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2015-16 Hunting Season Dates

DEC’s Regional Deer Season Forecasts

Mike Lynch/ADK Almanac report of bear attack in Southern ADKs

Warren County Conservation Council

DEC’s Yearling Buck Management Plan from 2013


Philip McCoy of Scrhoon lake withe a 143-pound, 7-pointer taken in Schroon Lake, Essex County.

Philip McCoy of Scrhoon lake withe a 143-pound, 7-pointer taken in Schroon Lake, Essex County.



There will be an increased opportunity for public input in deer management decision-making under a pilot project launched today by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This new project will incorporate modern technology and gather input directly from a broader cross-section of New Yorkers.

“The old method of collecting public input on desired deer population levels was ground-breaking at the time and has served DEC well for a quarter century,” said Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman.  “However, we know we can make the program better by obtaining input from a broader range of citizens, by taking better advantage of current electronic communication methods and by making the process easier for those participating.”

DEC is initiating this pilot effort in central New York and has selected a 1,325-square-mile group of three WMUs (7H, 8J and 8S) which encompass Seneca County and portions of Ontario, Wayne, Yates, Schuyler, Tompkins and Cayuga counties. Continue reading →

Draft Recreation Management Plan to Increase Access to 19,000 Acres of Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands

The Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands (Draft RMP) in the northern Adirondacks will increase public access for recreational use under a draft Recreational Management Plan released for public review and comment, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced.

DEC is accepting comments on the Draft RMP until Friday, September 18.  The Draft RMP is available for public review at DEC’s Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook and at the town offices of Brighton and Franklin. Copies are available in electronic format for distribution on compact disc and may be requested by calling DEC at 518-897-1291. A limited number of printed copies are available as well. The complete document is available on DEC’s web site at:

Written comments may be sent to Sean Reynolds, Senior Forester, NYSDEC, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977, or e-mailed to until Friday, September 18 Continue reading →


imagesSPRINGFIELD, Mo. (August 19, 2015) – North America’s leading retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and boating equipment is also this country’s foremost corporate supporter of conservation.
Bass Pro Shops is so much more than stores, catalogs and websites that offer the outdoor gear dream adventures are made of. It’s also a company that invests in efforts to conserve our natural resources. From wildlife and fisheries conservation to introducing young people to the outdoors to cultivate the next generation of natural resource stewards, Bass Pro Shops is supporting the conservation community at national and local levels.
One way that Bass Pro Shops works on behalf of conservation is by continuing to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day).
National Hunting and Fishing Day is set-aside for sportsmen to celebrate those conservation efforts. Each year, NHF Day is set to take place on the fourth Saturday in September. This year NHF Day falls on Sept. 26.

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Multi-use Trail Will Connect Communities in the Adirondacks

New York is launching a new initiative to create a multiple use “Hut-to-Hut” recreation trail system that will directly link lodging and other local visitor amenities with public lands within the ‘Upper Hudson Recreation Hub’ of the Adirondacks, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced today. This area encompasses the 5 towns in the heart of the Adirondack Park, including Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake and North Hudson.

Multi-use Hut-to-Hut trail systems draw visitors seeking a destination-based experience where they can visit for more than a day at a time by providing access to lodging and amenities along the way. When complete, this new recreational opportunity in this region of the Park will give another economic boost to the Adirondack community by creating incentives for the expansion of local lodging and amenities for visitors. Continue reading →

DEC Adopts New Rules for Antlerless Deer Hunting in Parts of the State

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted new regulations to address deer populations in portions of the state with too many or too few deer, DEC Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced today. Additionally, DEC adopted several modifications to its Deer Management Assistance Program designed to ease the application process for landowners while providing greater flexibility for DEC to administer the program.

“Deer are a keystone game species in New York, and responsible management requires periodic adjustment of hunting rules to ensure that deer populations are compatible with local socio-economic interests as well as maintaining a balanced ecosystem,” Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman said. “DEC considered all public input in developing these regulations, and took into consideration the numerous negative impacts associated with deer overpopulation, including impairments to forest habitat regeneration, increased deer-vehicle collisions and increased incidences of tick-borne diseases.” Continue reading →

DEC: Fall Turkey Seasons will be two weeks only

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today adopted new regulations to shorten fall turkey hunting seasons in New York State due to a declining turkey population across the state. The new fall seasons are two weeks long with a statewide season bag limit of one bird of either sex. Season dates vary regionally with the season in the Northern Zone running October 1-14, the Southern Zone running October 17-30, and Suffolk County (Long Island) running November 21-December 4.

“Declining wild turkey populations across the state make it necessary to shorten the hunting season,” DEC outgoing Commissioner Joe Martens said. “It is important to responsibly manage New York’s wild turkey populations to ensure that future generations of hunters have the opportunity to go afield.” Continue reading →

Tug Hill North to see Recreational Improvements

Expanded recreational activities will be offered at the Tug Hill North Unit under the final Unit Management Plan (UMP) released today by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman.

“Throughout the planning process, the community and other stakeholders expressed support for goals set by the UMP,” Acting Commissioner Gerstman said.  “The plan provides for sound stewardship of   healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forests while creating greater opportunities for forest-based recreation that will bring economic benefits to local communities and residents. The Tug Hill North UMP has been well-received locally and in particular by those who enjoy snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, cross-country skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.”

The UMP launches a series of actions including to: Continue reading →


A plan to establish a 40-mile community connector multiple-use trail system between the communities of Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson in the Adirondacks has been approved, state Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced .

The finalization of the plan will allow for construction to begin immediately on 18-miles of new trail between Newcomb and Minerva. The entire trail is expected to be completed by 2018, with portions of the trail being open to the public next year. Work will also begin next year on the trail connecting Newcomb and North Hudson, starting with the construction of a bridge over the outlet of Palmer Pond near the hamlet of North Hudson.  The whole trail system is expected to be completed by 2022, with new trail segments becoming available for public recreation every year until the completed date.

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DEC Announces Tentative 2015-16 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons

The tentative schedule for many of New York’s 2015-16 migratory game bird seasons is now available, allowing sportsmen and sportswomen to plan outdoor activities well in advance, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Tentative season dates for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe and rails can be found on the DEC website.

“Each year, DEC announces the tentative schedule so hunters can begin making plans for a safe and successful season,” Commissioner Martens said. “Hunters are still reminded to check the final dates, usually issued in late summer, before going afield.”

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