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Wayne County man’s catch could be new state record

A Macedon man has landed the catch of a lifetime. Jason Bair caught this freshwater drum, commonly called a sheepshead, on Oneida Lake. It weighed in at more than 36 lbs., which shatters the current record of 29 lbs. 14 oz. listed on the New York State DEC website. Of course Bair’s fish still has to be verified as a... more

Penn Yan angler wins Carp Derby with 38 pound lunker

He’s back! Anthony Travis of Penn Yan topped the leader board at the Waterloo Rotary Carp Derby annually for years. Once he even took four of the eight top spots. Then he moved to Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks. But this year, Travis returned. And, as the final minutes were counted down, Travis dropped his fish in the weighing basket... more

Check out this video from the South Seneca CSD trap shooting club

Here’s something different that is happening at South Seneca schools… a trap shooting club! On Thursday, the school’s official Facebook page posted a video highlighting this unique extra-curricular activity that teaches safety procedures, how to stand correctly, how to shoulder and hold the gun and the technical aspects of the sport. . more

37th Annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby is Sunday

Will someone catch a 45 pound carp this year? Ted Ralston reeled in a 44.1 once carp last year to capture first place in the 36th annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby. Ralston caught his first place fish at the Oak Island bridge The 37th annual Carp Derby will be on Sunday, June 11, at Oak Island. Fishing can take place... more

Outdoors: Dove hunting season in New York?

The mourning dove is the symbol of peace in New York. In most other states, it is a challenging target and great table fare. I’ve had the privilege of dove hunting extensively in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Georgia over the years. If you are a shotgunner, it may be the ultimate wingshooting sport. Right now, 42 states have dove hunting... more

Grand Prize for biggest fish at Saturday’s Trout Derby has increased to $7,500

Organizers of the 2017 National Lake Trout Derby, which takes place on Seneca Lake this Memorial Day weekend, are hoping to lure more anglers with bigger cash prizes this year. Derby President Bob Stivers said the Grand Prize for catching the largest lake, brown, rainbow trout or landlocked salmon is $7,500, up from $5,000 last year. Official website of the... more

New York’s deer hunters getting more selective

New York’s deer biologists estimated that 54,099 of the bucks killed last season were 2.5 years and older and that only 49 percent of bucks taken statewide were yearlings. If you file that under “so what?” figures, you are missing a point. The state’s deer hunters have become far more selective when it comes to shooting small-racked bucks in recent... more

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
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