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Hunting takes time, patience and experience

October 19, 2016
By JOE HACKETT - Outdoors Columnist ( , Lake Placid News

All the natural signs point to the obvious: Autumn is rapidly taking control of the land. You can smell it in the brisk air and hear it in the melodic barking of Canada geese as they continue to fly south, often in the dark of night.

The cool, musky scent of decay is a sign of the times. The changes of season also have dramatic effects on birds, fish, whitetails and on the slowly growing Adirondack moose population that is increasingly calling this land their own.

While I doubt I will ever see an Adirondack moose hunt over the course of my lifetime, I'm thrilled to know they are out there. I've witnessed more than a half-dozen, and I've witnessed a lot of sign.

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The father and son team of Larry and Joel Nashette from Tupper Lake spent the long black powder opening weekend hunting birds, bucks and brook trout throughout the St. Regis Canoe Area.
Photo — Joe Hackett

Over the weekend, I returned to the location of my initial sighting, which occurred more than 25 years ago. Although I have no current moose sightings to report, I did have an opportunity to enjoy a few days of gadding about the woods and waters.


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