New York Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 2, 2022

Jacklighting Poacher Caught Red-Handed (Ulster County) On Oct. 23, ECO Walraven was patrolling local farm fields at night in the town of Wawarsing looking for poachers when he observed a pickup truck driving slowly by a field, shining a spotlight. From his position, Officer Walraven saw the poacher exit his vehicle and shine the spotlight on a group of deer…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 18, 2022

No Hunting From An Apartment Complex (Essex County) On Oct. 11, ECO Buffa received a complaint about an individual unlawfully hunting over bait behind an apartment complex in the town of Wilmington. The complainant advised the hunter took a seven-point buck and a doe on the morning of Oct. 1, and an eight-point buck the week before. Other witnesses reported…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 4, 2022

Early Black Bear Season Enforcement (Delaware County)  On Sept. 11, the second day of the early black bear hunting season, ECOs Doig and Woodin received information about a black bear possibly taken unlawfully on private property. The investigation led the officers to a hunter who confirmed the owner of the property had given him permission to hunt there. However, evidence…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 21, 2022

Early Black Bear Season Enforcement (Delaware County)  On Sept. 11, the second day of the early black bear hunting season, ECOs Doig and Woodin received information about a black bear possibly taken unlawfully on private property. The investigation led the officers to a hunter who confirmed the owner of the property had given him permission to hunt there. However, evidence…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 7, 2022

Early Black Bear Season Enforcement (Delaware County)  On Sept. 11, the second day of the early black bear hunting season, ECOs Doig and Woodin received information about a black bear possibly taken unlawfully on private property. The investigation led the officers to a hunter who confirmed the owner of the property had given him permission to hunt there. However, evidence…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 23, 2022

Netted at Night (Sullivan County) On Aug. 20, while patrolling the Delaware River in the town of Cochecton, ECO Parker utilized night vision equipment to spot six individuals unlawfully using cast nets. With assistance from ECO Lovgren, the Officers approached the individuals under the cover of darkness and observed them using three cast nets to catch fish. Officer Lovgren located…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 9, 2022

Sunbaked Rattlesnake (Warren County) On Aug. 7, ECO Krug responded to Turtle Island in Lake George to remove an unwanted guest from a campsite. Using the appropriate tools, Officer Krug removed a rattlesnake sunning itself near the shoreline. Turtle Island is a popular spot for rattlesnakes from nearby Tongue Mountain. ECOs respond to similar calls to the island several times…

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 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…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 1, 2022

Jamaica Bay Illegal Clamming (Queens County)  On May 30, ECOs Brussell, McCarthy, and Milliron were patrolling Jamaica Bay and observed numerous people on the beach taking hard clams. It is illegal to harvest shellfish in Jamaica Bay due to sanitary conditions. To protect public health and safety, ECOs are tasked with conducting regular patrols to make sure people are not…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 17, 2022

Illegal Turkey  (Jefferson County) On May 1, while patrolling a Fort Drum training area, ECO Woyton observed vehicles parked in an area closed to hunting/recreation. One of the vehicles, a truck, contained a recently harvested turkey in its bed. Fort Drum Conservation Law Enforcement contacted the truck owner by phone and advised him to return to the vehicle. Officer Woyton…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 3, 2022

Get Greedy and Get Caught (Ulster County) On April 20, DEC Fisheries spent the day stocking trout in Rondout Creek and ECOs Walraven and Johnson patrolled the area to ensure anglers were taking fish in accordance with DEC regulations. The Officers decided to conduct a check of a fisherman taking trout and keeping them on a stringer. The fisherman was…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 20, 2022

Fishing Violations (Warren County) On the morning of April 15, Lieutenant Higgins and ECO Brassard patrolled a small trout pond in Queensbury and discovered several anglers catching freshly stocked trout without incident. However, some anglers also possessed out-of-season chain pickerel. In addition, two fishermen had failed to buy a fishing license, resulting in tickets to the offenders. Later that afternoon,…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 6, 2022

Out-of-Season Striped Bass Busters (New York City Counties) The weekend of April 2 and 3 proved to be busy for ECOs in Region 2 conducting boat patrols with the U.S. Coast Guard in Raritan and Jamaica bays. Officers checked several recreational and charter boats and seized 36 out-of-season striped bass. ECOs Milliron and Michalet responded to an evening poaching complaint…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 22, 2022

All I Want for Christmas (Albany County) In Albany County, a hunter recently paid a penalty for taking a deer out of season on Christmas Day in Guilderland. On Dec. 25, 2021, ECO Bevis received reports from a complainant who reported he had heard a single shot from what sounded like a muzzleloader as he stood outside his home. Officer…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 8, 2022

Night Vision Thwarts Illegal Fishing (Westchester County) On March 8 and 12, ECOs Tompkins, Wamsley, and Thibodeau conducted a large-scale striped bass enforcement effort in Westchester County, surveilling multiple areas along the Hudson River. Overnight, ECOs watched as anglers illegally caught fish out of season. Utilizing night vision, the ECOs made contact with anglers claiming they didn’t have any fish….

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 25, 2022

Deer Rescued from Icy Waters (Suffolk County) While on patrol recently in Suffolk County, ECO Della Rocco heard a call on the radio about a deer that had fallen through the ice off Smith Point in the town of Mastic. Officer Della Rocco responded to the location with members of the Suffolk County Marine Bureau and Suffolk County Park Rangers….

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 11, 2022

Bait Pile Busted (Chautauqua County) In Chautauqua County, a hunter contacted ECO Dougherty reporting the presence of a baited tree stand a short distance from his permitted hunting area. After observing the empty tree stand, baited with corn, ECOs Dougherty and Freeman surveyed the area and spotted an individual walking across the field dressed in camo and carrying a crossbow….

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 25, 2022

 2021-2022 Hunting Season Enforcement (Statewide) During the 2021-2022 hunting seasons, ECOs patrolled the lands and waters of New York State to ensure hunters were hunting safely and in accordance with the State Environmental Conservation Law. With the final day of the open deer season now closed, ECOs compiled information about offenses. During the 2021/2022 hunting seasons, ECOs issued 1,564 violation…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 11, 2022

More Than Just a Bait Pile (Madison County)  On Jan. 11, a Kirkville man paid a $500 penalty in Town of Sullivan Court for the misdemeanor charge of unlawfully taking a white-tailed buck over bait on Nov. 29, 2021. ECOs Damrath, Thomas, and Foster were investigating another suspect accused of killing two bucks unlawfully when evidence and interviews led them…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 28, 2022

Pennsylvania Violation (Chautauqua County) On Dec. 14, while checking several deer processors in Chautauqua County, ECO Kinney encountered a hunter who did not report his deer harvest. After speaking to the hunter, Officer Kinney learned the subject possessed a resident big game hunting license despite living in Pennsylvania. ECO Kinney cited the hunter for taking an illegal deer, making a…

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…