New York Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

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…

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…