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August 6, 2010 - Field Notes

Noteworthy Dates

  • August 14, 2010 - Free Fishing Clinic.
    I FISH NY is offering a day long FREE fishing clinic at the 2010 Dryden Lake Festival (offsite link, leaving DEC website) in Tompkins County, NY. No fishing license is required to participate! Look for the fishing tent by the main dock on the day of the event to join.
  • August 16, 2010 - Sporting License Sales.
    The 2010-2011 hunting, trapping and freshwater fishing sporting license year will begin on October 1, 2010. Starting on August 16th, all sporting licenses (including the annual recreational marine fishing license valid from 1/1/2011-12/31/2011) will be available for purchase. Find out how to purchase a sporting license and review important dates regarding the new license year on the DEC web-site.
  • August 16 - October 1, 2010 - Deer Management Permit and Selection Probability.
    Applying for the 2010 Deer Management Permit will start August 16th and end October 1, 2010. There is no advantage to applying early, as the odds for obtaining a permit remain the same throughout the application period. Visit the DEC web-site to learn more about DMPs and how to apply. Additionally, you can find the 2010 DMP availability and probability of selection within each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). The target DMP allocation for 2010 varies by unit depending on the management objective, but overall, about 10% fewer DMPs will be issued this year compared to 2009. In addition to the several Northern Zone units where DMPs are not authorized, WMUs 3A, 4L, 4U, 4Z and 5T will be closed for DMPs in 2010.
  • August 18, 2010 - Lake Champlain Zone Waterfowl Season Setting.
    The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will set migratory game bird seasons for the Lake Champlain zone at their August 18 meeting. Hunters who wish to have input on those seasons are encouraged to attend either of two public meetings on the status of waterfowl populations and waterfowl hunting seasons: Tuesday, August 10, at the Skenesborough Rescue Squad building in Whitehall, New York, or Wednesday, August 11, at the University of Vermont Billings Lecture Hall in Burlington, Vermont. Both meetings will run from 7 PM - 9 PM The annual meetings are hosted by DEC and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
  • August 27, 2010 - Leashed Tracking Dog Handler Exam.
    A written examination is now available for those interested in obtaining a license to use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals. The application deadline is August 20th, and those wishing to take the exam must have a valid New York State Big Game hunting license. Review the press release online for further information on the exam and how to apply.

2010-2011 Hunting /Trapping and Fishing Guides Available on the Web

2010-2011 Hunting/Trapping and Freshwater Fishing guide covers

Visit the DEC web-site to review the new 2010-2011 NY Hunting & Trapping Laws and Regulations Guide. You may scan through the guide online using the Interactive Viewer, or you may download specific sections or the entire guide. The 2010-2011 NY Fishing Regulations Guide (offsite link, leaving DEC website) is available to review in the Interactive Viewer, and will also be available shortly for download from the DEC website. Hardcopy versions of both guides will be available to license holders at all license issuing agents when 2010-2011 sporting licenses go on sale on August 16.

2010 Hunting

  • Review 2010 Hunting Seasons Online.
    Now available for review on the DEC web-site is the upcoming 2010 Hunting Seasons, which includes season dates and season zone information for all game species. Make sure to print out a handy and very convenient summary of all the Hunting Seasons (PDF - 452 KB) to carry in your pack or game pouch!
  • Deer Hunting Forecast.
    Now available for review online is the 2010 Deer Hunting Season Forecasts. These forecasts provide a brief overview of the deer population and management trends within each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). New this year, we added charts showing recent deer harvest history and trends of Bowhunter Sighting Log data for each WMU.
  • Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Posted.
    Based on recently completed waterfowl population status assessments, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has advised DEC what season lengths and bag limits can be expected for waterfowl hunting seasons in New York this year. Given that information, we have posted season dates for all migratory game bird seasons online. The season dates remain tentative until federal regulations are formally adopted. Although we do not expect any changes from this point forward, all hunters should confirm the dates before going afield this fall. Some season dates for the Lake Champlain Zone are not posted yet, pending decisions by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board. See the "Noteworthy Dates" section above for more information.

Significant Notes

bat acoustic sonogram and bat survey routes
Map showing bat survey routes; inset depicts
sonogram typical of eastern red bat.
  • Bat Monitoring Effort Continues.
    Field work for the second year of a new survey protocol to track changes in bat populations statewide was completed in early July. More than 90 people, almost all of whom are citizen-scientist volunteers, attached an electronic device to their vehicles that records bat calls. Covering 50 survey routes all across NY, they drove more than 2100 miles. Following DEC's lead, the effort has expanded this year to at least 24 other states and even more are expected to participate in coming years as wildlife managers and researchers seek insight into the effects that white-nose syndrome (offsite link, leaving DEC website) and the mortality associated with wind turbines are having on bat populations.
  • Consider Making a Donation.
    You don't have to be a sportsman to support DEC programs. Consider donating to our Habitat and Access Stamp Program that provides funds for projects like building boat launches for public access and planting native vegetation for improved habitat. Other programs you can also donate to is the Venison Donation Program that helps provide meat to local food pantry's, and the Trail Supporter Patch Program that helps to maintain New York State's trails.
  • Ticketing for Harassing Adirondack Loons.
    The DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) have issued tickets to individuals for harassing and harming Common Loons and their nests this summer. Listed as a protected species under both state and federal laws, the fines for harassing or harming Common Loons can range from $250 to $5,000 and a six-month jail sentence. Among the significant threats to loons are nesting habitat loss from lakeshore development and disturbance from boating, recreational, and other human activities. Read more about this story and learn tips on how to better protect this Adirondack breeding bird.

Laws & Rule-making

  • New Law on Tagging Traps.
    There is a new law governing how traps may be tagged by licensed trappers. For many years, all trappers have been required to tag their traps with their name and address. That remains an option, but now trappers may choose to simply use their official 12-digit DEC customer identification number. This number is issued to all trappers when they buy a license and remains the same year after year. When needed for law enforcement purposes, Department personnel can easily retrieve the name and address of a trapper by checking the computerized license database. The Department can also assist local law enforcement authorities who may need the same information. This law is effective immediately.
  • Proposed Amendments to Listed Fish and Wildlife Species Regulations.
    The DEC proposes to amend the regulations pertaining to endangered, threatened and special concern species under Part 182 of 6 NYCRR. Under the NYS Endangered Species Law, endangered and threatened species may not be taken except under permit by the DEC. The proposed amendments clarify DEC's jurisdiction pertaining to listed species, delineates an application and review process for addressing proposals that will take listed species and establishes standards for permit issuance. Further details can be reviewed in the DEC press release. Review the regulatory impact statement and detailed text of the proposed amendments online. Also, find out how to submit your comments, which will be accepted through September 20, 2010.

Corrections & Clarifications

  • In issue 15, July 23, 2010, it was incorrectly stated that Steuben and Ulster counties were "surrounding" counties of Cattaraugus County where the original detection of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation was detected in New York. Review the DEC press release for more information on this story.
  • In our last issue, the Did You Know fact stated that Muskellunge can grow up to 46 inches in length, but they can actually grow to lengths larger than 55 inches! Also, it was stated that it takes an angler 50 hours before landing a musky, however, what was intended was that it can take an angler up to 50 hours of fishing before catching a musky. That is why muskies are known as the "fish of ten thousand casts."
  • In our last issue, the August 7th Free Fishing Day Clinic in Hempstead Lake State Park incorrectly stated that no registration was required, however, there was a requirement to pre-register and the clinic is now fully booked. The next free fishing clinic on Long Island will be held at the Fall Fishing Festival in Hempstead Lake State Park on October 16. That event is open to all with no pre-registration.

Did You Know...?

Indiana bats cluster on a cave ceiling
A group of Indiana bats hibernating on a
cave ceiling
~Photo courtesy of NYS DEC; Jesse W. Jaycox

When hibernating, Indiana bats gather together in clusters at densities that often exceed 300 animals per square foot?!
Look at the cluster of Indiana bats in the image to the right.
Get more facts about this flying mammal on the DEC web-site

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