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 Finger Lakes Regional Youth Deer Hunt often serves as a youth hunter’s first opportunity to land a trophy.
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.
GENEVA — Under normal circumstances, the Seneca Sailing Academy would be wrapping up a busy summer season.
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.
Waterloo High School cross country has experienced decades of success under the likes of Ed Courtney and Mickey Donnelly.
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.
I’ve been feeding birds since I was a small fry. It’s addictive — only this addiction is healthy for you and beneficial for birds.
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 folks at Stivers Seneca Marine waited and hoped that one of the area’s iconic fishing contests could go ahead as planned in 2020.
I realize this isn’t Chris Kenyon’s first-class “Outdoors” column that appears every other Sunday in the Times, but I will do my best to reach his high standard for exquisite outdoor writing.
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.
The sun moves further north. I watch this early in the morning from my bedroom window. I gauge the trajectory by the branches of my maple tree.
Spring is here, and that means the wild turkey is on the move. The winter flock is separating into male and female birds, and the April extension of light will produce excitement among them.
WASHINGTON D.C. — Hobart and William Smith sailing began their Spring 2020 season with a road trip to George Washington University for the GW Team Race.
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.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, anglers have at least 1 million reasons to fish for walleye in Oneida Lake.
Those who subscribe to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology or Birders Digest will discover birding festivals all over the world, most touting once-in-a-lifetime exotic finds.
Freshwater fishing in New York State is thriving. Look no further than the economic benefits to local economies as proof.
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.
Meet me at the ramp at 7 a.m.,” Corky Cansdale instructed.
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.
AVON — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation encourages hunters to visit its deer and bear check station during the upcoming opening weekend of the regular 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…
MAGDELANA, N.M. — Compared to this town in the southwestern United States, Geneva resembles more of a metropolis than a small city.
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.
Ready or not, the deer hunting season is here.
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.
ITHACA — With fall arriving this week, and winter next in line, boaters everywhere try to get as much time on the water as possible.
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.
New York state has the best park system in the Northeast. I applaud our neck of the woods not having been west of Ohio in our country — a worldly traveler I am not.
UNION SPRINGS — When you become a professional angler, there is satisfaction when you return to your home state and fish on the waters where you grew up.
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.
UNION SPRINGS — When the Bassmaster Elite Series visited Cayuga Lake in 2016, that late-June event saw lots of fish on beds.
WATERLOO — One of the most popular summer backyard past times is throwing horseshoes.
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.