I was leaning on the shovel and breathing hard.
Hunting is many things: enjoying nature, family, friends and all the little events that make each day memorable and unique.
The Winter Travel League has decided to cancel the remainder of its winter trapshooting season. This decision was made among the five area gun club representatives after just one match in the interest of safety due to continued concerns about the rise of COVID-19. As such, all league fees ha…
ALLEGANY — About a month ago, friends in Allegany told Dan Jordan of a large, all-white bird in the area. The photographer and raptor enthusiast had been diligently looking for the bird ever since.
Hunting is a sport, and more times than not it can end in failure.
PORTVILLE – The local Winter Travel League of trapshooters began its 31st season last Sunday at the Portville Conservation Club.
JAMESTOWN — New York State environmental conservation officers partnered with Ellicott Town Police on Dec. 12 to arrest two men on numerous violations of Environmental Conservation Law following the illegal taking of a deer in Chautauqua County.
ALBANY (TNS) — A day after gray wolves officially came off the federal Endangered Species list, lawmakers in New York are urging the state to keep the canines on the list here, even though they’ve been extinct in the Empire State for decades.
When you are an author, your opinions are often under a microscope.
Here today and gone tomorrow — and that’s if you’re lucky. I’m referring to winter birds generally, and winter finches specifically. Unlike spring and summer birds, which stake out territory and defend it against other birds for weeks or months, winter birds are much more transitory. It’s tr…
The cloverfield had been hard hit by hungry deer.
The 2021 Winter Travel League will hold its first league trap shoot on Sunday, Jan. 3 at the Portville Conservation Club.
Snowmobile enthusiasts are of course marking the days on the calendar until Dec. 18, the first most snowmobile trails are permitted to open.
Last week’s article covered the history of lead bullets from the original round balls to the modern, sharp-tipped, copper-jacketed spitzer shape.
While the federal Clean Air Act was enacted to protect humans from air pollution, it also has saved birds.
ALBANY (TNS) — The pandemic this year has helped reverse a long trend of dwindling interest in hunting as the number of people taking New York state’s mandatory hunting licensing test and license payments nearly tripled, according to an analysis by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
Lead has been the choice of bullet makers for as long as there’s been firearms.
ALBANY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Friday announced the release of a draft Deer Management Plan for New York State for public review and comment.
I was 16 years old and it was the day before Thanksgiving.
Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 figures to present some unique opportunities to local deer hunters.
If you hunt long enough strange things can happen.
Editor’s Note: Local professional photographer and eagle authority Dan Jordan shares his photographs of and experiences with bald eagles in Western New York and northwest Pennsylvania, as well as other locations in the U.S.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (TNS) — In its new Strategic Plan for Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania 2020-24 the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission lays out 72 actions ranging from doing assessments on another 2,500 of the 51,800 streams across the state that have not been sampled for thei…
Nature is a fascinating study.
Way back when, deer season didn’t seem to be such a long, drawn out affair.
OLEAN — The Olean Rod & Gun Club raised $1,550 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during this fall’s annual shoot to remember deceased members of the club.
ILION — Workers at the sprawling Remington factory in this Upstate New York village took pride in a local gunmaking tradition stretching back to the days of flintlock rifles. Now they're looking ahead with uncertainty.
We all dream of big bucks, but as the saying goes, they don’t grow on trees.
ILION (TNS) — Despite finding a new buyer, the bankrupt Remington Outdoor Compay laid off 585 employees on Monday and said their benefits would expire later in the week, without severance pay, according to the union that represents them.
Typically at this time of the year, I’d be preparing for a trip to New Jersey. As I’ve written many times, New Jersey is a mecca for autumn ecotourists because the state acts as a giant “bird funnel” with many species of songbirds, shorebirds, hawks and eagles collecting at the narrow end of…
As noted before, Yellowstone Park lies over a thermal plume or pipeline of lava extending from the Earth’s core.
New York state will use water from the Erie Canal as part of a new pilot program aimed at enhancing fishing opportunities in Western New York.
When my daughter, Julie, had our first grandchild, Kylie Jane Dixon, my wife and I ventured out to Provo, Utah, to see the little angel.
I burst into my uncle’s house without knocking, as teenagers usually do.
CUBA — The Cuba Lake District will begin the annual drawdown of the lake for the winter season, beginning Nov.1.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not as threatened by climate change as once thought.
New York deer are being felled by an insect-borne disease and, as hunting season is underway, state wildlife officials are asking hunters to report instances in which they find the dead animals in the woods.
WELLSBORO, Pa. — Tri-County REC and Tri-Co Connections teamed up to host a charity golf outing in September that raised $20,000 for two Potter County organizations dedicated to providing outdoor experiences to disabled military veterans.
Uncountable stars glittered in the sky.
BENEZETTE (TNS) — Another 561 acres of forest in the heart of the Pennsylvania Elk Range has been brought into the vast public land bank.
You cannot stop it, grasp it or truly comprehend it.
BRADFORD, Pa. — The Allegheny National Forest is extending the ATV/OHM trail riding season through Oct. 12 for four of the five permitted trails.
Serious deer hunters know stand placement is critically important, especially on public lands in Pennsylvania, where the average hunter has skills far above the national average.
There are certain days we love to remember. When everything simply comes together like a well-written play.
Editor’s Note: Local professional photographer and eagle authority Dan Jordan shares his photographs of and experiences with bald eagles in Western New York and northwest Pennsylvania, as well as other locations in the United States.
I climbed up through the overgrown field and managed to find my tree stand in the darkness.
The sky brightened in the East, the vast black sky slowly surrendering the stars to a greater light, the far hills and valleys a deep, hungry blackness eager to devour and battle the coming dawn, reluctant to release its hold on the night.
MARIENVILLE, Pa. — The Forest Service will make some needed improvements to the Marienville and Timberline all-terrain vehicle trails that will temporarily close the routes in September.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, o…