Outdoors in Whitehall with Gene Terry

I t’s been awhile since I wrote my last column. I won’t bore you with all of this year’s hunting and fishing rules and regulations as by now most of you have gotten next year’s license and all the regulations that go with it.

It was first stated that there would be youth big game weekend this year because the New York bow hunters got their opening day of archery season to open on Oct. 1 and this year didn’t want anyone else in the woods with them. This has been changed mainly because of an outcry from sportsmen. There will be a youth big game hunting weekend on Columbus Day weekend. Only youths from 14 to 15 years of year may carry a rifle if accompanied by an adult. More information is in your game regulations.

Election time is fast approaching. Don’t forget, you as sportsmen and women, to get out there and vote. We are very fortunate in our district to have some very good people representing us in the senate and assembly.

Teresa Sayward has been in there a very long time. In all her years of service, she never once voted against the sportsmen issues. Unfortunately Teresa is retiring this year and we can hope her replacement is as down to earth as she was.

Tony Jordan is another representative who should also get the sportsmen’s vote as he has shown he has our interest always in mind.

And what can we say about our senator, Betty Little, that has not been said about her by the thousands of sportsman she represents. She is fantastic when it comes to conservation issues and is always there to help out the sportsmen and women though the whole state. She certainly has all of our votes.

And then there’s Roy McDonald. Roy made the mistake of speaking out on gay marriages. He said “so what” if they want to get married, let them. He made a statement that could backfire on him. So what, at least he spoke and said what he thought. He didn’t beat around the bush like most. I have to give him lots of credit for it. I’ve known him for a while and he always says what is in his heart. He has continued to back sportsman issues whenever they were in front of him. He never backed down. He always spoke his piece whether it was a yes or a no.

Don’t let this one statement by our elected official be the reason for his defeat. Vote for Roy McDonald, Tony Jordan, Betty Little and wish Teresa Sayward the best in her retirement.

Speaking of votes, at last month’s election of the New York State Conservation Council, Howie Cushing was defeated in his run for president. Now, I know you couldn’t care a whit about this and most of you don’t even know what the N.Y.S.C.C. is, but let me tell you it’s a plus for all the sportsmen in New York State.

His defeat was his own making; has he has been in there so long that he rode roughshod over everyone lately. The representatives of the counties and federations had enough of his backdoor politics and elected not to elect him again. Wonderful!

Hunting season is fast approaching. Whether you prefer small game, big game, or still fishing, enjoy the outdoors, it’s a wonderful time of the year. Leaf peepers too.

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