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Joe Hackett

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Searching for spring

Notes from the North Woods

After waiting and watching for the backwoods ponds to shed winter’s hard cap, I couldn’t take it anymore.

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The little video that could...fix a road

Notes from the North Woods

This coming weekend, I’ll be heading back down to Newcomb to attend the final offering in the “Got Game” lecture series.

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A warm heart for cold weather

Notes from the North Woods

In recent weeks, I’ve been seeing a lot of sign of animals on the move.

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A day at the Adk Sportsmans Dinner

Notes from the North Woods

As has been my custom in recent years, I spent the third Saturday of March at the Adirondack Sportsmans Dinner in Schroon Lake.

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A Return to the South Slopes

Notes from the North Woods

Following last week’s spell of foul weather which threatened to wash away winter, it appears the season has rebounded.

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Ancient anglers

Notes from the North Woods

The recent thaw has raised the expectations of many local anglers for another early ice out, as any of the region’s lakes and ponds were free and clear of ice for the opening day of trout season on April 1st.

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Turning back time

Notes from the North Woods

According to most calendars, the spring season officially arrives during the month of March.

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A fish tail

Notes from the North Woods

As winter begins a slow transition towards spring, my enthusiasm for the coldest season has already begun to diminish.

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Celebrating the tradition of celebration

Notes from the North Woods

On Saturday, Feb. 23, residents of Saranac Lake will again be joined by visitors from across the region to help carry on a spirit of celebration that has kept a festive atmosphere alive in the community for several weeks.

The looming storm

Notes from the North Woods

Despite recent temperature variations that have kept local thermometers bouncing around like a pogo stick, the winter of 2012-13 has been rather blah.

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Fish, Birds and Cats

Notes from the North Woods

Fish, Birds and Cats

Water over the Dam

Notes from the North Woods

In recent years, winter weather patterns have become increasingly difficult to predict, especially in the Adirondacks, which has always managed to maintain a tried and true tradition of having snow on the ground by Thanksgiving, followed by a white Christmas and a brief January thaw.

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Outdoor sports and gym class

Notes from the North Woods

As debate over gun control continues to rage across the country, it is interesting to note two proposed bills that were introduced in the New York State Assembly and Senate last year.

Letting the cat out of the bag

Notes from the North Woods

Eastern cougars were listed as Endangered Species in 1973, however in March 2011, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a change of status for the big cats when agency biologists requested cougars be removed from the Endangered Species list.

Winter gives way to sports show season

Notes from the North Woods

Winter gives way to sports show season

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A season with a reason

Notes from the North Woods

As I gaze out my office window, a stiff and steady west wind is sending tiny tornados of snow, tumbling across the frozen ground in my side yard, and finally the wind-driven snow is beginning to pile up.

Life and death ... in a small town

Notes from the North Woods

Born in 1956, I remain the product of a lifetime spent primarily in small town America.

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St. Hubert, the Jagermeister

Notes from the North Woods

Back in early October, I had the pleasure of leading a hike for a group of visitors from Europe.

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Season-ending snow

Notes from the North Woods

The first significant snow of the season has finally arrived, and while accumulations remain far too meager to jump-start the backcountry ski season; the woods are again white.

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Forest oddities

Notes from the North Woods

Anyone who has spent much time in the woods understands that nature is very fickle. In fact, it is quite often downright contrary.

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The business of wilderness

For years, there has been a protracted debate over the value of protected state lands encompassed within the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

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Cold weather heats up the Big Game Hunting Season

Notes from the North Woods

The landscape has begun to take on a decidedly winter-like cast, as a fresh covering of snow recently secured a white cap atop most of the peaks in the upper elevations.

Annie, get your gun!

Notes from the North Woods

Although the overall number of licensed hunters in the United State has been on a steady decline, from over 14.1 million participants in 1996 to less than 12.5 million today, there has been one promising trend with the potential to save the shooting sports industry.

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They're always watching

Notes from the North Woods

During the waning days of trout season, I took advantage of the opportunity to combine some grouse hunting with a bit of angling.

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The history of hunting in the Adirondacks

Notes from the North Woods

According to The Hunter's Aim: The Cultural Politics of American Sport Hunters, 1880-1910 written by Daniel Justin Herman, “sport hunting in the United States reached its pinnacle in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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A day with dog and gun, rod or rifle

Notes from the North Woods

Recent weather patterns have finally begun to exhibit a distinctly autumnal turn, the pace of life has begun to slow down, following a rather extended and tiresome, tourist season.

Rod, gun and makeup

Notes from the North Woods

With each passing day, the evening air grows cooler and the hillsides get a bit brighter as great flocks of birds continue to fly overhead on their annual migrations south.

The sporting season begins

Notes from the North Woods

The annual autumn migration that is responsible for taking young men, old men and increasingly, a large number of women into the deep woods of the Adirondacks is set to begin soon with the launch of the early bear season on Sept. 15.

Outdoor Escapes and Etiquette

Notes from the North Woods

According to a recent national survey, people who regularly recreate outdoors, and those who had participated in outdoor recreation while growing up, are more likely than all others to be completely satisfied with their lives.

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Autumn on the rise: Time for fur, fins and feathers

Notes from the North Woods

According to the most reliable reports, angling opportunities on most local lakes and ponds has slowed down significantly in recent weeks.

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Displaced, but still tied to the land

Notes from the North Woods

In the past few weeks, I’ve been involved in a number of discussions regarding the recent state purchase of lands from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

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The angling doldrums of August

Notes from the North Woods

Work is underway this week on a river bank stabilization and habitat restoration project along the East Branch of the Ausable River in the hamlet of Keene Valley.

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Some like it hot!

Notes from the North Woods

The heat of the summer has descended upon the Adirondacks, delivering temperatures that have soared well above 80 degrees.

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Summertime and the living is easy

Notes from the North Woods

Summer is now in full swing with a slate of events and activities available for almost everyone’s enjoyment.

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Weather or not!

Notes from the North Woods

It had been a typical summer day in the Adirondack.

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Backlash on the World Record Bass

Notes from the North Woods

Although the recent weather patterns have been decidedly summer-like, the actual summer season did not officially begin until Wednesday, June 20th.

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Back home, again

Notes from the North Woods

Last weekend, I returned to Elizabethtown to attend the opening of the new, Raging Rivers exhibition at the Adirondack History Center Museum.

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Back from the ponds

Notes from the North Woods

The blackflies are back, and so are the tourists, just as the fishing season has finally hit full stride.

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Of Bugs and Brookies

Notes from the North Woods

In 1624, a Jesuit priest traveling through the Dismal Wilderness of the Adirondack region claimed his experience with the demons of the north was, “The worst martyrdom I have ever suffered in this country.”

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Fishless Joe

Notes from the North Woods

Almost every angler has suffered at least one embarrassing incident while pursuing fish.

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Going buggy

Notes from the North Woods

In last week’s column, I purposely raised the alarm to be on the lookout for ticks.

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The annual blood drive is on its way

Notes from the North Woods

Despite the early arrival of the spring season, there really hasn’t been much of a problem with skeeters or black flies to date.

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Waters connect

Notes from the North Woods

The adventure of outdoor travel is no longer considered a normal part of life for a majority of the country’s population.

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The trout whereabouts

Notes from the North Woods

Due to summer-like weather patterns that had arrived by the early spring, this year’s trout season has been greatly accelerated.

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Troubles in camp

Notes from the North Woods

For those of us who were fortunate enough to have settled within the borders of one of the world’s finest parks, it appears we made a wise decision.

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One last cast ...

Notes from the North Woods

I’ll be along in just a minute, I’m just gonna’ take one last cast.

The Quick trip

The Adirondack Outdoors

t has been over two decades since “The Trip,” and yet I still quiver with a mere memory of it. Although I retain fond memories of the journey, my heart begins to palpitate as I put these words on paper. It’s likely a case of mind over matter.

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Winter has yet to relent

Notes from the North Woods

After I had spent a full of week respooling fishing lines, oiling reels, sorting tackle and replacing a pile of worn out and rusted flies, the snow began to fall.

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Skiing the south slopes

Notes from the North Woods

As the winter season begins to show signs of winding down, visions of an early ice out have begun to dance through my head like sugar-plums on Christmas Eve.

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Riparian Repairs

Notes from the North Woods

Recent reports indicate Essex County recently received significant funding from a combination of state and federal sources to pay for the removal of debris, and the restoration of a many local river and stream corridors.

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