The effort to establish Antler Restrictions in New York’s Southern Zone continues. This legislation, if passed, would establish three-on-a-side in some areas and four-on-a-side in others. To learn more, read on…
Read the Bill (S4739):
NYS Conservation Council is strongly opposed. Here is the NYCC statement:
Article: Dave Figura, syracuse.com: http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2017/03/controversial_antler_restriction_bill_would_limit_ny_deer_hunting_options.html#incart_river_home
Article: Leo Maloney, the Oneida Dispatch:
As reflected by the entries in the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC’s) Angler Achievement Awards Program, 2016 was another exceptional year for anglers fishing the freshwaters of New York State, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced.
In 2016, more than 130 entries were submitted into the program. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, New York’s most popular sportfish species, made up more than half of the entries in the Catch and Release category. Thirty-nine of New York’s 62 counties were represented in entries submitted last year- an example of the great fishing opportunities that exist throughout the state.
Here is the 2016 list: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/103334.html Continue reading →
Ice anglers and others thinking of traversing the frozen surface of waters in the Adirondacks and other locations should be aware that due to the recent number of days with warm temperatures and rain, ice has thinned.
Areas of ice around inlets, outlets and shorelines of largely open water or thin ice should be avoided. Rivers, streams and most channels of moving water through lakes and ponds are also open or covered with thin ice and should be avoided.
Ice near boathouses and docks, especially those using “bubblers” or other ice prevention devices, should also be avoided. Motor vehicles, snowmobiles and ATVs should not be taken on any ice at this time.
No ice should be considered safe without checking the thickness and condition of the ice first. If you plan to go on the ice, be safe on the ice.
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds residents that with warming temperatures and dry conditions, residential brush burning is prohibited March 16 through May 14 across New York State.
Due to the lack of snow cover over much of the state and with rising temperatures forecasted for the coming weeks, conditions for wildfires could be heightened.
DEC will post a fire danger rating forecast daily for the 2017 fire season on its website http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68329.html and on the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/96470.html.
Currently, fire conditions in most of the state are low risk. Continue reading →
Young turkey hunters ages 12-15 and their parents are invited to enjoy a day of outdoor fun at The Hudson Falls Fish & Game Club, 1420 NY-196, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 on April 9th, 2017.
The Saratoga Strutters chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), headquartered in Saratoga Springs in conjunction with Upper Hudson Valley Chapter of the Quality deer Management Association (QDMA) will host the Youth Turkey Seminar. Registration is free and provides a forum for youth and experienced turkey hunters to connect & participate in a educational seminar regarding the New York’s Youth Turkey hunt, which takes place the weekend of April 22-23, 2017 . Pre-registration is required by April 1, 2017. Continue reading →
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the 2016 hunting season in New York had only 13 hunting-related shooting incidents, the lowest number on record since DEC began compiling hunting-related shooting statistics in 1958.
Of the 13 hunting-related shooting incidents in 2016, seven incidents were self-inflicted and six incidents involved more than one person. In 2015, there were 23 incidents. In 1966, there were 166 incidents, 13 of which were fatal.
Despite these low numbers, there were four fatalities in 2016 – two two-party incidents and two self-inflicted incidents.
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is drafting a Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Croghan Tract Conservation Easement. The privately owned Conservation Easement encompasses approximately 12,816 acres located in the towns of Croghan and Watson in Lewis County. The Croghan Tract shares approximately 8.8 miles of boundary with forest preserve lands, such as, the Pepperbox Wilderness Area and Watson’s East Triangle Wild forest. A scoping session with the public was held in 2001.
Information relating to the Croghan Tract Conservation Easement is available on the DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8086.html .
For more information or to provide comments/input during development of the RMP please contact Matthew Nowak, Sr. Natural Resources Planner, NYSDEC, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367 or call 315-376-3521. Comments can also be submitted through email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments will be accepted for sixty days, beginning at the time of this release of information to the public and ending on May 6, 2017.
New freshwater fishing regulations go into effect April 1, 2017, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced. The modifications to the sport fishing regulations are a result of a two-year process that included biological assessment, discussions with anglers, and a formal 45-day public comment period. DEC used public input to finalize the changes. These regulations will be published in the 2017-18 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide that will be available at all license sales vendors and on-line in March.
Highlights of the new regulations include: Continue reading →
Late Winter: Today is Feb. 27, which means that exactly seven months from today will be opening day of the Northern Zone archery season for deer. If the New York State Crossbow http://www.nycrossbowcoalition.com/ has their way crossbow hunters may be able to take those implimets into the woods that day. Food for thought. Meanwhile, some small game seasons like those for grouse, squirrel and pheasant are wrapping up on Feb. 28 while those for coyote, cottontails and snowshoe hair remain open. Parts of the Adirondacks still have plenty of snow (and ice) while other areas are starting to look like spring. We hope the deer are having a good winter.
Bear Stats: Kudos to the DEC for the early release of the Black Bear Harvest stats (below) from 2016. These come earlier this year than can be recalled in recent history and we hope the deer harvest stats are soon to follow.
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Hunting Reports from the 2016 season Continue reading →
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of the newly designed Trail Supporter Patch. The updated design is the first in a three-color series of patches and resembles the trail markers used by DEC to mark north-south directional trails, a blue round disc with white lettering.
The Trail Supporter Patch is available for $5.00 at all sporting license outlets or on-line for current New York State sporting license holders and will officially be available for purchase on March 1. Patch sale proceeds help maintain and enhance non-motorized recreation trails throughout the state. All monies raised from patch purchases will be deposited in the Conservation Fund’s Outdoor Recreation, Trail Maintenance, and Development Account.
DEC remains committed to promoting all the amazing opportunities for hiking throughout the Adirondack Park, and is actively working with partner organizations and tourism promotion agencies to highlight and encourage responsible hiking on trails across the state. To further promote outdoor recreation in the state, Governor Cuomo’s 2017 Budget plan calls for $70 million, up from $40 million last year, for the capital infrastructure program Adventure NY to improve access to state land, update campgrounds, and upgrade DEC’s recreational facilities.
The patch was first introduced in 2007 to help raise funds to maintain trails across the state. To date, DEC has used funds from patch sales to build foot trail bridges on the Finger Lakes Trail and the Northville-Lake Placid Trail. It has also purchased materials for accessible horse mounting platforms at the Brookfield Horse Assembly Area, and erosion control structures at the Otter Creek and Independence River Wild Forest trail systems. Since 2007, sales of the trail supporter patch have raised $21,818.
For more information on the Trails Supporter Patch, visit DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36016.html.