Todd CorayerSpecial to Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle Magazine
We see them on our walks and commutes, growing under bushes, popping out of mulch or clinging to oak trees. Some species are more commonly found in shaded, damp woods while others will grow in rotting hay bales or near areas rich with cow manure. From the gorgeous whites of a lions mane to short stemmed bolets freckled orange and yellow to some out-of-this-world feather patterns on a peasant polypore, mushrooms thrive all around us but few understand how many are native to Rhode Island and more importantly for some, which are edible.
The Preserve has steadily built a solid reputation as the finest sporting community in the Northeast if not the country and for not missing any details so these two days naturally include a Continental breakfast and lunch. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; to be enrolled in this class, you need to have completed your NRA Basic Pistol Course. They also recommend participants bring a hundred rounds of ammunition with a 9mm or higher caliber handgun and eye and ear protection. You will learn more by visiting their website or any of their social media sites or by visiting the range and their Sporting Shoppe at 87 Kingstown Road in Richmond.
Spring is getting busy on the lakes, rivers and rock walls. In the mist of all the rain and wind, Spring is for fishing and between the hot largemouth bite, emerging salt ponds stripers and shad trees ready to pop, a few more warm days and this state will be awash in fish stories.
This week, Ryan Dubay and one very excellent reason to celebrate survival. Ryan is once again hosting his Yak Patrol Kayak Clash in Fairhaven, Mass. to benefit the Jimmy Fund.
Kayak fishing’s popularity has exploded in recent years so naturally, tournaments have been created in the spirit of competition, comradery and prizes. This is the fourth year for the Clash, a creation of Ryan Dubay, Team Member for the Feelfree Kayak Fishing Team, Pro Staff at NRS and Accent Paddles, avid outdoors-man and real life survivor.
Spring is so close.
Colors are changing, pale green buds are patiently peeking out from riverbank maples. Tucked under bony rhododendron skeletons, tiny yellowed shoots emerging from wet leaves missed by fall’s rake tell us everything about the real calendar. River herring, Nature’s beloved harbinger of Spring, have arrived at Gilbert Stuart, swimming for Card Pond. Hardy fishermen know their telltale small bites on soft plastics beneath long, winding oily sheens calming choppy waters.
A few local, dedicated kayak fishermen have formed a new Facebook group called the Ocean State Kayak Anglers Association. Speaking from personal experience, these men and women have salt water in their veins, know how to have fun and think about kayaking all the time. Tom Adams and Brian Hall are two of the founders and have been featured on these pages over the last few years.