9/1 – Well, it’s hunting season! That is if you are a squirrel hunter. Sept. 1 marks the beginning of squirrel hunting season as well as the new sportsman’s calendar year. It’s a new era for us Northern Zone hunters. No more using “last year’s” tag for the early bear season (Sept. 19) or early archery season (Sept. 27) and for that matter the grouse (Sept. 20) and numerous youth seasons, including waterfowl that was just announced (below). For those who did hunt today, or will be in the following days, it’s going be hot so get that game to ice quickly. Meanwhile, we’re seeing plenty of deer and it looks like there’s a good looking acorn crop in places. ‘Not so sure about beechnuts as I was in some Central Adirondack beech country on Sunday and did not find any nuts. For those of you out there scouting, please let us know what you find. Meanwhile, get ready because big game hunting is just a few weeks away.
2015-16 Hunting Season Dates
DEC’s Regional Deer Season Forecasts
Warren County Conservation Council
DEC’s Yearling Buck Management Plan from 2013
Philip McCoy of Scrhoon lake withe a 143-pound, 7-pointer taken in Schroon Lake, Essex County.
There’s a new effort to establish a Dove Season in New York. Here’s some links…
The New York Dove Hunting website:
Sign the Petition:
DEC on Doves:
There will be an increased opportunity for public input in deer management decision-making under a pilot project launched today by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This new project will incorporate modern technology and gather input directly from a broader cross-section of New Yorkers.
“The old method of collecting public input on desired deer population levels was ground-breaking at the time and has served DEC well for a quarter century,” said Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman. “However, we know we can make the program better by obtaining input from a broader range of citizens, by taking better advantage of current electronic communication methods and by making the process easier for those participating.”
DEC is initiating this pilot effort in central New York and has selected a 1,325-square-mile group of three WMUs (7H, 8J and 8S) which encompass Seneca County and portions of Ontario, Wayne, Yates, Schuyler, Tompkins and Cayuga counties. Continue reading →
The Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands (Draft RMP) in the northern Adirondacks will increase public access for recreational use under a draft Recreational Management Plan released for public review and comment, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced.
DEC is accepting comments on the Draft RMP until Friday, September 18. The Draft RMP is available for public review at DEC’s Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook and at the town offices of Brighton and Franklin. Copies are available in electronic format for distribution on compact disc and may be requested by calling DEC at 518-897-1291. A limited number of printed copies are available as well. The complete document is available on DEC’s web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/94963.html.
Written comments may be sent to Sean Reynolds, Senior Forester, NYSDEC, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977, or e-mailed to email@example.com until Friday, September 18 Continue reading →
New York is launching a new initiative to create a multiple use “Hut-to-Hut” recreation trail system that will directly link lodging and other local visitor amenities with public lands within the ‘Upper Hudson Recreation Hub’ of the Adirondacks, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced today. This area encompasses the 5 towns in the heart of the Adirondack Park, including Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake and North Hudson.
Multi-use Hut-to-Hut trail systems draw visitors seeking a destination-based experience where they can visit for more than a day at a time by providing access to lodging and amenities along the way. When complete, this new recreational opportunity in this region of the Park will give another economic boost to the Adirondack community by creating incentives for the expansion of local lodging and amenities for visitors. Continue reading →
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted new regulations to address deer populations in portions of the state with too many or too few deer, DEC Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced today. Additionally, DEC adopted several modifications to its Deer Management Assistance Program designed to ease the application process for landowners while providing greater flexibility for DEC to administer the program.
“Deer are a keystone game species in New York, and responsible management requires periodic adjustment of hunting rules to ensure that deer populations are compatible with local socio-economic interests as well as maintaining a balanced ecosystem,” Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman said. “DEC considered all public input in developing these regulations, and took into consideration the numerous negative impacts associated with deer overpopulation, including impairments to forest habitat regeneration, increased deer-vehicle collisions and increased incidences of tick-borne diseases.” Continue reading →
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 →
Expanded recreational activities will be offered at the Tug Hill North Unit under the final Unit Management Plan (UMP) released today by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman.
“Throughout the planning process, the community and other stakeholders expressed support for goals set by the UMP,” Acting Commissioner Gerstman said. “The plan provides for sound stewardship of healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forests while creating greater opportunities for forest-based recreation that will bring economic benefits to local communities and residents. The Tug Hill North UMP has been well-received locally and in particular by those who enjoy snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, cross-country skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.”
The UMP launches a series of actions including to: Continue reading →