The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed that two whitetail deer in the town of Esopus, Ulster County, died after contracting Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD). DEC is currently following up on reports of several other dead deer in Dutchess, Ulster, and Westchester counties. [Read more…] about Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in Ulster County Deer
According to a press release issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a hunter who previously had his license to hunt revoked for poaching recently received jail time for illegally taking a deer in Saratoga County.
Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Shaw reported that in January 2021, they received an anonymous tip regarding large deer antlers brought into a local taxidermist in November 2020 by a revoked hunter using another hunter’s tag. [Read more…] about Repeat Saratoga County Poacher Gets Jail Time
Ashland Flats Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in the towns of Lyme and Cape Vincent, in Jefferson County. The 2,028-acre property includes large grassland fields, wetland impoundments, shrublands, and forested wetlands. [Read more…] about Ashland Flats Wildlife Management Area
DEC has opened its first-ever public archery range, Saratoga Sand Plains Archery Range, located in the town of Wilton in Saratoga County, NY. It features 16 targets ranging from five to 50 yards, eight adult lanes, four youth lanes, and four lanes accessed by an elevated platform. [Read more…] about DEC Opens Public Archery Range in Saratoga County
The Access and Public Use Plan for Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is now complete. The draft plan was open for public comment in late 2020, and DEC has included responses to these comments in the final plan. [Read more…] about Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area Use Plan Approved
The State Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo includes legislation that now allows youth ages 12 and 13 to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow under the supervision of an experienced adult hunter in upstate counties that opt-in to participate. [Read more…] about New Regs Allow Tweens To Hunt Big Game
Hunters in New York killed an estimated 253,990 deer during the 2020-21 hunting seasons, an increase of 13 percent from last year, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced. [Read more…] about 2020-21 Deer Hunting Statistics Released
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released the hunting-related shooting incident (HRSI) and tree stand or other elevated incident reports for New York’s 2020 hunting seasons.
Although higher than last year, the reports are consistent with the low incident rates observed in the state over the past two decades. [Read more…] about Hunting Accident Statistics for 2020 Released
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that New York State bear hunters killed 1,723 black bears during the 2020 hunting seasons. [Read more…] about DEC Releases 2020 Bear Hunting Statistics
According to a press release issued by DEC, on February 28th, a 15-year-old girl in the town of Lisbon was home alone when she noticed two trucks pull into her driveway. Unknown men exited the truck wearing camouflage and knocked on the door. At the same time, the teen heard sounds of dogs fighting in her backyard. [Read more…] about Tire Tracks Lead to Coyote Poachers