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New Birding Guide is offered by Wayne County Tourism

This unique guide was compiled by author and biologist, Susan Petersen Gateley, who has extensive experience locating birds in Wayne County. Laurie Dirkx, a local conservationist photographer, has contributed her favorite bird photographs and Montezuma Audubon Center’s Director Chris Lajewski also assisted with the new Wayne County Birding Guide. Read More Life in the Finger Lakes:  Read More more

LITFL Magazine: The Whitetail Deer Rut

It’s that time of year again. Whitetail deer are on the move as the annual rut, or mating season, starts to heat up. Sometime around early November, love begins to fill the air as females, or does, come into heat and buck testosterone levels rise. Does have already dispersed this year’s buck fawns in order to mate again, and eager... more

Snowmobile trail map available at Cayuga County Tourism Office

Snowmobile weather will soon be here and the 2016-2017 Snowmobile Trail Map for Central New York and the Southern Tier is available at the Cayuga County Office of Tourism to guide snowmobilers throughout the region.  The map features trails from Pulaski to Moravia to Whitney Point and everywhere in between.  Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, & Oswego County trails... more

DEC warns sportsmen of ‘licensing’ websites

DEC warns sportsmen of ‘licensing’ websites
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is warning sportsmen to be aware of “opportunistic’’ websites that offer assistance in purchasing licenses to hunt and fish. “The consumer on these sites should understand that they are only getting ‘assistance’ for their money and not an actual fishing or hunting license,’’ DEC said in a news release. “Additionally, the money... more

Life in the Finger Lakes: The menacing giant hogweed

Giant hogweed is a federally-listed noxious weed that occasionally occurs in the Finger Lakes Region. While not particularly common anywhere in the state, giant hogweed nonetheless is present and can be encountered by people who might not be aware of its danger. Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, causes phytophotodermatitis in humans, which can result in blisters, burns,... more

Bassmaster Kevin VanDam’s comeback win on Cayuga Lake airing on ESPN2

Pro bass angler Kevin VanDam’s comeback win at the Busch Beer Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Cayuga Lake in late June will be televised this weekend on ESPN2. VanDam, from Kalamazoo, Mich., took home a $100,000 winner’s check from the June 23-26 competition. It marked his 22nd career win – the most in B.A.S.S. history. Read more on this story... more

DEC crews will sample rainbow trout in Naples Creek on Thursday

That annual rite of spring known as rainbow trout “shocking’’ will take place Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24. Crews from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s fisheries division in Avon will sample the run of fish in two key Finger Lakes tributaries in advance of Opening Day for fishing on inland waters on April 1. Naples... more

Opening day: Stocked trout boost angler chances

Fishing enthusiasts who have been cooped up all winter will be out in force Saturday for opening day of trout season in New York. Many of those hopefuls will flock to the banks of legendary Catharine Creek and other Finger Lakes tributaries for a shot at hooking a giant spawning rainbow trout. For people who aren’t into standing elbow-to-elbow with... more

New York, Pennsylvania on target with deer kill estimates

Pennsylvania announced its “estimated” 2016-2017 deer kill in this space last week, and New York – playing catchup – released its “preliminary” kill this week. Pennsylvania’s figures showed more than 300,000 deer killed – up nine percent from the previous season. Almost 150,000 of them were bucks. New York, with far fewer hunters and far less hunting area, thinks about... more
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