Outdoors

Saranac Lake native catches huge halibut in Alaska

SARANAC LAKE - A native of this community is one of two fishermen who caught an enormous halibut Sunday off the coast of Alaska.Doug Corl, who grew up in Saranac Lake, and fellow fisherman Brian Mattson hauled in the catch of a lifetime Sunday with a 396-pound halibut in southeast Alaska, ...

DEC announces waterfowl hunting season

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced the 2016-17 waterfowl hunting seasons this week.For the first time, waterfowl hunting dates are also included in the state's hunting and trapping guide.Youth waterfowl hunting dates are Sept. 17 and 18 for the northern zone, and Sept. ...

Campers no longer need permits at Essex Chain Lakes sites

NEWCOMB - The state Department of Environmental Conservation says campers using sites in the Essex Chain Lakes will no longer need to make reservations.Starting on Monday, the 11 campsites will be open on a first-come, first-served basis. People wishing to use the sites will still need to fill ...

Becoming a High Peak hiker

Sweat soaked nearly every inch of my cotton shirt as I hauled across several steep ledges lining the ascent of Big Slide Mountain. My old running shoes, now caked with mud, had just enough grip to scale the steep rocks leading to the summit.I was spent, annoyed beyond belief by bugs and now ...

Village board irked by Pisgah trail names

SARANAC LAKE - In the future, village officials say they should be the ones to name new mountain biking trails at the village-owned Mount Pisgah Ski Center.Some village trustees apparently took issue with the names selected for the trail network by members of the Barkeater Trails Alliance, the ...

APA to hear about Van Ho trail change

RAY BROOK - Proposed changes to the cross-country ski trail system at Mount Van Hoevenberg will be on the agenda as the state Adirondack Park Agency meets Friday at its headquarters.(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the meeting is Thursday.)This month's meeting ...

Camp Colby mansion has gone from grandeur to an unused backdrop

SARANAC LAKE - The state Department of Environmental Conservation has a history of acquiring old great camps. Some of those go on to be sold back into private hands. Others, such as Debar Lodge in Duane, largely fall into disrepair. Some are later restored, like Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, ...

Conservationist magazine adds digital edition

ALBANY - The state Department of Environmental Conservation's magazine, The Conservationist, will go digital, the DEC announced last week. The magazine will continue to be printed as well.The digital version of the magazine will offer the additional content such as video and audio.The ...

Overcoming summer doldrums on a backwoods brook

As the dog days of summer descend upon the mountain scene, it's time for ethical anglers to consider the impact of their adventures. While the practice of catch-and-release angling has received widespread acceptance among the angling public in recent years, there are a number of important ...

How to get involved with backyard science

Citizen science is a growing field of study, and while the scientists may be the ones studying the hard numbers, normal citizens have become an increasingly important part of many studies.To make a long story short, field observation for science research is very expensive, and it's nearly ...

Run goes from Whiteface to Utica brewery

WILMINGTON - Teams of runners will descend from the summit of Whiteface Mountain next month, and the next day they will be enjoying cold beers from the F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica.The Peak to Brew relay race will cover 238 miles between the two places. This is the first year the race is ...

Access opened to restricted wildlife management areas

WATERTOWN - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is opening several restricted wildlife management areas (WMAs) to the public for a two-week period this month.Perch River WMA in Jefferson County and Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County will be open to ...

Rangers make 9 rescues in past week

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers conducted the following search-and-rescue missions this past week int he Adirondacks:---Town of BoltonA 9-year-old boy from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, became separated from his party while hiking Thomas Mountain on Tuesday, July ...

Pool owners can help N.Y. track invasive beetles

ALBANY (AP) - If you have a pool, you can help New York state officials keep track of an invasive beetle.The state Department of Environmental Conservation is running its annual Asian long-horned beetle swimming pool survey this month. This is the time of year when the insects become active ...

Tupper Triad hikes are popular

TUPPER LAKE - The Tupper Lake Triad hiking challenge is going strong, increasing foot traffic on three family-friendly peaks surrounding this town.The Triad's trophy is a round patch symbolizing three hikes: Coney Mountain, Mount Arab and Goodman Mountain. Since the challenge began in December ...

Dog days of summer bring cicadas

"From the northwest corner of a brand new crescent moon, crickets and cicadas sing a rare and different tune," goes the Grateful Dead song Terrapin Station.And while the Dead may be the most popular band to include cicadas in their lyrics, the legendary insect has spawned at least a dozen other ...

A new take on the good old outdoors

Last week, I devoted this column space to the traditional Scandinavian concept of friluftsliv, which promotes outdoor recreation to provide positive benefits for both the land and healthy people who enjoy recreating there. Friluftsliv stresses the importance of combining a variety of natural ...

DEC conducts turkey survey

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to keep an eye out for turkeys and report what they see.The DEC has been using citizen science to help monitor turkey populations since 1996 to determine the success of each year's hatches.In August, the public is asked to ...