Outdoor Journal: Youth Big Game Hunt comes up next weekend

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Just a reminder that the New York’s annual Youth Big Game Hunt is scheduled for Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10-12). During this special opportunity, licensed 14 and 15 year olds may use a firearm to hunt big game while accompanied by an experienced, licensed adult hunter. All eligible junior hunters may take one deer of either sex and one bear.

During the youth hunt, deer antlerless taken with a firearm mag be tagged with a regular-season Deer Management Assistance Program tag. Antlered deer may only be tagged with the regular season tag. Though junior hunters may have multiple deer tags, they may only take one deer with a firearm during the Youth Big Game Hunt.

The Youth Big Game Hunt takes place throughout the state, except in Suffolk County and in bowhunting-only areas. Additional rules that apply to junior hunters and their adult mentors are noted on pages 36 and 37 of the Hunting & Trapping Guide or through the Junior Hunter Mentoring Program.

DEC ECOS PROVIDES ASSIST

Last month, ECO Casey Mangels assisted the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) with a case involving two illegally harvested deer taken from a closed management zone.

ECO Mangels interviewed the suspect and the suspect’s father and obtained the location of the buck in the freezer in New Jersey. The ECO received conflicting stories about the whereabouts of the doe.

In New Jersey, during the fall bow season, it is unlawful to take an antlered deer without first taking an antlerless deer. The NJDEP charged the suspect with two counts of taking a deer during the closed season, interference with the duties of a conservation officer and possession of unlabeled deer parts.

REMEMBER HUNT SAFE/SMART

Here is a reminder of what you were taught in the DEC Hunter education course. Point your gun in a safe direction. Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Be sure of our target and beyond. Keep you finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Also, all hunters should wear blaze orange or pink. When hunting in tree stands, use full-body harness and a lifeline. Most tree stand accidents occur when hunters are climbing in and out of the stand.

Be sure to wear a harness and lifeline connected from the time you leave the ground and get back down.

RUGER BUYS MARLIN

The Ruger and Company Inc. recently announced that it bought offered to buy substantially all of the Marlin Firearms assets, and it was accepted by Remington Outdoor Company Inc. It approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The company will pay the $30 million purchase price from cash on hand at the time of closing, which is expected to occur later this month.

DEER DISEASE

DEC is asking bowhunters to report deer that may have died from Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) this fall.

This is a viral disease of whitetail deer that cannot be contracted by humans. Reports from hunters help DEC track the disease’s potential spread. Hunters who come across deer suspected of dying of EHD should report to the nearest DEC regional wildlife office.

A directory is available on the DEC website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/558.html.

To date, EHD has been confirmed in portions of Duchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties. DEC has received approximately 750 dead deer.

PHEASANT SHOT OUT MY TRUCK

Last Sunday, I decided to try my luck again to shoot a pheasant in the Dakewood State Forrest.

There was only one car parked, and I headed in and spent several hours looking for a pheasant dinner. In the next two hours, I covered a lot of woods, but no pheasant.

I had just gotten into my truck ready to leave and no more than 10 yards out stepped a pheasant. Slowly I lowered my window and shot him.

That is illegal! But I shot him with my camera.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected]

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