Out There–Online by Steve Piatt

Agreement keeps N.Y. state parks open over holiday weekend

Albany (AP) — New York Gov. David Paterson said Thursday an agreement has been reached to have all 178 state parks open for the Memorial Day weekend. “The Legislature has made the tough choices to my satisfaction that will enable…

N.J. considers renewing bear hunt

Trenton, N.J. (AP) — Supporters and opponents of what would be the state’s first approved bear hunt in five years weighed in Tuesday night on rules that would authorize a fall hunting season. The Environmental Protection Department and the Fish…

Parks on closing list remain open

New Scotland, N.Y. (AP) — While the Paterson administration listed 41 state parks for closing during the fiscal year that started two weeks ago, their gates have remained open to hikers and other spring visitors. At Thacher Park, people still…

Rabbits disappearing from Central Park

New York (AP) — If anyone knows why the bunnies have disappeared from Central Park, wildlife officials are all ears. Though abandoned pet rabbits perennially turn up after each Easter in what's affectionately called New York's backyard, a wild cottontail…

Coyote kills pet poodle in NYC suburb

Rye, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a coyote has killed a pet poodle on the grounds of a retirement home in the New York City suburbs. Rye police Commissioner William Connors said Friday that the poodle was tied up but…

N.Y. bans shad fishing in Hudson

Albany (AP) — State regulators have banned commercial and recreational shad fishing in the Hudson River and set new restrictions on shad fishing in the Delaware to help the species recover from a steep decline in population. The new regulations…

N.Y. farmer fined for poisoning eagles, other birds

Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York farmer has been fined $3,000 for killing two bald eagles, 35 geese and two crows by illegally spreading a restricted insecticide on his cornfield. The state Department of Environmental Conservation investigated after…

‘State of the Lake’ meetings set

Albany — DEC has scheduled three public meetings this month to discuss the status of the Lake Ontario fishery. The annual “State of the Lake” sessions will be held in Niagara, Monroe and Oswego counties and provide an opportunity for…

Champlain yields Vermont record ’eye

Burlington, Vt. - A Lake Champlain ice fisherman has caught what’s believed to be a new state record walleye for Vermont, state fish and wildlife officials indicated. Vermont Fish and Wildlife spokesman John Hall said the walleye, caught at about…

DEC dispels mountain lion rumor

Albany — DEC has long refuted reports that mountain lions are roaming the Empire State. Now the department has taken the unique step of cranking out a press release to that effect. Apparently weary of the numerous Internet photos circulating…

Bats treated for ‘white-nose’

Albany (AP) — Researchers trying to slow the spread of a scourge that has killed more than a million bats are testing anti-fungal solutions in a hard-hit hibernation cave on the edge of the Adirondacks. Biologists with the New York…

Hatcheries could soon be in the budget crosshairs

From the Don’t Give Our Governor Any Ideas department comes news from Vermont that, amid that state’s fiscal crisis, a plan is on the table to close all of the Green Mountain State’s fish hatcheries. It’s been described by a…

A guide to license-buying this fall

On the heels of the first sporting license overhaul since 2002, I bring to you the Smart Sportsman’s Guide to License-Buying this fall. No, there won’t be any coupons available, but the new license structure being what it is, there…

Readying for the trout opener

I’m giving some serious thought to actually making a few ceremonial casts this April 1 when New York’s trout season kicks off. That may not seem too outrageous, but get out a map and find Elizabethtown and you’ll see it…

About This Blog

steve-piatt

Steve Piatt has served as editor of New York Outdoor News since its launch in 2004, and has been a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 30 years. He’s an avid outdoorsman who’s hunted and fished across North America. He loves spring gobbler hunting (taking the grand slam); deer hunting with bow or rifle; fly fishing the Adirondacks and Catskills as well as backcountry brook trout streams; and hunting pheasants with one of his three Labrador retrievers. Steve is a member of National Wild Turkey Federation, Trout Unlimited and National Rifle Association, and works out of his home office in Elizabethtown in Essex County, about 10 minu

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