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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…

Second-fewest hunting-related shooting incidents in New York in 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Department of Environmental Conservation says there were 19 hunting-related shooting incidents last year, the second-lowest on record. The agency also reports 12 tree stand accidents in 2017, the first year it has recorded such injuries. Of the 19 shooting accidents, 14 involved two people and 11 of the victims weren’t wearing hunter orange. Five of the…

New York governor kicks off effort to combat algal blooms in upstate waters

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week kicked off the first in a series of four summits addressing upstate lakes and other waterways threatened by harmful algal blooms, which can affect water quality and diminish recreational opportunities and tourism. “Harmful algal blooms are poison,” the Democrat said at an event in New Paltz, 65 miles south of Albany. “These…

NYSDEC talks CWD [video]

Tony Wilkinson, director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Fish and Wildlife, addresses a statewide hunter education instructor gathering in Ballston Spa (Saratoga County) and voices concerns over the potential return of chronic wasting disease to New York and outlines steps the department is taking to prevent that. Categories: CWD, New York Videos, Whitetail Deer, Whitetail Deer Videos…

Free snowmobile weekend in New York [video]

In New York, free snowmobiling weekend for out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers is Feb. 2-5. Registration fees will be waived for all properly registered and insured snowmobilers wishing to explore New York’s 10,400 miles of trails. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Parks teamed up to create a video to help snowmobilers enjoy the ride…

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…

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,…