First annual King George Fishing Derby to be held on Lake George July 10-12, 2015

Over $15,000 to be awarded to lake trout and bass anglers

kinggeorgefisingLake George, N.Y. One of New York’s top fisheries and tourist destinations will soon play host to a major fishing tournament. 32-mile long Lake George in the southeastern Adirondacks, known as the “Queen of American Lakes,” will be the
sight of the first annual King George Fishing Derby taking place July 10-12, 2015.

The newly constructed Wood Park in Lake George Village will serve as the main headquarters for the derby. Three weigh stations will be conveniently located with one each in Lake George Village, Ticonderoga and Bolton Landing.

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DEC Announces Tentative 2015-16 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons

The tentative schedule for many of New York’s 2015-16 migratory game bird seasons is now available, allowing sportsmen and sportswomen to plan outdoor activities well in advance, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Tentative season dates for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe and rails can be found on the DEC website.

“Each year, DEC announces the tentative schedule so hunters can begin making plans for a safe and successful season,” Commissioner Martens said. “Hunters are still reminded to check the final dates, usually issued in late summer, before going afield.”

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Township 19 Conservation Easement, Hamilton County gets $7,500

Four outdoor access projects to make outdoor recreational sites more accessible to New Yorkers of all abilities are now complete, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced.  The $245,000 in projects are part of a statewide effort to increase access to boat launches, fishing access sites, trails and other outdoor sites and are funded by the NY Works program.

Among them, DEC has opened new roads and facilities on nearly 25,000 acres of forest preserve and conservation easement lands in the Adirondacks, including The Township 19 Conservation Easement in the town of Indian Lake.  DEC crews created a 1,600-acre open public recreation use area using 2.6 miles of O’Neil Flow Road and Barker Pond Road.  This provides access to Barker Pond, and hunting and camping on an adjacent forest preserve parcel. Continue reading →

WILD CENTER TO OFFICIALLY OPEN WILD WALK JULY 4

Tupper Lake, NY – It’s been in development for eight years, and built three times. At 10:00 in the morning on July 4th it will officially open. The public will be able to walk, or wheel, over the quarter mile trip up and back over the Walk’s series of bridges and platforms. The elevated trail has already been dubbed “the Highline of the Forest,” after New York City’s iconic park on a converted rail line that takes millions of New Yorkers on a trip through the city, 30-feet off the ground. Continue reading →

National Hunting and Fishing Day and Yamaha Live It! Grants Now Available

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – June 12, 2015 – Today, Wonders of Wildlife’s National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) announces the availability of applications for the 2015 Live It! grants. Last year, NHF Day and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., launched the Live It! grant program, a proactive, grass roots program to celebrate the conservation efforts of hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationists and awarded 13 Live It! grants to outdoor groups and organizations.

“NHF Day and Yamaha are completely dedicated to promoting conservation efforts,” said Misty Mitchell, director of Conservation Programs Wonders of Wildlife. “Yamaha has been tremendously supportive and was generous in 2014 by awarding 13 Live It! grants. I can’t thank them enough for the unwavering support they’ve shown.”
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DEC Issues Draft Plan to Improve Access and Expand Recreational Opportunities in Essex Chain Lakes Complex

Tourism would be bolstered by a range of recreation opportunities in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex under a proposed Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (draft Plan/DEIS) for the Essex Chain Lakes Complex, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. DEC will accept public comments on the proposed draft Plan/DEIS and hold public hearings in the towns of Newcomb and Indian Lake to discuss details of the proposal and gather public input.

DEC is accepting public comments on the draft Plan/DEIS until July 27, 2015. Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Newcomb Central School, 5535 Route 28N, Newcomb, and on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Indian Lake Theater on Main Street, Indian Lake. The meetings will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the proposed management actions in the draft Plan/EIS and comment on the proposals. The meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please call 518-897-1248 at least two weeks in advance of the meeting if you have specific accommodation requests. Continue reading →

Changes proposed to Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP

Adirondack residents and visitors will have access to unique recreational opportunities under the proposed Amendment to the 1996 Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (Draft 2015 UMP).  The 2015 UMP Amendment will maximize recreation and economic benefits along the 119-mile Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor (Corridor), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald announced.

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Tupper Lake Middle-High School at 25 Chaney Avenue in Tupper Lake. The meetings will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the proposed management actions in draft Corridor UMP amendment and comment on the proposals. The meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please call 518-897-1248 at least two weeks in advance of the meeting if you have specific accommodation requests

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Changes Proposed for Fall Turkey, Anlterless Deer Hunting and Fisher Trapping

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting public comments through June 29 on three regulatory proposals for hunting and trapping of wild turkey, deer and fisher, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The changes cover fall turkey hunting seasons in most areas of the state; modifications of antlerless deer hunting seasons in portions of western and southeastern New York and Long Island, and changes to the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) procedures statewide; and reduction of the current fisher trapping seasons in northern New York, opening a limited new fisher trapping season in central and western New York, and clarification of general trapping regulations.  Pending review of public comments on each of these proposals, some or all of the regulation changes could be in effect for fall 2015.
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Another Spring Turkey Season in the Books

It’s Over: Well, after five weekends of turkey hunting the Spring Season is over. In trying to gauge the season the one factor that seems to stand out is the weather. Other than the final weekend, the previous four weekends were all warm, which can be tough for turkey hunters. We hope you had a good season and if you got your bird, or two, send us a photo. Meanwhile, be sure to read the post below that proposes to make changes to the fall turkey hunting seasons. Comment period ends June 29.
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Visit DEC’s Turkey Hunting Page: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8366.html

 

DEC Releases 2014-15 Deer Harvest Data

Hunters harvested approximately 238,670 deer during the 2014-15 hunting seasons, slightly less than the statewide take the previous year, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

“Regulated deer reduces the negative impacts of deer on forests, communities and crop producers while also providing over 10 million pounds of high quality local protein annually,” said Commissioner Martens. “Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative expands hunting opportunities statewide for sportsmen and sportswomen by improving access, streamlining fishing and hunting licenses and reducing license fees.”

The estimated 2014-15 deer take included 130,068 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and 108,604 adult bucks (1.5 years or older). Statewide, this represents a very stable antlerless harvest (up by 1 percent) and only a minor decrease in buck harvest, down 5 percent from 2013 and 2 percent from the recent 5-year average. Regionally, hunters in the Northern Zone took 29,075 deer, including 16,727 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, hunters took 206,106 deer, including about 90,702 adult bucks. The estimated harvest on Long Island (Suffolk County) was 3,491 deer, including 1,175 adult bucks.

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