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Pitarresi column: Laziness leads to bear problem at deer camp

Our coolers were out behind the kitchen, just where we’ve kept them for decades down to deer camp.Any time of year — spring, summer, fall, → Read More

Outdoors notebook: Coronavirus knocks out Mohawk Valley events

The virus crisis has caused innumerable postponements and cancellations.Among those of interest to the outdoor public are the New York State Outdoorsmen → Read More

Outdoors column: Trout fishing might be a good way to social distance

Someone recently suggested to me that one way to avoid crowds during the coronavirus crisis might be to go trout fishing.You know, hit a stream on opening → Read More

Outdoor notebook: Forest owners seminar set for Sept. 28

The New York Forest Owners Association will sponsor a seminar, “Managing Your Woodlot for Wildlife,” on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the John Boyd Thatcher State Park in Voorheesville.Subjects will include creating openings, clear cuts, deer impact, returning to hardwood forests, and young forest initiative.The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is a $25 fee, which includes coffee and a… → Read More

Pitarresi outdoor columm: Lot of interesting stuff in the hunting and trapping guide

I can remember as a very little boy, maybe 6 or younger, sitting in the backyard eating snails with my father’s mother.She spoke little or no → Read More

New Hartford too much for Cazenovia in season opener

NEW HARTFORD — New Hartford had a few too many weapons for Cazenovia.Vinny Fanelli muscled for 128 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, Tyler → Read More

Pitarresi outdoors column: Grasshoppers make for some good fishing out West

Trout like grasshoppers.I guess many fish do. One grasshopper, even a small one, is a nice meal, a thick ham sandwich for a stream fish. And there → Read More

Outdoors notebook: ECO tickets illegal hunter

Environmental Conservation Officers recently ticketed a St. Lawrence County man for illegal deer hunting.ECO Joe Munn was responding to a call of shots → Read More

Pitarresi outdoors column: DEC program honors top anglers

I have never caught a really big fish.I mean, I’ve caught big fish, but never anything unusual for a particular species.For example, maybe 15 years → Read More

Outdoors notebook: Young anglers score big in Graffenburg derby

Robert Lewis, 8, of New York Mills, was the top angler in the recent CNY Youth Fishing Educators and Sitrin Health Care Center Youth Fishing Derby at Graffenburg Reservoir.Lewis won the grand prize with a 20¼-inch smallmouth bass that weighed 2.85 pounds. He also was the first place winner in the smallmouth bass category with a 19¾-inch fish that weighed 2.63 pounds.The number of anglers was… → Read More

Pitarresi outdoors column: Fly Rod Crosby was quite the outdoorsperson

I don’t know when I first heard of Fly Rod Crosby.It was long enough ago that I had forgotten about her until she somehow showed up on my laptop a → Read More

Pitarresi outdoors column: One more cast anglers might want to learn

If you are an angler, you know there are all kinds of casts that can be used to try to hook up with a prize catch.When we were very little, just starting → Read More

How the race was won

UTICA — Gabriel Geay was surprised.Not so much so that it cost him the 2019 Boilermaker Road Race, however.The 22-year-old Tanzanian held off an unexpected challenge from Mohamed Red El Aaraby, outkicking the Moroccan veteran over the last mile, and winning the 42nd annual 15-kilometer classic in 43 minutes, 36 seconds Sunday.Geay cut four seconds off his winning time of last year in becoming… → Read More

Outdoors column: Invasive species a nuisance to Utica area

Jeff Zahniser is a birdwatcher who lives in Mohawk.He wrote to me a quite a while ago after I had written an item about invasive species.I had been meaning to use his message for some time, and never quite got around to it. Now it is Invasive Species Week in New York state – a good thing about bad things —so I will.Jeff wrote that red-bellied woodpeckers had been visiting his feeders in winter… → Read More

Outdoors column: Invasive species a nuisance to area

Jeff Zahniser is a birdwatcher who lives in Mohawk.He wrote to me a quite a while ago after I had written an item about invasive species.I had been meaning to use his message for some time, and never quite got around to it. Now it is Invasive Species Week in New York state – a good thing about bad things —so I will.Jeff wrote that red-bellied woodpeckers had been visiting his feeders in winter… → Read More

Outdoors notebook: Usyk’s most recent effort worth a read

Mark Usyk has a new book out.The dedicated fly fisherman from Oriskany made his literary debut a couple of years ago with “Reflections of a Fly Fod. → Read More

Outdoors column: Peregrine falcons still hard at work in downtown Utica

The Utica Falcons are flying, and more are on the way.Astrid and Ares, the local peregrine falcon pair, fly because, well, that’s what falcons do. → Read More

Outdoors: White-tails NY’s big game kings forever

The white-tailed deer is New York’s most important big game animal.It has been since long before Europeans arrived. Thousands of years before.Deer were of basic importance to Native Americans from the earliest times as a major source of food, shelter, and clothing. They remained so for the early settlers, and continue to be so for modern hunters.Everything else aside, no other animal — not in… → Read More

Outdoors: Battling nasty invasive species is no easy task

Have you ever caught a snakehead fish?You’d better hope not.Distinctive fish native to Asia, snakeheads are an invasive species, and a particularly nasty one. Very aggressive and loaded with teeth, capable of traveling out of water, they “have the potential to reduce or even eliminate native fish populations and alter aquatic communities,” according to the New York State Department of… → Read More

Hunter education program places safety first

Lisa Clemons has been helping out with hunter education classes for the last year.This fall, she will be the lead instructor for the first time.Clemons, a → Read More