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Joe Hackett

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Spring is in the air, and so are the birds, thousands of them in every size, shape color and song. more

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As I begin my 40th season as an outdoor professional, I’ve come to recognize how fortunate I’ve been. Although I’ve had to deal with variety of natural and man made challenges over the years, I’ve never questioned my choice of occupations. more

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Although the Adirondack region is well known for it’s soaring mountain peaks, clear, quiet lakes, and vast wild forests, it is easy to overlook one of the region’s most dynamic and captivating natural resource; our incredible waterfalls. more

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For millenniums, prior to the arrival of Europeans, their annual spawning runs filled the Connecticut, Penobscot and a variety of other rivers on the Northeast coast with millions of fish. more

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently announced four new all-time state record fish taken during 2015. more

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The ‘barkeaters’ that originally ranged across the Adirondack region likely consumed tree bark for purposes of sustenance rather than as medicine. more

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With a rash of Presidential wannabes waxing words on the television every evening, it may be time to consider credentials that should be required of anyone seeking to serve as the President of the United States of America. more

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In recent years, the health benefits of spending time in the outdoors have been well documented. more

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Memories are often cued by the physical environment. more

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Looking back through the through the eyes of age, I’m often reminded of just how lucky I was to have to have survived my younger days. more

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As the ice fishing season finally gets underway, it may be an appropriate time to unveil the results of recent surveys that examined participation patterns and demographics surrounding outdoor recreation. more

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The season’s first ‘utilitarian snow finally arrived in the North Country, just in time for the New Year’s celebration. more

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As a youngster, the local woods and waters were my primary playground, and a Daisy Red Rider BB rifle was my constant companion. I took that old gun everywhere, and I used it for plinking’ tin cans, frogs, and red squirrels. more

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It appears weather forecasters were correct in their predictions for the coming winter season, which call for above average temperatures and below average snowfall. more

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It appears the good old days of thick ice and deep snows that were deep enough to ‘slow a buffalo’ have gradually become nothing more than quaint memories, especially across the Northeast. more

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I’m old enough to remember the days when open pit dumps were still considered a natural tourist attraction in many Adirondack communities. more

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There is no doubt the current generation of NYS Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers are consummate professionals, as evidenced by their valuable service during the recent Clinton Correctional Prison break. more

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With the annual, Big Game Hunting Season currently underway; it is a good time to review a few of the obvious, common sense precautions that should be practiced by both hunters, and all other woods wanderers at this time of year. more

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As the first snow of season continues to dusts the High Peaks, Autumn has taken full command of the land. I always enjoy getting out at this time of year to take in the season’s cool, breezy winds, which come tainted with a heady mix of decaying leav more

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It happens every year, just as the annual Big Game Hunting season is set to open. It’s as reliable as clockwork. It starts about a week before Opening Day. more

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Spring is in the air, and so are the birds, thousands of them in every size, shape color and song. more

Community Columnists

As I begin my 40th season as an outdoor professional, I’ve come to recognize how fortunate I’ve been. Although I’ve had to deal with variety of natural and man made challenges over the years, I’ve never questioned my choice of occupations. more

Community Columnists

HIDDEN-FALLS-3800Crop.jpg

Photo by Joe Hackett

Although the Adirondack region is well known for it’s soaring mountain peaks, clear, quiet lakes, and vast wild forests, it is easy to overlook one of the region’s most dynamic and captivating natural resource; our incredible waterfalls. more

Community Columnists

Salmon-Reel.jpg

Photo provided

For millenniums, prior to the arrival of Europeans, their annual spawning runs filled the Connecticut, Penobscot and a variety of other rivers on the Northeast coast with millions of fish. more

Community Columnists

PikeCrop.jpg

Photo provided

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently announced four new all-time state record fish taken during 2015. more

Community Columnists

cascade-skate.jpg

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The ‘barkeaters’ that originally ranged across the Adirondack region likely consumed tree bark for purposes of sustenance rather than as medicine. more

Community Columnists

beaver-dick-canoe-president.jpg

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With a rash of Presidential wannabes waxing words on the television every evening, it may be time to consider credentials that should be required of anyone seeking to serve as the President of the United States of America. more

Community Columnists

101_0115.jpg

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In recent years, the health benefits of spending time in the outdoors have been well documented. more

Community Columnists

ice-spikes.jpg

Photo by Joe Hackett

Looking back through the through the eyes of age, I’m often reminded of just how lucky I was to have to have survived my younger days. more

Community Columnists

As the ice fishing season finally gets underway, it may be an appropriate time to unveil the results of recent surveys that examined participation patterns and demographics surrounding outdoor recreation. more

Community Columnists

The season’s first ‘utilitarian snow finally arrived in the North Country, just in time for the New Year’s celebration. more

Community Columnists

As a youngster, the local woods and waters were my primary playground, and a Daisy Red Rider BB rifle was my constant companion. I took that old gun everywhere, and I used it for plinking’ tin cans, frogs, and red squirrels. more

Community Columnists 1 Comments

It appears weather forecasters were correct in their predictions for the coming winter season, which call for above average temperatures and below average snowfall. more

Community Columnists

STB_1278Crop.jpg

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It appears the good old days of thick ice and deep snows that were deep enough to ‘slow a buffalo’ have gradually become nothing more than quaint memories, especially across the Northeast. more

Community Columnists 1 Comments

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I’m old enough to remember the days when open pit dumps were still considered a natural tourist attraction in many Adirondack communities. more

Community Columnists

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There is no doubt the current generation of NYS Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers are consummate professionals, as evidenced by their valuable service during the recent Clinton Correctional Prison break. more

Community Columnists

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With the annual, Big Game Hunting Season currently underway; it is a good time to review a few of the obvious, common sense precautions that should be practiced by both hunters, and all other woods wanderers at this time of year. more

Community Columnists

Tales-1.jpg

Photo provided

As the first snow of season continues to dusts the High Peaks, Autumn has taken full command of the land. I always enjoy getting out at this time of year to take in the season’s cool, breezy winds, which come tainted with a heady mix of decaying leav more

Community Columnists

Danny-&-Hudson-first-buck.jpg

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It happens every year, just as the annual Big Game Hunting season is set to open. It’s as reliable as clockwork. It starts about a week before Opening Day. more

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It’s on! The annual Big Game Hunting Season opened on Sept. 27, with the beginning of the Archery Season and followed by Crossbow Season on Oct. 14 before the Regular Big Game Season begins on Oct. 24. more

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  • Meadow Hackett of Raybrook, enjoys the view from the summit of Hurricane Mountain near Elizabethtown. Although the peak is not considered a High Peak, it offers outstanding vistas of the High Peaks to the west and the Champlain Valley and Green Mountains of Vermont to the east.

  • Kids are designed to be outdoors, where natural entertainment is always available. Skinned knees and grass stains are simply evidence of a day well played!

  • Three men in a tub: Fishing in the rain isn’t really what it’s cracked up to be, especially in a guideboat.

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    Three men in a tub: Fishing in the rain isn’t really what it’s cracked up to be, especially in a guideboat.

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    An eastern coyote makes its way across a field in the Adirondacks last summer.

  • An eastern coyote makes its way across a field in the Adirondacks last summer.

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