March 2008

   "Howdy Folks" This issue will have a lot of new information for you about what is going on in the outdoor world of hunting, fishing, trapping and all else to do with the wild outdoors. I will keep you informed on the new issues and regulations as they come available to me.

   First, the DEC has announced proposed fishing regulations for the years 2008-2010. The changes are quite long and complicated so you might want to go to the following web site and ask for a copy of them:

  www.dec.ny.gov/environmentdec/42230.html

   To request copies of the regulation proposals, e-mail Shaun Keeler at skeeler@gw.dec.state.ny.us or call him at 518-402-8920.

   Next, the exam for Falconry Apprentice License is coming up soon. This is a hunting sport that is of great satisfaction and is not done by many. Go to web site to get all of the needed info.

   www.dec.ny.gov/environmentdec/42194.html

   For those that are interested in the prices that the February fur auction brought, they were as follows:

SPECIES AVERAGE
BEAVER $22.92
COYOTE $18.54
FOX-GRAY $39.22
FOX-RED $16.72
MINK $10.96
MUSKRAT $4.14
OPOSSUM $2.33
RACCOON $17.79
SKUNK $6.71
WEASEL $1.00

   The auctions are at the Genesee Valley Trappers Club on County Road #32 in Bristol, NY. If you need the directions to the club, e-mail me at bginside_outside@yahoo.com and I can direct you.

    The deer hunting results are in for the 2007 deer hunting season. Hunters harvested approximately 220,000 deer in the 2007 season. This was a 16% increase over the 2006 season.

   The buck (adult male) take increased by 8% over the 2006 season, and the antlerless (females and young males) as a result of the increase of party-permits, in creased by 24%.

   The 2007 muzzleloader take increased by 9% and the 2007 bow-hunting take increased 6% over the 2006 season.

   The 2007 deer season set a new record low with only 14 hunting-related shooting incidents, however there were 5 fatalities this year.

   The Black bear harvest results are also in for the 2007 season. There were 1117 bears taken this season, a 28% increase over the 2006 season of 796.

    As more information comes available, I will get it out to you. 

   Until then, God Bless
   Barry