August 13, 2010 - Field Notes
- August 14 to August 29 - Visit Pristine Wetlands Accessible for a Limited Time.
Offering excellent wildlife viewing and recreational opportunities, all sections of three Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) including restricted wetland areas will be open to the public from August 14 to August 29 (access to restricted use sites during other times of the year requires a DEC permit). The Perch River WMA in Jefferson County, Upper and Lower Lakes WMA and Wilson Hill WMA in St. Lawrence County are three locations that provide feeding and resting areas for migratory waterfowl during much of the year. DEC allows public access to these areas in late August as most nesting and brooding seasons are complete and the fall migration has not yet begun. View the WMA maps on the DEC web-site and venture outdoors to these great nature sites! For more information on these limited open access areas review the press release online.
- August 16, 2010 - Sporting License Sales and Deer Management Permits Reminder.
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 01/01/2011-12/31/2011) will be available for purchase. Additionally, applying for the 2010 Deer Management Permit (DMP) will start August 16th and end October 1, 2010 (Note: there is no advantage to applying early, as the odds for obtaining a permit remain the same throughout the application period). Find out how to purchase a sporting license and learn more about DMPs and how to apply on the DEC web-site.
- National Archery in the Schools Program "Engages the Unengaged".
With 4,900 schools in 46 states and 5 countries participating in The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), more than four million students have benefited from its archery physical education curriculum. The NASP is a cooperative effort between state conservation departments, school systems and private organizations to help engage young citizens in outdoor activities and participate in the enduring sport of Archery. For questions or interest in volunteering please call Melissa Bailey, NASP-NY Coordinator, at 315-793-2269, or send an e-mail. Visit the NASP website (offsite link, leaving DEC website) for more information on the program, and also read the featured article, "NASP-NY: On Target for Life" (PDF 1.28 mb) on page 36 of the new 2010-2011 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide.
- Esopus Creek Running Warm - Trout Anglers Take Note.
The Lower Esopus Creek from the Town of Shandaken downstream to the Ashokan Reservoir benefits during most summers from cold water releases made from the Schoharie Reservoir (view a map - PDF 1.07 mb). At the start of each summer, there is typically a limited supply of cold water in the Schoharie Reservoir. This year, construction activities at the Gilboa Dam to maintain public safety and improve operations combined with the hot-dry hydrological conditions experienced in the Catskills depleted the cold water supply by the second week of August. Currently, the water temperature of releases have rose to the mid-70's, which causes stress in trout and can be lethal if temperatures persist over 75 degrees F. Trout anglers should take care not to unduly stress trout by fishing for them in waters with elevated temperatures. DEC will be carefully monitoring stream water temperatures and recommending changes to release volumes as needed. View current Esopus stream flow and temperature conditions on the USGS website (offsite link, leaving DEC website).
- Safety Education Course Requirement for First-Time Hunters & Trappers.
Thinking about going hunting for the first time this year? If so, all first-time hunters, bowhunters and trappers are required to take and pass one or more free sportsman education courses before receiving a license in New York State. Taught by DEC certified trained instructors, participants learn how to safely and responsibly perform these outdoor activities and learn about the important role of hunters and trappers in conservation. Visit the DEC website to get more information on the Sportsman Education Program and find an upcoming course (External Link) near you.
- Places to Fish - Sullivan County Lakes and Ponds.
Sullivan County is best known for its blue ribbon trout streams, such as the Willowemac, Upper Beaverkill and Neversink rivers, but it also has a multitude of lakes and ponds that provide a variety of fishing opportunities such as wilderness brook trout, large and smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish and lake trout. Fifteen new webpages providing information on Fishing in Sullivan County Lakes and Ponds have been posted on the DEC website. Also visit the DEC web-site for additional places to fish in New York State.
- Lupine Yield Is In.
Wild blue lupine is a native wildflower that is the only food source for the caterpillars of the endangered Karner blue butterfly. It is found in pine barrens like the Albany Pine Bush and pine-oak savannahs in Saratoga and parts of Warren Counties. In June 2010, a work force of DEC and Nature Conservancy staff and interns picked approximately 390 gallons of lupine pods from sites in Saratoga County. This year those pods produced a yield of 30 pounds of pure seed, which will be used next spring to plant newly cleared habitat restoration sites at about 1.5-2 pounds of seed per acre. During the rest of the summer and early fall, we will be collecting seeds from various wildflowers that we will also plant in these restoration areas to provide a diversity of nectar as food for adult butterflies.
Staff and interns collect lupine pods (left);
a handful of lupine seeds to be
planted next spring (right).
~Photos courtesy of NYS DEC
- The New York Bowhunter Sighting Log.
Each year bowhunters across the state assist the Bureau of Wildlife by providing valuable information on long term population trends for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and selected furbearer species like fox, coyote, and raccoon. The cooperators keep a diary of their bowhunting activities, which includes the amount of time in the field and the number and kinds of animals seen when hunting. Their observations allow the DEC to track population changes and improve our ability to make management decisions for many species. Visit the Bowhunter Sighting Log web page on the DEC website for trend data and information on becoming a cooperator.
- Commercial Fishing Trip Limit Update.
The bluefish commercial fishing daily trip limit has increased from 1,000 pounds to 1,500 pounds. For more information visit the Commercial Fishing Limits web page on the DEC web-site. For questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Bureau of Marine Resources at 631-444-5621 or send an e-mail.
Corrections & Clarifications
- In our last issue, the link to the 2010 Deer Hunting Season Forecasts was not working properly. Visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37304.html to view the deer population and management trends within each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).
- Additionally, the link to the Leashed Tracking Dog Handler Exam was incorrect. Please visit, www.dec.ny.gov/press/67459.html to find out more information on the exam and how to apply.
Did You Know...?
~Photo courtesy of NYS DEC
White-tailed fawns have an average of 300 spots that range in size from 1/4 to 1/2 an inch? Their coat coloration of white spots set against a reddish-brown background enables the animal to blend with the patterns of sun and shade, a perfect camouflage from predators. Molting the spotted coat in September, the deer will grow longer, hollow hair that offers terrific insulation protection against the cold.