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Scattershots (Oct. 30, 2019)

Leftover antlerless permits available Nov. 1

Big game hunters looking to score an additional deer management permit or two to increase your hunting options this fall, the remaining permits leftover in several wildlife management units will become available on Nov. 1. DMPs are used for antlerless deer in specific areas where more control is needed on deer populations. Hunters may apply for up to two additional permits, issued on a first-come, first-served basis. They are not available by phone, the internet or by mail. They must be acquired through license-issuing agents around the state. If you previously paid the $10 fee for DMU permits or are exempt from the fee, no additional money is required. However, if you did not pay the $10 fee, you will be charged for leftover permits.

Applications for leftover DMPs will be accepted for the following WMUs: 1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting only), 4J (bowhunting only), 6P, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7R, 8A, 8C (bowhunting only), 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F, and 9G. Additionally, bonus DMPs are available for successful hunters in WMUs 1C, 3S, 4J, or 8C who harvest an antlerless deer. Contact the DMP hotline at 866-472-4332 for a list of available DMPs as the selection process moves forward.

Hunters needed for black bear survey

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will partner with the Center for Conservation Social Sciences at Cornell University to conduct a survey relating to black bear hunting in New York. Approximately 1,800 randomly selected black bear hunters will be contacted in an effort to learn more of their activities, interests, and opinions related to black bear hunting. Hunters who receive the survey are encouraged to respond.

An earlier survey of state landowners focused on public attitudes and experiences with black bears, as well as public desires for future bear population change. To review that information, visit https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/66624.

The survey of hunters will help DEC better understand how current regulations impact management capacity, as well as hunter satisfaction. If you receive the survey and you have any questions, call CCSS at 607-255-2828. Any questions on the DEC black bear management program to 518-402-8883. To view the state’s black bear management plan, go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7215.html.

Rare disease found in Pennsylvania wildlife

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced that the agency has found Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a rare mosquito-transmitted virus, in the state’s wildlife and livestock. So far, the virus has been found in two wild turkeys in Erie County, a wild deer in Luzerne County, captive pheasants in Monroe County and horses in Carbon County.  If you hunt in Pennsylvania, the PGC is asking people to report any dead or strange-acting wild animals to the agency. No human cases have been reported in the state, but the disease, which is similar to West Nile Virus, can infect humans.

The disease can be transmitted to people, mammals and birds through the bite of a mosquito that have fed on infected birds. Use insect repellant and cover exposed skin when outdoors. Hunters are advised to take precautions when field-dressing an animal by wearing rubber gloves and cleaning knives or other utensils used in field-dressing deer. Wild game should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. There is no evidence that people can become infected with EEE from preparing or eating infected meat, any risk can be eliminated by properly handling and thorough cooking. Despite deer and turkeys with the virus being discovered in Pennsylvania, it is not considered a threat to current populations.

If you spot an animal acting oddly in the wild in New York, contact your regional office of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation immediately.

Legislation passed last week affecting sportsmen

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two pieces of legislation that will become law in the state, one affecting hunters and one for anglers.

Assembly bill AB 8140 allows recreational anglers to use three lines while fishing freshwater through 2021. It extends the provisions of the law currently in place. It was sponsored by Assembly member Carrie Woerner from Saratoga Springs.

A second bill, AB 3471, decreased the amount of alcohol for a hunter to be considered intoxicated while hunting. The limit had been set at a blood alcohol level of .10 percent. The new bill drops the level to .08 percent, the same level in place for driving in the state.

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