Outdoors

DEC offers advice on avoiding coyote conflicts

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is offering homeowners tips on avoiding conflicts with one of the Adirondacks’ most ubiquitous predators. The DEC says eastern coyotes will become more aggressive as they stake out territories and den spots, readying themselves for spring ...

Ice shanties must be removed today

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding anglers that all ice shanties must be removed from lakes and ponds no later than today. DEC regulations require that shanties be removed from all waters by March 15 each year, as the spring thaw can result in the small ...

ECOs bust men with too many fish

MAYFIELD — State Department of Environmental Conservation officers (ECOs) busted a pair of men who had caught too many fish during a tournament on the Great Sacandaga Lake in the southern Adirondacks. During the annual Walleye Challenge ice fishing tournament, ECOs Scott Pierce and Jason ...

Weather service issues avalanche warning

Heavy recent snowfall has prompted the National Weather Service to issue an avalanche warning for the Adirondack and Green Mountains Wednesday. The warning about “increased risk for avalanches” on steep, open backcountry slopes came from the NWS office in Burlington, Vermont. In New York ...

Ice shanties must be removed Thursday

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding anglers that all ice shanties must be removed from lakes and ponds no later than Thursday. DEC regulations require that shanties be removed from all waters by March 15 each year, as the spring thaw can result in the small ...

APA seeks comments on Whiteface, Gore plans

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency is taking public comments on plans for the two state-owned ski areas in the Adirondack Park. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington and Gore Mountain Ski Center in North Creek are owned by the state, overseen by the state Department of ...

Maple syrup season gets early start in some parts

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. — The annual maple season got off to another early start with warmups in parts of New England, and producers are hopeful the recent cold and snow will extend it. Some producers in Vermont, the country’s largest producer of maple syrup, have been going strong and ...

Rangers rescue lost skier

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers searched for a backcountry skier who became lost in the High Peaks on Sunday. Essex County 911 notified DEC dispatch of a skier who had become lost while skiing on Wright Peak in the High Peaks Wilderness Area, in the town of ...

Finding variety on Lost Pond

KEENE — Some trailheads in the Adirondacks lead to one place, and some lead to a few. The O’Toole Lane trailhead in Keene is one such place that offers a variety of trips and a little something for everyone. At the end of O’Toole Lane, there is a parking area and trail register for ...

Dreaming of an early ice-out with ski poles in hand

Although there’s currently more than two feet of snow in the deep woods, and a thick layer of black ice covering the local lakes and ponds, it’s time to think ahead. While the trout season does not open until April Fools’ Day, it will continue to attract plenty of April fools. ...

Big fish and big prizes

SARANAC LAKE — A year ago, below zero temperatures and driving winds were prevalent during the annual Colby Classic ice fishing derby, which most likely lessened the number of competitors who braved the weather for the two-day event. Last weekend provided much better conditions for the ...

APA OKs travel corridor plan

RAY BROOK — After losing a court battle late last year over a proposed rail trail, the state Adirondack Park Agency approved a plan Thursday that, if finalized, would clear the legal hurdles necessary to build a trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. The APA board approved a change ...

Tree stands account for six times as many deaths as guns

Tree stands may now pose a greater danger to hunters than guns, although hunters have reduced the number of shooting incidents each year for the last five. The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its annual evaluation of hunter injuries, deaths and incidents for last ...

Tupper Lake outdoor guides offering navigation courses this spring, summer

By the Enterprise staff TUPPER LAKE — A pair of Tupper Lake guides will offer land navigation courses this spring and summer. Nav. 202, a course focusing on hands-on use of GPS, map and compass, and GPS software will be given from April 6 to 8, and again from June 8 to 10. A women-only ...

Dewey Mountain Friends to dedicate trail to Ron Keough Thursday

SARANAC LAKE — The Dewey Mountain Friends will commemorate a trail to former Harrietstown Councilor Ron Keough, a longtime proponent for Dewey Mountain. The public is invited to attend the trail dedication ceremony Thursday, March 8, at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center at ...

Gagnon cashes in at Colby Classic

SARANAC LAKE — It turned out to be quite a weekend for Saranac Lake’s Cameron Gagnon at the Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby. But then again, as usual, everyone who took part in the annual two-day tradition certainly seemed to be having a lot of fun. The two-day 34th annual Colby ...

APA seeks to change ‘travel corridor’ definition

RAY BROOK — On Thursday the state Adirondack Park Agency board will take up proposed revisions to the State Land Master Plan that could have a profound impact on the future of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. During its one-day meeting this month, the board will be asked to ...

Rangers help snowmobilers, injured man on Ampersand

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers worked on a search for missing man near Albany last week, as well as helping an injured man and some snowmobilers in the Adirondacks. --- Town of Harrietstown On Thursday, March 1, Franklin County 911 notified DEC dispatch ...