New York Outdoor News

New York Outdoor News Calendar – Dec. 1, 2017

Season Dates Dec. 1: Catch-and-release, artificial lures-only bass season opens Dec. 1: Fall turkey season closes (Suffolk County) Dec. 2: Canada goose season reopens (Hudson Valley area) Dec: 3: Northern Zone firearms deer and bear seasons close Dec. 4: Northern Zone muzzleloader deer season opens (select units) Dec. 4: Duck and brant seasons reopen (Long Island Zone) Dec. 4: Canada…

DEC improving communications with outdoor media [video]

Communications with this state’s outdoor press has been a difficult proposition to say the least the last couple of years for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Press folks, when we needed information, had to contact Albany to arrange for interviews – even if we needed general information on something as mundane as stocking numbers or catch rates in Lake…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 17, 2017

Western New York Lake Ontario tributaries, harbors and piers: Heavy rains hindered fishing and made it difficult to generate any fishing info since streams were blown out. That said, there were still plenty of king salmon in Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard creeks, where anglers reported a mix of green and weathered kings. Brown trout catches were on the rise in…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 17, 2017

(Editor’s note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the state of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.) A good day to…

New York Outdoor News Calendar – Nov. 17, 2017

Season Dates Nov. 17: Crossbow deer and bear season closes Nov. 17: Southern Zone archery deer and bear season closes Nov. 17: Canada goose season closes (East Central and Hudson Valley areas) Nov. 17: Bobcat hunting and trapping season closes (portions of Southern Zone) Nov. 18: Southern Zone firearms deer and bear season opens Nov. 18: Fall turkey season opens…

New York Outdoor News contributor Bill Hilts Jr. honored

Bill Hilts Jr., a frequent contributor to New York Outdoor News, received the prestigious – and rarely-given – Hans Paller Award at the recent New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association conference at Lake George, which marked the 50-year anniversary of the organization. The award is named in honor of the NYSOWA’s founding father, is the group’s highest honor and is…

Outdoor writers’ group celebrates 50 years

2017 conference-goers gathered at Gore Mountain for a photo.The New York State Outdoor Writers Association recently held its 50th fall conference and anniversary celebration in Warren County, the same place where members held their very first meeting back in 1967. The organization was formed by Hans Paller, a Massena, N.Y.-based outdoor communicator, and Bill Hilts, Sr., of western New York,…

New York Outdoor News Calendar – Nov. 3, 2017

Season Dates Nov. 3: Fall turkey season closes (Southern Zone) Nov. 4: Duck season reopens (Northeast Zone) Nov. 4: Crossbow deer and bear season opens (Southern Zone) Nov. 4: Canada goose season reopens (Hudson Valley area) Nov. 7: Duck season reopens (Lake Champlain Zone) Nov. 9: Snipe, Virginia rail, sora rail and gallinule seasons close Nov. 10: Mink and muskrat…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Nov. 3, 2017

(Editor’s note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the state of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.) Eagle summering in boathouse…

A beech bonanza may make for tough hunting

This encounter with an incredible supply of beech nuts was amazing.I hunted fall turkeys one day last week in Tioga County, visiting Pete Clare at his storied Turkey Trot Acres hunting lodge, where fall turkey hunting with dogs has emerged as an autumn tradition, albeit a shortened one given New York state’s fairly brief fall turkey hunting season. It was an enjoyable…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 20, 2017

Western New York Lake Ontario: Recent weather patterns scattered mature king salmon in Lake Ontario’s nearshore zone. The bulk of the salmon have yet to run the creeks, so expect them to again congregate off tributary mouths. Fishing for staging salmon is typically best in 50-100 feet of water off the Niagara Bar, Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Oct. 20, 2017

(Editor’s note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the state of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.) Search for missing teens…

New York Outdoor News Calendar – Oct. 20, 2017

Season Dates Oct. 20: Northern Zone archery deer and bear season closes Oct. 20: Northern Zone crossbow deer and bear season closes Oct. 20: Northern Zone muzzleloader deer and bear season closes Oct. 21: Northern Zone firearms deer and bear season opens Oct. 21: Pheasant season opens (portions of state) Oct. 21: Fall turkey season opens (Southern Zone) Oct. 25:…

New York Outdoor News staffers win awards

Paula and Steve Piatt of New York Outdoor News were among the big winners recently in the New York State Outdoor Writers Association contest. Paula Piatt finished first in the newspaper feature division with her piece on turkey trapping and tagging that appeared in the April 15 issue of New York Outdoor News. The publication dominated the newspaper feature division,…

New York Outdoor News Calendar – Oct. 6, 2016

Season Dates Oct. 7: Brant season opens (Lake Champlain Zone) Oct. 7: Duck season opens (Northeast and Southeast zones) Oct. 7-9: Youth Deer Hunt (for 14- and 15-year-olds) Oct. 11: Northern Zone crossbow deer season opens Oct. 11: Duck season opens (Lake Champlain Zone) Oct. 11: Canada goose season opens (Lake Champlain Zone) Oct. 13: Northern Zone early bear season…