Outdoor Journal: DEC to conduct statewide photo, essay contest


DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced a new statewide photo and essay contest for hunters and trappers to choose stories about why they hunt or trap in New York state. Photos and essays submitted will be used to support the DEC’s ongoing efforts to introduce more New Yorkers to hunting and trapping.

For the hunter, maybe it’s your story about a family tradition, a connection to nature or feed for the family. For trappers, describe what motivates you to as to why you do it.

In a press release, Commissioner Seggos said, “Hunting and trapping benefit New Yorkers and our environment by helping manage wildlife species and providing nutritious meat to our families. Please share your stories and photos and help encourage more New Yorkers to get outside and enjoy hunting and trapping themselves.”

Hunters and trappers may submit photos and essays in one of these categories: Youth under-17 (non-first year), first-year hunters (youth and adult) and adult (non-first year). This is your chance to tell your most interesting/fun hunting/trapping happening. For details, go to https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/6014045/Why-I-Hunt-Why-I-Trap-photo-essay-contest.

I am going to send in my first turkey hunt.


I just got a report from my friend and fellow member of the NYS Outdoor Writers Association Bill Hilts Jr. that the fish are biting in the Greater Niagara Region.

The Boat Doctors in Olcott reports that fishing has been good at Burt Da and 18 Mile Creek with limited pressure. Brown trout, coho salmon and steelhead were all being caught along with an occasional king salmon. Wax worms, egg sacs, beads and flies are all being used to catch fish on a consistent basis.

If you haven’t fished this fall, look up Olcott fishing guides and head out for some good fishing action. And be sure you email me at [email protected] what you catch and a good photo.


Anthony DeSorbe of Greenwich shot a 220-pound, 11-point buck that measured 160 inches. He has to wait 90 days for it to be official.

He shot the buck in the Easton Woods. Good luck, Anthony, and let me know it you made it. I haven’t had many deer hunting success stories this year.


So far this year, I have only been in the deer woods three times, and that was near home. I did see some doe, but I didn’t get any doe tags this year and I did put the crosshairs on a spike, but I let her go.

Also, this is my first year of not entering the woods with a bow and arrow. These 76-year-old arms can no longer draw, hold and release an arrow. But there is a good chance that I may be getting a Umarex Air Javelin CO2-Powered Air Archery Airgun Rifle from Santa Claus. I cannot hunt deer here in New York state with it, but there are several small games that I can. One might be a hog on the Easton View Outfitters in Valley Falls.

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