New York

Deep-water crappies in the fall

By Angling Buzz Cooling water temperatures create chaos in the shallower water of lakes and reservoirs. Frigid rains and howling winds mix the surface layers, with the turbulence eventually reaching down to and disrupting the summer thermocline. Surface water temperatures plummeting from 65 F down to about 55 F indicate that the disruptive fall turnover process is in progress. During…

New York Outdoor News Calendar – September 23, 2022

Season Dates Please check DEC’s website or hunting, trapping and fishing publications for specific regional regulations and Wildlife Management Units. Also note that youth waterfowl and pheasant hunting dates and waterfowl season dates in general vary across New York.   SEPT. 20: Northern Zone grouse season begins. Sept. 24: Free Fishing Day in New York, National Hunting & Fishing Day. …

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 23, 2022

Netted at Night (Sullivan County) On Aug. 20, while patrolling the Delaware River in the town of Cochecton, ECO Parker utilized night vision equipment to spot six individuals unlawfully using cast nets. With assistance from ECO Lovgren, the Officers approached the individuals under the cover of darkness and observed them using three cast nets to catch fish. Officer Lovgren located…

Jumbo perch: Why wait for ice-up to catch them?

(Photo by Tom Pink) Jumbo perch are popular ice-fishing targets in the winter, but anglers can have great success targeting these perch during fall. And the key to catching jumbo perch, rather than small perch, is … Tags: Angling Buzz, Perch, Yellow perch

Fighting fall’s biting bugs

September is here and that means many of us will be out and about in our favorite deer woods checking things out for the upcoming archery season. While I’m doing that, I annually search for honey mushrooms or popinkies as they’re commonly known. I’m not the only one out there however because campers, hikers, and other mushroom pickers are also…

New York Outdoor News Calendar – September 9, 2022

Season Dates Please check DEC’s website or hunting, trapping and fishing publications for specific regional regulations and Wildlife Management Units. Also note that youth waterfowl and pheasant hunting dates and waterfowl season dates in general vary across New York.   SEPT. 17: Northern Zone, Adirondack region early bear season begins, western region bowhunting bear season begins. Info: dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html. SEPT. 20:…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 9, 2022

Sunbaked Rattlesnake (Warren County) On Aug. 7, ECO Krug responded to Turtle Island in Lake George to remove an unwanted guest from a campsite. Using the appropriate tools, Officer Krug removed a rattlesnake sunning itself near the shoreline. Turtle Island is a popular spot for rattlesnakes from nearby Tongue Mountain. ECOs respond to similar calls to the island several times…

The end of summer

Sept. 1 marked the beginning of meteorological fall and that’s good news for those of us who like cooler weather, and a hint of fall in the air and a reminder that hunting seasons are nearly upon us.

Catnip: Top catfish-producing baits

Angling Buzz Catfish are one of the most popular fish species in the U.S. and can be found in many rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the country. They fight hard, grow to large sizes, and are a great table fare. Channel cats, flatheads, and blue cats can be caught using a variety of different baits. Click here for a list…

New gun law answers, communication still lacking

(Photo by Windigo Images)When Gov. Kathy Hochul brought together state legislators for an “extraordinary” session in late June, and waved the three-day discussion period before passing the Concealed Carry Improvement Act on July 1, there was a sense of urgency to pass new gun laws. Yet, none of the effective dates (fortunately) for these new laws were immediate. There’s been…

Partnership restores brook trout in five ponds within five years

Native brook trout migrate in a waterway in Maine. (Freshwaters Illustrated photo by David Herasimtschuk)A fine mist rolled off the surface of Round Pond as morning dawned over the White Mountain National Forest in Albany, Maine. An elderly man and his granddaughter carried a red Old Town canoe down the gravel embankment, fly fishing rods in hand. Somewhere in the…

New York Outdoor News Calendar – August 12, 2022

Season Dates Please check DEC’s website or hunting, trapping and fishing publications for specific regional regulations and Wildlife Management Units.  Sept. 1: Squirrel hunting season begins; Early Canada goose hunting season begins in most of New York. SEPT. 10-18: Early antlerless deer season in limited Southern Zone Wildlife Management Units. Info: dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html. SEPT. 10-25: Southern Zone early bear season in…

Organizations opposed to repeal of Pittman-Robertson

In case you haven’t heard, according to a report issued by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga) has introduced legislation that would repeal the Pittman-Robertson excise tax on firearms and ammunition. The NSSF along with dozens of conservation organizations has raised concerns about the ill-advised scheme to alter the funding of the American System of Conservation Funding….