New York

DECALS snafu costing some hunters DMPs

By Brad Sisson Contributing Writer Albany — A flaw in the DEC Automated Licensing System (DECALS) is costing some hunters their chance at obtaining a second Deer Management Permit (DMP) for the upcoming season. The problem stems from an oversight that lets hunters apply for DMPs in areas where they have no chance of getting the permit. Forty-three Wildlife Management…

Bowhunters will see some changes

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — New York’s 200,000-plus bowhunters are preparing for a 2005 season that will see some changes from last year, but not nearly as drastic as once proposed by DEC. That said, while archers are happy that deer season is approaching, some aren’t happy about the season itself. At one time, DEC had proposed an Oct….

Wolf backers score win

Staff report Montpelier, Vt. (AP) — In what environmentalists hailed as a major victory, a federal judge last month ordered the Bush administration to step up efforts to restore the gray wolf to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. “The wolves are howlin’” in celebration, Patrick Parenteau, director of the environmental law clinic at Vermont Law School, said with…

Shows

Aug. 27: Youth Outdoor Expo, 10-3:30 p.m., Grahamsville Fairgrounds, NY. To pre-register or for more info call Hank D’Aurla, 845-439-3738. Aug. 27-28: Gun Show/Arms Fair, Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs; New East Coast Arms Collectors and Association; for info, log on to http://neaca.com Sept. 24: SASI National Hunting & Fishing Day (NHFD) Expo, (rain date Sept. 25) DEC’s Check Station,…

Drought may boost bear take

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — New York’s 2005 bear harvest will almost assuredly be impacted by changes in hunting seasons, notably in the Catskills, which will see a longer season by three days. A widespread drought in the same area could also boost harvest numbers as bears are forced to range wide for food, DEC officials predict. “The Southern…

Lake Erie ‘trophy’ bass size will be 20

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — Lake Erie’s early trophy bass season will remain intact under a proposal to overhaul the statewide bass season, albeit with a higher size limit for the one fish anglers may keep. DEC officials indicated the final proposal will contain a minimum size limit of 20 inches for bass taken on Lake Erie during the…

Pataki waiting for deer/bear rifle bill

Staff report Albany — Gov. George Pataki hasn’t signed a long-awaited bill that would allow rifles for deer and bear hunting in several Southern Zone counties because he hasn’t yet received the legislation. A spokesman for the governor said earlier this month the bill had yet to reach Pataki. “It doesn’t appear the governor has received that bill yet,” said…

Manure spill wreaks havoc on Black River

Staff report Lowville, N.Y. — Three million gallons of liquid manure that spilled into a river snaked its way toward Lake Ontario as workers diluted the stinking mess already blamed for killing thousands of fish. The manure flowed into the Black River in northern New York when a wall of a holding lagoon blew out late Aug. 10 or early…

Hunter Education

Aug. 13: Bowhunter Ed. Course, Millgrove Sportsmen’s Club, Alden (Erie Co.); pre-registration required. Call 585-937-9536, 585-599-6431 or 585-937-7632 after 6 p.m. Aug. 13: Hunter Ed. Course, Chemung County Rod & Gun Club, Latta Brook Road, Breesport. Pre-registration required at the club on July 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. or July 31 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Aug. 12-13: Hunter Ed. Course, Ellington Rod…

Forest rangers may get police authority

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — DEC forest rangers would have police powers under legislation approved by the state House and Senate and set to be signed by Gov. George Pataki. The bill was crafted to allow forest rangers to perform police duties and came in response to the varied situations forest rangers encounter, particularly while patrolling state lands in…

DEC tailors bass regs to keep trophy season

By Steve Piatt Editor Dunkirk, N.Y. – Lake Erie’s trophy bass season, which would have been eliminated under a DEC bass regulations overhaul, will be maintained with some size-limit modifications. Doug Stang, DEC’s Bureau of Fisheries chief, says input and discussions with Lake Erie smallmouth anglers has prompted a move to bump up the one-fish size limit from the existing…

Hunter Education

July 29, 30: Bowhunter Education Class, Archery Form Pro Shop, Route 25, 202 Middle Country Road, Middle Island; pre-register in person at the shop; for more info call 631-345-3779 or 631-281-5112. Aug. 1, 5-6: Hunter Education Course, Wood & Brook Sportsmen’s Club, Alden (Erie County); register at first class. Aug. 1-3: Hunter Education Course, Ephratah Rod & Gun Club (Fulton…

Opposition may not stall lease plan

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany – DEC officials say they’re not surprised with the overwhelming opposition to a proposal to lease 21,000 acres of state land for gas and oil exploration in several Southern Tier counties. And, in fact, that doesn’t mean they won’t go ahead with the plan in some form. “People had a lot of questions and concerns,…

Spring gobbler harvest may be up just slightly

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — New York State hunters may have bagged just a few more gobblers this spring than in 2004, according to preliminary data received by the DEC. But DEC Game Bird Unit Leader Bryan Swift says more accurate numbers will come later this summer after hunters return mail surveys, about 12,000 of which are being sent…

Southern Tier rifle bill awaits Pataki

By Don Lehman Contributing Writer Albany — Big-game hunters in some Southern Tier counties will likely get to take rifles afield this fall under a bill passed last month by both houses of the state Legislature. The proposal, which was awaiting Gov. George Pataki’s signature as of late June to become law, would allow the use of rifles for deer…

Strong opposition to gas exploration

By Mike Raykovicz Contributing Writer Elmira, N.Y. — The DEC’s plan to open state forest land for gas drilling exploration is meeting stiff opposition from residents, hunters, and conservationists in several Southern Tier counties. DEC is looking to lease approximately 21,000 acres of state forest land on 17 sites in parts of Broome, Cortland, Tioga, Schuyler, Chemung, Steuben and Tompkins…

Assembly sues DEC to get license lists

By Don Lehman Contributing Writer Albany — A dispute between the state Department of Environmental Conservation and members of the state Assembly over release of hunting and fishing license holders’ names has led to a lawsuit against the DEC. The lawsuit, filed in late May, asks a judge to force the DEC to turn over the list of names and…

DEC pitches gas/oil land lease proposal

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — DEC’s plan to lease 21,000 acres of state land for gas and oil exploration could generate several million dollars in revenue. That’s the good news. The bad news is that none of it, unlike past sales in 1999 and 2003, would be going into the state’s Conservation Fund. Instead, it would all go to…

Brits capture world carp crown

By Matthew Curatolo Contributing Writer Waddington, N.Y. — The English team of Tim Paisley and Steve Briggs dominated the first ever World Carp Championship held in the United States, taking home $50,000 and two new Chevy pickup trucks. Over the course of the five-day tournament held along the St. Lawrence River, Paisley and Briggs caught 80 carp that weighed a…

Last season’s bear kill NY’s third-highest ever

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — New York bear hunters harvested more than 1,000 bruins last season, which stands as the third-largest take ever. And that number will likely continue to grow as bears expand their range in many areas of the state, says DEC Big Game Section Leader John O’Pezio. The 2005 harvest will likely jump, too, due to…