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Big Game Seasons
The DECs latest attempt to upgrade their annual Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide has resulted in a new, glossy magazine package that is replete with maps, charts, flashy advertisements and more than a few errors.

The newly formatted publication is a helpful guidebook featuring a variety of worthwhile articles on outdoor topics, photos of proper equipment and a directory of phone numbers of Environmental Conservation Officers for all regions across the state.

However, with the Muzzleloading Season opening this weekend, the DEC wants to remind readers that there are errors in the 2007-2008 Hunting and Trapping Guide as issued.

The correct Northern Zone
Hunting Seasons are as follows:
Early Bear Season: Sept. 15-Oct. 12
Regular Bear Season: Oct. 20-Dec. 3
Bowhunting Season: Oct. 1-19
Muzzleloading Season: Oct. 13- 19, Dec. 3-9
Regular Hunting Season: Oct. 20-Dec. 2

I ask all outdoorsman and women to hunt safely, ethically and successfully. Please remember that a single hunters approach, attitude, appearance and actions affect all of us. Opinions are based on first impressions and in the public mind, it only takes one yahoo to erase the goodwill established by all of the hunters who subscribe to the ethical edicts of a fair chase.

Remember, by protecting the resource, you are protecting your sport. Hunting is recreation but it is more than simple sport; it remains a valuable game management tool. Take the time to report your harvest; wildlife biologists need this vital information to access the condition of the herd.

A sincere thank you and Im not lion!
Id like to extend a quick Thank you to the many readers who sent in stories of their encounters or sightings of mountain lions, or cougars. I greatly appreciate that so many people took the time to contact me. I truly regret that time constraints wouldnt allow me to respond personally.

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