While wandering through the Daytona, Florida, Bass Pro Shop, I finally found the 12-gauge shotgun I wanted for my turkey hunt coming up March 24.
However, I could not take the gun yet. As a non-resident, I need to fill out a background check list. After the three-day waiting period, the shotgun will be mine.
Before sunup on March 24, I will be following my turkey guide Bill Henry into the Florida turkey woods where he had found turkeys recently. Hopefully, I will be eating turkey with all the trimmings soon after the hunt.
Eager? You bet. It will be my first hunt with my new 12-gauge shotgun.
ICE FISHING REPORT
I received an email from John Mockry of Ballston Spa. He caught a nice (not a monster) pike around 30 inches and about 10 pounds. He was ice fishing at Lake Lonely. He just started fishing there this winter, having moved recently from Plattsburgh where he lived 45 years before retiring.
He also caught some other nice pike at Lake Lonely, and has seen others catch some big pike at the north end near the golf course.
Thanks for the email, John.
DEC ANNOUNCES SUMMER CAMP
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that April 10 is the start of registration for the 2022 Summer Camp season.
In addition, due to current staffing challenges, this summer’s camp program offerings have changed from the past. Camp Rushford and Pack Forest will open for a seven-week season.
The DEC may open registrations for Camp DeBruce if additional staff become available this spring. Camp Colby will remain closed until 2023 to complete major renovations to the camp.
Updates and changes can be found on the DEC Summer Camps webpage www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.htmlon the DEC’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/NYSDEC and the Summer Camps Facebook page www.facebook.com/NYSDECsumercamps/. Campers and camp families can contact [email protected] with any questions.
DEC’s Summer Residential Camps are now hiring counselors, lifeguards and cooks for the 2022 season. Employment at camp begins in mid-June and ends mid-August, and all positions include room and board. Visit www.dec.ny.gov/education/1869.html to learn more about the qualifications and opportunities as a DEC camps staff member.
CAPITAL DISTRICT SPORTSMAN CENTER EVENT
The Sportsman Center will be presenting the following events. All events are conducted at no charge at the Sportsman Center, located at 13 Babcock Lake Road in Grafton.
March 11, 7-9 pm: Wildlife diseases discussion presented by Kevin Hynes, the NYS DEC Pathologist.
March 12, 10 am-1p.m.: Wildlife Identification for Youth Interested in Outdoors, presented by CDSC Executive Penny Spiezio, along with DEC Wildlife Staff, learn to recognize tracks, scat, wildlife habits and identify gender.
March 18, 6-8 pm: Trail camera workshop. Photographer Ed Maleady III will cover camera types, location, settings and wildlife behavior.
April 9, 1-4 pm: Turkey Hunting Workshop
You can register for any of these events at https://.cdsc.education/upcoming-events/. For more information, email [email protected]
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