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Notes from the North Woods

Opportunities to accomplish an Adirondack version of The Macnab are limited to three days Oct. 13 through 15.   The effort will require catching a brook trout on the fly, harvesting a whitetail buck with a muzzleloader and taking a pair of ruffed grouse on the wing in a single day.

Opportunities to accomplish an Adirondack version of The Macnab are limited to three days Oct. 13 through 15. The effort will require catching a brook trout on the fly, harvesting a whitetail buck with a muzzleloader and taking a pair of ruffed grouse on the wing in a single day.

A Macnab is a sporting challenge similar to an angler’s ‘Grand Slam’, however, it is compounded by a combination of angling, stalk hunting and wing shooting required in the effort.

To accomplish a pure Macnab, it helps to have a good friend with a large estate in Scotland, or a lot of money.

Currently, Highland Lodges in Scotland offers a MacNab Challenge hosted at the Aberchalder Estate near Invergarry in the West of Scotland for roughly $2500 per person. Meals, lodging, transportation, gratuities, trophy fees and airfare are all extra.

A New York state Sportsman’s license costs $47, and it entitles the holder to take fish, fowl and game.

Typically, the day begins at dawn on the River Garry where an experienced Ghillie assists attempts to catch a salmon on the fly.

Anglers are later whisked off to heather covered mountains to stalk a Red Deer Stag and the day is completed after shooting a brace of grouse on the wing.

It is conducted under the guidance and advice of experienced Ghillies, Stag Stalkers and Gamekeepers. Fees include all licenses and permits.

Rods, reels, flies, waders, rifles, shotguns and ammunition are all extra.

In the Adirondacks, the annual trout season concludes on Oct. 15, and the Muzzleloader Season for Whitetail Deer begins on Oct. 13. Ruffed Grouse season opens on Sept. 20 and runs through Feb. 28, 2013.

For the current year, opportunities to accomplish an Adirondack version of The Macnab are limited to just three days, from Oct. 13 through 15. The effort will require catching a brook trout on the fly, harvesting a whitetail buck with a muzzleloader and taking a pair of ruffed grouse on the wing in a single day. Good luck, and take plenty of pictures!

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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