The Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that remaining Deer Management Permits (DMPs) will be available in several Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) as of Nov. 1.
DMPs allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer to help control deer populations. In several units, the target number of DMPs was not issued during the initial application period. In these WMUs the DEC will re-open the DMP application process on a first come, first serve basis.
Hunters can apply for these leftover DMPs wherever sporting licenses are sold. You cannot apply for these permits by phone or mail or via the internet. Applicants who previously paid the $10 application fee, or are exempt from the application fee, will not be charged for this additional application. Applications for the remaining DMPs will be accepted for the following WMUs: IC, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting only), 7F, 7H, 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 9A and 9F.
OBSERVER photo by Gene Pauszek
The DEC says there are more antlerless deer permits available for certain Wildlife Management Units.
To check the locations of these WMUs, refer to the 2012-13 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, or go to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8302.html.
The DEC will issue DMPs for an individual WMU all day. The status of issued permits will be reviewed each night and as the target number of permits are issued for individual WMUs, they will be removed from the list of those available the next day with no further applications accepted for that unit. A list of units with available leftover DMPs will be updated at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/6399.html.
Seen any wild turkeys lately? Some hunters have been reporting a drop off in the turkey population in some areas. The DEC is studying the effects of a virus called lymphoproliferative that was discovered in New York State last year. If you see turkeys with lesions, contact the regional DEC wildlife office for instructions on how to submit a sample for testing. For details, go to www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230, or call (518) 402-8924.
Our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lake Shore Longbeards, will be having a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at Liberty Vineyards, located on Route 20, in Sheridan. Topics of discussion will focus on the upcoming membership banquet. Regional Manager, Marty Huber, will be in attendance. This meeting is open to the public.
The SAREP Youth Fly Fishing Program will begins its 14th season of FREE fly tying/fly fishing classes on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Fredonia Middle School Cafeteria. Field trips will occur shortly afterwards. Classes are free and are open to children and community members. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The classes will continue to meet every Monday until early summer.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club also will host FREE fly tying instruction compliments of Willie Fedrick, Jeffrey Rasmus, Ken Hollander and Monte Kennedy on Monday evenings starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
There will be a Sportsmen's show at the Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, Route 353, Little Valley N.Y., and is sponsored by the Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department, on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m. Admission is $5. For kids under 12, admission is free. Plenty of parking. Come and buy, sell, trade, browse for hunting, fishing, trapping, archery, knives, ammunition and collectibles.
The Westfield Fish & Game Club will host a turkey shoot at its club located on Ogden Road, on Sunday, Nov. 4. The event will start at noon and last until finished. The event will be rain or shine. The public is welcome. All legal centerfire firearms are permitted. Ammunition will be provided for birdshot and deer slugs only. There will be .22 caliber shoots on the indoor range. Bring your own ammo.
If your club is holding a similar event contact the OBSERVER at 366-3000, ext. 5, after 5 p.m.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will resume its annual Hunters Helping the Hungry program. On Tuesdays, Con Club members are urged to bring a non-perishable food item with them. All donations will be distributed to the needy in the community through the efforts of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Youth Organization during the Christmas season.
Fly tying classes have resumed on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m., at the Sinclairville Free Library. Classes will continue until May. All tools and materials are provided free. For more information, call 962-3635 or 485-3919 or log on www.countrykidsonthefly.blogspot.com.
The Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road, Bemus Point will host turkey shoots on, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11, from 9 until noon. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until noon. These events are open to the public.
The 2012 Arts of the Angler Show will take place on Nov. 10-11 at the Danbury Ethan Allen Inn, exit 4 on Route I-84, in Danbury, Conn. This will be a little taste of fly fisherman's heaven, featuring the finest contemporary and collectible fly fishing, including tackle and accessories, materials, books, destinations, guiding and services for the fly fishing community. There will also be a live auction on Nov. 10. For more information call 845-439-4810 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit the website at www.cffcm.net.
If you tag a deer/bear or outdoors related story you would like to share or a picture you would like me to take and use call 366-1772, or 467- 2079 or 366-3000 ext 5 after 5 p.m.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.