DEC Zaps and Samples Wild Trout in Naples Creek

NYLON – The water in Naples Creek was clear and fast running Thursday morning. Many arrived early to get the best spots to view the shocking of the trout. Standing on the bridge or nearby for 30 to 45 minutes was cold; feet and hands were especially well chilled. The crowd was 200 to 300 individuals, including many school age children brought by bus. At 9 a.m., DEC technicians waded into the creek about 300 to 400 yards downstream from the … [Read more...]

DEC Calls Caledonia Hunter Shooting ‘Accidental’

NYLON – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that hunting-related shooting fatalities within the past week in Caledonia and Sandy Creek, NY were accidental and preventable. A press release from DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said that DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) are currently investigating two hunting-related shooting fatalities that occurred within the past week, calling both 'accidental … [Read more...]

Drought Makes for Dry Duck Hunting on Conesus Lake

CONESUS — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says that this year's extreme drought might make for a hard duck hunting season on Conesus Lake. According to a press release from the DEC, the drought that began in late spring has caused western New York's wetlands to lose substantial water, and in some cases to dry up completely. "In Livingston County, Conesus Inlet Wildlife Management Area water levels are lower than normal, … [Read more...]

DEC Violates Conesus Inn Project for Unauthorized Runoff

CONESUS – The Conesus Inn reconstruction project which was stopped in August for failing to build to approved plans is now cited for a runoff violation in constructing its parking lot. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation issued a warning on June 10, 2016 that they were aware of a violation and told Carl Myers Enterprises Inc. to take specific corrective actions. On Sept. 15, the DEC cited Carl Myers Inc. with a Notice of Violation … [Read more...]

Youth Hunters Can Take Game Birds Early this October

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that several small game hunting seasons will be opening Oct 1. According to a press release from the DEC, in addition to this particular season opening, there are also special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl opening prior to the start of the regular season. “Hunting is a proud tradition in New York … [Read more...]

Early Bow Season Opens Oct. 1 in Livingston County

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that early bowhunting seasons for deer in New York State will be starting soon. According to a press release from the DEC, early bow season for deer and bear begins in the Southern Zone on Oct. 1 and continues through Nov 18. "Hunting opportunities in New York have never been better and the start of hunting season is an … [Read more...]

Avon to Log 30 Acres of Doomed Trees in Driving Park

AVON – The Village of Avon plans to sell 30 acres of trees at the Avon Driving Park in anticipation of their untimely deaths due to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB is a nasty and notorious beetle whose larvae have destroyed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the U.S. since 2002. The bugs have been discovered in Avon, and New York State advisers to the Village say that 80 percent of the ash trees in the park are doomed. "As it has been … [Read more...]

NYS Opens Northern Livingston County to More Bear and Buck Hunting

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that it will be legal for hunters to shoot bears during the Columbus Day Youth Hunt and shoot antlered deer during the entire bow and muzzleloading season. Besides the expanded opportunity to take bears, New York State has rescinded the law prohibiting the shooting of antlered deer during parts of the bow and muzzleloader seasons. This hunting … [Read more...]

DEC Wants Invasive Longhorned Beetles from Your Pool

Watch the DEC's video on Asian Longhorned Beetles below! LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wants local homeowners to use their pools to track spreading bug populations. Every pool owner has a horror story about the beasts that become trapped in filters and skimmers, and the DEC wants to know if a specific invasive creepy-crawly, the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), winds up in your pool. "Pool … [Read more...]

NYS Enters Drought Watch

NYLON – All of New York State is now under a drought watch by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). According to a press release from the DEC, they consulted with the NYS Drought Management Task Force and Federal partner agencies and decided to issue the watch. “While most public water supplies are still generally normal throughout the state, below normal precipitation over the last 9 months, low stream flows, and reduced … [Read more...]