New York Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 10, 2021

Jumping the Gun to Shotgun Season (Orange County) On Nov. 7, ECO Carl received a report of a gunshot and a hunter driving an ATV to the area where the shot was heard to retrieve a deer. The Southern Zone firearms season opened Nov. 20, meaning this deer was illegally taken. Officer Carl quickly responded to investigate a nearby residence….

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 26, 2021

Hunter Perishes While Dragging Buck (St. Lawrence County) On Nov. 2 at 8:36 p.m., a woman called Ray Brook Dispatch to report her husband overdue from hunting on the western side of Tupper Lake in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. Forest Rangers, Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs), NYSP, and volunteers were part of the search team. On Nov. 3, Rangers…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 12, 2021

Lake Ontario Fish Detail Finds Violators (Monroe County) On Oct. 21, Region 8 ECOs participated in a detail on Lake Ontario targeting the unlawful taking of fish during their spawning runs. Officers patrolled tributaries from Orleans to Wayne County in search of illegal activity. ECOs Baker and Muchow, assigned to eastern Monroe County, which includes the city of Rochester, observed…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 29, 2021

Women’s Fishing Expo (Suffolk County)  On Sept. 25, DEC’s I FISH NY Program held its second annual Women’s Fishing Expo at Connetquot River State Park. The event, run primarily by female anglers and fisheries professionals, included demonstrations by women-owned businesses and fishing clubs. Participants learned basic and intermediate fishing skills such as knot-tying and fly-fishing. Trout hatchery tours were also…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 15, 2021

All Locked Up (Orleans County)  On Sept. 24, ECO Godson received a report of two large bucks with locked antlers on Gillette Road in the town of Barre, Orleans County. ECO Godson arrived at the scene and observed two large bucks with their antlers so intertwined the animals could barely move. Using a winch, catch pole, Sawzall, and a tractor…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 1, 2021

Late-Night Poachers (Suffolk County) On Sept. 12, ECOs Boyes, Clark, and McCabe split up to patrol popular fishing areas in the town of Southampton during the late night and predawn hours. During their patrols the Officers encountered a few violators. In one case, the ECOs approached two individuals transporting three undersized fluke and five undersized striped bass to a vehicle…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 17, 2021

Too Drunk to Launch a Boat (Onondaga County)  On the evening of Aug. 9, a man backed his Jeep and boat trailer, with boat attached, into Onondaga Lake – missing the DEC boat launch by 50 feet and becoming stuck in mud along the shoreline. One tow truck and $800 later, the man drove away unscathed without reporting the incident…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 3, 2021

Plenty of Catches, All Illegal (Westchester County) On July 19, ECO Franz responded to a call regarding individuals using a gill net to catch fish in the town of Cortlandt. Officer Franz approached the anglers and observed several cast nets on shore and a gill net approximately 100 feet long installed in the water nearby. When questioned, the fishermen showed…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 20, 2021

Rattlesnake on the Loose (Ulster County)  On July 27, ECO Johnson responded to a 911 radio call in the town of Wawarsing to assist the Ulster County Sheriff’s with a rattlesnake residential property. The ECO arrived to find the rattlesnake had coiled itself around a small tree in the front yard. Using snake tongs, ECO Johnson was able to secure…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 6, 2021

All Tied Up (Sullivan County) On June 29, ECO Parker responded to a complaint about a white-tailed deer fawn unlawfully possessed by an individual in the town of Liberty. Upon arrival, ECO Parker noticed a taut rope connected to a pole leading into the nearby wood line. ECO Parker investigated further and located a fawn with a collar attached to…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 23, 2021

Revoked Hunter Gets Jail Time (Saratoga County) A revoked hunter recently received jail time for illegally taking a deer in Saratoga County. In January 2021, ECO Shaw received an anonymous tip regarding large deer antlers brought into a local taxidermist in November 2020 by a revoked hunter using another hunter’s tag. ECO Shaw interviewed the licensed hunter who revealed that…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 9, 2021

Deer Jacking (Jefferson County) On June 2, three individuals pleaded guilty and paid fines for charges related to the illegal taking of deer in Jefferson County in 2020. Last year on Dec. 5, ECO Jackson received a call from a resident who saw a spotlight shining in the field across from his home and heard a gunshot and a vehicle…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 25, 2021

Fish Bag Snagged (Nassau County)  On April 24, ECO DeRose received a call from a complainant reporting nearby anglers who had caught a small striped bass but did not return it to the water. ECO DeRose reached out to ECO Perkins to assist and both officers quickly responded. While ECO Perkins interviewed the fishermen, ECO DeRose and K9 Cramer searched…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 11, 2021

Operation Early Bird (Dutchess County) On May 1, ECO Wamsley received a tip about possible turkey baiting in Dover, Dutchess County. In response, the ECO planned to conduct surveillance in the area for Operation Early Bird the following morning. Under the cover of darkness, ECO Wamsley made his way to a good vantage point and concealed himself. As the sun…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 28, 2021

Baby Stripers (Suffolk County) On April 24, while on evening patrol, ECO Grady received a tip about a subject fishing at the end of the new jetty at Cedar Beach by the inlet to Mount Sinai Harbor. The complainant said the angler was catching and keeping small striped bass in a blue cooler stashed in some rocks. The complainant had…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 14, 2021

Persistence Pays Off (Sullivan County) On April 13, an illegal bear case pending in Fallsburg Court was resolved after years of persistence, patience, K9 assistance, DNA testing, and a photograph. In September 2019. ECO Wood received a complaint about suspects unlawfully shooting a bear with the aid of bait in Fallsburg. The illegal activity reportedly happened over the final weekend…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 30, 2021

Air Rifle Used to Take Deer (Ulster County)  In November 2020, ECO Bastedo responded to a hunting-related complaint and observed an untagged antlered deer and an untagged antlerless deer on the lawn of a residence. The hunter, Jun Chen Shang, produced his regular season antlered deer tag and bow/muzzleloader tag filled out with the harvest information for that date. The…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 16, 2021

Catch Undersized Fish, Pay Sizable Fine (Westchester County)  An angler busted for taking undersized striped bass last year paid a hefty fine in Croton-on-Hudson Court. On Sept. 1, ECOs Tompkins and Crisafulli were patrolling the Hudson River when they noticed several groups fishing. Officers began checking each group for licenses and any fish caught. ECO Tompkins checked the bucket that…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 2, 2021

Striper Swipers (Westchester County) On March 11, ECOs Tompkins, Thibodeau, and Franz conducted a plainclothes fishing detail focused on anglers taking out-of-season striped bass. The officers patrolled George’s Island Park in the town of Cortlandt and Croton Landing Park in the village of Croton-on-Hudson. During the detail, the ECOs observed several anglers taking and keeping out-of-season fish. The ECOs issued…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 19, 2021

Something Fishy (Essex County) On Feb. 18, ECO LaPoint received a report of ice fishermen on Schroon Lake, Essex County, who were catching lake trout shorter than the legal length of 18 inches. ECO LaPoint contacted acting Lieutenant Nicols, who located the suspects’ vehicle with information provided by the complainant. From the shore, the two officers observed the ice anglers…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 5, 2021

ECOs Conduct Multi-Day Snowmobile Detail (Fulton County) On Feb.12, ECOs Manns, Hilliard, Shaw, Toth, and Pasciak began a series of multi-day snowmobile details to ensure riders are complying with state regulations. The officers started off conducting a snowmobile checkpoint on the trail system in the town of Broadalbin and shifted to trails in the village of Mayfield that evening after…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 19, 2021

Small Plane Crash (Nassau & Suffolk counties) On Jan. 10, ECO DeRose and K9 Cramer were training in a wooded area of Farmingdale State College when a family approached claiming a plane appeared to crash just north of the woods. ECO DeRose immediately contacted Suffolk County Police which had not received any calls about a crash in the area. He…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 5, 2021

Operation Back Road (Statewide) • DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement released the results of “Operation Back Road,” a recent statewide detail targeting illegal hunting from roads. During the 2020 hunting season, ECOs used technology, local intelligence, and 147 robotic decoy deer over the course of 300 hours to catch poachers hunting from vehicles or along roadways, putting communities in danger….

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 22, 2021

Road Hunters Nabbed (Chautauqua County)  On Dec. 12, ECOs partnered with Town of Ellicott Police to arrest two men on numerous violations of Environmental Conservation Law following the illegal taking of a deer in the town of Poland. Investigators found that at approximately 9 p.m., one of the men shot a deer from Sprague Hill Road with a spotlight, on…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 8, 2021

ATV Patrol in the Pine Barrens  (Suffolk County) On Dec. 13, Forest Ranger Hicks participated in a multi-agency Suffolk County Pine Barrens Law Enforcement Council ATV detail. The detail included DEC Forest rangers, New York State Park Police, New York State Police, Suffolk County park rangers, Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, and Town of Southampton Police Department….