Category: Outdoors

Penn Yan angler wins Carp Derby with 38 pound lunker

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, ... MORE
Michigan angler tops Spring Lake Ontario Counties Derby

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 ... MORE
New York's deer hunters getting more selective

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 ... MORE
Outdoors, Sports
Grand Prize for biggest fish at Saturday's Trout Derby has increased to $7,500

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 ... MORE
Opening day: Stocked trout boost angler chances

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 ... MORE
New York, Pennsylvania on target with deer kill estimates

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 ... MORE
Outdoors, Sports
DEC crews will sample rainbow trout in Naples Creek on Thursday

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 ... MORE

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 ... MORE
Outdoors, Sports
January launch for duck hunters at Sodus Point (photo)

January launch for duck hunters at Sodus Point (photo)

Duck hunters at Sodus Point carry their jon boat from the Lake Ontario shoreline for launching on Saturday morning. Photo by Chris Trine, Chris Trine Photography ... MORE
Saturday on the ice at Sodus Point (photo)

Saturday on the ice at Sodus Point (photo)

Sodus Bay was full of ice fishermen on Saturday that were taking advantage of the colder temperatures to get out on the ice. Photo by Chris Trine, Chris Trine Photography ... MORE
Snowmobile trail map available at Cayuga County Tourism Office

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 ... MORE
Several outdoor shows worth the trip in 2017

Several outdoor shows worth the trip in 2017

The ice is not safe yet and the muzzleloader season ended the hunt for whitetails in New York State. Now, what do you do? Possibly, you need more stuff to clutter your garage or cellar, or maybe you need a new .243 ... MORE
Outdoors, Sports
Deer Management Permits available for hunters on Tuesday

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 ... MORE
Outdoors, Sports
New Birding Guide is offered by Wayne County Tourism

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 ... MORE
LITFL Magazine: The Whitetail Deer Rut

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 ... MORE
White Deer in Romulus on Sunday

White Deer in Romulus on Sunday

This white deer by Route 96A, just inside the fence of the former Seneca Army Depot, was nibbling on some grass and stopped long enough to look at the camera before resuming lunch on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Rachel Burkholder ... MORE
Doe duo on Route 14

Doe duo on Route 14

These doe were seen grazing near Route 14 South on Wednesday evening. Photo by Shelly Lannon ... MORE
Finger Lakes Land Trust reports on algae threat

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 ... MORE