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New York Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 24, 2017

(Editor’s note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the state of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.) Late-night shots (Jefferson County)…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

Western New York (The regional fishing hotline can be heard at (716) 855-FISH.) Niagara Fishing Report: A great way gauge the fishing is to follow the results of area fishing contests. For example, the Niagara River Anglers Association held its annual Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest on the lower river and in Lake Ontario tributaries earlier this month during some…

New York Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 24, 2017

Season Dates Feb. 25: Weasel, opossum, skunk, raccoon and fox hunting seasons close (Long Island) Feb. 25: Weasel, opossum, skunk, raccoon, coyote and fox trapping seasons close (Long Island) Feb. 25: Mink and muskrat trapping seasons close (Long Island) Feb. 27: Canada goose season closes (Western Long Island) Feb. 28: Cottontail rabbit season closes (portions of state) Feb. 28: Varying…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 24, 2017

Region I – Capt. Laura Petreikis CPO Posateri responded to a call for an injured bowhunter at Johnson Sauk Trail. The disabled hunter had called the staff asking for help but due to poor cell reception the call was lost before the staff could ascertain what kind of help was needed. The hunter was located with no injuries, but he…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: The browns and cohos are starting to get active on the lakefront from the boats. Fish the warm-water discharges with jigs and twisters tipped with a piece of squid or crankbaits like a J-9 in chart/white or orange/gold. Trolling small…

Stocking of fish to drop amid DNR struggles

If all goes well, biologists and technicians will release between 11 million and 12 million fish into the state’s lakes and rivers this year – a significant decline from the 20.9 million stocked in 2016 and light years from the 79.5 million fish stocked 15 years ago in 2002.