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The sporting life: Old as the hills, fresh as the rain | Notes from the North Woods

As has been my custom for more than a decade or so, I recently spent another fine, March day traveling down Schroon Lake way in order to attend the annual Adirondack Sportsman’s Dinner.

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Learning my lesson | Notes from the North Woods

Recently, while watching our family dog toss his stuffed toy around the room, I wondered if he was simply playing, or actually refining his hereditary hunting skills.

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Armchair angling | Conservation Conversations

North Country winters are normally long and cold. That’s the way it is here. But last year, and now this frigid season, however, things are way out of control.

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Schroon Lake readies for annual ice fishing contest

 Tourists takeover this popular summertime destination between May and September, but as the ice covers the lake, the locals come out to reclaim what is theirs: the fish.

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Jack Jay, Robber Jay | Notes from the North Woods

Last weekend, I witnessed a fairly large bird repeatedly attack a group of smaller birds at my feeder.

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Ice/cold water training on Bulwagga Bay | Conservation Conversations

It may not seem like spring will ever get here, but in time, Lake Champlain will thaw and pose a potential danger. Ice fishermen, dog walkers, cross country skiers and cold water wanderers of all sorts, can become victims if they break through thawing or rotten ice.

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End of Winter Carnival activities slated

The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership (TMSP) in coordination with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Silver Bay YMCA Teen Center are announce they will host the first Ticonderoga End of Winter Carnival Saturday, March 7, at the Ticonderoga Armory, Ticonderoga Recreational Areas, and Northern Lake George Paddle, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Damn coyotes! | Notes from the North Woods

In last week’s column, I referred to the process of rewilding our youth, in the same manner we rewilded our lands.

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Conservation Conversations

The Beatles did a song a while back called Day Tripper, if you are lucky, you can listen to it on your way to one of the following programs.

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Into the wild | Notes from the North Woods

I suppose it’s one of the most common afflictions of age, and it likely explains our unrelenting desire to return to familiar, natural surroundings.

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Hague ready to celebrate all things winter

The annual Hague Winter Weekend will take place starting Friday, Feb. 13, and run through Sunday, Feb. 15.

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Wild or not, off to the woods we go | Notes from the North Woods

Currently, the Adirondack Park remains the largest state protected area in the contiguous United States.

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Oil spill response | Conservation Conversations

Minus 18 degrees was displayed on the console of the truck when my cohort picked me up for the trip.

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Brant Lake Winter Carnival gears up for its third year

The 2015 edition of the Brant Lake Winter Carnival features the coronation of a king and queen as well as a frying pan tossing contest, an outhouse race, a display of vintage snowmobiles, a broomball tournament, a snowshoeing race and other activities.

Cool days and cold nights | Notes from the North Woods

As I pen this week’s column on a cold Feb. 1 morning, there is a slight chill in the air. The thermometer reads -8 F, and a stiff wind is blowing in hard from the west. The sun is shining and the scene is idilic.