Bill Hilts

Good times, bad times on the water

The Led Zeppelin song, “Good Times, Bad Times,” was echoing in my head following a convoluted morning of mishaps and bungles. Sometimes you just have one of those days. Other days you can do no wrong. Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you – metaphorically speaking, of course. We were participating in the 23rd annual Greater Niagara…

McManus left us laughing

Pat McManus was a humor writer who focused on fictional characters in pursuit of his own personal outdoor pastimes of hunting and fishing.Patrick F. McManus was one of the funniest people I have ever come to meet. Whether you had the pleasure to gain his acquaintance or not, there are undoubtedly millions of people on this planet who probably share…

DEC improving communications with outdoor media [video]

Communications with this state’s outdoor press has been a difficult proposition to say the least the last couple of years for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Press folks, when we needed information, had to contact Albany to arrange for interviews – even if we needed general information on something as mundane as stocking numbers or catch rates in Lake…

In New York, 39-pound, 3-ounce king takes $25,000 Fall LOC prize

Sodus Point, N.Y. — Daniel Clinger of Jersey Shore, Pa. was fishing in the Fall Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby out of Wayne County like he did every year for the last two decades. This time, though, lady luck was with him as he hooked into the fish of a lifetime. Fishing with his wife Ramona and…