again produced many fish. The heavy rain has done what I expected and put the fish on their annual staging runs for spawning early this year. A father and son out of my operation caught and released over 40 browns last weekend. The last two weeks of the season will be fantastic if we don’t get any more heavy rain. The floods of the past few weeks have created many new holes and runs which means all new challenges. Along the Lake Ontario region the salmon are starting to swarm and the runs intensify with each passing day. Some gigantic brown trout are following them and then come the steel-head. With all this rain a region that not many take advantage off is the tributaries off of the Finger Lakes. The Landlock runs here in the fall can be brutal and this wet year is going to spur this to a potentially biblical level. The same will hold true for the runs that come up out Lake Champlain. Last years runs were heavy to say the least and with the removal of barriers on the Bouquet and Saranac Rivers things are only going to get better. Right now the world carp fishing championship is going on at Waddington on the St. Lawrence River. This is a growing angling venue and this years contest features 100 teams in a 115 hour long fishing marathon. http://www.carptournamentseries.com/site/tournaments/2011-carp-angling-world-championship/#cawc_2011_register is your link to information on this unique contest and a constantly updated leader board. There will be plenty of Alive consumed by the winners after this contest to relax sore muscles I am sure. Bye for now.

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Mother Nature gone crazy

We are SLOWLY starting to recover from our latest flood disaster which eclipsed the flood of the 2006 disaster. That was supposed to be the 500 year flood and I guess this must be the 1000 year flood. It is now that the water has receded and that you are able to get into all areas that you begin to appreciate the scope of the damage. Almost anywhere you go peoples entire life’s possessions are heaped at the curb. Dazed home and business owners try to heap more onto these already head high heaps of all they have worked for. It is hard to think about hunting and fishing when so many here are devastated. That said I think my usual concentrated and relentless pursuit of the wily whitetail will be some what abbreviated this year. The last week has been a blur of rescue and now recovery as our entire community is coming together to help those that are WIPED OUT! I now know what the folks after Katrina faced and why it is taking so long for them to recover. Many here are going to walk away from the areas that were pounded twice in 5 years.

The salmon at Pulaski are running like crazy and the deer hunting should be great this year with the biblical apple crop and the amazing mast crop. I have managed a few hours out in the woods but I feel guilty to spend any time on pleasure when so many around me are really suffering. Okay I am off to Conklin now to help my sister in law who is just now getting back into her home. I see no end to how many people that need help but I have had many rewards heaped on me already and now its time to pay it forward and back. We live in the greatest country in the history of the planet don’t ever take it for granted!!!!

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