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…

ALBANY — New York’s 2021-22 budget includes a measure that allows youths ages 12 and 13 to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow under the supervision of an experienced adult hunter in Upstate counties that opt-in to participate.

The sun was pushing its way over the far eastern fringe of trees, the sky around it a bright yellow gold, silhouetting the trees in coal black relief against its glowing grandeur.

WELLSVILLE — As the temperatures warm up and the waters of the Genesee River swell, avid fishermen would normally be looking forward to the annual Greater Wellsville Trout Derby, always scheduled for the end of April.

You may have read a recent article of mine detailing some of the more extreme weather conditions the New York trout opener has been subjected to.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf where they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains but need continued protections, according to government scientists who concluded that no other areas of the country would be suitable for reintroducing the fearsome predators.

Warmer temps and fair weather see ever improving scores in this week’s match results of the Southern Tier Youth Trap League. Bolivar-Richburg’s Daniel Baldwin and Genesee Valley’s Dalton Baker were the lone perfect score of teams reporting.

It seems like trout season will never come when the temperatures hover in the single digits, frigid snow storms beat upon you and the heating bills go off the chart, but suddenly the time has flown by and the first day will be upon us shortly.

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — With Americans hunkering down and hankering to get outdoors during the pandemic, L.L. Bean recorded its best annual sales growth in nearly a decade, the company said Friday.


Among the most determined birders, there’s a concept called “chasing,” which means going to another location to see a bird that has been reported at that location.

MANCHESTER, Vt. (TNS) — Before long, fly fishermen and women will descend on the Battenkill River, which starts near here in the Green Mountains and connects with the Hudson at Schuylerville. These anglers will start their annual compulsive quest to capture brook trout at the end of an artif…

MADISON, Wis. — Hunters and trappers blew past Wisconsin's wolf kill target in less than 72 hours, forcing a premature end to a hunt that initially wasn't supposed to happen for another nine months and raising the ire of animal rights activists. 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials opened a wolf season Monday after hunting advocates sued to move the start date up from this coming November amid fears that the Biden administration might restore protections for the animals.

Groaning and straining under an armful of wood, I just managed to hook a finder round the door handle and stagger inside. Depositing the wood by the stove, I shrugged off my coat, removed my boots and collapsed into a chair. Ah, it felt good to sit.