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Past articles by David:

Deer hunting: More bigger bucks in New York thanks to DEC’s voluntary approach (video)

The “Let young bucks go, watch them grow” deer hunter campaign started in 2016 appears to be working. → Read More

Finger Lakes Land Trust began as Cornell master’s degree project, now covers 26,000 acres (video)

The land trust’s mission is to “conserve forever the lands and waters of the Finger Lakes region, ensuing scenic vistas, local foods, clean water and wild places for everyone.” → Read More

‘A fun way to kill a day:’ CNY couple gets out 2-3 times a week to spot, photograph birds (video)

Paul Pflanz said he's always on the lookout for the usual, the eye-catching scenes. → Read More

‘They’re feeding up for winter:’ Tips on fall bass fishing in the Finger Lakes (video)

Bill Perkins, who recently won the Bassmaster Northern Open on Oneida Lake, has been fishing the Finger Lakes all his life. → Read More

Trail Cameras 101: Tips on getting cool, eye-opening photos of wildlife (video)

Prof. John VanNiel, of Finger Lakes Community College, makes extensive use of trail cameras in his college courses → Read More

A sorely missed Lake Ontario fishing tradition: Capt. Tony Buffa’s ‘evening reflection’ (video)

He recited it religiously over his boat's radio at the end of an afternoon charter for more than 20 years. → Read More

Fall turkey hunting 101: It’s all about breaking up the flock and calling birds back (video)

Hunters can only take one bird for the season -- either sex. → Read More

Fall foliage in Upstate NY: Why leaves change different colors (video)

Don Leopold, a SUNY ESF professor and author of "Trees on New York," provides the answers. → Read More

Alarming muskie decline in the St. Lawrence River: Invasive fish species could be contributing

Researchers believe the culprit could be round gobies eating muskie eggs on their spawning grounds. → Read More

DEC announces new deer, bear, hunting rules including longer hunting hours, new dress code

Anyone hunting big game with a firearm must wear a solid or patterned fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink hat, vest, or jacket. → Read More

Invasive, toothy northern snakehead caught by angler in marshy, Mid-Hudson waterway

Anglers often call them “Frankenfish” for their ability to temporarily move around on land, and even breathe air. → Read More

One man’s solitary life of trapping, smoking and selling eels on the Delaware River

Ray Turner, 73, continues to run the Delaware Delicacies Smoke Shop in Hancock and is contemplating retirement. → Read More

Albany angler lands state freshwater fishing record for a white crappie

The 4.42-pound fish was 19 inches long. → Read More

DEC: Significant numbers of trout likely lost from Rome Fish Hatchery during recent flooding

Ponds that contained approximately 270,000 brown trout were inundated with flood water. → Read More

DEC Forest Rangers assist in evacuations in aftermath of Tropic Storm Fred: rescue lost, hurting hikers

Lewis County Emergency Management requested help in evacuating residents stranded along the Black River. → Read More

Western NY man sets new state fishing record for a bowfin he caught using cut bait

He caught it while fishing for northern pike in Yanty Creek in Monroe County. → Read More

Man ticketed for running down geese with van, mysterious explosion: DEC Conservation Officers

Security camera footage showed the van illuminating the flock of geese with headlights and accelerate into them. → Read More

DEC Forest Rangers get assist from State Police helicopter on three hiker rescues

A helicopter was also used to remove a hiker who had died. → Read More

DEC presence at NYS Fair will be limited to the Aquarium Building

Fairgoers will once again be able to see a sampling of native freshwater fish, frogs and turtles. → Read More

Heat advisory issued for CNY: Possibly severe thunderstorms with high winds, lightning

The threat of thunderstorms will be highest during the afternoons, early evenings -- lingering into Friday. → Read More