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Angler’s first salmon nets a $10,000 prize

Rochester, N.Y. – Josh Houghtaling of Windsor, N.Y., was trolling for the first time ever on Lake Ontario on May 12 when a fish of large proportions grabbed hold and headed the opposite way from the boat. By the time the battle was over, Houghtaling was looking at his first salmon ever – a fish his friend, David Hodack of…

N.Y.’s CWD battle is just beginning

By Steve Piatt Editor Verona, N.Y. – A widened containment area, emergency regulations and maintaining a lower density of deer are among the chief tools used to control the spread of – or perhaps even eliminate – Chronic Wasting Disease in the wild deer herd of Oneida County. While two positive CWD findings have been recorded in Oneida County, DEC…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…