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Outdoors

New groups arise out of Boreas classification

The pending classification of the 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract has drawn a lot of attention from Adirondack green groups. So much so that there are now two more groups that have formed to lobby for what they would like the state to do with the most recent Adirondack land purchase.Access the ...

Multiple hunting seasons are opening this week

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding the public that various hunting seasons open this week.Turkey and pheasant seasons, along with early bow hunting for deer and regular season for small game all open this week in the northern zone.In the northern region of the ...

DEC warns duck hunters of low water levels

State Department of Environmental Conservation staff in Region 6 are warning duck hunters that low water levels may make some areas difficult to access this year."DEC Region 6 invites duck hunters to any one of its public lands to hunt, but asks hunters to take note that some areas are ...

Leaf-peeping season a little behind schedule

ALBANY (AP) - Leaf-peeping season is running a little behind schedule this year.Observers for Empire State Development's I Love New York program say changes are just beginning in the Adirondacks. They expect a 30 percent change this weekend in the Tupper Lake area and up to 25 percent around ...

DEC to reclaim ponds for brook trout

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is hoping that two local ponds, each currently overrun with non-native species, will be able to be reclaimed with brook trout. DEC staff said the restocking could occur as early as next fall.Lost Pond, which is located near Mountain Pond north ...

Hunting no longer just a man’s game

"In a civilized and cultured country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. The excellent people who protest against hunting and consider sportsmen as enemies of wildlife are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds, the most ...

Falling into tourism

LAKE PLACID - Someone in Albany forgot to tell Mother Nature that peak foliage season only happens on the weekends.Although Mother Nature may have other plans for the Adirondack Park - such as orchestrating the color change of deciduous tree leaves to peak during the middle of the week sometime ...

New York fall tourism campaign dates to 1940s

LAKE PLACID - Asked how long New York has been issuing its Fall Foliage Report, Eric Scheffel, the Empire State Development employee who administers the weekly report for the I Love NY campaign, guessed "36 or 37 years," which would make it around the time of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in ...

Ridership grows

TUPPER LAKE - Although the train tracks between here and Lake Placid are set to be removed, local rail bike company Rail Explorers expanded its Adirondack operation this summer by adding an 18-mile ride from Lake Clear to Tupper Lake.The six-hour journey winds through lake country, with riders ...

Agency sets tentative Boreas hearing dates

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency's State Land Committee last week set tentative dates for public hearings on classification of the 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract, which the state recently bought from the Nature Conservancy.APA spokesman Keith McKeever stressed that the dates of the ...

Ducks Unlimited hopes to open Paul Smith’s chapter

PAUL SMITHS - Ducks Unlimited probably conjures images of hunters using dogs to grab ducks that have been shot from behind a duck blind on the edge of a remote lake.But according to the Adirondack Chapter Chairman Ken Kalil, the group is one of the largest wetland conservation groups in the ...

DEC unit locates healthy population of rare fish

CHAMPLAIN - The state Department of Environmental Conservation's rare fish unit located a population of threatened fish in the Great Chazy River earlier this month.The northern sunfish has suffered extreme losses in western New York, which biologists attribute to a variety of factors, including ...

Medical distress leads to three ranger rescues

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped three separate people in the Adirondacks suffering from medical distress this past week.Also, a pair of hikers became lost, leading to an overnight search involving numerous rangers.---Town of North ElbaStaff at the Adirondak ...

Troopers put down moose hit by car

CORTLANDT (AP) - State troopers say a moose had to be put down over the weekend after it had been hit by a car in one of New York City's northern suburbs.The Journal News reports the moose was hit and seriously hurt on Saturday in the Westchester County town of Cortlandt, 35 miles north of New ...

Wildlife refuge provides closer look

WILMINGTON - The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington is kind of like a zoo, but not really."At a zoo, you might only get a paragraph or two about the animal," co-owner Steve Hall said. But at the refuge, you can stand just a few feet away from wolves, coy-wolves and raptors of all shapes ...

Anticipating a time of transition and tradition

As the high holy days of the sporting life grow near, sportsmen and women will take to the local waters to pack in just a few more brook trout forays before the trout season comes to an end on Oct. 15.However, as the trout season winds down, it's important to note there are a number of local ...

DEC will turn hikers away from Adirondak Loj

LAKE PLACID - The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced yesterday that when the parking lot at Adirondak Loj fills up over the Columbus Day weekend, forest rangers will turn hikers away from the area.Rangers will be posted on Adirondak Loj Road at South Meadow Road.The DEC ...