Outdoor Journal: Niskayuna honored with New York State Council of Trout Unlimited Silver Trout Award


Richard Atkinson of Niskayuna has been named the 2021 Silver Trout recipient of the New York State Council of Trout Unlimited.

The Council Silver Award for Trout is the highest award the NYSCTU can bestow on a member or section. It is presented to an individual member of the TU or a branch of the New York State TU whose activities have been deemed the most outstanding and have had a major impact on cold water fishing in the State of New York.

Atkinson has been involved with NYSCTU Trout Camp for 15 years. He has been a driver, fishing buddy, fly tying instructor and fly fishing mentor for campers. He was instrumental in securing Orvis fly fishing equipment for the program and purchased and donated fishing rods, reels and a myriad of fly tying equipment and supplies. .

As a member of the Clearwater section of the Albany area, he recruited campers and often continued to mentor youth after camp ended.

Atkinson will receive the award at the NYSCTU mid-year meeting on Saturday at Tailwater Lodge in Altmar.

That’s right. Not a rod but a slingshot firing catapult bow and arrow.

Costs start at $ 30.08. Google Slingshot Shooting and you’ll see the variety available, some with laser sights. This should be a challenge for the garpike season.

If you or someone you know harvest their first deer or turkey, or their first muskrat or beaver this fall, you can remember that “first” with a personalized printable certificate available on the CED website.

“My First” certificates are currently available for deer, bear, turkey, waterfowl, pheasant and furbearer. You can upload your own photo in a certificate, or use a certificate with a stock photo, enter the name of the hunter or trapper and the method and date of harvest, then print the finished certificate on your personal printer.

To get started, go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/92267.html and scroll to the section called “My first certificates”.

I came across an interesting article written by Larry Case titled “The Trail Less Traveled”. All gun writers love to tell you how to hit more targets than you miss, but getting the right weapon will go a long way in hitting the target.

The disappearance is part of the shoot, just as safe as death and taxes. Missing keeps shooting instructors and employed firearms writers and ammunition companies in business. We all love to go shoot and have a day at the shooting range, neither of us likes to miss.

Like most shooters, every time I see a “How do I catch more ducks this fall?” Article. or “How do I break more clays from a distance?” I read it with great interest.

These articles will discuss most of the proven recommendations for shooters. Don’t look at the barrel, keep your cheek welded to the butt (don’t raise your head), keep both eyes open (so some would say put tape on your glasses over your non-dominant eye) and, of course, move your body in the direction the bird is flying (while your feet are stuck in a thicket of bog-pheasant grouse).

The type of shotgun you shoot and how it suits you has as much to do with your success as anything. A gun that doesn’t fit on you, that doesn’t “feel right”, or kicks you like a rental mule, isn’t fun and you’ll miss more than a shot. Gun owners like me like to talk about the “man with a gun” syndrome where you use the same shotgun for the trap, the skeet, the ducks and to keep the crows out of the garden. It’s a good idea, but the truth is, most of us need a different weapon for different jobs.

“If you know how many guns you have, you don’t have enough.”

Now this theory is a proven scientific fact, so all the women, girlfriends, other important people who want to protest by dragging another gun around the house, don’t look at me, that’s science.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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