- Rick Brockway
- Friday, July 20, 2012
DEC's youth camps are cool places to be during the summer
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... Every summer, the Department of Environmental Conservation runs camps for kids. Within the past two weeks, two guys I know attended these camps in the Adirondacks.
- Friday, July 13, 2012
You can shoot a bear with a camera and still have a successful hunt
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... Last week, I talked about how animals protect themselves. My wife read the column and wondered why I didn't tell you about the baby bears in Canada.
- Friday, July 6, 2012
Animals know how to protect themselves
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... A few days ago, I started mowing _ or bush hogging, if that's what you want to call it _ the meadows on our old farm. The song birds have raised their young, so it's time to mow down the tall grass and get the goldenrod before it flowers and spreads new seed.
- Friday, June 29, 2012
How to have a whale of a time
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... I've always been one to enjoy watching wildlife, so my wife and I did something out of the ordinary this week. We drove to Hubbardston, Mass., on Tuesday afternoon and spent the evening with my cousins. It was great seeing them again.
- Friday, June 15, 2012
A little rain never hurt anybody
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... I ran into a friend of mine at the bank the other day. He had been fishing a few days before on his favorite stream in Delaware County. Ray showed me a photo on his cell phone with the proof. He had caught five brown trout 17 inches or longer.
- Friday, June 8, 2012
Wilber Lake's a good place to start fishing
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... I decided to go to Wilber Lake (the Oneonta Reservoir) and fish a couple of weeks ago. I heard the bluegills and crappies were biting quite well. A pile of filets from those panfish is certainly hard to beat.
- Friday, June 1, 2012
Otsego bass are a thing of the past
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... Many early mornings and evenings were spent trolling on Cooperstown Lake for Otsego bass back in the 1960s and 70s. By hanging our arms over the side of the boat and constantly pulling the heavy line forward and letting it drift back, the action of our lure would attract the fish.
- Friday, May 25, 2012
It’s easy to get hooked on Thirteenth Lake
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... With Memorial Day almost upon us, I was reminded of a great fishing adventure many years ago on this weekend.
- Saturday, May 19, 2012
Climbing is one thing, but skydiving?
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... Last week, my friend George and I returned to the Gunks for another rock-climbing adventure. After last week's column, I asked about the rattlesnakes and was told not to worry. Rattlers are usually quite timid and will avoid people as much as possible. It's the copperheads that'll give you trouble. They're aggressive and will stand their ground to defend it. Oh great!!
- Friday, May 11, 2012
Rattlesnakes may be closer than you think, so pay attention
OUTDOORS COLUMN BY RICK BROCKWAY ... Last September, I told you about my first ascent on the vertical rocks near New Paltz. Shortly after that column on rock climbing, my cousin _ who lives just across the border in Connecticut _ emailed me about those very same cliffs. He told me that the Gunks are inhabited by a large concentration of rattlesnakes.