Outdoor Journal: New York DEC is celebrating 50th anniversary

Four-year-old Zane Devendorf of Hudson Falls displays the 17-inch rainbow trout he recently caught.

Four-year-old Zane Devendorf of Hudson Falls displays the 17-inch rainbow trout he recently caught.

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The New York DEC is in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary this year as it continues to protect the state’s natural resources.

“Our Forest Rangers have been on the front lines for even longer, protecting New York’s wildlife, natural resources, residents, and visitors for more than a century,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a press release. “The State’s brave Forest Rangers have a vast knowledge of first aid, land navigation, and technical rescue techniques that are critical to the success of their missions in remote wilderness areas, rugged mountainous peaks, white water rivers, frozen lakes, and forested areas statewide. We are proud of the work our Forest Rangers perform and look forward to another 50 years and beyond of highly trained service.”

Here is just one of the Wilderness Rescues in the Town of Denning in Sullivan County.

On Aug. 16 at 3:50 p.m., a 74-year-old woman from Albany walking the access trail from the Blue Hole fell and struck her head. Forest Rangers Kevin Slade and Robert Stratton heard the subject’s screams and responded to assist. They carried the woman up to the roadway, where they were met by the Grahamsville EMS. After being evaluated by EMS, the woman was transported to a local hospital by helicopter for additional treatment for her head injury. The incident concluded at 5:30 p.m.


On Tuesday, the DEC will be temporarily be closing the Westport Boat Launch to remove accumulated in front of the ramp which is anticipated to be completed by the end of October. The removal will improve access for boaters who launch and retrieve boats during low-water periods.

This boat launch is located off Champlain Avenue on Route 22.


Carl Paquette of Stillwater, fishing alone last Thursday, is this year’s South Shore’s championship with a five-bass catch totaling 12.52 pounds worth $900. He also got an additional $400 with the tournament’s lunker, a 4.16-pound largemouth bass.

Jim Bubb of Halfmoon and Mike Maynard of Schaghticoke took the second-place cash of $500 for their 12.48-pound five-bass catch. Low to cash with five bass totaling 11.24 were Clifton Park’s Robert Batchelder Sr. and Robert Batchelder Jr., who received $260.


I had several calls and emails on just how to fish and exactly what to do in the heavy weeds.

First, you need to buy Strike King 5-inch plastic worms and its Z-Man Jerk bait. My favorite bait color are sweet potatoes pie and tequila sunrise/orange flake. To see how to hook up the worm, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcdqu7-1E.


Zane Devendorf, a 4-year-old from Hudson Falls, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout in Jabe Pond on a half Lake Clear Wobbler dipped in Dr. Juice. Along with him was his grandfather George and dad Adam.

Several days later Zane and his dad went fishing. Dad caught a trout that Zane showed him how to do it.


I’m a hunter who has completed the World National Wild Turkey Federation Slams, all of which were taken with a shotgun. If you go https://www.nwtf.org and enter my name, you will see how my very good friend, the late Ron Kolodziej, where we have hunted.

I have to say both Ron and I have some very understanding wives. I am actually starting to write a book on my turkey hunting adventures. The only slam I did not, and will not do, is the U.S. Super Slams, which is shooting a turkey in every state, and there are only 11 hunters that have completed this. None are from New York.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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