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Hunting seasons have opened for several different species of small and big game in New York State. The Adirondacks provide many opportunities to hunt and trap all kinds of different animals: Deer, bear, beavers, rabbits, coyote, upland game birds, waterfowl, and more.

Hunting and trapping are important for managing herd populations around the state. The sale of licenses, equipment, accessories and guide services also brings tens of millions of dollars to state and local economies each year, according to the NYS DEC.

When you go trout fishing in the Adirondacks, you're generally after one of four types of fish: Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, or Brown Trout. 

You might already be aware that two of these fish are not native to the area, and were introduced by outsiders for sport. What if I told you that no trout is native to the Adirondacks?

Hunting season is right around the corner, and to prepare for the sale of this year's licenses, the Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that it has made enhancements to the license-issuance process.

The third Saturday in June is like a holiday to fishermen (and women) in and around the Adirondacks. Since November 30th of last year, we've had to throw back all the Black Bass we could catch, but not for much longer!

The main hiking trail on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in Chesterfield will receive renovations come this fall. 

Registration for the popular ididaride! Adirondack Bike Tour opened today. Last year, 495 riders from 21 states and two Canadian provinces rose to the challenge and cycled through the beautiful Adirondacks. Will you be among this year's group?

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It's a fact that tends to get overlooked, but hiking is a dangerous activity. In order to ensure their safety, hikers must be physically strong with great stamina and must also be equipped with adequate food, water, compasses, maps, gear, and proper clothing based on the current and projected weather conditions. Unfortunately, hikers sometimes overestimate their abilities and their preparedness and find themselves lost in the wilderness, thereby requiring the assistance of others. 

New York State has a long history of lost and injured hikers that have been rescued from small treks to the High Peaks. This month alone, there have been nine rescue missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks ranging in severity from a lost snowshoer who was safely returned to his vehicle an hour after he was reported missing to a mother and her two sons who were lost overnight on Mount Marcy. The frequency of these rescues leads us to the following question: When hikes go wrong, who is responsible?

32 years. That's how long it's been since the NCAA ski championships were held in Lake Placid. Back then, there wasn't even a championship for women's skiing! The lengthy gap may seem hard to believe, since Lake Placid is such a storied winter sport destination, but the decades-long drought is finally coming to an end next week.
Editor's Note: The original post contained information on how to vote for the final mountain, but voting has closed. The article has been updated to include the complete 29er list.

It's undeniable that the most popular (and difficult) Adirondack hiking challenge is the Adirondack Forty-Sixer, which you must scale all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks to complete. If you've ever wanted to conquer the challenge, but have been deterred by the daunting task that the 46ers present, fear not! A new hiking challenge has come on the scene in the Adirondacks that offers less work, but just as much reward as the 46ers. That's right, folks, 29 is the new 46!

Photo Credit: Carl Heilman II, www.carlheilman.com

If you're like me, the idea of a hike sounds amazing; the beautiful outdoors, fresh air, and a new adventure is the perfect way to exercise and get the most out of a summer day. However, if you're also like me, you may not know the first thing about hiking.

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For my first date with my boyfriend he wanted to take me on a hike up Prospect Mountain. I'm more of a wine and dine kind of girl, but this sounded like an exciting alternative to a first date. I wore jeans with no belt, Tom's slip on shoes, and a flannel (looking cute is important, right?) and I was mortified about 30 minutes into our trip.

As I laughed to cover up my shortness of breath, heaved my pants up every two seconds, and found reasons to fall behind (like taking in the view) I realized I was not prepared at all for this journey. I "made up" lunch plans I had with my aunt and ditched out on our date early; as I climbed down the mountain, I prayed that he believed me.