The latest from ADKHunter…

Heat Wave: Other than a refreshingly chilly opening morning, the Northern Zone early muzzleloading season is off to a warm start. That’s not much fun for deer and hunters alike, although as you’ll see from the photos below some hunters have had some luck. There’s not too much of a cool down in the forecast and the remainder of the week looks to be wet but still pretty warm, right on into the rifle opener. It’s also very dry in the woods and many brooks have no water in them at all. Between the lack of snow last winter and lack of rain this summer, it is sure taking a toll. Something to think about when you head to the whitetail woods. The underbrush is also very thick and very green.

We need to note on here that in Region 6, WMU’s  6A, 6F, 6J, and 6N are BUCK ONLY this year. Unfortunately DEC did not print this in the Regulations Guide (it is on their website) and apparently many hunters did not know this and some inadvertently shot does this past weekend. This is not the fault of these hunters; many of which who might not read a newspaper column or visit a hunting website like this one.

Fall 2016 Adirondack Hunting Photos


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•DEC’s Summary of Hunting Seasons

Previous Week’s Hunting Reports Continue reading →

Northern Zone Muzzleloader Season – Oct. 15-21

Reminder to Hunters: Only Antlered Deer May be Taken during Muzzleloader Season in WMUs 6A, 6F, 6J, and 6N

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that the early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone will begin Saturday, October 15, and continue through October 21.

“Hunting is a proud tradition in New York State, and the early muzzleloader season is popular among Northern Zone deer hunters, and more deer are taken by hunters during opening weekend than any other two-day period in the Northern Zone, including opening weekend of the firearms season,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Although the 2015-16 winter was exceptionally mild and hunters should generally expect to see more deer this fall, hunters should be aware that DEC changed the rules for early muzzleloader season to reduce antlerless harvest in two wildlife management units.”

For the 2016 early muzzleloader season, hunters in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 6F and 6J are prohibited from taking antlerless deer. Much like current rules for WMUs 6A and 6N, the change is intended to increase survival of adult female deer and stimulate modest population growth, particularly following such a mild winter.

To participate, hunters must purchase the muzzleloader hunting privilege in addition to their hunting license. In general, during the early muzzleloader hunters may use their bow/muzz either-sex tag, bow/muzz antlerless-only tag, Deer Management Permit in WMUs where they are available (6C, 6G, 6H, and 6K), or property-specific Deer Management Assistance Program tags. However, during the early muzzleloader season in WMUs 6A, 6F, 6J and 6N, hunters may only use their bow/muzz either-sex tag and may only take antlered deer.

See the Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons web page on DEC’s website for a map depicting Wildlife Management Units and muzzleloader hunting season dates and rules.

Cranberry Lake Campground UMP Completed

The final Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Cranberry Lake Campground is available to the public, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

The UMP will guide the future management of the campground over the next five (5) years. “The surrounding area is a haven for outdoor recreationists and is well known for its excellent hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities. In fact, 2,795 people visited Cranberry Lake Campground in 2015 during the recreational season of May – October,” said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.

Cranberry Lake Campground is located at 243 Lone Pine Road, Cranberry Lake, NY, St. Lawrence County. The campground is located in the western part of the Adirondack Park on the northeastern shore of Cranberry Lake, the third-largest body of water in the park.  Approximately three-quarters of Cranberry Lake’s shoreline is bounded by Forest Preserve. The campground is adjacent to a 14,452-acre parcel of the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest, while a 7,149-acre parcel of this forest lies on the western shore, and the 129,000+ acre Five Ponds Wilderness Area lies on the southern shore.

The public can view the Cranberry Lake Campground UMP documents at DEC’s website. Copies are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (518) 457-2500.

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.


Youth Trapping Camps Oct. 7-10


Do you know a boy or girl between the ages of 12 and 14 who has an interest in learning how to trap or who wants to earn their NYS trapper education certificate?

There are going to be three Youth Trapping Camps across NY on October 7-10, 2016 (Columbus Day Weekend). The camp locations are in Caneadea (Allegany County), Winthrope (St. Lawrence County) and Livingston Manor (Sullivan County). You can choose the location nearest to you. The cost is only $40.

Applications should be postmarked as soon as possible. For more information and to get the camp registration form, go to

The Pat Arnold Youth Trapping Camps are sponsored by the New York State Trappers Association and supported by the NYSDEC Sportsman Education Program.

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

Northern Zone Archery Season Begins Sept. 27

Early bow season for deer begins in the Northern Zone at sunrise on Tuesday, September 27, and continues through October 21. In the Southern Zone, early bow season for deer and bear begins Saturday, October 1 and continues through November 18.

Under rules established by the New York State Legislature, bowhunters may opt to use a crossbow during latter portions of bow seasons: the last 10 days of the Northern Zone bow season (October 12-21) and last 14 days of the Southern Zone bow season (November 5-18). To hunt with a crossbow during these periods, bowhunters must possess a muzzleloader privilege and a qualifications certificate (see the Crossbow Hunting web page on DEC’s website for details).

DEC invites bowhunters to help monitor deer and other wildlife populations by participating in the Bowhunter Sighting Log. The Bowhunter Sighting Log includes a diary of bowhunting activity and the number of animals seen. This data helps DEC track deer and other wildlife populations. To participate, please e-mail DEC ( – specify Bowhunter Sighting Log in the subject line) and provide your name, address, hunter ID (back tag number), the counties where you typically hunt, and whether or not you have participated in New York’s bowhunter log in any previous year.

Deer hunters should also be aware that the application deadline for Deer Management Permits (DMPs) is October 1. Hunters should know which Wildlife Management Unit they intend to hunt before applying. See the DMP Availability and Probability of Selection web page for DMP targets and the chances of being selected by WMU.

Dec Announces Start Of Small Game Hunting Seasons

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that several small game hunting seasons open October 1. In addition, there are special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl opening prior to the start of the regular season.

Season dates, bag limits, and other hunting regulations can be found in the New York Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which can be obtained from a license issuing agent, and on the DEC website (see links below).

Wild Turkey Hunting

Beginning last fall, DEC updated the fall turkey hunting season structure in response to declines in turkey populations and to ensure that harvest opportunities are sustainable. Season dates for fall 2016: Continue reading →


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 →