Outdoors in Whitehall with Gene Terry: Senate passes bill to make crossbow legal

Outdoors in Whitehall with Gene Terry

Did you know that the state purchased all the land around what we call “Chubbs Dock” in Dresden and is open to small top boat carriers? You knew this: I told you earlier.

Did you know the state purchased the “Saddles area,” 2200 acres along the east side of South Bay? You knew this also: I told you so earlier. They also purchased some land in the Dolph Pond area.

A DEC spokesman has stated that there are issues to be ironed out. They are not sure whether it will be lumbered but they have the option if it arises. They stated that in the meantime the illegal four-wheeler traffic and the poaching of timber rattlesnakes will keep DEC staff busy.

I don’t know of any one who “poaches” rattlesnakes but if I did I would give them a pat on the back. The only good one I know is a ______ (fill in the blank) one.

The state still hasn’t figured out any access issues to have the public be able to use the Saddles property without causing issues with private landowners.

During the LCI fishing tournament on Lake Champlain, fishermen are still reporting large flocks of cormorants up and down the lake. For several years now DEC has been oiling the eggs on Four Brothers Island to try to stop the large amounts of hatching and it has seemed to have worked in most cases.

Unfortunately, USDA Wildlife Service offices in New York and Vermont have lost their funding to conduct cormorant and gull management on Lake Champlain. The loss of funding means the two states and DEC will be primarily responsible for cormorant management issues.

Senate has again passed a bill (S-1699-B) to make a crossbow legal for hunting in New York. “This legislation will expand the sportsmen community in New York and draw added revenue into our economy,” Senator Patrick Gallivan, sponsor of the bill, said. The bill has been delivered to the Assembly.

Now if you can believe this one: the mayor of New York just published a list of victims of gun violence. Included in that list are murder suspects as victims and outlaws who were killed after a shoot out with police. He stated “that these murders are gun violence victims.”

One more thing, this anti-Second Amendment group led by the infamous mayor advertises that 30,000 people are victims of gun violence each year.

Well, it seems like 18,000 to 20,000 of these deaths were suicides. They should publish a book titled “Understanding the Second Amendment for Dummies” and sent copies to every politician in the state, especially the ones down south. Forget our elected officials. We here in our region have some of the best people I know representing us in Albany. Thank god for that!

Have a good Fourth of July if it doesn’t rain. 

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