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New deer disease confirmed in NYS

With the fall hunting season in full swing, state officials say they've found more whitetail deer infected with a fatal new ailment called Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. Cases have been confirmed in Albany, Rensselaer and Niagara Counties. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

More bears in New York State could mean more hunting

A black bear population boom in New York State has triggered a series of public hearings on how to manage the animals. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Pet danger triggers trapping debate

State officials in New York want tighter safety rules for sportsmen using big spring-loaded traps. The rules would require trappers to rig their gear off the ground, or to use special boxes designed to keep dogs and other pets from being caught. As Brian Mann reports, the state's biggest trapping organization supports the new guidelines. But anti-trapping activists say they don't go far enough.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Peter Grannis faces confirmation hearings today and tomorrow in Albany
Assemblyman Peter Grannis faces confirmation hearings today and tomorrow in Albany

Grannis DEC confirmation moves forward

The man Governor Spitzer named to lead New York's Department of Environmental Conservation will finally get a hearing today. Assemblyman Pete Grannis, from New York City, needs confirmation by the state Senate. The process has been caught up in the escalating political battle between Spitzer, a Democrat, and Republican Senate majority leader Joe Bruno. But after weeks of delay, confirmation hearings are scheduled to get underway this morning in the Senate Environmental Conservation committee. Grannis has been praised by environmental groups, including the Adirondack Council and the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks. But he's been criticized by many hunters and sportsmen. This week, the Essex County Fish and Game League announced that its members have voted to oppose Grannis's confirmation. Brian Mann spoke with Pete Grannis recently about his qualifications, about his vision for the DEC, and about the controversy surrounding his appointment.  Go to full article

North Country deer hunt up, bear hunt down

After three years of decline, state environment officials say the 2006 deer harvest was up slightly. Hunters killed nearly 190,000 deer across New York state. As Brian Mann reports, biologists found no new cases of chronic wasting disease.  Go to full article

In Cranberry Lake, a feud over trail rights

Snowmobile riders have complained for years that their trail network in the North Country is fragile. It depends on a patchwork of agreements with local and state governments, as well as dozens of private landowners.

In the northern Adirondacks, a snowmobile club is feuding with hunters over a trail that crosses land leased by the Cranberry Lake Fish & Game Club.

Sledders with the Cranberry Lake Mountaineers have used the route for years to reach the lake. But it was closed this season following a dispute over money.

We talked about the simmering disagreement with a member of each club, Bill White and Tom Morley - who reads from a prepared statement.  Go to full article

Crews search for hunters after snowstorm

Rescue crews continue their work in the Moose River Plains area of the western Adirondacks, freeing hunters stranded by deep snow and downed trees. As Brian Mann reports, one lost hunter was rescued yesterday by a state police helicopter.  Go to full article
Deer tick
Deer tick

Hunters urged to watch for deer ticks

With the regular deer season opening up this weekend, the Jefferson County Public Health Department is urging hunters to be careful about deer ticks carrying lyme disease. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Governor says Adirondack hunting camps should stay

In a surprise move, Governor George Pataki has announced that hundreds of private hunting camps will be allowed to remain on timber lands once owned by Champion International. The decision drew praise from local government groups, but at least one pro-environment group has blasted the new plan. As Brian Mann reports, this change comes just two months before Pataki leaves office.  Go to full article

Deer Kills Down Statewide

Fewer deer were killed this year. New York's hunters killed 14% fewer deer than the year before. It was the third straight annual decline. That's according to a new report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The deer kill was down 20% in St Lawrence County. Maureen Wren, of the DEC says that fewer hunting permits were issued last year. She told Gregory Warner, it's part of the DEC's management straty to stabilize the number of deer.  Go to full article

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