Friday, February 3rd, 2023
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NYS Outdoorsman Hall of Fame Extends Nomination Deadline

Vail Mills, N.Y. — The New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame is has extended the nomination deadline 2023 inductees and special award winners from Jan. 31 to Feb. 20.

Submitters should contact the Hall of Fame to obtain the revised nomination cover form along with instructions on what is to be included with the nomination. This can all be found at the organization’s website, www.nysohof.org, or by sending an email to: sfcf@tds.net or nysohof@gmail.com.

Inductees and special award winners will be honored at an annual ceremony on May 21, 2023.

New York Signs On To Federal 30×30 Initiative

Albany — In December, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation that helps support and contributes to national efforts to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030. The legislation will promote biodiversity and preserve New York’s wildlife, forests, and clean water sources, which are all essential to New York’s health and economy.

Legislation S.6191A/A.5390B requires DEC and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to develop strategies and a methodology to achieve the goal while collaborating with a broad group of stakeholders. These efforts will build on the State’s existing conservation efforts.

The 30 by 30 (or 30×30) initiative suggest governments worldwide designate 30% of Earth’s land and ocean area as protected areas by 2030. Following a 2021 report, the Biden administration put forth the American the Beautiful Initiative, adopting the 30×30 concept. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that 12% of the United States’ landmass and 23% of its sovereign waters are currently protected.

Third Annual Shed Fest Under Way

Buffalo, N.Y. — Buffalo-based Pertnear Outdoors is holding the third annual Shed Fest, supporting the Upper Genesee River Branch of the National Deer Association.

Shed Fest is open to antler shed hunters in all states who are out shed hunting during this winter and spring. Sheds from whitetails, blacktails and mule deer are all eligible for the contest. Upon finding a shed, simply post a picture on Facebook or Instagram, using the tags @pertnearoutdoors and #shedfest23. Photos can be sent by email to pertnearoutdoors@gmail.com. All sheds must be from 2023. Enter as many antler sheds in the contest as you find.

The contest began earlier this winter and runs through April 16.

An in-Person event will be held April 23 at Windy Brew in Sheldon with raffles, door prizes and antler scoring for the Northeast and New York State Big buck clubs. There is a $25 registration fee. Details can be found at pertnearoutdoors.com.

Registration For DEC’s Summer Camps Begins April 2

Saranac Lake, N.Y. — Online registration for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s 2023 Summer Camps program will open Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 1 p.m. Now in its 76th year, the Summer Camps program offers week-long adventures in conservation education for children ages 11-17.

DEC operates four residential camps for children: Camp Colby in Saranac Lake (Franklin County); Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor (Sullivan County); Camp Rushford in Caneadea (Allegany County), and Camp Pack Forest in Warrensburg (Warren County). Opening specific camps is dependent on staff availability. Camp capacities will be reduced again this next year to provide the safest experience possible.

One hunter education program of gun, bow, or trapping is offered at each camp during four of the weeks. Class size is limited for hunter education programs and campers must sign up for it during registration and complete the homework in advance. New and returning individual campers will be limited to one week of camp. If spaces remain available after May 26, campers will be allowed to sign up for multiple weeks. Eligible campers who were unable to enjoy camp in 2022 due to camp closures will receive priority registering in 2023.

Registration will be available through the Summer Camps website www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.html. Parents and guardians are also advised to monitor this site to complete registration forms and encouraged to register early since spaces fill up quickly.

Vermont’s Annual Free Ice Fishing Day is January 28

Barnard, Vt. — Vermont’s state-wide Free Ice Fishing Day is Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. Always held annually on the last Saturday in January, the day is geared toward giving new ice anglers an opportunity to try ice fishing before purchasing equipment, but any angler may ice fish on any waterbody open to ice fishing statewide without a fishing license on Free Ice Fishing Day.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is also holding an Ice Fishing Festival at Silver Lake State Park in Barnard, in n Windsor County, in central Vermont, its first since the start of the pandemic. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages as well as families with kids. Vermont Fish and Wildlife staff, as well as instructors from Vermont’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, will be on-hand to teach ice fishing skills. Fishing equipment will be available.

Registration can be completed online in advance at www.register-ed.com/events/view/189542.

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