Schonowe VFD Bass Tournament set for Saturday – The Daily Gazette

The Schonowe Volunteer Fire Department will host its fifth annual bass tournament for first responders and sportsmen on Oxbow Lake in Piseco on Saturday.

Launch time begins at 5 a.m. at the Oxbow Lake Motel. The event starts at 7 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. Prizes are awarded based on total weight for bass, pike and sunfish, as well as a lunker prize for the largest bass.

For more details, please call Bill at 518-377-0939 or 315-436-5748. The registration fee is $60.00 on the day of the event. Last year’s winners totaled over $2,000 in total prizes.


Here are the results of last Tuesday’s Bass Challenge held on Saratoga Lake. There were 38 participating boats.

First place and $855 went to Tom Kail of Burnt Hills and Jason Norton of Waterford for the 14.68 pounds they caught. Second place and $513 went to Mike Schleicher of Saratoga Springs and Tony Pascucci of Valatie. They caught 11.86 pounds. Ryan Constantino of Saratoga Springs and Aidan Ford of Annapolis, Maryland finished third. They raised $342 for the 11.76 pounds they caught. They also won $380 for the five pounds of lunker caught.


Expanded hunting opportunities continue for the 2022-23 season.

Last Wednesday, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that hunting and trapping licenses and deer management permits for the season are on sale.

“Half a million New Yorkers enjoy hunting each year and DEC is excited to again increase hunting opportunities this season for long-time hunters and new entrants to the sport.” Seggos said in a press release. “As always, safety is a top priority and I remind all hunters to follow the key principles of hunter safety before setting out.”

Licenses and permits can be purchased online, from licensing agents, or by phone at 866-933-2257. New hunting and trapping licenses are valid from September 1 to August 31, 2023. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Individuals should have the following items ready when purchasing a license.

  • Full contact information — name, address, email and phone number.
  • DEC client identification number (if applicable).
  • Proof of residency (driver’s license or non-driver ID card with a valid NYS address).
  • If purchasing by phone or internet, a valid credit card.


The number of hunting-related incidents is down, but one incident is already too many. Hunters can prevent injuries and deaths by following hunting safety rules:

  • Assume each gun is loaded.
  • Control the mouth in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger on the trigger until you fire.
  • Be sure of your target and beyond.
  • Wear orange or hunter pink.

Falling tree stands are a major cause of hunting injuries. These hunting-related injuries and fatalities are easily preventable. Hunters are advised to use a full body harness and fall arrest system and stay connected from the time they leave the ground until the time they return. Recently enacted legislation established new requirements for the purchase and transfer of ownership of semi-automatic rifles and the purchase, possession, storage and transportation of firearms and ammunition in New York. See frequently asked questions about recent changes to New York State gun laws on the DEC website for guidance.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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