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March 22, 2013 - Field Notes

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

In This Issue (100th and Final Issue):

Staying Plugged In with DEC's New E-mail System

As stated in the previous Field Notes issue, DEC is transitioning to a new e-mail delivery system that will offer similar news in a timelier and more topic-oriented fashion. The new e-mail system means publishing Field Notes will no longer be necessary, making this the last and, coincidentally, the 100th issue since its launch in 2010.

In upcoming weeks, you will receive a welcome e-mail with information and a link to your subscription preferences. You can easily modify your preferences, unsubscribe, change e-mail frequency, update your e-mail address or password, and choose from a variety of other topics that will keep you plugged in with DEC!

Spring Trout Stocking Lists Now Online

brook trout

The long-awaited trout fishing season opens on April 1, and DEC is already stocking waters with brook, brown and rainbow trout statewide. You can view the anticipated numbers and sizes of trout being stocked in each waterbody per county via DEC's 2013 Spring Trout Stocking webpage. Actual numbers and stocking times may vary depending on fish availability and weather conditions.

DEC, with help from each county's Federated Sportsmen groups, annually stocks trout from March through May to enhance recreational fishing and restore these popular sportfish to New York State's waters.

2012 Bear Harvest Sets Third-Highest Record

Bear hunters in New York State took 1,337 black bears during the 2012 hunting season. This is the third-highest state bear harvest on record, trailing the 2003 harvest of 1,864 bears and 2009 harvest of 1,487 bears.

Regionally, bear harvest increased in the Adirondacks (northern bear range) but decreased in southeastern and central to western New York (southern bear range). Statewide, harvest was higher in the early season, from mid-September to mid-October, and dropped during the regular season, from late October to early December. This was expected due to a lack of natural foods in the summer, causing bears to den earlier.

For a complete synopsis of the 2012 Bear Harvest (PDF) (2.5 MB) broken down by county, town, and Wildlife Management Unit, as well as historical harvest reports, visit DEC's Deer and Bear Harvest webpage.

Get Involved: Monitor Amphibians or Fish Along the Hudson!

Spotted Salamander (top image) and Juvenile American Eels (bottom image)
Top image: Spotted salamanders and other
amphibians will migrate from a few hundred feet to
more than a quarter mile to reach breeding pools
~ Photo by Laura Heady
Bottom image: Juvenile American eels,
commonly termed "glass eels," migrate
into rivers and streams after hatching
in the Atlantic Ocean
~ Photo by Chris Bowser

DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program offers multiple springtime opportunities enabling you to get involved in wildlife research and conservation. Visit the links below to find out how you can participate!

Report and Track Your Saltwater Fishing Trips through eLogbook

New York State recreational saltwater anglers can now report their catch through a voluntary online angler logbook, called eLogbook (External Link). In eLogbook, anglers can document their fishing activities, including general location, gear used and sizes of species caught. Anglers also can access and summarize their fishing data at anytime, which is useful for tracking fishing successes and planning more effective fishing trips. Furthermore, anglers will be contributing data useful for management of marine fishes in New York State.

The eLogbook is offered to anglers through collaboration between DEC and the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). To get started, register via the eLogbook login on ACCSP's Standard Atlantic Fisheries Information System (SAFIS) webpage. You can also access the eLogbook login screen and find more information on DEC's ACCSP and Electronic Reporting webpage.

It is an easy way to record your fishing experiences and aid conservation efforts for important recreational fish species, so sign up and start today!

Registration Opens for 2013 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop

BOW Participants show how they did after target practice
Learn how to shoot a gun at this year's
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop
by taking a course in beginning rifle,
shotgun or muzzleloading

Registration is now open for the June 28-30, 2013 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop being held at Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George in the Adirondacks. BOW is for anyone 18 years or older interested in improving their outdoor skills or learning new ones. This year, 49 courses are available with the addition of six new courses, including cooking wild edibles, personal safety, waterfowl hunting, trail bicycling, edible and medicinal wild plants and advanced snorkeling.

During the weekend, participants take four courses. Course sizes are limited and filled on a first-registered, first-choice basis. Additionally, the cost of registration increases by $40 after April 20, so early registration is recommended.

To view a schedule and description of all courses, and to download and print a registration form, visit DEC's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman 2013 Workshop webpage.

Recreational Sporting Season Reminders

Listed below are recreational sporting season dates for Saturday, March 22 through Friday, April 5 only. Visit DEC's Outdoor Activities webpage or view the Sporting Seasons calendar to see more fishing, hunting and trapping seasons.

Freshwater Fishing
  • April 1: Fishing seasons open statewide for the following:
  • Trout (brook, brown, rainbow and hybrids of these species, and splake)
  • Lake Trout
  • Landlocked Atlantic Salmon
  • Kokanee (Pacific salmon)

For size and harvest limits, see the Statewide Angling Regulations and also view the Special Regulations by County to see whether size or harvest limits differ in a waterbody near you.

Saltwater Fishing

More Noteworthy DEC News

Below are DEC press releases not to be missed!

Did You Know...?

Spotted salamander with Catskill Mountains in the background
Spotted salamanders can live up to 20 years old!
~ Photo by Andrew Thompson

Living in tunnels burrowed by small mammals, or under rocks and logs on the forest floor, the spotted salamander is rarely seen as it only emerges at night to eat and in spring to breed. As ice thaws along the edges of ponds, it treks back to the same small pond or woodland pool from where it hatched to mate. How the salamander finds the same body of water remains unclear but is due in part to the water's characteristic smell.

Learn more about this subterranean-dweller and other related amphibians in DEC's Woodland & Vernal Pool Salamanders of New York State (PDF) (410KB) brochure.

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