DEC: Be safe on the ice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding ice anglers to use caution and common sense as ice fishing season begins across much of New York State.

Four inches or more of solid ice is considered to be safe for anglers accessing ice on foot. Ice anglers should note that ice thickness can vary on every body of water and even on the same body of water.

Anglers should be particularly wary of areas of moving water and around boat docks and houses where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice buildup. The presence of snowmobile tracks or footprints on the ice should not be considered as evidence of safe ice conditions. Individuals are strongly encouraged to check ice conditions and avoid situations that appear to present even a remote risk. Testing the thickness of ice can be done easily with an auger or ice spud at various spots. Continue reading →

The latest from ADKHunter…

 

Catching Up: Usually this is slow time of year for many of us with perhaps a little predator hunting or ice fishing going on. But 2017 is off to busy start here a ADKHunter.com. Once we got through the holidays it was time to organize the website a little. Mainly, the Events Calendar page, which has been updated will continue to be in the days ahead. If you’ve got an event such as a banquet, fishing derby or shoot you’d like included from the Adirondack region, pass it along. We’ve also got caught up on some photos that came through after deer season. Enjoy! 

-Dan’l 


Hunting Reports from the 2016 season Continue reading →

Cuomo Kills Knife Rights’ Reform Bill

1/5/17 – From Doug Ritter: Chairman / Executive Director Knife Rights, Inc.

Waiting until the last possible moment, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife and Switchblade Reform Bill, effectively giving the finger to New York’s legislature that overwhelmingly passed the bill and the large coalition of organizations, many part of his own constituency, which supported the bill.

Despite the thousands who called and emailed the Governor to sign the bill, and thanks very much for those who did so, he sided with the disingenuous arguments made by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., virtually the only ones who opposed the bill.
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SAFE Act pistol renewal kicks in

Four years after the NYSAFE Act was created, the pistol recertification program is now being realized.

These links should help answer any qeustions

NYSOHOF Seeks Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for individuals to be considered for induction into the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in 2017.  The deadline for submission is February 1, 2017.

To be considered for induction, the individual must have made significant contribution to conservation or preserving the heritage of outdoor sports. The person or group that  feels this contribution is significant must complete the nomination form and submit it along with the supporting documentation of the contributions.

Being inducted into the York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors an individual can earn.  It shows that an individual has given back more than they have taken and that they have made a significant difference to conservation or preserving the heritage of outdoor sports. 

The nomination form can be found at the NYSOHOF website http://nysohof.org/nominate/ Continue reading →

TNC Purchases Moose River Parcel

Lyonsdale, NY – The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter today announced that it purchased 753 acres of forest with two miles of wild riverfront on the Main Branch of the Moose River in the southwest corner of the Adirondack Park. This strategic acquisition bolsters climate resilience and seizes an opportunity to protect free-flowing rivers and large intact forests at the same time. 

Several years ago, the sellers reached out to the Conservancy to explore options to protect the land, which they had been using primarily for recreation. Prior to the purchase, the Conservancy evaluated the parcel from multiple perspectives to assess its conservation values, which include: Continue reading →

DEC: Please Hunt Safely

In the wake of a number of recent hunting-related shooting incidents, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is reminding hunters to follow basic hunter safety rules when going afield this hunting season.

“While statistics show that hunting in New York State is safer than ever, mistakes are made every year. But every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable,” Seggos said. “We urge hunters to use common sense and remember what they were taught in their DEC Hunters Education Course.”

DEC’s Hunting Safety Rules:

  • Assume every gun is loaded.
  • Control the muzzle. Point your gun in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target and beyond.
  • DEC encourages hunters to wear blaze orange or pink. Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal, or shooting in your direction. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot.
  • When hunting in tree stands use a safety harness and a climbing belt, as most tree stand accidents occur when hunters are climbing in and out of the stand. Also, never climb in or out of a tree stand with a loaded rifle.
  • Always be prepared for winter conditions when venturing in the woods, inform a friend or relative of your whereabouts, and pack emergency supplies.

DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) are currently investigating two hunting-related shooting fatalities that occurred in the last week, both involving accidental shootings that could have been avoided.

DEC requires every hunter to take a special Hunters Education Course before they can receive a license to hunt. Since New York’s Sportsman Education Program was first introduced in 1950, the number of hunting-related accidents have declined by 80 percent.

A DEC report showed 2015 was the first year without a hunting-related shooting fatality in New York since record-keeping on hunting statistics began more than 60 years ago. 2015 also continued the trend of declining incidents with respect to New York’s hunting-related shooting incident rate (incidents per 100,000 hunters). The past five-year average is down to four incidents per 100,000 hunters, compared to 19 per 100,000 hunters in the 1960s.

There were 23 hunting incidents documented in 2015, the third lowest number on record, with 10 incidents self-inflicted and 13 two-party incidents.

View and print the 2015 Hunter Safety Statistics report here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/nyhrsi2015.pdf

ECO Injured in Southern Zone Shooting
The following is a statement from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos regarding the shooting of Environmental Conservation Office James Davey.

“On the evening of November 29, 2016, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers James Davey and Lieutenant Liza Bobseine were investigating reports of potential illegal hunting activity in the Town of Gallatin in Columbia County when officer James Davey was shot. Officer Davey underwent extensive surgery at the Mid-Hudson Hospital to repair damage from the gunshot wound and is in the Intensive Care Unit in stable condition. I had the chance to meet Officer Davey’s wife Nancy, a Forest Ranger at DEC, and other family members last night who were appreciative of the outpouring of support from the DEC family.

“Lieutenant Liza Bobseine who was on patrol with Officer Davey investigating the incident is credited with saving Officer Davey’s life for her quick and heroic actions in the field.  Lt. Bobseine was able to quickly apply a compress to the wound while calling for support and keeping the suspects under control 1/2 mile into a field. It’s clear that if it were not for her actions, officer Davey would not have survived. I commend the two officers for their courage in the line of duty and thank them for their dedicated service. Our thoughts and prayers are with the wounded officer and his family.”

An investigation led by New York State Police from the Livingston barracks determined that Alan Blanchard, 55, of Gallatin, was responsible for the accidental shooting due to reckless conduct. Blanchard was arrested for Assault in the 2nd degree, a class D felony, arraigned in the Town of Livingston Court, and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of no bail. He is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Livingston Court on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

ECO Davey, 39, is a 12-year veteran of the force, having graduated from the DEC Basic Police Academy in 2005.  He is currently assigned to patrol Columbia County.  Officer Davey is a Division of Criminal Justice Services-Certified Police Instructor, having recently become a Certified Firearms instructor for the DEC.  He is married to a DEC Forest Ranger, Nancy Davey.

Links

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