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Why is small game in NY so scarce?

Now that it appears some decent autumn weather has arrived, hunters will be stepping into the woods and fields in search of deer, turkey, grouse, pheasant and rabbit. The ques... read more...


Senate puts microstamping bill to bed permanently

At last we’re seeing some improvement in what has been one of craziest spring seasons in decades. As stream and river levels gradually keep dropping, despite the occasional sp... read more...


It’s reality check time for a lot of elected downstate legislators

Sometimes trying to compose a truly informative and useful outdoor column can be a test of should readers know this, or do they care? It’s pretty easy to write about how good ... read more...


One division in DEC may be the key to rebuilding the badly damaged department

If we might envision the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation as a huge barrel filled with everything that could be remotely considered of true importance to our outdoor wo... read more...


Not the ‘end of the world,’ just a miserable stretch of weather phenomena

With the spring turkey season due to close next Tuesday, May 31, I suspect that many of those with unfilled tags will stay in bed that morning rather than face a another soggy... read more...


Spring 2011 on verge of setting all-time precip record

So much for our monsoonal-type weather to suddenly stop. A few dry days, and then it’s back to seemingly an endless string of days with rain, showers or t-storms on every day’... read more...


Mother Nature extends her peace offering – nice weather

Much to everyone’s relief and delight, Mother Nature finally decided to reward our recent foul weather suffering with some truly gorgeous springtime weather conditions. About ... read more...


When will our lousy weather end?

It’s been a long, frustrating April for many folks. We didn’t get the same level of severe weather that devastated the Souteast and mid Atlantic, but seemingly daily rains, co... read more...


Turkey hunting and fishing headline, but other important issues are surfacing

Of course the main event news is the beginning of our spring turkey hunting season on Sunday, and let’s not forget the opening of walleye, pike and pickerel fishing seasons on... read more...


Abnormally cold and wet April could affect gobbler hunting next month

With the May 1 opening of our month-long spring turkey hunting season rapidly approaching, many hunters are concerned with what effects the abnormally cool and wet weather of ... read more...


Fishing and hunting regulations becoming increasingly more complex

The recent updated bait fish proposed regulations released by the DEC reminded me of just how complex our fishing – and in some cases hunting – regulations and laws have becom... read more...


Can the governor dip into the ‘dedicated’ Conservation Fund now?

The NYS Conservation Fund?consisting primarily of revenue derived from sporting licenses, fees and special sales taxes?has historically been viewed as a dedicated fund which c... read more...


Weather doesn’t bode well for tomorrow’s trout opener

Sorry all you winter-weary anglers, but conditions for Opening Day of our trout season don’t appear very rosy, at least as I write this. The forecast calls for another coastal... read more...


Trout opener approaches as winter hangs tough

As often happens in Chenango County, the Spring Equinox doesn’t equate to the physical arrival of Spring-like weather, and while this may aggravate everyone, it’s especially b... read more...


Everyone reaps the benefits of volunteers’ efforts

On several different occasions while hoofing it along a public trail, be it a Finger Lakes System or off-season snowmobile one, I’ve encountered others who complained that the... read more...



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