HUNTING | The Reynolds Clan’s fall campaign begins

Brooks, Steve and Finn have begun their fall campaign. Here, they display a take of ducks.

Fall is a holy time of year for the Reynolds family.

Steve, Brooks and Finn — and soon, we hope, Thomas — take to the waters of the Adirondacks for bird shooting. In a recent dispatch, Steve shared the details of a spectacular duck shoot with longtime friend Chris Williamson of Jones Outfitters.

The take was epic — as you can see in the gallery below:

HUNTING | Mallards near Lake Champlain

ReynoldsBrooks Reynolds and Finn display some of their take Sunday morning along Lake Champlain.

The Reynolds clan continued their fall bird-shooting campaign on Sunday, taking in an outing to a pocket of water near Lake Champlain.

Steve, our country sports correspondent, his wife, Brooks, an accomplished outdoorswoman herself, and their mascot, Finn, braved 13 degree temperatures and snowy conditions for the hunt. Their take of mallards was a trio of drakes and a hen.

Finn, Steve reports, “was, as always, as sharp as he can be.”

Here’s a shot of Finn braving freezing waters with a retrieval:


And here’s a video of a retrieval:

Finn makes a retrieval from Ed Forbes on Vimeo.

CLIP | Finn Reynolds retrieves

Finn Reynolds brings in a retrieval. from Ed Forbes on Vimeo.

HUNTING | Skiers on the prowl: Weibrecht and Reynolds

AndrewWeibrechtAndrew Weibrecht, a bronze medalist in the men’s super-g at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, poses last week with Finn Reynolds and some take harvested along the south end of Lake Champlain.

Lake Placid native Andrew Weibrecht is a good friend, a world-class alpine skier and an Olympic bronze medalist. The Warhorse is also a pretty good shot.

Braving steamy temperatures that broached the low 70s, Weibrecht joined outdoor correspondent Steve Reynolds for a Wednesday morning shoot on lower Lake Champlain. Finn Reynolds, our retrieving mascot, was also along for the trip.

A swampy landscape and the weather made for a challenge all around. The steam can be seen on the image above.

“It was foggy and hot,” Reynolds recently recounted. “It’s the nature of the swamp.”

Finn was particularly challenged.

“This terrain can break dogs with years of experience,” Reynolds said. “It was very out of the way. We had brutal hunting — it was really tough for the dog to mark but he had some excellent blind retrieves. He rose to the challenge.

The quarry yielded included 4 wood ducks and a Drake mallard.

Aside from their obvious Lake Placid ties, Reynolds and Weibrecht have deep connections through their alma mater, the Northwood School, and the New York Ski Education Foundation.

FinnFinn displays a retrieved woodie.

HUNTING | Bird-shooting in St. Lawrence County

BrooksFinnBrooks Reynolds and Finn, the northern hunter, display a take.

The Reynolds clan always has a busy fall. Bird-shooting is an essential family activity and the North Country proves a perfect playground.

Last week, Steve, Brooks and Finn joined with good friends and fellow shooting enthusiasts Dan Harrigan and Werner Spitz for a trip to St. Lawrence County, where the bounty included green- and blue-winged teals, pintails wood ducks and pheasants. Steve reports a total of eight pheasants were taken.

Accommodations were made at the charming Whistler’s Inn in Rensselaer Falls. Operated by sportsmen Zach and Jennifer Benson, the Inn makes its home in an 1872 farmhouse and is named for the Goldeneye. The Bensons, Steve reports, are accomplished guides and, in addition, Zach Benson is a terrific decoy carver. Details on both pursuits are available on the Inn’s web site.

Here’s a gallery from the shoot:

The Whistlers Inn
877 County Route 15
Canton, NY 13617
(518) 524-9754

HUNTING | The Reynolds clan takes on wood ducks

WoodDucksBrooks Reynolds displays some wood ducks she took with Finn, her Labrador retriever, and her husband, Steve.

The Reynolds clan of Brooks, Steve and Finn — young Thomas wasn’t along for the ride — had a nice outing near Potsdam Sunday, Steve, our outdoor correspondent reports.

The trio bagged eight wood ducks with a friend they’ve gotten to know through their involvement with Ducks Unlimited. The hunt took them to a marsh near Potsdam, N.Y.

Here’s a gallery from their shoot:

HUNTING | Finn Reynolds opens 2010 fall campaign

ReynoldsFinnSteve Reynolds, outdoor correspondent, poses Saturday with his English Labrador, Finn.

Finn Reynolds, our favorite northern hunter, began his fall hunting campaign on Saturday in central St. Lawrence County.

The hunt yielded 10 lesser Canadian Geese according to Steve Reynolds, our outdoor sports correspondent. The pair were with Zach Benson, a Reynolds friend who’s worked as a guide both in our own Adirondacks and in Alaska.

“Finn was unreal,” Reynolds reported in a chat this morning. “Stoic.”

This is the third season of Finn’s that we’re tracking here at Formally known as Caney of Berrybrae, is descended from some of the best English labs in this country and in the Old Country.

Finn was bred at Caney Creek Kennel in DeWitt, Ark., the issue of the stud Danestone Storm Morayglen, known as Angus, and Durievale Lassie, known as Polly.

Steve tells me that he and Finn are gearing up for additional bird seasons. Pheasant opens Oct. 1, northeastern duck opens Oct. 6, duck on Oct. 6, for which they’ll start traveling down to Lake Champlain. Goose season closes Sept. 25 and reopens Oct. 25.

Here are a few more shots from Saturday’s outing.

FinnFinn retrieves the first goose of the day.

Finn2Reynolds coaches Finn through a retrieve.

HUNTING| -10 and a newborn don’t deter Reynolds

ReynoldsOutdoor sports correspondent Steve Reynolds, newly a father, displays his Thursday take on Lake Champlain in northern New York.

What to do when it’s well below zero and you’ve just become the father of a baby boy? Why, you go duck hunting.

That’s just what outdoor sports corrspondent Steve Reynolds, whose wife, Brooks, gave birth to their first child, Thomas James, on Tuesday, did on Thursday. Braving bitter cold — 10 below zero with windchills making it feel near 20 below — Reynolds, his trusty Labrador accomplice, Finn, and a pair of associates traveled east from Lake Placid early on Thursday morning for a bit of duck hunting.

Despite the poor conditions, their take was good. Reynolds came away with a Mallard drake, an American black and two goldeneyes. Finn, he said, was undeterred by the freezing waters and broke Champlain’s ice on several retrieves. “Put it this way,” Reynolds reported, “when the dog shook ice flew into the air. -10 degrees and the dog made amazing retrieves.” Wow.

Here’s a few more pictures:

HUNTING| Mallard migration is on, and so is Finn Reynolds

FinnFinn Reynolds, the northern hunter, clutches a female mallard he retrieved along the shore of Lake Champlain this morning.

Steve Reynolds, our outdoor sports correspondent, reports that his waterfowl season continues to be successful. This morning, while on a shoot on the shores of Lake Champlain in Essex County, about 35 miles from his home in the Olympic Village, Reynolds and his trusty accomplice, star English Labrador Finn, bagged two ducks, a mallard and a teal. In addition to those birds, Reynolds reports, the pair and their hunting party encountered goldeneyes and ringnecks.

The teal, Reynolds reports, was especially rare for a December hunt; and the mallard less so, though that bird’s migration is about to being.

Conditions this morning were difficult, as you can see in the slightly blurry photo (Reynolds apologizes). Temperatures, Reynolds said, were about 18 degrees with a 25-knot wind.

Still, he said, Finn had a near-perfect retrieval of that mallard.

Just another day in paradise …

Finn’s also been busy with grouse, as you can see below. The grouse was taken, Reynolds informs me, in the greater Lake Placid area.


GEAR| It’s time for your Filson cruisers to come out

FilsonThe Filson Mackinac Cruiser, an American icon since 1914.

When I arrived in Saranac Lake as a cub reporter at the beginning of the decade, the man to scoop was Ned Rauch. Working for our rival, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Ned was a hell of a reporter. He’s also a fairly stylish fellow and, when the weather turned cold, he broke out a well-worn Filson Mackinaw Cruiser that was often accompanied by a terrific old Daily News beanie.

As the weather lurches toward wintry, I’m sure Ned, now living, writing and performing in New York, is donning his cruiser.

Manufactured in the United States since 1914, the six-button jacket from Seattle’s C.C. Filson Outfitters, is an American classic. Filson, of course, first made its name as a Seattle outfitter in the Klondike gold rush of 1897. The cruiser, patented by founder C.C. Filson, has basically remained the same since it was introduced. Constructed from 26-ounce wool that can hold thirty percent of its water without feeling damp, the jacket has four front pockets, two-hand warmer slots and a large, rear pocket for maps or whatever else you’d like to carry in it.

Priced at $279.50, it’s an investment to be sure, but take comfort in the fact that your grandson will probably wear it.

Filson Mackinaw Cruiser

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