Outdoor Journal: Fortunate to get a pheasant

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Categories: -The Daily Gazette, Sports

Last Tuesday, I took my 12-gauge shotgun and hunting orange clothing and left the house and headed to the Daketown Forest at 5 a.m. to hunt pheasants.

I arrived just as the sun was coming up, but I was only about a couple hundred yards when the rain came. I made my way through the tall grass, and at about 8 a.m., I headed back to my truck. I never saw a pheasant.

I was just about to start the engine when about 50 yards down the other edge of the road, out popped a pheasant. It slowly crossed to the other side. I turned off the engine, climbed out of the truck, got dressed, grabbed my gun and I started slowly making my way through the brush.

I got lucky. After about a half an hour, I saw the pheasant fly into a tree. I made a circle getting around and then ended a successful, wet day.

OPENING OF LOWER FLY-FISHING SECTION

On Sept. 15, the DEC temporarily closed the lower fly-fishing section of the Salmon River to fishing. This area under the low-flow usually attracts large numbers of salmon. This temporary closure will allow an adequate number of salmon to reach the hatchery for another year of successful egg collection in the Salmon River lower fly-fishing section.

This also a reminder that several new Great Lakes tributary anglers are encouraged to use ethical angling techniques. This includes angler distance of at least 6 feet, wearing masks, avoid sharing gear when possible, respect your fellow anglers and resourcing by providing space and practicing ethical angling.

DEER MANAGEMENT PERMITS STILL AVAILABLE

The DEC announced that remaining deer management permits (DMPs) in several of the state’s Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) will be available to hunters beginning Sunday. New York’s hunters are setting records this year, but there are still opportunities for (DMPs) across the state.

“Deer populations are generally at or above desired levels in the units with leftover DMPs,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a press release. “In these areas, DEC encourages hunters to hunt safely and responsibly and to prioritize doe harvest and share extra venison with friends, neighbors, and the Venison Donation Coalition.”

DMPs, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, applicants received permits during the initial application process, and the DMP target has not been reached. In these units, DEC will re-open the DMP application process on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Hunters may apply for up to two additional DMPs in these WMUs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Sunday. Hunters who did not previously apply for a deer management permit are required to pay the $10 application fee.

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, 8M, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F, and 9G.

In addition, bonus DMPs are available for hunters who successfully take an antlerless deer in WMUs 1C, 3S, 4J, or 8C.

For WMU locations, refer to the 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit DEC’s website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8302.html.

During this extended application period, the DEC will issue DMPs for an individual WMU until the target issuance quota is achieved. The status of permits will be reviewed each night, as individual units are filled. They will be removed from the list of those available effective the following day. A list of units with available leftover DMPs will routinely be updated on the DEC’s website or the DMP Hotline at 866-472-4332.

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