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Week of 30 September, 2012
Sunday - 9/30
 Waterfowl Hunting Youth Days - Lake Champlain Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Youth Days are additional days for Junior Hunters only. Young hunters, 12 to 15 years of age, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, Canada geese, and brant on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits for ducks are the maximum allowed during the regular duck season, and 2 per day for Canada geese. Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed (including current HIP registration and duck stamp) adult hunter, but the adult may not shoot any birds unless the respective regular season is open. Note: A 2011-12 hunting license is needed to hunt on any Youth Day in September 2012.


 Waterfowl Hunting Youth Days - Southeast Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Youth Days are additional days for Junior Hunters only. Young hunters, 12 to 15 years of age, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, Canada geese, and brant on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits for ducks are the maximum allowed during the regular duck season, and 2 per day for Canada geese. Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed (including current HIP registration and duck stamp) adult hunter, but the adult may not shoot any birds unless the respective regular season is open. Note: A 2011-12 hunting license is needed to hunt on any Youth Day in September 2012.


 Brook Trout Season Closes on Long Island
Contact  Region One Bureau of Fisheries
(631) 444-0280

All Long Island streams


 Trout season closes in Southaven County Park
Contact  Southaven County Park
(631) 854-1414

11:00 AMHudson River Canoe Program
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/386439852
Contact  Hudson River Estuary Program
845-889-4745 x106 or email hrnerr@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Paddle with staff naturalists and learn about tidal marsh ecology, Hudson River research, and challenges facing estuarine habitats. These FREE educational canoe trips at selected sites along the Hudson River Estuary are provided for the general public.

  • One trip per person, registration required. (register at URL listed above)
  • Novices and families welcome (minimum age is 6, maximum of 2 children under 16 per adult).
  • All gear provided.
  • For safety reasons, we can't allow other boats to join group.
  • Wear old sneakers or water shoes that can get wet/muddy (flip-flops come off!)
  • Prepare to be knee-deep in water.
  • Bring food, water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a sense of adventure!



Monday - 10/1
 2012-13 Sporting License Year Starts
http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/365.html
Contact  Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
518-402-8883

2012-13 annual fishing, hunting, and trapping sporting licenses and deer management permits are valid from October 1 through September 30.


 Archery Deer and Bear Season Opens in Southern Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Big Game Hunting webpage for details on regulations, license and permit information and more.


 Cottontail Hunting Opens Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29449.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Small Game Hunting webpage for regulations, license information and more.

If you plan to hunt for cottontails in the Hudson River region (Rensselaer, Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties), consider participating in DEC's New England Cottontail Survey.


 Coyote Hunting Opens Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28945.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Furbearer Hunting webpage for regulations, license information and more.


 Pheasant Hunting Opens in Northern and Eastern Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29453.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Small Game Hunting webpage for regulations, license information and more.

See DEC's Pheasant Release Sites webpage to locate sites near you.


 Quail Hunting Opens in Orange and Putnam Counties
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29447.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Small Game Hunting webpage for regulations, license information and more.


 Ruffed Grouse Hunting Opens in Eastern, Central and Western Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29457.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Small Game Hunting webpage for regulations, license information and more.

Consider participating in the Cooperator Ruffed Grouse Hunting Log to help DEC learn more about grouse populations and habits.


 Snow Geese Season Opens in Several Waterfowl Hunting Zones
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons are set based on five waterfowl hunting zones that have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


 Turkey Hunting Opens in Northern and Eastern Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29461.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Turkey Hunting webpage for regulations, license information and more.


 Varying (Snowshoe) Hare Hunting Opens in Northern Areas
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29451.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Small Game Hunting webpage for regulations, license information and more.


 Woodcock Hunting Opens Statewide
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/65847.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Migratory Game Bird webpage for regulations, license information and more.

Consider participating in the Woodcock Hunting Log Survey to help DEC learn more about woodcock populations and habits.


Tuesday - 10/2
No Scheduled Events
Wednesday - 10/3
No Scheduled Events
Thursday - 10/4
4:30 PMAfter-School Escape
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us, 716-683-5959

Enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different fun, outdoor activity each week. Children in grades K-5.
93 Honorine Dr., Depew, NY 14043

No registration required. Direction to Reinstein Woods.


6:30 PMAlTech Specialty Steel State Superfund Site Public Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/80553.html
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation, Region 9
270 Michigan Ave Buffalo, NY 14203-2915 716-851-7220 region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The public is invited to comment on a remedy proposed by DEC related to AlTech Specialty Steel Corporation  located at Lucas Avenue, Dunkirk, Chautauqua County. The meeting will be held in the Dunkirk High School Auditorium. You are encouraged to provide comments at the meeting, and during the 30-day comment period from Sept. 12 through Oct. 12.


Friday - 10/5
 Tautog (Blackfish) Season Opens
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us

5:00 PMWatson's East Triangle Wild Forest Draft UMP Amendment Comment Period Ends
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22551.html
Contact  DEC Region 6 Forester
(315) 376-3521, r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The 2010 UMP for the Watson's East Triangle proposed the construction of a new lean-to near Buck Pond. The UMP also proposed the entire length of the Buck Pond Road be closed to all motor vehicle use.




Saturday - 10/6
 Brant season opens in Western and Northeastern zones
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons are set based on five waterfowl hunting zones that have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


 Duck, Coot and Merganser Hunting Opens in Northeastern Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons are set based on five waterfowl hunting zones that have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


 Deer Firearms Hunting Youth Days - Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/46245.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Under the close supervision of a licensed and experienced adult mentor, 14- to 15-year old junior hunters may use a firearm or crossbow to take one deer of either sex with the appropriate licenses, tags and privileges. This youth hunt is open in Northern and Southern zones, except in bow only areas.

Visit DEC's Junior Hunter Mentoring Program webpage for complete details.


9:00 AMTeacher Workshop: Teaching about Autumn
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for workshops dedicated to the many teaching opportunities only autumn can provide. Choose from indoor/outdoor sessions on monarchs and woolly bears, fall foliage, bird life, bees and wasps and preparations for winter. Savvy teaching ideas and techniques will help you make your seasonal classroom studies fun and engaging. The presentations are free, but space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 for more information and/or to register by Friday, September 28.
Direction to Five Rivers 


10:30 AMEcoBots: Tinkering with Motors and Magnetism
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Construct your own sun-powered creations; photovoltaic cells provided.

Materials fee = $4.00 per child, $2.00 for Friends of Reinstein members.

For children age 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Direction to Reinstein Woods



1:30 PMThe Reinstein Woods Experience
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Experience the best of both worlds at Reinstein Woods. Explore and learn about our environmentally-friendly “green” building and take a tour of the trails in this guided program. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Direction to Reinstein Woods



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