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.

ALBANY — Applications are available for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s cooperative pheasant chick program, which allows people to participate in raising and releasing pheasants for fall hunting.

With the recent heavy snows and the Super Bowl a week away, what can one do to keep in shape, burn some of those party calories, get out into nature and have a great time? Why cross country ski, of course.

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.

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.


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…