The latest from ADKHunter…

Bear Stats: Kudos to the DEC for the early release of the Black Bear Harvest stats (below) from 2016. These come earlier this year than can be recalled in recent history and we hope the deer harvest stats are soon to follow. Meanwhile, we’ve all but turned the corner on winter as spring is now less than six weeks away, regardless of what the groundhog said last week. There’s plenty of ice fishing going on but “caution” is the word depending on where you’re at. Some lakes have plenty of ice, others are spotty.  Theres’s still a few weeks of grouse and pheasant season left and the rabbit hunters out there are having a lot of fun, especially those running their dogs. Meanwhile, there’s a lot going on including outdoor shows, banquets and some DEC UMP revisions (below).  We hope winter is treating you well. 

-Dan’l 


Hunting Reports from the 2016 season Continue reading →

DEC ANNOUNCES 2016 BEAR HARVEST RESULTS

Bear hunters in New York State took 1,539 black bears during the 2016 hunting seasons, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.   

2016 Black Bear Harvest & Recent Trend Comparison

 

2016 Total

2015 Total

Recent
5-year Average
(2011-2015)

Historical Average
(1991-2000)

Northern Zone

514

583

472

515

Southern Zone

1,025

1,132

987

207

Statewide

1,539

1,715

1,459

722

 

A complete summary of the 2016 bear harvest with results and maps by county, town, and WMU is available at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42232.html. Continue reading →

DEC TO REVISE THE UNIT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR HAMMOND POND WILD FOREST

Public meeting rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 16

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is revising the Unit Management Plan (UMP) for more than 45,500 acres of Forest Preserve lands in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, DEC Region 5 Director Robert Stegemann announced today. The lands are located in the eastern Adirondacks and contained in more than 50 parcels located in the towns of Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Keene, Moriah, North Hudson, Schroon, Ticonderoga and Westport in Essex County.  UMPs assess the natural, physical, social and recreational resources of the landscape and provide a solid foundation for the development of long-term land management goals, objectives and actions. 

A public meeting is being held at the North Hudson Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:00 pm. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to meet with DEC staff and share their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions regarding management of lands in the Wild Forest. This will be the first of many opportunities for the public to be involved in the planning process. 

The North Hudson Town Hall is located at 3024 US Route 9, approximately one mile from Exit 29 of the Northway (I-87).The facility is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodation in advance to DEC at (518) 897-1248. 

Any interested individual or organization wanting to submit comments may contact Forester Corrie O’Dea by mail at NYSDEC, 232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg NY 12885; by telephone at (518) 623-1275; or by email at R5.UMP@dec.ny.gov. Continue reading →

DEC TO REVISE UMP FOR DEBAR MOUNTAIN WILD FOREST

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is revising the Unit Management Plan (UMP) for more than 88,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands in the Debar Mountain Wild Forest, the Madawaska Pond/Quebec Brook Primitive Area, and the Deer River Primitive Area, DEC Region 5 Director Robert Stegemann announced today. The lands are contained in more than 40 parcels located in the towns of Brighton, Duane, Franklin, Santa Clara, and Waverly in Franklin County.

Two public meetings will be held for residents to meet with DEC staff and share their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions regarding management of lands in the Wild Forest. These meetings will be the first of many opportunities for the public to be involved in the planning process.

The first meeting is at the Duane Firehouse on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. The firehouse is located at 172 County Route 26, Malone (Duane), NY, approximately 0.8 mile from State Route 30.

The second meeting is at the town of Franklin Town Hall on Wednesday Mar. 1, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. The town hall is located at 8170 State Route 3, Vermontville, NY, at the intersection of Cold Brook Road. Continue reading →

DEC AND STATE PARKS ENCOURAGE SNOWMOBILERS TO RIDE SAFELY

Snowmobilers urged to follow designated trails and avoid frozen bodies of water

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) are reminding snowmobilers to ride responsibly and put safety first as they enjoy the state’s abundant snowmobiling opportunities.

Before heading out, riders are reminded to check trail conditions with local snowmobile clubs. To find a club, visit the New York State Snowmobile Association website at www.nysnowmobiler.com

“With recent tragedies in mind, DEC is encouraging snowmobilers to follow common sense safety recommendations. In addition to wearing a helmet, snowmobilers are encouraged to stick to designated trails,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Given the warmer temperatures we’ve had this winter, lakes and ponds that appear to be frozen over may be deceiving. Venturing out on ice that is not thick enough can lead to tragedy and we want to ensure that snowmobilers have an enjoyable time while also taking proper precautions to stay safe.” Continue reading →

DEC ASKS FOR HUNTER INPUT ON FALL 2017 WATERFOWL SEASONS

 

Hunters are invited to submit recommendations to regional Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces to help set the dates of the fall 2017 duck hunting seasons for each of the state’s waterfowl hunting zones by Feb. 19, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.  

There are three ways for interested hunters to provide their opinions on future waterfowl seasons:

·        Via the on-line hunter input tool (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42364.html).

·        Directly contacting one of the Task Force members in the hunter’s zone. The list of members can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42364.html.

·        Sending an e-mail to the Waterfowl Season Input mailbox (seasonwaterfowl@dec.ny.gov). Suggestions sent to this mailbox will be forwarded to all of the task force members in the zone. Continue reading →

SAFE Act pistol renewal kicks in

Four years after the NYSAFE Act was created, the pistol recertification program is now being realized.

These links should help answer any qeustions

TNC Purchases Moose River Parcel

Lyonsdale, NY – The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter today announced that it purchased 753 acres of forest with two miles of wild riverfront on the Main Branch of the Moose River in the southwest corner of the Adirondack Park. This strategic acquisition bolsters climate resilience and seizes an opportunity to protect free-flowing rivers and large intact forests at the same time. 

Several years ago, the sellers reached out to the Conservancy to explore options to protect the land, which they had been using primarily for recreation. Prior to the purchase, the Conservancy evaluated the parcel from multiple perspectives to assess its conservation values, which include: Continue reading →

Links

DEC’s Summary of Hunting Seasons
Boreas Ponds: Access the Adirondacks vs Adirondack Wilderness Advocates
Outdoor Wire: Minding Hunters and Hunting (must read)

NY Times: Hunters seeing pink
Website Upgrades: QDMA, NDA
Roger Fulton: Common Sense Gun Control
Delta Waterfowl lashes out and USFWS director  over commendation of HSUS
OL: Maine, New Hampsire and Vermont to offer more deer permits
U-Washington Study: Bring on the Mounain Lions
Adirondack Almanac: Interesting Land Swap
On the Newstand: Summer issue of ADK Outdoors Mag