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First and foremost, I want to wish all of my readers happy holidays. Whether you live out here or simply enjoy reading about it, these occasions are often a time when families and friends bridge the … more
There isn’t an abundance of peregrine falcons here. They are not as common in the region as the bald eagle is at the present time. Both species were thriving during the 1800s and into the … more
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit England with a good friend for the Christmas holiday. So a on a cold December night, we boarded a TWA 747 for our flight from Kennedy airport to … more
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Dog is God spelled backwards.” It’s a reminder of the many graces bestowed on us by our beloved canine companions. Not the least of these is … more
I talk a lot about the way things are out here in the country. Some of the hobbies I enjoy, the lifestyle I pursue, and the work that fulfills my soul. As a somewhat belated update on the latter of … more
If you regularly visit area lakes, you may have noticed a very small duck that wasn’t here during summer or early fall. Black and white and rather small, they would have appeared around … more
Sometime in early 1978, I received a call from my friend and fisheries associate, Ed Van Put, letting me know that Joan and Lee Wulff had purchased the old Doubleday property on the upper Beaver … more
Finding a dead snake along the side of the road is unfortunately a fairly common occurrence as these regional reptiles attempt to navigate across our roadways. And while some of us might feel that … more
Like thousands of other local hunters, I found myself watching the sunrise from a deerstand on opening day of rifle season. Like many of them, I spent the time surveying my surroundings, taking in … more
Birding during this time of year is always interesting. Things are still in transition with the last of the fall migration. Some visitors from the north have arrived; you may see buffleheads on lakes … more
The other day, while contemplating a topic for this week’s column, I happened to pick up my old copy of “Matching the Hatch,” by Ernie Schwiebert. When I opened the little volume, … more
For as creative and clever as we humans fancy ourselves to be, the natural world often easily outdoes our efforts—without even trying. As I roam throughout the Upper Delaware River region, … more
One of the little joys of living out here is the sharing of tales between friends. One outdoorsman to another, you will find there are uncountable tales, some fictitious, others just a small stretch … more
The past few decades have seen a resurgence of bald eagles in the region, thanks to the banning of DDT, as well as efforts by state wildlife agencies to re-introduce the species during the 1970s to … more
In 1971, the DEC’s regional fisheries unit in New Paltz held a series of meetings to discuss the possibility of beginning a landlocked salmon management program for the Neversink … more
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It awakens awareness of all there is to be grateful for in my life. Right now, I’m feeling especially blessed by the enthusiastic response to my exhibit, … more
You wouldn’t think there would be too much to do, gardening-wise, after these recent frosty mornings we’ve been having, but as it turns out, there are more than a few things left to take … more
Fall arrived officially on September 22; I don’t recall anything exciting happening that day, except that the sun passed directly over the equator, thus marking the arrival of the autumnal … more
In October of 2017, I wrote a column for the River Reporter titled “A chance at fall spawners.” It was my lament about why the state did not extend the fishing season for trout, which … more
These are Boyar’s remarks as he introduced Peter Kolesar at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s ceremony on October 30. The center named its newest Hall of Fame members and … more
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