For Love of the Sport

  • Gurgle, Babble & Slurp – the Welcome Language of a Reborn Trout Stream

    May 22, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    By Forest Fisher Fly fishing for trout is a new adventure for fishermen more familiar with trolling for Great Lakes walleye or casting for tournament bass.  That makes it a new adventure for yours truly. The new unfamiliar tool? A lightweight fly rod about eight-feet in length with a single-action reel that ...
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  • Bobbing Tails & Black Scales

    May 10, 2017
    Jim Low
    How two very different species found homes in our homes This tale of two species has a happy ending We are all part of Aldo Leupold’s “Land Mechanism” at work By Jim Low You step out your front door to walk the dog before bedtime, and are startled by a flutter of departing ...
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  • New Channel Catfish Record in New York State!

    May 5, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Jefferson County, 35-pounds, 3 ounces Lucky Angler is Watertown Resident, Eric Scordo Bait was a Simple Nightcrawler The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed that a new state record has been established for channel catfish. Using just a nightcrawler, Eric Scordo of Watertown caught a 35-pound, ...
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  • One of Too Few

    May 1, 2017
    David Gray
    One Man Trout Angler, Fly-Tyer, Wisdom-Provider Roaring River State Park Trout Secrets Tim’s Fly Shop – Fishing Advice for the Day By David Gray Opening the door to Tim’s Fly Shop, I walked onto “I Tie Flies” Boulevard. Grinning without knowing it, I somehow felt a new twang of destiny on my side, positive ...
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  • 5 Good THINGS to KNOW ABOUT HUNTING

    April 26, 2017
    stoadmin
    Environmental Preservation Support Regulations Save Wildlife Populations Provides Nutritional Alternatives Vital Part of Wildlife Conservation Contributed by NSSF Recognizing that the connection between hunting and conservation can seem counterintuitive, the National Shooting and Sports Foundation (NSSF) has developed a series of infographics to help the public better understand hunting and hunters. In truth, the values of today’s ...
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  • National Archery in the Schools Program Continues to Grow in New York

    April 20, 2017
    stoadmin
    60 students from 17 New York schools eligible to participate in national archery tournament Program introduces young people to archery and other outdoor sports April 18, 2017 – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the 60 New York students who scored high enough in the ...
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  • Morel Tales to Tell a Spring Story

    March 29, 2017
    Jim Low
    Mushroom season is almost here. It’s likely to be earlier than usual. But if you are still seeing these flowers, it’s probably not here yet. By Jim Low Mushroom season is almost here, and as usual, I got the itch to hunt for them weeks ahead of their appearance.  My rational side told me ...
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  • Educational Fly Fishing Conference – It’s About Kids

    March 13, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    • Learn Fly-Fishing, 3-Day Session, Low Cost • For Teachers, Everyday Workers, Friends of the Outdoors • Schooling for Adult Mentors, Community Outreach Mentors • Science Educator, Orvis Endorsed Guide Instructor By Forrest Fisher The summer of 2012 – it was a good year. A very special, dedicated group of outdoor educators held the first ...
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  • White Deer Foresee Good News for Future

    March 6, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    • White Male Deer, White Female Deer, Come Together • Indians Say this is Sacred and Special Sign By Forrest Fisher People everywhere are interested to see distinguished nature in the wilderness, white deer are one of those precious resources that create a sacred and reciprocal bond with nature for many of us. ...
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  • Women-On-Ice Have Fun, Catch Fish, Conquer Fear at Mille Lacs

    March 3, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    All Photo Credits ©Stonehouse Photo – Hannah Stonehouse Hudson • Women Fish Group Leads Way in Minnesota • Ice Fishing is Giant Thrill for Lady 1st Timers • Clam, McQuoid’s Inn, Vexilar – Key Sponsors By Forrest Fisher Let’s face it, walking on water is fun for everybody, especially first-time ice anglers and especially when ...
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  • Doing the Right Thing

    February 22, 2017
    Jim Low
    It’s seldom the easiest, but always the best course  Hunting Teal in the Morning Fog  When No One is Watching, There is Friendship, Kinship, Honesty By Jim Low My blood ran cold.  Moments earlier, Scott and I had been elated at doubling on a pair of dive-bombing teal.  Now, as my retriever returned with ...
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  • Born to Hunt Pheasants

    February 7, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Well-Trained Bird Dogs Timeless Moments with Old Friends   Tasty, Beautiful, Ringed-neck Pheasants One Surprising Modern-Day Youngster By Joe Forma The well-trained pointing Lab whirled into the red brush and a gorgeous Ringed-neck Pheasant clawed his way airborne.  The first of some 50 such flushes for my son, Andy Forma, of Penfield, New York, and ...
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  • FIRST TIME ICE FISHING with Kids

    February 1, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Keep It Simple Don’t Stay Too Long Bring Plenty to Eat and Drink By Forrest Fisher A few years back, when my 3-1/2 year-old grandson asked me to join him at his pre-school “show and tell”, I didn’t know how much fun that could be.  My little buddy talked about one of his favorite ...
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  • Brothers That Hunt Together – A Video Story

    January 24, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Lessons for Stalking Pronghorn Learn About Tracking, Harvest Enjoy Field Dressing Tactics, Savory Cooking Details By Forrest Fisher In this wonderful video from Ramp Media Outdoors, learn about the passion of how and why hunting brings two brothers together.  Despite their extremely busy lives, Matt McMorris and brother, Jeremy, share details about hunting and ...
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  • The Great Divine

    November 24, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    By Forrest Fisher Talented and inspirational author, K.J. Houtman, continues to provide the outdoor world thought-provoking appreciation with a common connection. This heartwarming, outdoors lady identifies ways we see our Creator in nature. On this Thanksgiving Day 2016, enjoy her wonderful poem above. For more from K. J. Houtman, including an entire ...
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  • American Outdoor Sportsman of the Year

    November 21, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lisa Mcdowell Snuggs  Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame By Jill J Easton Lisa McDowell Snuggs was chosen as the 2016 American Outdoor Sportsman of the Year by Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.  She was picked for her dedication in helping outdoor communicators – which she does 365 days a ...
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  • Waterfront Sunsets are Blazing and Breathtaking

    August 29, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    As our hot summer days of 2016 begin their change toward September, weather front patterns have provided chilling wind directions from the northwest with occasional daytime waterspouts over ports and shorelines along the Great Lakes. Waterspouts are startling and extraordinary to view. Such days are often closely followed by a ...
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  • Tales of Sharing Summertime

    August 8, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    With local villages and townships across the country enjoying the summertime, the outdoors in 2016 has become a main theme for many. People travel from near and far to enjoy the receptive energy that visiting new destinations can offer. I visited a small town USA village last week, East Aurora, New ...
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  • Beyond the Rod and Reel

    August 2, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Share life with others. Make new friends in the outdoors. Lead by example. Kayakers are searching for places to try out their new toys, birds are looking for places to wet their wings and cool off, and for anglers, hunters, hikers, campers and even outdoor photography buffs, the climate is testing ...
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  • My Grandma Taught Me to Fish

    May 17, 2016
    stoadmin
    Early Lessons Pay Big Dividends When Kids Grow Up By Bernard Williams My paternal grandmother, Alberta Williams, lived with us.  She had to in her early 80’s when I was born; don’t remember her exact age, but I do know she was around 97 when she passed away.  Well, grandmamma loved ...
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  • The Most Perfect Mother’s Day!

    May 10, 2016
    Stacy Hedberg
    All I wanted for Mother’s Day was for my family to come fishing with me. My husband, Jeff, daughter Kendall (15) and son Cole (12).  Kendall does not like fishing, hunting or the outdoors (completely opposite of me!).  Cole likes fishing, but he’s an active 12-year old boy who doesn’t ...
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  • My Granny Taught Me to Fish

    May 6, 2016
    stoadmin
    By Everette Wall I may never make it to Heaven but if I don’t, I’ve been close enough to have an idea of what it’s like.  It was the backseat of an old Buick, surrounded by the thick, heady aroma of lilac bath powder. It wasn’t what you might think, though.  I ...
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  • Wise Women, Fishing Lures, Mother’s Day

    May 6, 2016
    stoadmin
    By Mike Marsh I smiled at the memory of my first fishing lure it was a jointed minnow-imitation called a Cisco Kid. A gift from the true anglers in my family, Grandma Marsh and Great Aunt Catherine, the lure had seen musky duty in the Great Lakes and had tooth scars ...
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  • A Cane Pole, a Catfish and Great Grandma

    May 5, 2016
    stoadmin
    Bobbers, Patience and that Twinkle in Grandma’s Eye By Kenneth L. Kieser My great grandmother grew up in a simpler time when fishing meant feeding your family.  She was old, bent over and gray by the time I came along in the early 1950’s, but she always had a smile and a ...
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  • Old-Time Tackle, Dad, Lessons Learned

    April 14, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    As a kid, I would ask my dad to visit any number of tackle shops near our home outside Buffalo, New York. In our area, there were favorites that we had identified as top stops for new lures and new stuff every new fishing season. We went to three places ...
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  • I Love You Enough to Teach You to Fish

    January 20, 2016
    Eric Dinger
    According to the experts at World Bank, the planet needs to produce 50% more food than we do today in order to feed the 9 billion people who’ll live here by 2050. How can that possibly happen? Increases in efficiency are part of the answer.  Lower food quality and artificial dietary ...
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  • The Meaning of Christmas

    December 22, 2015
    David Gray
    Not just about Reindeer and Santa Claus, it’s about sharing the joy of family and helping other people be happy everywhere! I looked the calendar, 6 days to Christmas Eve. Where has the time gone? Can’t put it off any longer, got to get started on my Christmas shopping. Noon, I ...
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  • First Fish Story

    December 16, 2015
    Tyler Mahoney
    First Fish Story
    Episode 1 When a youngster started fishing with his dad at 3 years old, using a bait casting rig, despite his dad’s warning to leave the rig alone, the monster fish hooked on that “less than magnificent” first cast, left an indelible impression that FISHING IS FUN! It has become a ...
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  • America Needs More Boy Scouts

    December 16, 2015
    Eric Dinger
    Boy Scouts
    My wife, Stephanie, and I just spent the weekend Christmas shopping in Chicago. Our annual trip through the aisles of Michigan Avenue and State Street is a fun change of pace from the streak of hunting and fishing trips that usually dot my calendar throughout the year. While in many ...
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  • Want to Change a Generation? Feed Your Kids Fish They Catch

    December 4, 2015
    Eric Dinger
    Fishing
    In his timeless 1949 classic, A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold famously wrote, “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” I recently came across a video ...
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