Sunday, January 29, 2023

Outdoor Journal: Niscune Man honored with New York State Council of Trout Unlimited Silver Trout Award

Richard Atkinson of Niscuna was named the winner of the New York State Council of Trout Unlimited 2021 Silver Trout Award.

The Council Silver Trout Award is the highest award given to a member or chapter. It is presented to an individual TU member, or New York State TU Chapter, whose activities are considered the most outstanding and have a major impact on cold water fisheries in New York State.

Atkinson has been associated with the NYSCTU Trout Camp for the past 15 years. He has been a driver, fishing boy, fly tying instructor and fly fishing mentor for campers. He was instrumental in obtaining Orvis fly fishing equipment for the program and purchased and donated a myriad of rods, reels, and fly tying materials and supplies.

As a member of the Albany Area Clearwater Chapter, he recruited campers and often mentored youth after camp ended.

Atkinson will be presented the award Saturday at the NYSCTU mid-year meeting at Tailwater Lodge in Altmar.

slingshot fishing
This is right. Not a stick but a slingshot shooting slingshot bow and arrow.

Cost starts at $30.08. Google slingshot shooting and you’ll see the variety available, some with a laser sight. This should be a challenge for Garpike season.

December announces ‘my first’ printable certificate
If you or someone you know harvests their first deer or turkey, or their first oysters or beaver, this fall, you can remember “before” with a printable personal certificate available on DEC’s website.

“My First” certificates are currently available for deer, bear, turkey, waterfowl, pheasant and furbear. You can upload your own photo to the certificate, or use a certificate with a stock photo, enter the hunter or trapper’s name and method and harvest date, then upload the finished certificate to your home. Can print on printer.

To get started, go to and scroll down to the section titled “My first certificate.”

Hit More Than You Miss With Case’s Shotgun Theorem
I came across an interesting article called “The Trail Less Traveled” by Larry Case. Every gun writer likes to tell you how to hit more targets than you miss, but getting the right gun will go a long way in helping you hit the target.

Getting lost is part of shooting, just like death and taxes. Hires missing shooting instructors and gunsmiths and keeps ammunition companies in business. We all love to go on shoots and spend a day at the range, none of us like to miss it.

Like most shooters, every time I see an article “How to get more ducks this fall?” or “How to break up more soil at the border?” I read it with great interest.

These articles will discuss most of the tried-and-tested recommendations for shooters. Don’t look at the barrel, keep your cheeks welded to the stock (don’t lift your head), keep both eyes open (again some would say tape your glasses to your non-dominant eye) and of course, your body. move in the direction the bird is flying (while your feet are stuck in the thickets of the pheasant swamp).

The type of gun you fire and how it fits you has as much to do with your success as anything else. A gun that doesn’t fit you, just doesn’t “feel right” or kicks you like a hired mule is no fun and you’ll miss more than a hit. Gun owners like me like to go about the “man with one gun” syndrome, where you use a single shotgun to trap, skeet, keep ducks and crows out of the garden. It’s a cool idea but in reality most of us need a different gun for different tasks.

“If you know how many guns you have, you don’t have enough.”

Now this theory is a proven scientific fact, so any wives, girlfriends, significant others who want to protest by pulling another gun in the house, don’t look at me, it’s science.

Contact Ed Noonan [email protected].

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