The Oxford Dictionary defines hunting with this definition: “To pursue and kill a wild animal for sport or food." Here in the Schroon Lake Region, and Adirondacks overall, the majority of residents hunt for the food first, and sport second. It is a way of life, and has been since the first settlers came here in the early 1800s. The ground was too rocky to farm for the most part. The families had
A Ghost of a MemoryChasing a ghost of a memory - or a ghost town as the case may be - is, well, like chasing a ghost.
Light as a feather, stiff as a board…As a child I had dozens of sleepovers at my dad’s camp on what is now the paved and populated, Sweeney Fields Road in Schroon Lake. Back then, we knew it as Old Sweeney Farm Rd - a simple dirt road with 2 other seasonal camps located several
On paper, my game plan in most spring gobbler seasons isto take a longbeard – or, let's be honest here, a jake – with my bow.And I'm serious. I practice religiously; everything I do related to turkey hunting is done with reverence. My shooting entering this particular season was as good as ever (translated: decent) and I was armed, in addition to the Mathews Z7, with a portable blind as well as
I have to admit, I haven't done a lot of predator hunting.A red fox here, a gray fox there, and a couple unsuccessful outings for coyotes– which, from what serious predator pursuers tell me, isn't unusual.But I've always marveled at how those die hard predator hunters speak with reverence of their prey, the sport itself, and the satisfaction that comes from luring a fox, coyote or even a bobcat
When you live in the Adirondacks and hunt and fish, you become a de facto guide simply by the number of friends from outside the region who want to come up and visit and experience the outdoor opportunities this spectacular place offers.I can usually accommodate them, especially if we're talking about spring gobblers. Maybe even deer; I did, in fact, lead a Pennsylvania pal deep into the bush a