The outdoor temperature gauge on my truck read a sultry — for this time of year, anyway — 70 degrees. It was Nov. 9. While bow season was more than a month old, I felt like I should be talking to Randy Stewart about fishing, not whitetails.


Steve Piatt, editor of New York Outdoor News since its inception until he retired this year, has been named recipient of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association M. Paul Keesler New York Outdoor Citizen Award for 2020.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hunter Education Program was introduced in 1949. Environmental conservation officers have been involved with instructing hunter education classes from the beginning, vetting potential volunteer teachers and making it a priority to…


Pheasant season in Western New York opens Oct. 17. The state Department of Environmental Conservation will release approximately 4,600 adult ring-necked pheasants on Western New York lands open to public hunting for the fall season. Stocked pheasants will be provided by DEC’s Reynolds Game F…


In the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby, thousands of anglers competed for a $25,000 grand prize. Whoever weighs in the largest salmon by the end of the 18-day contest walks away with the big check.

The 22nd annual Wayne County Youth Derby wrapped up with the McDonald’s awards ceremony outside the Sodus Point Fire Hall Aug. 9. Anglers fished in three separate tournaments that were rolled into one big event. Prizes and awards for places 1-6 were handed out.

Donald Stacknick had never fished in a Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby before the summer of the novel coronavirus. The Dalton, Pa. angler was invited to fish in the contest with his friends, Cody and Scott Reese of Nicholson, Pa., on July 18.

The bite of the summer king salmon was on during the two-day Sodus Pro-Am. While most of the field of 60 teams found the fish, word was that the salmon didn’t want to stay hooked.


There has been plenty of excitement for the youngsters fishing Wayne County waters during the 22nd annual Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby. Currently, 100 have registered for the contest that runs until July 26. About 60 fish have been brought to local weigh stations.


Got a big one,” young Jason Leusch yelled from the dock at Port Bay. Both father and mother were spending the spring day working outside their cottage along this embayment of Wayne County when they heard their son shout. The 8-year-old angler already had caught about 20 rock bass, so his par…

PENN YAN — Area high schools continue to come up with clever ways to make sure their student-athletes receive recognition for their hard-fought fall and winter seasons.

On Fridays we loaded the car for the weekend drive to Port Bay. Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester, was my other home, the one where I was supposed to pay attention at school. Port Bay was the cottage from Friday to Sunday throughout school; during the summer, it was my paradise hangout.


WATERLOO — When it comes to great angling adventures during Memorial Day weekend in the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake gets the nod for excitement. Of course, the iconic National Lake Trout Derby is the reason.

The 18-foot Alumna-Craft launched Wednesday at Charley’s Boat Livery off McCloud Road, on the north end of Oneida Lake. The time was 5:15 a.m., which means the angler left his house at 4 o’clock. He fired up the 75hp Evinrude and slowly left the little canal that connects to the best walleye…

There is a body of water in every county in New York state where you can fish. Some are streams or small ponds. The Finger Lakes can boast of many productive fishing holes. And, Lake Ontario is the big one to the north.

Spending time outdoors is one of the few things available to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s especially good news for turkey hunters.

It’s never too early to think about fishing the Finger Lakes tributaries. April 1 is a ritual among fly and spinning anglers who love to catch trout. Naples Creek is loaded with rainbows that come from Canandaigua Lake, and opening day is a special time in Naples.

The Niagara Fishing Expo was featured in this space two weeks ago. However, outdoor enthusiasts should not forget about the other exciting event close to home. Runnings Great New York Sportsman’s Expo is the longest-tenured show of its kind in the Northeast.

I met Mark Pierleoni when he was a member of his brother’s Pro-Am fishing team, competing in contests on Lake Ontario. Charter captain Vince Pierleoni runs Thrillseeker out of Niagara County, and the two brothers also enjoy their time in the woods during deer season.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Although HWS’ boats are stored away in the Bozzuto Boathouse for the winter, sailors from the Colleges’ still found a way to compete as the season transitions into colder weather.

My annual visit to Clingerman Taxidermy in North Rose is something I look forward to a whole lot. Randy Stewart, owner of the business, is my go-to guy for deer facts before the regular gun season starts. He’s my barometer for gauging what’s happening in the woods. Plus, he is a very fond fr…

The annual Finger Lakes Regional Youth Deer Hunt started in 2015 as part of the DeRoo Memorial Youth Event hosted at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah. As a result of the deer hunt being such a highly sought-after event, last year it was expanded into a stand-alone hunt that is hosted…

For the past decade, on the last weekend in September, three combat veterans wounded in action have been invited to Wayne County for a special hunt at the Bear Hill Farm and Hunt Club in Palmyra.

SENECA FALLS — Snowfall in the Finger Lakes isn’t expected for another few months from now. However, that won’t stop snowmobilers from grass drag racing on October 4-5 at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in the Harpoon 500 Top Gun Shoot Out.

Codey Allen reigned supreme in this year’s Lake Ontario Counties Fall Salmon and Trout Derby. The resident of West Seneca, Erie County, caught a 33-pound, 8-ounce king salmon while fishing out of Olcott on the opening day of LOC’s premier event.

The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, awarded trophies and prizes to more than 30 youth anglers at the Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby awards ceremony Aug. 4 at the Sodus Point Fire Hall.

GENEVA — If the Musselman Triathlon or Seneca7 have proven anything, it’s that the Finger Lakes is a hotbed for local, national and even international athletic events. Picturesque scenery that includes winding roads, hills and lakes as far as the eye can see has attracted athletes from all o…

Zack Blain reeled in a 29-pound 10-ounce king salmon during the final weekend of the 10th annual Lake Ontario Counties Summer Trout and Salmon Derby. His catch earned an $11,000 check — although it didn’t come without a price.