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October 19, 2012 - Field Notes

Noteworthy News from the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources

In This Issue:

Final Bobcat Management Plan Adopted

Bobcat crouching in tall grass
~ Photo courtesy of USFWS

After careful evaluation of the public comments received on the draft Bobcat Management Plan released earlier this year, DEC managers made substantive revisions and adopted a final plan in October. The plan will guide bobcat management in New York for the next five years. In accordance with the plan, DEC proposes simplifying current hunting and trapping season dates for consistency, increasing hunting and trapping opportunities in the Southern Tier, and improving monitoring programs to ensure that bobcat populations remain at or above current levels. The management plan and summary of public comments are available on DEC's Bobcat webpage.

New York Bans Importation of Deer Parts from Pennsylvania

Due to the recent detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a captive-bred Pennsylvania deer, DEC has initiated an emergency regulation to minimize the risk of exposing New York deer to the disease. The regulation bans the importation of prohibited parts of hunter-killed white-tailed deer or American elk from Pennsylvania into New York. Hunters who hunt in Pennsylvania must now butcher the animal to have the brain, eyes, spinal cord, tonsils, intestinal tract, spleen and lymph nodes removed and disposed of before entering New York State. The abnormal protein or "prion" causing CWD has been shown to concentrate in these tissues. For more details, visit DEC's CWD Regulations for Hunters webpage.

Enhanced Access at Howland's Island

New elevated wooden bridge improves access at Howland's
New elevated wooden bridge
improves access at Howland's

A newly constructed bridge and parking lot offers improved access for recreational enthusiasts to explore Howland's Island, 3,500 acres of public land within the Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area. The 100-foot-long wooden bridge is elevated over Seneca River to avoid flooding problems and offer passage for small boats on the 10-mile voyage around Howland's Island. A convenient car-top boat launch is located nearby. A new parking lot less than a mile beyond the bridge is the entry point to trails for hiking, birding, hunting and more. Visitors can access the site via Carncross Road off Savannah-Spring Lake Road in Savannah, NY. For more information on Howland's Island, explore DEC's Northern Montezuma and Friends of the Montezuma Wetland Complex (External Link) webpages.

November 1 - Public Hearing on Atlantic Menhaden Draft Amendment 2

New York is holding a hearing to assemble public comment on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Draft Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The draft amendment proposes a collection of options on managing and monitoring the Atlantic menhaden stock in both the long and short terms, including taking steps to end overfishing through harvest reductions. The hearing will take place on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:30 PM at DEC's Marine Resources Headquarters in East Setauket, NY. The draft amendment can be reviewed at http://www.asmfc.org/ under Breaking News. For more information on the hearing, contact Steve Heins at (631) 444-0430.

Youth Deer Hunt a Success

Youth hunter poses with her harvested deer
15-year old Gina Gruttadaurio shows off her
deer harvested during the
Columbus Day weekend youth hunt

The state's first youth firearms deer hunt proves successful as nearly 700 deer were reported harvested during the three-day Columbus Day weekend. Through this special opportunity, junior hunters (ages 14-15) with a big game hunting license were allowed to take one deer of either sex with a firearm when properly accompanied by a licensed and experienced adult. Reports from junior hunters were overwhelmingly positive, and other hunters indicated their hunting was not affected by the ongoing youth hunt. These experiences demonstrate the great value of providing this unique opportunity for younger generations. To showcase the success of junior hunters, DEC encourages parents to submit a picture for DEC's 2012 Youth Deer Hunt Photo Gallery.

Upcoming Recreational Sporting Seasons

Listed below are upcoming recreational sporting seasons for Saturday, October 20 through Friday, November 2 only. To view all fishing, hunting or trapping seasons, visit DEC's Outdoor Activities webpage.


  • October 31: Final Day of Special Scup Season for Party/Charter Boats
    This special season allows anglers on board party/charter boats to keep double the amount than the regular season limit. The final day for this special season is October 31. The regular season will continue through December 31, during which anglers may possess 20 scup per day.
Remember to Report Your Harvest Logo
You must report your take
of bear, deer or turkey
within seven days via DEC's
online reporting system or
by calling 1-888-426-3778


Youth Hunt Opportunities

  • October 27-28: Long Island Youth Pheasant Hunt

Big Game (Deer and Bear)

  • October 20: Regular firearms season opens in Northern Zone


  • October 20: Opens in central and western NY
  • November 2: Final day in northern portion of central and western NY


  • October 21: Duck, coot and merganser season final day in Southeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zone (reopens November 10)
  • October 27: The following seasons open:

Small Game

Furbearer Trapping

Furbearer Hunting

More Noteworthy DEC News

Below are DEC press releases not to be missed!

Did You Know...?

Coyote ~Photo by Steve Thompson; courtesy of USFWS
~Photo by Steve Thompson;
courtesy of USFWS

Coyotes were not always present in New York State. It is believed that coyotes filled the ecological gap left by the extirpation of wolves in the eastern U.S. and southern Canada. Young coyotes may roam more than 100 miles from their birthplace, a tendency that allowed western coyotes to gradually extend their range eastward, first appearing in New York in the 1920s.

Read more facts and information on DEC's Eastern Coyote webpage.

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