Moose – New Yorks 0ther Big Game Animal

Moose – New Yorks 0ther Big Game Animal

New York sportsmen have a century-old tradition of hunting two resident big game mammals of New York State… the white-tailed deer and the black bear. Interestingly another North American big game mammal has been slowly appearing with increased regularity in the Empire State over the last several decades. The moose (Alces alces) is common throughout many parts […]

Winter Mortality and White-tail Deer

Winter Mortality and White-tail Deer

Here in the Catskills we are once again having one of the more severe winters that we have seen in a number of years. Heavy snowfall accumulations and bitter cold temperatures should remind us that hard winters are always a possibility in our  northern climate. We have seen almost continuous snowpack since New Years.  While it presents numerous […]

NYSDEC’s Black Bear Management Plan

NYSDEC’s recently proposed Black Bear Management Plan covers a wide range of issues. It is important to note that this is a “draft” plan, and is subject to change depending on public input. Biologists began investigating a number of Catskill black bear issues in the 1970’s when overall bear numbers were considerably lower. A “mark […]

Got Deer?

Got Deer?

Congratulations to those who have taken some fine  deer during the early portions of the 2013 Big Game Season ! Only a decade ago it was common  for 70% to 80% of the bucks taken in WMU 3C to be yearlings. These young deer were in their very first year of sexual maturity, yet comprised the majority of […]

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” – (Dealing with Problem Black Bears)

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” – (Dealing with Problem Black Bears)

With the onset of summer and fall, we will once again see an increase in the number of bear problems for homeowners in the Hudson Valley. Over the last few decades, the black bear population has increased in our region, and bear/human conflicts have become more common as the human population expands into rural areas. Currently the […]