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State puts the kabosh on boats left in the woods

I myself have labored to place priams and canoes many miles back on several ponds. I know of many older folks who would not have the ability to get out on the water if the boat had not been there for their use.

Guess someone at the state decided they were intrusive to the Adirondack experience. If you ask me, all these regulations are getting intrusive to my Adirondack experience. I think a tree has more right than we do on state lands these days.

I got shot in the woods and no charges were ever filed by the District Attorney against the man who "mistook" me for a deer in the woods. Think the same would happen if the same man clear-cut an acre of Forest Preserve?

I know, I'm venting, but this one gets under my skin.

There are some exemptions to the prohibition of personal property on state lands. I have listed the entire law change here, along with the specific exemptions (please note the numerous references to injuring trees.)

1. a geocache that is labeled with the owner's name and address and installed in a manner that does not disturb the natural conditions of the site or injure a tree;

2. a camping structure or equipment that is placed and used legally pursuant to this Part;

3. a legally placed trap or appurtenance that is placed and used during trapping season;

4. a tree stand or hunting blind that does not injure a tree, is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number, and is placed and used during big game season, migratory game bird season, or turkey season; or

5. a wildlife viewing blind or stand that is placed for a duration not to exceed thirty (30) days in one location per calendar year, does not injure a tree, and is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number.

John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsmen. Contact him at johng@denpubs.com or on his blog at www.denpubs.com.

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