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with ron schroder

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YOUR IN ON THE OUTDOORS FOR WESTERN NEW YORK
www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com

 

11 - 15 – 19

 

Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

REGULAR FIREARMS SEASONS FOR DEER AND BEAR BEGIN TOMORROW: The 2019-20 regular deer and bear hunting seasons in New York's Southern Zone begin at sunrise on Saturday, November 16, and continue through Sunday, December 8. The Southern Zone regular season is New York's most popular hunting season, with participation from about 85 percent of New York's 550,000 licensed hunters. Harvest during this season accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and 30-60 percent of the statewide bear harvest.

Following the regular deer and bear seasons in the Southern Zone, late bowhunting and muzzleloading seasons will run from Monday, December 9, through Tuesday, December 17. Hunters taking part in these special seasons must possess a hunting license and either bowhunting or muzzleloading privileges.

In the Northern Zone, the regular deer and bear hunting season opened Saturday, October 26 and will close at sunset on Sunday, December 8. The Northern Zone includes the Adirondacks, Tug Hill Plateau, Eastern Lake Ontario Plain, and the Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys. A late bowhunting and muzzleloading season for deer will be open in portions of the Northern Zone from December 9 to 15.

Regulated hunting of deer and bear is one of the most important conservation efforts New Yorkers engage in each year, as the annual harvest is critical for adjusting populations to levels that are compatible with local habitats and land uses.

 

DEC TO OPERATE DEER AND BEAR CHECK STATIONS ON OPENING WEEKEND: DEC encourages hunters to visit its deer and bear check station during the upcoming opening weekend of the regular big game season.

DEC's Region 8 will have check station, located at the DEC Headquarters, 6247 East Avon-Lima Road (State Route 20) in Avon, Livingston County. It will operate Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DEC's Region 9 will have a check station, located on Route 16, in Holland, Erie County (northbound about one mile south of the town of Holland), will operate Saturday, Nov. 16, from noon until 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Participation is voluntary and helps DEC gather valuable data to assess the status of the area's big game population in the area.

Hunters are encouraged to bring their deer to the check station where DEC staff will determine deer age and collect other biological and harvest information. With black bear season opening the same day as deer season, wildlife staff will also check harvested bears to collect weight and sex information, along with pulling a premolar tooth to determine the bear's age.

Technicians from State Department of Health (DOH) will also be present at the check station to examine deer for ticks and collect samples to test for Lyme disease.

As in previous years, hunters wishing to donate their harvest to "Hunters Helping the Hungry" sponsored by the Venison Donation Coalition, may drop off a deer at the Holland check station during days of operation before 6 p.m.

 

BE SAFE, BE SEEN: HUNTER ORANGE SAVES LIVES: DEC encourages all hunters to wear blaze orange or pink. Wearing orange or pink makes hunters highly visible in the field and prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal or shooting in their direction. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot. New York State law requires hunters age 14 and 15 and their mentors who are hunting deer or bear with a gun to wear fluorescent hunter orange or pink that is visible from all directions-a shirt, jacket, or vest with at least 250 square inches of solid or patterned fluorescent orange or pink (the pattern must be at least 50 percent orange or pink) OR a hat with at least 50 percent fluorescent orange or pink.

a hunter in orange suit and one in dark suit in the woods

 

                                                                          NYSDEC Photo

During the past 10 years, no hunter wearing hunter orange was mistaken for game and killed in New York. Most big game hunters involved in firearm-related incidents were not wearing hunter orange.

 

DEER MANAGEMENT PERMITS STILL AVAILABLE TO NEW YORK HUNTERS:  Remaining deer management permits (DMPs) in wildlife management units (WMUs) 1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting-only), 4J (bowhunting-only), 6P, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7R, 8A, 8C (bowhunting-only), 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F, and 9G. Additionally, Bonus DMPs are available for hunters who successfully take an antlerless deer in WMUs 1C, 3S, 4J, or 8C.  

DMPs, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process, and the DMP target has not been reached. In these units, DEC will re-open the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for up to two additional DMPs in these WMUs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1.

Leftover DMPs are not available by phone, mail, or internet. Applications must be made at license issuing outlets. Applicants who previously paid the $10 DMP application fee during the initial application period, or are exempt from the application fee, will not be charged for this additional application. Hunters who did not previously apply for a deer management permit are required to pay the $10 application fee.

During this extended application period, DEC will issue DMPs for an individual WMU until the target issuance quota is achieved. The status of permits will be reviewed each night, and as individual units are filled they will be removed from the list of those available effective the following day. A list of units with available leftover DMPs will routinely be updated on DEC's website or via the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Wilderness Rescue: Town of Randolph, Cattaraugus County: On Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Bob Rogers responded to a rescue for an individual hanging from his tree stand in the woods off Hotchkiss Road in the town of Randolph. Upon arrival, Ranger Rogers and members of the Chautauqua County Tech Rescue team rode into the woods on a Cattaraugus County Sheriff's UTV to the location of the accident. At the accident location, the 22-year-old man from Jamestown was found hanging with his feet on the seat of his tree stand and his upper body attached to the tree stand. He had lost his footing while using the climbing tree stand and his foot got caught on the unit, keeping him from falling to the ground. One member of the tech rescue team climbed a ladder to further assess the situation. After his descent, Forest Ranger Rogers loaned his harness to a paramedic so he and another medical provider could begin preventative measures due to concerns about potential suspension trauma. The man had been suspended from the stand for approximately 2.5 hours. Forest Ranger Rogers assisted the tech rescue team with tactical planning and rigging as the rescuers put a patient harness on the hunter, and then raised and then lowered the man to the ground. The subject was then transported from the woods in a UTV and brought to a local hospital.

Attempt to Locate: Town of Ischua, Cattaraugus County: On Nov. 10 at 2:20 p.m., Forest Ranger Bob Rogers provided assistance to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department with attempts to locate a reportedly despondent male. The man contacted a former family member and reportedly left the area in a vehicle. Ranger Rogers patrolled nearby remote locations in hopes of locating the man and hiked into the woods to a possible cell phone ping location with no success. The man was safely located some time later at a residence and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Fire: Town of Rathbone, Steuben County: On Nov. 10 at 6:50 p.m., Forest Ranger Anne Staples received a report of a stump and tree on fire in the Tracy Creek State Forest. Ranger Staples responded and located the fallen tree. Fire was actively smoldering in the ground and the remaining stump. She dug a handline around the fire. The cause of the unattended fire is being investigated.

burned-out left over stump in the middle of the woods
Remnants of stump and tree in Tracy Creek State Forest

 

CAMPING GIFT CARDS AND ELECTRONIC GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE ONLINE: NYSDEC recently announced that Camping Gift Cards and electronic gift certificates for stays and services at all DEC Campgrounds are now available for purchase online. Gift Cards and electronic Gift Certificates can be purchased online at the ReserveAmerica website.

DEC Camping Gift Cards will continue to be a physical card that is mailed to the recipient. Electronic Gift Certificates will be emailed to the purchaser for printing and/or emailing to the recipient.

DEC operates 52 campgrounds and five day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves. Camping season runs through the summer, with some facilities remaining open during fall foliage and hunting season.

For more information on DEC-operated campgrounds, including a list of campgrounds and schedules, visit DEC's website and go to the Camping link under the Outdoor Recreation section, or call DEC's Bureau of Recreation at 518-457-2500. To make reservations at any of these camping facilities, call ReserveAmerica at 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) or visit the ReserveAmerica website.

 

PENNSYLVANIA HUNTERS HARVEST 89 ELK: Ninety-eight hunters took part in Pennsylvania’s 2019 one-week general elk hunt. Most left elk country with a trophy.

Eighty-nine elk were taken by hunters during the season. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 100 percent, with 27 of 27 tags filled.

The 2019 harvest included some large elk. Fourteen bulls were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more. The heaviest bull, tipping the scales at 800 pounds, had a 10-by-9 rack and was taken in Gibson Township, Cameron County by Caleb Hostetter, of Boiling Springs, Pa.

There also were some hefty antlerless elk taken in the harvest. Ten of the 62 cows taken by hunters during the one-week season weighed over 500 pounds.

To participate in the elk hunt, hunters must submit an application, then must be selected through a random drawing and purchase a license. The drawing annually attracts more than 40,000 applicants.

                                                          Photo By John Adamski

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

NOVEMBER 2019

1 - Leftover DMPs go on sale. Permits will not be available by phone, mail or the internet only in person at a license issuing agent on a first come/first served basis. 

1-30 -  Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Crossbow Seasons (>11/15)

2 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the West Central (>12/1) of Western New York

10 - Start of Trapping Season for Beaver in Central and southeast portions of New York (4/7/20)

15 - First Day Ice Fishing Tip-Ups Can Be Used Statewide (>4/30/15)

15 – Close of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting/Crossbow Seasons

15 - Close of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat.

15 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - Lake Erie Work Group at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY. (1:00 – 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

16 - Start of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/8)

16 - The Amazing Life of Spiders sponsored by the Pfeiffer Nature Center at The Portville Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Portville, NY. (10:30 am) Join wildlife enthusiast, Barb Busack as she takes us along on a journey to learn about the fascinating life of spiders. Barb will share with us the adaptations that spiders have developed to be successful in the world. The goal of the program is to provide us humans an opportunity to develop an understanding of and an appreciation for these much maligned animals. (Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) (For information/register call 716-933-0187. Register by 4 PM, Thursday, November 14th, 2019.)

16 - Natural Products Workshop Part 2: Personal Care at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn to make natural personal care products and how to make personal care choices that are better for the environment. Make your own lip balm or deodorant to take home. Materials fee: $5/$3 for Friends members. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

16 - Scouts BSA Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Please be prepared to go outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required.  All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/Scout. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

22 – Ten X Shooting Club Youth Rifle Shooting Program at the club, 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster NY. (6:00 pm) This program is for ages 9 through 20. New and first-time shooters should arrive at 6 p.m for safety and orientation training. Shooting begins at 6:30 p.m. Membership is not required. (Cost is $3 per night but no shooter is turned away.) (For information call Matt Giansante at 716-622-0705.)

23 - Northern Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 4:30 p.m) As the sun sets on a late autumn day, waterfowl are settling into Montezuma’s marshes and nocturnal raptors are getting ready to begin their dusk hunt. Hop in our van for an excursion to the northern part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to look for ducks, geese, swans, and wintering raptors. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

23 - Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:30 pm) Learn tips for plant identification while creating a fall-themed centerpiece. Materials fee: $10/$7 for Friends members. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Beaver in Western New York (> 3/15/20 West portion of Southern Tier/rest >2/15/20)

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Mink and Muskrat (>2/15/20)

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass

30 - End of Lake Erie and Tributaries and Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

30 - Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 2 - in Western Zone (>1/5/20)

 

Until our next meeting in the Corner, have a great time in the outdoors. This is Ron Schroder for – “Your In on The Outdoors for Western New York.”

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11 - 8 – 19

 

Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

DEC TO OPERATE DEER AND BEAR CHECK STATION ON OPENING WEEKEND: DEC encourages hunters to visit its deer and bear check station during the upcoming opening weekend of the regular big game season.

DEC's Region 9 check station, located on Route 16, in Holland, Erie County (northbound about one mile south of the town of Holland), will operate Saturday, Nov. 16, from noon until 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Participation is voluntary and helps DEC gather valuable data to assess the status of the area's big game population.

"Although it is completely voluntary, we encourage hunters to take a few extra minutes to stop by the check station,” said DEC Region 9 Big Game Biologist Ryan Rockefeller. “Just a few minutes of your time helps expand DEC’s knowledge about this year’s big game harvest and provides us with valuable biological data for ongoing and future big game studies."

Hunters are encouraged to bring their deer to the check station where DEC staff will determine deer age and collect other biological and harvest information. With black bear season opening the same day as deer season, wildlife staff will also check harvested bears to collect weight and sex information, along with pulling a premolar tooth to determine the bear's age.

Technicians from State Department of Health (DOH) will also be present at the check station to examine deer for ticks and collect samples to test for Lyme disease.

As in previous years, hunters wishing to donate their harvest to "Hunters Helping the Hungry" sponsored by the Venison Donation Coalition, may drop off a deer at the Holland check station during days of operation before 6 p.m.

 

$2 MILLION WILL FUND HABITAT AND RECREATION PROJECTS AT ONONDAGA LAKE: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that $2 million of the 2018 Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Settlement will fund seven projects restoring habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities in the watershed, including in Onondaga Creek. The projects were submitted by community organizations and others in response to a recent public notice of funding opportunity.

The 2018 settlement for the Onondaga Natural Resource Damage Assessment included 19 projects to be completed by Honeywell and a $5 million fund from Honeywell for trustee-sponsored restoration projects. Projects funded are:

City of Syracuse Creekwalk Habitat Enhancement - Enhance habitat and recreational opportunities along approximately 2 miles of Onondaga Creek in the City of Syracuse by removing invasive species, planting native species, replacing fencing and improving access.

City of Syracuse Onondaga Creek Kayak and Canoe Launch - Construct a canoe and kayak launch at Kirk Park and improve Onondaga Creek navigability by removing creek obstructions.

Amboy Dam Removal - Remove the first barrier on Ninemile Creek upstream of Onondaga Lake to enhance recreational boating and improve fish access to approximately 8 miles of Ninemile Creek.

Common Tern Nesting Habitat - Install floating rafts in Onondaga Lake to restore nesting habitat for this state threatened species that used to nest at the lake.

Otisco Lake Shoreline Protection - Contribute to the acquisition of 35 acres on the shore of Otisco Lake that will protect wetland and forest habitat and provide public access for hiking.

Erie Canal Tree Planting - Plant trees along the Erie Canal trail near the Gere Lock to improve aesthetics for trail users and residents, as well as diversify habitat.

Public Restroom at NYSDEC Onondaga Lake Boat Launch - Construct a public restroom near the NYSDEC boat launch dedicated to Kenneth P. Lynch currently under construction on the west side of the lake for use by boaters, anglers, Loop-the-Lake Trail users and others.

These projects complement the 19 restoration projects underway by Honeywell pursuant to the natural resource damage settlement - projects such as land protection along Ninemile and Onondaga Creeks, in-lake habitat structures, wetland and grassland restoration, the Erie Canal trail connection, public fishing rights, public fishing access, and the Seneca River boat launch.

The Trustees will offer additional opportunities to submit restoration projects for Trustee funding at a later date. To receive notification, sign up for emails about Onondaga Lake through DEC Delivers.

 

IT’S RUT TIME!: Year-in, year-out, the peak of deer breeding activity in New York falls around the 2-3rd week of November. These are exciting times to be in the woods, to hear a buck grunt from thick cover, to find a large rub or heavily used scrape, to witness an eager buck pursue an estrus doe nose to the ground. With bucks on the move, and the start of the Southern Zone gun season on the 16th, more than 60% of the total buck harvest will occur during the next 3 weeks.

The next few weeks, and the decisions hunters make during this time, will also critically influence the deer herd we see afield next year. In recent years, about 45% of the antlered bucks taken in New York were 1½ years old, weighing about 20% less and with 50% smaller antlers than they would have as a 2.5-year old. New York hunters can increase the likelihood they will harvest a 2.5-year or older buck next year, simply by choosing to pass up shots at young bucks this year. The choice is yours, and your choice makes a difference!      

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

DEER MANAGEMENT PERMITS STILL AVAILABLE TO NEW YORK HUNTERS: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that remaining deer management permits (DMPs) in several wildlife management units (WMUs) are available to hunters beginning today.

DMPs, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process, and the DMP target has not been reached. In these units, DEC will re-open the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for up to two additional DMPs in these WMUs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1.

Leftover DMPs are not available by phone, mail, or internet. Applications must be made at license issuing outlets. Applicants who previously paid the $10 DMP application fee during the initial application period, or are exempt from the application fee, will not be charged for this additional application. Hunters who did not previously apply for a deer management permit are required to pay the $10 application fee.

Applications for leftover DMPs will be accepted for the following WMUs: 1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting-only), 4J (bowhunting-only), 6P, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7R, 8A, 8C (bowhunting-only), 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F, and 9G. Additionally, Bonus DMPs are available for hunters who successfully take an antlerless deer in WMUs 1C, 3S, 4J, or 8C.  

For WMU locations, refer to the 2019-20 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit DEC's website.

During this extended application period, DEC will issue DMPs for an individual WMU until the target issuance quota is achieved. The status of permits will be reviewed each night, and as individual units are filled they will be removed from the list of those available effective the following day. A list of units with available leftover DMPs will routinely be updated on DEC's website or via the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:
Wilderness Rescue: Town of East Otto, Cattaraugus County
On Nov. 2 at 1:49 p.m., Forest Ranger Wayne Krulish received notification that a 59-year-old hunter from North Tonawanda was missing. The hunter was located unresponsive in his deer stand by Cattaraugus County Sheriff Deputies about 1.5 miles from Harvey Road. East Otto and Otto Volunteer Fire Department personnel, Cattaraugus County Sheriff Deputies, New York State Police (NYSP), and Forest Ranger Krulish assisted with the carryout to the landing zone about one-half mile from Traffic Street. The hunter was transported by Mercy Flight helicopter to a local hospital at 4 p.m.

 

TAKE IT, TAG IT, REPORT IT!: Did you know that only about 50 percent of hunters report their deer, bear and turkey harvests each year, even though it’s required by law? Hunters can be fined up to $250 for failing to report!

Reporting a harvest within seven days of take is not only your legal obligation, it’s also essential to proper wildlife management. Hunters who report their harvest provide important biological data which are used to help estimate the numbers of deer, bear, and turkey in each area of New York State and set management objectives.

The easiest way to report is via DEC’s HuntFishNY mobile app. Through this mobile app, hunters, anglers, and trappers can access an electronic version of their licenses and privileges and report the harvest of deer, bear and turkey immediately while afield on their mobile device. It takes seconds. Hunters may still use the phone report system, but the online and mobile systems are faster, more convenient, and easier for hunters to accurately enter information. Reporting your harvest is easier than ever, so this Fall please remember to Take It, Tag It, Report It!  Visit our website for details on Game Harvest Reporting.

 

SQUIRREL TAILS: Mepps buys fox, black, grey and red squirrel tails and will pay up to 26 cents each for tails, depending on quality and quantity. Plus, the cash value is doubled if the tails are traded for Mepps lures.

Mepps® needs squirrel tails to create hand-tied, dressed hooks for their world-famous, fish-catching lures. They’ve been recycling squirrel tails for over half-a-century.

“Over the years Mepps has tried hundreds of other natural and synthetic materials, such as bear hair, fox, coyote, badger, skunk, deer, even Angus cow, but nothing works as well as squirrel tail hair,” explains Mepps® Communications Director, Nik Kolbeck.

The fact is squirrel tails are all hair–no fur. Practically all other animals have fur tails with just a few guard hairs. Fur doesn’t have the same rippling, pulsating movement that the squirrel hair has while moving through the water.

For all the details on the Squirrel Tail Program, either visit their web site www.mepps.com or call 800-713-3474. Mepps, 626 Center St., Antigo, WI 54409-2496.

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

NOVEMBER 2019

1 - Leftover DMPs go on sale. Permits will not be available by phone, mail or the internet only in person at a license issuing agent on a first come/first served basis. 

1-30 -  Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Crossbow Seasons (>11/15)

2 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the West Central (>12/1) of Western New York

9 – Close of Hunting seasons for Snipe, Rails & Gallinules

9 - Family Nature Quest: Animal Signs at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Use your science senses to search for clues left by local wildlife. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

9 - Girl Scout Cadettes Archery Badge at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form and practice. Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to Heritage Outdoor Sports (1886 Melvin Hill Rd, Phelps, NY) to learn about archery equipment, the proper way to draw a bow, and how to shoot a bullseye.  Scouts will challenge themselves as they build archery skills and learn how to safely enjoy this fun activity. All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone.  PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  (Fee:  $20/Scout.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

9 – Invasive Species of Onondaga Lake Talk and Walk at Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, 280 Restoration Way Syracuse, NY. (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is proud to welcome Ben Zimmerman, Branch Manager at Applied Ecological Services, for a presentation about invasive plant identification and management at Onondaga Lake followed by a short walk along the lake shoreline. (Fee: $5/person, $15/family. Please bring exact change or a check to the event). (For information/register email montezuma@audubon.org with the subject line "Onondaga Lake" or call 315.365.3588 by November 7. Space is limited and registration is required.)

9 - Cayuga Lake Wine and Wings Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Cayuga Lake is an Audubon Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during migration seasons.  Hop in our van for an excursion to the north end of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen.  During the tour, we will stop at Apple Station Winery for wine tastings and learn how agriculture and wildlife thrive side by side. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Must be 21+. (Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tasting fees. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

9-10 - Niagara Frontier – Springville Gun Show at the Springville Vol. Fire Hall, 405 Main St, Springville, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 60 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

10 – End of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 1 - in Western Zone

10 - Start of Trapping Season for Beaver in Central and southeast portions of New York (4/7/20)

11 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required.

11 - Cayuga Bird Club Presentation - Monitoring New York’s Winter Raptors by Christina Hoh, NYSDEC Biologist, at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY. (7:30 – 9:00 pm) Upstate New York is known for its harsh winters, but some raptor species specialize in cold and snowy weather and spend their winters right here in our communities. These charismatic raptors, including Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls, are under a wide range of threats, and NYSDEC, its partners, and volunteers work together to monitor these nomadic birds across their winter range in New York. We will discuss these birds’ natural history, current trends, surveys and discoveries, and how you can take part in monitoring efforts. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and there will be cookies and conversation starting at 7:15. Bird club business begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the presentation. All are welcome. (For information call 800-843-2473 or email lms9@cornell.edu.)

12 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - NE Lake Ontario Work Group at the West Carthage Fire Hall, 61 High Street, West Carthage, NY.  (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382.)

13 - Great Lakes Action Agenda Work Group Meeting - SE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Wayne County Cornell Coop Extension, 1581 Route 88 North, Newark, NY. (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share information on funding and resources, key project updates and collaborative opportunities relevant to sub basin work plans and discuss progress of EBM demonstration area watersheds and identify next steps. (For information contact Emily Sheridan at 315-785-2382 or email Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov,)

13 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 p.m) The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to learn how to identify dozens of duck, goose and swan species based on their calls and plumage. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

13 - Public Meeting on Trout and Salmon Stocking Levels for 2020 sponsored by DEC at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, Niagara County. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) A big focus will be the status of the lake’s alewife population. Alewife are a small bait fish that make up a significant portion of the lake’s trout and salmon, particularly Chinook salmon. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the meetings, DEC said. Those who cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email at fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. (For further information contact Chris Legard by calling (315) 654-2147 or by mail to: DEC Lake Ontario Unit Leader at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station.)

14 - Close of Woodcock Hunting Season

14 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - SW Lake Ontario Work Group at the Tinker Nature Park, Hansen Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Pittsford, NY (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

14 - Public Meeting on Trout and Salmon Stocking Levels for 2020 sponsored by DEC.  This meeting will be conducted online. To join the meeting, click here. If asked for a meeting number or a password use the following: Meeting number: 641 790 213, Password: PCVMcPX3. Upon joining the meeting, the caller will be prompted to connect to audio using their computer. Those who prefer to connect to audio via phone may do so by calling this toll free number: 1-844-633-8697, access code: 641 790 213. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) A big focus will be the status of the lake’s alewife population. Alewife are a small bait fish that make up a significant portion of the lake’s trout and salmon, particularly Chinook salmon. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the meetings, DEC said. Those who cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email at fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. (For further information contact Chris Legard by calling (315) 654-2147 or by mail to: DEC Lake Ontario Unit Leader at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station.)

15 - First Day Ice Fishing Tip-Ups Can Be Used Statewide (>4/30/15)

15 – Close of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting/Crossbow Seasons

15 - Close of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat.

15 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - Lake Erie Work Group at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY. (1:00 – 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

16 - Start of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/8)

16 - Natural Products Workshop Part 2: Personal Care at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn to make natural personal care products and how to make personal care choices that are better for the environment. Make your own lip balm or deodorant to take home. Materials fee: $5/$3 for Friends members. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

16 - Scouts BSA Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Please be prepared to go outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required.  All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/Scout. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

 

Until our next meeting in the Corner, have a great time in the outdoors. This is Ron Schroder for – “Your In on The Outdoors for Western New York.”

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Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

DEER MANAGEMENT PERMITS STILL AVAILABLE TO NEW YORK HUNTERS: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that remaining deer management permits (DMPs) in several wildlife management units (WMUs) are available to hunters beginning today.

DMPs, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process, and the DMP target has not been reached. In these units, DEC will re-open the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for up to two additional DMPs in these WMUs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1.

Leftover DMPs are not available by phone, mail, or internet. Applications must be made at license issuing outlets. Applicants who previously paid the $10 DMP application fee during the initial application period, or are exempt from the application fee, will not be charged for this additional application. Hunters who did not previously apply for a deer management permit are required to pay the $10 application fee.

Applications for leftover DMPs will be accepted for the following WMUs: 1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting-only), 4J (bowhunting-only), 6P, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7R, 8A, 8C (bowhunting-only), 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F, and 9G.

Additionally, Bonus DMPs are available for hunters who successfully take an antlerless deer in WMUs 1C, 3S, 4J, or 8C.