Hunting season replaces trout season

Recent weather patterns have taken on a distinctly, winter-like flavor. In the valleys, the foliage season struggles to hold onto its leafy beauty for just a few more weeks while at the same time, snow flurries dust the local mountain tops. With the approach of the muzzleloading season which opens on Saturday, Oct. 17, hunters now hope for a fresh carpet of snow.

The transition from fishing season to hunting season took a major step forward on Oct. 15, with the completion of trout season. Although bass season still offers anglers a viable option for a "fishing fix," many will now put away the rods and devote their energies to woodland ventures in search of deer, ducks, grouse and turkey.

It's with sadness that I accept the fact that my brook trout ventures will have to be put on hold until ice-out 2010, but I take comfort in the prospect that the brookies will be a little bit fatter and longer when I next have the opportunity to revisit my favorite waters.

Goodbye to a Woodswoman

The lonesome wail of the loon carried a mournful tune last week. The wild lands and wildlife of the Adirondacks have lost an iconic figure and a staunch supporter.

It was with great sadness that the Adirondack sporting community learned of the passing of Nellie Staves of Tupper Lake at age 92. Nellie was a true woodswomen, who spent a lifetime exploring and enjoying the woods and waters of the Adirondacks.

Originally from Vermont, Nellie came to the Adirondacks with her lumberjack husband to work as a cook in the lumber camps. She stayed on to raise a family and have a positive impact on the community. She became one of the best known proponents of the sporting life and was an enthusiastic supporter of traditional outdoor pursuits. She truly was an original and her knowledge, skills and influence spanned generations of Adirondackers.

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