Turkey Time: It’s a time of transition in the Adirondacks. Here in the southeastern region the apple trees are starting to bud while further north the ice is still not even off many of the trout ponds. One thing we all have in common is this weekend’s (April 22-23) youth turkey hunt. Starting in 2004, this event has become the catalyst for others like it, including the youth deer hunting weekend in October. Although I started turkey hunting when I was a teenager, I got away from it for a while in my college and early working years. These days I’m crazy about it and can’t wait until Saturday morning in hopes of hearing some gobbling and perhaps calling in a tom for a young hunter. Enjoy, and send us your youth turkey hunting photos.
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is opening spring turkey season on May 1 in upstate New York north of the Bronx-Westchester County line, the agency announced today. DEC’s annual youth turkey hunting weekend is scheduled for April 22-23.
The youth turkey hunt for junior hunters ages 12-15 is open in all of upstate New York and Suffolk County. DEC encourages experienced hunters to take a novice hunter afield this spring, whether the novice is a young person or an adult getting into the sport for the first time.
“Hunting is an excellent way to connect people to the natural world,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “Spending time afield with a new hunter is a chance to teach them about conservation, the environment, and wildlife. It’s the perfect opportunity to put novice hunters on the path to becoming safe and responsible hunters.”
DEC reports that the turkey population experienced reproductive success in the summer of 2015, and combined with relatively mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17, it is anticipated that the spring harvest will be up from last year and above the five-year average (about 20,000 birds). The estimated turkey harvest for spring 2016 was 18,400 birds, and nearly 6,000 junior hunters harvested an estimated 1,300 birds during the two-day youth hunt in 2016.
Annual Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend is April 22-23: Important Details:
- Hunters 12 to 15 years of age are eligible and must hold a hunting license and a turkey permit.
- Youth 12-13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or adult over 21 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian. Youth 14-15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or adult over 18 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian.
- The accompanying adult must have a current hunting license and turkey permit. The adult may assist the youth hunter, including calling, but may not carry a firearm, bow, or crossbow, or kill or attempt to kill a wild turkey during the youth hunt.
- Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day.
- The youth turkey hunt is open in all of upstate New York, north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary and across Suffolk County.
- The bag limit for the youth weekend is one bearded bird. This bird becomes part of the youth’s regular spring season bag limit of two bearded birds. A second bird may be taken only in upstate New York, north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, beginning May 1.
- Crossbows may only be used by hunters age 14 or older.
- All other wild turkey hunting regulations remain in effect.
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the Final Sacandaga Block Conservation Easement Lands Recreation Management Plan (RMP) that identifies management initiatives to increase public access for recreational use on 6,147 acres of easement lands divided between seven tracts in the southern Adirondacks, Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.
The complete Final Sacandaga Block Conservation Easement Lands RMP is available for viewing and downloading on DEC’s web site at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/107809.html.
In June 2007, Finch, Pruyn and Company, Inc. sold 161,000 acres of land to The Nature Conservancy, which in turn sold the 92,035-acres to Upper Hudson Woodlands ATP and a Conservation Easement to the State of New York in March 2009. The Sacandaga Block Tracts consists of 6,147 acres of those lands in seven tracts: Continue reading →
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the 60 New York students who scored high enough in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) to compete in the national tournament this May. Students from participating schools and school districts across the state competed in the archery program in March.
“The National Archery in the Schools Program is growing in New York,” said Commissioner Seggos. “This cooperative effort between conservation agencies, school systems, and private organizations is a great way to bring the sport of archery to thousands of students across the state. Archery is one of the few sports where students of all ages and athletic abilities compete at the same level for top honors. Even with the expanded participation that we have experienced here in New York, we are encouraging more schools to join us in New York NASP.”
NASP is designed to improve participation in outdoor activities among students of all athletic abilities. DEC started this program in 2008 to introduce young people to archery, outdoors, and other shooting sports, including hunting. In New York, 320 schools from 167 school districts currently participate in the program and more than 34,000 students participated during the school year. NASP continues to grow at the national level with 2.4 million students and more than 14,400 schools in 47 states participating in the program. Continue reading →
Trout Unlimited Spring Planting Days in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. April 22 through May 19 Various locations throughout New York State
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Trout Unlimited is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Trees for Tribs program and other partners to plant more than 4,200 native trees and shrubs on priority coldwater stream throughout eastern New York this spring. The goal of the planting projects is to help improve water quality, stabilize the banks and provide shade. Local media are invited to attend the events, which will attract more than 100 volunteers.
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The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame will be auctioning off an African Safari at the Annual Induction Banquet on April 29, 2017 at the Rusty Rail Restaurant in Canastota. The 7 day safari is valued at over $6500. It includes accommodations for one hunter and an accompanying observer. The safari is provided by Hercules Safaris.
“Hercules Safaris is one of the most prestigious South African hunting agencies there is. They specialize in bow hunting and also offer rifle hunting safaris to persons from all corners of the world. Here is a basic layout of everything Hercules Safaris has to offer in terms of where to hunt, when, how and so forth. Welcome to Hercules Safaris, where life is measured by breathtaking moments.”
“Hunting: Our hunting safaris are aimed at those who have the desire to experience Africa to the full. We have no intention of offering you your hunt on a silver platter, instead we want you to earn your prize. Our accommodation is of a very high standard and we try to get you as comfortable as possible, relaxed and enjoying the wild African nightlife.”
NYSOHOF will accept written bids from those not able to attend the banquet. The minimum bid accepted is $1,000. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org for bid information. More information on Hercules Safaris can be found at their website: http://herculessafaris.com/
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Effective April 12, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 is closing mud gates to trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, State Forest, and Conservation Easement Lands due to spring thaw. Motor vehicle use during the spring mud season will damage roads and result in road opening delays. DEC will reopen the roads once any necessary maintenance is completed and the roads are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic. Region 6 is comprised of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
Current list of gate closures: All state land gates in 6C Oneida and Herkimer counties; Haskell Road in the Black River Wild Forest; All gates in central portion of Black River Wild Forest; Loop Road at North Lake, Wolf Lake Landing Road at McKeever, and Mill Brook Road at Bear Creek trail head.
The Adirondack Council recently sponsored a Sienna College poll of 791 registered voters seeking their opinions on the forthcoming Boreas Ponds classification. Here’s a few links:
Meanwhile, Access the Adirondacks responds,
Fall 2016 Adirondack Hunting Photos
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The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces that it has inducted eight new members for 2017. These inductees represent all areas of the state and many fields of endeavor. The NYSOHOF is an organization dedicated to honoring those individuals who have spent many years preserving our outdoor heritage, working for conservation, or enhancing our outdoor sports for future generations.
The new inductees will be honored at the annual banquet and will have their plaques displayed at the NYSOHOF Museum in Vail Mills, NY. These inductees will be formally inducted at the annual banquet on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota, NY. Family and friends are invited to join in this evening of celebration. Registration and social hour will begin at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm followed by the presentations. Reservations must be made by April 22 by calling (315) 363-3896 or (315) 829-3588 or by e-mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Kemper from Saratoga County he has been actively involved with the county fish stocking program and the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation in his role with Saratoga County Council of Fish and Game Clubs. Kemper is currently the chair of the Conservation Fund Advisory Board which oversees the NYS Conservation Fund and its expenditures making sure that money is spent wisely. He has been a tireless fighter to gain access for sportsmen and the average citizen in Adirondack land acquisitions. He has attended nearly all of the Adirondack Park Agency hearings on Boreas Ponds to address the issues of reasonable recreational access and usage.
Burnell (Burnie) Haney of Jefferson County has been involved with conservation, education, and promoting fishing most of his life through his blogs, magazine articles, and seminars, and by volunteering at many events, including the Casting Kids program. As Conservation Director of New York BASS and as Chairman of the Jefferson County Sport Fisheries Board he has addressed important issues including access, fish care, and invasive species. He organized the Take a Soldier Fishing event which annually involves over 200 soldiers experiencing fishing on Oneida Lake. Continue reading →