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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="">The Wild Center</a>, CC <a href="">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="">U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service</a>, CC <a href="">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
White-tailed deer
White-tailed deer

"Oddball" deer illness sparks probe

State officials are investigating the death of a deer in the town of Thurman in Warren County that appears to have been infected with an uncommon bacteria. The animal was spotted in December by hunters, still alive but suffering from obvious distress. Last week, researchers who conducted a necropsy identified what appeared to be a bacteria infection.  Go to full article

Hunter's death ruled suicide

The death of a hunter whose body was found this week on Mount Jo has been ruled a suicide. The Essex County coronor's office ruled that the gunshot wound that killed 63-year old Russ Beede of Lake Placid was self-inflicted.

Beede was last seen Saturday morning, when he went hunting alone on lands off Loj Road in the Adirondacks, in the town of North Elba.

An investigation started Sunday, because his vehicle had been parked in the same place for two days. A team of searchers found his body in rugged terrain Wednesday, within a half mile of his vehicle.  Go to full article
I frankly was surprised and disappointed at how easy it was.

Attorney General finds "blatant" violations at gun shows

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, says a statewide undercover operation found blatant and dangerous violations of the state law requiring background checks for gun-buyers. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
At this point, there's no indication that there was any foul play.

Hunter found dead in the Adirondacks

The body of a hunter who had been missing in the Adirondacks since Saturday was found on Wednesday. Russ Beede of Lake Placid was 63 years old.

David Winchell is spokesman for the state department of environmental conservation in Ray Brook.

Winchell says Mr. Beede went hunting alone, on the property of the Adirondack Mountain Club. His body was found in that general vicinity. More than forty people and two K-9 units have been searching the woods for him since Monday.

Winchell says now that Mr. Beede has been found, New York state police will take over the investigation. He says it does not look like there was any foul play involved.

Winchell says it's not uncommon for people to go missing in the mountains during hunting season. He says most come out unharmed. But he does caution hunters and hikers to make people aware of their plans, and to make sure they are healthy before entering the wilderness.

Winchell says state police will complete an investigation and an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of Mr. Beede's death.  Go to full article

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