May Day: New York’s youth hunting weekend seemed to be a success on many accounts. For the most part, the weather cooperated, even though it was a bit chilly on Saturday. However, a cool, quiet morning is a good one for getting a gobbler. It looks like more of the same is on tap for the May 1 opener, perhaps even some snow in a few areas. Wind could be a factor too. Meanwhile, in the southern portions of the Adirondacks we seem to be a week or two ahead with foliation and more rain is in the forecast for the first week of the month. We’re seeing and hearing a lot of gobblers on our scouting runs and hope you are too.
Recently we reported in NY Outdoor News that there are not a lot of two-year-old toms out there this year, thanks to a tough nesting season in 2019. However, there should be plenty of jakes and some older toms. Reports we’ve heard from many who have done there scouting is that there are plenty of Adirondack birds out there, but they could be scattered in areas that had a solid 2020 acorn crop as they clean up what’s left. Mountain birds can move around, but often cycle back to do your best to keep tabs on them.
Hey, Junior Hunters:
Good luck to all of our young hunters and mentors out there and be sure to send us a photo! And, if you’d like to send a photo to NY Outdoor News for our Readershots, you can do so here.While you’re at it, you young hunters and anglers should consider joining the Outdoor News Junior Pro Team. It’s a great program just for you! Click here to learn more.
Meanwhile, trout season is here and stream anglers (not pond fishermen) need to know that DEC has a new trout stream plan that begins this season. Check it out here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/111015.html. Also, the new regulations guide is only available online at this time but printed copies should be out soon.
Like Podcasts? If so, check these recent shows out that feature Adirondack hunters.
• Dan Ladd on Pertnear Outdoors
• Todd Mead on Truth from the Stand:
• Joe DiNitto on Hal Blood’s Big Woods Bucks
• Todd Waldron (and Dan Ladd) on Dirks Outdoors Radio Show
Read 2020 hunting reports here: