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Banquets/Fundraisers.

June 2: Sandcreek Graybeards NWTF Banquet, Park Ballroom, New Prague. For more info call Blair Scheifler 952-270-0548. July 22: Watonwan Bear Hunters NABF Chapter Banquet, 5:30 p.m., St. James VFW. For more info call Jennie Firchau, 507-375-3510 Special Events Now – July 3: Upstream: Fly Fishing in the American West photographic exhibit, U of M Bell Museum of Natural History….

Bass are No. 1 with N.Y. anglers

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany – Given the storied waters and New York’s place in fly-fishing history, one might think trout are the marquee fish of the Empire State. Wrong. While trout certainly draw plenty of angling attention, it’s bass – both smallmouth and largemouth – that are clearly the most popular game fish in the state. “Everybody thinks, maybe…

CWD focus shifts to containment

By Steve Piatt Editor Westmoreland, N.Y. – A second case of Chronic Wasting Disease has been discovered in New York’s wild deer herd, but it hasn’t changed the approach to keeping the disease in check. DEC and state Department of Agriculture and Markets officials have responded to the situation by setting down a series of emergency regulations that will be…

Youth Turkey Hunt was soggy but successful

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany – New York State’s second annual Youth Turkey Hunt last month was punctuated by wet and cold weather. But the April 23-24 hunt was also labeled a success by DEC officials, who said preliminary reports indicate participation and harvest numbers were similar to 2004. “It looks like, from the preliminary harvest data we’ve received, we’ll…

Hatchery accident will hit Erie, Ontario lakers

By Bill Hilts, Jr. Contributing Writer Warren, Pa. – Federal lake trout stocking efforts suffered another serious setback in late April when nearly half of the 600,000 lake trout being raised died as a result of power loss to the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery in Warren. The fish lost were seven-inch yearlings slated to be stocked in lakes Erie and…

N.Y. Bowhunters again opposed to latest plan

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany – A Southern Zone deer hunting proposal, revised for the third – and likely final – time by the DEC, shortens the archery season by as many as six days, the statewide bowhunters’ group contends. That’s why New York Bowhunters, as it has the previous two proposals, opposes the latest plan. In a position statement…

New GOP task force to meet with sportsmen

By Paula Piatt Associate Editor Albany – They want to hear from you. They want your ideas, your gripes and your praises. They know the outdoorsmen and women can make a difference in the outdoors of New York. That’s why the newly formed Assembly Republican Task Force on Hunting and Fishing will be taking to the road this year in…

CWD discovered in wild deer herd

By Steve Piatt Editor Westmoreland, N.Y. – Chronic wasting disease has found its way into New York’s wild deer herd, weeks after five cases were detected in a pair of captive herds in the central part of the state. A positive CWD sample was taken from a yearling whitetail during an intensive collection effort launched on the heels of the…

Already, brookie record may be broken

By Steve Piatt Editor Saranac Lake, N.Y. – You’ll have to forgive Robert Dora Jr. if he doesn’t sound too excited about catching a new potential state record brook trout. Maybe it’s because he already has a bigger one hanging on his wall. Dora, a 34-year-old Saranac Lake resident who grew up fishing for back-country brook trout in the Adirondacks,…

State ‘hunts’ CWD outside the fences

By Steve Piatt Editor Westmoreland, N.Y. — Five confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) inside the fences of two deer farms in central New York have prompted DEC officials to begin a controlled “hunt” in which up to 420 deer will be shot to determine if the disease has spread to the wild deer herd. That effort began last…

Meetings

April 27: DEC meeting on proposed ATV policy 5-8 p.m., Tupper Lake High School, Chaney Ave, Tupper Lake. All interested people are urged to attend and comment on the proposed statewide ATV policy. For more info call Richard Earle, 518-483-5962. Season Dates April 23-24: Spring Youth Turkey Hunt (ages 12-15) May 1-31: New York State spring gobbler season May 7:…

Saturday opener set; other changes pulled

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — What began last fall as a proposed major overhaul of the Southern Zone hunting regulations has, apparently, ended with a plan that carries only one significant change — a Saturday opening date for the regular firearms deer season. DEC officials once again unveiled what will likely be the final version of the proposed regulations,…

New lake trout proposal surfaces for Lake Ontario

By Bill Hilts, Jr. Contributing Writer Lockport, N.Y. — A new lake trout proposal was unveiled at the State of Lake Ontario meetings held in Lockport and Mexico last month that could help improve lake trout survival — especially in the Eastern Basin of the lake. The proposal wasn’t brought up at the Rochester meeting held the week before. The…

Crossbow use may get another push

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — Legislation that would allow the use of crossbows for hunting purposes has been labeled a “priority” item for the New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board. The board’s strategy for 2005, according to minutes from its February meeting, is to get a crossbow bill introduced in the state Senate and to address the proposal…

Minnesota bass angling: Almost heaven

In my travels to fishing destinations throughout the country I have discovered that the bass is king. In Minnesota, the Dakotas and the Great Lakes states there is a definite preference for walleyes, but almost everywhere else, even in many of the Western states the largemouth bass gets the accolades. That's not a bad thing for those in Minnesota who…

Study pitches several theories for halting Asian carp invasion

DNR Reports St. Paul ¬†Slowing the advance of Asian carp into the Upper Mississippi River Basin will require multiple deterrents that could include an acoustic barrier, expanded public outreach, and more regulation, according to a new study commissioned by the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of natural resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The study was commissioned last fall,…