Black trees stretched their gnarled limbs toward the barely discernible, dark gray sky as I silently stole into the hickory grove and sat expectantly.

FRANKLINVILLE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has determined the cause of the deaths of a number of trout in Ischua Creek earlier this month as a fungal infection brought on by stress.


When I get email comments from readers, they generally fall into one of two broad categories.


GOWANDA — Four kayakers on Cattaraugus Creek ran out of daylight Wednesday and had to be rescued by members of the Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department and state forest rangers.


From a purely financial point of view, my 20 acres of land has very little economic value. In other words, there’s no timber, oil or gas. Most of it was cleared over a century ago and has been in hay fields ever since, and while the hay does have a small amount of economic value, the greates…

OLEAN — Half the matches got to at least the 17th hole and two former winners of the five in the Championship Flight were pressed that far in Thursday’s opening round of match play in the 85th annual Southwestern New York-Northwestern Pennsylvania Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament at Bartlett Co…

ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday that hunting and trapping licenses and deer management permits (DMPs) for the 2021-2022 seasons are on sale.

We’re fortunate in Cattaraugus County to have access to large tracts of public lands, but every once in a while I may happen to find myself walking on logging roads on large tracts of privately-held forest land. If that does happen it may possibly be because there are no obvious POSTED signs.

Choosing the correct lure style and color can be critical, either making or breaking your day. To address this lure manufacturers make a seemingly endless variety of shapes and sizes — and the color choices today are simply mind-blowing.

One morning after turkey hunting this spring, I actually still had enough ambition leftover to go trout fishing.

Well, spring is over, June half-gone and most fishermen have taken to lakes and rivers for their fishing.

For as long as I’ve been writing this column I’ve generally focused on what could be described as the recreational or aesthetic aspects of birds — their songs, plumages, habitat and behavior — because that’s what interests me.


Steven Bressan, a McKean County, Pa., native turned Florida resident, has set out for the trek of a lifetime as he braves the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in one trip.

The increasing popularity of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) has Cattaraugus County officials scrambling for suitable sites for kayak and canoe launches.

Perhaps the most entertaining aspects of spring gobbler season involve the neverending series of mistakes my friends and I make every spring.

ALBANY — New York cannot cut down thousands of trees for a 27-mile snowmobile trail in the Adirondack Park without voters approving an amendment to the state constitution, the state’s top court ruled Tuesday.


As I’ve said here before, May is the month that many of us look forward to all year. The reason is that, generally speaking, May is when our most colorful songbirds begin pouring out of the night sky into our trees, bushes, lawns, fields and feeders.

As I think back over the years, I find it easy, like the great majority of us, to remember opportunities lost, poor decisions made, relationships that should have been cherished much more than they were, loving words that weren’t spoken.

With the start of Western Conference’s Maple Grove and Cassadaga, the Southern Tier Youth Trap league is in full swing. With the exception of the East Conference, the only perfect score reported is from Otto-Eldred’s Clayton Holden. The Western Conference like the Central Conference will not…

This week’s round of matches saw the start up for the Central Conference in the Southern Tier Youth trap League. Central Conference teams participating chose to not travel to other clubs and shoot all matches at their host club. Perfect scores were reported by Bolivar-Richburg’s William Fren…