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From the Editor... Thanks to Herb Philipsons and everyone that came to the spring sport show, it was a great success. The show was fun, we met a lot of people, and talked about the outdoors, for many hours. We hope to get the publication out to every outdoors man or woman in the area. So keep getting out there and don't forget to share your stories or picture with the Catch of the North.
Contents From the Editor . . . . .2 Calendar of Events . .3 Family Hiking . . . . . .4 Fly Fishing with Randy Kulig . . . . .5 Recipes . . . . . . . . . . .6 Opening Day . . . . . . .7 Ricks Corner . . . . . . .8 Minnows . . . . . . . . .10 Tid Bits . . . . . . . . . .11 Outdoor Lady . . . . .12 Food Plots . . . . . . . .13 Mountain Man . . . . .14 Shed Hunters . . . . .15 Editor ............................. Allen Lonis Contributing Writers Randy Kulig • Allen Lonis Amanda Lonis • Shawn Bolen Guest Writers: Dwain Klatt Rick Pecci The Catch of the North accepts all events, stories, and photos pertaining to the outdoors. Photos will not be returned without a self- addressed, stamped envelope. Not responsibe for damage to photographs. Deadline is the second Saturday of every month for the next month’s issue. Email with any questions. The Catch of the North is not responsible for any Damage, Injuries, or Loss that may occur on any outing that comes from this publication. Design and Printing by Steffen Print & Design
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Family Hiking & Travels Family Hiking This section was thought of to inform families about affordable and quality activities to enjoy with the family. We know as new parents that family activities that teach as well as bring you closer together are important. In every issue, the family hiking section will inform you of locations that vary in different levels of intensity. These hikes can range from easy, moderate, hard, and the occasional extreme.
Big Eddy On The West Branch Of The Sacandaga River First and foremost I would not recommend bringing younger children on this hike. There are many hazards that could put them in harms way such as forging rivers, climbing steep rock ledges, and a lot of boulder jumping. This is a tight trail that doesn’t get used that often. Getting to the parking lot can be quite tricky, Take Algonquin Drive off of route 30 in the Town of Wells go roughly a little over a mile then turn left onto west River Rd. and follow to the end. The trail starts through the boulders in the southwest corner of the parking lot and leads you down a road until you reach the trail register. Take the trail to the right and then roughly a half mile take a trail to the left. When we got to big eddy we could see large fish swimming around. After a couple of casts we landed a nice smallmouth bass. From Big Eddy the trail follows the river kind of winding up and down the ravine. It seems that hikers choose to jump from boulder to boulder and walk the river bed itself when water levels permit, There are a total of 5 waterfalls throughout this remote section of the river. It truly is one of my favorite hikes. One could only agree by going and seeing what this hidden gorge has to offer. As far as the length of the trail goes, I cannot factually be accurate as I dont carry a gps. We were away from our car for roughly 7 hrs, keep in mind we did do some fishing along the way. It seems that there would be Trout in some of the pools at the bases of the waterfalls but we didnt have any success.
Hiker’s notes Plan your trip and get all necessary gear. Give someone your time frame and destination with route.
Van Hornesville Van Hornesville is located on Route 80 by the Owen D Young School where, the Otsquago creek carved out a gorge. The trial leads downstream passing by several falls and caves. Creamery Falls and Saw Mills Falls are two of the falls on the gorge. The trail was well marked and in good condition. When you first arrive there are bathrooms and grills for people’s convience. There was a nice picnic area located eye level with the falls and a cave. There are also stairs that lead to the bottom of the falls. Which is also a great spot to fish with or without children. Its a family adventure, a day of fishing, hiking, and a picnic. The sound of the water is quite tranquil as it rolls over the boulders when your looking at the view. The fishing was spectacular, the rainbows were vibrant with color. If your up for more of a hike fish along the creek. Its a family trip worth experiencing.
Ah ... The sweet smell of spring is in the air!! The rivers have settled down and the fish are feeding. Some of us live for this! The Catskill Streams are in full swing by now. In early May the Hendricksons (#12 & #14) and Red Quills (#16) are hatching every afternoon. There are also BlueWinged Olives (#16 & #18). One of the more interesting insects hatching at this time is the “Popcorn” Caddis (#14), This fly causes quite a show with millions of the whitest flies bouncing on the water, like popcorn in a pan. The problem in fishing this “hatch”, (it’s actually egg-laying activity), is that your fly is
just one of those millions on the water. The best bet is to pic one fish that is feeding steadily, then tie your cast so your fly drifts over the fish at just the right moment. This fly is abundant on the Delaware System, the Beaverkill and Ausable, but I have never seen them on the West Canada. By the end of May the Catskill Rivers have hatches of March Browns (#10 & #12) and Gray Foxes (#12 & #16), and some years, by Memorial Day, there will be some Green Drakes (#8). The Central New York and Adirondack Streams are, by mid May, full of Hendricksons and Red
Quills. Look for them at about 2 pm. They almost always hatch at the most pleasant time of the day, mid-afternoon. I prefer to use a pattern I call the West Canada Sparkle Dun. It’s tied with a poly yarn wing instead of deer hair. I can feel my “purist” friends
cringing now, but this fly has its advantages. It is not only easier to tie, but it is more durable and more realistic looking. Best of all, the fish love it. Try tying this pattern to immitate various May flies and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
West Canada Sparkle Dun - Hendrickson Hook:
M94840, TMC 100, D 1180 (dry fly)
#14 (and some #12’s)
Clump of steel gray poly yarn - upright & flaired
Sparse clump of gray antron yarn - a bit longer that gap lenght
Hendrickson pink superfine dubbing
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Recipes Fresh Fish with Leeks and Carrots Ingredients: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 1/4 teaspoons fresh lemon zest, lemon cut into wedges 2 medium garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leave, minced ground black pepper and sea salt 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, minced 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut lengthwise many times (about 1 1/2 cups) 2 medium leeks, white & light green parts halved lengthwise, washed, cut (about 2 cups) 4 tablespoons dry white wine 4 fish fillets, 1 to 1 1/4 inches thick (about 6 ounces each)
Fish marinade ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup soy sauce 2 tbs fresh squeezed lemon /bottled lemon juice 2 tbs Dijon mustard /spicy brown mustard 2 tbs fresh minced ginger or 1 tbs ground ginger whisk all ingredients pour over fish Note: do not marinate longer than 2 hours as fish will start to cook, and then will be tough cook on med. high heat on the grill or stove top cook at 375F in oven 10 minutes per inch of thickness great with wild salmon or trout.
Directions: Prep Time: 20 mins • Total Time: 35 mins Combine butter, 1/4 t zest, 1 t garlic, thyme, 1/4 t salt, and 1/8 t pepper in small bowl. Combine parsley, remaining t zest, and remaining t garlic in another small bowl; set aside. Place carrots and leeks in medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and toss together. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 450°F. get out tin foil, Divide carrot and leek mixture among foil sheets, mounding in center of each. Pour 1 T dry white wine over each mound of vegetables. season fish with salt and pepper and place one fillet on top of each vegetable mound. Spread a quarter of the butter mixture on top of each fillet. make sure to crimp the edges together in 1/2 inch fold, the fold over three more times to create a packet. Place packets on rimmed baking sheets. Bake packets 15 minutes. Carefully open foil, allowing steam to escape away from you. Using a thin metal spatula, gently slide fish and vegetables onto plate with juices; sprinkle with parsley mixture. Served immediately, passing lemon wedges separately.
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Grilled Cornish Game Hens with Two-Mustard sauce You may use poussins or even small fryer chickens in place of the game hens. The poussin has a larger breast that the game hen, but both have delicate and tender meat. Squab or baby pheasant may also be substituted. 6 Cornis Game Hens, Split Red Wine Marinade Two-Mustard Sauce Place the hens in a shallow nonaluminum pan, pour the marinade over, and turn the hens to coat evenly. Cover and marinate overnight in the refridgerator or for 2 hours at room temperature, turning occasionally. Prepare a fire in an open grill. When the coals are medium-hot, place the birds, skin down, on the grill. Cook, turning once, until the skin is golden brown and the juices run clear when the underside is pierced
with a fork, about 7 to 9 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with Two-Mustard Sauce. Red Wine Marinade The basic marindae is good for most red meat and the more flavorful wild birds. Use a green or gold colored extra-virgin olive oil for this recipe. Make 2 1/4 Cups 1 1/2 cups fruity olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 cups dry red wine 1 teaspoon ground black pepper Place the olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Slowly add the red wine, whisking all the while with a wire whisk to form and emulsion. Add the pepper; mix well. Store in
a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Two Mustard Sauce Creamy and thick, this sauce is very good with rare venison or buffalo. Makes about 3/4 cup 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons coarse-grained prepared mustard Salt and black pepper to taste Place the cream and garlic in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly to prevent the cream from boiling over. When the cream is reduced by about half and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, stir in the two mustards and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Walleye, Northern Pike, Tiger Muskellunge, And Pickerel Opens Saturday May 7th 2011 Central New York is home to many lakes and rivers that hold nice size walleyes, pike, muskies and pickerel. Among the most popular are Delta Reservoir, Oneida lake, Canadarago lake, Fish creek near the mouth of Oneida lake, and the Barge Canal/Mohawk River. A couple of lakes that are worth the drive are Great Sacandaga lake, Otsego Lake, and Sacandaga lake. There are several methods used to catch these species of fish. Large suckers tend to be the choice bait for many anglers fishing from shore. Some use canoes to get there bait out a little farther from shore. Trolling Rapalas is another good method to use, from personal experience the ones that have perch colors seem to work well trolling
in 20 feet of water. I have also seen some nice pike taken from the barge canal using phoebes. The timing of the seasonal change greatly affects where you should fish. The walleye run up the tributaries to spawn and then return to the main body of water. If this is done before the season opens then fishing the tributaries may be a waste of time. If you donâ€™t have a boat try working your way from the mouths of the tributaries into the lake. If you do have a boat try trolling from the deep water in toward the mouth of the tributaries. I have had many Walleye weekend adventures, sometimes the fishing is excellent while other times you just end up enjoying the fact that at least you got to go fishing.
Rick’s Corner The Birth Of A Salmon Junkie It was four O’clock in the morning on a cold, frost on the pumpkin, October day in 1981. I was sitting in my step fathers truck listening to sounds of something that seemed scary to me, coming from the water of a small creek. It was the sounds of Salmon as they made their way upstream in the dark to spawn, but to me they sounded like a stampede of wild horses running through the water. I guess at the ripe old age of 12 most anything in the dark, and in the middle of no where can be considered scary. So many things where now running through my head, as the only information I knew about Salmon fishing came from my step Dad at the time, and his information on this subject was quite sketchy, at best. Sometime had past, sitting in the truck that morning, and listing to my step Dads ramblings about what to expect on that day were now embedded into my head. I felt I was ready to go, so I headed out as soon as the light came up on my very fist attempt at Salmon Fishing. Still really not knowing what to expect, and being alone out there at 12 years old, I did honestly have some fear, as I made my way through a frozen corn field down to the bank of that small stream. To my surprise, there lying on the ground was my very first glance at my query. Frozen, frosty and black as night in color was a huge dead Chinook Salmon. Now, “whats so scary about that you say”? Humm, a 25 plus pound fish, dressed in all black, eye balls missing, huge kype and teeth the size of a large dog with a look on it’s face like it will eat you for lunch. That made me shutter, at the thought that I would be sharing the same water, wade fishing with this prehistoric looking fish monster. With a few choice words muttered, I stood undaunted to my task at hand, so I pressed on and made my way to the edge of the water. Peering up and down stream for a few
minutes, gazing into the early morning fog, I don’t see any fish so I start to move down stream. Before I can take even a few steps forward I see movement along the far bank in the shallow water. A huge jet black hump back of a fish with an enormous dorsal fin stuck out of the water like a sore thumb. I watched the dinosaur looking fish with nervous intensity as it slowly made it’s way up stream to rest, several feet away from me. With shaking hands, I take the big weighted treble hook off of my heavy wooden handle spinning rod and huge saltwater size spinning reel wound with 80lb. test and get ready to cast towards the huge fish. Nervous and excited, I make my first cast and my hook kurplunks into the water with a splash just past the big Chinook. I then pull back on the rod to set the hook but I am super surprised when nothing happens, puzzled, I rear back on my fishing rod again even harder with even more strength. I finally feel the big fish start to move, slowly at first, but this fish it seems still doesn't even realize it is hooked yet. I start to apply even more pressure and just then Mr. Dinosaur decides to roar to life. First, he starts upstream a bit and makes a leap into the morning fog, followed by a big splash. The battle is on! I did not anticipate the eminence power this fish would have as he rips yards of my line out heading down stream like a run away freight train. All I can do is hold on, as I watch my line peel out, head around the bend and I say good-bye to my fish splashing through the shallow water way down stream from me. Now, with adrenalin pumping I run down stream fast, tripping, falling and yelling “FISH ON” as I was told to do by my step Dad. It fell upon deaf ears as I was the only one out there on the stream this early in the morning. Moving down stream alone I make my way a few hundred yards through the water, around a few bends Continued on page 8
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in the creek and under a tree to finally catch up to my fish. He is quite tired by now and he had beached himself up on a small gravel pile. Out of breath and tired myself from the epic battle, I finally reach him, shaking and sweating I begin to reach down to grab him by the tail. He starts to take off but before he can get going again I fall on top of him with my knees. With my heart pumping and my excitement level on ultra high, I reach under his gill plate and lift up my first 25lb. plus fall Chinook Salmon. I take a minute to gaze at it’s amazing beauty, to me, as beastly as it really looks. I put a rope on the fish and with a big smile on my face and fish in tow, I go on to fish for many more fun filled hours that day. On that small creek I ended up with my limit of Salmon and just then I realized I was officially introduced to the Salmon Craze and I became an official Salmon Junkie.
I am now 42 years old and Salmon, Trout and Steelhead experience still course though my veins. From time to time my mind still takes me back to that faith full day, when I was bit by the Salmon bug. I look back on all the days spent out on the water and I will honestly say I have NO regrets to the time well
spent in Gods country. I feel I am a very blessed, as a well season veteran angler with many attributes to his name. I went on to host and produce my own national TV fishing show called “Northeast Great Outdoors” on “The Outdoor Channel” among other networks, my own regional Radio show on the WIBX AM 950 radio station, becoming a licensed NYS guide, being inducted into the “NYS Outdoorsmens Hall Of Fame”, having my own regional seminar series and an article done in the “Fur Fish Game Magazine” on my guide service, starting my own lure making business, becoming a USCG licensed charter Captain and now writing in this magazine “Catch of the North” among many other smaller fishing related accomplishments. All for the reason I am here now, not to boast or brag about me but to now write and to give as much of my knowledge, experience and background back to you, the people. Also to help all of you out there as fishermen with the task of becoming a better and
more successful angler. This will be my first of many articles on the subject of fishing Lake Ontario, the Salmon River and other tributaries. So I introduce myself to you as Captain Rick Pecci and if there are any subject matters you feel you'd like to see covered. Please do not hesitate to write in with your suggestions. I hope you come along with me on my continued journey to keep learning everyday about or great sport of fishing and to become the best angler you can be.
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Tid Bits Scouting for Toms March 26As I started my scout for the biggest tom in the woods, I was thinking. Its good to be back in the fields, even if it is only scouting. At first it was slow going. I checked the open area first, then went to a couple of hot spots. I found a lot of fresh signs. I knew I was getting close. The signs going dry, soon after. I don't know if I spooked the flock, not ever hearing them I think that they were ahead of me. So I called it a day for now and got some lunch. Figuring I would go and check the ridges the next morning a little earlier. The morning of March 27 hits I'm out in the woods as the sun just peaks over the tops of the trees. In the distance I can hear the gobbling and the ruffling of the leaves. Getting close I see a few hens at first. Finding a better view point I got a fast glimpse of 3 nice toms. Do to spooking a ruffled grouse that was foraging, Not wanting to pressure them any more that day. So then I picked up and headed out being cautious not to drive them off the land that I'm scouting. April 2, A week has passed since the last scouting day. Out in the woods earlier, this time I try to find a roost or see the hole flock together. Only seeing feathers, I think the coyote had a good meal last week. I put some more time in and had no luck. Maybe tomorrow I will check the pine forest out. April 3 I had little time to put in on the scout. Went fast so I could cover the ground I needed to. The coyote must have moved the flock or killed them. Next weekend I will check out the far side of the woods. April 9 Did not go out spent the day at the Herb Philipsons sport show. The 10th came fast. I got out in the field late and found lots of ruffled ground, no
turkeys, but it made for a good hike and stretched out my legs. Friday the 15th, I had time to make a fast swing, finding the flock my excitement grew quickly, seeing the toms and trying to pick the best one for opening day. Ducking back in to the evergreen trees not to be seen. Getting back in the cover gave me the advantage to watch were the flock went. Finding the flocks location gave me some relief. I had to get my scouting out of the way on Friday because Saturday was the trout and salmon expo. No time on the 17th sorry.
Hunting with the Crossbow is Legal Beginning in the 2011 Regular Hunting Season New York state legislatures and the department of conversation have signed a bill to allow crossbow use to hunt big game. The bill will allow hunters to use a crossbow during regular season big game hunting. It came into effect February 1st 2011 and will expire on December 31st 2012 unless the Current government officials at that time decide to extend the bill. The following information came from the department of conservations website. A legal crossbow is defined as; must have a stock and a working safety, with a minimum limb length of 17 inches. it must have a minimum peak draw weight of 100 pounds and a maximum draw weight of 200 pounds. The minimum overall length must be at least 24 inches. Hunters can begin using crossbows in the 2011-2012 REGULAR firearms season in both the northern and southern tier zones. Hunters cannot use crossbows during early or regular bow hunting seasons. However they may be used during late special seasons. The new law requires that you complete training in the safe use of a crossbow. the DEC will develop a safety course for new hunters while current hunters can use on-line and home study materials developed by the DEC.
What the outdoor lady inspires... April 1st has come and went. Ive been waiting for April 1st for 2 years now. I missed it in 2009, and 2010. So 2011 finally came. Not that I would have changed it. Our daughter was born in 2009 and fishing April 1st being 8 months pregnant, was thought of but not appropriate. Then in 2010 our son was born and and again fishing pregnant, thought of again but not appropriate. The thoughts have still ran through my mind, as the gang is out there and I’m at home. Now, this is the year came and I knew I was going. When it arrived, I still wasn't prepared. Out of shape, seeing that, I only made the hike out to the lake once before I had each child. My gear unused and not ready to fish for April 1st as the day came. I still went hoping to get the best “Catch of the day.” My legs were burning as the muscles tightened as I marched in the snow. I put my head down thinking on how I used to feel as I hiked in. Ashamed, I was clearly out of shape. Disappointed in myself, I pushed on. Not stopping, I new I could make it, I used to be able to do this with out losing a breath. As we start to slowly
lighter as the cabin fever blew away. I felt good, my body felt alive. That hike got my blood flowing, making my body want more fitness. I watched quietly as the guys horsed around. Antagonizing one another, all in good fun. Quickly, the first hit arrived, only it was a pickerel, then another one. The guys betting who would do the best. In the meantime both my poles have fell over numerous times, with nothing. I prayed to the fish gods,saying don't let me down. Then again my pole fell. I slowly walked over to get it, knowing that it just fell over again. Picking it up, it kept bobbing in my hand, “Got one.” My husband ran over, he was saying nice fish before I even saw it. Wewww....I jumped up and down. I told him, I was the one. He just gave me that look. My smile must have grown 3 times just then, as I looked back at him. The rest of the day being uneventful. Being back out there, feeling free again. The wind in my hair, wrapping itself around me in the fresh spring air. I couldn't wait to show the kids, that fish, that thought, brought me just as much joy as being “ the one, with the best catch.”
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decline down the trail is almost coming to the end. The ice was near and I was home free. I started to settle back into comfort, that in time my hiking legs will be back. Walking out over the ice, my smile widened and my head picked back up. For I knew, that I would be the chosen one. The fish god spoke to me Thursday night, chatting it will be me. As we were setting up, my mood grew
Even as tired as she was on our April 1st excursion Amanda repeatedly asked me if she could drag our sled full of gear. I would say that says something about her true character. My favorite memory of the outdoor lady was when we bushwhacked our way deep into the woods to a little lake. Turned out to be a mud puddle basically. When we returned to the lake where we departed from it was decided that we would take a rest and Take in the the sunshine on that warm afternoon. Well Amanda didn’t exactly rest she kept casting this little kastmaster on about 2 lb test line about 50 yards into the lake and i mean over and over. Needless to say about 45 minutes of this she reeled in A nice Adirondack brook trout. Just wanted to share this with her fan base she truly is determined to “show up the men”
Food Plots Home Grown Bucks Now remember, when your getting ready to plant your food plots, think of all the variables. Like where there's hardwoods, winds, fields, creeks, streams, trails and roads. Remember where the deer have already been traveling. You want to take into consideration, the fall season, where the deer will be feeding, drinking, and walking on the trails, bedding,etc. If you can, try to plant food plots close to your hunting areas and out of sight from roads. Generally long narrow plots that are next to cover will be used more in the daytime compared to square plots that are in the open area. You can set up food plots to funnel the deer to you come fall. So make sure to keep that in mind, when you are planting your food plots. Think of the possibility of putting in roads on or around the land.Well maintained trials and roads to tree stands or hunting areas will increase your stealthiness. In the fall the deer like to fatten up with nuts. The closer you position food plots to thick woods, the better chance youâ€™ll have to get a mature buck to come out during the daylight hours. You can sow plots 45 days before falls 1st frost with a fast growing annual, to bring the deer in before the rut begins. A good idea is to plant down along the sides of your trials or roads. Try to use high quality perennials like a clover blend.You could sow biologic maximum in August, it contains a large percentage of crude protein for nourishing deer, especially after the rut. These strips of clover will grow for about 4-5 years from April to August. When planting you will need at least 4 hours of light. Or you could use lush cover on the sides of the roads or trials like blackberries or green brier. Try to block the back of your tree stand, that forces the deer to come around for your benefit. Keep in mind that does will rotate there food sources so they don't extinguish there food supply and keep the predators confused. When you are hunting try hunting mid-day most deer eat at dawn and dusk but they will eat every 4-6 hours if they are comfortable with there surroundings. Try and strategically place a sanctuary or two, it only needs to be a five acre plots that is heavily wooded, and a place that you don't hunt.
Tips for bucks There are 12 deer calls that have 4 categories contact(soft grunt) antagonistic(grunt short wheeze) mating(tending grunt) maternal(fawn blat) Try to use the antagonistic grunt it works on those big bucks but it does scare the does off. Use short calls the longer you make it the less interested they get. Most scrapes are made right after dusk's from mid October-November. So the thought is, to watch a ridge that's full of signs or near a hot spot, sooner than later you ll see the big one. But if youâ€™ve been watching scrape for a few days and seen nothing move on to a newer hotter scrape. Bucks will go to both mock scrapes with doe pee and mock scrapes with buck urine/tarsal scent. Use a little of each near your favorite hunting spot.
Mountain Man Chronicles of the Mountain Man The Journey of Becoming a 46er by Shawn Bolen The message came through: “possibly want to do a peak on Saturday”. The excitement took over instantly with it only being March and I have somebody who wants to get to the mountains as badly as I do. Due to illness, our plans got put off and having scheduling differences as to when we will begin, were up in the air. Normally I would go at it alone but have gotten heavy opposition regarding the matter of hiking into the high peaks alone in the winter. With all the thinking and planning of the trips ahead I find myself thinking of the first time I got to stand on a high peak and check out some of the mountains that were standing massively in the background. It was early in the summer of 2009 that My friends and I all found ourselves back in the area after college and work had separated us for quite some time. We knocked off three small mountains, Panther peak, Pillsbury mountain and Snowy mountain. After the somewhat lengthy Snowy Mountain adventure, our legs were ready to tackle something big. With two of my friends back off to life, Adam and I were left discussing what was next. We set the next weekend in stone to go to the high peaks and see what they were all about. We Didn’t know where we going, we were just going and would choose our destination on our three hour ride to Keene Valley. We came to the awesome realization that there were several hikes that could knock off numerous peaks at one time (we were young yet) It was decided that the Gothic and Wolfjaw loop would be a good starting point. The trail we took was estimated to be 15 miles and neither of us had ever hiked that distance before. We decided that we would do the loop backwards so we would climb up Gothics first with it being the largest. The rugged Orebed brook trail sure gave us a true taste of what those mountains have to offer. I will never forget when we reached the 4000 foot marker and i looked to left and saw that monstrous
peak jutting out from the mountain that we had just climbed. As it was noted in several guide books the weather became quite diverse as we neared the summit. It was neat to finally be witnessing this first hand. Watching the clouds slam into Haystack and looking like they exploded, while the small strands were rolling across Gothic were getting sheared right in front of us was quite intriguing. Between the breaks in the clouds we were presented with some of the most inspiring views that I had ever seen. There was no intimidation, only anticipation to look forward to being on the summits that were being viewed. Being our first high peak adventure we learned quite a bit. First, defiantly obtain a water purifier, and go one step beyond that and make sure that there are streams or springs among your trail to get water from. Secondly, it is wise to get there early, It wasn’t scary walking out in the dark, but granted that your legs are some what weary by the end of the day and there are many hazards that could trip you or roll an ankle. As we were walking out of the woods that night there was a unique feeling of satisfaction. I knew at that point that there was going to be many more trips like this one to come. It’s looking like the hiking is going to begin at the end of April, and that I cant wait for. All my gear is ready to roll at the first phone call I get. The Journeys about to begin again!
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Shed Hunters As the snow piles deeper after deer season many of us hunters are cleaning and putting away our gear not to be touched for another six months. The whitetail deer at this time though are trying to survive the cruelest season, winter. In the north deer have managed to survive by grouping together, known as yarding up. This is often in or near a food source. The act of yarding up is an instinct for these animals, strenght in numbers as the old saying goes. The deer create well packed trails in the deep snow which makes for easy travel, therefore conserving energy. The more eyeâ€™s, ears and noses to alert the herd of danger is another benefit. During this time a whitetail buckâ€™s testosterone level drops which causes him to shed the antlers he supported past Autumn. In deer yards the concentration of animals can create unique opportunities to find these hidden treasures during and after spring thaw. Depending on ones location in upstate New York deer yards may range from hundreds of acres to less than 50 acres. The deer yard may hold up to a hundred deer or just a dozen or so. Even the types of forest may differ greatly from swamps to south facing slopes. The Adirondacks for instance have very distinct traditional deer yards where whitetails have been going for generations and have been known to travel 40 miles or more to reach them. These yards are generally lower lying swamps, valleys amongst the hills and mountains. The vegetation is generally a mix of balsam fir spruce and white cedar with the white cedar and maple twigs being the a preferred browse. The mixed woodland/farmland on the other hand tend to be associated more with available crops and the the woodlands adjacent. Corn and soybean tend to be a winter crop while wild apples are usually located in nearby woods. These fairly available foods are loved by deer and they will spend the winter in or near these locations. If a wooded south facing slope or a stand of hemlocks/pine is present all the better. The number of deer may vary greatly in this area due to pockets of suitable habitat. Although a standing corn field in the
right area may harbor a hundred deer. A back road drive or some local deer knowledge can lead one to a whitetail deer yard. Some leg work and careful searching can lead us deer enthusiasts to one or more shed antlers. What to look for? Look for physical sign during and after the snow melts. Browse lines on cedars, apple and other trees is a good tip off as the deer will feed as high as they can reach and potentially push an antler off of their head. Deer droppings are another great sign look for concentrations and packed trails of droppings for this shows where the deer were yarding up. Often a buck will drop an antler or both while walking or running. In agricultural lands it doesnâ€™t hurt to look in any corn fields that were still standing during the winter. The act of looking for sheds can be a great activity either solo or with friends and family. It is a great way to introduce the outdoors to a youngster or to scout bucks to potentially hunt next fall. Often landowners who are reluctant to allow some one to hunt thier property have no problem with allowing that same person to hike and search for sheds. It may very well be that through this act a realationship with a land owner will be born and the potential for hunting rights. So as spring arrives this/next year get out and take a look in your neck of the woods. Take a friend or your kids and try to find these hidden treasures that are under the snow. After some searching antlers will be found. Maybe they will be used as a hat hanger maybe an interior door handle or art or just a token of a good day in the woods.
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