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Poachers kill PA game warden

A sad day for all law abiding citizens and LEO’s. It amazes me how many people are willing to justify criminal behavior like poaching on the basis of romantic notions of someone breaking the law to feed their family. Take…

Bear Spray vs Bullets

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study concluded that bear spray is more effective than firearms in stopping bear attacks. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has authorized its field employees to carry bear spray based on the USFWS report and a study…

Guy Waterman vs. SAR teams

Guy Waterman wrote in “Backwoods Ethics” that the very presence of communication devices such as cell phones, even if they’re tucked away and unused, reduces the wilderness experience. A recent article in the New York Times – Hikers: Can You…

A $40 Hammock Stand

Dick’s Sporting Goods stores have the Quest hammock stand on sale for $49.99.  Using a $10 off $50 coupon brings the net total to $40.  It is 15 feet long (from top of pole to top of pole) and 48…

A Tale of Two Hikers

Two recent stories of hikers who did not return from a day hike as planned highlight the difference between hikers who are prepared to spend a night in the woods even if they had set out on a day hike,…

NYS DEC Proposes Revised Bear Feeding Rules

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has published proposed regulations to amend the DEC’s black bear feeding regulations to establish a comprehensive, state-wide prohibition on the intentional and incidental feeding of black bears in New York. The proposed…

Black Bears in WNY on the increase

The New York State Department of Environmental conservation has issued an alert about the increased risk of encounters with black bears in Western New York (DEC Region 9) this spring and summer. Watch this the DEC TV video on black…