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Tensions rise between hunters and residents at Sleightsburgh Spit following shooting incident

Tensions rise between hunters and residents at Sleightsburgh Spit following shooting incident

A narrow marshy finger of land jutting out from Port Ewen between the Rondout Creek and Hudson River is an oasis of wildlife amid post-industrial ruins and densely packed single-family homes. It’s this wildlife that attracts sportsmen to “The Spit,” mainly fisherman and duck-hunters, and the heavy use of this 79-acre town park is a perennial source of conflict between those who have used the area for recreation for decades and neighbors concerned over noise and firearm-use near their homes.

DEC plans to extend deer-hunting hours, crossbow use

DEC plans to extend deer-hunting hours, crossbow use

Deer-hunter numbers are declining, and existing hunters should be given more opportunities to keep the population sustainable, which reduces damage to forest ecosystems and agriculture and minimizes vehicle collisions. That’s the overall takeaway from the DEC’s draft ten-year deer management plan.

Ryan: Ulster has had worst 48 hours since pandemic began

Ryan: Ulster has had worst 48 hours since pandemic began

In his Covid-19 update this afternoon, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan called the last two days the “single worst 48-hour period since the beginning of the pandemic by pretty much all measures” and warned that “if we don’t’ start to flatten this curve, this is going to be a very long, a very dark, and a very difficult winter.”