Winter Hangs On: The storms keep coming and that is good news and bad news. Good news for the economies of several Adirondack communities who thrive from an extended snowmobile, and even ice fishing season. Bad for the deer, although we still hold out hope that the fat reserves whitetails put on in the fall and some of the previously milder winter weather can help them along now. Still, March can be a crucial month for timberland whitetails.
Meanwhile, it’s the banquet and show season and if you are able, please get out and support some of the conservation organizations that are holding fundraising banquets or attend some of the dinners and shows in the region. They can really use the support. Be sure to visit our Events page as there are many good happenings coming up in the form of shows, banquets and other goodies. Perhaps we’ll see you out there.
Apparently, the City of Saratoga Springs doesn’t need the hunting and shooting community. They’re doing just fine with gambling. Their loss will be someone else’s gain.
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DEC’s Hunting Seasons Summary
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New York State bear hunters took 1,420 black bears during the 2017 hunting seasons, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.
Hunters took an estimated 1,037 black bears in New York’s Southern Zone, nearly the same number as in 2016, but slightly more than the recent five-year average. Bowhunters took 330 bears, on par with the recent average, but less than the 537 bears taken during the regular season. The early season, which DEC initiated in 2014 to reduce bear populations in a handful of management units in the Catskill region, resulted in 150 bears.
In the Northern Zone, hunters took an estimated 383 bears, about 25 percent fewer than 2016 and below the historical average. Bear take in the Northern Zone tends to alternate between strong harvests during the early season one year, followed by strong harvests during the regular season the next year, based primarily on cycles of food availability. This year, the early season accounted for 82 bears, similar to the early seasons of 2011 and 2013. However, hunters fared much better during the regular season, taking 242 bears. Continue reading →
The 2017 hunting seasons in New York saw the second-lowest number of hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) on record, 19, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Also in 2017, at Commissioner Seggos’ direction, DEC started tracking tree stand injuries for the first time. DEC recorded 12 incidents statewide.
Of the 19 HRSIs that occurred last year, 14 were two-party firearm incidents, five were self-inflicted, and one resulted in a fatality that DEC believes could have been prevented if hunting laws and common sense were followed. Continue reading →
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today issued the agency’s annual guidance on preventing conflicts between people and coyotes as spring temperatures approach.
With the onset of warmer weather, many of New York’s resident coyotes will set up dens for pups that will arrive this spring. Coyotes are well adapted to suburban and even some urban environments, but for the most part they will avoid contact with people. However, conflicts with people and pets may result as coyotes tend to be territorial around den sites during the spring through mid-summer period as they forage almost constantly to provide food for their young.
There are recommended steps residents and visitors can take to reduce or prevent conflicts:
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that DEC and researchers at the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University are implementing a survey-based process for gathering information on citizens’ preferences on desired deer populations that will help DEC biologists set deer population objectives across the state.
“DEC is responsible for managing New York’s wild deer resource for the benefit of all citizens of the state, today and in the future,” DEC Commissioner Seggos said. “Understanding how citizens are benefiting from or being harmed by deer and what their values and priorities are with respect to deer management are important parts of fulfilling that responsibility. This survey is crucial to achieve our goals and we are urging all New Yorkers to share their thoughts on this survey.”
More information is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7207.html. Continue reading →
Do you have a great hunting or trapping tale? Have you ever mentored a new hunter or trapper?
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would like to hear your story. DEC is looking for hunters and trappers to share stories about their first memorable experience afield or an experience during which they introduced a new person to hunting or trapping.
Essays can be submitted in one of three categories:
- Junior Youth Hunters/Trappers – currently in grade 6 through 8
- Senior Youth Hunters/Trappers – currently in grade 9 through 12
- Adult Hunters/Trappers – ages 18 and older
DEC will select the best essay in each category. Winners’ essays will appear in the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which is read by more than 500,000 people each year. The winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to Cabela’s.
- Essays should be non-fiction, original material (not previously published), and told from a first-person perspective.
- 500 words or less.
- Please submit essays and accompanying photo(s) and submission forms electronically (e.g., PDF or Word document) to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Essay Contest. Submissions with photos and submission forms can also be submitted in writing to: Game Management, Attn: Essay Contest, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.
- If possible, include one to two photos of the author and/or subjects of the essay (e.g., friends, family) in the appropriate context (e.g., enjoying the outdoors). Photos should be high-resolution, at least 1 MB in size. Please include the name of the photographer to receive credit.
- If under age 18, essay and accompanying photo(s) must include permission for use from a parent or legal guardian (see link below).
Additional information and a submission form is available on DEC’s website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/112450.html) or by calling (518) 402-8883.
Submissions must be post-marked by March 15, 2018.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the launch of a new Campground Ambassador program as part of the state’s Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with the outdoors. Like other campground host programs, new volunteer Campground Ambassadors will assist DEC campground staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors who vacation in the Adirondack and Catskill parks each year.
Applications must be received by March 30, 2018. To view the full details of the program, including the application, please visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/112550.html or call 518-457-2500 x1.
DEC is encouraging New Yorkers that are passionate about the outdoors to help introduce new campers to DEC facilities and other outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing. Ambassadors will also aid in connecting campers and day users to nature via environmentally themed activities and programming. Ambassadors will serve a minimum of two, and a maximum of four weeks, between July 1st and Labor Day. In consideration for services provided, a campsite will be provided for the duration of their stay at one of the following participating locations:
Cranberry Lake Campground
Fish Creek Pond/Rollins Pond Campgrounds
Lewey Lake Campground
Moffitt Beach Campground
Nicks Lake Campground
Rogers Rock Campground
Kenneth L. Wilson Campground
North South Lake Campground
DEC operates 52 campgrounds and five day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves. The summer camping season runs through the summer, with some facilities remaining open during fall foliage and hunting season.
NYS Pistol Permit holders who obtained their permits prior
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The opening of the application period for the cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program to enhance opportunities for pheasant hunting in New York has begun, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced. The program provides pheasant hunting opportunities through a partnership among DEC, hunters, 4-H youth groups, and landowners interested in rearing and releasing pheasants.
The Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program began in the early 1900s and is funded through the State Conservation Fund, which is supported by license fees paid by hunters, trappers, and anglers. Applications Due by March 25!!
Pheasant eggs and chicks were distributed to farmers and rural youth in the program’s early days. Today, day-old chicks are available at no cost to participants that are able to provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site. Approved applicants will receive the day-old chicks in April, May, or June. No chicks obtained through the Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program can be released on private shooting preserves, and all release sites must be approved in advance by DEC and must be open for public pheasant hunting opportunities.
Daily care is necessary to monitor the health of the birds and to ensure there is adequate feed and water for the rapidly growing chicks. The pheasants may be released beginning when they are eight weeks old and no later than Dec. 1. Individuals interested in these programs should contact their nearest DEC regional office (please refer to offices listed below) for applications and additional information.
In 2017, DEC distributed more than 34,500 day-old pheasant chicks to qualified 4-H and sportsmen and sportswomen applicants. Applications must be filed with a DEC regional wildlife manager by March 25, 2018 (see contact information below). A “Pheasant Rearing Guide” and applications are available on DEC’s website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7271.html). Continue reading →