August Dog Days have arrived. There have been several sweltering hot days, avoiding the daytime heat and turning up the air conditioning whenever possible. But unfortunately, these also signal a change in fishing habits and techniques and a change in our attitudes towards preparing for the onset of fall.
Trout stressed by heat
With low water conditions and hot weather, many trout in smaller streams are heat stressed and suffer from low oxygen levels in the water.
The DEC urges anglers to give them a break and not disturb them when you see unusually high numbers of them congregating in cool water.
Avoid catch and release, as even careful handling of heat-stressed trout often results in death. Fish in larger streams, fish early in the morning when it’s cooler, or focus on more heat-tolerant fish like smallmouth bass. Above all, avoid that pesky “ultra-light” tackle, because playing trout for any length of time in warm water or heated conditions is a death sentence for any trout.
Trout experience physical stress when stream temperatures exceed 70 degrees. Also, avoid disturbing a place where trout are gathered. It’s probably a bit cooler and more highly oxygenated.
If you want to fish for trout and maybe save some for dinner, fish in lakes or ponds or larger streams that are cooler and well oxygenated, such as the East Arm of Fish Creek, the West Canada Creek or the North Branch of the Salmon River. .
Focus on areas below the sills or heads or tails of deeper pools.
Hunting supervised by young people and women offered
Again this year, Sportsmen and ECOs in Oneida and Madison Counties are offering youth and women the opportunity to learn and experience a supervised goose hunt. This continues to be a great opportunity for youth 12+ and women who otherwise have no one to teach them goose hunting skills. This year the hunt will take place on the weekend of September 25, with a safety and education day on September 24.
12-15 year olds must have a small game license and HIP number.
Youth 16 and over and women must have the above and a federal waterfowl stamp. They must use steel or other non-toxic shot for the day of their hunt. Number 2 shot or BB size is recommended. On security day, ammunition will be provided.
Space is limited for this popular event, so anyone interested should register as soon as possible. You can visit the cnymyhunts.org website or contact the following people for forms or any questions:
Scott Faulkner – [email protected], or 315.225-0192.
Steven Lakeman – [email protected], or 315-734-0648
Ricardo Grisolini – Ricardo [email protected], or 607-316-2574
Licenses now on sale
Hunting and trapping permits and deer management permits (DMP) for the 2022-2023 seasons are on sale now. Additionally, DEC announced new opportunities for hunters this year, including extended hunting seasons and allowing 12- and 13-year-olds to hunt deer with a gun or crossbow in upstate. .
counties that have passed a local membership law.
Licenses and permits can be purchased online, from one of DEC’s licensing agents, or by phone at 866-933-2257. The new hunting and trapping licenses are valid from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022; annual fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase.
Purchasing a hunting, fishing, or trapping license helps support conservation projects and ensures the protection of the state’s natural resources. Additionally, CED encourages outdoor enthusiasts to consider purchasing a Habitat and Access stamp each year. The $5 Habitat and Access Stamp funds support projects to conserve habitat and improve public access to fish and wildlife activities.
Starting this week, the DEC call center’s expanded hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday through November 30.
Individuals should have the following on hand when purchasing a license:
1. Full contact details (eg name, address, email address, telephone number)
2. DEC client identification number (if applicable);
3. Proof of residency (e.g. driver’s license or non-driver ID card with a valid New York
state address); and
4. If purchasing over the phone or online, use a valid credit card.
If not already entered into DEC’s automated licensing system, individuals must provide proof of hunter or trapper training certificate or a copy of a previous license for all hunting license purchases and trapping. For more information, visit the General Sports Licensing Information webpage on the DEC website.
Deer Management Permit (DMP)
Deer Management Permits (DMPs) are available at all permit issuing points, by phone or online until October 1. DMPs are used to manage the deer herd and are issued through an instant random selection process at the point of sale. The odds of
obtaining a DMP remains the same throughout the application period; hunters need not rush to apply. The 2021 selection odds for a DMP in each Wildlife Management Unit are available online, through permitting officers, or by calling the DMP hotline at 1-866-472-4332. Detailed information on deer management permits and forecasts for this fall’s deer season can be found on the DEC website.
The 2021-2022 Guide to Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which provides an easy-to-read collection of relevant rules and regulations, is available on the DEC Hunting webpage. In addition, copies will soon be available from licensing agents.
Online and in-person training courses for hunters
All novice hunters, bowhunters and trappers must successfully complete one or more courses before purchasing a license. Online and in-person courses are available. In-person classes have a field day where new hunters can get hands-on experience. All in-person classes are free, but space may be limited. Classes fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged. Visit the DEC website for more information on materials, including a list of courses and course registration.
The requirements for obtaining a New York State Hunter Training Certificate can be completed by taking the DEC’s online Hunter Training course and passing the exam. Along the way, participants will receive a hunter training certificate, allowing the purchase of a hunting license. Participants must be New York State residents and the course cost is $19.95. The online course is accessible on the DEC website.
New York State also offers an online certification course for bowhunter training.
Upon passing through, hunters receive their bowhunting training certificate so that they can purchase a bowhunting privilege.
Participants must be New York State residents and the cost of the course is $30. The online course is accessible on the DEC website.
The number of hunting-related incidents is down, but one incident is already too many. Hunters can prevent injuries and deaths by following the cardinal rules of hunting safety:
1. Suppose each weapon is loaded;
2. Control the mouth in a safe direction;
3. Keep your finger on the trigger until you fire;
4. Be sure of your target and beyond; and
5. Wear orange or hunter pink.
Falling tree stands are a major cause of hunting injuries. These hunting-related injuries are easily preventable. Hunters are advised to use a full body harness and fall arrest system and stay connected from the time they leave the ground until the time they return. Hunters are advised to check their mounts (including straps and chains) each season and replace worn or missing parts. Proper use of tree stands and full body harnesses helps prevent injuries and fatalities.