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Long Island man charged in upstate hunting death

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) A Long Island man has been charged in the shooting death of a fellow deer hunter in upstate New York.

Charles Bruce was shot Nov. 16 in the Otsego County town of Westford during a hunting trip with a group that included members of the Malverne fire department. The 52-year-old volunteer firefighter died at the scene.  Go to full article
Black bear. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8749778@N06/12033862626/">Eric Kilby</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Black bear. Photo: Eric Kilby, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY hunters killed 1,358 bears in 2013 season

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State officials say New York hunters killed 1,358 black bears during the 2013 hunting seasons, the second-highest number on record.

Figures released by the Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday show hunters killed a record 636 bears from the Southeastern hunting area and a near record 342 from the Central-Western area.

The agency says the high numbers reflect a growing bear population and an abundance of acorns and other nuts last fall.  Go to full article
John and Brenan Quinn head back to camp. The prize of the hunt is a buck, but many hunters say the real goal is spending time in the woods with family. Photo: Brian Mann, 2002
John and Brenan Quinn head back to camp. The prize of the hunt is a buck, but many hunters say the real goal is spending time in the woods with family. Photo: Brian Mann, 2002

Tradition of the fall whitetail hunt

This weekend, the regular whitetail deer hunting season got underway across the North Country.

Hunters have already been in the woods for weeks hunting turkey and bagging deer with bows and muzzleloader rifles.

This is a time of year that matters deeply to many families, a season when they put food on the table, and spend time together in the back country and at traditional hunting camps.

Back in 2002, Brian Mann profiled John and Brendan Quinn, whose family has hunted near Tupper Lake for generations.  Go to full article

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Ammunition's moving fast off the shelves at North Woods Outfitters in Potsdam.  Photo by David Sommerstein.
Ammunition's moving fast off the shelves at North Woods Outfitters in Potsdam. Photo by David Sommerstein.

Small outfitter says gun laws could cripple business

Gun sellers in the North Country are digesting the new state gun control laws passed this week. Most aren't happy with what they're finding out.

North Woods Outfitters in Potsdam caters to hunters. The modest shop has a country store feel, with wood paneling and homemade shelving. A steady stream of customers walks in Thursday morning. A couple older guys with NRA patches sewn on their jeans jackets head straight to the counter where the ammunition is.

Store owner Rick Jones looks a little worried. He says boxes of bullets are flying off the shelves.  Go to full article
Bud Piserchia painting the nose on one of his mounts. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Bud Piserchia painting the nose on one of his mounts. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Traditional Work: Keene taxidermist masters paint, sculpture, stitchery

This week we're exploring the lives of people who do traditional work. These are arts and types of industry that people would have been using to make a living in our region a century ago, or even longer.

Bud Piserchia is a master taxidermist working in Keene. Over the last four decades, his North Country Taxidermy shop has also emerged one of the most important marketplaces in the Northeast for animal skins and antlers.  Go to full article
Adirondack black bear. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thewildcenter/">The Wild Center</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>
Adirondack black bear. Photo: The Wild Center, CC some rights reserved

NY expects good season for bear hunters

Bear hunting season is underway in New York. And it's probably no surprise that the Department of Environmental Conservation is expecting a larger take than last year: a quick online search shows there have been bear sightings this year stretching from the Southern Tier to the North Country.

Jeremy Hurst is a wildlife biologist with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. He says there are more bears in New York now than in previous decades, especially in the southern part of the state.  Go to full article
Whitetail deer showing signs of chronic wasting disease. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmidwest/">U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>
Whitetail deer showing signs of chronic wasting disease. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CC some rights reserved

New York bans import of deer parts from Pennsylvania

State officials in New York have issued a new emergency rule banning the importation of deer and elk parts from the state of Pennsylvania. The move comes after an illness known as chronic wasting disease was identified at a deer farm in that state earlier this month.  Go to full article
Photo: Susan C. Morse
Photo: Susan C. Morse

New York adopts new plan expanding bobcat hunting

State officials in New York say they've adopted a new five-year plan for managing the state's population of bobcats. The plan calls for more hunting of the animals in new areas of New York state, including central and western New York.

The move comes as biologists say the bobcat population has grown to more than 5,000 animals. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, planners received more than 1,600 comments about the plan, many critical of state's intention to expand hunting opportunities.

State biologists say they expect the changes to result in fewer than 150 additional animals being harvested by hunters each year.  Go to full article

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