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June 15, 2014

NYS Outdoor Writers head back to Fulton County

The New York State Outdoor Writers Association (NYSOWA) has visited Fulton County three times in the past five years, and with good reason: they have a lot to offer outdoorsmen and women.

The organization is made up of outdoor media folks like myself from all over New York. Wherever we go, we sample that area’s outdoor interests.

Going back to Fulton County allowed our group to see and do some things that we hadn’t accomplished on previous visits.

While our writers were able to fish for walleye, trout and pike with success on the Great Sacandaga Reservoir, we also had them fishing for bass and rainbow trout on Pecks Lake, which was our headquarters. We also visited nearby Caroga Lake, where there is a state campground, and Pine Lake, which features a private resort.

Turkey hunting was also on the activity list, as the Safari was held during the final days of the season. Turkey hunters were getting out of bed at 2:30 a.m. (although I slept in one morning until 3:15 a.m.) to get to the nearby farm country before daylight. Although no birds were taken, which is unusual for our group, nearly all of us that hunted birds had plenty of action.

If there was an underlying theme to this year’s Spring Safari, it is that we were in a place that has a multitude of offerings, both in and away from the waters, forests and fields.

It began at the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum in Vail Mills, which is just outside Broadalbin.

There, our own NYSOWA display was unveiled at the museum.

Museum proprietor Bob Kazmierski gave a brief talk explaining the details of his million-dollar investment in the museum. He’s especially proud of his whitetail replica collection of hundreds of record-book bucks that he says is one of the biggest such collections in the country.

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