New York

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….

Exploring the Genny

Exploring new areas around New York State for different species of fish is always exciting. Sharing that with a son-in-law and a grandson offers great satisfaction. Reacquainting with a friend is a bonus. Put it all together and it becomes a memorable outdoor adventure. It started when fishing buddy Wade Rowcliffe of Rochester invited me along for a fishing trip…

St. Lawrence River/Eastern Basin Lake Ontario bass survey

It’s no secret that Lake Ontario’s Eastern Basin and St. Lawrence River largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries are among the best in the country. Information on angling participation associated with these fisheries has not been collected in several years. DEC is in the early stages of evaluating these fisheries for the development of potential management strategies. As a first step,…

Crappie craziness – in mid-summer?

In the Midwest, crappies are the king of the spring. But mid-summer crappies can be a lot more rewarding than one might think: Productive days during the summer months can often yield much higher catch rates than those in the spring. How so? For more, click here.   Categories: Feature Tags: Angling Buzz, Crappies, Fishing

Summer campground reservations can be challenging

Camping continues to grow in popularity with both NYS Parks and DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills experiencing record numbers of annual visitors. This is a trend that began during the recession of the late 2000’s and has intensified through the Covid pandemic. My wife Adrienne and I are avid summer campers, owning a small “canned ham” style RV….

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 29, 2022

Fawn in Distress (Erie County) On June 12, ECO Mathis responded to reports of two fawns attempting to cross Route 5 in the town of Hamburg after a doe was struck and killed on this busy road. Officer Mathis and a Good Samaritan tried to catch the fawns without success. After several attempts over the next few days, ECO Mathis…

New York Outdoor News Calendar – July 29, 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…

New York Outdoor News Calendar – July 15, 2022

Season Dates 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 limited Southern Zone Wildlife Management Units. Info: dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html. SEPT. 17: Northern Zone: Adirondack region early bear season begins,…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 15, 2022

Drone Training (Oneida County) From June 2 to 5, members of DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement drone team, along with New York State Police and the Town of Colonie Police Department, presented at the 2022 New York State Technical Rescue Conference at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany. ECOs presented on the critical role of drones during investigations. ECOs…

Eels in the Susquehanna

My first encounter with a live eel came when I was in high school. My friend’s father would often take us to the Laxawaxen River in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains to fish for trout. We fished downstream from Lake Wallenpaupack where the river continued east, joining the Delaware at Lackawaxen near Narrowsburg. One afternoon I was drifting a hellgramite through a…