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Healthy Woods and Happy Hikers

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

Feb 3, 2016 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

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Call it ... home

Memories are often cued by the physical environment. more »

Jan 27, 2016 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

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A retrospective on ice

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 »

Jan 20, 2016 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

Ice at last

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 »

Jan 13, 2016 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

Winter is here

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

Jan 6, 2016 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

The old, Red Rider finally grows up

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 »

Dec 30, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns 1 Comments

The economic impact of our outdoor pursuits

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 »

Dec 16, 2015 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

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The good old cold days

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 »

Dec 9, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns 1 Comments

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No longer the clown of the woods

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

Dec 2, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

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The good old days

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 »

Nov 4, 2015 12:05 PM Special Interest Columns

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Happy hunting

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 »

Oct 28, 2015 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

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Opening Day

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 »

Oct 21, 2015 12:09 PM Special Interest Columns

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Refine your skills

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 »

Oct 14, 2015 12:05 PM Special Interest Columns

Game on!

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 »

Oct 7, 2015 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

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MooseFest a hit | Notes from the North Woods

Last weekend, I visited the friendly town of Indian Lake to attend the annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival. more »

Sep 30, 2015 12:15 PM Special Interest Columns

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Hunting & Fishing: Autumn on the rise | Notes from the North Woods

Outdoor enthusiasts recently had an opportunity to enjoy some of the best weather available in the Adirondacks over the long, Labor Day weekend with blue skies, a warm sun and a gentle breeze making for pleasant outdoor travels. more »

Sep 16, 2015 12:08 PM Special Interest Columns

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Hunting & Fishing: Autumn on the rise

Outdoor enthusiasts recently had an opportunity to enjoy some of the best weather available in the Adirondacks over the long, Labor Day weekend with blue skies, a warm sun and a gentle breeze making for pleasant outdoor travels. more »

Sep 9, 2015 12:09 PM Special Interest Columns

Outdoor sports remain popular | Notes from the North Woods

Even though about half of the nation’s population has regularly participated in at least one outdoor activity over the past year, one out of every three kids in the country remain overweight. more »

Sep 2, 2015 12:09 PM Special Interest Columns

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Camping can be dangerous! | Notes from the North Woods

Most travelers in the Adirondack backcountry recognize and accept the inherent dangers of traveling in the wilderness where heavy rains, strong winds and the opportunity for bitter cold is apparent at any time of the year. more »

Aug 19, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Camping with Children | Notes from the North Woods

While traveling in wild and primitive lands, we shed many of the constraints modern day society places upon us, which allows us to rediscover our natural traits. more »

Aug 12, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

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Healthy Woods and Happy Hikers

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

Feb 3, 2016 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

ice-spikes.jpg

Photo by Joe Hackett

A retrospective on ice

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 »

Jan 20, 2016 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

Ice at last

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 »

Jan 13, 2016 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

Winter is here

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

Jan 6, 2016 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

The old, Red Rider finally grows up

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 »

Dec 30, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns 1 Comments

The economic impact of our outdoor pursuits

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 »

Dec 16, 2015 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

STB_1278Crop.jpg

Photo provided

The good old cold days

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 »

Dec 9, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns 1 Comments

mountain-house-Crop.jpg

Photo provided

No longer the clown of the woods

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

Dec 2, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

DSC02755.jpg

Photo provided

The good old days

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 »

Nov 4, 2015 12:05 PM Special Interest Columns

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Happy hunting

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 »

Oct 28, 2015 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

Tales-1.jpg

Photo provided

Opening Day

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 »

Oct 21, 2015 12:09 PM Special Interest Columns

Danny-&-Hudson-first-buck.jpg

Photo provided

Refine your skills

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 »

Oct 14, 2015 12:05 PM Special Interest Columns

Game on!

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 »

Oct 7, 2015 6:00 AM Special Interest Columns

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Photo by Joe Hackett

MooseFest a hit | Notes from the North Woods

Last weekend, I visited the friendly town of Indian Lake to attend the annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival. more »

Sep 30, 2015 12:15 PM Special Interest Columns

foggypond,jpg.jpg

Photo by Joe Hackett

Hunting & Fishing: Autumn on the rise | Notes from the North Woods

Outdoor enthusiasts recently had an opportunity to enjoy some of the best weather available in the Adirondacks over the long, Labor Day weekend with blue skies, a warm sun and a gentle breeze making for pleasant outdoor travels. more »

Sep 16, 2015 12:08 PM Special Interest Columns

Salmon-on-boquetcolor.jpg

Photo provided

Hunting & Fishing: Autumn on the rise

Outdoor enthusiasts recently had an opportunity to enjoy some of the best weather available in the Adirondacks over the long, Labor Day weekend with blue skies, a warm sun and a gentle breeze making for pleasant outdoor travels. more »

Sep 9, 2015 12:09 PM Special Interest Columns

Outdoor sports remain popular | Notes from the North Woods

Even though about half of the nation’s population has regularly participated in at least one outdoor activity over the past year, one out of every three kids in the country remain overweight. more »

Sep 2, 2015 12:09 PM Special Interest Columns

E'town-Leanto.jpg

Photo by Joe Hackett

Camping can be dangerous! | Notes from the North Woods

Most travelers in the Adirondack backcountry recognize and accept the inherent dangers of traveling in the wilderness where heavy rains, strong winds and the opportunity for bitter cold is apparent at any time of the year. more »

Aug 19, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Camping with Children | Notes from the North Woods

While traveling in wild and primitive lands, we shed many of the constraints modern day society places upon us, which allows us to rediscover our natural traits. more »

Aug 12, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

A tale of moose and men

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been dodging a combination of passing thunderstorms, deerflies, horseflies and the invisible hordes of NoSeeUms. more »

Aug 5, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

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