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30, and a band!

Paul Smith’s College students Zachary Weber and Alex Cote, and PSC Alum Connor Cincotta, harvested 30 geese and a band on the morning of September 24th. Zach had found the corn field the day before. Bands are used to track birds through the migration.  The banded bird had been caught as a young chick, and then released.  This particular bird was banded in 2011 in Quebec!  To harvest a banded bird is basically the equivalent of getting a big buck.

Black Bear

Gunnar Herbert is a freshman from Centerport, Long Island, NY. He is studying ecological forest management. He reports harvesting this 215-pound black bear on the third day of early season. I got the bear “not too far from campus, about 10 miles west of here,” he said. “After sitting for only 15 minutes and falling asleep, Christian Wolf elbowed me and woke me up, and told me not to move, because there was a bear 20 yards behind us. It started moving away and Christian had no shot so he told me to shoot it, at about 60 yards I pulled the trigger and the bear died in eight yards. It was a three-hour drag out of the woods.”

Big Buck

The buck was harvested by Senior Alex Cote on October 1st, in the evening, in the town of Santa Clara. Alex is from Concord, NH and studies Forestry Operations.

Catch of the Day

“Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.” – Harry Middleton

This quote by Harry Middleton, it is one of Taylor Sprague’s favorite fishing quotes.