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Michigan angler tops Spring Lake Ontario Counties Derby

The big news in the local media lately has been the high water levels on Lake Ontario that were hampering access to the lake. Some marinas were shut down. Others adapted to the rising levels. However, if you were fishing in the Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout and Salmon Derby May 5-14, the big news was many of the world-class... more

Abundant waters offer plenty for Finger Lakes anglers

I must freely admit that I have been grossly remiss in my coverage of fishing, and especially our wonderful area coldwater fisheries. When you consider all of the major and smaller Finger Lakes, toss in Lake Ontario for good measure, and then also look at this state’s estimated 7,500 ponds and lakes, that is a fairly impressive area for fishing... more

New York, Pennsylvania on target with deer kill estimates

Pennsylvania announced its “estimated” 2016-2017 deer kill in this space last week, and New York – playing catchup – released its “preliminary” kill this week. Pennsylvania’s figures showed more than 300,000 deer killed – up nine percent from the previous season. Almost 150,000 of them were bucks. New York, with far fewer hunters and far less hunting area, thinks about... more

Opening day: Stocked trout boost angler chances

Fishing enthusiasts who have been cooped up all winter will be out in force Saturday for opening day of trout season in New York. Many of those hopefuls will flock to the banks of legendary Catharine Creek and other Finger Lakes tributaries for a shot at hooking a giant spawning rainbow trout. For people who aren’t into standing elbow-to-elbow with... more

DEC crews will sample rainbow trout in Naples Creek on Thursday

That annual rite of spring known as rainbow trout “shocking’’ will take place Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24. Crews from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s fisheries division in Avon will sample the run of fish in two key Finger Lakes tributaries in advance of Opening Day for fishing on inland waters on April 1. Naples... more

New York hunters kill 1,539 bears in 2016 season

State conservation officials say bear hunters in New York state killed 1,539 black bears during the 2016 hunting seasons. The Department of Environmental Conservation reports that hunters took a total of 1,025 black bears in the Southern Zone. That’s about 10 percent less than in 2015, but slightly more than the five-year average. Daily Messenger: Read More more

DEC warns sportsmen of ‘licensing’ websites

DEC warns sportsmen of ‘licensing’ websites
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is warning sportsmen to be aware of “opportunistic’’ websites that offer assistance in purchasing licenses to hunt and fish. “The consumer on these sites should understand that they are only getting ‘assistance’ for their money and not an actual fishing or hunting license,’’ DEC said in a news release. “Additionally, the money... more

Snowmobile trail map available at Cayuga County Tourism Office

Snowmobile weather will soon be here and the 2016-2017 Snowmobile Trail Map for Central New York and the Southern Tier is available at the Cayuga County Office of Tourism to guide snowmobilers throughout the region.  The map features trails from Pulaski to Moravia to Whitney Point and everywhere in between.  Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, & Oswego County trails... more

LITFL Magazine: The Whitetail Deer Rut

It’s that time of year again. Whitetail deer are on the move as the annual rut, or mating season, starts to heat up. Sometime around early November, love begins to fill the air as females, or does, come into heat and buck testosterone levels rise. Does have already dispersed this year’s buck fawns in order to mate again, and eager... more

New Birding Guide is offered by Wayne County Tourism

This unique guide was compiled by author and biologist, Susan Petersen Gateley, who has extensive experience locating birds in Wayne County. Laurie Dirkx, a local conservationist photographer, has contributed her favorite bird photographs and Montezuma Audubon Center’s Director Chris Lajewski also assisted with the new Wayne County Birding Guide. Read More Life in the Finger Lakes:  Read More more

Deer Management Permits available for hunters on Tuesday

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that remaining Deer Management Permits (DMPs) in several Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) will be available to hunters beginning November 1. Deer Management Permits, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust reports on algae threat

The Finger Lakes Land Trust recently released a report highlighting the threat of toxic algae and sprawling development on the region’s land and water resources, and calling for an investment of $100 million over the next decade to address these threats. The report, “Lakes, Farms, & Forests Forever,” is based on a year-long comprehensive assessment of the region’s natural resources... more
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