Sporting Licenses go sale Aug. 10: DEC announces enhancements

Improvements to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s sporting license-issuance and game harvest reporting system are in place in time for this year’s hunting season, DEC Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced July 30. In addition, DEC changed the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) to streamline the program and expand opportunities for landowners needing deer management assistance.

“DEC talked to the sporting community and license-issuing agents, and made significant improvements to the licensing system based on their feedback,” Acting Commissioner Gerstman said. “These improvements streamline the process to buy sporting licenses. We look forward to welcoming sportsmen and sportswomen to the vast array of opportunities New York offers to go afield in the upcoming hunting and trapping seasons.”

Enhanced Sporting License Automated System
DEC and the New York State Office of Information Technology Services worked with contractors to make DEC’s sporting license-issuance and game harvest system more user friendly and faster to enhance service to New York’s hunters, anglers and trappers. Two new user interfaces make selling licenses by license-issuing agents and purchases by online customers easier and more intuitive. Continue reading →

The latest from ADKHunter…

DEC’s Yearling Buck Management Plan from 2013
http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/buckppt2013.pdf

SAFE Act Memorandum suspends ammo background checks (7/12)
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/07/8571832/senate-cuomo-agree-changes-safe-act

Saranac Lakes Chain Locks have limited hours (7/12)
The Lower Locks on the Saranac Lakes Chain are open and are operated electronically by DEC staff between 10 am and 9 pm. Manual operations are not functioning properly, therefore boaters will not be able to pass through the locks between 9 pm and 10 am.

DEC: Fall Turkey Seasons will be two weeks only

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today adopted new regulations to shorten fall turkey hunting seasons in New York State due to a declining turkey population across the state. The new fall seasons are two weeks long with a statewide season bag limit of one bird of either sex. Season dates vary regionally with the season in the Northern Zone running October 1-14, the Southern Zone running October 17-30, and Suffolk County (Long Island) running November 21-December 4.

“Declining wild turkey populations across the state make it necessary to shorten the hunting season,” DEC outgoing Commissioner Joe Martens said. “It is important to responsibly manage New York’s wild turkey populations to ensure that future generations of hunters have the opportunity to go afield.” Continue reading →

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 →

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.
-Dan’L

Latest turkey hunting photos: 

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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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 →

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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