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9/30: Cooling Down: Finally, it feels like Fall out there. The first few mornings out bowhunting were nice and I saw some deer to boot, no shots taken. But, the hot afternoons just aren’t my thing. The rain we got was much needed, although it came all at once. What it does do, however, is throw out any strategies we may have had about hunting near water. Now, the streams are flowing and game can get a drink in places where it couldn’t before. At least the deer should start moving thanks to the weather. However, other seasons open on Oct. 1 like turkey and other small game and that will bring more hunters to the woods and likely affect deer activity. Southern Zone archery season also opens Oct. 1. No matter what your hunting, or where, good luck and keep us in mind with you deer scouting efforts. -Buck

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Venison Donation Coalition – hunters helping the hungry

The season opener is here and the Venison Donation Coalition wishes you a Happy Hunting Season. We hope you share your success with us by donating a deer, or even a few pounds to our program.  You can find a local procefile://localhost/Users/danielladd/Desktop/ADKHunter/X-save/vdc.jpgssor on our website at or call 1-866-862-3337.

Financial donations are appreciated and tax deductible. Every dollar that is donated to the Venison Donation Coalition is used towards processing the venison.  With approximately 500,000 deer hunters in New York State, imagine if each hunter donates just $1 how financially sound the program would be. Venison could be processed and the hungry would be able to have highly nutritious meat on their tables.

Donations can be made through your Town Clerk’s office or anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Just be sure to inform the D.E.C.A.L.S. licensing agent that you wish to make a donation to support the Venison Donation Program. All donations through D.E.C.A.L.S. are deposited directly into the Venison Donation Fund. Donations can also be accepted through their secure website, or send a check payable to: Venison Donation Coalition, Inc., 3 East Pulteney Sq., Bath, NY 14810.   Again, please don’t forget to tell the clerk you would like to donate to New York’s Venison Donation Program.

Since 1999, the Venison Donation Coalition has been highly successful in its goal to feed the hungry throughout New York State. We have processed an average of 36 tons of venison each year and more than 4 million servings of highly nutritious  meat was provided to individuals and children in need. Please help to keep the Venison Donation Coalition successful in your neighborhood. Donate today! One dollar goes a long way to help curb hunger throughout New York State.

The Venison Donation Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization that coordinates and funds the efforts of venison processing to feed the hungry throughout New York State. For more information, please call 1-866-862-3337.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the approval of the Adirondack Park Trail Plan for the North Country National Scenic Trail (NST). The plan routes the National Scenic Trail through the Adirondack Park and incorporates the North Country NST into the state’s Adirondack trail system. The announcement comes as North Country National Scenic Trails Day is tomorrow and is a day to celebrate the projected 4,600-mile trail, stretching from North Dakota across the northern tier of the United States with some 2,700 miles completed to date. Approval of the plan will be effective on October 10. Continue reading →

DEC: NPT Trail Work Complete

More than 23 miles of new trail on the famed Northville-Placid Trail route are open for public recreation in the Adirondacks, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today. The new trail reroutes eliminate 15.5 miles of road walking along the route.

“The Northville-Placid Trail, one of the premiere long trails in the Northeast, now provides an improved hiking experience for day users and through hikers,” Director Stegemann said. “DEC and the Adirondack Mountain Club – the original builders of the Northville-Placid Trail – worked together to get hikers off the road and into the woods. DEC continues to provide great experiences for outdoor recreationists while protecting the natural resources of the Adirondacks treasured by residents and visitors alike. Hikers can stop in the communities along the way to stock up on supplies, enjoy a good meal at a local establishment and shower and sleep at one of the many lodging facilities.”

The now 135-mile Northville-Placid Trail traverses the heart of the Adirondacks from the village of Northville in Fulton County in the south to the village of Lake Placid in Essex County in the north. Along the way it passes through or near the communities of Piseco, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake. Continue reading →

Pheasant Release Sites Announced

Approximately 30,000 adult pheasants will be released on lands open to public hunting for the upcoming fall pheasant hunting season, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The pheasant hunting season begins October 1 in northern and eastern portions of New York, October 17 in central and western portions, and November 1 on Long Island.

Since 2007, DEC has offered a special youth-only season to provide junior hunters (12-15 years old) the opportunity to hunt pheasants the weekend prior to the regular pheasant hunting season. In western New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend is October 10-11. In northern and eastern New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend is September 26-27, and on Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties) it is October 24-25. Pheasants will be released on a number of selected release sites across the state to provide ample hunting opportunities for junior hunters.

All current pheasant hunting rules and regulations remain in effect during the youth hunt.

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Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Announced

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman has announced that information is now available about the upcoming waterfowl hunting seasons, including season dates and updated regulations.

The season dates and regulations can be viewed in full detail on the DEC website at  Waterfowl hunting zone descriptions and boundaries are available at

Duck Season Overview: Continue reading →


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 →


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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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 →