Change is in the Air: As I write this we are enjoying (if you will) the third day of this week that the temperature has hit 70 degrees or higher in the Lake George region. Needless to say the warm temps have made for a tough week of muzzleloading hunting. But a change in the weather is on the way and it will be a different extreme as by the time the weekend is out some areas in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks are expected to see up to eight-inches of snow. Yes, snow!
As much as we hunters love snow it will make for wet travels in the woods, especially given that the underbrush is still well foliated in many areas. Other parts of the region are expected to see heavy rains. So, it looks to be a wet opening weekend, but we know that won’t stop the hardy ADK Hunters out there from going to camp and even going in the woods. Good luck and have a safe and fun opener.
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The final Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Cranberry Lake Campground is available to the public, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.
The UMP will guide the future management of the campground over the next five (5) years. “The surrounding area is a haven for outdoor recreationists and is well known for its excellent hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities. In fact, 2,795 people visited Cranberry Lake Campground in 2015 during the recreational season of May – October,” said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.
Cranberry Lake Campground is located at 243 Lone Pine Road, Cranberry Lake, NY, St. Lawrence County. The campground is located in the western part of the Adirondack Park on the northeastern shore of Cranberry Lake, the third-largest body of water in the park. Approximately three-quarters of Cranberry Lake’s shoreline is bounded by Forest Preserve. The campground is adjacent to a 14,452-acre parcel of the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest, while a 7,149-acre parcel of this forest lies on the western shore, and the 129,000+ acre Five Ponds Wilderness Area lies on the southern shore.
The public can view the Cranberry Lake Campground UMP documents at DEC’s website. Copies are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (518) 457-2500.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the time period that DEC will accept comments on proposed changes to freshwater fishing regulations has been extended. Comments will now be accepted through November 11, 2016.
DEC modifies freshwater sportfishing regulations approximately every two years as part of DEC’s commitment to enhance fishing opportunities and protect the State’s freshwater resources. The regulations are developed after careful assessment of existing regulations and the desires of New York anglers. The new regulations will take effect April 1, 2017 and will be included in the 2017-18 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide.
The proposed regulations were first provided for informal public review on the DEC website in February 2016. The early feedback helped DEC determine which regulation changes to advance or eliminate.
A summary and the full text of the proposed regulations can be found on DEC’s website.
Comments on the proposed regulations should be sent by email to email@example.com or mailed to Gregory Kozlowski, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753.
The Grass River Wild Forest is comprised of several parcels of Forest Preserve located in the Towns of Clare, Clifton, Colton and Fine in St. Lawrence County. Together along with two conservation easements–Grass River and Tooley Pond–these Forest Preserve and conservation easement lands add up to approximately 54,000 acres. The unit is bounded on the west and north by the Adirondack Park Blue Line, on the north and east by State Route 56, and on the south by State Route 3 and the Oswegatchie River.
For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Grass River Wild Forest recreation page.
Download the Draft UMP
Grass River Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan – PDF (2.8 MB)
Public Comment Opportunities
The Department has released a draft UMP for public review, and will be accepting written comments on the draft UMP until November 14, 2016. Comments can be sent to the following contact:
Aaron Graves, Forester
6739 US Highway 11
Potsdam, NY 13676
Hikers, bikers, skiers, paddlers, horseback riders, hunters, anglers and others will have improved access and additional recreational opportunities on the recently purchased 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.
DEC has developed an Interim Access Plan for the Boreas Ponds Tract which identifies specific areas available for public access while providing for protection of the natural resources of the area and the rights still held by The Nature Conservancy and its lessees. The Interim Access Plan does not have any bearing on the future land classification of the tract currently in development and does not prejudge what access and uses will be allowed in the future.
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has accepted recommendations for expanding recreation opportunities within the Great South Woods (GSW) from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. This report highlights the potential for recreational use within a large region of the Adirondack Park including all of Hamilton County and parts of Essex, Warren, Herkimer, Fulton and Saratoga Counties. The GSW area covers two million acres, including 20 individual Forest Preserve management units.
To view a copy of the Great South Woods report, visit DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/107049.html. Continue reading →
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today the final season dates and updated regulations for 2016-17 waterfowl hunting. With the early release of federal season dates and regulatory changes, final season dates are now available well in advance of the fall hunting seasons, providing ample time to plan hunting activities. The final season dates and regulations are available here and, for the first time, they are included in the annual hunting and trapping guide. Waterfowl hunting zone descriptions and boundaries are available here.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities:
Duck hunting seasons begin with designated “youth waterfowl hunts” in each zone of the state. These youth hunts are great opportunities for junior hunters (12 to 15 years of age) to be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter (including those with current Harvest Information Program registration and duck stamp – see below) and learn the skills necessary to become a successful waterfowl hunter. The adult should not possess a firearm while accompanying a youth who is hunting ducks on any of these days. The daily bag limits during the youth hunts is the same as during the regular season. The youth hunts are held on weekends in each zone of the state, as follows:
Northeastern Zone – September 17-18
Lake Champlain Zone – September 24-25
Southeastern Zone – September 17-18
Western Zone – October 1-2
Long Island Zone – November 12-13
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