When I first saw the Cobra Black Camouflage Aluminum Pistol Crossbow, I thought it was an arrow shooting toy with a rubber tip that would stick to the wall.

I was wrong – very wrong! This little guy is shooting a 7 1/2 inch metal point at 150 feet per second. He weighs 50 pounds which I can handle. Enough for small game.

Now I only needed a little sight adjustment and I was ready to hunt. Back to my farm and its marmots.

I cleared a place in the bushes where I could sit on a milking stool that the farmer gave me to sit on.

It was barely dawn when a bearded tom came out that was trailing less than five meters from me. I must have laughed – it was the day after the turkey season closed.

About half an hour later, the first groundhog appeared eight paces from my hiding place and the pistol crossbow shot it down. This 6.5 inch dart / arrow did its job.

I was very impressed and will be doing a few more chuck and small game hunts with it. I wonder if I could also shoot a carp with it.

Now that the small game season is over, I could try going for some groundhogs, and I know a farmer who said to me, “Shoot as much as you want”.

They were in and around his garden around his barns.

I set up another hiding place in the bushes about 15 to 20 feet from its hole. The next morning I was nestled in the bushes just as the sun was rising.

It was no more than 15-20 minutes when I saw three turkeys (two hens followed by a jake) maybe 15 feet away from me. You may know that the season is closed.

It was not until shortly after that I saw the head of the groundhog. I was seen for about 10 minutes when I hit him just behind his front shoulder. He didn’t go too far.

It was my 53rd wedding anniversary, and I got my cock back before my mom woke up. But I will come back.

Last Tuesday at dawn I had a big tom and a few turkeys visited. Where were they on the day of the turkey hunting season?

BOWFISHING

This is something that I have been doing every year since I started archery fishing, and I plan to do it this year.

If you want to travel, there will be a St. Lawrence carp archery championship from June 18 to 20 at the riverside campsite.

For more information, visit www.stlawrencebowfishing.com.

I have received a number of emails about carp fishing information – particularly with a crossbow.

As an archery carp fisherman since the early 1970s, I can’t wait to get in the water. I have places where I can use my waders.

I started with a wooden bow, then a crossbow, and now if it’s legal I’ll use my air bow.

I will be using one of the boats in Lonely Lake for a day and maybe night hunt.

My wife says “No night hunting” without a passenger with me. I am looking for a carp that weighs 50.5 pounds. New York State’s current carp record is 50.3.

For more information, visit https://www.lakelonelywatersports.com/paddleboard-and-kayak-rentals/.

Email Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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