August 12, 2011 - Field Notes
Noteworthy News from the Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources
- Recreational Marine Fishing License Refunds Announced.
On August 5, Governor Cuomo directed DEC to refund all fees paid by individuals and charter boat operators for recreational marine fishing licenses purchased for the 2011 saltwater fishing season in addition to the recreational marine fishing lifetime licenses refunded earlier this year. The New York State budget suspended the license fee on March 30, and created a no-fee registration program in its place. All payments are expected to be processed by the DEC by the end of summer. If you have not received a refund by September 21, please call: (631) 444-0249 or (518) 402-8044. For more details, review the Governor's press release (link leaves DEC website).
- New Maps for Places to Fish in North-Central NY Available.
Thirteen new maps have been added to the North-Central New York Public Fishing Rights (PFR) Maps web page. These new maps will help guide anglers to trout fishing streams throughout DEC's Region 6, covering Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, St. Lawrence, and Jefferson Counties. These areas called Public Fishing Rights (PFRs) are permanent easements purchased by the DEC from willing landowners, giving anglers the right to fish along stream banks on the landowner's property. Visit our PFR Maps webpage to find other available PFR locations in the State.
- History of a Recently Discovered Lake Sturgeon in Oswego, NY.
On August 2, a lake sturgeon measuring 49-1/2 inches long washed ashore near Oswego on Lake Ontario. The history of this fish was traced back to its original hatching at the DEC Oneida Lake Fish Culture Station in Constantia where it was reared and stocked in 1995 as part of the Lake Sturgeon Restoration Program. This is the second tagged sturgeon from Oneida Lake known to have migrated to Lake Ontario, a distance of over 50 miles that includes moving through seven canal locks. The cause of this sturgeon's death is not known, and being only 16 years old it is not likely to have died of old age. Lake sturgeon can live up to 154 years as documented by one caught at Lake of the Woods in Canada in 1953! For details on how this fish was traced back to its original roots, visit our Special News and Reports webpage.
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Upcoming Recreational Sporting Season Reminders
- 2011-12 Sporting Licenses Go On Sale August 15.
Recreational sporting licenses for hunting, trapping, and freshwater fishing are available for purchase starting August 15. These licenses are required in New York State for the 2011-12 season starting on October 1. Visit our Sporting Licenses webpage for information about individual licenses and how you can purchase one.
- Apply for a Deer Management Permit Starting August 15.
Hunters can apply for a Deer Management Permit beginning August 15. Each permit allows the taking of one anterless deer, which includes deer that have no antlers or antlers less than three inches long, in addition to deer that may be taken during the regular, muzzleloader, or bow big game hunting seasons. The deadline for applying is October 1. Please keep in mind, there is no advantage to applying early, as the odds for obtaining a permit remain the same throughout the application period. For DMP information and how to apply, visit the DEC website. You may also view the availability and probability of obtaining a DMP to determine the chance of selection defined for each Wildlife Management Unit (geographic area set for hunting and trapping seasons in New York State).
View complete sporting season dates and regulations:
- Hunting Seasons
- Trapping Seasons
- Saltwater Fishing Seasons
- Freshwater Fishing Seasons - also view special fishing seasons by county.
Other News in the Press
Below are additional links to noteworthy DEC press releases:
- DEC Unveils Expanded Scaroon Manor Campground
- DEC Announces Smart Growth Grants for Adirondack Park Communities
Did You Know...?
The "dog day" cicada (top)
(~Photo Credit: Dorothy Desautels~)
The "periodical" cicada (bottom)
(~Photo Credit: Stephen Cresswell~)
Known for their distinct buzzing sound in the summer, cicadas live the majority of their life underground as nymphs before emerging as adults. Individual broods or populations of "dog day" cicadas spend approximately two years underground, while the "periodical" cicadas remain underground for 13 or 17 years! After surfacing, a female can lay up to 600 eggs within four to six weeks before dying. The nymphs that hatch dig into the soil for their long retreat underground.