Hunting And Fishing
Are you a hunter? What about a fisherman? Well when you combine the both of them you could maybe live in the woods for a few days, without bringing all the paraphernalia with you. All right, you need to cook out of something, and drink out of something, maybe a tent, and a sleeping bag. Then you would need some matches for a fire, 2 sticks are not going to do it anymore. Eventually you are going to be carrying about 100 pounds of equipment.
Let’s try to simplify this a little. Are you more into hunting or are you more into fishing? Well if you are more into hunting, then you would need a gun, rifle or bow and arrow or with our best friend DOG. Now all you have to be able to do is see something and shoot it for dinner. Don’t forget, we set up camp a while back. While roaming around with our guns, we get to see a raccoon, then a couple of squirrels. Well that’s not going to be a tasty dinner.
Ok, maybe it would be a little easier to do some fishing for dinner. Getting the fishing rod and tackle out, we are now going to go to the lake we passed on the way up. Looked pretty nice, and we hope there are plenty of fish in it. Throwing the line out with a lure on it, we are going to have to jig the line, we can’t just let it sit there by itself. Wahoo we just caught a nice bass for dinner. Back to the camp site to start a fire and grab a beer from the small cooler.
Now we all know that you need licenses to hunt and fish in each state, right? As long as we stay in our own state, it’s not too bad. It’s when we want to go to another state to go fishing or hunting, like from NY to NJ. Once you have the licenses, we have to find a place to go. There are plenty of wooded areas in New York State (this is where I am from). Don’t forget there are special times of the year you can hunt and fish.
You all know Fathers Day is just around the corner. I know our fathers have everything because he has us. But we should try to get him something since he is the best fathers in the world.
- A Bushnell Power View 10 x 50 mm Porro Prism Binoculars. High Quality BK-7 prism multi coated optics for bright, clean, crisp viewing.
- Or maybe a pair of Wiseup 16 GB 1280 x 720 p HD Camo Sunglasses with a hidden camera Hunting Glasses
- Last Shot — A Whitetails Men’s Camo Outfitter Hoodie (Big Game Field Camo, xxx – Large Tall)
We can’t leave the Fishermen out:
- A Pair of Recording glasses for when he nails the big one out there. (just wear them, doesn’t need any hands)
- How about a new Penn Senator Saltwater Fishing Rod. It also has chrome in-between guides and an AFTCO roller stripper
- Or maybe a Penn Fierce Spinning Reel which has a full metal body and side plate to keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads.
Trout Fishing In NY During The Summer
Since I’m in NY, I would like to talk about the summer trout fishing in New York. Our springs in recent years seem to go right into summer. As time goes on trout fishing doesn’t get any easier as the streams get warmer and the trout get smarter. Eventually the fishermen begin to focus thoughts to the warm water species that are more likely to strike. Conventional thinking states that trout fishing dies off during the summer, but the truth is that the trout don’t take a vacation from eating.
The tough summer trout fishing continues on because most anglers are unwilling to change their tactics. It’s never over because when it might get a little tougher, the tougher get a little stronger. Heading into the summer, trout fisherman have to accept that success will most likely come in the early morning or late evening hours, which means early alarm clocks or late walks back to the car after sundown.
Trout aren’t big fans of sunlight to begin with and don’t like it when the sun is beating down and increasing the temperatures. If the early or late times are an inconvenience to you, you can always try to fish deeper where the waters run cooler. So don’t give up trout fishing too soon.
Some Of The Great Fishing Areas In NY
- Carman’s River — in Long Island on the Great South Bay in Suffolk County
- Cohocton River — Livingston and Steuben Counties — this is the place for Brown Trout
- Ninemile Creek — in Onondaga County near Syracuse
- Oriskany Creek — Madison and Oneida Counties
- Clear Creek (Ellington) — Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties — Clear Creek flows for 13 miles to the Conewango Creek
- Beverkill, Ulster, Delaware and Sullivan Counties in the Catskill Region of NY
These are just some great fishing areas in NYS.
Some Of The Areas For Hunting
We have many State lands that can be hunted on. There are Wildlife Management Areas, State Forests, Forest Preserves and State Parks that are open for hunting and trapping, during the appropriate seasons. Eighty five percent of the state is privately owned and ninety percent of all hunters will hunt on private properties during hunting season.
Written permission or permits are sometimes required to use State lands. Also additional regulations may apply and vary, depending on what type and where the land is located. It’s best to check with the nearest DEC Regional Office or a NY Forest Ranger for their specific requirements in that area.
Some of these areas are:
- NYC Watershed Areas — The New York City (DEP), Department of Environmental Protection allows deer, bear, turkey and small game hunting on Designated Areas Only. The DEP does not issue hunting tags for hunting on City Water Supply lands. Hunters must possess the correct city permits.
- Fort Drum Military Base — Located in Jefferson County, 3 miles northeast of Watertown. Anyone in NY that has been in the National Guard Reserve can tell you about Fort Drum, because this is where they go for their 2 week Reserve Duty every summer. As long as they are not deployed nowadays. I know this because I was in the National Guard for six years.
- Moose River Plains Wild Forest — Located in Hamilton County. Hunting and trapping in 64,500 acre wilderness settings. Registration is at the gates.
- Finger Lakes National Forest — Which is located East of Seneca Lake in Schuyler and Seneca counties. Small and big game hunting is allowed without any special hunting permits.
- Montuzuma National Wildlife Refuge — Located in the North End of Cayuga Lake in Seneca County. This area is open for deer hunting on a controlled basis during both archery and regular gun seasons. Permits required.
- Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge — This is Located East of Lockport in Genesee and Orleans Counties. This area is open for deer hunting during both archery and the regular gun season.