Every week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation sends out a report detailing the activities of the agency's forest rangers. And with the increased popularity of outdoors sports, you can almost guarantee that it will include a tale about a hiker or someone who needs to be rescu…

I've always thought the cabin on top of Thomas Mountain in Bolton would be a fun place to spend a night. The mountain is atop a heavily hiked trail system overseen by Lake George Land Conservancy and there are often more people there than I want to see when hiking, but it seems like it would…

Forest rangers in Washington County were called out to assist an injured hunter in Washington County on Monday, as Southern Zone rifle season got underway. We haven't heard how he is doing, but tree stand falls can be fatal. Knock on wood, so far it has been a safe hunting season around here…

The weather cooperated for Saturday's opening day of Southern Zone rifle season, and whitetails in much of the area are in the rut. It was a perfectly cold morning, with almost no wind. Bucks are on the move, and after a warm, slow fall, the time to put some meat in the freezer has arrived.

Forest rangers in the region (particularly Essex County) were busy again last week, helping hikers and hunters who got lost or hurt. One rescue was near Crane Pond in Schroon, which is a popular area with hikers, hunters and anglers.

The cold snap had let up a bit by Sunday afternoon, so my wife and I took our daughter and dog over to Moreau Lake State Park to wander around a bit. It's a great time of year to wander around the park, with the summer crowds gone.

We knew they were out there. After two mild winters, the region's deer herd had little winter kill. Whitetails  have been evident all year long, until a warm fall and big mast crop kept them from moving much.

I hadn't heard the term "piebald" deer until a few years ago. Over the years I had seen a few whitetails with white fur, but just thought it was some sort of color variation. Two springs ago, I saw a piebald doe over in Pawlet, Vermont, during a trout fishing outing over that way.

A hunter from Essex County spent a tough few nights in the woods after he became lost in a remote part of the Adirondacks. Thankfully he was in good enough shape to walk back to a search command post, and it sounds like he was prepared enough to make it through some chilly nights in the wood…

This is the time of year when poaching complaints pick up, illicit "hunters" bending or breaking the law to take down a buck or doe. Our local environmental conservation officers (ECOs) had a few interesting cases in Saratoga County in recent days, as early black powder season came and went …

Most of us who have spent a lot of time in the woods have come across what we suspect to be "bait" piles, most of the time designed to attract deer or sometimes bear to waiting hunters. I've come across piles of corn a few times on wood lines, but I've never seen anything as overt as donuts …

The state Department of Environmental Conservation puts out weekly activity reports for its forest rangers and environmental conservation officers (ECOs) and the ranger report always includes lots of local cases.

The first deer season of the year will kick off next Wednesday (Sept. 27), with the Northern Zone bow season. Most hunters have put their tree stands up, and will be headed into them as they scout and look to arrow a buck starting next week.