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DEC gives hunters a second chance

Hunters denied Department of Environmental Conservation Deer Management Permits may be able to up their take rate with bow or gun this season.
Remaining DMPs will be issued to about 35 percent of hunters statewide who were denied their selections in the point-of-sale lottery held until Oct. 1.

Tim Spierto, senior wildlife biologist, notes that DEC Region 9 offers DMPs in six Wildlife Management Areas, with an overall issue rate of about 25 percent. "Permits range from a low of 400 in WMA 9X to 1,600 in 9P, which will be about a 67 percent issuance to hunters denied earlier," Spierto said.

Hunters are asked to wait for permits to arrive in the mail. Hunters not drawn will not receive notification, and those selected for leftover permits will not lose preference points for applications made during the first selection period.


Stocking trout

Pond owners have until Monday to order rainbow or brook trout from the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District's Fall Trout Stocking program.
Fish will be available for pickup at 10 a.m. Nov. 4. For details, call ECS&WCD at 652-8506 or go to:


Moving fish

Stocking fish in New York State requires a DEC permit, which pond owners obtain before they put proper species in their waters.

DEC officials caution against transporting fish from one water body to another. Misplaced fish in the Saranac Lake Forest area has led to severe declines in brook trout stocks.

About 17,870 acres, 94 percent of lakes and ponds in that area, once supported brook trout. Today, only 570 acres, about 3 percent, of those lakes and ponds contain brookies.

Fish not native to Saranac waters serve as desirable species elsewhere. Invasive intruders include largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, golden shiners, rock bass, black crappie and other fish that prey on native trout fish eggs and consume forage emerging trout require to survive.


Minding migrators

The National Audubon Society offers suggestions for homeowners to help migrating songbirds, hummingbirds, raptors and others migrating from northern breeding grounds.

NAS suggests turning off exterior lights at night, especially during peak migration hours of midnight to dawn. Also, place bird feeders within 3 feet or more than 30 feet from windows, keep cats indoors, eliminate pesticides, and keep feeders stocked and clean to prevent spreading diseases.

A 9-to-1 water-bleach solution, a 3-to-1 water-vinegar mix or biodegradable soap will help keep feeders clean.

For detailed info on assisting birds in migration, go to: and click on "Keeping Wildlife Safe."


Funding pheasants

Charity Navigator, a charity evaluating organization, has given Pheasants Forever a four-star rating, highest designated rank among national groups evaluated.

This non-profit watchdog group noted that PF "outperforms most charities in America," among the more than 5,000 non-profits CN rates. For the third year in a row, PF has attained a top-12-percent ranking.

Howard Vincent, CEO of both Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, said, "We measure our success in habitat acres on the ground," adding that since its formation in 1982 PF has spent nearly $200 million on 300,000 habitat projects, which have enhanced more than 4 million acres across the continent.

To view the many ongoing projects of PF and QF, go to:


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