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Schroon Lake ice fishing

Ice fishermen on Schroon Lake on Thursday morning.

I wrote last week about a bill in the state Assembly introduced by some downstate legislators that would ban "sporting contests," an effort to target hunting competitions like "big buck" contests and other shooting events, and questioned whether fishing derbies would be collateral damage.

The bill refers to the "taking and hunting of wildlife for prizes," and the state Department of Environmental Conservation clarified for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise this week that the state's legal definition of "wildlife" does not include fish.

The legislation's sponsor, Assemblywoman Deborah Glickman, also told the paper that fishing contests were not the target of the proposed law change.

So we can rest easy that our local ice fishing tourneys aren't on the radar of the anti-hunting and fishing crowd. Yet.

-- Don Lehman

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