September 9, 2012

Big game to small game: fall hunting, fishing talk

It has always been my opinion that summer begins Memorial Day weekend and ends on Labor Day, even though the calendar says fall is still two weeks away.

I’d like to extend sincere good luck wishes to four Plattsburgh State students from around New York who will compete in the National Guard FLW College Northern Conference Championship this week (Sept. 13-15) on Philpott Lake in Virginia. Ready to go are Brendan Bolis of Canton and John McDougall of Queensbury, who won the Northern Conference event and a $5,000 check here on Lake Champlain back in July.

Now Bolis and McDougall will represent the university along with a second Plattsburgh State team consisting of Chris Benninger of Grand Island and Richard Lee of Port Kent. This is big-time fishing, folks, as the winners will take home a Ranger Z117 bass boat and a berth in the National Guard FLW

College Fishing National Championship.

Interestingly, these two teams are going up against anglers from much bigger schools like Ohio State (who won on the St. Lawrence River in August), Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Xavier. Again, we wish them the best of luck and are certain they’ll represent their school quite well. Follow the action live at

Early Bear Season

For some communities in the Adirondacks, bear season in the region couldn’t come any sooner. That will happen next Saturday, Sept. 15, as the early bear season in the Adirondack region begins.

This season is not open to all Northern Zone areas, so be sure to check the regulations guide if you plan to go. You’ll also need your 2011-12 bear tag if you are hunting during September.

Black bears have been causing problems with break-ins throughout the summer months, and in some cases bears have been put down. It’s obviously been a dry summer and natural food sources are lacking.

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