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Hooks and Antlers: Sportsmen make New Year’s resolutions

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In recent days, “Hooks and Antlers” asked a number of area sportsmen, “If you were to make an outdoors resolution for 2013, what would that resolution be?” Their responses comprise today’s column.

Mike Bice of Lisbon: My 2013 resolution would be to spend more time in the duck swamps and on the big water with new and old friends.

Ed Blackmer of Chippewa Bay: My resolution is to support any and all habitat restoration involved with dredging and invasive plant removal, anytime and anywhere.

Jim Boyce of Massena: I would hunt more with my muzzleloader and do more duck hunting.

Mark Brackett of Canton: I resolve to introduce at least one person to take up hunting in 2013. I have a prospect, but I need to help him in reacting to the sight of blood.

Jack Flanagan of Canton: For the coming year, I hope to spend more time in the woods with my two sons.

Bob Flavin of Ogdensburg: I would like to spend more time with the grandkids doing some camping, fishing, and enjoying the island.

Dave Forsythe of Lisbon: I will try to do even more fishing in 2013 as well as trying to get caught up on clearing brush, which seems like an endless task.

Mike Gagner of Massena: My resolution for 2013 will be to work less and fish and hunt more. Live life.

Larry Kring of Black Lake: My resolution is to spend more time on the water fishing. Our group is in the planning stages for another moose hunt next fall, and if I can get some guys together, I would like to go to Canada next summer for a fly-fishing trip.

Dan Lake of Heuvelton: I will continue to get my boys involved in hunting and expand the food plots on my land.

Tom Lightfoot of Massena: My resolution is the same as always, to do more deer scouting, but that never happens.

Rick Mace of South Colton: My resolution is to reduce my tree stand usage and increase my use of pop-up blinds next deer season. Although ground blinds don’t get your scent off ground level and don’t always provide you with as large a viewing area as a tree stand, they do make a safer hunting option. Ground blinds are easier to backpack and set up by yourself. Also, they are easier to relocate, give better protection from the elements, hide body movements, blend in well with the environment, can be heated, and cost less than tree stands. You do have to take them out at the end of the season, though.

Walt Paul of South Colton: I would do more scouting for deer in August.

Cody Richardson, Sr. of Lisbon: My 2013 resolution would be to get my trail cameras set up earlier in the fall.

Neal Riggs of Lisbon: My resolution is to keep going out into the wild for all the benefits you receive and to maintain friendships through the hunting experience.

Jim Robinson of Black Lake: My resolution would be to continue the good times with really great friends at hunting camp in the woods.

Chris Showers of Brier Hill: My resolution would be to continue to do as much hunting and fishing with my three daughters as I can.

Joe Siematkowski of Colton: I would increase my shooting-practice time with the bow and, during the season, I would move my stands as deer patterns change.

Bill Simmons of Potsdam: I plan on riding my 4-wheeler a little more.

Dan Skamperle of Ogdensburg: I have two resolutions for DEC Region Six: we need to quit handing out nuisance permits for deer, and we need to restrict the selling of angler-caught fish by non-commercial fishermen. I believe nuisance permits and selling fish have a negative impact on “the sport” of hunting and fishing.

Tony Zappia of Massena: If I were to have a resolution, it would be to stay in good physical shape and health so that I could continue to partake in my varied outdoor activities I so enjoy.

Outdoors Calendar

Wednesday: Adult Indoor Archery League at Norfolk R&G Club (769-3140).

Thursday: Youth Indoor Archery League at Massena R&G Club (769-3140).

Jan. 8: Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of SLC meet at Canton Boces at 7 p.m.

Jan. 22: SLC Fisheries Advisory Board meets at Canton BOCES at 7 p.m.

Jan. 25-27: New York Sportsman’s Expo at NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

Feb. 9: River Valley Gun Dog Club hosts annual banquet at SLVSC.

Feb. 23: SLRWA’s annual Northern Pike Challenge (384-3450).

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