Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: October 6, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Seasons are open, the leaves are ready to turn, and migrations are underway or soon will be with salmon running and ducks getting at least a bit restless.

It’s a great time to be alive for sportsmen, but non-hunters enjoy the change in the outdoors as well. Everyone has their favorite things to do right now.

The Adirondacks will be alive with tourists from now until the leaves have dropped and each person has their own ways of enjoying the view.

The Adirondack Railroad is a popular method for those who want to just relax and watch the panorama unfold without the hassle of driving.

Bus tours take thousands of foliage lovers from city to mountains and back, often with an overnight or two at an Adirondack destination.

It’s not an arduous drive for us folks right here in central New York, and a personal vehicle, in my estimation, provides the greatest opportunity for enjoying Mother Nature’s fall display.

Sweet Thing and I have taken Adirondack day trips and we have stayed over for a night or two in or around Lake Placid or Old Forge.

Certainly, even though it’s more costly, staying is the most relaxing, but it’s a good idea to check on lodging ahead of time, because rooms fill up fast during these days.

Hikers, bikers, kayakers, and campers also find the brilliant colors and cooler temperatures to be to their taste. What’s not to like? Insect numbers are greatly reduced; although, ticks still have to be guarded against. The cool temperatures make physical exertion more comfortable no matter what you are doing (except swimming perhaps).

Some always have a concern over the coinciding of great hiking time and hunting season, but over the years, hikers have used the paths and woods nearly without incident.

Two important things go together to keep hikers safe during hunting season. The first is hikers taking the precaution of wearing some hunter orange so they can be seen easier by hunters in the same area.

The second thing is hunters being sure of their target, but whenever an incident has taken place, almost invariably, the non-hunter has failed to take the precaution of wearing orange.

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