Outdoors in Whitehall with Gene Terry: Deer season changes proposed

N ow here it is the middle of April and most people are hoping for the weather we had in March to return. The weather we’re having in April is typical April weather. What we had in March was fantastic.

I know it’s early, but here are the proposed deer and bear seasons for 2012 in our region.

Northern Zone:

There will be a youth deer season of either sex on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 13-15. They have to be accompanied by an adult who cannot carry a firearm.

Regular deer season will consist of 44 consecutive days beginning on the fourth Saturday of October, Oct. 27 to Dec. 9.

Bow season will run from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 with last year’s license and then Oct. 1 to 26 and Dec. 10 to 16.

Black powder season will run from Oct. 20 to 26 and then Dec. 10 to 16.

Bow season will run from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 with last year’s license then Oct. 1 to 26 and Dec. 10 to 16.

 

Southern Zone:

Youth days will be Oct. 13-15. The regular season will run from Nov. 17 to Dec. 9. Bow season Oct. 1 to Nov. 16 and then Dec. 10 to Dec. 18. Black powder season will be Dec. 10 to 18.

 

I don’t see any changes in there for the crossbow season. As it was last year crossbow is the same as regular rifle seasons. No special season so far. I don’t know where they would put it if they had one.

Remember these are the proposed seasons and are not edged in stone yet but I would imagine they are pretty close. For more input give Ed Reed a call at 897-1294. DEC will accept public comments on these until May 21. This is a five-year management plan proposed by DEC. Also you can send comments by e-mail to www.dec.ny.gov/press/81326.html or call Albany at 402-8000 and speak to Lori Severino or Brian Swift.

To me, this is going to be a nightmare. DEC is knocking down the New York bow hunters to open and early dates in the southern zone. Don’t forget small game and turkey season also opens on Oct. 1 in the southern zone with the southern zone duck season right in there also. No doubt there will be numerous complaints from the bow hunters about too many hunters in the woods destroying their hunting areas. They want the woods to themselves — too bad.

Don’t forget that walleye season opens the first Saturday in May. Turkey season starts the first of May and trout season is already open. With the low water some of the trout streams are producing some good trout.

Lake trout and salmon are being caught in Lake Champlain. The bullheads were starting to bite with the warm weather we had but have shut down in most areas.

With the extreme low water in South Bay especially around the mouths of Pike Brook, the DEC decided it would be to hard to try to get walleye fry for the hatchery this year. Better luck next year.

Just think all this cool weather we’re having in April will soon be over when May comes. Ticks, spiders, snakes, mosquitoes and all those critters show up. Wonderful!

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