Adirondack Gadabout (outdoors), by Joe Hackett

Look to the sky for clues of animal movement

Back in the day, calendars were used to mark the passing of time by noting particular events and activities that were pursued during the various seasons. They also correlated the various phases of the moon with current natural events and activities that the new moon provided. Distinct ...

Bolster youth interest with outdoor education

Although the annual New York big game hunting season is currently in full swing, there appears to be a distinct lack of both deer and hunters in the local woods. Although I’ve seen a few whitetails, including an impressive buck that handcuffed me during the snowy season opener, ...

A pursuit firmly woven into our fabric

Hunting is an activity that permits enthusiasts to interact with the natural world in a manner that is difficult to achieve through any other means. It is a traditional, all-natural pursuit that allows woodsmen to utilize basic instincts that have been refined over the long course of human ...

Hunting takes time, patience and experience

All the natural signs point to the obvious: Autumn is rapidly taking control of the land. You can smell it in the brisk air and hear it in the melodic barking of Canada geese as they continue to fly south, often in the dark of night.The cool, musky scent of decay is a sign of the times. The ...

Soaking in every last bit of autumn

As autumn takes command of the local landscape, I have been forced to choose between a variety of outdoor activities that continue to unfold across a landscape that grows more magnificent with each passing day.As author E.B.White claimed, "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve ...

Off to the waters we go

As the rising sun burned the morning fog from the waters, my reel began to screech. It was a familiar sound that summoned up memories from the not-so distant past.The day before, we had fished the same pond, stalking big brook trout that roved the waters in pods that numbered in the double ...

Thrill of the hunt is what matters

With the annual big game hunting season looming on the calendar, it is time for all woods walkers and similar outdoor travelers to be aware and dressed accordingly.Hunters should avoid areas that are highly trafficked by hikers to avoid any potential user conflicts. Dogs should be leashed and ...

Hunting no longer just a man’s game

"In a civilized and cultured country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. The excellent people who protest against hunting and consider sportsmen as enemies of wildlife are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds, the most ...

Anticipating a time of transition and tradition

As the high holy days of the sporting life grow near, sportsmen and women will take to the local waters to pack in just a few more brook trout forays before the trout season comes to an end on Oct. 15.However, as the trout season winds down, it's important to note there are a number of local ...

Girl power in hunting camp and beyond

Rachel Carson, author of The Sense of Wonder, explained that every child has an inborn sense of wonder waiting to be guided to its full potential. Whether this innate sense of wonder will thrive or shrivel depends largely on the "companionship of at least one adult who is willing to take the ...

The time is right to get kids outside

Although there has been a ground swell of interest in getting children "back to the woods" over the past decade, there remains much to be done. The electronic age is still expanding at full throttle, and as it does the interest in outdoor recreation continues to decline.Despite public awareness ...

Trying to hang on to the fleeting summer season

Although there are sure to be a few Indian Summer days left in the Adirondack calendar, it is evident autumn is on the way. Cool, crisp mornings have already welcomed lakeside campers with heavy morning fog and a brisk chill. Hardwoods along the shorelines have already begun to reveal signs of ...

In the woods and on the podium

Apparently, last week's column touched a nerve among a variety of woods travelers. The story touched on how much is too much in terms of overuse of the local woods and waters.While several readers claimed they had not seen "any obvious overload" on the trails, others claimed that "the trails ...

How much is too much on the trail?

Although I owned a pair of Dunham "waffle stompers" back in the 1970s (which was over a century ago), my favorite hiking boots were a pair of Converse high top Chuckie D sneakers. While they didn't provide the best traction or ankle support, they were lightweight, great on the rocks and they ...

Overcoming summer doldrums on a backwoods brook

As the dog days of summer descend upon the mountain scene, it's time for ethical anglers to consider the impact of their adventures. While the practice of catch-and-release angling has received widespread acceptance among the angling public in recent years, there are a number of important ...

A new take on the good old outdoors

Last week, I devoted this column space to the traditional Scandinavian concept of friluftsliv, which promotes outdoor recreation to provide positive benefits for both the land and healthy people who enjoy recreating there. Friluftsliv stresses the importance of combining a variety of natural ...

Friluftsliv is alive and well in the Adirondacks

Recognizing the human need for a comfortable coexistence in the outdoors is an example of what the concept of "friluftsliv" has to offer.Despite the rigors of a daunting landscape and the inescapable and ominous winter season, Norwegians are widely known for their good cheer and positive ...

Cooking up an appetite with tasty camp fare

The old saying "an Army marches on its stomach" also holds true for hikers, paddlers and similar outdoor travelers.In fact, the quality and quantity of the outdoor table fare is often regarded as one of the most memorable elements of a camping trip. I have discovered that one of the most ...

The trails and rivers less traveled

I spent most of the past week enjoying views from the eastern edge of the Adirondacks while traveling on the increasingly popular Champlain Area Trails system, or CATS. The trails connect communities from Ticonderoga to Keeseville, with a combination of public and private lands. With the High ...

Let’s not forget, we were all rookies at one time

As the annual camping season arrives, it is important to be patient when dealing with newcomers - whether in the field, the forest or on the waters. It's easy for experienced hands to forget just how intimidating their first few camping trips actually were.In my younger years, our family camped ...