December 2, 2012

Big-game season wraps up in Northern Zone


Bear hunting is a different story. Speculation is that the early bear season was a good one this year in the North Country.

That also carried over into the early part of the big-game rifle season. Bear encounters were numerous among both hunters and the public this year from the summer months right on through early November. Although things tapered off with the recent cold weather, I think the bear take this year will be solid. We’ll see what the numbers really are when they are released this winter.

Deer or no deer, I hope you had a good season and were able to spend some time in the woods.


Lake Champlain International (LCI) continues to rack up the honors and awards. Most recently the nonprofit was named a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” by two organizations: GuideStar and GreatNonprofits. Earlier in 2012, LCI received a national marketing award for its slogan, “Clean Water. Healthy Fish. Happy People.” and also received the EPA Environmental Merit Award.

Along with holding a number of popular fishing tournaments on Lake Champlain, LCI is heavily involved with conservation and environmental interests in the lake, as well as education and youth programs. Congratulations to LCI for these honors. Their website is

Steve Piatt, editor of New York Outdoor News, has been awarded the 2012 Professional Communications Award by the New York State Council of Trout Unlimited (TU). The award honors journalists for major contributions to New York’s sportsmen and sportswomen. Steve and his wife, Paula, live in Elizabethtown where Steve does his editing duties out of a home office. He’s been with New York Outdoor News since its inception in 2004.

I know Steve and Paula personally and can tell you they are great people. Late this past summer he and I were invited by The Nature Conservancy to paddle and trout fish on Boreas Ponds a few weeks prior to Gov. Cuomo’s visit to the same location.

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