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Opening Weekend

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.

Fall 2016 Adirondack Hunting Photos


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•DEC’s Summary of Hunting Seasons

Previous Week’s Hunting Reports Continue reading →

Unsolved Missing Hunter Case Still Haunts DEC

DEC Forest Rangers Asks Hunters to Help Locate
Man Missing in the Adirondacks since November 2015

messick-aNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers are asking hunters in northeastern Warren County to be alert for any signs or clues of the whereabouts of a hunter from Troy who went missing last November.

Thomas Messick was last seen on Nov. 15, 2015, while hunting a short distance from Lily Pond Road near Brant Lake in the town of Horicon. Despite a massive two-month-long search effort by Forest Rangers, Environmental Conservation Officers, State Police, other state and county agencies, and hundreds of volunteers, no sign of Mr. Messick or his belongings has been located.

Anyone hunting in the general area between State Route 8 and State Route 9N and State Route 8 and Schroon Lake is asked to be especially alert. Hunters have been helpful in the past locating and reporting signs of lost or missing persons in the woods. Hunters typically seek game in areas that most people do not enter and are keen observers of the landscape.

Forest Rangers and the Messick family are still searching for Mr. Messick under a limited continuous protocol. Mr. Messick, 82, is 5-foot-10 and weighs 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, coveralls, and a red and black plaid hat.

Hunters who find any evidence of Mr. Messick are asked to contact DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at 518-897-1300.

2016 Trapping and hunting seasons for furbearers

Furbearer trapping and hunting seasons begin soon in many parts of the state, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Trappers should note changes to fisher and marten trapping seasons, as well as changes to some general trapping regulations.

While coyote hunting season began October 1 in much the state, hunting seasons for other furbearers such as bobcat, raccoon, and fox begins October 25. Trappers should be aware of changes to trapping regulations for fisher beginning this fall, including the requirement of a special permit and expanded opportunity for fisher in select Wildlife Management Units in central and western New York. The changes to the fisher trapping season include: Continue reading →

DEC Campgrond News

DEC Issues Final Unit Management Plans to Upgrade
Three Adirondack Campgrounds, plus Cranberry Lake

The Unit Management Plans (UMPs) for three New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Adirondack campgrounds – Limekiln Lake, Eighth Lake and Lake Durant – are now final, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. The final UMPs identify facilities and infrastructure to be upgraded or replaced during the next five years to improve recreational opportunities.
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Public Comment Period for Proposed Changes to Freshwater Fishing Regulations Extended to Nov. 11

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.

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 or mailed to Gregory Kozlowski, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753.


Grass River Wild Forest UMP – comment by Nov. 14

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


DEC’s Summary of Hunting Seasons
Boreas Ponds: Access the Adirondacks vs Adirondack Wilderness Advocates
Outdoor Wire: Minding Hunters and Hunting (must read)

NY Times: Hunters seeing pink
Website Upgrades: QDMA, NDA
Roger Fulton: Common Sense Gun Control
Delta Waterfowl lashes out and USFWS director  over commendation of HSUS
OL: Maine, New Hampsire and Vermont to offer more deer permits
U-Washington Study: Bring on the Mounain Lions
Adirondack Almanac: Interesting Land Swap
On the Newstand: Summer issue of ADK Outdoors Mag

DEC’s Interim Access Plan for Boreas Ponds

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.

Additional access opportunities identified in the Interim Access Plan includes: Continue reading →


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 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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