By the time you read this I will have a new blog setup on our Web site designed to allow sportsman an opportunity to exchange stories and ideas. I hope to give some insight into what is and isn't working for me at any given time and perhaps start a dialogue with others who enjoy the outdoor pursuits as much as I do.
I definitely don't profess to know it all, and would love to learn new hunting and fishing practices that have proven successful, so feel free to go to www.denpubs.com and drop me a line.
I also strongly encourage questions - from whether the ice is gone from a particular pond to where heritage strains of brookies have been stocked to the politics behind proposed state environmental policies. If I can't answer you I'll do my best to research an answer - or I'll just make it up. (Kidding, of course).
Hopefully, if I can't answer it, one of our bloggers can. As I said, I don't profess to know it all, but there is power in numbers. Combine our collective experience and we will all be better for it.
I plan to share some of our on-line banter in future columns.
I can also share an unlimited number of photographs online, so I strongly encourage you to submit your pictures by e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail to 14 Hand Ave., Elizabethtown N.Y. 12932.
Speaking of great photos, Jim Hotaling from the Willsboro Fish and Game submitted a picture of the club's youth pheasant hunt that took place Sept. 26. The hunt is open to youth ages 12-15 and gives young hunters an opportunity to experience some pheasant hunting action behind experienced dogs and their handlers. Another is planned for Oct. 11. For information about the hunt, give Hotaling a call at 963-7430 or John Oliver at 963-4421.
Hunter's screening scheduled
The annual hunter's health screening which is offered free-of-charge to anyone who shows up with his or her 2009 hunting license will take place this year on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5-7 p.m.
The screening is designed to give hunters a review of their overall health before they exert themselves in the woods in search of deer.
The health clinic will assess blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and oxygen levels. Hospital staff will also check vision, height and weight, providing an overall health picture. Participants will also have an EKG reading taken, which measures heart health. A team of nurses and lab staff, led by Dr. Moisan, will conduct the health screening. They will then be able to discuss concerns and offer advice.
The hospital lobby will be filled with information related to hunting. There will be a representative from the Sheriff's Department offering free gun locks and the state Department of Conservation will be on-hand to answer questions. There will be safety information, recipes, prize drawings and snacks.
Salerno brothers Tony and Pat will also be on hand to answer questions and offer hunting tips. The Salerno family has produced a number of hunting videos and has been featured in national publications.
Ward Lumber to host 17th annual buck contest
Ward Lumber Company is once again hosting its annual buck contest, though this year they have added a prize drawn at random for any size buck entered.
Anyone is eligible and need only take their buck to Ward Lumber in Jay during business hours to have it weighed and entered. Business hours are Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
A winner in each category will be selected after Dec. 5. Each winner will each receive a $100 Ward Lumber Gift Card.
All hunters entering will be photographed with their bucks, and if you supply an e-mail address, they will e-mail the photo to you. All contestants will also receive a baseball cap just for entering.
John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at email@example.com.