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  1. My son's personal best pike- Keuka

    Nice Gator Mark !!! Awesome fish !
  2. Scouting turkeys

    Thanks Kevin...You should have heard him tell the story of our hunt to his mom , dad and big sister when we got home. The excitement in his voice as he described the pounding of his heart as he tried to steady the gun was priceless. The ""rush" he got watching that big tom strut and hearing it gobble at us up close, will be with him for a long, long time. A special memorable day for both of us.
  3. Youth Turkey Hunt

    I got to take my grandson out 2 mornings last week on a youth turkey hunt down in North Carolina. It is a great way to get kids interested in the outdoors and hunting, before the regular season opens for all hunters. Good luck to all the kids participating in this years youth spring turkey hunt. I posted last weeks 2 day hunting story with a couple of pictures of my grandson in Kevin J Leggs "Scouting Turkey's" thread. Hope to hear some more youth turkey hunt stories in a few weeks.
  4. Scouting turkeys

    Your spots are looking good Kevin...scouting is a big key to success. I took my 8 year old grandson out 2 mornings last week end in North Carolina for a youth turkey hunt down there. They allow 8 year olds to hunt turkeys with an adult, which is really great because that is all he's been talking about, and he was just itching to get out there and hunt turkeys. The first morning we called and called, set up in several spots, and never did hear a tom, but we did see 3 hens and 3 deer up close which really got him pumped up. We were not able to roost any birds that evening, but I had a good hunch where to set up the second morning after seeing those hens and lot's of fresh turkey sign. The second morning we got set up in the dark, a cool 28 degrees, with a Barred Owl hooting just behind us, as the sky began to brighten into a gorgeous sunrise. I began calling, no answers but a little while later I spotted a hen feeding way down on the other side of the meadow....then another. A minute or so later, my grandson said "there is a third one coming out". I put the glasses on it and it was a big tom ! We watched him Strut with those hens for over an hour and he basically ignored my calls, only answered me twice. I decided to go into plan B,...we left our decoy and stool, backed out quietly, and skirted the meadow to get closer to where he was strutting with those hens. As we got close to their location I gave out some yelps and he answered with a gobble immediately, and headed our way! I got my grandson comfortable and ready as I made another call...he screamed out another gobble ....another call another gobble...closer and closer and went into full strut at 30 yards! Another soft call he came in to 20 yards all fanned out as my grandson went into full panic-buck fever-breathing hard mode. He was trying real hard to keep that 410 shotgun bead on that monster Tom. I gave 1 more soft yelp, the tom Gobbled right at us as I whispered "shoot him".....well he shot and missed...the turkey took off...and it was over. But it was still a great hunt and an awesome morning for both of us. Here he is the first morning when we saw the hens Here he is shortly after he missed the big gobbler on the second morning
  5. Ruffed Grouse

    The New York Outdoor News printed a photo I took this winter of a Ruffed Grouse in full display and strutting in the current issue. They are really neat and beautiful little gamebirds and super explosive on the flush.
  6. I was out front solo in front of Mexico yesterday too in my drift boat Giz. Electric trolling motor battery seemed a little weak, so I was rowing a lot of the time. With the off shore breeze (s-sw), I did not want to stray too far . It felt really great to be out on Ontario open water nice and early in March. I fished from about 9 am to a little after noon and caught 2 and lost 1 brown. A 4lb. male and a little smaller female went in the cooler, and I grilled up a nice fillet last night. Not the greatest day, but it is a start. I did hear fishing was better in a few other areas.. Good luck to you next time out.
  7. So what type of fish is this?

    I vote Coho.... for all above coho reasons and.lot's of scales came off with apparent minimal handling.
  8. Signs...

    A large flock of red wings and grackles showed up here at my place in Delaware County NY today. (looking forward to hearing the peepers)
  9. Signs...

    Canada Geese have been squawking and fighting over prime nesting spots here for the last week or so....day and night.
  10. Live eagle cam in PA

    Awesome UNREEL. I've been watching (with binoculars) a pair of Bald Eagles working on a nest way up on the hillside across from my house. .I saw one struggling with a certain stick he was trying to lift down by the river, but it the end was frozen in the ice and he couldn't lift it . He tried 3 or 4 times to free it but just couldn't free it. A day later I saw him take off with stick from my yard, I followed him up to the nest with the binoculars and watched his head bobbing up and down as he worked on it's placement. I set out some more sticks for them of similar size and I've been watching to see if they come back for more sticks here. They are amazing birds and I love watching them. Thanks for sharing this link
  11. Musky Release Award Print

    The fish's well being is most important, Bruce said once those hooks came out of her, we were going to get her back into the water....pronto!Quick tape. No hero pictures. But the way she revived so quick and swam away so strong, I think we could have got a few hero pictures .
  12. Musky Release Award Print

    Thanks muskiedreams...I'm sure I will never top that fish. I saw a pic of a 58", caught this fall by a guy that lives not to far from me in Callicoon NY ,but it was not released. .watching her swim away was a thrill Thanks pap sk8man justtracy
  13. Musky Release Award Print

    That is a beautiful well marked fish old man....how big?
  14. Any beer enthusiasts here

    Thanks Patriot. It sounds like you have spent some time hanging out at microbreweries !
  15. Any beer enthusiasts here

    Thanks for the replies BSmaster and Killians and sorry for this line through my words here...been having trouble withhthis website. My son told me he is solely relying on their master brewer, who grew up in my sons wifes hometown in NC and are lifelong friends. This fellow moved from NC to Philadelphia and is working for a microbrewery named Yards Brewing Co.,becoming a master brewer for them I think about 10 years ago....and he has been wanting to spend more time back home, so there was a good fit.My son says Yards makes some real good beer and is doing well. I'm not to sure about this...I just hope his brewery does good down there in NC