New York

Trout kickoff starts without ‘stockies’

Staff report Albany – Opening Day trout anglers are a combination of anticipation and low expectations. That April 1 kickoff is a tradition they want to be a part of, regardless of weather, water levels and temperatures, and even whether there have been trout stocked in their favorite water before the season opener. In many cases, the fish aren’t there….

Special Events

Feb. 25: Second Annual Bass Pro Shops Ice Fishing Derby, Owasco Lake, Auburn, 7-3 p.m.; go to www.bassproshops.com or call 315-258-2700. Feb. 25: Lake George Winter Carnival Ice Fishing Contest, sponsored by Glens Falls Kiwanis, Lake George; for info or to register, call 518-689-8190. Feb. 25: Don Parker Memorial 50 Shoot, 3-F Club, Lewiston, 11 a.m. March 4: Fifth Annual…

Hatchery system repairs prioritized

By Bill Hilts, Jr. Contributing Writer Albany – The state’s fish hatchery system is set to receive $5 million should Gov. George Pataki’s 2006-07 budget make it through the legislative gauntlet. While it’s still only a fraction of the more than $20 million needed to upgrade the DEC’s 12 hatcheries around the state, it’s a good start in addressing the…

Ithaca Gun bought; now made in Ohio

By Steve Piatt Editor Upper Sandusky, Ohio – Ithaca Gun, the legendary company that closed its doors last year after more than 120 years in business, has been resurrected by two Ohio businessmen. Craig and Floyd Marshall late last year purchased the rights to the Ithaca Gun name, as well as its designs and inventory, and are now doing business…

New study could spark venison-CWD concerns

From staff and AP reports Albany – DEC officials last spring quickly dispelled fears that consuming venison could create a risk for contracting Chronic Wasting Disease. Those fears, however, may resurface among sportsmen on the heels of a University of Kentucky study indicating venison carries the infectious prions that cause CWD. Even though there have been no human cases of…

New York’s Largest Best Buck Photo Contest!

Each fall, New York Outdoor News announces its annual Best Buck Photo Contest. We offer thousands of dollars in prizes and awards to over 40 winners! This is a photo contest. New York Outdoor News would rather support the notion of sportsmen and women enjoying the experience and creating memories than just concentrating on antler size. The rating system will…

Pataki’s budget plan offers ‘help’

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — Gov. George Pataki’s 2006-07 budget proposal provides “some very direct help” to DEC’s Bureau of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, its director says. Gerald Barnhart called Pataki’s spending plan “the best budget I’ve seen in years” for the bureau, pointing to funds for improvements to the state’s fish hatcheries, monies for additional positions for…

Battle resumes on youth hunting age

By Don Lehman Contributing Writer Albany, N.Y. – State Sen. Betty Little fondly recalls the days with her young sons at hunter education courses, her boys learning how to safely hunt in the Adirondack woods near their Warren County home. So having seen the benefits her sons enjoyed while being raised as sportsmen, Little has long been a proponent of…

Volunteers sought for CWD long-term study

By Garry VanGorderContributing Writer Verona, N.Y. — More than 100 people who ate venison from a deer testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease have now decided to participate in a study to determine whether they are at any long-term risk. But while the number of volunteers has grown considerably in recent weeks, it still falls about 25 people short of…

License revenues not enough for DEC

Staff report Albany — Revenues from hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in New York won’t be enough to meet anticipated expenses in the DEC’s Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 2005-06 budget. But DEC officials did get some good news when Gov. George Pataki unveiled his 2006 budget proposal, which includes an increase in stewardship funding as well as…

Gun bills go to Senate

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — A laundry list of legislation already approved by the New York State Assembly could impact sportsmen’s ownership of weapons — even shotguns and muzzleloaders, according to the New York State Conservation Council. Council officials are urging sportsmen to contact their state lawmakers, particularly those in the Senate, in an effort to keep the bills…

Fishing regs proposal formally announced

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — DEC’s formal unveiling of a series of fishing regulations changes brought no big surprises, largely because the moves have been widely discussed with sportsmen for the past year. The formal announcement, however, triggers the procedures that will ultimately lead to final approval of the changes. “We’ve been making regulations changes every other year for…

Tests show no new CWD cases

Staff report Rome, N.Y. — DEC deer biologists and statisticians deal with a lot of numbers each season, but the one they’re most impressed with this year is zero. That’s how many new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been discovered since an extensive statewide monitoring and testing program was launched after two cases in wild whitetails were found this…

2005 may be N.Y. hunting’s safest

Staff report Albany — Preliminary reports are showing the 2005 deer hunting season to be perhaps the safest in New York history. DEC Sportsmen Education Administrator Wayne Jones reported late last month that 14 deer hunters were injured in the recent deer season, lower than the 2004 record low of 18 and well below the five-year average of 27 injuries….

Special Events

Jan 14: Caroga Lake Ice Fishing Contest, 6-4 p.m., East and West Caroga Lakes; trout, pickerel, walleye, perch and crappie divisions; contact Jason, 835-2616 for more info. Jan. 27-29: Gator’s Pub First Annual Coyote and Fox Hunt, Candor (Tioga County); 50 percent payout, 50 percent proceeds to Ruffed Grouse Society and National Wild Turkey Federation; for info or to register…

Turkey study set for 2006

Albany— DEC will conduct what it’s calling its first major field assessment of the state’s wild turkey population early next year with a trapping and banding program. The project, although statewide, will focus on DEC’s Regions 3 and 9, with trapping and banding taking place both on public land and on private property with landowner approval. January will be the…

CWD year’s top story

By Steve Piatt Editor New York Outdoor News had plenty of news to bring its readers in 2005. That’s not likely to change in 2006. In fact, some of the top news stories of the past year will undoubtedly remain on our front page during the new year. No better example than that is New York Outdoor News’ top news…

Lawmaker introduces revised ‘blaze’ bill

By Neil Chaffie Contributing Writer Albany — A Canandaigua assemblyman is proposing legislation that would require deer hunters to wear blaze orange clothing while afield during the big game season. Brian Kolb (R-C-I, 129th District) said the measure would apply to anyone carrying a rifle, shotgun, revolver or pistol in pursuit of a deer or bear. The hunter would be…

Safe and sound in the Southern Zone

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — Southern Zone deer hunters had what DEC officials are calling a pretty good regular season in terms of harvest numbers, safety and hunter participation. It will be a while — several months, in fact — before solid harvest data is compiled, but early indications are that the season went well, despite a sharp decline…

N.Y. muskie record will be ‘retired’

From staff and AP reports Albany — Art Lawton’s 69-pound, 15-ounce muskellunge was once considered a world record. It’s still listed as the New York State record. But not, apparently, for long. DEC officials have confirmed plans to “retire” Lawton’s record into historical status, citing a lack of concrete evidence that the big fish actually weighed 1 ounce shy of…