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September 10, 2010 - Field Notes

Shellfish Closure

  • Shellfish Harvest Closure Extended for Sand Hole.
    Due to the detection of elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria in normally certified portions of the Sand Hole, the Bureau of Marine Resources will extend the temporary Labor Day holiday closure in this area from sunrise on Friday, September 10 through Thursday, September 16, both days inclusive. Review the closure area map and additional information, and get the most up-to-date information 24/7 through the Shellfish Emergency Closure Hotline at (631) 444-0480.

Noteworthy Dates

  • September 11 - "Science on the River" at Norrie Point.
    The DEC Hudson River Research Reserve is hosting its third annual "Science on the River" open house from 2-5 pm. Activities will be offered for all ages with scientists from regional research organizations demonstrating techniques and equipment for studying the Hudson River Estuary. Come meet a beautiful barred owl and grazing sheep that help control invasive plants; paddle a canoe through a tidal marsh (weather and space permitting); observe an aquatic remote tracking device in action; discover what sediment cores can teach us; or try your hand at identifying juvenile fish. Fun activities for children include making paper out of a water chestnut, playing all-new science games, and collecting stamps for science passports to enter into a raffle. This and much more is offered for free! Most exhibit areas are also wheelchair accessible. For more information call 845-889-4745 (ext. 105) or stop by the Norrie Point Environmental Education Center (get directions online) for a day of fun!
  • September 18 - Early Bear Season Opens in the Northern Zone.
    Early bear season begins in the Northern Zone (view the wildlife management unit map) on September 18, 2010. To help hunters prepare, we recently updated and posted the booklet, Hunting the Black Bear in New York (PDF, 936kb) online. The 11-page document provides helpful information on: bear hunting regulations; black bear food habits and identification clues to natural bear signs; hunting methods; post-harvest care; and bear hunter ethics. Please note, a 2009-10 hunting license is needed to hunt on any day in September, and a 2010-11 license is needed after October 1st.
  • September 20 - Northern Zone Grouse Season Opens.
    The hunting season begins for ruffed grouse in the Northern Zone (view the wildlife management unit map) on September 20, 2010 (southern zone hunting begins October 1st). All grouse hunters must have an appropriate New York State 2009-10 hunting license to hunt any day in September, or a 2010-11 license to hunt after October 1st. Get additional information on Ruffed Grouse Hunting in New York.
  • Upcoming Special Youth Hunts for Junior Hunters.
    As fall quickly approaches, hunters should keep in mind the special opportunities available for junior hunters (licensees ages 12-15) for our designated pheasant and waterfowl youth hunting seasons. The dates for the youth pheasant hunt are September 25-26 in northern and eastern New York, and October 9-10 in the western part of the state (view map of pheasant hunt area). The dates for the youth waterfowl hunt vary based on season zone, and can be found on the 2010-11 Waterfowl Season web-page under "Youth Days." Review more specific information on these youth hunting opportunities online. Please note, a 2009-10 hunting license is needed to hunt on any youth day in September, and a 2010-11 license is needed after October 1st.
  • September Public Hearings on State Forest Management Plan.
    Public meetings will be held in the month of September to outline and provide public review on the release of the draft "Strategic Plan for State Forest Management." Key goals of the draft plan focus on eco-system health and diversity, economic benefits, forest conservation, recreation and sustainable management for the 786,000-acres of state forest holdings. Read more information and review the meeting schedule in the DEC press release. Public comments will be accepted through October 29, 2010.

Significant Notes

  • Expanded Deer Hunting Opportunities Available on Beaver Meadow State Forest.
    The Division of Lands and Forests in Sherburne, NY is seeking deer hunters to participate in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) on Beaver Meadow State Forest in the Towns of Smyrna and Otselic in Chenango County, Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 7M. Interested hunters having a current hunting license may apply for a DMAP tag for use only on Beaver Meadow State Forest this hunting season. Tags are valid only for antlerless deer and will be loaned out on a weekly basis, determined by lottery drawing. Hunters may apply in person or mail an application to the Sherburne DEC Office, 2715 State Hwy 80, Sherburne, NY 13815. Review further information and download an application.
  • Commercial Fishing Trip Limit Updates.
    The commercial fishery trip limits for scup/porgy, black sea bass and horseshoe crab have changed to the following:
    Horseshoe crab daily trip limit has increased from 30 crabs to 250 crabs, effective September 1, 2010;
    Scup/porgy daily trip limit has increased from 100 lbs to 210 pounds, effective September 5, 2010; and
    Black sea bass is now open with a daily trip limit of 50 pounds, effective September 5, 2010.
    View additional commercial trip limit regulations online. For questions or concerns contact the Bureau of Marine Resources by e-mail or by calling (631) 444-5621.
  • Deer Population Recommendations from Citizen Task Forces.
    Citizen Task Forces (CTF) were first formed in 1990 to actively involve the public in decision making regarding deer population levels in various Wildlife Management Units (WMU) across the state. Recently, the CTF for WMU 4F recommended a no net change in the estimated deer population, while the CTF for WMU 4O recommended increasing the current estimated deer population by ten percent. At the end of the fall hunting season, the deer populations will be estimated for the two WMUs and the number of available deer management permits (DMPs), which are used to help control the numbers of reproducing females, will be adjusted accordingly during the 2011 season. Read more about the CTF and its process.

Laws & Rulemaking

  • Deer Management Assistance Permits and General Trapping Regulations Adopted.
    The amended regulations to Part 1, Section 30 (Deer Management Assistance Permits) and Part 6, Section 3 (General Trapping Regulations) of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) was adopted on September 8, 2010. This rulemaking was necessary to reduce costs associated with Deer Management Assistance Permits (DMAPs) and to establish beaver trapping regulations, including the regulation of the possession and disposition of beaver. Review the text of the adopted regulations online.

Did You Know...?

ruffed grouse on the snow
~Photo courtesy of CTDEP


In fall, ruffed grouse grow fleshy bristles (called pectinations) along the sides of their toes which act like snowshoes to help the birds travel over snow.

Read more about this year-round New York State resident game bird (PDF) (597 kb)

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