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Volume 72, Number 2

October, 2017

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A photo of Baker Mountain by Wayne Jone

Autumn Spectacle

A photo essay of the splendor of autumn

by Wayne Jones

page 2

A photo of a bald eagle scavenging on a deer carcass

Non-lead Ammunition-a safer alternative

Protecting wildlife and human health

by Tom Salo

page 8

A historical photo of Camp DeBruce

70 Years of Magic at DEC Summer Camps

by Christina McLaughlin

page 12

A photo of a herd of deer in the snow

The Disappearing Back Forty-and Long Island's rising deer population

Hunting deer on Long Island

by Angelo Baio

page 17

A photo of a red-headed woodpecker

Wonderful Woodpeckers

The woodpeckers of New York State

by John L. Turner

page 20

A photo of a volunteer sportsman education instructor helping a youth with a gun

Passing the Torch

Volunteers keep outdoor traditions alive

by Patrick J. Chaisson

page 26


On Patrol

by ECO Lt. Liza Bobseine and Forest Ranger Capt. Stephen Scherry

page 16


by Conservationist Staff

page 28


Includes feature: Ask the Biologist

by Eileen Stegemann and Ellen Bidell

page 30

Back Trails

Mossberg Memories

by Richard Kellogg

page 32