Legislation passed earlier this year will prohibit the hunting of Eurasian boars on hunting preserves in 2015.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting comments on establishing a ban on hunts of free-ranging boars that have been found in the wilds since 2000, mainly in Central New York counties such as Tioga, Cortland, Onondaga, Clinton, Sullivan and Delaware.
While sport hunting has proved to be a positive factor in controlling populations of deer and bear, escaping wild boar herd often disperse when one boar in a pack is harvested. That single kill often results in animals scattering and becoming more difficult to remove, according to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.
To view the proposed regulations, go to dec.ny.gov/regulations/34113. To offer comments until Jan. 25, email WildlifeRegs@gw.dec.state.ny.us.
Robert Vacanti at Northern Whitetails Farms in Newstead offers deep discounts to all in search of a belated holiday gift good for outdoors decor.
Vacanti has hundreds of whitetail deer antler sets and individual stock that can be mounted, left free-standing, tooled for cabinet or kitchenware handles, or used as bases for lamps, chandeliers or other decorations.
To view the assortment first-hand, call 861-0898 or check out the Northern Whitetail Farms Facebook page, or go to northernwhitetailfarms.com.
Outdoors scholars sought
The Outdoor Writers Association of America is accepting applications for its Bodie McDowell Scholarship Program.
Applicants enrolled in a major involving outdoors communications may enter in two categories: Undergraduates beginning a junior or senior year of study or graduate students enrolled at a college or university.
McDowell was an outdoors writer for the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina.
Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2014. For more details and to download an application form, go to owaa.org/programs/scholarships-fellowships/bodie-mcdowell-scholarship; email email@example.com or call (406) 728-7434.