In recent days, Hooks and Antlers asked a number of area sportsmen, What was your outdoors highlight(s) during the past year? Their responses comprise todays column:
Mike Bice of Lisbon: My highlights were introducing two new hunters to late season duck hunting and spending time with friends on the St. Lawrence River.
Ed Blackmer of Chippewa Bay: My highlight was being the net man for my 9-year-old granddaughter who caught a 28-inch, 10-pound catfish.
Hank Bouchard of Ogdensburg: My highlight would have to be the B.A.S.S. Elite Series Tournament in Waddington. I met some really nice people and saw some great new equipment.
Jack Flanagan of Canton: This years highlights would be catching muskies with my sons, Sean and Kyle; and Sean and I filling our two deer tags.
Bob Flavin of Ogdensburg: My highlight was my grandson Bradleys 27-inch, 8-pound walleye.
Mike Gagner of Massena: My highlight was seeing my first black bear during the Southern Zone Archery Season. The large bear came within 40 yards, and I watched him for 3-5 minutes but couldnt get a shot.
Dan Lake of Heuvelton: My son Jack was able to experience camp life on several weekends. He is looking forward to next season because he turns 14, but there goes my exclusive hunting rights to the farmland in Heuvelton.
Tom Lightfoot of Massena: I thoroughly enjoyed the time at deer camp this year. The 2013 season reinforced my thinking that the success of a season is not determined by the deer you take.
Rick Mace of South Colton: My father, a WWII veteran and an avid deer hunter, passed away last year. Over the years we often would hunt together on Veterans Day. On November 11 this season (Veterans Day), I took my largest buck ever: a 202-pound 10-pointer. He would have been proud.
Lyle Newman of Canton: My best highlight was spending time fishing with my son, Sebastian, who is really getting into fishing. Another highlight would be the two bobcats I saw on my property.
Walt Paul of South Colton: My highlight was seeing some friends take nice 10-point bucks and another friend take a 435-pound black bear.
Cody Richardson, Sr. of Lisbon: One of my highlights was shooting a 7-point buck at my sons property. It felt great when he shook my hand and said, Great job, Dad!
Neal Riggs of Lisbon: My highlight was when my brother-in-law shot a deer out of my tree stand.
Jim Robinson of Black Lake: My highlight was spending time at deer camp doing what I love to do, and that is hunting with friends. The deer season was great, and I saw a small bull moose.
Chris Showers of Brier Hill: My highlight was spending time outdoors with my three daughters. They seem to really like being out there, whether it is deer hunting or ice fishing.
Joe Siematkowski of Colton: My highlight was when Joe Russell of Hilltop Hunting in Morley did an emergency rebuild of my old Remington auto (1956) so that I could get back deer hunting. I have to thank Joe for the great service.
Bill Simmons of Potsdam: My highlight was the deer I should have bagged, but I didnt see the rack. My 8-year-old grandson was sitting behind me, and he could see the horns, but he didnt say anything because I told him to be quiet, and he listens well.
Dan Skamperle of Ogdensburg: My 11 and 8-year-old sons like hiking the Adirondacks, and this year we did a couple of the High Peaks. Were looking forward to stepping it up in 2014.
Tony Zappia of Massena: Without a doubt, the biggest highlight for 2013 was when my 6-year old Golden Retriever, FTCH Adirondac Tea for Two, earned her Field Champion title by winning the Open All-Age Stake in August at North Bay, Ontario. Her title made Tea one of two living Golden Retriever bitches in Canada who achieved this high honor.
Jan. 17-19: New York Sportsmans Show at Oncenter in Syracuse.
Jan. 24-26: New York Sportsmans Expo at Syracuse Fairgrounds (www.newyorksportsmansexpo.com).
Jan. 25: Annual Black Lake Ice Fishing Derby (393-3543 or 375-6561).
Jan. 25: Alex Bay VFD Luck-of-the-Draw Ice Fishing Derby (816-2310 or 788-2243).
Jan. 25: Black Lake Challenge Ice Fishning Derby at Rollaway Bay.
Jan. 25: First Strike Ice Fishing Derby at Cranberry Lake (www.cranberrylakefire.org).