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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.

Few from the Glens Falls area know where Dippikill Mountain, or the camp that bears the Dippikill name, are located. But it's just a half hour or so from our part of Warren County, and the camp has a network of nice trails that offer a mountain climb and loop around a pond for hikers and tho…

I went hiking twice while on vacation last week, once in Moreau Lake State Park and the other outing in Branbury State Park in central Vermont. Both times, we saw multiple piles of bear scat. In Vermont, it was clearly a mid-sized black bear, while the droppings here locally were from a smal…

There is little doubt in my mind that when the tests are done, the coyote that attacked a woman and accosted others near the Five Combines in Washington County will be rabid, or have some other sort of health issue that caused it to lost its instincts and fear of humans.

State forest rangers spent part of Sunday night and early Monday looking for a lost mountain biker in eastern Hamilton County, near the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. The man spent an unplanned night in the woods, and made his way out early Monday unharmed. Sounds like he was prepared, and w…

We have been lucky that Chronic Wasting Disease has not spread through the New York state wild deer herd, but it has been increasingly devastating in other parts of the country. And as we have seen with invasive species and health issues like Lyme Disease, these pathogens are spread around t…

There have been posts around social media in recent days about a small duck that was by itself on Crandall Park's pond. Some questioned whether it was alright, or had been abandoned by its family when it was too young to survive.

I have not visited the High Peaks this summer, and I don't think I will anytime soon based upon what I hear and read about the crowds and people-related problems. Hiker friends and a steward I know have talked of massive crowds on all of the easier, more popular mountains as hiking's popular…