Spring Turkey Season

Steve Sawn of Kingsbury, NY with his first spring tom taken May 16.

Steve Sawn of Kingsbury, NY with his first spring tom taken May 16.

God Bless America

God Bless America

Holiday Weekend: Looks like we’re in for a cool down for the Memorial Day weekend, which should make hunting very comfortable, perhaps even fall-like. In fact, much of the Adirondacks could see a frost on Saturday morning. While you are hunting this weekend, please remember those who have served our country and thus have protected our rights to hunt, fish and enjoy the beauty of the Adirondacks and beyond.

(5/18) Half Way: It’s hard to believe we’re already more than halfway through the Spring Turkey Season. It’s been over for a week for this hunter, and I consider myself very lucky. Still, I’m hoping to get out with a few buddies over the holiday weekend and help/photograph them on a few hunts. As expected and as the season has progressed it appears hens are starting to head to the nest early leaving some lonely toms. We expected to hear of more luck over this past weekend, and we did. The warm weather is making it tough for hunters and turkeys alike but it looks like there will be a few cool-down periods coming up. Keep at it and good luck.



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New York’s Spring Turkey Season is May 1-31. Good luck and please send us a photo.

Visit DEC’s Turkey Hunting Page: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8366.html


Moose River Plains Road Partially Open for Memorial Day Weekend

The Moose River Plains road system in Hamilton County is partially open for the Memorial Day weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

The Moose River Plains (Limekiln Lake-Cedar River) Road is open to motor vehicles from the Limekiln Lake gate at the western end near Inlet to the Lost Ponds access road. In addition, the Otter Brook Road is passable to motor vehicles to the Icehouse Pond trailhead. The Wakely Dam camping area at the eastern end of the Moose River Plains is open and camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the nine primitive campsites. Continue reading →

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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New Efforts Target Spread of E.A.B.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced new efforts to combat and slow the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that damages and kills ash trees in forested and urban settings.The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have revised the State’s EAB management regulations, providing greater protection for un-infested communities and forests, allowing municipalities opportunity to prepare and better plan for future infestation, and easing restrictions on the forest products industry.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “One of the best lines of defense we have against EAB is to continue to update our management strategy and be proactive in our planning.  Giving our municipalities the opportunity to plan for future infestation will not only save them time and money, but will also go a long way in limiting the spread of this destructive insect.” Continue reading →

DEC Launches Boat Inspect Initiative in the Adirondacks to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police will conduct boat inspections in the Adirondacks on May 16 & 17 to ensure boaters are aware of new state regulations, adopted in 2014, to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, agency announced today. The regulation requires boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and associated equipment, and to drain boats prior to launching at or departing from DEC lands.

“New York State continues to work with its state, local, federal and environmental partners to protect water bodies from aquatic invasive species (AIS),” DEC Region 5 Director Bob Stegemann said. “Boats, trailers and associated equipment are common pathways for spreading AIS. This educational initiative will inform boaters of our regulations that are part of an aggressive effort to prevent invasive species from entering and damaging New York water bodies.” Continue reading →

DEC Issues Draft UMP for Camp Santanoni Historic Area

Public Meeting Scheduled for May 28 in Newcomb

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released an updated draft unit management plan (UMP) for the Camp Santanoni Historic Area to restore and maintain the historic site, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department, Route 28N (next to Town Hall), in Newcomb, NY. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more on the proposed management actions in draft UMP and to provide comment on the proposals. Continue reading →

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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QDMA Supports New York Bills To Increase Poaching Penalties


This New York buck, estimated to be 5.5 years old by hunters on a 1,700-acre QDM Cooperative in Washington County, was shot by a poacher at night from a public road in late October 2013. The poacher took the head and abandoned the rest of the buck in the ditch. QDMA staff biologist Matt Ross (pictured here) lives nearby and helped start the Cooperative.

This New York buck, estimated to be 5.5 years old by hunters on a 1,700-acre QDM Cooperative in Washington County, was shot by a poacher at night from a public road in late October 2013. The poacher took the head and abandoned the rest of the buck in the ditch. QDMA staff biologist Matt Ross (pictured here) lives nearby and helped start the Cooperative.

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) supports New York Senate Bill 4727 and Assembly Bill A7171, which would increase the penalties for the illegal taking of deer and help reduce the number of unlawful activities with respect to white-tailed deer poaching. QDMA believes Senate Bill 4727 and Assembly Bill A7171 would benefit the state of New York, its wildlife and citizenry. 

“Wildlife is held in trust by the state for all of New York’s citizens to enjoy,” said Kip Adams, QDMA’s Director of Education and Outreach. “This public ownership of wildlife is an instrumental component of the successful North American Model for Wildlife Conservation. Ethical sportsmen created and have supported the North American Model for the past century. Unfortunately, unlawful activities with respect to wildlife contrast the Model, and illegally killing wildlife is nothing less than public theft.”

Whitetails are the most popular big game animal in the U.S., and whitetail hunters are the foundation of the $87 billion hunting industry. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, approximately three of every four hunters pursue whitetails, and in New York over 800,000 hunters contribute more than $3.6 billion annually to the state’s economy.  Continue reading →

Vermont to ban natural deer urine lures in 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board has voted to ban the possession and use by hunters of natural lures based on deer urine or other fluids beginning in 2016.  By doing so the board hopes to reduce the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) entering the state, which has the potential to devastate Vermont’s deer herd.

The disease is currently found in 23 states and two Canadian provinces.  Ontario, Arizona and some areas of Pennsylvania prohibit the use of such lures.  CWD is 100 percent fatal in infected individuals, and infection levels can approach 50 percent in adult bucks.

“The Fish & Wildlife Department fully supports the board in this important step to protect Vermont’s deer herd,” said Mark Scott, director of wildlife for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  “This rule still allows hunters to use synthetic lures which pose no threat to the herd.”

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DEC Focused on Continued Disease Prevention

With more than 2,400 white-tailed deer tested in the 2014-15 Big Game season in New York State, none tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. However, CWD continues to pose a potential threat to New York’s wild white-tailed deer herd.

“Preventing the introduction of CWD into New York is a high priority for DEC to ensure the health of our wild deer herd and to protect the recreational and viewing opportunities deer provide,” said Commissioner Joe Martens.  “Hunters can play an important role in keeping CWD out of the state and in keeping our deer herd healthy.  The most effective way to protect New York’s deer herd is to keep CWD infectious material out of the state.”

Chronic wasting disease is a highly contagious disease that affects deer, elk, moose and other members of the deer family (“cervids”). CWD is always fatal and there are no vaccines or treatment available. CWD is caused by a misfolded protein called a “prion” that can infect animals through animal-to-animal contact or via contaminated environments. The highest concentration of prions are found in the brain, lymph nodes and spinal tissues of infected animals. Infected animals shed prions in their urine, saliva and feces. Prions can bind to the soil and remain infectious for many years, if not decades.  Continue reading →