It’s Christmas time and some years I try to help people with Christmas shopping lists for the skiers and riders in their lives. Usually I first call area shops for ideas, but this year I started with Google, which led me to On The Snow magazine’s top 25 gifts.

When I go into the office and begin to deal with the various things people request of me, I am always somewhat nervous. If I could just check the official email and phone messages, that would be one thing. However, nowadays I find this just scratches the surface. I am apt to find messages on…

I have received a few questions, some from my game warden friend who moved south, about skunks that seem to have an orange color to their light stripes instead of the bright white we are used to. I have seen it as well and this young skunk digging grubs along the canal in Fort Miller shows it.

Times are troubling and I believe they have finally begun to manifest a terrible toll on my mind. I have always felt capable of separating dross from drachmas but I think the sheer amount of hideous intellectual pap, from the utter failure of comedy writers to create a sentence without the w…

  • By Don Lehman
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It's been a sad few days for those of us who live in Queensbury and want to preserve what little open space is left.

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has opened a number of roads in the Moose River Plains area of Hamilton County for the season. They were reopened as of Saturday, in time for Memorial Day weekend.

When the leaves drop, these bald-face hornet nests seem to appear as if by magic. This one overlooks the Battenkill in Greenwich. As we watched, there was a mouse going in and out, probably eating remaining larvae and taking home shreds of paper for its own nest.

This juvenile grackle is apparently from a very late brood but he had better get himself in gear or he is going to get caught in the snow.

I was so looking forward to an extra hour of sleep when the time changed back to normal. I turned all the clocks back early, eschewed commenting on hate memes on Facebook and/or switching back and forth between my favorite weather lady and nature programs on TV, and went to bed. I was dreami…

We have reached a new cusp in the Henke household. Prior to this, my dogs have always been specialists. Typically, this would be a coonhound and a birddog, sometimes with some ankle-biting rat mutt thrown in by accident. This is important because either all my dogs are psychics or my mind is…

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…

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 …