Give us an (ice) break

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:

Lake George:
http://wnyt.com/article/12541/
http://www.webcambiglook.com/newyork/lakegeorge.htm
http://www.webcams.travel/webcam/1251121865-Weather-Huletts-Landing,-Lake-George-Huletts-Landing/

Schroon Lake:
http://schroonlaker.com/schron-lake-dropcam/

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 →

DEC ANNOUNCES 2014 BLACK BEAR TAKE

 Justine Morgan (age 15,) from Mosquitoville, Vermont, black bear, Hamilton County, youth hunting weekend

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. 

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Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Are Available

Bull Moose in brush browsing - Photo taken by Wayne Laroche

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 →

Brush Burning Ban in Effect Until May 15

With the start of spring and warmer temperatures expected, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds New Yorkers that residential brush burning in towns with less than 20,000 residents is prohibited in the state through May 14.“Along with the milder temperatures that come with spring, the risk for wildfires also increases,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “New York prohibits residential burning during the high-risk fire season to reduce the number of wildfires and protect people, property and natural resources. Since being enacted in 2009, the ban has been very effective in reducing the number of wildfires, and we want people to be aware that they need to put safety first.” Continue reading →
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DEC Adopts Freshwater Fishing Regulations

New freshwater fishing regulations go into effect April 1, 2015, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced.

“DEC modifies its freshwater sportfishing regulations as necessary to help maintain the fantastic freshwater sportfishing New York is known for,” said Commissioner Martens. Changes are made to the regulations governing sportfishing and related activities to address management needs in specific waters, as well as to accommodate angler and other stakeholder desires. Many of the proposed changes resulted from DEC’s focus on consolidating regulations where possible and eliminating special regulations that are no longer warranted and have become outdated.”

The modifications to the sportfishing regulations are a result of a two-year process which included biological assessment, discussions with anglers and a formal 45-day public comment period. DEC used public input to finalize the changes. These regulations will be published in the 2015-16 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide which will be available at all license sales vendors in March.

Highlights of the final changes include:

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NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame to induct 12

(3/9) The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces that it has inducted 12 new members, including two posthumously in the Pioneer Category. 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.

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