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The trout fishing has been picking up, with water levels now down a bit below the average flow, making area rivers and streams easier to wade. During Mid-May a whole spate of flies should be hatching … more
One of my main philosophies when it comes to health is that health is a state of being, not just a destination you reach or achievement you accomplish. While setting and achieving goals is also a … more
The Pennsylvania Game Commissioners, at their quarterly meeting in April, voted to increase the number of antlerless deer licenses available to hunters this year by 147,000. The commissioners … more
As a golf instructor, I see many clubs from my students that are in need of re-gripping. Most people do not realize the importance of this type of maintenance.   During the golf swing, you … more
This is the time of the year golf leagues around the county are starting to play. I thought this would be a good time to explain some strategies and rules. Most leagues are scoring points based … more
Strength training is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise. Using resistance to load your muscles and bones helps you get stronger, increase bone density, decrease your likelihood of falling … more
The old adage “April showers bring May flowers” certainly rang true this spring. After what seemed like an interminable period of dark wet, gloomy weather we are now basking in the sun … more
Over the years of giving golf instruction, I have given my students many different types of drills to help them improve their golf game. I always tell my students, in order to change your swing, you … more
In the winter of 2020-2021 I got a phone call from a young man named Michael Sweeney from Enfield, Connecticut. He told me he was interested in the Assistant Golf Professional job the Villa Roma CC … more
The NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is having a problem getting adequate staff to operate all their summer camps. DEC operates four residential summer camps for children, Camp … more
How often do you catch yourself not taking action because you don’t feel like it? I find myself in this situation often, and even find myself in it right now as I’m writing this article. … more
Recently at an author talk at the Livingston Manor Free Public Library, a question was asked of Ed Van Put if the story of Dan Cahill stocking rainbow trout in the Delaware River was true. Ed replied … more
Spring is finally here! There’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass in the air.   As we begin our early golf season, here are some hints to help you get going. As you get out on … more
This is the time of the season for the high school teams’ matches. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The teams come up to the course and practice. It’s usually not the … more
Spring turkey seasons in New York and Pennsylvania are just about ready to start. Pennsylvania’s season starts on Saturday, April 29 and ends on May 30. Only bearded turkeys are legal to take. … more
Soreness is a common and somewhat unfortunate part of exercise. It’s never fun to leave a workout or wake up the next day in pain, but it’s actually a very normal part of the experience. … more
What a difference a day makes! Water levels on area rivers and streams had been dropping slowly but steadily for days and weeks – on Saturday afternoon the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing … more
Welcome to the 2023 golf season. For the next few months, I will be writing about all things related to golf. We will be including rules of the game, etiquette, tips on putting, chipping, iron play, … more
New York’s National Archery in Schools Program recently held its 15th annual state archery tournament at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. 635 students from 35 schools from across the … more
Have you ever followed a diet or workout program perfectly, only to go right back to your old ways the second it was over? If so, you’re not alone. Transitioning from a plan with a strict set … more
Last week’s unseasonable 80+ degree weather was an unexpected taste of mid-summer, but thankfully should revert to more spring-like moderate temperatures this week. Stream levels are low … more
The Avian Influenza virus has been discovered at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca, NY. DEC said 500 of their breeder flock of … more
I’ve always been fascinated with self-actualization. When my college advisor asked me what I wanted to do with my degree in Clinical Exercise Science, I said I wanted to help people optimize … more
The first full week of the trout fishing season here in the Catskills saw a mixed bag of weather – from the rainy-day season opener, through a few days of unseasonable mid-70s, back to chilly … more
I have been writing the Sportsman Outdoors column for 45-years. My wife and I started writing about the great outdoors, especially about hunting and fishing, on April 13, 1978, for the Sullivan … more
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