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Joe Hackett

Columnist, Adirondack Outdoors
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Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook.

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Damn coyotes! | Notes from the North Woods

In last week’s column, I referred to the process of rewilding our youth, in the same manner we rewilded our lands.

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Into the wild | Notes from the North Woods

I suppose it’s one of the most common afflictions of age, and it likely explains our unrelenting desire to return to familiar, natural surroundings.

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Wild or not, off to the woods we go | Notes from the North Woods

Currently, the Adirondack Park remains the largest state protected area in the contiguous United States.

Cool days and cold nights | Notes from the North Woods

As I pen this week’s column on a cold Feb. 1 morning, there is a slight chill in the air. The thermometer reads -8 F, and a stiff wind is blowing in hard from the west. The sun is shining and the scene is idilic.

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It’s a good life | Notes from the North Woods

After being asked to describe his 60-plus year career as an Adirondack guide, the late Tony Deepe of Lake George claimed simply, “It’s been a good life.”

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Daydreams, schemes and other such things | Notes from the North Woods

As I peer out the back porch window, there are thick frost flowers clouding my view.

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Cold weather puts ‘em on ice | Notes from the North Woods

The recent cold snap and heavy snowfall has certainly helped to firm up ice conditions across the region. The recent cold snap and heavy snowfall has certainly helped to firm up ice conditions across the region.

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Re-wilding a natural experience | Notes from the North Woods

The term “rewilding” is credited to conservationist and environmentalist activist/terrorist Dave Foreman, who is recognized as one of the founders of the Earth First! movement.

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A classic Adirondack Christmas story | Notes from the North Woods

Every year, our family gathers around an extremely well decorated tree on Christmas eve, in order to share a long held tradition of reading a Christmas story.

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The first winter ski | Notes from the North Woods

Well, I finally got out there! I’d been patiently awaiting the first ski trip of the New Year, since the beginning of Big Game season,

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