New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

After 30-plus-year absence due to acid rain, brook trout discovered in Adirondack lake

(Wikipedia)A reproducing population of brook trout has been discovered in a tiny lake in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness for the first time since the lake was declared fishless due to acid rain 32 years ago, New York state officials said. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said yesterday the breeding population of trout in the 38-acre Lake Colden…

Buying a sporting license? Consider supporting these programs

It’s been several years ago now since there was a sporting license fee increase in New York. And just before that last increase I forked over a nice chunk of change to purchase my lifetime licenses, pretty much across the board. That now means I don’t make the annual trek to the local sporting goods store or town clerk’s office…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 28, 2019

(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.) Dinner plans thwarted (Queens…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 17, 2019

(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 friend in need…

Wild moose chase: Taking a census from the air

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently issued a press release announcing that mid-winter aerial surveys of the Adirondack moose population had been completed. But there was still some work to be done as DEC biologists wanted to get a better peek this winter at the number of moose calves, especially in relation to a handful of cow…

New York offers pheasants for sponsored hunts

(Photo by Windigo Images)ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state is offering 2,000 pheasants to groups that sponsor hunts involving young people, women, novices, veterans or people with disabilities. The state Department of Environmental Conservation annually offers some of the pheasants it raises at its Ithaca game farm for use in sponsored hunts. The aim of the program is to allow…

A different kind of bear season

Bears quickly learn how to acquire food, and in some cases that means intimidating humans or even destroying property, including vehicles.The early black bear hunting seasons in New York are still a couple months away. However, summer ushers in a bear season of its own, where it’s the bears that are doing the hunting – for food. This can be…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 15, 2018

(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.) Squirrel shooting leads to…

Pine-killing southern beetle may be more deadly in North

The New Jersey Pinelands are under attack by southern pine beetles. (Photo by USDA NCRS)ALBANY, N.Y. — A beetle that has killed millions of acres of pines in southern forests is munching its way north, and new research suggests its tree-killing prowess could be magnified in cooler climes. Once unheard-of north of Delaware, southern pine beetles have been steadily expanding…

New York offering unique program for first-time campers

(New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)ALBANY, N.Y. — New York families who have never camped have the chance to see if they might enjoy the great outdoors before making a commitment to buy all the gear. Free first-time camper weekends are being offered at 13 parks around the state throughout the summer. New campers will be provided with a…