New New York’s Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend was April 25-26.
Congrats to the hunters and mentors in these photos:
New York’s Spring Turkey Season is May 1-31. Good luck and please send us a photo.
DEC’s Turkey Hunting Page: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8366.html
Learning to call
Here’s a link to an old but excellent series of YouTube videos that will help you learn to call turkeys:
Click here for more turkey hunting tactics.
DEC Focused on Continued Disease Prevention
With more than 2,400 white-tailed deer tested in the 2014-15 Big Game season in New York State, none tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. However, CWD continues to pose a potential threat to New York’s wild white-tailed deer herd.
“Preventing the introduction of CWD into New York is a high priority for DEC to ensure the health of our wild deer herd and to protect the recreational and viewing opportunities deer provide,” said Commissioner Joe Martens. “Hunters can play an important role in keeping CWD out of the state and in keeping our deer herd healthy. The most effective way to protect New York’s deer herd is to keep CWD infectious material out of the state.”
Chronic wasting disease is a highly contagious disease that affects deer, elk, moose and other members of the deer family (“cervids”). CWD is always fatal and there are no vaccines or treatment available. CWD is caused by a misfolded protein called a “prion” that can infect animals through animal-to-animal contact or via contaminated environments. The highest concentration of prions are found in the brain, lymph nodes and spinal tissues of infected animals. Infected animals shed prions in their urine, saliva and feces. Prions can bind to the soil and remain infectious for many years, if not decades. Continue reading →
Thirtheenth Lake, from Garnet Hill Lodge. April 26, 2015. Still covered with ice. Photo by Dick Carlson
Ice-out Update: As of April 22 Lake George and much of the south and eastern ADK’s look good, except maybe at higher elevations. The ice went out of Schroon Lake on April 20. That same day I visited a pond at 1,600 feet in elevation that still had some ice on it. We’re getting closer.
If you’ve spent a few winters in the Adirondacks, you know that winter can maintain a firm grip well into the Spring season and it’s not uncommon for ice-out to occur in the later part of April. That doesn’t mean we can’t wish for it. I’m ready to get in my boat and do a little trout fishing because once turkey season comes along, that’s where my focus will be. Meanwhile, we’re keeping our eyes on a few webcams:
Also, we hope you are enjoying the new website, which we continue to tweak. One of the big changes are the photos you see to the right. This is a group of over 800 photos we’ve gathered through the years. Some of the people in them are gone and some have grown grown up. We don’t know who most of them are and that’s why few have captions. Still we wanted to showcase the fine bucks they’ve taken and hunting experiences they’ve had here in the Adirondacks. Continue reading →
Justine Morgan (age 15,) from Mosquitoville, Vermont, black bear, Hamilton County, youth hunting weekend
New York bear hunters took 1,628 black bears during the 2014 hunting seasons, setting a record harvest for the Southern Zone, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.
“With bear hunting areas expanded throughout upstate New York and a special early bear season in portions of the Catskills and western Hudson Valley, hunters had unprecedented opportunity to pursue black bears this year,” said Commissioner Martens. “These were intentional management actions designed to limit bear population growth broadly and reduce the population in southeastern New York. We are pleased that hunters took advantage of the opportunities.”
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Lucky Ladd of Watertown isn’t about to give up what he found on a walk in the woods.
VTF&W photo by Wayne Laroche
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).
Printed applications will be available from Vermont license agents in early May.
The 225 regular moose season permits to be issued this year represent a 21 percent decrease from the 285 permits issued last year. Hunters are expected to harvest close to 110 moose during the regular season hunt which starts October 17 and ends October 22.
An additional 40 permits are designated for the October 1-7 archery moose season when hunters are expected to take about 12 moose. Continue reading →